22 Things for 22 Years

I turned 22 in June and I have decided to make list of 11 things I learned so far and 11 things I would like to do before I am 23. Are any of these things on your list? Do you have any ideas for me? Let me know in the comments below.

THINGS I’VE LEARNED SO FAR:

  1. It is important to do your best but make sure you aren’t hurting yourself in the process.
  2. It’s okay to not know what to do, to feel lost as an adult. The feeling is part of growing up and will never go away. It’s frightening but exciting!
  3. It is okay to cry. In fact, it’s good for you! (Blog post on this coming soon).
  4. Read as much as you can whenever you can.
  5. You can’t change the people you love. You have to accept them as they are and not expect them to give you the love you give them.
  6. Traveling is so good for you. It can shape you into the person you need to become.
  7. Don’t be afraid to be yourself. You’ll have way more fun if you just embrace your own personality.
  8. Sever any relationship that is toxic, that makes you an less of a person than you currently are. Choose relationships that raise you up, that make you feel good about you.
  9. Wear what makes you comfortable because, I guarantee, it will make you feel so much  more confident.
  10. Anxiety and depression are not the be all and end all of your life. If you push them away with all your might, you will find better days on the horizon.
  11. As my mom always told me, “Fight, fight, fight.” You must fight for what you want, fight for what you believe, and fight to get rid of all those negative things in your life. You can do it.

THINGS I’D LIKE TO DO:

  1. Travel more often.
  2. Apply for as many full-time jobs in my field as possible.
  3. Attend the College of Makeup Art and Design in May 2017.
  4. Stay positive. Strive to be happy.
  5. Become at least 70% fluent in French.
  6. Stay in contact with family more frequently.
  7. Start an indoor garden (that includes lavender).
  8. Blog more often and restart my YouTube channel(s).
  9. See Loreena McKennitt live at Massey Hall in Toronto.
  10. Be more spontaneous.
  11. Finish writing my book.

 

Inspired by sunbeamjess’s video.

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2016 ♥ Bucket List!

2016 has just begun!
Most years I just dream about doing things that never get done. This 2016, I want to be proactive about my dreams and tick off as much as I possibly can from this list. Hopefully, by December, I’ll look back and be happy with what I’ve done.

  1. Visit 2 new countries
  2. Finish writing a novel (and publish it?!)
  3. Read 25+ books
  4. Eat vegetables and fruit every day
  5. Get another tattoo
  6. Start running at least 3 times a week
  7. Take lots of pictures and videos
  8. Go on a road trip
  9. Speak French almost fluently
  10. Go to drive-in movie
  11. Re-start my YouTube channel
  12. Go hiking
  13. Make more video edits
  14. Strive to be happy

What are your 2016 goals? Let me know below, and whatever they are, I hope your 2016 is filled with happiness and good health! ♥

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Holiday Anxiety

At this time of year we are especially concerned with the happiness and wellbeing of the people around us. It’s easy to forget ourselves and our own needs. For people with anxiety this can be an especially dangerous problem.

The immense stress of the season is already enough to cause anxiety, perhaps more than usual. I know, for me, this is the worst time of the year. It was this time last year that I had my first full blow anxiety attack. If you want to hear more about that, my anxiety story, and other tips and tricks on how to handle anxiety, you can read my post Living With Anxiety.

When anxiety worsens, it is important to take care of yourself. When I went to England this summer with my grandfather I was having an amazing time. One morning, though, I got carried away with my caffein intake and ended up having four large cups of tea before lunch. That made my anxiety soar. We were visiting my grandmother’s sister when I noticed the anxiety starting. My heart was beating rapidly, my palms were getting sweatier, I begun to fear that I’d pass out, I was worried about being rude if I excused myself, I was on the verge of tears. I kept it all in though and, thankfully, we left the place within an hour. I told my grandfather that I needed to go back to our bed and breakfast and take some time to breathe. My grandfather was extremely understanding and went to his friends house while I walked back to our B&B and took deep breathes in my room. Harry Potter was on the TV so I got on the bed, watched The Goblet of Fire and painted my nails. In under an hour I had beat the best of my anxiety. My hands were steady again. Though I was tremendously tired! I didn’t let it ruin my day.

Had I not taken the time to give myself what I needed, had I given into my worries and my anxiety I might have had another attack.

You need to do what is right for you in these situations. Mental health is so critical, never forget that you are just as important.

You won’t always be able to escape to a movie or beauty treatment to calm your nerves though. I once had to battle an oncoming anxiety attack while I was serving customers at work. In that case, take deep breathes. I even laughed at myself… out loud! I made jokes with the customers and forced myself to smile. Be mindful of your self and what you need. Care for yourself as you would for any of your loved ones.

My entire philosophy on anxiety is that you have to push through. You cannot let it take you under, you cannot let it win. You are not living Jessica Jones’ life, you are in control. Don’t let anxiety win.

What do we say to the god of Anxiety?

NOT TODAY.

 

My 2015 England Trip in Pictures

This past summer, I was privileged enough to be able to go to England with my grandpa where we stayed with family in Lowestoft, Suffolk.
Lowestoft is one of my favourite places in the world; I love going back!
Below is a diary of pictures that have been unedited for the sake of retaining as much of the real experience as possible!

I hope you enjoy!

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What’s in my travel carry-on?

‘Tis the season for some well deserved wintertime vacations!

Normally when I go on vacation I travel with family or friends so the things I throw into my carry-on-handbag don’t amount to much because, chances are, if I need something that’s not in my bag, someone else has it in their bag (though of course this is not always the case)!

From July 10-July 30 of this 2014 year, I travelled by myself to California. Being prepared was an ultimate necessity.Knowing I had all the right provisions set my mind at ease, as well as my family’s minds back home. For Blogmas Day Two, I thought I would let you all know things I learned and what I hauled across 4 different airports during my round trip. Other than the type of bag, they housed the same things.

Travelling to California (from Toronto to Denver to San Jose) I used my camera bag as my carry on. The Lower Passport Sling III in mica.

On my way back (San Jose to Los Angeles to Toronto) I used a Steve Madden bag I bought at Burlington Coat while in San Jose.

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I used padding from my camera bag as a soft compartment for my Canon Rebel T3i, my small Sanyo flip-video-camera, and my Instax Polaroid Camera. Surrounding my legion of photography tools, I have a water bottle, my iPhone, a pack of Gravol, Sedated, a box of Fuzzy Peach, a purple bag filled with all my time-of-the-month essentials. I’ve got my Women’s Health magazine for some light reading, a peanut butter and jam sandwich, a notebook, a couple of pens, my passport, boarding passes, gum, hand sanitizer, bandaids, and a swath of SD cards. You’ll notice, on the bottom left-hand corner of the screen, over my neck pillow is a black string-like thing. That is my trusty whistle. I always had that in hand when I was walking between terminals and airports, especially in the dark.

I think I remembered everything. Of course, if you are travelling to a cooler climate, you might want to pack jackets as well. If you’re going camping, bring some water purification tablets. Maybe include some Tums, and a flashlight. Whatever you do, have fun and enjoy the ride.

Remember to be safe and say ‘yes’ to positive new experiences!

Where in the World?

It occurred to me recently that I have never actually taken time to process how many countries and cities I have actually been to in my twenty years of life. I first started travelling when I was 2 years old. My grandparents took me to England and Paris. I’ve had the travel-bug ever since. So far I’ve travelled to six countries — most of which I would love to return to!

Below is a list the countries/ cities/ states/ provinces that I have been to. If you have any questions about traveling to any of these places let me know and I’d be happy to help.

“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” – Susan Sontag

1) Canada
– Ontario (I live here)
Just because I call this province home doesn’t mean I can’t travel! Ontario is one of the most beautiful and interesting provinces. For one, Ottawa, the capital of this sprawling country is an eight hour road trip away. The parliament buildings are defiantly something to see. Niagara Falls is another place I highly recommend for the spectacular views and opportunities. You can get views up high or up close to the falls, you can taste delectable wine or visit hundreds of attractions and shops along Clifton Hill. If you want to venture up north there are many small towns like St. Jacobs where you can unwind even on a chilly day. Toronto, in itself, is an adventure. I’ve lived just outside the bustling city and I still don’t know more than a third of what it offers. I certainly haven’t explored enough.

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(2010) Vancouver at a glance while on a Holland America Cruise headed for Alaska

– British Columbia
British Columbia has to be my favourite province. No, it isn’t home but I wouldn’t mind if it was! My favourite place is Grouse Mountain. I could sit among the mountains and write forever. I also highly recommend Steveston! Amazing food and small shops to explore. You can even go whale watching!

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(2012) Yours truly in Quebec headed towards Cirque De Soleil tents

– Quebec
– Nova Scotia
– New Brunswick
– Prince Edward Island
New England is a sight in itself. I’d love to visit again and take in more of the nature and culture these provinces have to offer. If you want “stereotypical Canadian” look no farther. Well, you could look north– like the Yukon or Northern Alberta…

2) United States of America

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(2010) Glacier Bay, Alaska (one of my favourite spots in the world) Photo Credits: Marina Green

– Alaska
Alaska blew me away. I want to go back. I would love to go to Denali National Park and photograph all the wildlife. Its such a magnificent state. The picture you see above is one that I took. Hard to believe right? I mean if I, a girl who hardly knows the way around her DSLR, can take a shot like this, imagine how amazing it is in person. I saw a whale breach– which was the highlight of my trip– and I saw ice burgs calf. The calm out on the water is otherworldly and the community life within the cities, like Skagway and Ketchikan, is quaint and tight knit. I recommend Alaska highly to anyone who’s looking for a unique adventure.

California

(2014) Palmtrees in Pasadena California. Photo Credits: Marina Green

– California
This was my most recent trip. I traveled on my own from Toronto to Denver to San Jose to meet some of my family. It was the trip of a lifetime. My family took me everywhere from Davis to Los Angeles. I also got to see the Armenian side of this state too which was an amazing treat (my background is half Armenian). I also love how hot it is and how many outdoor activities there are! My favourite place, by far, was Lake Tahoe. Breathtaking!
– Nevada
– Florida
– Colorado (Denver Airport…)
– Boston

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(2011) View from atop the Sears Tower in Chicago

– Chicago
I went to Chicago with my music family from high school in 2011. We went to compete and we succeeded! The city itself was so compact. The buildings shot so high into the sky that just walking the streets made me feel small and uniquely insignificant. The Sears building is a must see. Viewing the state from such an amazing hight will change your perspective on the world and the life within it.

3) Mexico
– Cozumel
I don’t remember much of this trip. Cozumel was a part of a cruise I took with my grandparents years ago. What I do remember was it was in April and it was HOT.

4) England
England is one of my favourite places in the world. I would live there if I could. There is so much to see and access and the accents are always wonderful.The culture and history is immense and something that should never ever be looked past. If you have a chance, do yourself a favour and explore at least one area of England. Then maybe visit Ireland and Wales for me, I’d love to go!
– London

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– Lowestoft
– Norwich
– Beccles

5) France

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(2017) Paris

– Paris
First when I was two. All I remember was the chunnel and a very scary Goofy at Disney… and again on my Europe trip in the summer of 2017

6) Scotland
– Glasgow
– Edinburgh

7) Poland

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(2017) Poland

– Zielona Góra
– Wrocław
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6) Czech Republic
– Prague

7) Greece
– Athens

8) Italy


– Milan
– Genoa
– La Spetzia
– Florence
– Rome
– Naples

9) Belgium
– Brussels

10) Netherlands
– Amsterdam