Lifestyle/Personal, Uncategorized

They keep tellin’ me I’m doing it wrong…

The title of this blog post comes from a song written by one of my friends.  It’s about being confident in your choices, being proud of the life you’re living, and not caring about what ANYONE thinks about you.

Only two weeks into 2016 and I’m already learning loads about what I want from life. I’m learning about what makes me happy and who I love spending my time with. I’m understanding the importance of personal growth and change. I’m accepting that trust is earned, judgement is unnecessary, and happiness is a state of mind.

I’m fine with being on a different wavelength and I’m okay with letting go of situations I have no control over.

“I’m not scared of being a little bit different. I’m feeling good just the way I am.”

-The Simple Things by Out of the Blue

Xoxo,
Vanessa 

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Just for Fun, Lifestyle/Personal

I like to doodle

I guess since it’s my last few days at the pizza place, I’ve become a little sentimental and nostalgic. I’m overwhelmed by my own excitement for this new chapter in my life. So much so that my stomach has been summersaulting for DAYS! This transition won’t be easy and I’m mentally preparing myself for it as best as I can.

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Along with this overwhelming excitement, I’m filling bucketfuls of love. Do you ever wake up in the morning and think I love my life? I do. No, it isn’t perfect but where I am is exactly where I’m supposed to be. Everything I’ve done has lead up to this moment and I’m going to live it, breathe it, LOVE  it. All of these positive emotions have sent me into a frenzy of  nonsensical doodles (on the back of menus at work). Doodles filled with hearts and letters and rainbows and unicorns. I hope I’m spreading some of that YOUR way!

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Look for love and you’ll see it everywhere.

Talk soon,

Vanessa Xo

Lifestyle/Personal, Uncategorized

Don't just exist.

Today, my boss said something that really resonated with me, he said that the problem with the kids today is that they just exist. They have no drive, desire, plans, or passion for anything. They simply exist, go through the motions of life without actually making decisions.

unnamedPassion is what gets me out of bed in the morning, knowing that I can achieve anything I put my mind to keeps me smiling. Exploring new towns, new cities, new restaurants keeps me interested. Dreams drive me to do my very best, they are the reason I can go to my part-time job and still be happy. Good things will come, hard work will pay off, I will achieve it all.

don’t just exist. dream. live. LOVE. achieve.

Talk soon,

Vanessa Xo

Lifestyle/Personal, Uncategorized

Don’t just exist.

Today, my boss said something that really resonated with me, he said that the problem with the kids today is that they just exist. They have no drive, desire, plans, or passion for anything. They simply exist, go through the motions of life without actually making decisions.

unnamedPassion is what gets me out of bed in the morning, knowing that I can achieve anything I put my mind to keeps me smiling. Exploring new towns, new cities, new restaurants keeps me interested. Dreams drive me to do my very best, they are the reason I can go to my part-time job and still be happy. Good things will come, hard work will pay off, I will achieve it all.

don’t just exist. dream. live. LOVE. achieve.

Talk soon,

Vanessa Xo

Just for Fun, Lifestyle/Personal

The single blue rose in a sea of red

“Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your inner voice.” — Steve Jobs

As if finding my voice wasn’t tough enough, I let myself become bombarded by the opinions and thoughts of others. Sometimes their voices overpower my own — an engine roars to life when I start to speak. I guess it helps that my inner voice keeps me going; the pen hitting paper, skating along in unison with my thoughts. It’s that voice that reminds me of my goals, it keeps me on my path, it tells me that it’s okay to be the single blue rose in a sea of red.

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It’s my inner voice that allows me to NOT get side-tracked by other people’s goals or opinions. I live a lot inside my own head, my inner voice just doesn’t shut up (that’s why I’m always writing). But this voice isn’t lonesome or sad or weak. It is strong and confident and powerful.

My outer voice is still trying to catch up to my inner voice, to my writing.

All in good time.

Love Always

Vanessa Xo

Family Time, Just for Fun, Lifestyle/Personal

Sing Me to Sleep.

“I could never stay awake when I was that little, and I wish I could, because my brother and sister talk about those moments sometimes.” – The Perks of Being a Wallflower

I still can’t stay awake late! While in Dominican I went to bed at a reasonable hour and in Vegas the time change really did a number on me, I was in bed no later than 12! I feel like I need to go to bed early in order to wake up early. I like waking up with the sun, feeling motivated, getting a fresh start to my day, and I can’t do that if I’m tired! I hate sleeping in. There are only 24 hours in a day, why would you want to spend the ones with the sun out, sleeping?

The funny thing about the picture above is that I actually DO remember the nights where I got plenty of sleep. I hate them (sometimes). I feel like I missed out on things – I missed out on making memories. I know that I will hear the stories the next day but I bet they would be even better if I was there to witness them. I mean, I’m TWENTY-THREE! This is the prime of my life, what am I doing sleeping most of my time away? I must work on this. I need to get rid of this whole Nonna-needs-a-coffee-and-a-nap vibe I’ve been throwing out. I sometimes feel like I’m Nonna meets Sheldon…

…and that’s got to go! Not that I don’t enjoy a solid eight hours of sleep, I love waking up feeling rejuvenated, but I should stay up and have fun once in a while. And by fun, I mean something as simple as staying up late to finish watching a hockey game or a movie with the bf. Maybe it all goes back to balance. Everything is about balance, isn’t it? You have to balance your time, your friends, your work, your writing, your sleep, your family, your bf. You have to do what you want, what you love, and make time for all of it.

And when it gets too much, when you feel exhausted, get someone to sing you to sleep.

Love Always 
Vanessa Xo
Lifestyle/Personal

A Clogged Pipe

Ever had to snake a drain? Well, my Dad and Mom had to snake the drain in my shower the other day and boy are they pissed at me for not doing it myself. You see, my sister and I share a bathroom and BOTH of us have long, thick black hair – which tends to fall out in the shower. My Dad said that what he pulled out of that drain looked like a dead rat – sorry I know it’s too early to be disgusting but I promise I’m getting somewhere with this.

That rat (hair) in my drain, it kind of reminded me of fear (sometimes I think in metaphors). Imagine you, your life, your inspiration as the pipes. Imagine that rat as fear – blocking you from doing your job, living your life.

I always imagined fear as some kind of disgusting black rat with big yellow eyes, taunting me, saying “You can’t do it. You’re going to fail. Just give up.”

Sometimes I believe it and sometimes…

…sometimes I just snake the drain.

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Love Always 
Vanessa Xo

 

P.S. Please visit the Love of Reading  website and “take a moment and join your voice with ours in petitioning the government to make childhood literacy a priority. Signatures will be collected and sent to the premiers and ministers responsible for education in each province”.

Every child deserves a library full of books in order to harness their own imagination and creativity. Every signature helps. Thanks 🙂