Ignorance & Arrogance

This has been on my mind for some time now, but I was unsure exactly how to broach the subject.

It’s no surprise that a Canadian living in America will endure the blunt end of the comment stick. No we don’t live in igloos, pour maple syrup on everything, say “eh” all the time and ride snowmobiles to school. I thought this was common knowledge.

I’ve been here almost 2 years now and these jokes are old, overdone, and quite frankly, they’re rude and ignorant. I get upset now when people tell me “oh it must be different in Canada” or “that must be a Canadian thing.” Just because I’m from another country doesn’t mean that everything I say, think, or do is Canadian.

I think the biggest issue I have with this is that I’ve told people time and time again that I don’t find their repeated jabs at me funny in the least, and yet they can’t respect my wishes enough to stop.

Get educated or keep your damn mouth shut. Enough is enough.

This Canadian chick will show you what she’s made of if you can’t shut your trap! And I promise you that I’m not made of girl guide cookies and sparkles.

/endranthere.

Love & Light,

Jessica

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It’s come to my attention lately that there are fewer and fewer genuinely nice people in this world. This really upsets me because I pride myself on doing nice things for people whether I believe they deserve it or not, we all deserve to be treated like people. 

Recently I had an acquaintance come to me in disbelief that no one would pick her up when she requested this from 6 different friends. She was upset because she’s done some “nice things” for these individuals and thought they needed to return the favor, right then and there at her beck and call. 

I was in such shock at this I was literally speechless. I don’t buy a friend a drink so I can cash in on it later, I do it to be nice. I don’t expect anything in return. I don’t do things that I don’t want to do, so if I do something nice it’s because I genuinely want to, isn’t that was being nice is? 

This acquaintance and I were once good friends but as you can imagine, I’ve run out of coupons ha! 

It’s crazy how people can be so close to you and yet so far away. Maybe we were meant to meet so I could teach her something, and learn something myself. 

Lesson of the day: You don’t do nice things for people and then try to redeem the gesture at a time of your choosing. 

My ‘Lanta, some people’s children. 

Love&Light

Jessica 

Self Actualization & Ketosis

My apologies for the length of time since my last post, it’s been a whirlwind of packing, moving, unpacking, no wifi, super bowl, etc. Still no excuse for my laziness.

I went through a lengthy period of time last year where I was severely depressed, quite honestly I’m still fighting the depression but it’s gotten a lot better.

If you’ve followed my blog for awhile you know I’m Canadian but living in the United States with my husband. I’ve met some amazing people here and I’ve met others whom I wish I hadn’t. I feel like everyone has an addiction, although it’s personally chosen I believe it exists. Here it’s generally alcohol, I got to a point where I was drinking a lot more than I ever would and I was definitely disappointed to say the least. Other people are addicted to their “cliques” instagramming their life in less than appropriate clothing while they work a job very close to prostitution, snap chatting their every waking moment, or facebooking every “night out” with the crew.

There are others here who are just addicted to the gym and making the most of themselves and potentially trying to reach self actualization. This is where I need to be, but this is what I’ve been missing.

In order to get in touch with myself and who I truly want to be so I can eventually achieve self actualization I need to step back and just “do me” for awhile.

I’ve researched ketosis, the benefits, the disadvantages, etc and I have decided to commit myself to it. So here I go!

Love&Light, in the Red, White, and Blue!

Jessica

Just a small town girl. 

Living in a lonely world? Absolutely, you can call it Cheyenne Wyoming. 

If you’re not Air Force, you barely belong here. You can be the best bartender with people asking for you night after night, or you can be the Canadian girl sitting here time after time. 

It’s all the same. You’re here or you’re not. You can be basic, or you can live anywhere but here. If you live here you’re basic, and that’s it. 

I can work for minimum wage all day everyday if I want to, or I can decide my life means more than that. Here, not so much. It’s few and far between you meet anyone who is willing to take life for what it is. 

This place is hell on earth, but cold. The wind blows more often than the prostitutes in New York City. The people here deserve their own blog post. I’ll get into that on the next one. Friend or foe, you’ll surely know. 

Spellcheck is a privilege Canada, apparently they don’t have that in the small town of Cheyenne. Businesses literally print posters and banners to publicize their events but seem to misspell “during” by adding an extra”r.” The best part is how a radio station can misspell broadcast….. seriously? There has always been an “a” in the word, AND you’re a RADIO station. 


I may be from a big city but I am far from a metropolitan princess. The fact that people here find it acceptable to call me a “hozer” due to the fact that I’m Canadian is repulsive. Isn’t it the “true north strong and free?” I’m still from North America, although Canada is looking better and better everyday. 

It’s hard enough to live in a new country but to have “friends” that neglect to make plans with you or leave the bar without even telling you is total bullshit. 

Friends are hard to find and harder to keep, I’m still trying to figure out if it’s even worth making friends in a place like this. 

Missing home more than ever. 

Love&Light,

Jessica 

Shameynne aka Cheyenne. 

In my travels I’ve seen many places and many different ways of life but nothing quite like my new city of residence. Cheyenne, Wyoming. 

There’s a few things you ought to know before making the choice to move here. 

1. Nothing much happens before noon, which we also call lunch/beer break.

2. If you need to get ahold of someone make sure to call, email will be lost in the cloud forever and ever. 

3. There are requirements to living here; a beer mug (never empty) holsters for your gun and shot glass, and the number for the cowboy shuttle on speed dial. 

4. Fireball. Enough said. 

5.  Knowledge of the “one legged stripper” at the Green Door (which is a bar/strip club) 

6. Uber. It doesn’t exist here and if you mention it they’ll think you’re a hipster talking some foreign lingo. 

7. We refer to Colorado people as  “greenies” they are known for being the loudest when using our park/lakes. 

8. A snow day = a snow drift as high as your front door. 

9. “Regulars” at the bar are not your friend unless you’re paying their tab. They’re anything but “regular”

10. Uniqueness has a whole new meaning, it means you’re fucking weird. 

11. You’ll be lucky to meet a man with all his teeth.

12. Wyoming is a “right to work” state which means you can and will be fired for just being you. Although drunkness seems to be a daily occurrence you may not show up to work intoxicated. 

13. They do not have pizza pops nor do they know what they are (sorry Canada) 

14. If you’re a biker, it better be a Harley. If you ride a bicycle, watch out we don’t all know how to drive. 

15. Pedestrians. Watch out, they don’t know what a walking man sign means and you have no right of way. They will stop for a Pokemon though, even though they are few and far between. 

16. If you’re 18, no kids, and not pregnant… You’re not from here. “I just went camping” is not an excuse for pregnancy. 

17. If you’re reading this blog, you’re not from here… “Blog” is probably a name for a shot that you’ve never tried and never should. 

18. At McDonald’s they will not understand “make it like a Mac.” Which is putting Mac sauce, lettuce and all the fixings of a Big Mac but without the other bun. Don’t try it here, it’ll have ketchup and Mac sauce..nasty. 

19. Frontier days…. Needs its own blog post but it’s similar to the Calgary stampede only 100x smaller, although they will never admit to that. It’s “the biggest outdoor rodeo on earth” if you live here and you better stick to that.

20. Downtown. It has more parking garages than places to go. Open a restaurant down there and you’ll be lucky to last 6 months. Sorry Hooters. Open a skateboard park and you’ll be busy for life, but it’s illegal to ride a skateboard downtown. 

21. Photographers, ensure to take a deposit because your clients will definitely change dates, fail to show up to their session, or not end up paying you at all. Trying to get paid for your services is like waiting outside a bestbuy for the newest Xbox console. 

To be continued…

Love&Light,

Jessica 

The Plains Hotel – Cheyenne, Wyoming

I had the pleasure of visiting The Plains Hotel earlier this week. Not only was I treated phenomenally by all the staff, I had the priveledge of meeting the current owner. This historic landmark hotel that was started in 1911 was nothing short of charming, much like the staff. 

While at The Plains, I enjoyed the best country fried steak I’ve had to date and delicious fried mushrooms with their “Boo Sauce” which is a blend of 17 ingredients I would highly recommend. 

Although my intentions originally were to have a bite to eat, chat with the staff, and check out the things I had heard about it being haunted, I ended up meeting some amazing individuals that surely made their mark on me. 

While I was at The Plains, I also met two very amazing individuals who happen to be appraisers from Antiques Roadshow. What an amazing experience! 

If you’re ever in Cheyenne, make sure to stop by The Plains – 1600 Central Ave Cheyenne, WY. 


Thank you to The Plains Hotel for your amazing hospitality and wonderful staff. 

Love&Light,

Jessica 

Heartbeats in the Streets

I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching lately and I have come to the realization that I was not born destined to take on life in a conventional manner. 

I truly believe my purpose is to spread positivity, help others and make an impact on the quality of life for everyone I get the pleasure of encountering. So I decided to do something about it. 

I created “Heartbeats in the Streets” a few years ago, I would ask people where their heart truly belonged and have them write it on a heart so I could photograph them. The purpose was to show people that your heart doesn’t necessarily belong to a person, it could belong in a place, a period of time, a passion, etc. 

I always wanted to travel and have people do this everywhere but for some reason I couldn’t figure out how to execute the idea. In the last 2 weeks I have travelled down to the United States, I’m currently in Cheyenne,Wyoming. When I got here the wheels slowly started to turn and I began to actualize this plan I feel I was destined to. 

I started to meet people from all walks of life, and they began to talk, so I listened. I was learning about other peoples struggles, successes, and the words that were bestowed upon me from these individuals resonated. 

I have decided to share their stories, much like my amazing guest post authors. I want to be the voice for people that don’t have an outlet or platform they feel comfortable using. I will also being volunteering in the places I visit and spreading positive vibes around the world as I go. 

So my friends, here it is. I’ve committed myself to traveling around the world to share my positive thoughts, help and inspire others, and share stories from some of whom I encounter. I want to do this selflessly which means I’ll be living in my car, staying places in exchange for any work I can assist with, photographing the journey and writing about it daily. 

I would love your support and warm wishes as I proceed to fulfil my promise. I hope y’all are as excited as I am and you will follow me on my journey. 

If you would like to contribute to this journey I have set up a GoFundMe account where every dollar makes a difference. Any donations will be used solely for the purpose of this journey to assist me with things such as gas, food, and care packages which I will be creating for the less fortunate. 

Heartbeats in the Streets donations
If your company would like to advertise on my vehicle as I drive cross country or you would like to contribute in another way or have an inquiry please email me 

Heartbeatsinthestreets@gmail.com 

Thank you all for your love and support,

Jessica