Okay, I know… Yumi is not a puppy anymore. But as a proud parent, I’ll always feel like she is.
Since she came into our lifes less than a year ago (it was May, 2015), she gave us so much happiness every and each day we spent together.
Yes, having a dog is not always rainbows and butterflies and we also had days where she made us crazy – mostly when she was still really young and when there is a full or black moon. But not one time I did regret adopting her, and I know I never will.
I find myself talking about Yumi all the time to my friends and family, but she’s such a big part of my life that I just can’t help it.
But I mean… Look at her, with thar giant smile on her face. How could you not love her?
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Even if we had a really late winter this year, with the snow showing up just a couple of weeks ago, I feel that the spring is already on its way.
The grass is growing back stronger and in such a vivid green that it just makes me happy. The trees are offering once again a colorful view, with those little flowers playing peek-a-boo.
Winter has always been my favourite season, so I was really upset when it wasn’t how I’d expected it, this year. When I saw the snow I was excited like a little kid that sees it for the first time. But I have to admit that now I just hope we’ll be able to have a normal (yet very special) spring. I need to shoot some bright colors!
A few days ago I published a post explaining all of my worries after some months away from the blog. I thought that nobody would have read that post and at the moment I wasn’t even realizing that I was actually sharing my feelings, so I was really surprised with the amount of comments I’ve got both from old and new readers. Everyone has been really supportive about the whole situation and I did get some really helpful responses.
Writing down what was worrying me so much and sharing it with other people really helped me to move on, so I decided to share with you what I’ve learned from it.
It’s not healthy to keep it all in.
Really, it’s not. Personally, the more I did wait to share what was keeping me away from the blog, the more my worries kept getting bigger and bigger. When you have a problem of any kind, it’s always better to say it out loud. Share it with a friend, a family member, your lover, your internet audience (even when you don’t think you have one). It’s liberating and you will feel a lot less pression just by letting it out off of your head.
Sharing a worry or a problem also help you to put it into words, which is a great way to see whatever is upsetting you in a clearer way.
You’re never the only one in that situation.
When you share an upsetting argument on your blog, the chances are that some of your readers have already been in that same situation. Even when you share your problem with just one person, it is probable that he or she will know someone else who also had a similar experience.
This brings two big yays. First at all, you will feel less alone – which is always a calming thought. And second, all of the people that have already been there probably know a way out, which they will most likely share with you.
People are great at giving advice.
As I just said, you will find that a lot of people will be willing to share their own pieces of advice with you. Sometimes that advice comes from people that actually lived the same situation as you. But let’s admit it – even people that never felt the same way will likely try to give you their precious opinion. And I must say, sometimes that kind of help it’s even more useful since it comes from another point of view.
I think we all know how good it feels to help someone else, so let’s all accept other people’s help from time to time.
Sometimes the old way can be the right way.
When I shared my perplexity about where I was going with this blog with my readers, most of them told me to just keep writing. They were right, I spent too much time trying to find a focus, trying to find the right way. The truth is, I just stopped writing and I lost the habit of doing it.
If you feel stuck, like I did, maybe worrying too much about it isn’t the solution. Just keep doing what you were doing before, and maybe you will find your motivation again.
Don’t be afraid to try something new.
This may sound in contrast with what I just said before, but I think that some kind of innovation sometimes can help, too. In my case, letting out all my worries made space in my head to produce new positive thoughts. You can find your new motivation in making little changes in what you already have, or start something completely new. It always feels great to have something to spice up the monotony, isn’t it?
What do you normally do when you have a problem or you worry too much about something? Do you share it with someone or do you keep it to yourself? What have worked for you until now? Comment below!
Let’s be honest for a moment, here. Who never had a writer’s block when it comes to blogging? I’m the first to admit I had it a lot of times, and I still do, even if less than before. Unfortunately there’s no magic potion to help you overcome your writer’s block, but there are a few things you can do to try and get over it.
Go outside –As bloggers, it’s normal to keep looking for new post ideas. But sometimes we just stay in our room, waiting for a great idea to find us. Even if sometimes it may happen to you to just get hit by a genius subject to write about, it’s more likely that you’re gonna just wait and wait and get frustrated when nothing comes to your mind. So just put on your shoes and go outside! Because, guess what? Nothing new will probably happen to you while you’re still at home. Enjoy the fresh air, the sun or even the rain! You can take your camera with you and take some picture for a nice photography post. Or maybe you will find a new corner of the city where you’ve never been before. Inspiration is everywhere!
Talk to someone –When you can find anything new to write about, talking with a friend (or even a stranger, sometimes) may give you the right inspiration. Just be open about it. Admit that you’re struggling with a writer’s block and ask for help. Two minds are stronger than one.
Take a shower – I don’t know about you, but I seem to always have the greatest ideas while I’m taking a shower. It can go from the perfect answer for a conversation I had days before (I’m not the only one, right?), to what gift I should get for someone’s birthday, to blog posts ideas. So, when you feel you’re getting frustrating, instead of looking at a blank page on your laptop or start scrolling on social networks, just go take a shower. It will refresh you and, hopefully, some good ideas will come out of it.
Read other people blogs –And by this I don’t mean in any way “copy other people’s blogs”. But who knows, you may find some inspiration in other people’s words. Also, you can also put together a list of great posts to read around a subject, or suggest your readers some new blogs to read!
Re-focus –If you still can’t find anything to write in your blog, it may be because the main topic of your blog doesn’t inspire you anymore. It’s okay to change things up, really! So don’t be afraid of re-focusing your blog based on your interests.
What do you like to do when you have writer’s block? Leave a comment below!
Last week the lovely Novellette nominated me for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award. I was really excited about it and I want to thank her again soooo much! If you don’t know Novellette’s blog, you should totally check it out. She’s really inspiring and I love her writing style!
But let’s go ahead with the Award. Here’re the rules – and for once, I’ll try to stick to them:
Thank and link the blogger who nominated you.
Answer the ten questions your nominator has provided.
Nominate ten other bloggers and share the love!
Finally, create ten questions of your own to ask your nominees and notify them of their nomination!
1. What’s your favourite film? I do love a lot of movies and it’s really hard for me to pick just one. The Lion King and Mary Poppins are at the top of my list, but I’d also like to share my love for The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Saving Mr. Banks.
2. If you could go anywhere in the world with anyone in the world right now, where would you go and who would you take? I would go back to Canada, and maybe this time travel a bit more. No hesitation on who I would like to come with me: my boyfriend!
3. What language have you always wanted to learn? I’d love to speak (and write!) a better English… But if we’re talking about learning from the beginning, I think I would choose Hawaiian. I’m not sure why, I guess I just really love the sound of it. I could listen to No Mele No Lilo all day long.
4. Are you a Disney fan? No. I’m the Disney fan. I love, love, love everything Disney related and I still get really excited if I get to watch a Disney Classic.
5. Besides blogging, what are some of your hobbies? You probably already know about my love for photography. The other, and even bigger, passion of my life is music. I’ve been in a choir since I was 7 years old and it became my second family. I don’t know who I would be without it.
6. What’s the last song you listened to?Elenore by The Turtles.
7. What’s your biggest fear? Being killed by a spider. And growing old alone.
8. Who was your first celebrity crush? I’m not sure about it, but I think it was for Paul Walker (I still don’t believe he’s really gone…). However, as a child I had a huge crush on Simba.
9. What was your last dream about? I was playing darts, but my hands were really weak and I couldn’t throw the darts. They kept falling on the floor. It was really frustrating. And yes, I did actually play the evening before.
10. What was your favourite TV show as a kid? Pokemon all the way! I still hope to get a Charmander one day!
As you know, lately I’ve decided to make some changes with the blog by trying to commit to it more. What you may not know, however, is that I’m planning to make a big change in my life too. After my bachelor degree, which I will get in few months, I decided to end my university studies and find a job. I’m really looking forward to it, but at the same time I must confess that this big step also scares me a little.
We all know how changes can be scary, and because of that sometimes we tend to forget that they can also be really good.
Challenge yourself: you can totally see a change as a great new adventure where you will have to push yourself. This also means that when you will succeed in it – and I’m sure you will – you will feel a sense of accomplishment. Isn’t that a good way to get even more motivated?
Break the circle: yes, routines can make you feel protected, but they can also be really boring. Stepping of your comfort zone may be the only way to find out how many things you’re missing out. Don’t be afraid!
Open a new door: when you decide do make a change you may feel like you’re giving up what you already have. But every time you close a door, there is a new one that opens before you. So walk that door and enjoy everything that you will find behind it. You could be surprised how amazing this new journey can be.
Get some perspective: making a change can also make you realize how much what you were doing before may have been a limitation for you and your creativity. It’s only by going through something new that you can look back with another point of view and put everything you’ve done until then into perspective.
And if it doesn’t work… It could happen: maybe your big change turns out to be not that great how you imagined it. Well, don’t give up just yet! Maybe you just walked the wrong door. Go back and try again!
How can changes be good for you? Leave a comment below!
I always hated the idea of aging, but here I am, with another year on my shoulders. Today I’m 24 and this number couldn’t scare me more. Maybe it’s because I know I don’t have any power to slow down the time and I’m afraid I won’t have enough of it to spend around the people I love.
That’s why I want to make the most out of it. I don’t want to spend any minute today being upset about growing up. Instead, I want to celebrate not my birthday, but all the amazing people in my life. Sometimes I forget how lucky I am… I have a family that supports me and that has always been there for me in every moment of my life. A boyfriend that is the most amazing person in the entire world and that always know how to make me smile. I have friends that I know I can count on no matter what. And let’s not forget about all of you, the people who read this blog even if it’s been such a mess for a long time, and that supported all of this even without knowing me. Let’s be straight here: who could ask for more?
Even if my family and friends may not be reading this blog, I want to thank everyone for being there. You all make my life amazing!
I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while now, but I ended up postponing it for months. As I decided to become more organized with the blog, this also means I need to get my stuff done. I mentioned my headphones in my school essential post, but it’s finally time to give you some more information about them.
I must say that before buying my UrbanEars I wasn’t really a fan of this kind of headphones. I always used my Apple headphones and I was happy with them, mostly because they didn’t take a lot of space in my bag. However, when I started seeing people wearing this brand I fell in love a little.
First thing, I checked for reviews online. Everyone seemed so happy about them, about their quality and resistance, that I couldn’t help myself by wanting them more and more. I decided to go to a store and try them on, and I was surprised by how much comfortable they actually were. Even if they are a bit expensive, it’s nothing compared with some other brands like Beats Studio by Dr. Dre. Since I use headphones a lot during my train’s trips, I decided it wasn’t a bad idea to invest some money for some good headphones. And I couldn’t be more grateful I did. The quality of the sound is really amazing, both if I’m listening to some music or watching a movie on my laptop.
When I’m not using them, I like to roll the cable like this to close them up. This let you save some space when putting them in your bag or backpack. Also, the cable is made with a cord, which makes them really resistant.
This feature lets you connect your headphones with someone else’s. I didn’t use it a lot yet, but it’s a great way to share what you’re listening to, without missing out anything.
The fact that these headphones come in lots of different colors it’s another positive point. I hate having something that everyone else has, and with all this color choice it’s easier to find something that reflect your personality and makes you stand out.
So yes, I do love my UrbanEars and I’m glad I bought them. They become an inseparable friend for when I’m traveling by train and for many other moments as well.
What are your favorite headphones and when do you use them the most? Leave a comment below!
When I was a kid, I thought that in order to have white hair, you must first become a grandparent. Could I have been any wronger?
Tonight I found two white hairs in my head and, unfortunately, it’s not the first time this happened. Actually, since I started uni, almost every time before an exam session I start stressing out so much that my body react – starting from lightening my hair. Yay.
My lack of motivation for my studies is not helping either, since I keep thinking about how it would be awesome to have a job instead of still be at school. But thinking about how much I’d like to be somewhere else right now, metaphorically speaking, it’s not gonna help.
I know how important these exams are, and I’m also really aware that as soon as this exam session is over, I will have to deal with even more important stuff, i.e. the essay for my bachelor degree. At least I found a theme that I like, but I still know it won’t be easy to write it. And that will cause me even more stress.
Maybe that’s why I’m drinking so much tea lately.
I got to say, I’m almost feeling guilty right now for using my time to blog instead of studying. But hey, it’s already 10 p.m. and I think I did my job for today. Or didn’t I? Well… maybe I could have done something more, I guess.
More than one person already told me that I say sorry too much. It’s true, I tend to say it way often and it came to the point where people may think that I say it more like as an habit than because I mean it. The thing is, I actually mean it. Always.
Since this is my first post of 2015 (Happy New Year, everyone!), I will try to start with my only New Year’s Resolution: saying “sorry” less. I thought I would have started this post by apologizing for my long absence from the blog, but I’ve done that so many times that I’m also started to be tired of it.
I always have some difficulties in putting myself back into work, and this blog is no exception. I want to write, I really do. But when you stay away for so much times, it can be a bit scaring. I have to admit it, though: it feels nice to write again. And I’m realizing just now how much I actually missed it.
So yeah,… Here I am. But let’s keep it short – as I say, I’m not here to apologize.