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On New Year’s day (after I slept until noon), I got Ariel to snap some photos of my ponies & I. I love these three goofballs so much, and I don’t have too many photos of us together and I am usually the ones taking the photos! I have to say the photo of Pearl (dark brown) & I is my absolute fave.

Just for fun, here’s one more that made me laugh really hard. Lucy is the biggest doofus in the world.

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Have a great Wednesday!!

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Say What You Need To Say

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I have a couple things to say on this fine Friday,

1. I encourage to you go, right now, and tell those closest to you that you love them. The thing about living in a small town is that you know everyone, and word travels fast. Today, a guy who I went to high school with passed away in a car accident. This is just one of the seemingly endless tragedies that has hit my small town in 2013. You just never know.

2. It would have been my grandfathers 78th birthday today. He passed away nearly 10months ago. I love him, and miss him. I hate the disease that is Alzheimer’s.

3. I’m off to a weekend long softball tournament, I’ve got a four hour drive ahead of me and I’m sleepy just thinking about it. I get home Sunday evening, and then I’m off once again on Monday afternoon, a trip to the city with a few friends until Tuesday evening. Safe to say I will be busy, and therefore don’t expect to here from me until atleast Wednesday!

Sorry this is short, and not at all very sweet. I wish you all the best of weekends!

Much love, friends.

Life Does Go On

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“I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life. I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.” I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” — Maya Angelou

Thoughts About Love

I’m hesitant to write about love. It’s personal, subjective and writing about it on the internet for anyone to see is kind of scary. However, my brain went into overdrive this morning, and whenever I get the urge to write (rarely), I roll with it. I’m not even sure what the point of this post is, it’s more so a jumble of words and thoughts.

Love has been a constant thought lingering in the back of my head recently. Maybe it is because it’s summer, and the idea of a summer love is appealing to any girl out there. Maybe it’s the abundance of wedding photos around blogland lately ( I may have almost cried scrolling through one set, they were so gorgeous). Maybe it’s because I stumbled across this video last week, and I haven’t been able to get it out of my mind ever since.

(ps: I recommend all the Ask Amy videos, while they are aimed towards younger teen girls, the advice Amy gives is applicable to anyone at any age. Love. )
My favorite part in that video is :
“ Vulnerability is the key to happiness. Vulnerable people are powerful people. Opening your heart and sharing it means that you’re gonna get so much love in your life. And it’s the way to true connection, and feel purpose and meaning in your life. “

Oof. As I turned this over and over in my mind, I realized how guarded I’ve been in the past. I’ve never been one for relationships, I’ve only ever had two true relationships, and neither lasted more than six months. I’ve always been the one to break it off, the one who runs away screaming when it came time to be vulnerable and open myself up to the guy. I’m notoriously known as the single girl in my group of friends, and I rarely discuss my [lack of] dating life with them. I cannot say that I have ever truly been “in love”. I love a lot of people, things and places in my life, not a day goes by where I don’t say “I love you” to atleast one person, and I mean it every single time I say it. However, no, I can’t say I’ve ever been in love.

I have been pessimistic about love for the longest time. Whenever people asked me if I had a boyfriend I politely responded no, while silently wanting to punch them in the mouth. It’s only recently that I’ve realized that the world won’t end if I allow someone to love me. Yes, there are people out there who may break my heart, but I have shut myself off from even the possibility of love so many times, I’ve missed out on so much. I’m also only twenty years old. I don’t know shit about love.

I look at my parents relationship with awe. They have been happily married for twenty five years, through beautiful moments and the not so beautiful moments, they’ve always come through stronger than ever. It’s the realization that, if I am lucky enough, I can eventually find someone that makes me as happy as they make each other.

I look forward to the day where I wake up in the morning, turn to the person beside me, and say “I love you.”

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” The goal is not to be perfect or to be right, because we are neither of those things all of the time.” – Amy Poehler

I wrote a rather lengthy post today, and I almost posted it, but I decided I needed to sleep on it and re-read it tomorrow morning before I posted it. It’s one of those personal posts, one that needs to be slept on before posting it for all the Internet to read. Ya know? 🙂

Hope you all had a lovely Tuesday!

It’s The People You Surround Yourself With

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” Do not bring people in your life who weigh you down. And trust your instincts … good relationships feel good. They feel right. They don’t hurt. They’re not painful. That’s not just with somebody you want to marry, but it’s with the friends that you choose. It’s with the people you surround yourselves with.” – Michelle Obama

Gratituesday, Vol II

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1. My health.
2. Wearing flowy sundresses to work, to prevent sweating all over my clients in this heat.
3. Iced coffee. Always.
4. My best friends. And the fact that I can through old photos anytime I want, and remember good times. Like in the photo above.
5. The fact I don’t live in an area where it is this hot all the time. I’m not a fan of this whole ‘ I’m going to die from heat stroke if I step outside ‘ thing.
6. Softball.
7. Being self employed and making my own schedule. Handy on sunny days like today when I schedule myself to be finished work at 2pm.
8. Iced lemon water.
9. Green smoothies for dinner!
10. My brother. That kid makes me smile every single day.

What are you most grateful for today?

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Today I am grateful for…

…posting a sloppy, post-work, squinty eyed selfie and not caring what I look like.
…my job, where I am fortunate enough to meet and talk to lovely people whom I would otherwise not be fortunate enough to meet!!
… my amazing boss
… perfectly applied mascara that makes my eyes look awesome for 8+ hours
… homemade iced coffee
… arrested development, season 2
this song
… morning workouts. ( after I finish them )
… the fact that thinking positively comes easier every day.
What are you grateful for?

Xx

Weekend & Links I Love

Hey Guys!

First off, HAPPY CANADA DAY to all my fellow Canadians! I love my country, and it is safe to say that I celebrated enough yesterday for the next three Canada Days. 😉 I unfortunately took absolutely no pictures yesterday, my bad. However, if you follow me on Instagram or Vine, I did take some videos…shit got weird, that’s all I’m going to say.

Here, have some photos from exactly three years ago, where Canada Day celebrations at my house went down. I love how blogging has made me go through all my old Facebook photos, it’s both entertaining and horrifying to look back and see what photos I posted online. We look so young in these photos, it’s ridiculous, and it makes me feel so old!

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I have no clue what we were doing in the last one, absolutely no clue.

Anyway, how was your weekend?! Besides the fact I don’t think I will ever get to see the sun again (it has been raining,foggy and windy since Wednesday) , this weekend has been awesome. Since writing my final exam on Wednesday, I’ve had until today to relax and do no schoolwork. I have taken FULL advantage of the fact I haven’t had anything to do this weekend, I don’t think I’ve been able to watch this many movies and tv shows in a long time. I’ve also had a lot of time to read blogs and articles this weekend, and I’ve decided to round up and post my favorites for you guys 🙂

1. In honor of Canada Day, this article is hilarious, and extremely true.
2. This is an older article, but I love list articles and I love Mindy Kaling, therefore I thought this article was awesome.
3. This is all the characters of Parks and Rec edited onto classic children’s books. It’s awesome, and I would like to buy them.
4. I’m kind of obsessed with improv. This weekend happened to be DCM in NYC, and reading all the tweets from people attending made me want to cry with jealousy. I may be being a bit dramatic 😉 anyway, this is a behind the scenes video of asssscat , at UCB theatre. Going to UCB is on my bucket list, FYI.
5. This was too cute. All the love, all the time.
6. I saw this article on Gracie’s blog. I’m a big believer in the power of positive thinking, and this article really stuck with me.
7,8,9, and 10. I love Thought Catalog, a lot. this , this , this , and this article have all been bookmarked this week.

That’s all I’ve got for today guys! Have a fabulous Monday!
Ps: I’d like to mention how ecstatic I am that an amazing guy from my town, Ryan Graves, was drafted to the NHL yesterday! It’s always exciting when something like this happens to my small town, we pride ourselves on being a hockey town and it is a huge deal!