welcome to 2015

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I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season filled with love, laughter, and lots of good food. I’ll be back next week, but for now I leave you with my so called “resolutions” for 2015. I prefer to think of them as little reminders to myself.

XO

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inspiration is everything

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“You are the books you read, the films you watch, the music you listen to, the people you meet, the dreams you have, the conversations you engage in. You are what you take from these. You are the sound of the ocean, the breath of fresh air, the brightest light and the darkest corner.
You are a collective of every experience you have had in your life. You are every single second of every single day. So drown yourself in a sea of knowledge and existence. Let the words run through your veins and let the colors fill your mind until there is nothing left to do but explode. There are no wrong answers. Inspiration is everything. Sit back, relax, and take it all in.
Now, go out and create something.”
– Jac Vanek

ten things you may not know about me

Happy Tuesday!!

Thank you, to the lovely Carrie  for tagging me in the Liebster Award! I love these things, as I love learning new things about other bloggers! Its fun, interesting, and I am nosy. 😉

 

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So, here are Carrie’s questions for me!

1) one thing that can always make you happy no matter what?

Choosing one single thing is ridiculously hard but I will have to say that no matter how shitty my day has been, a hug from my grandmother instantly makes me happy. It’s like being wrapped in  instant happiness, love, and comfort.

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2) favorite season and why?

At this point, I would say anything but winter.  Am I right? It’s really hard for me to choose between fall and summer, but I would say fall. I love the warm but not hot temps, the colors, SCARF WEATHER, pumpkin everything, thanksgiving, pumpkin carving, candy corn and corn mazes.

 

3) if you could eat any meal from any restaurant regardless of price or proximity in the world to you what would it be?

Nutella crepes & a fancy latte in Paris. Preferably with a clear view of the Eiffel Tower. I’m no fancy foodie, so crepes will do just fine!

4) 3 of the biggest influences in your life?

The person who influences me most in my life is most definitely my grandmother. I consider myself so blessed to have this amazing woman in my life. She is my absolute favorite person in the world, the strongest, kindest, most selfless person I know who is always willing to share her wisdom with me. She’s been through more in her life than I can even imagine, and she keeps me going with her unconditional love and support.

The second most influential person would have to be my best friend. I cannot imagine life without her. We are so similar in so many ways that it is scary, yet at the same time we are so different, yet we support and love each other despite those differences. I feel most comfortable around her, and when I haven’t seen her in more than three days, I feel like a piece of me is missing. She’s also one of the few people I feel comfortable sitting in complete silence with. We have supported each other through extremely tough times, and I would not be where I am today without her. I feel like the luckiest person in the world to consider her my best friend. The below photo is from Grade 12 Prom, 2010. We look like babies! It’s crazy to think how far we have come in 4 years.

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Who I consider to be the third greatest influence in my life may sound bizarre or cliche to some people, but I’d have to say Amy Poehler. Maybe it’s weird to consider someone you have never met as an influencing factor in your life, but I find myself constantly inspired by everything she does. I’ve learned a lot about strong women, feminism, hard work, and comedy from watching/reading interviews, and following her work  and it has helped me solidify my views/values on important social conflicts. I now openly express my views as a feminist who believes in strong women and equality, whereas before I was nervous about being judged for labelling myself a ‘feminist’, as I was previously led to believe it was a negative thing. I believe everyone should have a role model that they can look up to, one that inspires them to do more, be better, and not be ashamed of what they believe in! Shit got serious for a minute there, my apologies! 🙂

 

5) something you always have to do every night before you can go to bed?

I have to spend atleast ten minutes reading before bed or it takes me forever to fall asleep. I spend a lot of time during the day staring at screens, and we’ve all read a million articles about how screens right before bed can disrupt sleep. It’s true, I haven’t to put away my phone before bed or it is nearly impossible for me to fall asleep!

6) next place on your list to travel to?

Well, I’m going to VEGAS in March. After that, NYC is on my list. If you know me, you know that visiting NYC is one of my biggest dreams, and am I beyond excited to finally go there. I’m hoping that everything will fall into place and I will be able to visit this fall!

7) favorite thing about were you live right now?

My backyard. I love love love looking into my backyard and seeing my ponies, and the woods. I love the hills, the trees, and even I will admit it looks very pretty covered in snow. I do love cities, but I’ve always been an outdoorsy person, so I am happiest when I am surrounded my nature.

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8) what you’re thankful for right this minute?

My health. My job. All the opportunities I have been granted so far. The endless support from my family & friends. My animals. The Internet, for allowing me to connect with people whom I otherwise would never have been able to. My education. I could go on forever. I think it is extremely important to keep in kind how much we have been blessed with in life. We all have bad days,weeks, even months sometimes, but in the end, we have SO much to be thankful for. Gotta have some perspective, right?!

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apparently I am feeling rather nostalgic about prom today? I love these people. 

9) where do you picture your life 5 years from now?

Questions like these give me anxiety. Bad. I’ve never been one of those people with a 5,10,20 year life plan. I’ll be 26 in five years, and my automatic response would be to say I’d be just graduating from grad school for Physiotherapy, and working at a hospital, most likely in my hometown. While that is the path I am currently on, God only knows where I will actually end up. All I can hope for is that I am healthy, happy, and doing something I love! The rest is just details.

10) something you want to be remembered for?

I would like to be remembered as the person who encouraged and supported her friends no matter what. I’d like to be remembered for my laugh, for the fact that I always will find a way to be sarcastically funny, and I always will hug you,whether you like it or not.

Alright, the rules of this are you that you tag 10 other bloggers to complete questions you have asked. I’m going to pull the old “anyone who wants to do it” thing!  My questions for you are :

1) What is your favorite time of day, and why?

2) What song/artist never fails to cheer you up when you listen to it/them?

3) If you could do any job for one week, money/education not being a factor, what would you choose?

4) If you could have a conversation over coffee with anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would you choose and why?

5)  What inspires you the most? Person/place/thing, what gives you life?

6) Describe your idea of a perfect day.

7) If you had one piece of advice for your younger self, what would it be?

8) If you could guest star on one television show, what would it be and what role would you play?

9) What are you currently reading? Album you can’t stop listening to? Last movie you watched? TV show you are binge watching?

10) What do you do first thing in the morning? First thought that usually pops into your head ?

Fight The Darkness

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” I know the feeling of characoal clouds that grow from nothing and replace the everything you once knew. I know the way darkness can saturate and almost seem to repel the light you seek. I know the cold that can come, and I know the way it feels to lost the wind that holds you up. I know. I know. “. – Tyler Knott

I’m struggling. Life truly has pushed me into the darkness over the past three days. It’s when I come across quotes like these, at the most appropriate time in my life, that I realize I’ll be okay. The light will find me again, I just have to be strong and wait it out.

Xo.

What I’m Loving…

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1. My ball team. I’m so sad the season is over… Until next year!! 🙂

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2. This face. I can’t even handle him.

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3. Evening runs. Best way to clear your mind.

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4. My parents got me compression socks for my birthday… I’m not sure what that says about my age.. But I went running in them tonight and they were awesome!

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5. Riding on my birthday. I’ve been so busy, it’s been so long!

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6. My birthday card from my best friend. I love her.

7. Amy Poehler. Lets be honest, I’ve always loved her. But it’s her birthday today,so special shoutout to my life inspiration. 🙂

Courage.

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Great people do things before they’re ready. They do things before they know they can do it. And by doing it, they’re proven right. Because, I think there’s something inside of you—and inside of all of us—when we see something and we think, “I think I can do it, I think I can do it. But I’m afraid to.” Bridging that gap, doing what you’re afraid of, getting out of your comfort zone, taking risks like that—THAT is what life is. And I think you might be really good. You might find out something about yourself that’s special. And if you’re not good, who cares? You tried something. Now you know something about yourself. Now you know. A mystery is solved. So, I think you should just give it a try. Just inch yourself out of that back line. Step into life. Courage. Risks. Yes. Go. Now.

– Amy Poehler