Crystal Williams

Disability Advocate, Mental Health Advocate, Blogger, Kabuki Syndrome, Animal lover & Loves Travel

Hello Everyone, Happy Friday!

It’s been way too long since I have done my last blog post, so today I’ve decided to get back to my blog and talk about my fitness. For me I’ve never really enjoyed working out. For me working out for the longest time was not really my thing but once I started realizing how it has changed my mental health for the better and it also benefits my horseback riding. It really changed my mind set for the better not only for my physical but also my mental health as well. I’m sure there’s a lot of people out there who can agree with me that do have trouble with mental health and how fitness has been a great way to change their lives for the better. So for me what I really like to do for fitness besides horseback riding is use the stationer bike, yoga, kettlebell & squats.

The biggest thing that I have found to really help me with my fitness is to keep track of all of my workouts by writing them down on a calendar so that I can be accountable for myself because let’s be honest it’s all up to me and I do feel much better after I have done a workout even on the days that really do not feel like doing a workout. I do know for a fact that when I skip one of my workouts I do regret it the next day. One of my biggest goals for this year is that I want to do the Grouse Grind and I’m really excited that my husband has agreed to do that with me. We are planning to do that at the end of the summer. It does make a difference when my husband and I are being supportive for each other.

Well I hope that my blog post for today has helped you by giving you some motivation or if you just enjoyed reading about how it has helped me for the better. Well that’s it for me today everyone have a. great day and a great weekend!

~Crystal~

Hello Everyone, Happy Friday. So it’s been a couple of weeks since my husband and I went away on our Alaska cruise. It was really nice to have a relaxing get away together. We had been planning this trip since after Christmas. We first thought about doing this trip when we saw the brochure for it while we were away on our honeymoon back in October. First off we thought about tricking our family that we had booked another trip while on our honeymoon but then once we really thought about it we were both like yeah let’s book the trip and I’m so happy we did. We did a 7 day cruise to Alaska from Vancouver which was a round trip. It was aboustley beautiful it defiantly felt like we were at home while we were away with all the nature. So we went to three different places in Alaska.

Our first stop was Juneau. In Juneau we took a bus tour to see one glacier and a water fall. The weather that day was rain although it wasn’t that bad. The glacier was defiantly beautiful. They had a couple of different trails that you could take and some of them were longer then others. Along the different trails they had all kinds of different information about the trails, glacier and water fall. They also had a welcome centre where you could go in watch a movie about the glacier, a gift shop, more information about the glacier and a beautiful look out spot to see the glacier.

Our second stop was in Skagway we did a zip lining excursion which was so much fun. We were both pretty excited about getting to do zip lining again. We both really enjoyed it because we got to do ten different zip lines some of them were short ones and they also had a few longer ones as well. Matthew and I really enjoyed it because we got to do tricks on the different zip lines oh and the scenery was so breath taking. On our way up to the zip line course we saw some seals in the water and a bald eagle in a field. We got to drive through the small little town as well. Also while we were in Skagway they had a local come on the cruise ship with some of his dogs that had puppies so we got to cuddle and interact with six week old sled dog puppies. Oh my goodness were they ever adorable and so well behaved.

Our next stop was the Glacier Bay National Park. We stayed on the boat that day and got to be very close to the glacier. You could see parts of the glacier falling off and it sounds like lighting. Matthew and I stayed on our balcony in our room for the glacier. We even ate outside that morning which was beautiful but a little cold and also so worth it.

Our last stop in Alaska was in Ketchikan. We both decided to do some shopping that day and just walk around the town that day. It was a beautiful small town it really reminded me of Fort Langley back home. With all the different local shops and architecture. There was lots of information everywhere about Ketchikan.

We both did a lot more reading on this trip which was great. I spent most of my time just relaxing and reading which was what I really wanted to do. We had lots of great food and drinks both of the speciality restaurants on the ship were great. Well that’s pretty much it about our trip. Here’s some of the photos that we got.

~Crystal~

Hello everyone!

Happy Good Friday & Happy Easter Long Weekend!

Today on the blog I’m going to talk about the LMQH Bazaar fundraiser that I took part of two weekends ago now. Every year at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley BC they have a big event with lots of different vendors, music, entertainment, kid zone, clinicians, disciplines, demos & much more. Every year my riding stable Valley Therapeutic Equestrian Association takes part in this big event. This year the event was on Sunday April 7,2019. I felt so horned to be able to take part in it. They had asked me if I was interested in doing a riding demo & also do a speech about how Valley Therapeutic Equestrian Association has helped me & also talked about my disability. For those of you who have never heard of Valley Therapeutic Equestrian Association or just want to know a little more about this amazing organization. Valley Therapeutic Equestrian Association first started in 1983 & is a nonprofit organization. They currently have ten horses. All of the instructors are all cantra certified. We are always looking for volunteers for in the barn or in the arena to help with the lessons. We are open to all abilities. If you would like more information about them you can contact them by email, phone and on social media. Here’s the link to the Website & Facebook page

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Now I would like to talk about my experience with Valley Therapuetic Equestrian Association & why this orgiantion is very important to me. I first started riding at Valley Therapeutic Equestrian when I was three & a half years old because of my disability I had very poor balance & my fine motor skills were very delayed. I have been riding there for about twenty years. I love being there not only because I get to ride but also being able to volunteer as well. Getting to give back to them for all they have done for me is so important to me because I love getting to see all of the other riders who also have disabilities be able to improve their skills as well. Valley Therapuetic Equestrian Associationis my home away from home. Whenever i’m having a bad week or a bad day I always look forward to my day at the barn spending time with the horses & the amazing people. Now I horseback ride independently & I’m even doing some compactions as well. So I really hope that you enjoyed reading this blog post! Here’s a couple of pictures of myself from thunderbird riding my current horse Taco!

~Crystal~

Hi Everyone,

It’s been three weeks since my Husband Matthew and I got back from our trip to Abu Dhabi. It was definitely a trip of a life time that we both will never forget. I’m sure a lot of you have questions Well, first off it was for the Special Olympics World Summer Games. Matthew and I were invited to attend the games as honored guests because he’s a former Sargent Shriver International Global Messenger and also is a former Special Olympics International Board Member. We were there for the whole time for the games. Matthew got to walk in with one of the countries for opening ceremonies and he also got to MC two different events while we were there as well. I was very proud of him. The opening ceremonies were absolutely amazing I was completely blown away. The entertainment was great but what I loved the most was getting to see some of the athletes getting to be a big part of the ceremonies. We got to see a little bit of team Canada compete. We watched a bit of team Canada’s soccer team, got to watch two of the Canadian’s bocce players and we also got to watch team Canada’s basketball team as well. It was really nice that we were able to spend a little bit of time with some of team Canada. We got to do a some sight seeing while we were there. Getting to see The Grand Mosque was incredible I was completely speechless. It was absolutely beautiful. The whole architecture was beautiful and all of the designs on the walls were spectacular. The whole time I was in the Mosque I had no words because I was in awe. We also did a tour in the desert where we got to ride camels with the Global Messengers and some of the Special Olympics staff. Getting to ride a camel was preety cool it’s a little bit different than riding a horse but I would defiantly do it again. We got to watch the sunset in the desert then had dinner and watched some performers. I was super excited to watch equestrian at the world games. We watched a new event for equestrian that i’ve never heard of before which was pretty cool, it was called walking trails. We got to go watch some of the global messengers take part in a unified beach volleyball game it was very exciting. Matthew and I got to also take part in a unified game of tennis which was harder than i thought it would be and also it was a lot of fun too. We went to Warner Brothers World to check it out it was so neat to see all the different characters walking around we got our pictures with a bunch of them while we were there. One day we went to Dubai with the global messengers and Special Olympics staff members for part of the day. We all got to go up in the tallest buliding in the world which was crazy but what an incredible experience. While we were in Dubai we also went to a local market that was an interesting experience on it’s own. We had a few receptions that we attended for dinner one was at the emirates palace and the other one was with the Shriver family. The closing ceremonies were amazing as well great entertainment and the speeches were great as well. Overall it was an incredible experience all around and definitely a trip of a lifetime for sure. The food was all amazing and everyone was very helpful and very friendly. Well that’s pretty much it. Here’s some of our pictures and i hope you enjoyed this blog post.

~Crystal~

I always find the winter months to be tough for me with my depression. It’s hard when it’s dark, cold and wet outside for the winter. I have been struggling with depression for nine years now. When I first started feeling depressed I didn’t tell anyone about it because i was scared and worried that nobody understood how I was feeling. I also felt like i was not worthy. Plus I also felt like why am I even still here nobody seems to care about me. So i was always feeling empty inside and just keep my feelings locked up but deep down i was hurting myself in the long run.

Now I’m really happy that here in Canada we have the Bell Let’s Talk day to help share the stigma with mental health. I have learned to surround myself with people who love me and support me. I’ve also learned that taking one day at a time and trying to think positive thoughts also helps. Over the past year my husband and I adopted a cat from a rescue shelter. Buttons has completely changed our lives not only has she been helping me overcome with my depression but Buttons has also help us both when we are having a bad stressful day and also to keep us company.

For those of you that also suffer from metal health. Know that you are not alone out there. The hardest thing is opening up and talking about it. It’s okay to not be okay, but do know that you are worthy, you are deserve to be happy. Things will get better!

~Crystal~

Hi Everyone,

Happy New Year! 

It’s been over a week into the new year and things are good. Hopefully everyone had a good Christmas holiday and a very good New Years.

Anyways moving on so every year I have made a New Years resolution but I can never stick to it so for this year I have decided not to make one. Instead I have decided I’m going to be making smaller goals that I know I can stick to like eating less junk food, eating healthier and doing things that make me happy. This year is going to be a good one.

Matthew & I have already book our next cruise we are really looking forward to going to Alaska in May for a week. We are hoping to do a little more traveling this year.  I’m hoping this year to try and do some more photography while we do a little bit of travel this year. Last year I didn’t get to do much of it and I’m always trying to do more writing wether it’s writing a new blog post or just writing in general. I’m also planning on reading more this year as well. Trying to get back to doing to other things that I love doing that I haven’t had much time to do.

Well that’s about all for now. More to come soon!

~Crystal~

Well it’s Christmas Eve. It’s been quite a year for both Matthew & I.

First off we adopted Buttons our cat back in March. Adopting Buttons was probably one of the best decisions that we had made. She has brought us so much happiness & we are both very excited to celebrate her first Christmas with us as a family.

Then second of all we got married back in September. We were both very happy & excited to share our special day with all of our closest family & friends. It was definitely everything that we could have asked for & then some.

Third of all we went away on our honeymoon in October. We did a 15 day cruise to Hawaii which was definitely a much needed vacation for both of us.

We both look forward to spending lots of time with family tomorrow for Christmas. Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Here’s a few pictures of our place decorated for Christmas.

~Crystal~

It’s been long over due since I did my last blog post from our wedding. So now today i’m going to take the chance to tell you about some of our highlights from our honeymoon back from October.

We both really enjoyed our 15 day cruise to Hawaii. We spent the night downtown Vancouver the night before our cruise. We enjoyed getting to spend lots of time having lots of R&R which was much needed for the both of us. We got to do lots of fun things on the boat like going to the nice restaurants for dinners, watching lots of different movies on movie under the stars, going swimming at the pools on the ship, going to the spa, going to the gym, going to different comedy shows, playing different games on the ship and much more! Here just a few pictures of us on the ship during our days at sea.

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Hilo, Hawaii

We did a Zip lining tour in Hilo which was so much fun we got to zip line through three different waterfalls which were beautiful and also got to zip line through some other beautiful scenery from the island.

 

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Maui, Hawaii

Maui was our free day to do some shopping & we also went to Bubba Gump for lunch. We have already been to Maui before so we really enjoyed going shopping getting some small gifts & buying a few little things for ourselves. 

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Honolulu, Hawaii 

We got to do a tour of Pearl Harbor which was nice to learn more about what happened to the island & we also did a bit of a tour drive of the island got to see a lookout view on the island it was a beautiful view.

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Kauai, Hawaii 

We got to go on a snorkeling tour for this island the snorkeling wasn’t the greatest but we got to see three sea turtles which usually never happens plus we also got to see lots of dolphins swimming and jumping around our boat  which was amazing i’d never thought in my lifetime i would get to see them that close. 

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Well I hope you enjoyed reading about some of our highlights from our trip! That’s all for now! I will do a blog post before Christmas everyone have a great weekend!

~Crystal~

Saturday September 29, 2018

was definitely a day that both Matthew & I will remember forever. For the longest time it felt like it was taking a long time to come with all the planning. We were both very excited & happy once all the planning was finished. Once all the planning was finally finished it meant the wedding was almost here. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect it was a cloudy day so all of our pictures were absolutely gorgeous. Our wedding venue was The Redwoods Golf Course in Langley. We had our ceremony outside over looking the golf course & the mountains. Walking down the aisle I was definitely excited but also I was a little nervous to see Matthew standing at the end of the altar he looked so incredibly handsome. My heart definitely skipped a beat when my dad & I started walking into the ceremony. After the ceremony we had our pictures done with our family, then the wedding party pictures & then pictures of just the two of us. As we were finishing up the last of our pictures it started raining. Then our wedding reception was under a large tent outside. We were both blown away by the amount of our family & friends that came from all over to support us. Overall our wedding day was everything & more that we could have ever asked for.

A special thank you to all of our vendors that made our wedding day absolutely perfect!

Venue- Redwoods Golf Course

Photography- Stefanie Fournier Photography

Hair & Makeup- Amethyst Crystal Organic Beauty

Florist- Buckets Fresh Flower Market

Bakery- Kickass Cakes

Decor- Cinderella Slip-Ons Chair Covers And Decor

Officiant- Jeff Renaud

DJ- Dance Party

Here’s just a few pictures from our wedding! Enjoy 

Crystal

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Hey Everyone

Happy Sunday. I hope that everyone has been enjoying summer. It’s so hard to even think that we are already almost in the middle of August. Where did the time go. Soon summer will be over & then we will be back into fall. Which i’m really looking forward to because my Fiance  & I are getting married at the end of September. We both couldn’t be happier.

Just looking at my blog site & it’s been a few months since i’ve posted anything. My fiance & I have been very busy with planning our wedding which is under 50 days away. It’s been over Two years since we got engaged & we thought that all the planning was going to be really easy although sometimes it has been a little bit stressful we are both very thankful for all the support & help we have gotten from all of our family & friends.  We have been trying to get as much of the planning done as we can before the big day comes so that we have less stress. Although we still have a few things left to do.

Both of us are now at the point where we are done with the planning & would like the day to come. We both just want to be married because that’s how much we love each other.  We are both looking forward to sharing our special day with all of our closest family & friends. Matthew & I are looking forward to being able to spend the rest of our life together as husband & wife.

Well that’s all for now for this blog post. More to come. I hope you enjoy this post!

~Crystal~