5 Favourite Quotes

Lately, I have been feeling uninspired and unmotivated, which is the complete opposite of the high I was feeling just over 2 weeks ago. But that’s life, the wave just keeps going up and down. During those times of the low wave, I know how I get; I get anxious, I want to stay home all day and I feel blah. But one thing that always sheds even the tiniest bit of light through those times is quotes. Writing speaks to my soul, especially when the soul needs a boost or some healing, words tend to help.

So here are 5 of my favorite quotes:

  1. “The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams” – Oprah Winfrey

  2. “Anything is possible if you’ve got enough nerve” – J.K. Rowling

  3. “We generate fears while we sit. We overcome them by action. Fear is natures way of warning us to get busy” – Dr. Henry Link

  4. “As long as you’ve got passion, faith and are willing to work hard, you can do anything you want in this life”– Anonymous

  5. “For what its worth: Its never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you find that you are not, I hope you have the strength to start over” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

During those lower waves remember the high waves you had and that they will come back soon.

Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful day!

Sunday Nights

It is currently 8pm on a Sunday night, and I have not stopped this entire weekend between work, events, chores and just life in general. I got home from my shift at work and realized just how disastrous my brain felt and how all over the place I was. This is definitely not a good way to start off the week, so I’m going to run you over a few things I like to do to prepare for the week ahead.

  1. Pamper yourself

Whether that be with a facemask, bubble bath, personal hygiene or even having some ice cream, take some time out of your night to pamper yourself. Sometimes even just keep up with personal hygiene can be pampering ourselves because we don’t have enough time to do it during the week.

2. Plan your week out

Instead of heading into the week completely blind, take a look at whats coming up. You can also meal plan, organize your time, plan out workouts, weekly or daily budgets etc. Just take a few minutes to plan your week and trust me you will feel less overwhelmed and stressed.

3. Think of outfits to wear

We all have those times where our alarm goes off and we snooze it too many times so we end up running late in the mornings. But we can fix that! Other than training yourself not to snooze, you can preplan outfits. Just go through your closet, and really look at all your clothes and see what outfits you can have. I make sure to always have that one comfy outfit, a dressy one and an in-between always in the back of my head. It makes mornings during the week so much simpler.

4. Set your intentions

How do you want this week to do? What goals do you want to get done? Why do you want them to get done? How do you want to spend your time and energy this week? Think about what this week can hold and all the amazing things you can do.

Lastly, take a few moments to think about the endless possibilities that this week has, and the adventure and craziness it can bring.

Thanks for reading and have a wonderful week!

Sarah

Why is This Happening to Me?

Sometimes we wonder “Why is this happening to me?” The usual answer that follows is something along the lines of “Life isn’t fair” or “You somehow, in some way deserved whatever is happening to you”. Although those might be true, people often forget that things happen to us because it’s those are the consequences of a series of actions. Our actions, other’s actions, rules that need to be followed, morals or principles that apply all determine the consequence or result of something. Things don’t just happen to you. Things happen to you because many decisions led to that thing happening to you.

At the end of the day, you can think of it in a negative way, or you can see it in a positive way. Recently at my part-time job, I am not getting a lot of hours. Which sucks because the goal of any student working in the summer is to save up as much money as possible. So, I could sit here and wonder, why me? Or I could look at it from a different perspective. I can see this as the universe giving me an opportunity to focus on my blog more, to spend more time with people I’ve been meaning to by haven’t been able to, or maybe to volunteer.

You always have the choice to look at the answer to the “Why is this happening to me?” question and decide how you will react to it. You can see it as a bad thing, and that the universe is trying to ruin your life, or you can see it as the universe forcing you to realize things in your life that need to be dealt with.

But do keep in mind, many things that happen in life, happen because its a way to test us, to make us stronger and to grow as a person. Not all bad things that happen to us are intrinsically bad.

Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day!

Sarah

5 Tips to Enjoy your Summer

Today I focused on spending time with the people I love so I do not have the most well thought out blog post for you all. But I thought it would be fun to create my own version of a top 5 tips (fill in the blank) list that we see all over Pinterest and internet. I decided to make mine, so here are my top 5 tips for enjoying your summer!

  • Get outside

In this part of Canada, we enjoy all 4 seasons throughout the year (or in a day). But summer is when everything is really green and lush and being outside is bearable. Until we reach 30 degrees Celsius and everyone starts freaking out because its way too hot. But still, go outside and enjoy nature and all that it has to offer.

  • Be proactive in planning things

If you wait until other people plan things, then nothing is going to happen. You need to step it up, reach out to people and make the plans yourself.

  • Wake up early

Summer mornings are like no other. The birds are chirping, the air is warm and fresh, and humidity won’t be settling in for a few more hours. It’s the perfect time to just let your mind wander or be still, to stop and be in the moment or to get outside and be active.

  • Make an ideas list, but not a bucket list

Now I know that sounds odd but from personal experience its what works best. During the summer, if I had planned out a huge list of things I wanted to do, I often found that a few weeks into summer I couldn’t accomplish them. That feeling was magnified as the end of summer approached and I felt like I had done nothing. Instead, I created an ideas list, which is kind of like a bucket list but different. It’s different because my commitment level to the things I wanted to do was not there. It was just an idea I had, and if it got done then yay! But if not, I wouldn’t feel miserable or like I had wasted away my summer. Simply, it was creating a list of things I wanted to do but removing the expectation that I had to accomplish everything on it.

  • Do things you don’t normally do

When we are working or in school, we often put things that make us happy on the backburner, because we have more pressing things to do. But the summer is that one time of year you can catch up on all those books you have in the to-be-read pile. It’s the time when you can learn a new sport, or pick up an instrument you haven’t practiced in months. Use the summer months as a time to do all things you are passionate about but have been pushing off all year.

So those are some easy and quick tips about 5 things you should take into account this summer.

If you have any tips on how to enjoy your summer then please feel free to leave them down below!

Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day!

Sarah

Pessimistic –> Optimistic

For most of my teenage years,  up until about a year and a half ago, I was known for being cynical and pessimistic.

In my mind, everything was doomed, the worst-case scenario became the only scenario, and everything could just go wrong at any instant but nothing could ever go right. Quite honestly, looking back at who I used to be, I wonder how people even put up with me. But there came a time where I started looking inwards more, I started realizing that this pessimistic life I was living would not bring me anywhere or make me a better person.

I learned that what you put out into the universe is what you get back. Simply, what you give is what you get.

If you start putting positive energy into the world then guess what? Positivity comes your way! Now you can’t just go and have a positive thought and expect your life to fall into place because that’s just unrealistic. But the idea that if I put positive energy towards others, the world in general and myself, things will start to change dramatically.

My life did not take a 180 turn, but at the same time, it did. What happened was that my mentality changed. The perspective I had of the world was filled with a more positive and optimistic shade rather than the negative and pessimistic lens that had clouded my mind for so long.

There came a point where I couldn’t take it anymore, where I was suffocating myself with my negativity. And you want to know how freaky my life is? I journaled about that day a year ago, today. I look now at where I am and see that day, June 4th, 2017, as the turning point of my life.

I saw that something needed to change and it all began with the way I was thinking

This isn’t to say that as of that day I was a happy-go-lucky-ray-of-sunshine. It took a lot of time to train my brain not to jump to the worst-case scenario, to have faith in the universe and how to be positive in situations where I would normally be negative.

When you actively make the choice that something needs to change, and you recognize your own toxic behaviors, then things will start to change.

Recognize your toxic behaviors, pinpoint what you want and whats been holding you back from achieving these things (usually the toxic behaviors), and find ways to change that mentality.

I hope this is a wake-up call for anyone you who feel stuck. Just know that you are the only person who can change your life, and you can do it any moment.

Feel free to share any experiences down below where you have felt your mentality shift and what that was like!

Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day!

Sarah

 

Stepping out of your comfort zone

This weekend has definitely been different than any other weekend I could have ever experienced. The only way I could sum up tit up is that I stepped way out of my comfort zone–I mean like I jumped a kilometer out of my comfort zone.  Today I am going to tell you 3 stories or times when I stepped out of my comfort zone and how they changed me, so here they are.

About a month ago this stepping out of my comfort zone began when I went to a zip line obstacle course. One thing you need to know about me is that I am not an outdoorsy gal, and climbing trees is not my strong suit. But here I was with my friends, about 2 hours away from home, in a tree (don’t worry its very safe and you’re attached properly to a harness) and I was shitting myself, for a lack of better words. I had to do the obstacle course, and really there was a point I was going to give up. But my friends encouraged me and kept me going. I finished the obstacle course and felt relieved. It was only on the drive back that I realized just how out of my comfort zone I was. But thanks to my friends and myself, I kept pushing through the anxiety and the stress and just kept going. I would have regretted if I had stopped, and one of my friends at the end even said she was glad I didn’t stop because I wouldn’t have had as much fun and she knew I could do it. A part of me knew I could do it too, but this was very out of my comfort zone. But I did it, I stepped out of my comfort zone and was rewarded with the feeling that I accomplished something I would not normally do and that is a big deal for me.

The second time I stepped out of my comfort zone was this past Friday. My member of parliament for my district (the person who represents us in the Canadian parliament) was hosting a 5 a 7 to get to know the younger crowds in her constituency and to talk about the youth council she wanted to form. Now how is this stepping out of my comfort zone? Well, I went alone to an event where I knew absolutely no one. I literally knew not a single person and had no idea what to expect. Even more shockingly, before and during the event I did not feel anxious at all. This is very new feeling for me because even in basic social situations I tend to get anxious, but with this event, I didn’t. I got there and talked to a few people and was being my true and genuine self. I felt light and alive and just me. It truly felt amazing. I stepped out of my comfort zone and realized that stepping out of my comfort zone doesn’t mean I am abandoning who I am by any means. It just means I am taking myself, the person I am most comfortable with, and dropping in on a situation I’m not used to.

When you are truly comfortable with who you are and just yourself in general, being put into situations you are not used to, becomes a whole lot easier because you have yourself to rely on. I wasn’t anxious because I trusted who I was, and I let myself be me. When we try to construct who we are, we start to care about what other people think and how we will be, how we should act or what we should say, and that’s what causes us to be anxious. Obviously, there are many other reasons, but for me, that’s what starts my anxiety.

Lastly, yesterday I went to a girl’s empowerment summit (I wrote a mini blog post about it yesterday) and I went alone. I mean I was planning to spend 10am-4pm all alone. I truly don’t mind being alone, I like spending time with myself. But what worried me was how were people going to see me? Was anyone going to think I was a loner? But that was not the case at all.

I met so many amazing girls who were so genuine and had beautiful souls. I again was just being me the entire time and everything fell into place. I was not planning to go, but there was a small part of me that was like you need to go!  I acted on that part the night before and next thing you know they were scanning my ticket at the entrance and handing me a goody bag. I stepped out of my comfort zone and ended up being motivated, inspired and in awe of all the absolutely incredible women that spoke at the summit and the girls I met in the audience.

You see stepping out of your comfort zone is not so bad when you trust yourself. When you start to understand that who you are is beautiful, brave, courageous, amazing, inspiring and so many other amazing qualities.Then you too, will be able to leap out of your comfort zone. You need to have your back and have faith in yourself in order to step of out your comfort zone.

This did not happen overnight, and quite frankly I have something today that requires me to step out of my comfort zone and I am not entirely okay with it. But I trust myself and will genuinely be myself and that is what counts.

Be yourself and accept yourself. You will be amazed at just how capable you are of doing things you would not normally do.

Thanks for reading and have a wonderful Sunday!
Sarah

Screw It!

Today I went to a girl’s empowerment summit, the first of its kind in my city. I genuinely had no idea what to expect, and only bought the ticket last night at 9pm.

I had known about the event for a month, but I couldn’t actually bring myself to buy the ticket and go to the event. I asked a few people if they wanted to come with me, but none of them could, so I had to do something I would never have dreamed of doing—I had to go to the event alone!

When I got there I was a little anxious, but I honestly thought I would be more anxious than I was. I made eye contact with a girl who was sitting alone, and I was about to sit at another table alone, but something in my brain was like “screw it, go sit with the girl!”

I did just that and did the same thing at lunch. I got to meet so many amazing girls, and have genuine, intellectual and interesting conversations.

All this to say that when that little voice in the back of your head says screw it, then you screw it and just go for it. You won’t realize just how powerful overcoming the anxious or negative thoughts in your head can be, but trust me, pushing through your anxiety so worth it. I’m not saying it can be done overnight, this has been years in the making, and I am not 100% anxiety free by any means. But this is progress… baby steps!

Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day!