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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Being Grateful

I am just realizing now all of the amazing opportunities that I have done and had, and how many more I will get to partake in before this adventure called life is over. It must be something about exchange and Amsterdam (And no its not the pot) because I am suddenly feeling much more positive about everything. And its amazing.

I used to get bogged down in the tiny details. I naturally had a negative way of thinking which I thought was totally normal. I thought that everyone had the same thought patterns I had. Boy was I wrong. For a year or two now I have been trying to work out how to become a positive thinker, and it was trying. I wished so much that I could have a positive outlook on life. It was something that I was really struggling with.

And now I do. Just suddenly and completely it snuck up on me. One day I just realized that hey I haven’t had any negative thoughts for awhile and it felt so good. I became so grateful that I was given the opportunity to go on exchange to Amsterdam when before I was homesick and just wanted to go home. Now, even if I am having a rough day, I am able to to think that at least I was able to accomplish this or that. Even if its small.

I became grateful for so many other opportunities in my life. The fact that I got to go on countless road trips with my family to the US. Being able to attend university. All of my amazing friends and family. The fact that I was born in an amazing country like Canada. Knowing that in the future I will have many many more adventures. These opportunities that I am grateful for aren’t over. There are many more to come and just knowing that makes me so happy.

I used to be anxious and saddened seeing what everyone else is doing. The things that other people get up to always look so much better. For me, that was one of the terrible things about social media. I always felt that I hadn’t done enough with my life, when this wasn’t the case at all. Somehow I can see everything a little more clearly now and know that I have achieved just enough for now. And knowing that there is so much more to come makes me feel better. Life hasn’t ended yet, there are so many more things to partake in.

So cheers to this crazy lifelong adventure!

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?

The Sunday Currently | Vol. 6

DSC_0815C U R R E N T L Y . . .
R E A D I N G All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. I am still on a binge of novels that take place in Europe even though I am actually in Europe now. Might as well fill every part of my day with something European while I am here so that I know I spent my time wisely!

W R I T I N G a journal/diary of my days in Amsterdam and am so far loving it! It feels really good to write with pen and paper instead of with a keyboard. I am mostly doing this so that I can look back on my thoughts and feelings when I leave this beautiful city. -cue tears-

L I S T E N I N G to Ariana Grande. I can’t believe I just admitted that. Every time one of my room mates plays music in the kitchen Break Free is bound to come on, and I secretly love it. Its my guilty pleasure music.

T H I N K I N G about home and summer and friends and endless days and nights. Can you tell I am still feeling a little homesick?

S M E L L I N G cooked mushrooms and eggs. I looove the smell of mushrooms cooking.

W I S H I N G that my homesickness would go away. The struggle is real.

H O P I N G that I meet some more people here. The people I have met so far are great, but I am still feeling rather lonely. So I am hoping to fill the void with more people.

W E A R I N G  tights and a shirt with a cat on it. Oh yeah.

L O V I N G fries with Belgium mayonnaise. I want some right now… It is unfortunate that I am trying to lose weight at the moment.

W A N T I N G more people to come and visit me. So far Christine is coming in a week, Sean is coming in April, Kimberly is coming in June, and my parents might be coming in May or June as well. March is completely open people. Come visit me!

N E E D I N G a hug. A hug from Sean to be more specific.

F E E L I N G refreshed after going for a walk under the sun.

C L I C K I N G on reviews of places to see and visit in Amsterdam. I am still so lost in this city. Any recommendations of things to do would be highly appreciated :)

I hope that everyone, wherever you are, has a most fabulous Sunday. I will be spending mine partying with my room mates as it is one of their birthdays.

The Sunday Currently originator: Siddathornton.

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

2015 Lifestyle Changes

lifestyle changesHi there blog, long time no posts!

I honestly can’t believe that it is now seven days into 2015, already it seems like this year is going to go whooshing past. Per usual with the start of a new year comes the outpour of new years resolutions. And again here am I battling with myself about whether I should make some or just leave it be. I know I will never stick with what I plan. My aunt told me a few weeks ago that at her gym, January is a crazy busy month and then slowly dies down and it’s just back to the regulars. Proof that no one sticks to New Years resolutions?

My main problem is that I love to make lists and making a list of resolutions is oh so tempting. So tempting that I decided to make a general outline of things I want to do in 2015, rather than a list of specific goals. I think that in the long run its a better idea and will actually help me to change a few things in my life, even if only a little. I want to make 2015 all about being productive and getting the most out of life!

Be more Productive

I started my morning/afternoon by laying in bed till 3pm. I wasn’t even sleeping, just laying there thinking about different things. This is why I think it is very important that I start being more productive this year. One of my biggest anxiety inducing fears is that I waste all of my time which leads to the thought that I am wasting my life. It is not true in the least but these thoughts are something that I struggle with constantly and am hoping to change.

I don’t really want to be specific about how to change this because I know I will not follow whatever goal I set out for myself. Instead, I will simply say that this is something I will set out to change this year. Looks easy enough, right?

Explore More

With 2015 being the year that I go on exchange (Eek leaving in less than a month!) I think this one will be easy to sneak in. I really feel like I stay indoors way too much that it is a tad bit unhealthy. I want to breathe the fresh air and see new sights this year! Another reason why this is so important to me is because it brings about new opportunities to photograph the world. I am very disappointed by the lack of photos I took in 2014, I am sincerely hoping that I can change that this year!

Get Out of My Comfort Zone

This one is mainly for when I go to Amsterdam. I want to get the most out of my exchange and I think to do that I have to start being a lot less self conscious about certain things and just go with wherever life decides to take you. This one is definitely going to be a struggle but I’m putting it here in the hopes that I will try my best.

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Those are my two big plans for this year that I am hoping will change 2015 for the better! What are some resolutions or lifestyle changes that you have for 2015?

Until next time x

The Sunday Currently | Vol. 4

C U R R E N T L Y . . .
R E A D I N G Empty Mansions. I have run out of my own books to read and have moved onto Kimberly’s bookshelf. Most of her books consist of biographies and that sort, which I don’t usually read. But as I love history its a great change of pace.

W R I T I N G a lot of to-do lists. I have so many projects to complete before the semester ends in three weeks and of course I need to keep track of all my application forms that I have yet to complete for exchange. The list just keeps getting longer!

L I S T E N I N G to a lot of classical music recently. I had never tried the Spotify radio before so I decided to give it a go. I couldn’t decide on a genre so I picked classical music and have surprisingly been really enjoying it. I never disliked it, but I never payed too much attention to it either. I find that it is super awesome for studying or writing essays. Just a tip. ;)

T H I N K I N G about anxiety and how I should deal with it. This semester has really been a tough one for me and to be honest, I am not handling it well. I need to look up more ways to cope with it. Oh what university does to people!

S M E L L I N G my favorite candle! It is almost gone and this makes me so sad! I wish we had a Yankee Candle shop here! The best place to buy candles here is Bath and Body Works but most of them give me a headache.

H O P I N G that I don’t just shut down before my exams.

W E A R I N G  my PJs. Long weekends are all about laying in bed and watching Netflix afterall!

W A N T I N G This semester to be over so I can relax for two months.

N E E D I N G to get my priorities straight. Less Netflix, more studying.

F E E L I N G nervous about moving to Amsterdam by myself. I am taking the big plunge!

Mostly my Sunday consisted of watching Reign and drinking tea. Very relaxing. I hope everyone had an enjoyable Sunday as well. :)

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