Check out that chick!

Categories, Just for Fun, Lifestyle/Personal

Them: “So, are you exactly where you thought you’d be at this age?” 

Me: “Although I plan every single moment of every day I should probably just sit back and laugh at myself because no plan I’ve made has come into fruition (or not in the way I thought it would). So no, I’m not exactly where I thought I would be at twenty-three but I try not to focus on that. I have a goal, I have a few dreams, and I’m just trying to take the right steps to get there (small as they may be). I’m trying to learn to walk instead of run, to slow down and not rush. I’m trying to not worry about everything. It’s difficult – how do you change the person you’ve always been? Little by little. Step by step.

I didn’t realize how prone I am to rushing and worrying until my trip to Chicago. The people I went with are all laid back and just go with the flow, no rushing. At first it made me antsy! I was scared that if we didn’t hurry up, we were going to miss out on things. Funny thing is that we saw everything we wanted to see. We had time to relax, to sleep, to get coffee, to shop, to hit up tourist attractions, and we didn’t rush. You can see everything you want, you can do everything you want, and there’s no need to rush! Who knew?

 Little by little, step by step, you can do it all.

Thanks for teaching me that, friends ❤

Love Always 
Vanessa Xo

The Virtue of the Heart

Categories, Just for Fun, Lifestyle/Personal

“Love is the virtue of the HEART.

Sincerity is the virtue of the MIND.

Decision is the virtue of the WILL.

Courage is the virtue of the SPIRIT. “

I went to Chicago for the first time this weekend and I found the quote above on a t-shirt at the Art Institute of Chicago. At first I was unsure about Chicago, the first day I was like “I feel like I’m in Toronto. I don’t feel anything.” I was a little bummed since I had felt so much while I was in New York. The days that followed were better though, I felt relaxed and I took in the beauty that is Chicago. I finally appreciated that it felt like home but with even more amazing architecture. I love how the buildings are so spread out and yet everything is connected. The weather was amazing too, I love wind.

I love “Be safe” notes from Mama before a flight <3.


Shedd Aquarium


Friends ❤

The Pier!

I took a lot more pictures but these are probably my favourite. It was a great trip and I will definitely be going back to Chicago some time. Here’s a list of places that I went, if you’re going to the Windy City I totally recommend them!

  • Shedd Aquarium
  • Sears (Willis) Tower
  • Navy Pier (take the water taxi back to the hotel)
  • Millenium Park
  • The House of Blues
  • Epic Burger
  • Benny’s Chop house
  • Jimmy Johns
  • Magnolia Bakery
  • Corner Store Bakery
  • DO a lot of walking around and exploring, the city is beautiful!


Well, I have nothing intelligent left to say so I’m just going to end this post here!

Happy Monday ❤

Love Always 
Vanessa Xo

After all this time…

Family Time, Just for Fun, Lifestyle/Personal

Today I went for a mani/pedi at Spa Nails with my cousin.

This is my cousin 😀

Yesterday I went to my sister’s house for dinner. She made chicken-pot-pie and we watched Happy Feet Two. We cried and then we laughed at each other for crying during Erik’s song. ❤

This is my sister – DUH!

I find it incredible that after all this time they still like to hang out with me (not all families get along after all). I leave for Chicago tomorrow so it was amazing to see them before I left and to have a few laughs (okay more than a few :)).

OH ya, I’m going to the windy city until Sunday with a few of my favourite people! We’re staying right downtown and I’m super excited to check out our hotel – I love staying in hotels. I’m looking forward to the Navy Pier, the Shedd Aquarium, and just exploring the city. I wonder what kind of vibe this city gives off. I wonder if I’ll like it as much as I liked New York. Hmm, I’m sure I’ll have all the answers once I get back.

I WILL be posting while I’m there though, I have the S.T.E.L.L.A.A. blog tour after all. My stop is on Sunday, so I’ll have to post before I leave Chicago!

Until then, I bid you adieu!

… I’ll try not to blow away while I’m there 😉

Love Always
Vanessa Xo


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