A few months ago, I was reading to my then two-year-old nephew and realized how outdated many of his books were. I started searching on Amazon for children’s books that were more “current” for kids born in 2019 and while browsing the infinite selection…. I felt a sudden spark of inspiration.

Why don’t I write, illustrate, and publish a book?

Not that it seemed easy, but that it was something I would love to learn and pursue in life.

This was back in September of 2019 and even though I consider myself a self-starter, I had no idea how overwhelming…

How I feel today quantifying time after A Little Detour:

The year literally felt like a month
A week felt like a day
A day (I have to think really really hard about it….) is a single moment and often the rest of that day is a blank.

Since returning to Canada, it’s been a little weird.

It was a strange feeling to have the selection of more than three t-shirts to wear (I’m sure I looked like a weirdo in the same outfit every day…👚), or the harsh reality that hitting my step-count effortlessly is a real challenge in the middle of a Canadian winter 🏃‍♀️ vs. 🚶‍♀…

June 1, 2018

Indonesia has been filled with so many special moments that I have wanted to share… but the wifi here has been a piece of work (meaning it sucks and I hate it!).

To avoid me being super frustrated trying to publish multiple posts... I made one to sum up three awesome things that happened to us while we’ve been here 😀

The Netflix Friend

Before we left on our little detour trip, I was already a fan of the Netflix documentary called Departures. …

May 22, 2018

Over the last few months i’ve been thinking a lot about what I should be doing during my extended coffee break in regards to self-improvement/output. In Montreal I would-work-work-work-work-work and think about all the things I could be doing to make my life better… but felt like finding the time to do them was difficult.

Now on the with all the time in the world, I should be able to achieve some of them… right?

I’ve always liked the TedTalk by Matt Cuts who talks about doing 30 day challenges to develop new habits and try new…

May 15, 2018

After Chiang Mai I felt like a new person.

I think it was the comfortable living + amazing food + a lax work schedule. We’d wake up, go to a cafe or co-working space and do some work on our projects. Then eat and maybe go do something like watch the new Avengers for a date night (staying relevant😜) or walk around the old part of town, take a cooking class, visit some temples or enjoy the night markets.

Traveling this way was nice for a change — feeling less rushed to see everything and more present…

April 22, 2018

After almost 7 months on the road, it finally hit.

We’re tired, feeling out of it and missing home. I guess I assumed these feelings wouldn’t strike a cord with us since traveling in the past (for 2–3 weeks at a time….) has been so exciting… but I guess we were wrong.

We had two pre-planned check points when first leaving Canada:

  1. Make it to Mexico for my friends wedding and catch up with the Smulders family.
  2. Make it to Vietnam for Easter to catch up with the Beaulieu parents for 3 weeks together.

We achieved both…

April 18, 2018

🤦‍I know.

I know you can’t breathe under water unless you have some sort of technological help… but here is the story of how I was breathing under water... then not.

Oli and I became certified open water scuba divers back in December while in Corn Island, Nicaragua! It took some time to get certified because we got to the island right before a level one hurricane wind storm and couldn’t get into the water for almost 7 days. …

March 28, 2018

It’s been a while since we saw Olivier’s parents — 5 months to be exact. And they were so excited to catch up and meet us here in Vietnam.

We started our adventure with them in Ho Chi Minh, and made our way up to Dalat to check out some of the french architecture and beautiful scenery.

The Character List

Now before I continue, I’ll share the people of interest with you to better follow the story I’m about to tell….

Hand drawn by Olivier and I.

Story Time

We finished a full day of sight seeing at a hotel / landmark called “The Crazy House”. It’s a…

Turns out, grownups can be bad at sharing too.

March 11, 2018

As you may know, I have really grown into the hobby of photography. Taking a crazy amount of pictures on my phone — I struggled for years on whether or not I should buy myself a nice handheld camera.

I couldn’t justify paying for one of the super intense hardcore cameras..I was just a beginner. I also didn’t like the idea of traveling about with a big bag of lenses and accessories.

But after 4 years of trips around the world with Oli.. I realized that I was never in any of our travel pictures… it was…

New Zealand has been full of surprises.

Prior to New Zealand, we had only ever made “travel plans” a few days maybe a week in advance so we could be flexible on where and what we wanted to do.

As we started planning our trip to New Zealand, we asked around for recommendations and pretty much everyone responded with “you have to rent a camper van”.

The other recommendations for traveling the country from fellow backpackers included 1) hitchhiking from one end of the country to the other. …

Maeghan Smulders

Hi! 🙋 I'm a tall, homeschooled, well traveled, terrible speller, who loves ice cream, building things and can be hilarious at times 👉 www.maeghansmulders.com

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