2017 ended with a lot of promise and a lot of planning and like every year previously, I have to start with a new planner. Now I have always had a journal where I would write out random thoughts, short stories, poems, ideas, etc. but I noticed that over time and as I found myself disciplining my thoughts more to tailor towards my goals, I found that my journals were feeling more like a “security blanket”. I was reading back through my writing and it was becoming more random and sadly I was even writing less frequently. I can freely admit this was most likely due to depression from fighting SJS, but I also feel that my writing instruments were getting a little outdated and boring. I came across the one bullet journal video and then before you know it I ended up watching a string of youtube videos for the entire day. I did some research on some different dot paper notebooks, art pens, art markers.. I placed my Amazon order, stalked it and waited impatiently for my new bullet journal adventure to begin.
Yes, I am a gadget girl and I do use my iPhone calendar for appointments, alarms etc. but guys, there just isn’t anything in this world that can ever compare to the power and magic of the pen to paper. I am and always will be a writer they are my favourite tools in the world. Since I’ve been using the bullet journal system, while adding some creative touches of my own, I’ve managed to be a lot more productive and inspired in my artwork as well. I kept my creative energy flowing and decided to move into a new studio with bigger space and amazing lighting.
Since I’ve been doing some much needed redecorating, I decided to include some of my art dolls into my room decor. Now, reborn doll collecting is a fairly new so displaying them is left in actual baby furniture, etc there are no stands for them. So I found a pillow in the shape of an elephant. I was so excited to find it because who doesn’t want a heffalump pillow?!
It’s definitely the right time for big moves!
I had a fantastic Thanksgiving celebrating with family and some new found friends. I love being surrounded by so much positivity. The weather is beautiful, the kids are happy and there’s nothing but awesomeness coming up!
You know those corny sayings that seem to clog the internet, you know, the ones where they are supposed to inspire you or uplift you? I read those quotes and I find one common thread between them all and that is the moment I was reading them, I should have been moving on and taking the next step towards my goal. As positive as they are, these are things we should be telling ourselves on a daily basis. I’m a strong believer in self preservation for the sake of the quality of life that you really want.
I was doing research, making appointments, drafting plans… and I stopped myself and smiled. In all my adulthood, 2017 has been the best I have had yet. I used to do things here and there, not out of things I had to do but for things I felt I needed to do. Going with the flow and letting go of this invisible control we all think we have.
Today, I started to notice how all the things I’ve been doing up to this point have come to fruition. I used to get stressed out when I didn’t know what was going to happen after working so hard. Now, I find myself smiling more and knowing that this whole journey was preparing me for something bigger than just what I love to do. I’m on my way to fulfill that mission I gave to myself.
My new addiction… The art of letting go…
What a fantastic celebration for my beautiful country! I’ve been reuniting with family and solidifying our bonds all day!
I’ve had weeks of excitement watching my fellow Canadians decorating their homes, cars and clothing with our beautiful red and white colours. This is the one day that I wanted to be filled with love and laughter and it came true.
Canada has given my family so much opportunity. From the Philippines to Canada my family was welcomed despite the ignorance of racism and the uphill climb to success. Being born and raised here, I have learned so much and I continue to learn more about Canada each day. I am a proud Canadian living in the best country in the world. The best part of living here is being surrounded by so many cultures and traditions from all over the world united in one country. Canada is best described in our own anthem. If you ever get a chance come on up here and enjoy us. We work hard and play harder 😊
O Canada, our home and native land
True patriot love, in all thy sons command
With glowing hearts we see thee rise
The True North strong and free
From far and wide, O Canada, we stand on guard for thee
God keep our land, glorious and free
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee
O Canada we stand on guard for thee