Sunday, 13 November 2016

Sunday, 2 October 2016


Autumn, the most photogenic and anticipated time of year.
Canada becomes this beautiful piece of art when the leaves become vibrant with colour and fall gracefully to the glistening ground from the morning dew.

This is the best time of year to layer up, get outside, and take in that crisp Fall breeze.

Monday, 12 September 2016

I'm baaaack!

Hola amigos! 

Wow... Really long time no talkie! To be honest, I was secretly planning on not posting on this blog anymore buuuut this is my baby and I really want to make a better effort to post more often and also interact with all of you! Because you are all awesome and I love chatting with you, sharing with you and seeing what is going on on your blogs as well! So, here I am, saying "hello" and that the rest of this week is going to be all about planning what I would like to share with you. :)

Let me know if you have any suggestions, or maybe there is something that you would like to go do a post on, whether it be about fitness, life, love, etc., etc.!

I hope that you are having a fantastic Monday (one of my favourite days!).

Much love and blessings to you all <3

Monday, 15 August 2016

The Cameron's | Belleville, ON

Hey there!
Last night I had the wonderful pleasure of taking photos for these two lovebirds.
As an early third anniversary gift, these two thought it might be about time to update their photos.
The park that we chose was pretty packed with Rib Fest happenings and Pokemon Go players glued to their phones. Luckily, the love that these two share drowned out anything that was happening around us!

If you want to see more photos, go check out my photography site: !

Monday, 8 August 2016

Growing up.

I am finally taking the plunge into adulthood..
I have finally made my photography site!
Now, I don't have too much on it at the moment but in time it will be a little more active.
Along with it being my photography site, I am also going to have a section for life happenings. I know that I share a lot on here but I think I just needed a complete reset and our move from Manitoba to Ontario seems like the perfect time to do that!
I will still be posting on here at least once a week but you should follow along on my other site because I will be working constantly on it!

I am pretty excited for this chapter and I would really love for you all to join me :)

Happy Monday, everyone!

Friday, 5 August 2016

FOTM: July.

 1. Charlotte Cardin. Not only does this rad chick share the same beautiful name (it's the best) but she has such a mellow yet strong sound. She is also Canadian which automatically gives her 1000 gold stars in my books! My favourite song off her EP is by far, Big Boy. I could jam to this in the car, sitting around the house or working out. Such a sick song and you should all give it a listen. Check out her YouTube channel or you can find her on Spotify :)


2. Mark. My husband is my number one favourite every month but this month he has been extra awesome! Not only did this stud turn 26 (old man!) but he is switching trades in the military and I couldn't be more proud of him! He is so smart - it's almost to the point of annoying - and incredibly sweet and kind and funny and deals with me every day. He has been such a rock during this month that has been full of travel, moving and goodbyes. I love him beyond words and I am so thankful for his positive presence and his hard work to keep our family fed, warm and happy!

PC: CB Photography.

3. My Canon 6D. I don't know if it is the change of scenery but I am loving my camera so much lately! I am always itching to get out and photograph every. single. thing. in. sight! I just love it! It is such an awesome gadget to have during big changes in our lives. And not to mention, it takes fantastic photos! I really can't say much more because I just LOVE it! :)

PC: CB Photography.
PC: Mark Buckle

4. Pokemon GO. Alright. I am on the Pokemon GO train just as much as everyone else. It is the closest thing to my dream of catching actual Pokemon! It is insanely addictive and I definitely feel silly stopping in mid walk to catch an Eevee (one of my faves!) but it is so incredibly satisfying catching these not-even-real creatures! Ah! It is also oddly enjoyable walking around and pointing out other people playing Pokemon GO. I just love it!

5. PIIT 28. I have found during this time of moving that my workout/ physical game has been off. Living in hotels for the past week and a half made me lazy and the hotels we stayed at didn't offer much for workout rooms. I finally decided that I am tired of being tired and such a lazy butt that I need to get back to a routine. I find one of the best ways to start getting into a fit state of mind is by doing a monthly challenge. You can find ones for free or pay. This time, I took the plunge and paid for a workout that is already kicking my ass (excuse the language but I mean it)! This PIIT 28 workout is by Blogilates or Cassey Ho who is huge on YouTube. I used to do her monthly workout routines which are free but then I started to do more yoga (Yoga with Adriene also has a monthly yoga challenge) and weightlifting with Mark. But, I just started this program on the 2nd (so not technically a "July" favourite) and I am so in love with it! Well, I hate it and curse at her when I am doing the workouts because they are not easy, but I am so grateful to be working out "with" her and for her to have made this program for the world! I end each workout feeling so awesome and confident. If you have not done any of her videos, you should check them out! She is just the best!


Well folks, that is all for my July favourites! I feel like I have a ton more but I want to keep these minimal as to not bore you. :)

Let me know what your favourites for the month of July were!

I hope that you are all having a rad first week of August :)

Monday, 1 August 2016

It's been quiet.


My name is Charlotte and I have not posted in quite some time! 
So sorry for the silence on here - I am in the process of moving and just haven't had much time to post anything, yet! Also, I think that I needed a mental break from blogging. I felt like I was hitting a dead end, but I am ready to get back to it and just have fun!
New things are happening which means new things will happen on This Girl C!
Check back soon for a new post!

I hope that you are all having an incredible day :)

"Never ever mistake her silence for weakness.
Remember that sometimes the air stills,
before the onset of a hurricane.."

-Nikita Gill-

Thursday, 21 July 2016

5 Tips for Starting an Active Lifestyle.

First of all, let me point out the obvious: I am not a professional nor do I believe that I am. All I am is a girl who is active and loves to share her tips on how she remains the active chick she is! So, now that that is all out of the way, let's get to it, shall we?

Tip one: You make the choice! Now, this one is the most important tip and really the only tip you need - don't worry, I will share more! If you are working out because someone is making you, you will not succeed. If you are working out because you want someone to notice you, you will not succeed. You need to make the choice. Make the choice for you. Make the choice to be more active, to eat healthier, and to go that extra mile (metaphorically and literally)! You need to make the choice to get out of bed and go for that run, or pick up those weights, or go to that yoga class. Trust me, if you are becoming active because someone suggested you should, you will not succeed at an active lifestyle. Your motivation comes from your choice to continue.

Tip two: Set a goal. Maybe you want to run a 5k, a 10, a half marathon. Maybe you want to be able to hold a handstand or hold half moon position (both goals of mine!). Maybe you want your goal to be that you workout for 30 minutes 5 days a week. Or maybe you want to lose 10lbs - I don't believe numbers matter but for some they do, and that is totally okay, just don't make it everything! Whatever your goal may be, make it realistic, write it down and stick to it! 

Tip three: Write it down! As I just mentioned in tip two, writing down your goals will really help you out. If you can see what you are aiming for, you are more likely to go out and reach for it. Along with writing down your goals, keeping a journal of your workouts, how you are feeling and your progress can really benefit in keeping yourself from falling off the bandwagon and staying active. I keep a journal that I write in every few days -when I am feeling like it-  of my progress, my workouts, what I am rocking and what I can improve on, and how I am feeling - ex. sluggish or energized. 

Tip four: Find a workout buddy! This tip is for those who don't like to workout alone or need someone around who will keep them in check. I am the workout buddy for my husband, who is extremely fit but also a tad lazy, which is understandable after a long day at work. But, your health should not be put aside just because you are tired! So, if you are lacking that motivator, that person who will kick things into high gear, or just be there at the finish line with an ice cold bottle of water in hand, then put out an ad and start asking around! Another option would to sign up with a personal trainer - they can make a workout specific to you and make sure that you are doing everything correctly! So many options!

Tip five: Make it fun! Working out and being active should not feel like a chore - it may feel like it some days but it shouldn't every day! If you find that your workout or your lifestyle is missing something or becoming a bit to drab, pizzazz the shiz out of it! Being active is the funnest part about being alive! You can run, jump, skip anywhere at anytime. You can make TV workouts - do pushups, jumping jacks, squats, or run on the spot during commercials. You can run up and down your stairs 10 times. You can take the stairs instead of the elevator. You can workout at your desk (check out Yoga with Adriene for videos on that!) or even on a flight (*cough* Yoga with Adriene  *cough*). You can literally workout/ be active wherever you are whenever you are. It is all up to you to make a conscious choice (tip one) and effort to maintain this lifestyle. 

Believe me, I have days where I just feel like being melted butter on the couch watching Netflix all day. You will have those days, and that is completely normal. Do not fight it. Allow yourself to relax when you need to. Your body needs to stay active but it also requires rest, so make sure to pencil some in necessary Netflix binge-watching time. 

These are just some of my tips, so if you would like more or more posts on being active, let me know! I would love to hear your feedback, your ideas, and your tips! 

Take care,

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

In Photos: Trenton, Ontario.

This past week, Mark and I were sent on our house hunting trip to our next home in Trenton, Ontario!
I will be honest, I did not want to move to Ontario. I like where we live in Manitoba. I could see us starting our family out here, growing here, and bringing our children up watching the Brandon Wheat Kings (Go Wheaties Go!). But, many of you military families know, you are never in one spot too long. 
And thus, here we are.
Off to a new place, with new things, new people, and new adventures!

While we were there, I snapped a few pics of the area (when I thought to pull out my camera) and I think that they truly speak for this place. Trenton has it's not so pretty spots - like with any town - but it's beautiful spots... boy, are they beautiful!
Anywho, I will stop blabbering and let the photos speak for themselves!
If you ever find yourself in Southern Ontario, make sure to take a trip to the Quinte West area. Trust me, you will not be disappointed!

Happy Tuesday!

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Chasing Dreams.

A mini trip to a different province and *poof!*... I feel like a new woman!
We all need to get away sometimes and hit the refresh button. 
Mark and I were handed that button on a silver platter and were sent to Trenton, Ontario, to look at houses and to experience the new place that we will soon call "home".
This trip started off horribly - I won't get into details... flight, car rental, etc. 
But after some bumps in the road, it turned into quite the adventure.
This place of Quinte West is full of beautiful places to discover.
Beaches galore, beautiful little towns, BLUE WATER (compared to the mostly brown water here in MB - not hating on MB!), and plenty of Tim Hortons to please the average Canadian. 
It is truly a stunning place with kind people and things on the go all the time.
I was worried that I wouldn't like it; that I would miss Manitoba, our house, the people, and the city of Brandon too much.
I did miss those things, but this is another opportunity to make something of myself. 
Another opportunity to start the next chapter; to make memories in a new place, a new home with new people.
I cannot wait to move to Ontario in a few weeks and *fingers crossed* move into our first home in November and chase my dreams, whatever they may be!

If you have ever been to this area, live in Ontario or have visited, what are some of your favourite spots to go and your favourite things to do?

One life.
Just one.
Why aren't we running like
we are on fire towards
our wildest dreams?

Thursday, 14 July 2016

House Hunting In Southern Ontario.


It has been a while since I last posted. My excuse: house hunting! 

My husband, Mark, and I have been in Southern Ontario for since Sunday and have been busy bee's looking at homes and trying to find the one that suits us best. It has been quite the experience. This will be our first house - if we are lucky enough to get one - and I knew that it was going to be work but it is a lot more work than I thought. So many things to think about: When was the roof last done? The windows? When was the furnace and water tank last replaced? What does the foundation look like? Is there mould or leaks anywhere? What is the neighbourhood like? What are the property taxes like? Is it close to amenities? Schools? Hospitals, etc?

And then, if any of these questions are answered with an unflattering response, you are more inclined to move on to the next house. It is a strange and can be a stressful process to go through but God has been with us the entire time, blessing us with great people to work with, beautiful homes to look at and a great new place to be moving to! 

I am optimistic for the future and here is hoping that we find the perfect first home to grow our family - no babies yet, but someday! - and a home where we can grow together. :)

If you have gone through a similar experience (house hunting, apartment hunting, etc.), what was it like for you?

Sorry for the poor quality photo.. it's a phone upload :).

Friday, 8 July 2016

You're a Gem.

Happy Friday, everyone!
Remember, you are enough!
Now, go outside and smell the flowers :)

And Happy Birthday to the greatest husband ever! <3

"Contrary to popular belief, we don't have to become or do enough.
Because enough has been done. 
Two thousand years ago, on a cross.
And that makes you and me worth more than the most precious diamonds. 
You're a gem.
And you're so worth it."

- Jordan Lee, Wholehearted: A colouring devotional, pg. 44 -

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

FOTM: June.

Happy Hump Day, everyone!
I've decided that I am going to share my favourites of each month because I like/love a lot of things and thought, "why not?".
So, here are a few of my favourites for the month of June.

1. Books. In June, I really started to "Buckle" down and get my read on. You are a Badass is such an incredible book that has given me a lot to think about. I can be an incredibly shy person but this book has shown me that being shy is cute and all, but it will not get you what you want. Jen Sincero really knows how to connect with her reader and I felt like every paragraph resonated with me. 

My second book favourite came later in the month but it is my daily devotional. It is not just any daily devotional, it is a colouring book devotional! How. Awesome. Is. That? It's super awesome. I have been on the hunt for a devotional for months now and this little fella showed up in my mailbox as a very belated birthday present from my wonderful sister-in-law! With the guided discussions, it has truly helped me express my love for Christ.

2. The Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art Lens. This lens. Wowza! It has been a dream to use. Since the end of March, when I got it, I have not taken it off. It is my everything! Such a versatile lens that captures each shot so crisply and with ease. I cannot say enough good things about this purchase. For any of you photographers out there or those who are interested in photography, invest in a really good lens. It will be a lifesaver! (Photography tips coming soon!)

3. Podcast: Serial. I have never been into podcasts. They just seemed like the boring parts on the radio when the host would blab on about nothingness. Well, I am a changed woman! Serial (season one) is such a gripping and true tale about a 17 year old boy, now in his 30's, who was convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend. Hosted by Sarah Koenig, this podcast will have you on the edge of your seat, biting your nails, and holding in your pee all at the same time! Mark and I would find ourselves snuggled on the couch, the room slowly loosing the natural light of the sun, listening to Sarah Koenig add more evidence then take it away. Just. Ah! I love it!

4. Blog(s): Being Heather + Acoustic Erin. I love these two blogs. Both completely different but both awesome. I will be honest, I just discovered Heather's blog, but I wanted to include her here. Once I read her post on being married young, I could not believe how mature and beautiful her words were (by the way, she is only 21!). The other blog/blogger I am loving is Miss Erin! Not only is she always commenting such sweet words on my posts but she is also a very talented writer! Reading her posts give me inspiration for how I want to write. Both are lovely blogs and both are lovelier ladies. Check them out!

5. Clothing: Bodysuits. These things are a lifesaver! No longer do I have to re-adjust myself. No longer do I have to worry about my shirt untucking in unflattering areas. This baby is my go-to! I went into the changing room with one dress and came out with this magical clothing piece thanks to the awesome woman Garage (also a favourite!) who works the changing rooms! You need at least one bodysuit in your wardrobe. I may never by a regular tee again!

Well, there you have it! Just a few of my FOTM (favourites of the month-keeping it simple) for June.
What are you loving?

Monday, 4 July 2016

Don't be beautiful.

Since turning 25 in April, I have reflected back on my life and the things I wish I could have known when I was a teen.
If I could go back and give my 16 year old self some advice, it would be to worry less.
Worry less about how big your nose is because you are probably the only one that thinks it is that big.
Worry less about how much you weigh. You are already small for your age, if anything, you need to bulk up!
Worry less about boys. You are 16, boys are a waste of time right now. Focus on you.
Worry less about being beautiful. 
Worry less about pleasing others. Being a pushover will get you nowhere and will crush your future confidence in the abilities and talents you have.

Be funny, be kind, be caring, be generous, be adventurous, be positive, be present!

If you could go back and give your 16 year old self a piece of advice, what would it be?

Don't be beautiful.
They keep saying that beautiful is something a girl needs to be.
But honestly? Forget that. Don't be beautiful.
Be angry, be intelligent, be witty, be klutzy, be interesting,
be funny, be adventurous, be crazy, be talented -
there are an eternity of other things
to be other than beautiful.
And what is beautiful anyway
but a set of letters strung together to make a word?
Be your own definition of amazing, always.
That is so much more important than anything beautiful, ever.

Photo taken by Mark Buckle.

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Jessica + Joseph | Shilo, MB

Jessica and Joseph are two fellow Nova Scotians who are expecting to welcome a new member here in the heart of Canada this August!
With parents like these, Baby Roode is going to be showered with love and have many laughs. :)

Monday, 27 June 2016


Unlike a lot of Christians, I was not brought up with the Lord on a daily or even weekly basis.
I had never read the Bible, church was a once in a blue-moon thing, and the topic of Christ was never a suppertime conversation.
It is not that my parents do not believe, but I think it may be due to the fact that they themselves were never rooted in the love of Christ. 
So how could they pass on a love that did not exist for them?
But, here I am, a twenty-five year old woman who planted her own roots in love for the Lord! 
This is not me trying to push my religion or faith on to you.
 This is me telling you that it is never too late to plant your roots into something that you love!

What is something that you want to plant your roots in?

"I pray
that you, 
being rooted and established
in love
may have power together with
all the Lord's people to grasp
how wide and how long
and how deep 
is the love of Christ.."

- Ephesians 3:17-19 -

Thursday, 23 June 2016


Minnedosa Beach, Manitoba, Canada.
"Surrendering is the free-falling backwards into the unknown and trusting that The Universe will catch you. And this can't be done from a place of lack or a place of mistrust - OK, I'm releasing, you better come through beotch! - you have to give it all you've got and totally let it go for reals, you must fall back, have faith, be grateful, and wait. And while you're at it ...
Love yourself.
And the Motherlode shall bestow her magic upon you."

-Jen Sincero, You are a Badass, pg. 229-