My Long-Term Goals and Aspirations

I’ve realized that it’s important to carry goals and aspirations in life.

It can change, that I understand.

But for right here, right now; these are my goals and aspirations in this life of mine.

I’d like to be close to my family.

At the same time, I’d like to have a few close friends.

I’d like to graduate from university. I want to know that I worked hard, I never took my studies for granted, and that I made sure I did my very best through it all.

I’d like to end up working and living in Toronto afterwards.

I hope I find someone like how my father found my mother.

I hope one day I’ll be able to be the creative director of a fashion or cosmetic brand.

In between that, I hope I can be a makeup artist.

I’d like to be able to live in the UK at some point in my life. I also hope that I’ll end up experiencing a part of my 20’s in New York City somehow.

I’d like to stay close with my siblings in particular.

I hope I stay healthy, that I never take my health for granted.

I want to enjoy my youth, but at the same time, not be afraid to get older.

i would like to stay close to some of the friends that i appreciate most now. I hope that they find happiness and joy in little things.

And finally. I hope that at the end of each day, I am happy and joyful and content.

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Why Journaling Is So Important

I think writing down random, needless thoughts is one of the most important things to do in life. Having been writing down my thoughts and ideas for many years now, it has got me into being one of it’s strongest advocates. Here’s why.

1. Writing is a stress reliever.
Journaling allows us to process our thoughts and emotions in a clearer way. Instead of lashing out at a person, we can throw our anger out on paper. This is a win-win situation for everyone. No harm, no foul. I love writing things down at the end of the day; when I’m tired, lonely, happy, stressed, honestly. Whatever it may be.

2. Ideas can come in the strangest of forms.
We can write in our rooms, on our couch, on the bus, in a restaurant. Ideas can come from anywhere. Writing them down is so much more satisfying then typing them on a phone or a laptop. Yes, a phone may be able store our thoughts forever, but the act of writing it down entails a feeling that nothing else can satisfy or replace.

3. Writing is one of the most honest forms of communication.

Writing something down makes it feel more permanent. A promise, a letter, a note. It makes whatever you’re saying more heartfelt and meaningful. I think this is why I prefer to write things down opposed to saying it out loud. In writing, the emotions are felt just as much, or may I argue, even more so than it would be if it were through a private message on social media.

Moving Up and Moving Out

This Sunday – like many others who have before me, who are alongside me, and who will – I am officially moving out of my childhood home and into a university dorm. Needless to say, I’m excited and nervous to see all that awaits me. I feel so ready to be independent, to rely only on myself, forge new friendships, and to see what my years in university has to offer. 

As much as I’d like to swiftly let go of the past, there are a few things that I would like to hold on to, and to remind myself of in times of reflection.

Change is good. I’m so incredibly nervous about moving out, but I know that this new chapter in my life will bring so much joy and happiness. Although I can’t picture exactly what that is, I’m excited to find out.

Friendships matter. I believe that checking up on friends that I’ve known since grade school and high school is something that’s important. Those who have made such a huge impact on my life deserve at least that.

Call your parents. They are the ones who have and will always have your back. Check in on them every once in awhile. I’m sure they’ll appreciate it and you will too.

I’m sure there are many more things I’m forgetting to note, but for now, this is all. Here’s to a new chapter within an adventure of a lifetime!

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How I Got $1 MLB Baseball Tickets!

I love watching sports. The energy, the thrill, just everything about it excites me. I love watching hockey, basketball, baseball – anything. Being a current student with no full-time job, I am not eager to buy tickets at full price. If there’s a way to buy tickets at a cheaper price, I’ll take it.  As in $1 cheap.

To buy tickets for $1, you have to use third-party sites. I know it seems sketchy at first glance, but trust when I say that these sites are usually 95% reliable. The sites I trust are VividSeats, SeatGeek, and StubHub. Please note that none of the sites mentioned have reached out to me or asked me to mention them in any way.

The first thing you need to do to score $1 tickets is to buy tickets on an “off day.” An off day would be a game on a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. The reason for this is these days are generally when people have work, school, and other commitments. Note that the seats won’t be the best, but I mean for $1, what more can you ask? Buying $1 tickets on a Friday though will get you seats far up in the 500s, and only if you’re lucky.

The second thing you need to score $1 tickets in seats that don’t suck is to use a coupon code. This works on a first time purchase only. I’m talking seats in the 100s to 200s. Yup! You heard me right! It IS possible to score good seats for $1 tickets apiece. Now, how was I able to do this, you ask?

I used a third party platform and the site I used was SeatGeek. I used a YouTuber by the name of Monica Church’s coupon code, “MONICA.” I simply typed it in and got a $20 voucher. I bought tickets to a Blue Jays game on a Tuesday and was able to get seats in the 200s. What a deal! The tickets were originally $11 each (already cheap enough) but with the code, managed to get it down to $1.

So that’s how I managed to buy cheap MLB tickets! I would definitely recommend trying this out the next time you’re planning on watching a baseball game, and even though you may not get it for $1, you’d still be saving quite a bit of money.

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The Power of a Photograph

I love taking pictures. Of people, places, and things. I think that’s why photography is exceptional. Because you capture a moment in time. Something that you’ll never get back.

I’ve always admired portraits in particular, especially of those I know so well. I think it’s because you can see a different light of someone in their lives. You seem them timid, sombre, and in a unfamiliar environment.

Photographs capture time, something that ticks and will never stop for you. This is a phenomenal invention and one that our society today has taken for granted. With social medias like Instagram, where you can share every single moment of your life, images are not as respected as they should be. It’s not an art form anymore, it’s become so much less.

My only hope in the future is that the art of photography is still a medium that takes people back in time, to a moment of pure reflection. Photographs are so powerful, where it is able to connect history to present-times, this is a feeling that I will always have. Although not many things can do that, a photograph certainly can.

Note: I don’t take any credits for any photos used in this post. 

I Don’t Want to Say Goodbye

I’m dreading having to say goodbye to my friends. This September, my friends and I are headed off to our different paths. We’re all going to get settled into our new lives, where our futures are forever changed. My friends and I are all going to be scattered around the province, and before you know it, around the world – where we are at least hours and hours away from one another.

Not only that  – but as cheesy as this sounds –  I don’t want to say goodbye to my youth and the innocence of it all. High school was blissful and so simple, to say the least. Yes, there was drama, but I made good memories, gained new friends, and learned a lot about myself along the way. Although I am excited for what university has to offer, I can’t help but think that my first day in my new school is the first day of the rest of my life where I leave so many things. There are no more excuses for petty, childish behaviour. The weight of responsibility is holding me down, and I don’t know how to get back up.

I guess I’m just sad to leave everything behind. It’s as if I’m moving forward while everything is staying behind. My bedroom, my hometown, the people I used to see everyday and will never see ever again. Friends I said “hi,” to in the hallways and met up with once in awhile are soon going to live hours away from me and are people that I will more likely than not ever say “hi,” to ever again. How weird and crazy is that.

Our paths, once collided so strongly, are now so separated that it’s hard to grasp this new reality without overthinking about everything. My only hope  is that everything ends up the way it’s meant to be and that there are still people whom I hold close and continue to connect with. Maybe not often, but enough to the point where I still consider them a friend.

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What If?

 

The unconquerable “what-if’s.” So helpless. So honest. So blunt. I think that it’s hard for all of us – at least in some point in our lives – to not look back and ask ourselves the question, “what if?” What if I stayed? What if I chose this opportunity? What if this happened instead? Would I still be the same person? Would I be better? More successful? Much happier?

I think the best answer to this unanswerable question is to live with no regrets, without so much as a glance in the past. Maybe there are some things that you wish you could’ve changed – I have many of these too –  but living with these mistakes is a part of life. Learning and growing is an aspect of life and it shouldn’t be something that we hold ourselves against for a long period of time.

Questioning the decisions we’ve made will only make it worse. We need to take a deep breath, wipe off the past, and move on. This is the hardest because it’s the one where we’re most vulnerable and at our lowest. We’ve realized the mistakes we’ve made and we know that there is no turning back. As hard is this is, it is what is right in a world that feels wrong.

I just hope that the next time I have to make a big decision I have enough confidence in myself to ensure that the decision I make feels like the right choice because that’s all that I can ever really hope for.

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