Quotes For A Positive Year | Part 2

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Lately, with feeling homesick and all, I have been needing some positive vibes more than ever. I never realized that moving to Amsterdam would make me miss Canada so much! And its the simple things I miss too. Like large cereal aisles and home cooked meals. Ok, lets be honest. Most of the things I miss revolves around food (And family and friends too of course!).

So with all of these negative thoughts floating through my head I thought it would be a good idea to try and sweep them away with some positive thinking. Hopefully if you are feeling a little down as well, these will help you feel better about your situation or mood, even if just a little.

“You can’t make yourself feel positive, but you can choose how to act, and if you choose right, it builds your confidence.” – Julien Smith


“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw


“So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.” – Stephen Chbosky


“Remember, remember, this is now, and now, and now. Live it, feel it, cling to it. I want to become acutely aware of all I’ve taken for granted. – Sylvia Plath


“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” – Lao Tzu


“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” – Eleanor Roosevelt 


I hope that you enjoyed these positive quotes, and have a great weekend to go along with them! If you missed the first part you can find it here.

Until next time x

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Quotes For A Positive Year

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I really want to start 2015 on a positive note. This may be a superstitious idea, but I feel like if I start the year positively, the rest of the year will follow suit. One reason behind this thought is that I really want to make 2015 the best year yet. I have so many opportunities heading my way and I don’t want to screw them up. I truly want to try to make this year a positive one, not only for my sake, but for those around me as well.

One thing that always inspires me are quotes. I even have a journal that I write all of my favorite quotes in and it’s already half full. Time consuming? Yes. But it is a really great way to clear your mind and let good thoughts flow through you. That is why after looking over some of my quotes I have collected over the years, I decided to share a few of my favorites. Hopefully they will send some positive vibes to you as well!

You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunites and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this. – Henry David Thoreau


Don’t forget – no one else sees the world the way you do, so no one else can tell the stories that you have to tell. – Charles de Lint


Because there’s nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it’s send away. – Sarah Key


Everything you can imagine is real. – Pablo Picasso


Study while others are sleeping; work while others are laofing; prepare while others are playing; and dream while others are wishing. – William Arthur Ward


It is better, I think, to grab at the stars than to sit flustered because you know you can’t reach them. – R.A. Salvatore


You don’t pass and fail at being a person, dear. – Neil Gaiman


If you wake up tired, you’ve been chasing dreams. If you go to bed tired, you’re making your dreams happen. – Benny Bellamacina

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My 2014 Christmas Wish List

As Christmas creeps closer and closer the stress of holiday shopping becomes more evident. I remember that when I was younger I used to always wait till the week before Christmas, and sometimes even till Christmas eve, to do my gift shopping. Yikes! I’m glad I don’t do that anymore! I have also discovered that over the years it becomes harder to know what to buy for people. Suddenly, everyone has everything they need and you have to start getting a little more creative. It was so much easier just buying toys for people! Thus this post! Here is my Christmas wish list that I am hoping will throw a little inspiration your way if you feel lost during this gift giving season.Christmas Wish List

  1. Knit Sweater
  2. Sketchbook
  3. Instax mini 8 film/photos
  4. Scented candles
  5. Slippers
  6. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
  7. Eye Shadow palette

I hope everyone is having a happy holiday so far! And for those of us still suffering through exams, good luck!

Until next time x

Inspirational Delights

eye candy x inspirationI’ve thought about making this post for a long time, but have only gotten around to doing it now. Its a compilation of things that inspire me to create, but also a visual represenation of things that make me happy I guess? Not sure how to explain that one but here goes!

As soon as autumn hits I immediately begin to start planning Christmas presents, and this year is no different. I especially love to look at different ideas for wrapping, you can get so creative! Which is why Pink Frilly’s blog post is featured here. Usually I run out of time to do anything really creative, so this year I want to try something different and take my gifts to the next level!

My mom has a lot of succulents growing in the garden, but I would absolutely love to bring some of them inside to freshen up the house. I always toy with the thought of putting plants in my room, but because I live in the basement I am afraid they will die from lack of light. :( However, I am hoping that in my future house I can use some of these ideas for planting succulents. They are so cute!

Patterns are always one thing that grabs my attention, and this one by Georgiana Paraschiv is no different. I was especially drawn into the use of the bigger gold dots because for some reason, I am really loving gold right now. I mainly like looking at patterns for inspiration on future designs I might want to create, whether that be just for drawings or maybe designing mugs. Who knows?

The makeup in this photo (I unfortunately don’t know where it originally comes from) really got my mind running a thousand miles a minute for ideas on future photography projects. I have always wanted to have a shoot featuring really dramatic makeup, so this one might need to be added to the list of possible styles.

This scrapbook for Urban Outfitters is such a great idea! For some reason it is really hard to find any instax albums here, so I am at a loss as to what to do with my polaroids, but I think this solved it!

Me being a pessimist, I was instantly drawn to this print from The Motivated Type on Etsy. I am trying to have a more positive outlook on life right now, and this definitely fits in to that agenda! I might need to ask for this for Christmas.

I hope everyone enjoyed this post, I might do more in the future. :)

Until next time x

Bedroom Decor Inspiration

DSC_0860One of my favorite things to do on the web is browse interior decor. I love finding new inspiration for every room in the house and always think that if I owned a house I would decorate it like this or that. Sometimes, I seriously contemplate moving out just so that I can decorate my own place!

DSC_0878 DSC_0856DSC_0852I think that an important part of anyone’s bedroom is feeling comfortable in it. It feels so good to be surrounded by the things you love, which is why I love surrounding myself with books, cameras and pictures of my friends and family.

DSC_0867DSC_0871I also enjoy seeing other peoples bedrooms (I do realize this sounds creepy :3 I’m not trying to be lol). However, I have noticed that compared to my friends I look like such a hoarder! My friends rooms have a few things in it whereas my bedrooms shelves are covered in stuff that I have collected over the years. The bad thing is that my whole family is like this. It must run in the family….

DSC_0876 DSC_0877I hope that this post gave you some inspiration if you just moved or are redecorating. I always like to change things up every once in a while just to keep things feeling fresh.

Until next time x

Finding Inspiration: Above LA

Time lapse videos are one of my favorite things to watch. There are always two sides to a city, and to see that come to life in only a couple of minutes is stunning. Chris Pritchard did an amazing job when he put together Above LA, a time lapse of the city moving from day to night.

After watching this video I had a new found respect for LA. I have only been once (A family trip to Disneyland) and it was fun, but I couldn’t get over the urban sprawl of the city. That aspect made me sad. However, when you see the city glowing at night it becomes far more magical. I love city lights. If I could drive, I would probably aimlessly wander around Kelowna just to look at all the lights.

Another reason I love time lapse videos is that they are something I have always aspired to make and never have. Maybe soon I will try my hand at it.

Until next time. x

Finding Inspiration: So Much Talent in the World

One of my favorite ways to gain inspiration is to browse Flikr. I love looking at the photos that other people post, there is so much talent in the world! It also reminds me how much harder I have to work to get to where I want to be. My photos are no where near as good as the best ones on Flikr, which is why I think it is important to look at them and see where you might want to take your photography. There are so many interesting ideas out there for how to take photos, it would be a shame to not try them all!

Without further ado, these are a few of my favorite photos that I have come across to date.

Diving in Sydney Harbour

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Hang out Europe is for the romantics at heart, yes?

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A Slice Of City Life