Author: Holly Bird


Laying on the thinly carpeted cement floor of YVR I can feel each of my vertebrae against the cold as I inhale and exhale against the rising tide of irritability and anxiety. My flight home to Calgary is delayed, initially for thirty minutes, then for sixty. Then an additional sixty minutes. I check my iPhone for updates; it is 9:05pm PST. I re-scan the phone. Email, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, repeat. I do this in circles until I set the phone down and reach for my book. It is after 10pm. I read a handful of pages and pick...

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Fishing for Garmin

Overzealous and buoyed by the warmth of the Saturday afternoon sunshine, I decided to take my Sunday trainer ride outside. Bundled up in wool performance layers and my heavy gloves, I assembled a patch kit and rejoiced at my good luck of being able to break the spell of this excruciatingly long winter. Driving north with my bike in tow and humming to myself, I was determined and prepared to finally start the outdoor riding season. Choosing a route off of Rocky Ridge drive, I faced early opposition from the winter winds. Given the blustery nature of the gusts I turned...

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Maintain Optimism

Most of January’s creative writing energy was spent working on a blog post I tentatively titled, “The Tumultuous Relationship I have with My iPhone”. My personal experience of creating boundaries around my own phone use was the inspiring factor towards that particular post. Diving eagerly into the psychological research around phone behaviour I acted largely like I was managing editor of The Gateway, not a small-time blogger with phone-attachment issues. Right there  in the middle of my writing, research and editing efforts a new president was sworn into office and everything shifted. There is value in the iPhone blog and...

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What I Read in 2016

This was the year I was going to read 100 books. This was also the year I was going to cross off a number of other big goals on the docket. I succeeded in some aspects, failed in others. I wasted so much time beating myself up where I fell short, very little time celebrating where I won (more on that some other time). Despite not making 100 books I came relatively close, and for that I can find happiness. The grand total this year was 81 books. Jon joked to me last night that if I read really hard...

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Pretty Girl, Bad Face

Earlier this month I went to Madrid for work. I was delighted to be asked to go, and I understood from the outset that the four days I was there would be very busy with meetings, congress and presentations. I understood that being in Madrid would be exciting, but that my expectation would be that I wouldn’t be prancing about the town, drinking Mahou and exploring the sites. This was difficult to explain to my well-meaning office mates and friends who would light up with excitement when I told them I was going to Spain for work. It’s the...

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HollyBird I’m Holly: an Entrepreneur, marketer and endurance athlete living in the Canadian Rockies. These are stories of my (mis)adventures.