What I Learned in March

DSC_0432Back with more things that I learned this month! I am really liking this segment so far, it really helps me think about what I did in a month and what I can improve upon for April. March was an interesting month for me because I had a lot of realizations and came to many conclusions about how I am living my life and spending my time and so on. But still it was a good month. I can’t complain :)

This month I learned:

01. You don’t constantly have to be surrounded by people to be happy. When I first arrived in Amsterdam I constantly felt lonely. I didn’t know many people and even the ones I did know I didn’t see very much. I very much based my happiness on how many friends I had, which was wrong. Now that I am settled in here I don’t mind doing things on my own, sometimes its even better than constantly being surrounded by people.

02. Positivity is a choice. I’ve heard this so many times, but now I know that it is true. It really is a choice. You just have to get in the right mindset, which can be very difficult. It took me a couple of years! But now that I am here I never want to go back, it feels great.

03. How to ride a bike in Amsterdam. I almost decided not to buy a bike when I first got here because it looked kind of frightening.  What a mistake that would have been! Riding a bike in Amsterdam is so exhilarating and fun! I am so happy that I chose not to miss this experience.

04. That I need to make some new goals. I realized that going on exchange was really the last big goal/dream that I had, and I am doing it right now. Other than more travel destinations I really need to think of some new things that I want to accomplish in my life. Heres to dreaming.

05. That Ernest Hemingway is probably my favorite author. (Next to Jane Austen of course). I just love his writing style and novels. They always make me want to travel even more.

06. That you shouldn’t put your phone in your pocket while riding a bike. This is a sad story to tell… I completely cracked and scratched my phone screen due to it falling out of my pocket while cycling. What a way to learn how not to do something.

This post idea originated from chattingwiththesky.

Until next time x

 

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What I learned in February

DSC_1026Hello all! I recently discovered this blog link up from Chattingatthesky all about sharing the things that you learn. I was immediately intrigued as I don’t think that many of us actually take the time to think about all the things we learn in a month, whether big or small. After mulling it over for awhile, I realized that contemplating these things is important. Whether you realize it or not, every day you are learning something new and these new things are what helps you grow as a person. We never stop learning and growing, and I think that this is one of the great things about life. You never know where something you learned might take you, right?

This month I learned:

01. How to ignite a gas stove with a match. This may sound easy and mundane, but I hate lighting matches so this was a huge thing for me. I forced myself to do it or else I would starve while in Amsterdam. Yikes!

02. How to cope with homesickness. Last month was difficult for me after moving away from home for the first time ever. I think I successfully navigated the icy waters though and am finally enjoying my time here!

03. Some of the history of Amsterdam. I know someone here who is getting her masters in urban planning and she is full of all sorts of facts about the city. So interesting.

04. How to etch. Last week Christine and I went to the Rembrandt House Museum and were lucky enough to take part in a free tutorial on etching. It was on plastic instead of copper but it was still fun as we got to keep our prints after!

05. How to navigate around Amsterdam. One of the many things that I am terrible at is reading a map. So I am rather proud of my knowledge of the Amsterdam streets. One of the things I love about this city is that its so small. A couple of nights ago we walked from one side of it to the other, why can’t all city’s be like this?

So there you have it! I wish I could remember more things I learned but I have a bad habit of not writing things down, so hopefully next month this list will grow longer.

What are some things you learned this month?

Summer In Autumn | Lookbook

DSC_0615 Happy Sunday everyone! I finally found a day to dress up nice and post another lookbook as my family is having our Thanksgiving dinner tonight. I always plan to photograph more looks but during school I find that all I want to wear is jeans and a comfy sweater.

DSC_0603Lately the weather has been very warm for an October, so I decided to wear a dress and then keep the outfit autumnal with black tights. I find that I see so few people wearing dresses during fall and the winter months, which makes me sad. So this year, I am going to try to change that myself and wear more dresses this season. The worst part of winter is having to wait to wear your summer clothes again!

I have been wanting to shoot a lookbook here for quite some time as the ivy leaves look absolutely marvelous this time of year!  I feel almost sad that they’re going to start falling soon, but thats just life. We have to keep moving forward. :)DSC_0612

  • Dress – Forever 21
  • Military Boots – Payless Shoes
  • Tights – An Online Korean Shop that I can’t remember the name of

You can hype this outfit on lookbook!

A Roadtrip With Friends

DSC_0005One thing that has always been on my bucket list is to go on a road trip with friends. I have been on numerous adventures along the west coast with my family which were beyond amazing. However, I have always felt that traveling with a friend would be very different, and fun in a new kind of way. Last week, I was lucky enough to discover the fun of road tripping with friends!

The travelers were me, Kimberly, and Tiana (our trusty driver). We headed out early on a tuesday morning, excited for this mini getaway together. Our destination? Vancouver. It’s only a four to five hour trip but no matter the distance its its own kind of adventure, right? Our reason for this trip was to see Danielle for her birthday and then she would come back to Kelowna with us to party it up.

I have always found that the drive to Vancouver is one of the most beautiful and makes me love British Columbia even more. It was made even better this time around by sing-alongs, good company, and of course the fun of getting lost an x amount of times even though we had a GPS. I would like to note that Vancouver is known for terrible drivers, which somehow made the experience more fun? I don’t know, I might just be a little crazy, but taking wrong turns a few times made the trip even better.

I unfortunately did not take very many photos as I looked at this mini getaway as a time to relax and not worry about if I’ve taken any good photos and the like. Instead, we relaxed in the sun by the pool, and went down the water slide like a bunch of elementary school kids. I did however take a ton of photos of going down the water slide! I am hoping they turn out as it was a disposable camera. If they do I will of course post them here. ;)

Along the way we met a ton of people and were lucky enough to hang out with Danielle’s friend Anna for two days as they snuck into our hotel room for a couple of nights. Shhh don’t tell anyone!

This was such an unforgettable experience I can’t really put any of it into words. What kind of blogger am I? All I can say is that there was tons of laughter, smiles and frozen yogurt all around!

P.S. Looks like this is bucket list item #2 crossed off! Whoop Whoop!

Until next time x

Summer Greenery

DSC_0162One of the best things about summer is how green and vibrant everything is. Especially after a long winter, I like to fill my eyes with everything that is alive and thriving. Lately, I haven’t been spending very much time outside since me and my boyfriend are both sick (going on for almost 3 weeks now! New world record!) so as soon as we popped outside for some fresh air I had to run back in to grab my camera.  Everything is so gorgeous at this time of year! I am definitely going to start spending more of these sick days soaking up some vitamin D in the garden.DSC_0174 DSC_0191 DSC_0209Green green green! I am loving it (And so is Chai!)! I hope everyone has an awesome week and gets to spend at least a little time outside enjoying that sunshine! x

Happy News!

somethinAfter much internal debate and arguing I finally decided to get my own domain and get rid of the ‘wordpress’ after it. So yay! This is now blushingcameras.com!

It took me a looong time. I figured if I suddenly went on haitus again it would be a complete waste of money. But then I also thought that if I did do this it would make me more faithful to this little place of mine. Hopefully that is true and I wasn’t just lying to myself. Hah! I also wanted to start taking blogging more seriously and posting more frequently. I guess we can only see where it goes.

I also recently updated my ‘about’ page and will probably be making a few other changes around here.

Happy reading! :)

 

Photo Diary︱April

I have decided that at the end of every month I am going to post a collection of photos that I have taken at random intervals that weren’t worthy of their own post. After recently looking back on some old posts that I made on this blog (almost 3 years ago!) I realized that I really do look at this place as a little diary. Its quite fun to look back at old posts to see what I was doing or thinking at different times in my life. So, why should I leave out the things that weren’t big enough to have their own fancy post? Its the simple things in life that make us the happiest after all, isn’t it?! Without further ado,  here is a tiny bit late of a post for April.DSC_0693 (2)DSC_0602 (2) DSC_0625 (2)DSC_0193DSC_01921. Christine, Sean and I ventured out to The Habitat to a show in which there were barely any people, the speakers were blaring so that there was no way in hell you could enjoy the music, and Christine accidentally bought a shot that we both had to sip and share. All in all a grand night. It was our second time seeing Reuben and the Dark play, although we mostly went only to buy their CD. Oh, and we didn’t actually get any decent pictures of the band. My bad!

2. We decided randomly that we wanted to have a tea party. Unfortunately, everyone we invited was busy so it was only Christine, Cora and I. Still, very scrumptious!

3. One afternoon Christine and I wandered around downtown looking in pretty shops, eating sushi, and going to coffee shops, all the while taking Polaroids.

 

Mostly this post just shows that I hang out with Christine too much… I should probably call up some of my friends! :3