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

 

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

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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The end to procrastination

Going to start putting some back breaking work into my studies. If I want positive results and success, I need to work hard for it.

I procrastinate far too much, and I always regret it after I write a test or hand an assignment in. But still, even after all the regret I feel, I never change my ways.

So here is to a positive change for positive results.