Thursday, 30 June 2016

July Goals

While reading some of my favourite blogs, I noticed a lot of them do a post on their monthly goals. I like the idea of smaller goals to set monthly, as it seems easier to accomplish rather than trying to set them every year. I know that if I set some challenges for myself each month, my plans would be more realistic and much easier to carry out. I'll also reflect each month on previous goals to see if I managed to pull off everything I planned on doing. Here are some goals I have for July!

Release some of the projects I've been working on.
I mentioned in one of my previous blog posts that I had so many ideas and was looking forward to create. These plans are really fun and creative, but involves a lot of planning, time, and unfortunately money. I'm going to try to get out at least 2 of these projects out in July.

Get back into exercising.
For the first half of the year, I was so good with my exercise. I was working out 4-5 times a week, and really looked forward to it each day. Once I started work, I got so lazy and felt so bad about not having the energy to exercise. I want to get back into that mindset, and work out just as much as I did before June.

I have a lot of friends who also like to create, and I would love to collaborate with them. It's so important for young creators to help build each other up, and support one another. 

After that huge tangent I went on about decluttering my life, I managed to throw out and donate a lot of my stuff. I still have way too many clothes. I want to be able to open my closet and drawers without being overwhelmed with the amount of stuff I have. I also want to declutter my game room/office. I spend most of my time in there, and I have a lot of stuff I don't need. 

What are your plans for July?


Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Do not judge my story by the chapter you walked in on

I love Pinterest. I'm not as obsessed as I used to be, but I love looking through pins to find inspiration for blog posts and other projects. While browsing through some of my old boards, I found a lot of quotes that I saved with great meaning behind them. I thought it'd be fun to pick out some of those quotes and elaborate on them and give my thoughts.

"Do not judge my story by the chapter you walked in on" - Unknown

There have been a number of people in my life who I thought were such a vital part of me. There are people who I thought I couldn't live without. A lot of these people are not in my life right now for good reason. There are also people who I have met in a certain point in my life, that knew me for who I was then, which is a completely different person to who I am now.

Unless I talk to you on an everyday basis, you don't know who I am. What you have heard of me, and what you perceive during quick encounters, is not me. If you used to know me on a very personal level in the past, you don't anymore. Who I was years, even months ago is not who I am today. We all learn from experiences, and are constantly changing with our environment and company. Just because you were once a huge part of my life, does not mean you know my whole story.

Judging somebody on their past, or even on a specific moment in their life is not right. Decisions that were made during previous years- things that we cannot change, are things that should not matter while making your judgement of people.

Nobody is perfect, and life is a learning experience. Don't judge others by the stories you have heard, or the little you've known of them.


Monday, 13 June 2016

How to De-stress: Relaxation Tips

I'm someone who cannot handle stress well, and during hectic moments, I can feel myself slowly going crazy. I dread exam time, when all my final projects are due, and I have a number of subjects to study. I'm noticeably more irritable, and in an overall down mood. I thought that summer break would be the time for me to relax, but I've been kind of over working myself with new projects that I can't seem to find a break. As excited as I am for these upcoming ideas, I'm still taking on a lot and find myself stressing out. I decided to share some of my favourite ways to de-stress and relax, just in case you're anything like me and find it hard to unwind during chaotic times!

My friend bought me a beautiful colouring book for my birthday, and it's something I immediately grab when I'm feeling overwhelmed. The theme is Paris and it has some beautiful sketches. It's so nice to just grab some tea, and colour. It's perfect for when you're mind becomes cluttered and you don't want to think about anything for a while.

Meditation might sound a bit weird to some people, but it's something I have done for years. I wish I was mindful enough to meditate on my own, but there are so many great guided meditations on YouTube that you can find to fit your certain needs. There's no specific channel I like watching, but you can easily find what you need by searching "guided meditations for ____".

Pampering myself is one of my favourite things to do when I'm feeling stressed. Having a bath and using some of your favourite products is a perfect way to relaxed and comfortable. Some of my favourite things to use on pamper evenings include the Dermalogica Daily MicrofoliantL'Occitane shower oil (which I have conveniently emptied), L'Occitane Supple Skin oil, and the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish. If you're extra cautious, I like to bring my Kindle or iPad into the bath with me to keep me entertained.

I did a whole blog post on how a cluttered space = a cluttered mind that you can read here. This might not be for everyone, but I find myself able to de-stress by just tidying up my work area. It gives you a break from what you're doing, and you'll be able to concentrate better when you're not distracted by your surroundings.

I love napping. Whenever I'm feeling extra stressed or anxious, I like to have a little sleep. I always wake up feeling refreshed. At the end of every semester, when I'm typing up final projects and studying for exams, I find it so hard to concentrate when I'm overwhelmed. When I remember that frantically studying when my mind is not clear won't help at all, I take a nap to regain my sense of calm, and start fresh when I wake up. I like to use thisworks deep-sleep pillow spray for a more relaxing sleep.

These are some of my favourite ways to relax when I'm feeling extra stressed out. Stress makes it difficult for me to control my emotions, so taking the time to step back and take care of myself is really important. What are some ways you like to de-stress?


7 steps to happiness

  1. Get rid of negativity - Remove anyone who is making a negative impact on your life. Cutting off people who aren't good to you will feel like a huge weight is lifted off your shoulders. If you cannot physically get rid of them, then try to disconnect from them as much as possible. Don't ask them for anything, and don't let them ask anything from you. Focus on the people who care for your happiness. 
  2. Take care of yourself - It's okay to be a little selfish. Don't feel sorry for taking some "me time". It's okay to put yourself first sometimes. 
  3. Learn how to forgive - Don't let others mistakes take a toll on you. Don't make forgiving someone about excusing their behaviour, but about not allowing their behaviour to hurt you. Holding onto anger is unhealthy, forgiving allows you to make peace with not only the other person, but yourself. 
  4. Stop caring about what other people think - This easier said than done, but important to achieve happiness. Do what makes you happy, and don't think of the opinions of others. If they're closed minded or unsupportive, they are not people you need in your life. 
  5. Do nice things for others - I have always been the type of person who cares about other peoples comfort and happiness. Seeing someone smile after doing something nice for them never gets old. 
  6. Be less judgemental - I get so upset when I hear people talk down on others decisions. Try your best not to look down on other people because they choose to live a different life than you. Focus on yourself, your decisions, and your life. 
These are just some of the habits I have made to ensure a happy life. What do you do to stay happy?

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Thursday, 9 June 2016

Life Update #2: New Ideas for the Summer

Where to has been pretty hectic lately. I've been feeling really overwhelmed, because I have so many ideas and creative things I want to start, but don't know where to begin- or even find the time to begin. I know it might seem that I have been neglecting my blog a bit, but the truth is, I have a lot of exciting projects coming up. I just needed to push myself past the anxiety and the self discouragement, and now I am so eager to create. I started taking things a bit more seriously. I got a digital drawing tablet, new adobe software (thanks Allan!) and a new iMac because my little Macbook would not be able to handle all of these new projects. Next up is a camera and microphone, but unfortunately when you're a working student, you don't have the luxury of spending all your hard earned money right away.

During the next couple of months, I'm going to be working toward rebranding my blog a bit. I want to switch over to a new host, and make things a bit more pretty. I'll also be changing the title of my blog,  and domain, so expect that. I'll let everybody know ahead of time to what it'll be changing to. Still the same content, just a bit more professional. The other projects are a surprise. They are all creative outlets for me, and include collaborations with some very interesting people. I've also been making some graphics for some of my fellow young creators.

Overall, my summer has been great. Minus the exhaustion of working full time, I've been spending most days with family which has been really nice. My mental health has been pretty up and down, I thought once finishing the semester I'd feel better, but it turns out I was even more stressed when I started work. Now that I have a clear vision of what I want for the future, things have been better. I learned to be a bit less cautious, and take chances. You never know where your small ideas can take you.

When I'm not posting here, you can find me at TranQool writing posts about mental illness. They have also set up a new ambassadors page, if you are a student in Toronto and are interested in supporting this amazing company.

Thank you for taking the time to read another life update, and come back for a new post next week!