The Happy List | Vol. 3

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  1. Cooking something for the first time and it turns out great
  2. Watching something that inspires you to push harder to accomplish your lifes goals/dreams
  3. Using whipping cream instead of milk in tea
  4. Discovering that perfect song
  5. Coming home and dinner is already made
  6. Finishing a book after struggling with it for awhile
  7. Developing my own photos
  8. Driving in the rain
  9. When someone you didn’t expect inquires if you’re okay

Among all the chaos of projects and essays, I have been feeling very grateful and happy about some of the small things in my life that I don’t usually notice. Its a good feeling. :)

Please be sure to check out the original happy list blog!

Until next time x

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Without A Camera

Some days don’t need cameras.

Like the day I was feeling low so Sean and I decided to go for a late night bike ride. Then Sean came up with the brilliant idea to ride to the movie theatre to see Guardians of the Galaxy. The bike ride was tough, forty minutes mostly up hill, but we got there eventually. It was just the thing to cure anyones low spirits. The best part of the night however was sitting in Tim Hortons nursing our drinks as we discussed the film. Then riding to Thrifty Foods, buying a bunch of snacks and sitting outside of a closed Dairy Queen eating till we filled our stomachs. We didn’t get home till 3am, but it was all worth it. Theres nothing like riding a bike in the cool night air. It is so freeing.

Those are the nights worth remembering and I didn’t need a camera to do it.

Or when Sean and I decided to go rafting in the river across from his house. The water was freezing and our rafts unstable but the sun was shining and our hearts full of adventure. We had a few scrape ups along the way. The most memorable being the log that just so happened to go across the whole river. Thinking that I could simply grab on to the log and guide myself to the part where I could go under was a foolish mistake. The raft went under the log whilst I tumbled into the water. Unbeknownst to us then, it was a happy coincidence. We sat on that log in the middle of the river for a long time. We talked of how beautiful the river was with the trees lining its shores offering shade as vines grew up there trunks. We made it to our final destination only to go one more round just for the hell of it. We even found a nice swimming hole with lots of minnows!

That was one of the best days of the summer and I didn’t need a camera to remember it.

Sean once told me that (he thought) the reason I always took pictures of everything was to make me feel as though I am constantly doing something. Constantly creating memories and keeping busy. When I heard this I immediately waved it away as anything but the truth. But, the more I thought about it, the more I came to realize there was some truth to it. I get anxious when I am not doing something. I constantly worry about when I am old and look back at my life, I will regret not doing enough.  I try to create memories with photographs when I should be creating memories by being in the moment. Photographs can come later.

So here I am, learning how to be without a camera.

The Sunday Currently | Vol. 2

cropped-dsc_0015.jpgC U R R E N T L Y . . .
R E A D I N G The Last of the Mohicans. Its ok, although I don’t think it will be as good as the movie. That epic soundtrack beats everything!
W R I T I N G 3 good things that happen everyday. Its a technique I learned form a friend for depression, so far its letting me see things from a new perspective.
L I S T E N I N G to a lot of sad music even though I would prefer something happier.
T H I N K I N G about how there are so many things I have to do tomorrow before we go to Vancouver on Tuesday. Yay for procrastination!
S M E L L I N G the summer night air. So refreshing.
W I S H I N G that summer was longer.
H O P I N G that this school year will be better than the last.
W E A R I N G jeans and a striped blouse.
L O V I N G all of my notebooks! I have way too many…
W A N T I N G Sean to comeback to Kelowna soon.
N E E D I N G to get my Learners driving license so I don’t feel so isolated.
F E E L I N G really hungry. Even though I just ate.
C L I C K I N G on all of my favorite blogs.

I feel sort of sad that this will be the last Sunday Currently on Siddathornton’s blog, but she really came up with a neat idea! I love how blogging ideas can be shared like this :)

How to Change Your Lifestyle

2Lately, I have been feeling that I need a lifestyle change. I’m sure everyone knows the feeling. The things that you want to get done aren’t, you feel unhealthy, you feel like your life is wasting away, your goals/dreams are lying dormant somewhere, etc, etc.

After much thought on what I felt like needed some moving around in my life I came up with a plan, albeit a very simple one. We all need to start somewhere though, right? I decided to write down my goals/lifestyle changes into a notebook to keep track of them and make sure I follow them closely. However, the key to changing how you live your life isn’t necessarily all about planning. The secret is that you have to take the plunge, just go for it. You have to make the decision, and then take action. You can’t wait till a certain date to start doing it because then it won’t work (I know from experience).

These are my lifestyle changes that I am going to stick to:

  • Get out of bed by 9am every day and go to bed by 12pm
  • Drink at least two bottles of water everyday
  • Put aside two hours of every day for studying/revising
  • Eat healthier (more veggies!)
  • Do some form of exercise at least three days a week
  • Try to get out of the house at least once a day, even if it’s just a walk or trip to the corner store
  • Make time for me

These might seem like small changes to some people, but for me these are major things that I need to work on. You should make changes to whatever you feel comfortable doing or you think you need to work on. And if you feel like your lifestyle is A-ok, good for you! Go get ’em!

I am also going to write down a daily schedule everyday so that I can follow through on everything I want to accomplish that day. This is especially important if you are a procrastinator.

An important thing to realize when you are trying to make a lifestyle change is that there are going to be times when you’re not going to follow through. We’re not perfect. There are always days when we want to be lazy and simply lay in bed all day marathoning our favorite TV show while eating chocolate. And we need to realize that this is ok. You’re allowed to have those days. You shouldn’t look at it as a sign of failure or a setback, because it will make you fell even worse about it than it really is.

I have decided to make lifestyle changes a number of times in my life and of course I am here writing this now because I never stuck to them. The reason that I think I can do it now is because I realized that I need to in order to reach my career and life goals. But more importantly, I want to do it for me. Growing up I cared a lot about what people thought about me, especially my family. I realize now that this was extremely unhealthy and that I suffered a lot from it. You shouldn’t be doing this for anyone else. It might sound selfish, but you are #1 when it comes to your life.

What are some changes that you want to make to lead a healthier lifestyle?

100 Happy Days

100daysofhappy A few weeks ago I decided to participate in the project 100 Happy Days. I discovered the project on a random blog and thought it was an effective way to evaluate and appreciate the little things in life. At the time of starting the project I was feeling depressed so for some reason thought that this would cheer me up, mainly because I would be looking for things that made me happy. It actually did work for the first week or so, and then I got kind of lazy about posting. I realized a little to late that 100 happy days is a long time, and I’m only on day 27!

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I decided not to beat myself up about not posting everyday because hey, at least I didn’t give up entirely! I am actually really enjoying this project and looking forward to posting some new photos. You can follow me on this little journey on my instagram.

Until next time x

 

The Happy List | Vol. 2

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  1. Feeling confident
  2. Planning trips abroad
  3. When the last sentence to a book is perfect
  4. The smell of summer evenings
  5. Deep conversations that come out of no where
  6. Long walks
  7. Watching the sun rise after staying up all night
  8. Cuddling with Sean
  9. Discovering new beaches on the coast
  10. Thunder storms

Recently, my emotions have been rising and falling like the wind. One moment I’m content and happy while the next I’m feeling down and stressed.  I don’t have a reason for these moody episodes, other than it is probably due to my negative way of thinking. I assume too much without confirming anything and let these accusations stew. I’m working on it. Or pretending to at least. I thought that another edition of the Happy List would be a perfect (temporary) solution to my problems. At the moment I am spending some time at my boyfriends house in Maple Ridge. Our days are filled with swimming pools, tea, and netflix. Other than my negative thoughts, it is pure bliss.

I hope everyone is having a fun filled July!

The Happy List | Vol. 1

3I recently discovered ‘The Happy List’ on one of my favorite blogs Nothing Spaces. As soon as I read through the post it struck me as something to remind yourself that minute (sometimes) everyday occurrences can make you happy too. Its easy to get caught up in your dreams and big goals that often seem to be going nowhere, which makes it a good idea to just sit back and review the things that are going right in your life. Such as the fact that its summer. ;) And of course, after reading through hers I had to try and make a list of my own. So here goes.

  1. Watching ‘Pride and Prejudice’
  2. Drinking tea
  3. Finishing a project after lots of hard work
  4. Sitting in coffee shops chatting with my boyfriend
  5. Taking photographs in the rain
  6. The smell of freshly cut grass
  7. Trips to the ocean with my family
  8. City lights at night
  9. Planning trips abroad
  10. That sleepy feeling after a day of adventure

I encourage everyone to try and make their own happy list. Also check out the original happy list author here.

I actually found it difficult to come up with ten things that made me happy. I don’t know if that is sad or what but yeah. Its probably sad. Maybe its time to reevaluate a few things. In any case have a happy week :)