something that has become very important to me this year is taking time for the things that i’m extremely passionate about and have not made enough time for in the past. as we get older, i find there can be a lot of excuses made about why we don’t do those things as much as we’d like to and how there’s just never enough time in the day. i think it’s so essential to try and make time – even if it’s a small amount. those things have lit a fire inside of us for a reason, and it’s so important to explore that. sometimes it’s those passions that become passion projects that can turn into a way to make a living!
for me, one of those passions has always been snowboarding. while i’m not sure it’ll ever become something i can make a living off of, it has always been a way for me to escape everyday stresses, have some fun and create memorable moments. there’s nothing like riding down a mountain with some of the most spectacular scenery around you – especially on the powder days! it’s difficult to put into words just how important this sport is to me, but i feel extremely grateful that i’ve gotten to pursue it for as long as i have – even just as an escape!
whenever a brand or product comes along that helps me explore one of my passions, like snowboarding, i get pretty dang stoked. pins to kill is an online custom legging shop that lets you design your own leggings using your own images, artworks or designs. not only does the idea of creating the look of a pair of leggings get this designer absolutely thrilled, but being able to design the look of a product that’s going to keep me warm (and look pretty rad) on the mountains excites the heck outta me!
when pins to kill asked me to collaborate with them on a post, i knew the mountains would be the perfect place to test out these leggings. i headed out to one of my favourite spots: lake louise and spent the day riding with my family. with snowboarding gear, i always look for products with diversity – something i can throw on under my snow pants to stay toasty warm, and still rep in the pub for an après-ski beer. these are most definitely a diverse pair of leggings and have become my go-to for riding.
to top off getting to rep these awesome leggings, i’m honoured to say that pins to kill has asked me to be an ambassador. i am thrilled to be partnering with such an awesome brand that gives you the freedom to dip into designing custom clothing, and stands for such important qualities like pursuing your dreams! you might not know this about me, but specializing in branding in my day to day work has made me become extremely brand loyal to companies that have created such an impactful, strong and memorable brand. i love seeing that they understand how important branding is and have worked really hard to get just the right voice to speak to their audience. pins to kill is definitely one of those brands to me, which makes this even more exciting! if you have a minute head over and check out their brand new site that just launched and see for yourself just how cool they are!
as we get further into 2016, i am striving more and more to make time for my passions, exploring what that means to me and allowing the things that make me extra passionate to shape who i am. this has meant finding new ways to carve out the time, like taking a day off here and there, working around my business schedule, watching less TV, taking breaks from social media and saying yes to collaborations that allow me to spend some time doing something i love. what are some of your favourite ways to take time to explore your passions? we’d love to hear!
thank you to pins to kill for collaborating and providing the piece for the shoot. please note all opinions and thoughts are my own.