My name is Anna.
I’m 26 years old.
I was born and raised in the Cayman Islands, and moved to Vancouver, Canada in January 2010 after studying at UBC in Vancouver for four years.
I also lived in England for a short time as a teenager (my extended family all live there).
I love Vancouver but am often homesick so go back home at least once a year. We maintain a home there but it’s rented out full time so we tend to live like tourists on our island when we go home, and I have no complaints about that.
When I say “we” I mean my family – I live with my mom Pat; my sister Katherine and her husband Jon live in Calgary and we visit often. My father passed away of cancer in December 2008. He was the best dad and man you would ever have the good fortune to know.
The picture below is from our only family photoshoot, in 2004. So I’m a mere 19 years old…so crazy how time flies.
I love yoga. I take every opportunity to go into a yoga pose, sometimes obviously (I got lots of weird looks for the photo below) and sometimes discreetly (try doing mountain pose when waiting in line; you’ll feel so much better by the time you’re done waiting!).
You’ll always feel better after doing a forward fold and a quick sun salutation and if you’ve never chanted om – as crazy Zen as it sounds – you need to. It vibrates through your whole body and makes you feel so much better.
I love the environment at my local YYoga so that’s where I choose to practice (and if you’re ever in Cayman, Bliss Living Yoga is run by two fantastic ladies) but there are many studios and it’s all about finding the right one for you.
I’m a worrier by nature but have brought this way under control partly thanks to yoga, spirituality/religion, life experiences, friends, mentors, my business…I believe in eternally learning from your surroundings so I am constantly trying to live the paradox of being happy with who I am while constantly striving to be better. I think that’s healthy.
I do my very best to take time to stop and smell the roses, because life moves pretty quickly.
I have three ginger cats who are adorable and amazing each in their own unique way. I grew up with cats but discovered a couple of years ago (after acquiring all three of these ginger boys) that I have developed moderate to severe allergies to their dander. So I sleep with an air purifier in my room and suck it up :).
From left: Bart, Bill, Ben. Bill and Ben are brothers, adopted from Burnaby SPCA in Canada. My dad named them after the 1950s British cartoon Bill and Ben the Flowerpot Men. Bart we adopted from the Cayman Islands Humane Society. They’re all adorable lovemuffins!
Here are a few posts that might help you get to know me better, if you’re interested: