My name is Miranda and I invite you to follow my wild journey through life! I used to be found blogging over at LaughLoveDream, but felt like I needed something new and fresh. So I’m really excited about this website. I look forward to writing more, selling on Etsy, and hopefully sharing my story with more audiences. If you’d like to know more, keep reading!
I am currently studying Health Sciences and International Studies at Simon Fraser University, guided by my interest in Global Health. Life thus far has led me down numerous different paths. I’ve been faced with many challenging obstacles, and although darkness seems to be around every corner, it is overpowered by the light. My experiences and the stories of others fuel me to live each day to the fullest – with courage, wonder, hope, and love.
Ever since I was very little, I’ve dealt with many medical issues. I was born with a condition that affects my leg and began having surgeries when I was in grade two. In addition to that, I have a genetic disorder that causes other health problems. I’ve had more surgeries and procedures than I can count and have been a patient at many different hospitals. Some difficult experiences have caused me to also develop post-traumatic stress disorder.
Growing up, I did a lot of fundraising for organizations close to my heart, such as the Canadian Orthopedic Foundation. I also started the Pay it Forward Fund to help families with children in the hospital. My fundraising eventually lead to volunteering in my community where ever I can. I feel a constant need to explore the world and connect with others. I am a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal because of my work to help others.
One day in grade nine, I suddenly felt the need to help out in my global community, so I planned a trip to help build a school in Kenya with Me to We and Free the Children. Since then, I have done more traveling throughout Africa and have even visited India. Along the way I’ve learned so much about the world and myself, and have made some fantastic friends.
Ever since my first trip, I’ve done countless presentations for people of all ages about what I’ve learned. I love showing pictures and telling my stories. Doing these things helps to remind me of my passions and I hope that it inspires others to find theirs as well. In October of 2013 at Rogers Arena, I also had the opportunity to share my story at We Day Vancouver in front of nearly 20,000 people.
I’m currently working on a book that I would love to one day get published. It’s my stories about riding the waves of life, and what I’ve learned along the way. My hope is that it will help others on their journeys, whatever path they might be on. Anyway, until my book is out there, I hope this website achieves similar goals! Much love to you all.