The Numbers Game.

I can’t believe it’s already been two years since I graduated from Western! To be honest, I debated whether I should share these pictures because on some level I do feel self-conscious despite the pictures not necessarily being representative of how I look now. I added 5 pictures to showcase how far i’ve come in 4 short years mentally, physically, and emotionally, with the first picture being where I started from. There is a picture for each of the past four years. I know regardless of how I look in those pictures, it doesn’t take away from my character, my…

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How grief can lead to joy: Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg explains Option B.

Sheryl Sandberg and Dave Goldberg were a Silicon Valley power couple. In her bestselling book Lean In, Facebook chief operating officer Sandberg wrote about how she and her husband, who was SurveyMonkey’s CEO, leaned on each other. But that suddenly came to an end on a trip the couple took to Mexico in 2015. Goldberg died from cardiac arrhythmia at the hotel’s gym. Dave Goldberg and Sheryl Sandberg were married for 11 years. Sandberg was the one who found him. And then she had to return home to California to tell her children — then aged seven and 10 — that their father was gone.…

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Being Happy.

“Too many people neglect to make their mental health a priority! And so it gets forgotten about and put in the ‘too-hard’ or ‘too-busy.’ But just like physical health, mental health really should be considered non-negotiable because without it, we have nothing else. If I had to limit the key ingredients to happiness and good mental health to just a few I’d say good quality relationships and connectedness, good physical health and well-being, living a life with meaning and purpose, loving oneself and others, and having a sense of hope and optimism for the future.” —Timothy Sharp, Ph.D., clinical psychologist…

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Digging Deep.

I slowly learned that we attract what we are. You know that feeling when you meet somebody and you instantly have chemistry? That magnetic connection that’s overwhelming and hard to ignore? The feelings that cannot be explained? That my friends is infatuation. In reality, if you are a mess, you will more often than not attract a mess. If you’re insecure you’re not only going to breed more insecurity but you’re going to attract insecurity from someone else just as insecure. Thinking about things and my past relationships, I attracted what worried me or I craved the most rather than what I truly needed.…

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Suffering.

“Harry, there is never a perfect answer in this messy, emotional world. Perfection is beyond the reach of humankind, beyond the reach of magic. In every shining moment of happiness is that drop of poison: the knowledge that pain will come again. Be honest to those you love, show your pain. To suffer is as human as to breathe.” — John Tiffany & Jack Thorne Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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Expectations.

“We cannot control everything that happens to us in life, but we can choose how we respond. When we respond with an attitude of ‘Why is this happening to me?’ and adopt a victim mentality, we suffer. When we choose to respond with an attitude of ‘Why is this happening for me and what can I learn?’ then we feel a lot more empowered, which impacts our mental state positively. The biggest misconception about happiness is that we can outsource it — that something external is going to make us happy. Happiness is NOT a constant state. As humans we experience and grow through…

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Learning to Love Myself.

When you stop comparing yourself to others, you’ll become truly happy. Before you can truly BE yourself, you have to learn to LOVE yourself fearlessly and effortlessly. We are all magical. Be inspired. Get Creative. Love wholeheartedly. Simple things we can all do. “Sometimes you have to lose yourself in the moon and the stars to find yourself in the sun and the sky “- Penqwen   M

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Letting Go.

“You get what you give. I think you can’t expect someone to treat you a certain way. Whatever it is, if you’re getting a lot of negative energy or anger, you have to say, ‘Why am I getting this? Am I doing something to create it?’ And if the answer is honestly no, then get out of that situation.” – Ellen Degeneres  

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Humble & Kind

One of my favourite songs at the moment. Some words I have always tried to live by. No matter how rough the waters get or how much things are getting to me, I will always try my best to be kind to those around me. Kindness goes a long way, people will remember the integrity you took to be kind in moments of darkness. I think this song could relate to most of us. Taking a moment to really listen to the lyrics you can take a lot out of the song. Compared to a lot of the music out…

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Changes.

I’m actually really excited for this new website layout. I feel like it looks much more professional, clean, and relaxing compared to my old layout. I also really like the logo in the top corner. I think as my blog continues to expand and gain more views I want to learn how to code, design my own layouts, and possibly move to an actual domain one day. Not now though, got way too much on my plate to learn, but any tips on where to start would be greatly appreciated if anyone has anything to share :). The picture i…

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Interesting finds.

So today I found my old LiveJournal account and was creeping my old journal entries (set to private obviously), but wow has a lot changed since I first started writing. I think one of the things I found most exciting was the discovery of my bucket list from October 6, 2010. It made me excited to see how much I could technically cross off and what more I still need to do and see (and possibly eat).  Here’s the list below and under the list i’ll go point by point whether it was accomplished or not. 1. Go travel the…

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A New Chapter.

I lie awake in bed tonight unable to fall asleep. I feel an intense rush of emotion knowing that tomorrow I will be back on the other side of the Atlantic having finished my stint in London pursuing my master’s. It’s really bittersweet to be honest. I always thought this day would be a lot farther than it would be. I still remember the first week I landed in London, how much doubt I carried about myself and my choice to move so far from my family and loved ones. How insecure I was to have to meet new people…

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