Navigating through the maze of life

Welcome to the first weekly email where I share my thoughts on creating a joyful and meaningful life and career.

My intention with this is to give you something to think about – so you can create the life you want (and not just passively wait for life to happen to you).

Each week, you will get:

  1. My thoughts on a topic related to career and life;
  2. An interesting quote;
  3. A question for you to reflect on for the week.

You are also more than welcome to send me your thoughts – I will reply back! 

My hope is to create a space where we can engage and learn something along the way. 

Life Lessons from Canada’s Scariest Corn Maze

Last week, I tried something new and slightly outside of my comfort zone.

In the spirit of Halloween, I went to check out “Canada’s scariest corn maze” – the Slaughter House Haunted Corn Maze attraction at Maan Farms in Abbotsford.

If you know me, I am NOT a fan of horror or scary things.

I like Halloween… (candy, cool costumes…)

But you wouldn’t catch me at any scary movie. And I don’t like zombies or gore.

So running around a corn maze being chased by grotesque creatures did not appeal to me.

But it was a friend’s final two weeks in Vancouver and she really wanted to go, and my boyfriend loved the idea of a thrilling, scary adventure.

Who was I to deny them?

So we did the drive to Abbotsford and I was feeling pretty neutral about it all…

That is…

Until we got there.

And you see these beautiful lights strung up and a wall of pretty pumpkins.

There’s an eerie fog throughout the farm.

We’re greeted by a clown with a cardboard chainsaw, directing us to the parking.

There’s people moving about and you hear high-pitched screams as actors jump scare you (they got my friend good, haha).

If I wasn’t in the mood for something scary earlier, I definitely was in the mood now.

I won’t spoil the experience in case you are planning to check out the haunted corn maze.

But I will leave you with some corn maze takeaways:

Takeaway #1: The Companions In Your Journey

We don’t need to navigate life’s maze alone. Your family, friends, mentors and loved ones are there to help and support you. 

If I wasn’t encouraged to go, I wouldn’t have the awesome memories of my haunted corn maze experience.

Takeaway #2: The Obstacles of Life

You can prepare as much as you like, but sometimes a guy in a pig mask is just going to jump out at you with a chainsaw. 

It will startle you. But you’ll pull it together and laugh it off. 

You can face whatever lies ahead.

Takeaway #3: It’s About The Journey

Enjoy the journey – the adrenaline rush, the excitement of facing your fears, and the thrill of overcoming obstacles. That’s all part of the adventure! 

And when you finally emerge at your final destination, there’s a sense of accomplishment and a story to tell.

My final thoughts about the corn maze – it was so much fun and the staff did such a great job curating the experience! 

Even after the first maze, I already knew I couldn’t wait to tell you all about it.

Your Quote of the Week

“Your new life is going to cost you your old one.

It’s going to cost you your comfort zone and your sense of direction.

It’s going to cost you your relationships and friends.

It’s going to cost you being liked and understood.

It doesn’t matter.

The people who are meant for you are going to meet you

on the other side. You’re going to build a new comfort

zone around the things that actually move you forward.

Instead of being liked, you’re going to be loved. Instead of

being understood, you’re going to be seen.

All you’re going to lose is what was built for a person you

no longer are.”

— Brianna Wiest, The Mountain Is You: Transforming Self-Sabotage Into Self-Master

Your Reflection Question

I shared about enjoying the journey because often I am focused on the destination. 

Remember that the destination felt worthwhile because of the journey you went on. You always grow in the journey.

Here is your prompt for the week:

What am I learning in my own journey?

Think about it, journal, share it with a friend!

I hope you enjoyed today’s email. Reply back to let me know what you think. 

I will see you next week with another topic, quote and question!

Take care,
Amber

PS. If you think any part of this email will help someone you know, please feel free to forward and share it with them. The more, the merrier.