Why Roller Derby?

There are many reasons why I love Roller Derby. First of all it is an awesome way to exercise and motivate yourself to get fit. It also is a great way to meet many awesome hardworking people. Derby requires all your focus at practices (and of course at bouts as well), so you have no time to dwell on other issues going on in your life e.g. work problems etc. When you’re doing something that difficult, you can’t afford 13 seconds of dwelling because in that time someone will either out-skate you or knock you to the ground. After practice you suddenly realize two hours went by where you weren’t worried about the things that keep you up at night. In addition with all the extra dopamine pouring into your brain it makes you feel naturally happy. Derby makes you step out of the box and push yourself to get better. It gives you increased confidence in your daily life and the initiative to work harder.At each challenge that you succeed in Derby it makes you feel like you can conquer the world and there is no better feeling than this. Personally, I can not get enough of Roller Derby! From the moment I started I loved it, even though I could barely skate. Now I am starting to fly around the track! And I couldn’t be more proud and happy to be apart of something so awesome. Now off to watch some Whip it!

by Jessica Stere

by Jessica Stere


Influential Women

Throughout history there have been many influential women who have brought great change to the world. A couple of my favourites (in no particular order) are Cleopatra, Mother Teresa, Emily Murphy, Emily Carr and Malala Yousafzai. These are just some of the women who have made a positive impact on my life. I enjoy reading about all that they went through and are going through. Each woman has so much that we can learn from.

Here are a few of my favourite quotes:

I will not be triumphed over. ~ Cleopatra

We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do. ~ Mother Teresa

Nothing ever happens by chance, Everything is pushed from behind. ~ Emily Murphy

There is something bigger than fact: the underlying spirit, all it stands for, the mood, the vastness, the wildness. ~Emily Carr

Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world. ~ Malala Yousafzai


As I go through my day to day life, I often think about all the influential people surrounding me. I definitely think there is a bit of each person that I carry along with me everywhere I go. I hope you enjoyed my favourite quotes, Happy Feminist Friday!

Cochrane Winter Carnival

This year Cochrane’s Winter Carnival will be from February 6th – 16th
It is going to be an amazing few weeks here in Cochrane, with many activities for all ages. My favourite activities of the Winter Carnival are the Polar Bear Dip, Demolition Derby, and the Torchlight Parade.
The Polar Bear Dip, I have done two years now and looking forward to another great dip this year, is where a hole is cut into the ice on Lake Commando and the Towns Folk jump into the freezing water. Before and after the freezing cold swim, there is a sauna for you to warm up in. By far it is the most refreshing thing I have ever done. After the first initial shock to your body, it seems as though it puts it into hyper drive and your body works harder than ever to keep you warm. After the swim the cold air doesn’t seem to be as cold anymore. I always find I get very tired that night and I sleep so well.

The Demolition Car Derby is held at the Cochrane Snow Dump, where the Town piles all the extra Snow from the sidewalks in town. For the Demolition Derby, a stadium is dug out of the gigantic pile of snow. It is a most amazing site and I have never seen anything like it till I moved here to Cochrane. It is such a different experience to watch the cars smash and crash into each other while also slipping and sliding in the snow.
The Torchlight Parade is also such a different concept which I have never seen. The volunteer firefighters work hard to build torches before the event. The Day of the event people gather in two different locations on each side of town. Each participant is given a lit torch to carry down 5th street towards Lake Commando. Once you reach Lake Commando, everyone throws their torch into a giant bonfire. It is truly amazing to watch thousands of people carrying torches. It brings such light to the community. The bonfire area is where the Mayor and Carnival Chair have the opening ceremonies!

I am looking forward to this years Carnival which is less than a month away now. It helps to get through the frigid nights of Winter when you have such wonderful things to look forward too!

Beat the Blues!

So if you are anything like me you are getting tired of this constant winter we are having. It has now been SIX months of winter!!! Yes, I have been counting. As I am typing, it is currently snowing outside and all I want to do is curl up and hibernate. But since I am not a bear this is not allowed, I must keep moving forward! So I decided to think up some awesome ways for my to beat the blues! It was suggested to me by my boyfriends mom that I should throw a Luau! I thought this was an awesome idea, but since I do not have that many friends in town yet I thought that I should find some simpler things to do using similar concepts.

Day 1: Bright and Colourful

I challenged myself to be bright and colourful to brighten my thoughts!

I decided to embrace my artsy fartsy side and create a piece of artwork that was full of colour and life! Being super creative I grabbed a canvas, crayons, black paint and my hair dryer. I started by painting a simple silhouette then melting crayons down the white of my canvas! I had so much fun with one that I decided a second was definently needed.

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Day 2:  Cheery and LOUD!

This next challenge was to surround myself with fun, happy songs that remind my of summer and just made me want to dance all day long. And because of the person I am, a little dressing up when I am just hanging at home almost always happens when I am listening to my favourite summer jams!

Day 3: Yummy (need I say more)

During winter I find myself eating heavy foods that make me feel like sleeping all day. So I challenged myself to eat more fruit and veggies in creative ways that just make me want to FIESTA, instead of siesta. Making sure that you eat right will definently make a difference on your mood! Vitamins help give you energy and are proven to help lower stress! Deficiencies in certain vitamins can make you moody and groggy, so why not have some fun and make some creative snacks for yourself that are also good for you!

Day 4: Excersize

I know how hard it is sometimes to normally motivate yourself to get some excersize, but in the winter it seems to be even ten times harder for me to get my bum into gear! I have noticed even taking the dog out for a walk has been giving me more energy than normal. Plus she gets to get out of the house as well, so it is a win-win situation here! Even if you don`t want to go out in the snow for a walk, many municipalities and indoor activities that you can get yourself involved in to get active. We have a great complex here that offers so much, but my favourite is of course the pool! The water is so warm and nice it feels like you are on a tropical beach! Plus it has lovely decorations that make you feel so comfortable.

Day 5: Socialize

Remember that staying cooped up all by yourself is no way to live, no matter who you are. Try getting a friend or two to come over to play some games and just hang out, trust me it will make a big difference on your mood! You can do anything from playing a board game to having a movie night! Even when you are down it is better to get out there and laugh a little with friends!

Don`t forget to just let loose and have some fun! Because  you deserve it!