When in doubt…Just Be

This is a note to myself as much as it is motivation for anyone who may stumble upon my photography or words.

+ Writing down your big dreams, goals, intentions and aspirations and read them out loud often

+ Drink water (lots of it)

+ Pick up some fresh flowers, keep them in water in a place where you’ll see them everyday.

+ Keep a sharpie in your purse

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Looking for some motivation?

Yea so am I.  I watched this really great video by Tony Robbins.  He talks about mental plateaus and gives some quick tips on how to get out of them.  In case you don’t watch the super short clip linked above its: Read, Workout, Set Clear Goals and Give to Others.

Sometimes I forget that changing your mindset really changes your focus, sets you in a different direction and can help you make anything happen.

I’ve recently started sharing motivational career/purpose/passion project advice on my linkedin and I was surprised to see that my contacts are actually engaging in the content (a few colleagues from current/previous roles, my MBA thesis advisor etc)

On that note: here is some visual motivation!  All images linked below!

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Photo Bucket List

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Last weekend was pretty busy as expected. We literally drove from the west end to downtown and back again before heading North to our home. We had to attend a kid’s birthday, drop off Miss S for babysitting (with my parents), attend an engagement brunch and then hustle back to pick up Miss S because she was a hot mess (ahhh 2 year molars) before we headed back home. Sunday I spent the day volunteering at a soup kitchen. It was my first time but something I’ve wanted do since my late 20’s. This soup kitchen in particular operates restaurant style, patrons pay a dollar*, they are given a ticket, they find a table/seat and then they are served by a waiter/waitress. I helped to prepare the serviette package, rice, salad and then I waitressed! I’ve never worked in a restaurant before so this was an interesting experience for sure!
*Side note: to allow for the feeling of dignity

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And then yesterday, I met with some of my friends for an “inter-friend-tion”. I don’t know how people feel in these situations, but I felt nervous and nonchalant at the same time. Without giving too much detail, we were meeting with this old/past friend who had been absent for the last year and a half. It is heart breaking but at the same time a relief: to make sure she is “ok” but also to not have that topic of her being MIA hanging over our heads. The outcome wasn’t as expected but we are all adults and in control of our own lives – we just have to do what’s best for us and live the best life we can.

Okay enough serious stuff! I’ve decided I am going to compile a Photography bucket list to motivate me creatively and bring lively new photography content to this blog, my etsy shop and my other media channels: twitter, pinterest and IG.

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Oh and I’ll keep the updated list here (because I am sure more will come to mind) with links to where you can find the completed item.

Hot Air balloons
Planes Close up
Film Camera
Spinning Ferris Wheel
Child Jumping in puddle
Night Sky movement
A celebrity
Pride
Panda
Iceland Waterfall
San Francisco Bridge
Macro of a snowflake
Portrait of a Geisha
Under the Pier shot
A lone tree in a field
Self-Portrait (Tripod and remote is a must)
Lightening
Water drops on a spider web
Toronto Christmas Fair
Eiffel Tower at Night
Eiffel Tower during the day
Shanghai and/or Tokyo Skyline

Do you have a bucket list? Do you find it helps you reach your goals to write a list of them?
Send me a link to your bucket list in the comments below!

#LearnWithTLY – On being productive, dreaming big and handling it all

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Miss S and I at the Children’s Discovery Museum in Toronto

Few weeks ago, I was asked to participate in a women’s mentorship program at a local business school.  Dates and times have been finalized and now I will be meeting with a group of young women to discuss the topic of “Doing it All”.

Going back to work after Maternity Leave, Being a loving Mom and Wife, Daughter and Sister….Pursing creative interests, self teaching, as well as trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle ..may make it seem like I am doing it all but really I am just doing what makes me happy at the same time the best that I can for my family.

I am approaching the upcoming fireside chat like “advice I would give my 10 year younger self.  So here goes…

  1. Goals and Gratitude, write it down:  I am a big believer in writing things down, whether it’s a To Do list or your goals for the next five years.  The physical act of putting your thoughts onto a paper really makes your mind grasp what needs to be done and it doesn’t hurt to send out those vibes to the universe.
  2. Ask for help:  Yes we women can do it all, but that doesn’t mean you can give 100% of yourself to everything.  Whether it’s full time daycare, a part time nanny, a housekeeper, grandparents or even letting your partner do something his way – it’s OK!  Message here is don’t burn yourself out.
  3. Make time for yourself: pamper, appointments, workout, meditate, eat your vitamins.  Coming back to point 2 above.  You really have to take care of yourself otherwise you will 100% burn out!
  4. Keep learning:  This is a big one.  Be a lifelong learner.  Take a course or earn a masters.  Go on training or find free online courses to help you learn something new.  Attempt a different skill or try doing something out of your comfort zone.  Never stop learning, because life never stops teaching.

PS: if you haven’t been, the Children’s Discovery Museum in Toronto is something definitely worth checking out!