New Year – New Perspective

(Location: Carrauntoohil, Ireland)

It’s very easy for me to slip back into my old patterns and keep on living my life as usual. I’m not big on New Years resolutions, but I do think it is a great opportunity to hit the reset button and pause to reflect on life.

From where I currently stand, it’s time for change. It’s time to climb higher and gain new perspective. I have been sitting for much too long. On a practical level, that means taking better care of myself (mentally and physically) and working on my relationships with others. These things are so important, and it is easy to lose perspective.

I wish everyone a happy, healthy New Year as we begin a new decade!

A Walk in the Park

Nobody knows the inward thoughts, the inward struggles, as you put on a brave face for the world.

“Oh her life looks great, a piece of cake, a walk in the park”, they say.

It’s easy to put on a mask and pretend, to laugh on cue, and smile when required. It’s difficult to be kind, be thoughtful, and honest to yourself.

And remember that life changes, nothing stays the same. The path may turn or change direction.

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She learned how to embrace the change, be authentic, and focus on her inward wellbeing.

The cutest cottage

In my travels one weekend I came across this charming house. The bright, welcoming door (which is rounded at the top), and the quaint shutters were intriguing. Not to mention the wreath that pulled it all together!

So as you head into a long weekend, I want you to remember some important things: be happy with who you are, and embrace your unique qualities. It’s worth it.

Love you all 💗

Lowther Avenue

Experiencing new places doesn’t mean you need to travel to far away lands. The picture above was taken on a beautiful walk with some good friends down Lowther Avenue in Toronto. The old world beauty of the street and it’s charm had us in awe. Sometimes the most interesting places are right under your nose.

Of course, I have to discuss landscape architecture. It is a lens in which I view everything around me. I would point out the small, intimate spaces that are intricately designed. There is delicate detail to the buildings and the landscape, and at a scale a pedestrian feels comfortable enjoying.

Finding these hidden (to me) gems is a really good lesson for me; to appreciate my life, right here, right now. There is so much beauty in a simple life, to find charm in the small things, and explore to your own backyard.

I encourage you all to explore places and spaces around you, and to enjoy!

the crowd

It’s easy to fit into a crowd,

To go with the state quo,

There’s no pushing, no shoving, no spotlights around.

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But then you don’t shine as brightly,

Your uniqueness is lost in the sea,

And the crowd misses out on your beauty,

So vibrant, so pretty.