BE PRESENT + ENJOY LIFE

How many hours a day do you spend on your phone/tablet/computer? Do you spend more time “living” on an electronic device than you do in the “real world”. I must’ve admit that I have been guilty of this type of lifestyle. When you’re chasing your dreams and working hard, it’s hard not to spend hours on your electronic devices writing posts and coming up with content for your social media accounts. I’d transition from being on a computer all day at work, to spending my evenings on my phone or laptop working on content and researching inspiration.

About a year ago, I decided it was time to take control of this precious time and rethink my social media strategy vs. being aware and present regularly. On a side note; it’s actually not healthy at all to be facing a screen for that many hours – so that can be a motivator on its own.

It wasn’t as easy as I had thought it would be. Although I own many journals, it was always easier to jot things down on my phone. For starters, my phone was always by my side. Luckily, there was an easy fix for this. I bought myself a small journal which I was able to fit into the majority of my handbags. I make sure to pack a journal with me now wherever I go, and to pull it out to jot down notes even for the smaller things.

Another time when I realized I was too focused and engaged with my phone than my actual surroundings was during our travels. I was always so anxcious to take photos, share my experiences, and connect with others during my vacations; this actually left me minimum time to actually live in the moment and breathe in the experiences. On our most recent trip to Europe I decided I would take this measure further; I grabbed my phone only to take photos. After taking the photos, I wouldn’t post them right away. I used social media minimally and was able to be present and take in all the experiences on the trip fully! By seeing the trip through my own two eyes rather than my camera lens I felt that I truly had a vacation.

Now, please don’t take this post literally to the point where you don’t use your social media at all. PLEASE use social media! It’s one of the most powerful and inspiring tools we have in this world. But, use it wisely! What’s most important in life is your presence and your memories – that is to be cherished.

 

NEW C I T Y SAME G I R L

Things are constantly changing in our lives; small or big, there is always something happening. About two months ago, my husband and I made one of the biggest deicsions possible – we decded to take a job opportunity in a different city; 6 hours away from our family!

Looking at it from both perspectives; a) it doesnt seem like a big deal, what’s a six hour drive, but on the other hand, b) it’s a huge difference from having both sets of parents 5 minutes away… nevertheless, we decided to go for it.

So, two months have passed;  54 boxes and 22 pieces of furniture later, we are here. All moved in, into our quaint new home in Ottawa.  Although we havent had too much time to venture out and explore the city, we have noticed that we are situated in a perfect location, close to all the major amentities such as grocerry stores, shopping, etc.

It’s been so exhausting, but at the same time exciting moving into our new place; thank god for my parents and our friends for their help – we would not be in the state we are if it wasn’t for them. Although we are all moved in, there is still unpacking and organizing that needs to be done; which is actually one of the things I look forward to.

Once I get a few more areas organized  in our home I’ll write a post and share some photos!

Overall, we are STOKED to be here and to begin this new chapter of our lives!

 

YOU DO YOU: BE YOURSELF!

Relaxing on one of these lounge chairs after a facial, I had some time to reflect on a few things that I’ve had on my mind recently. One of the major ones being, that people are being driven by social media “norms” more and more, and therefore, causing them to lose sight of themselves, their opinions, and their own individual ideas. So, instead of relaxing and NOT thinking in this “Relaxation Space” my mind was spinning with thoughts… and so this is where it led me…

It’s incredible how influential social media can be – of course this works both ways, both in a positive and a negative manner. It’s great to see what others are doing with their lives; what they are buying and wearing, where they are traveling to, etc. Social Media is one of the strongest forms of inspiration and motivation, when used correctly! For example, I find a lot of my outfit, travel, and blog content inspiration on Social Media BUT that’s just it, it’s JUST inspiration! I don’t think it’s okay to mimic someone’s Instagram page style and format – like, isn’t that considered a form of plagiarism! I’m not here to call anyone out, but it’s pretty weird when your mom lets you know that someone is copying you on Instagram… “she just posted XXX, didn’t you just post that last week”. Yes mother, I definitely did JUST post that. The distinction between inspiration and plagiarism is clearly not evident for this person; shame on you. That’s not okay.

The point of this post is not to point out the {hopefully} obvious, but to speak about the importance of YOU DO YOU. Yes, there is a book with that title, I haven’t read it, I’m assuming it’s in line with this post, but I am in no way relating to it here. The fact here is, if you feel inspired by someone’s post, recreate it with a personal touch – maybe ASK them for some advice or tips on how they build their content – there’s many ways to get your creative juices flowing if you’re stuck in a creative rut! 

What worries me, really is the fact that Social Media content is losing its uniqueness, basically because of the above mentioned type of people. Social Media outlets are meant for showing off YOURSELF; your talents, interest, life, etc. I’m sure it’s different for everyone, but personally, I don’t see the point of having a Instagram page for example, if you’re just going to post other people’s ideas.  The idea is to share with the world {your friends, families, other people with similar interests who will find you through PROPERLY USED hashtags} your creativity! I love coming across a unique page;it’s usually fairly clear to distinguish between a page on which someone takes care and passion in a post, and a page where someone just posted someone because they {almost saying} felt they should. There’s no SHOULD POST in this game, you post because YOU want to express yourself, not because you think you have to because others are doing it. 

Through this post, I hope to inspire you to DO YOU! Show yourself off! We all have an incredible amount of creativity and it’s all so unique! The world WANTS to see that! So START SHARING your original ideas and content; even if they are inspired by others; that’s a great place to start! But, never lose track of yourself in this social media world!

F I N D YOUR HAPPINESS AGAIN

“Stop looking for H A P P I N E S S in the same place you lost it”

There’s someone so powerful about this statement, especially at this time of the year. Every year when January rolls around and we start a new year, many of us set new goals and challenges for ourselves, find ways to implement positive changes, and do an overall review of our lifestyles, in hopes of reinventing our lives for the better. ALL very positive and achievable factors which I love, and live by myself.

So, now that we have this lifestyle plan figured out, we just need to determine a manner for which we will carry it out in. This is where today’s quote comes in. On this gloomy and rainy winter Friday, as I was sipping my morning tea, I came across this quote, by my daily inspiration; KAYLA ITSINES, and I literally stopped scrolling for a minute and just reflected on it. Automatically, this put a smile on my face because of its reality and authenticity – I love it!

The truth is, we can find HAPPINESS all around us, but of course, there are places which are better for us to look for it than others. I normally don’t do this, but think back to a place or memory where you weren’t yourself, weren’t in your happy place, and overall were not enjoying life. Try to think of a location, a specific place, a mindset – and the reasoning for that mentality. Now, DON’T GO THERE to find your happiness. In fact, place it on the far sidelines, end of the bench, and rip that page from your notebook. Time to start a clean sheet of paper, a new chapter, and a new team to help you achieve and find your true happiness.

If you didn’t full achieve your goals from last year, think why you didn’t, what the mindset was, what the plan was, and simply don’t repeat that thinking it will work out this time. IT WONT. if it didn’t work for you in the first place, there’s a reason for it – so don’t waste your time and energy recreating. Instead, redirect that energy to creating a different headspace, different motivation, a different location to find your happiness.

For example, last year I worked out in one of the spare rooms in my house; it was an okay experience, and I found that I just couldn’t stay as motivated as I wanted to. This year, I decided to move my “workout space” to a different location of the house, overlooking the city through large windows. I’m thinking this small change will really impact the way my motivation shifts to a more positive outlook on staying on track with a workout plan.

Have you made any adjustments or changes to your goals that impact the location or space that you’re in? Do you think this is an effective way of refreshing continuous goals?

C R E A T E YOUR OWN INFLUENCES

The New Year is here and it’s time to put to action our goals! Each one of us will have our own set of goals and determinations for the year, so I will definitely not tell you what to aspire for, but I will try to provide inspiration, motivation, and tips to truly reach your goals and make the most of this year.

When browsing various social media sites this past week, I have read (and liked) MANY posts about New Year’s resolutions, inspirational quotes, and motivational habits. All of this positivity really got me thinking, how do I put all of these wonderful thoughts into one packaged deal that I can relate to in one sentence? Well, easier said than done, but I’ve come to the conclusion that it all fits into my lifestyle psychology of HEALTH + HAPPINESS.

In my dictionary, HEALTH + HAPPINESS can be translated into both personal goals and lifestyle choices, as well as attributes we can share and spread onto others. In my latest Instagram post I introduced one of these functions in connection to my HEALTH + HAPPINESS theory.

“In 2 0 1 8 surround yourself with people who are: INSPIRED + PASSIONATE + MOTIVATED + GRATEFUL + OPEN MINDED”

In my opinion, we can look at this statement in two ways.
ONE: Surround yourself with people who you can look up to, who will be a good influence on you. Being around people who inspire you to grow and develop as a person, who beam positivity, and who open your mind to ideas, are great people to have in your life!

TWO: Surround yourself with people who are just like you. If you think that you have all of the above mentioned attributes by all means you want to be surrounded by others who are like-minded.
By surrounding yourself with others who live and breathe in a similar mentality as you only develops and grows your positivity even more!

Looking back on the saying of surrounding yourself with influential people, it really does make sense!

Good Luck!

THE H Y G G E MANIFESTO #HYGGESERIES

864000EE-8170-4D84-B531-A0C9098211C1This week’s #HYGGESERIES post will be a simple one. Today I will tell you about the 10 general rules to follow when attempting to implement Hygge into your life.

1. ATMOSPHERE –“Turn down the lights”

2. PRESENCE “Be here now. Turn off the phone”

3. PLEASURE“Coffee, chocolate, cookies, cakes, candy. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!”

4. EQUALITY“WE over ME. Share the tasks and the airtime”

5. GRATITUDE  -“Take it in, this might be as good as it gets”

6. HARMONY – “It’s not a competition. We already like you. There is not need to brag about your achievements.”

7. COMFORT “Get comfy. Take a break. It’s all about relaxation.”

8. TRUCE “No drama. Let’s discuss politics another day.”

9. TOGETHERNESS “Build relationships and narratives.”

10. SHELTER “This is your tribe. This is a place of peace and security.”

These points are taken directly from my trusted Hygge source: The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well, and I definitely see the potential in each one of them. Truly, each point can be connected to one another, as they all thrive together to build to one main idea of health, happiness, and a cozy comfortable lifestyle.