21 Questions with Keira-Anne

When my pal Shay asked to interview me for a change, 20 Questions-style, I couldn’t refuse. Plus one extra question for Keira-Anne.

    True fact: I have no idea how or why I named my blog using my first and middle names because no one has ever actually called me that. Nonetheless, it’s how my slice of online space has evolved and it’s often how people greet me in real life when we meet. Shay authors the METRIN blog and asked if she could turn the tables on Keira-Anne, so to speak, and interview yours truly. I jumped at the idea! The interview was originally published over there, but I’m happy to share my answers, thoughts, and experiences with their readers and my own. And if we ever meet in real life, you can just call me Keira.

Originally written by Shay Ferdinand.

Keira-Anne Morgan has been a lifestyle and personal blogger for over a decade, she is one of our many valued METRIN customers and she couldn’t be more beautiful – inside, in person and in her writing.

This Vancouver Island-born outdoor enthusiast has always had a passion for healthy lifestyle choices and recognizing beauty in the small things. Since Keira migrated to Vancouver in 2004, she began chronicling her life story for her friends and family back home. As a result, what began as a daily diary soon became an inspiring sequence of positive anecdotes about her adventures, dreams, and giving back to the community.

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Keira is unlike any other blogger; she’s a beaming sense of hope and encouragement for her readers. As she eloquently stated in a blog post from 2009:

“Focus on yourself, on your growth and your development… appreciate the delicate distinctions within relationships and, more importantly, as individuals.”

From camping with her family, local fundraisers, animal rescues, or to eloping in Hawaii, Keira has always been authentic, optimistic, and open-minded.

She is just approaching her three-year wedding anniversary with her “babelicious” husband – a firefighter who she met at a charity event (I know right? I’m waiting for the “based-on-a-true-story” movie release too). Together they live with their cute little rescue pup named Jordy. Her daily routine includes: waking up at 5 am to walk the dog, making a healthy smoothie, working for the public and contributing to the community in every way she can.

Fun fact for her readers: Keira’s life would be incomplete without hot baths, Netflix, beach-combing, baking, reading, and spending time with her family.

Fun fact for Keira-Anne: her readers’ lives would be incomplete without her.

Now it’s time to dig a little deeper into that open mind of hers with a game of 21 Questions!

1. What’s your biggest fear?
Loss.

2. How do you cheer yourself up?

It depends on what’s getting my down. Sometimes all I need is a hug! My favourite way to feel grounded and joyful again is by hiking or even just getting out in nature for a quick walk. If neither of those are available to me, I’ll settle for a warm bath, essential oils, and a generous glass of red wine.

3. What’s your greatest strength?

My ability to see the sunny side of any circumstance.

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Photo by Karen Loudon

4. What’s your most embarrassing moment?

“Moment” as in a singular instance? Embarrassing moments happen far too frequently for me to point to one particular time!

5. Do you remember when you fell in love?

I don’t really remember exactly when I fell in love with my husband, but I think I knew right from the night that I met him that things were different. It wasn’t long after that that I knew deep down he wasn’t going anywhere. The man defined “game-changer” for me very early on.

6. Who inspires you?

I’m inspired by the determination my husband displays each and every day. I’m inspired by my friends who dream big and dare to go after what they want. I’m inspired by my colleagues and the genuine passion they have for the important work they do.

7. What are you most thankful for?

I’ve been through enough in my life to be grateful for each and every good thing I receive. I’ve been fortunate for my well-being and the opportunities I’ve been given, so I endeavor to never take them for granted.

8. What’s your favourite outdoor activity?

Hiking! Followed very closely by beachcombing and surfing.

9. What’s your favourite thing about Vancouver?

Believe it or not, the airport. Each morning I get up around 5:30 am and take our dog out. I love hearing the early-morning jets at YVR start their engines, and the first flights of the day taxiing down the runways.

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Photo by Rebecca Bollwitt

10. What’s at the top of your bucket list?

It’s definitely a three-way tie between the Nepal/Tibet region, Iceland, and Kenya and/or Tanzania.

11. What’s in your purse right now?

My white whale-print Nixon wallet; my keys; a floral zippered pouch containing a nail file, dental floss, a comb, hand sanitizer, Dr. Pepper Lip Smackers, hand cream, and bobby pins; Excel bubble mint-flavoured gum; an Ikea pencil; Serenity and Whisper essential oils; and my cell phone.

12. What’s the last photo you took on your cell phone?

A Starbucks peppermint mocha in a red cup that I bought on my lunch break. I had to send the photo to my husband – it’s a running inside joke between us.

13. What’s your favourite book/movie of all time?

My favourite movie of all time is John Carpenter’s Big Trouble in Little China, and my favourite book of all time is Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms. A close second would be Joseph Boyden’s The Orenda.

14. If you could travel through time, when and where would you go?

I really love Western films, so I’d be tempted to travel to the mid-1800s in the southwestern U.S.

15. If you could have 3 people over for dinner (living or dead) who would they be?

Goldie Hawn, Malcolm McDowell (just to listen to him speak!), and Drew Barrymore.

16. What are you looking forward to in the future?

Big changes! We’re soon moving to a new (to us) home that we just bought in a new community. Plus it means I’m starting a new job. I’m both anxious and totally excited!

17. If you were granted 3 wishes what would they be?

Continued good health, unlimited travel opportunities with my husband, and, frankly speaking, financial freedom.

18. Do you have any regrets?

I know we’re supposed to say “I have no regrets,” but if I’m honest that is not entirely true. While I don’t regret anything I went through, nor do I regret the lessons I got from my experiences, I do regret time that, in retrospect, seems wasted. There are a few occasions in my life where I wish I’d simply learned my lesson and moved on instead of prolonging the inevitable.

19. What’s your spirit animal?

Several! And each one definitely reflects a part of my personality. The orca whale because of my playful love of the ocean; the shark because of my introverted nature; the wolf for my independent spirit; and the grizzly because of my fierce love and protectiveness. Plus bison, but for no other reason than that they have simply captivated my heart.

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20. How do you handle negative comments, or trolls?

Candidly. It’s quite rare these days that I get negative comments on my blog or social media, but when I do I face them head-on in a kind nature. The ability people have to hide behind computer screens is one of the most frustrating parts of the online community, and I think it’s important to cast light on shadows. If someone feels strongly enough about something that they feel the need to say something, imply something, or comment on it to me, then I think it’s often worth acknowledging – whether I agree with their opinion or not.

21. Do you have any advice for young writers?

Keep it light and write only what you want to write. Several years ago, I felt pressured to publish a blog post every single day in order to boost my SEO and increase my readership, but when I did that, the quality of my blogging plummeted and I was very unhappy with what I was producing. After a year or two of that, I stopped blogging altogether. In the two years that followed, I published maybe half a dozen posts. When I started to write again for myself about things I wanted to write about, I began to once again enjoy the art of stringing sentences together. It doesn’t matter who reads your work or who doesn’t. What matters is remembering what is driving you to write in the first place, and staying true to that.

Thanks for your honest opinion and always staying positive Keira-Anne, we can’t wait to read about your next adventure!

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