Sunday, December 31, 2017

Positivity for 2018

Hello, I haven't been on here in a while now.  Today is December 31, 2017 and I am now 33 years old.  Tomorrow will be a new year and I thought I'd outline my resolutions!

Disclaimer: I am not any sort of counsellor or doctor, these are all just my thoughts.

1. I'm going to have  a positive outlook.  Life can throw us some major curve balls when we least expect it.  Our minds can take over and keep running with negative thoughts.  Life seems unfair at times.  Or, even most of the time for some of us.  But I've learned that if you can't change the situation that you perceive as negative, change the way you look at it.  Actually, I believe I read that somewhere.   I obviously can't speak for everyone and I know some people have been through major life events that I can't comprehend.  I've been through some tough stuff that I won't go into but now I'm trying to look at it all as a learning and growing experience.. part of the human experience.  Each event has made me stronger than before.  I can say, "Why me?" Or "Life is unfair." Or I can pick myself up and say, "Good job for getting through that."  I watched a YouTube video the other day that resonated with me.  There was this Japanese clay bowl that was made a long time ago (maybe 100 years ago?).  You could see the imprints of the fingers of the person who made the bowl.  Somehow, the bowl was dropped and broken but instead of being thrown away or glued together perfectly so the cracks weren't visible, it was glued together with some sort of gold glue/paint.  This was a Ted Talks video. The speaker something along the lines of the bowl being even more beautiful with the cracks highlighted.  Therefore, im going to embrace what I would have possibly judged as "flaws" or "problems" or "broken pieces" and I'm going to pick them up and glue them together with the most beautiful glue I can find.

2.  I'm going to cut out sugar.  I stopped putting sugar in my coffee three years ago.  I also stopped eating a lot of processed foods and sugars.  Then, this most recent holiday season came and there was sugar everywhere (cookies, cake, etc)  and trust me, I ate it.  But then I went through two weeks of feeling sluggish, moody, lethargic, foggy, sick and I had headaches and stomach pains.  I'm not a doctor but honestly I think sugar is not good for me!  Now I'm back to veggies and fruits and I'm slowly starting to have more energy again.  I'm going to start 2018 with more energy!

3.  I'm going to use the gym three times a week.  I've been putting off working out lately but I want to get back into it.  I love the feeling I have after a good workout.  It also seems to give me a better sleep at night.

4. I'm going to disable Facebook.  I saw another Ted Talk about how, before phones, there were "stopping cues".  For example, you read a book and then it ends.  Social media never stops.  You can scroll forever and waste valuable time.  Therefore, I'm disabling Facebook and I will see how much more I can accomplish.

Okay, that's all of my resolutions for now as I need to get up and go shopping, exercise, etc.

Tomorrow, I will start the day with the polar bear swim.  I like starting the year jumping into freezing water with a bunch of friends and strangers!  :)

Happy New Year everyone and I hope this new year brings you what you wish for!


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Sasquatch Extras

Here are some more pictures from Sasquatch 2013!  By the way, the tip I learned this year was to buy premier camping.  Free showers, free shuttle, enough said!
Such a beautiful location.

Who I saw after falling on the ground.  Always camera ready!

Sunrise! Don't see this very often.

Getting out the extra energy.

Stages and some camping in the background.

Alexander Ebert <3

Chilling on the hill in the rain.

Gorgeous view.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Music Festival Fashion 2013

Hey everyone!  As promised, here are some pictures of what my friends and I wore to Sasquatch 2013.  The weather was sunny for all but one day of the festival!

Kept the hair out of my face with a side braid.

Road trip begins!

Feathers for the hair.  We got to make these neon sunglasses at the Neon Sharpie tent.

The first day was super warm, perfect for shorts and tanks.

Beautiful coral waterfall dress.

Such a cute hat and glasses!

We broke out the sweaters and leggings in the evening.

Day two, dressed in a cute blue summer dress.

Cute floral dress.

I tied up my striped maxi dress because it was so hot outside!

The rain came out on the last day, so I had no choice but to pair my skirt with rubber boots and all my winter clothes haha.
Cute rain jacket!

All bundled up!

And then the rain started pouring down... so we broke out the blue ponchos!


Thanks for reading!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Music Festival Fashion

Hey everyone!
I thought I would do a music festival fashion post.  These are pictures of what my friend and I wore last year.  Soon, I should have pictures up of what we wore this year!  But until then...
What are your favourite music festival styles?
Loose t-shirts, scarves, hoodies.

Bright colours

Prints, one pieces, cardigans
More bright colours, long necklaces, big shades, hats

Long flowy skirts, lace tops

Ear plugs!  haha.  Striped hoodies, scarves

Summer dresses, belts, hats

Maxi skirts, tank tops
Jean jackets and sweaters for when the temp drops at night

Comfy clothes, i.e.: yoga pants and flip flops for the roadtrip home

Deer sweaters!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

smitten over smoothies

banana, spinach, blueberry pomegranate juice

before and after: banana, strawberry, spinach, mango, flax powder, blueberry pomegranate juice.
the "after" picture doesn't look too appetizing but it sure tastes good.
coconut water, spinach, wheatgrass, banana, mango, avocado

green smoothie and pink smoothie (can't remember the ingredients!).
the pots just happened to match the colours of the smoothies :)

Hey everyone, just thought I'd share some of my favourite smoothie recipes.  I'm a little obsessed over making these things daily.  Blending smoothies brings out my creative side plus they are super yummy. 

 <Creativity + yummy = awesome>

I hope your weekend is going well.


Monday, February 11, 2013

c r e a t i n g __ s p a c e

Hey everyone!  This post is about creating space.  This can be about creating space for anything you want.  However, the examples I am posting here are for my yoga area.  Let me also just mention that making room for something does not necessarily call for big square footage... just some creativity.  (Photos at the bottom of post!!)    

My yoga mat has been curled up in the closet for... let's just say a long time.  I have been going to yoga but they have a mat and towel service which I find super convenient, so I haven't been using my own at all. 

I love yoga and meditation, so it would seem that I would roll out my mat on the living room floor every so often and practice a few poses, right?  No!  Doesn't seem to happen. 

After inspiration from magazines, blogs, books and ideas, I decided I needed to make a space.         S p a c e.      For yoga.  I realized that a permanent and pretty area for yoga practice will make it that much more inviting.   

So the other night, I took on the task of moving all of the furniture around in my apartment.  Re-organizing and moving giant floor-scratchable furniture always seemed like an easy idea when imagining it.  Ha ha - it's not! 

In a bachelor apartment, it almost seemed like tetris as I tried to move the couch and bed past one another, along with all of the other furniture.  By the end of the room's revamp, I was tired and sweaty but still wanted to try out the yoga space.  Yin anyone? 

So anyways, all in all I would say that this newly created yoga area only takes up about 4 feet x 10 feet of my studio apartment and I love it. 

So here are my tips:

  • Surround your space with things that make you feel how you want to feel.
  • Be creative and have fun.  You don't necessarily need a big area.
  • Use bright, happy, calming, soothing colours that make you want to be there.
  • Go with your preferences and instincts on design if you are the primary person using the space.  Everyone is different.  For example... I like having plants, calming colours/pictures, soothing music, the option of natural lighting or candle lighting, fresh air from a nearby window, etc. 

I hope you enjoy the pictures and I hope you can get some inspiration from them.  Please let me know if you have any comments or ideas as well! 

 I put my beautiful bamboo plants close by in a lovely brass vase.
Here is an overview of the entire space!  Fairly small but functional! 

Just looking at these bamboo plants makes me feel calm.

I put up these beach photos for a nice view! 

I find pastel, bright or earthy colours extremely uplifting and relaxing.  Here is my cute tropical plant (really not sure what it is) and scented candle.

Not pictured - relaxing music...

Happy decorating!


Monday, January 21, 2013

serenity in nature


The state of being calm, peaceful, and untroubled: "an oasis of serenity"." 


Hope everyone is having a good 2013 so far.  I hope the year hasn't been too stressful and I wish everyone happiness and peace.   
Above are a couple of photos I took near the end of 2012.  The ocean photo is one of my only sunrise photos... taken early, early in the morning from a boat.  The second photo is from a hike to a secluded beach.  I feel so much peace when in nature.   
The sounds, smells, sights... everything about the outdoors.
The crashing of the waves and the seagulls' calls.
The seaweed, salt and pine smell in the air. 
The untouched sand on hidden beaches.  
The footprints that wash away with each sneaker wave.
The salt on my camera lens.
The sticky sap from the pines.
The washed up driftwood taking comfort in the sand.
The sun, sand, salt, stillness...
Above poem by me (just wrote it now).
Above definition of serenity from Google front page.  :)