I’ve enjoyed June so much. More than ever before, it feels. I just love every dulcet summer evening breeze of air, every unexpected opportunity to venture out for a long walk and every free moment now that work has once again, summer time thing, slowed down a bit.
I’ve used the time to connect with others, and myself, too. I’ve sought zen moments and longed for mindfulness meditation. I’ve practiced being here and now. Just enjoying the present time without rushing anywhere else forward in thoughts.
Truly appreciating what you have here, now and today takes practice. Of course things could be better, and of course we should strive for better results from ourselves, yet at the same time it is so liberating when you really learn how not to long for anything other than now. Accepting that life goes as it does, and that my job is to adapt to it.
Life becomes an exciting journey when you start living it with a thankful servant’s heart. When you wake up in the morning and think “my input is important so what can I do today to make a difference?” I have my list of things to pray and work on this summer. Do you have one, too?
Spring and even summer are here, yay! Canada is so different in the warm seasons. Everyone’s out and about and just making the most of the sunny skies. I’m hosting a dinner party tomorrow. I’m so hyped. I love gathering dear friends together and just chilling and having fun. I plan to teach my friends some facial yoga moves that I’ve been doing.
The Canadian end of winter has been acting up. On our recent journey, we ended up booking a hotel in Montreal just to spend the night. The ordeal wasn’t planned, yet it turned out fun. We enjoyed what the bar and cuisine had to offer, along with my complementary Starbucks fix. Nothing better to paint a smile on my face upon wake up.
I’ve really been mindful of cultivating a positive attitude towards the weather, among other things. I can’t change nor shorten the Canadian winter. So I will simply accept it, work around it. I’ve been roasting veggies – mmm, the yummy smell spreading across my place as I’m writing this – and just enjoying the freezing air walks. Happiness radiates from within. It has very little to do with the temps. But finding your sparkle is the hardest.
Here is what Mont Royal in Montreal looks like. The hill gives you the best view point over the city. Fall colors are in full bloom right now. North America really radiates at this season. There are so many fun activities to partake. I’ve enjoyed long walks in my Central Park. I’ll stroll energetically for an hour or two, then go journal and fashion mag read at my regular Starbucks. They often play jazzy tunes so that’s perfect as I jot down on the pages of my Vogue. I love the concept of writing over pretty, trendy images. My thoughts and fashion merges into the greater scheme.
I practice being happy for no reason as is the title of my favorite book. Purchasing that little wisdom packed, second-hand book two years ago upstate New York has ended up really impacting my life. Inviting positivity into my life is simple yet demands a more or less conscious of an effort. When I feel that my mood could get gloomier, I pull out my book and spend some time reflecting and meditating. Being happy starts where you are – things then follow that confirm the sentiment, but nothing or no one will make you happy if you yourself don’t pull it out from within. People and things can help you do that so just ask… I’m here, too.
Tom Tailor Denim plaid shirt
Montreal was a fun destination for our little getaway. These pics were taken outside the Museum of Modern Art, right before our visit there. The hubs wanted to come in with me. This is rare luxury so I jumped at the occasion. Too bad that this time the exhibition was quite short, and also quite weird, with lots of violent scenes.
We ventured back to our previous visits’ find in the Chinatown, a bakery selling savory and sweet pastries called Harmonie. We ended up getting two meals from there. We also went out clubbing. That night the music was Brazilian. I was more inspired to dance than the Guy, but hey, it doesn’t take much to make me dance in the first place.
The days are getting shorter. Pumpkin decorations are all-around town. I’m burning a scented candle and savoring in-between-clients walks in the foliage-beautified park and also making sure to pause at Starbucks for a sweet little energizing moment of journaling on the pages of my fashion mag.
What does your fall look like?
Kimchi Blue blazer
Forver 21 mini skirt
Oh, these sweet summery days. I’ve been indulging in roller-blading, Often I’ll go swoosh around the track behind the Quebec City Fine Arts Museum, then treat myself to coffee on my way back, stopping over on Grand Alley. Right now the hear wave is over us. A glass of rose wine cooled me off nicely at lunchtime. Little summery sweet bits…
Place Laurier bag