A Little Slice of Life

Alberta Purple Spring Flowers

Hey Everyone! I hope you’ve been having a lovely week. I’ve been working really hard the past few weeks on making my life the life I want, and so far it’s really been paying off. Of course there are always ups and downs, but it feels so good to be making positive changes. I’m really afraid of allowing time to pass me by where I’m not living like I want to. And I know the only person that can make sure that won’t happen is me. Hubby & I have been going for little walks a lot recently & we’ve … Read More

5 Things You Can Do Every Day To Be Happier

I’m often told that I’m a happy person (I feel like one!!), but there are definitely days when it’s not all that easy to be in a good mood. When that happens I feel like we all could use help to get back to being happy. So I pulled together a list! Here are my suggestions of 5 things you can do every single day if you want to become a happier person in general, or even if you just need some tips to brighten your mood! Smile often. At strangers, at friends, at yourself. Don’t force it, but think … Read More

12 Signs That You’re A Little Hippie

I’ve always been a little hippie in my heart. That’s probably what happens when you grow up in a tiny hippie town wayyy up in Northern Canada (in the Yukon), 6 hours from the nearest city, with the biggest yearly event being the summer music festival. Yeah, that kind of hippie town. Probably because of it I’ve always had a love for nature & almost all things boho/hippie. There have been times where I moved away from it, or pushed it into the depths of my heart. But no matter what I did it always lived on. And now I’ve … Read More

When You Feel Empty

For the past few years I’ve been focused on figuring out my life. I’ve been spending a lot of time slowing down and thinking about what really matters to me. What makes my life feel full and satisfying? What kind of things to I want to do with my life? What’s my life’s purpose? How do I figure all of this out and make my life one that will leave me feeling full and content? All these questions are common. Especially to young people, but honestly, to every human being ever. I’ve also been reading a lot of blogs, books, … Read More

When You See Something Beautiful In Someone

I read a quote recently as I was mindlessly browsing Pinterest (you know, probably looking at home decor that I’ll only ever dream of having), and it hit me pretty hard. It might seem strange, but this quote was really powerful to me. “When you see something beautiful in someone, tell them.” – Unknown It’s a pretty simple concept, and at first it doesn’t seem very powerful. In fact, at first glance it seems pretty easy and natural. But after thinking about it for a minute, you might realize that it’s much more than it seems. I think part of … Read More

Yoga For Beginners: The Best Way To Start

Yoga is relaxing, stress relieving, good for your mind AND body health – plus it’s a great form of exercise! But ahh where do you start?? You could definitely just head over to some drop-in classes at your local gym or yoga studio, that’s great because you have someone coaching you and correcting your mistakes. But if you’re like me and prefer doing yoga at home, or prefer not to spend the money, here’s where I suggest you start:  Sun Salutation It’s essentially a simple set of poses that are perfect for everyone including beginners, and it can been done pretty … Read More

From My Heart to Yours

Life is about so much more than money, status and appearance. We need to stop getting consumed by consumerism. We need to stop giving in to a lust for these things. Life is about so, so, much more. I’ve always felt that every single person has something special, unique and beautiful about them, and something unique to offer to the world. I don’t want to tell you what that should look like. But please, please, go and seek it. Don’t lose your heart and soul, becoming a robot stuck in the grind. It’s scary, figuring out what you really want. … Read More

An Honest Update

I haven’t posted in a while and it makes me sad :(. I’ve had a lot going on the past few months and I’ve been waiting until things slow down a bit to post again. I hate that though, because it’s like trying to wait for the perfect time to do something, even though I know that the perfect time is never going to come. So, I’m posting regardless. My husband has been going through a really, really hard time recently. So I’ve been really focused on supporting him. I’d like to talk about it, but I’ll wait until I get the … Read More

Plants in My House!

A few weeks ago I bought mint (picture on the top right) and a large mix of potted herbs (not pictured). Omg it has changed my life you guys, seriously I even tweeted about it!!! I had watermelon with fresh mint yesterday, and put fresh oregano in my eggplant parmesan (recipe soon!). Mmm fresh herbs are LIFE! If you are able to, please please get a couple pots of fresh herbs for your house, you will be so happy. 🙂 I think this winter my windowsills will be covered in potted herbs! Ooh or maybe I’ll do one of those … Read More

Summer Reading List

If you don’t have any books picked out yet, then you’re in luck! Thanks to Sarah, I’ve teamed up with a group of lovely bloggers and we’ve all agreed to compile our favourite summer reads. So definitely go and check out their lists as well, I’ll link them at the bottom of this post!! *Getting to know other bloggers through collaborations has been so fun! And coming together to work on a joint project has also been an awesome change! If you’re a blogger and want to collaborate on something, definitely get in touch!

7 Tips To Help You Get Out And Travel More

Do you wish you could see the world more, get out and adventure? You don’t have to save up a ton of money and wait to go on huge across the world trip (while those are amazing and you should totally save up for them) you don’t have to wait. Why? Two words: DAY TRIPS. Once a month get out of the city and drive to a new town or hiking path every time. Drive in a random direction and keep going until you find something beautiful you’ve never seen before. It does’t have to cost more than a tank … Read More

Why I Lie When I’m Asked About My Dream Career

What job do you want when you graduate? It’s a question University students get asked all the time. Regrettably, it’s a hard question to answer for almost any Uni student. So why do I lie? Well here’s how the conversation usually goes. So, what job do you want to get when you graduate? Oh, honestly I’m open to anything. Maybe an administrative position, something in HR(maybe I’ll list off a bunch of things I’ve heard you can get with a BA). And then I laugh and say, maybe one day I’ll be able to make some money from my blog … Read More

Are Bloggers Self-Centred?

OK. So the nature of blogging is that someone is talking, and usually they talk a lot about themselves and their lives. Usually, people like to read about that stuff. But is it ever too much? Are all bloggers in love with themselves and their own opinions? Do they just love hearing (seeing?) themselves talk? First of all, is being self-centred a bad thing? In my opinion, it is. Here me out. I think being self-centred specifically is a bad thing. But I think that it’s very important that we’re all strong, independent individuals that formulate our own views and take care … Read More

5 Most Important Tips for Food Photography

Whether you just take the occasional picture of sushi for Instagram, or you’re a passionate food blogger, you probably know that it takes a bit of effort to get a good picture. Well, hopefully I can help you with a few tips of my own! I’ve been doing photography for about 5 years, which is even longer than I’ve been blogging for! A lot of food bloggers write these posts and show how ugly their earliest food pictures were. I’ll be honest, since I had already been doing photography for a while, my food pics weren’t all that bad! Nonetheless, … Read More

Fasting

Some of you may have heard me talk about the Baha’i Faith before – if you haven’t, it’s the religion that I’m a part of. Feel free to check out more details about it on the official Baha’i website. I think a post I’ll soon be writing will be titled “What Baha’is Believe”, so check back in a little while for that if you’re interested! Here’s a quick little summary to get things started. Basically, Baha’is believe that there is one God, who periodically sends down guidance to humanity about our reality. God sends down these messages through the form … Read More

No One Is You

^^Take a look at this quote. For me, that’s what gives me life and motivation. Sometimes I feel like I don’t have much to give, like I’m just an average person like everyone else. But reading this reminds me that it’s not so bleak. There’s not one single person that is just your average person who’s like everyone else. We’re all unique and we all have something special to give to the world. I’m sure you’ve heard something like this a million times, but have you really ever given in a thought. There is not one single person that has … Read More

When the Darkness Visits

I wrote this for my beautiful husband recently, while he was in a hard fight against depression. Once before in his life he battled it at a much darker time and he overcame it, fell in love and married me. So, to all those who read this and experience the darkness too, please believe that it will pass, and soon it will loosen its grip and you will be joyful, creative, and passionate, and see beauty once again. He brightens my life in every way imaginable. Now his eyes are empty and dim. Brief moments they light up again, like when … Read More

Quality of the Week: Determination

As you may know, each week I challenge myself to working on a new quality that I want to improve. Last “week” the challenge was honesty, here’s a link to the post. Well, since I’m being honest I could have done better. It was a hard one to remember and I didn’t make a point of reminding myself every day to be honest. So that part of it wasn’t so good. Yet, when I did remember and did encourage myself to be honest, it went really well. The satisfaction you get from being your genuine self is really rewarding. It’s hard … Read More

The Liebster Award Nomination!

Hello Everyone! I am feeling so grateful today! Recently I was nominated for the Leibster Award by Samantha, who runs her self titled blog. Thank you so much! <3 What is a Liebster Award? Liebster means something along the lines of beautiful in German. This award is by bloggers, for bloggers. Basically bloggers nominate other bloggers that they think are doing something beautiful. They then respond to a bunch of questions about themselves and nominate a few more bloggers. It’s basically a chain that’s passed through the blogging community. Basically, it’s intended to give recognition to bloggers that deserve it. How sweet is … Read More

Quality of the Week: Honesty

If you’ve been keeping up with me, I’m sorry for the lack of posts! Sometimes things just get crazy around here. Now that I’m back on track it’s time to get back to my weekly challenge! This week I’m working on honesty. I’ve tried to research the difference between honesty and truthfulness, and it is quite hard to find a clear distinction. My understanding has always been that honesty is something that you have within yourself and truthfulness is the outward expression of honesty. I could most definitely be wrong, but since it is my blog I’m just going to … Read More

During Tragedy, Look For The Helpers

My heart has been heavy since Friday November 13th. I can’t take my mind off of the fact that so many lives were unjustly cut short, and so many other people whose lives will forever be changed. All of this is due to the actions of some very misguided individuals. My mind keeps coming back to thinking about Paris and all the lives that were affected. I’ve been spending a lot of time on social media reading about all of the events that are going on. I am sad to admit that I too, did not know about a lot of the other … Read More

Quality of the Week Challenge: Gratitude

Last Week’s Challenge Recap: The quality that I focused on last week was compassion (click here to read the post for it). Some people are naturally very compassionate and others have to put much more effort into learning compassion. I’m naturally quite compassionate and genuinely care about others and want to make them happy. But, as for most people, it’s much harder to be compassionate when you’re not feeling your best, we all get self-centred. That was really what I focused on when I was working on compassion this week. I focused on being compassionate especially when it didn’t come as … Read More

Quality of the Week Challenge: Compassion

I want to be the best person that I can be. The most kind, loving, selfless, intelligent, thoughtful, joyful me that I can be. All to often I find myself falling into complacency in my life, where I just do whatever I need to do without much thought. A life like that is a horribly hollow one that I want none of. While trying to move away from a complacent hollow life I’ve realized that I’m not used to taking time to reflect and improve myself. But I’ve recently realized that if I want to be the best version of myself then … Read More

A Message To All You First Years

You’re finally in university! But now you’re worrying. You’re panicking. You didn’t complete all the readings last night. You can’t decide if you’re going to do your masters or go to law school or what kind of job you might get right after graduation. Hey. Chill. It will all be okay. I’m going to give you the secret to enjoying your life while in University. It took me about 5 years to figure out what I’m going to tell you, so listen up. 1. Make Big Plans No, you can’t plan out your whole life. But you do need some kind of an idea … Read More

Our Amazing Universe

Our universe is amazing. I’ve been reading a lot the past few days about outer space, and it’s blowing my mind! Contemplating the scale of our universe makes you see how simply minuscule we are in comparison. We’ve hardly explored our own galaxy and yet there are billions more, literally, throughout the universe that we can only imagine. I love that at any moment, but especially on a dark clear night, we can look up and see amazing beauty that blows our minds and makes us think about bigger things than a superficial life. How are money, possessions, and petty problems, … Read More

Venice, Italy

Here’s a romantic edit of a photograph I took in Venice, Italy. I feel so blessed to have been able to travel through Europe with my husband a few years ago, it was a dream trip. I feel even more blessed that was able to take beautiful photographs while I was there, which allow me to relive that trip whenever I want. Anytime I’m feeling bored of my city and want to travel, I can open up Lightroom and head back to my European loves: Italy, Spain, France, or England! My husband and I are hoping to take another big … Read More

Let’s Be Open

To My Lovely Readers, Over the past few weeks I have felt an obligation to share with you some things I have come across in reading the texts of my religion. Before I do so, I thought I would write a brief post to explain why I feel this way. I feel as though we, as human beings sharing this experience on earth together, have a duty to share our understanding with one another; to share what we have learned about the meaning, value, and truths of this life. If one believes that they have come upon the truth of … Read More

Chill Out With Me

Chill out with me. I’ve just recently realized the magic of headphones. This song is beautiful whether or not you’re wearing headphones, but wearing them just makes it a far better experience – at least for me. Lighting some candles, opening the window for a cool breeze, and playing a song like this on my headphones at the end of the day (or any time of day) is how I chill out. Some days I feel like I haven’t taken any time at all to just sit back, clear my head of busy thoughts, and think about what matters, or … Read More

Some Thoughts On Life

Yesterday I awoke sobbing from a terrible dream. In this dream my husband was killed and I was forced to live my life without him, surrounded by everyone that we used to spend time with together, and everything we used to do together. It had been a little while since he had passed and I was trying to move forward and do normal things but I couldn’t take being surrounded by friends that didn’t understand the pain, so I lay my head in my hands and broke into painful sobs. That is when I awoke, with a horrible tightness in … Read More

When You Realize How Perfect Everything Is

I believe that we are all attracted to beauty; that everything that stirs our soul and moves us – that is beautiful – is thanks to God. He created it all, and every time I see something beautiful I am reminded of His Immense Greatness. Often, I have to remind myself that all of these beautiful things are here because of Him. I don’t even necessarily understand what it means that God created all of this, but I do believe that everything that is here – myself, those I love, beautiful soul stirring experiences – are all here because of God’s will, … Read More

Home

Hello! Sorry that I’ve been MIA for a while now, but I think I have a pretty good reason! Suddenly, my husband and I got the opportunity to move out of our little condo to a house…with…space! I have loved our little condo, but as you can see, I traded it in an instant to upgrade to an actual house. The only catch was that we basically had to move 3 days after we found out it was happening! To me that was a huge relief, if we had to wait a month I don’t know what I would have done … Read More

The Universal Struggle: What Is The Point of This Life

I’m a religious studies major and this semester I’m taking a class about Modern Christianity (1600-present). We were assigned to read a book called Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners by John Bunyan (1628-1688) in order to better understand Christian Puritanism. The book is a spiritual autobiography that was written by Bunyan about his spiritual journey. In his book he records his struggles in searching for the truth, whether God exists, what the purpose of life is, and what his role is in it. Those are universal questions that arguably all human beings ask. Throughout the book Bunyan is virtually paralyzed by … Read More

My Mindfulness

We’ve all heard of mindfulness. Usually we see it preached by yogi’s and spiritual minds who have learned the concept from Buddhism. In this post I won’t be discussing mindfulness as a Buddhist concept, but rather, as a method that I have adopted to appreciate my life. So, here I am not discussing mindfulness as a unique concept, but simply the idea of being mindful, as the definition suggests, and how that manifests in my life. Of course, this overlaps in many ways to the Buddhist concept, but my version is simply how I practice mindfulness in my life – without restrictions and preconceived … Read More

Alive

Feel the splash of cool water on your warm skin. Smell the scent of lavender drifting through the air. Feel your lungs expand to their fullest. Taste a fresh summer peach, the flavours arouse your taste buds and send tingles through your jaw. Listen to the sound of a laughing child. Feel the warm sun kiss your face on a crisp winter day. See the endless sky, the towering mountains. Feel your heart beat and the blood course through your veins. YOU ARE ALIVE.

Reality

“ALL THE HOLY MANIFESTATIONS OF GOD HAVE PROCLAIMED AND PROMULGATED THE SAME REALITY” “I hope that the lights of the Sun of Reality will illumine the whole world so that no strife and warfare, no battles and bloodshed remain. May fanaticism and religious bigotry be unknown, all humanity enter the bond of brotherhood, souls consort in perfect agreement, the nations of earth at last hoist the banner of truth and the religions of the world enter the divine temple of oneness, for the foundations of the heavenly religions are one reality. Reality is not divisible; it does not admit multiplicity. All … Read More

Living Joyfully

Take time to make things beautiful. Instead of flopping into bed and forcing yourself up and out of it at the last possible minute, wake up a little earlier and make your morning pleasant. Put on the most snuggly knit sweater, wash your face, open a few windows, have a coffee and some breakfast before you do anything (even before you pick up your phone!). Stare out the windows and appreciate your surroundings, even if the only nature you see is the sky – take it in. If you take the time to make things beautiful, it will help you appreciate … Read More

Beautiful Music

Here’s a collection of a few songs that are so beautiful they bring me to life. Sometimes it’s the words, sometimes it’s the music, sometimes it’s the passion; often it’s all three. Powerful songs help me connect deeper with the world, and with my own existence. I hope that you find these songs just as powerful. Please share below if you have other songs that you find moving, I would love to hear them. What songs move you?

We Are All Searching…Together

I feel as though we don’t talk openly enough in our society about life’s purpose. Having open dialogue about our views should be something that helps all of us grow and come closer to a personal understanding of our purpose in life. And yet, it has become something that’s taboo to talk about. Sure, it’s okay to say what religion you adhere to, or perhaps a basic statement about your life/religious views. But, why is it a bad thing to go any further and have open discussions about our beliefs. How many people can say that they know, with certainty … Read More

The Bridge of Sighs

“I stood in Venice, on the Bridge of Sighs; A palace and a prison on each hand: I saw from out the wave of her structures rise As from the stroke of the enchanter’s wand: A thousand years their cloudy wings expand Around me, and a dying Glory smiles O’er the far times, when many a subject land Look’d to the winged Lion’s marble piles, Where Venice sate in state, thron’d on her hundred isles!” -Lord Byron (Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage: Canto the Fourth)  At the time that this photograph was taken I knew relatively little about the history of Venice … Read More

France & New France

I just finished reading a book called Bride of New France by Suzanne Desrochers. I am not too passionate about the storyline (or the length, under 300 pages is far too short most of the time, in my opinion), but I found the setting very interesting. It was partially set in Paris and partially set in New France (early Canada). I am a sucker for historical fiction, or any novel that has a particularly well developed setting. As I’ve been to Paris recently, I really enjoyed reading a novel that was set there. I love that I was able to picture … Read More

The Grand Opening

Happy Monday Everyone! So, now that we’re settling into our new house I’ve realized that I really want to take advantage of it and blog much more often. It’s a great outlet to reflect and chat about whatever is on my mind, and connect with whoever’s around. I’ve cooked quite a few times since we’ve moved in, and I’ve even baked once, but I have yet to blog about any of it! (although I did photograph the banana pecan cake which I will share) That’s simply not right – so it’s changing! Here’s to committed blogging (and not just food blogging) in … Read More

Knitting Adventures

For almost two years I’ve been trying to learn how to knit properly. “You might think, seriously!? Two years and you still don’t know how to knit? You should really just give up!” Well here’s the problem, I honestly haven’t put much time into it at all. How am I going to improve if I never even pick up the needles! So here’s what I’ve done, I bought a book that walks me step-by-step through knitting. The book is called Get Started: Knitting by Susie Johns. Basically, the book starts from the beginning and clearly lays out almost everything you need to know. It … Read More