Challenges, General, Happyness, Personal, Women

8 Things Every Happy Woman Should Have

Dragging this out of my drafts…

Veering off my 100 things that make me happy because I saw this post on here that led me here.

A go-to drink.

White Wine

A go-to Karaoke song. 

my friend had karaoke for her birthday recently where I butchered L-O-V-E by Nat King Cole with my horrible voice that cannot carry a tune.
A uniform.

Tee + Denim is a staple

A hair stylist they love. 

I got to Curl Bar and I’ve had my hair done by all three women and I am in love. I am totally confident that I’ve found the one place I can go to and always leave satisfied with my wallet feeling lighter than I want as they’re worth it.
An exercise routine. 

I bike in the summer and I like to think that's the only form of exercise I can stand

I bike in the summer and I like to think that’s the only form of exercise I can stand

A hobby.  

I love taking pictures. I always strive to take pictures in manual mode

I love taking pictures. I always strive to take pictures in manual mode

 A best friend. 

I like to think the people I surround myself with are the best friends I could possibly have or wish for at the moment.
 A healthy sense of self.

I may be crazy but all the best people are

I try to remind myself to celebrate who I am daily which may explain why I would randomly burst into a dance at odd moments

Challenges, Happyness

Living happy

I stumbled on Sofia’s Journal‘s 100 Things That Make Me Happy and I started my list hoping I would have 100 in 50 weeks or less (fingers crossed).

I have done #1 – #5#6 – #10#11 – #15#16 – #20#21-#25#26 – #30#31 – #35#36 – #40, #41 – #50. I realized I haven’t continued this since August so I’m posting 10 things  again as opposed to my usual 5 per post. By the way, I’ve compiled my list of 100 60 things that make me happy.

#51. Manicured nails art

#52. Finding useful DIYs

#53. Creating menus for events

#54. Typography

#55. Not choosing between apps, pictures and music on my iPhone a.k.a. iPod Nano

#56. Bright open spaces.

#57. Learning more about colors

ROY G. BIV by Jude Stewart

#58. Handwritten notes

#59. Witty 404 pages

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#60. Working on new personal projects

p.s. this is my 100th post 🙂

Challenges, General, Inspirational, Personal

Finding purpose and heroes

I’ve spent my life wanting to be someone else and trying to shape myself into who I am not. I’ve also attempted to spend my life being who others expect of me. One thing I am slowly learning in all this is how much of a colossal failure I’ve become. By neglecting who I am truly meant to be, I have become of gumbo of different characters that I sometimes hate to look at in the mirror.

This past year, I like to think I have achieved feats in personal development. While I am still not the person I want to look at in the mirror and be proud, I am on the journey to being that child with a curious outlook of life and great disregard for distracting paths. Continue reading

Challenges, General, Monetary, Personal

Mint Tablet

I was going to bed last night and I decided I just had to blog about money management because I was proud on how much restraint I showed.

A few weeks back, my bf was telling me to get a tablet because I have a unhealthy habit of ordering books from Chapters Indigo. To expand on that due to their new mobile app, free delivery for orders over $25 and I get great deals not buying in store; I always order a lot more books that I’ve finished reading.

As I pondered on getting a tablet, I posed a question on Facebook about making a choice between an iPad mini, a Nexus 7 or a Kobo. While I was leaning towards an iPad mini because I have an Apple ecosystem, I was curious about getting an Android device – it would be my first – and my mother loved her Kobo tablet. I decided to get a tablet only when I had the money – saved up – for it.

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Challenges, General, Inspirational, Personal

Creative Amethyst

I was at the ROM this past Sunday for the very first time. I’ve always admired the building (which I learnt is actually 3 buildings) and I’ve gone f0r a talk with one of their top photographer but this past Sunday, I went it. I took a tour of the great pieces in the museum. The penultimate piece the group was shown was an amethyst geode cut out for us to see the amethyst. Interestingly, our guide told us a folklore of how the purple quartz was formed.

Amethyst was a young virgin who became the object of wrath of the Greek God Dionysus after he became intoxicated. The Goddess Diana  helped immediately turned the girl into a white, shimmering stone (quartz). When Dionysus realized what had happened and felt remorse for his actions, his tears dripped into his goblet of wine. The goblet overturned, and the wine spilled all over the white rock, saturating it until it became the purple quartz that is now known as Amethyst.

Amethyst is the birthstone for those born in the month of February; if months were persons I can picture February as a young virgin who died before her time. It seems like it was just yesterday that 2014 started and the month is almost over. I am glad that I on track with most of my plans and resolutions and I’ve got so much to look forward to this year! I am almost done with my Paleo diet and while it was a bit challenging, I thought it would be nice to have monthly challenges.

February is my creativity kick starting month and I aim to do all of the 29 Ways to stay creative (see video below). I realize that there are only 28 days in the year so I plan to cross off one or more of the 29 ways each day and hopefully increase how many I do daily.

P.S. See next page for lists and follow progress as I cross them off.

Photography, Photos, The Bicycle Project

Top View

This past weekend I got on my bicycle and pedalled to Tommy Thompson Park. Tommy Thompson park is a unique urban wilderness in Toronto; although, some people think it’s just a pile of junk. I think it’s takes a personal view to get any sense of appreciation of the park.

I used Ride with GPS to get a sense of my trip and it was a fun ride. At some point I did loose my way around the park because I took a wrong turn and then my phone was about to die while I was using it to find my way. The one thing on my mind was to get back on the Waterfront trail before my phone died or I was doing an impromptu camping that I was ill-prepared for.

Below are some of my favourite pictures that I took. I have more on my Flickr page.

Cherry Beach

Lifeguard tower at Cherry Beach

TTP Ride - 34

It was like Tera (yes! i named the bird) was waiting for me because she flew away after the shot

TTP Ride - 18

Summer is over and they know it

Tommy Thompson Park

Getting this shot was why I lost my way


At Thompson Park Lighthouse, I decided to rest a while

I know it is a little late but happy labour day!

Challenges, Happyness

Down the happy trail

I stumbled on Sofia’s Journal‘s 100 Things That Make Me Happy and I started my list hoping I will reach 100 in 50 weeks or less (fingers crossed).

I have done #1 – #5#6 – #10#11 – #15#16 – #20#21-#25#26 – #30#31 – #35, #36 – #40. I realized I haven’t continued this since June so I’m posting 10 things as opposed to my usual 5 per post. Also I’ve compiled a my list of 100 things that make me happy.

Happy New Month of August!

#41 Chance Encounters*

#42 Reconnecting with old friends

Day 243/365 ~ It is One of the Blessings of Old Friends that You Can Afford to Be Stupid with Them [Explored!]

#43 Starting new projects

New project New year

#44 Clearing out my inbox

#45 Pedestrian Sundays in Kensington Market

#46 Taking a swim

Midnight swim

#47 Super cute tattoos

#48 Kind Strangers

#49 Redecorating my space/ apartment (soon IKEA SIGURD bench, we’ll be together soon)

#50 Well dressed men in colors

Image Source:  42, 43,  46, 4749, 50

* – To be updated as soon as link is available