Cottage Photography!

Hello everyone,

Last weekend I had the opportunity to go to my friend’s cottage for my other friend’s bachelorette party. This was my first time going to a cottage in Canada, I do have a cottage in my country, but not here. So you can probably imagine that I was super excited to go and have fun. I took a lot of photos of the scenery and much more, so today I want to share some of these photos with you all.

Let’s begin and enjoy 🙂

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It was such a fun mini getaway and I can’t wait to go back again 🙂

See you soon and thanks for stopping by my blog!

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Music Monday! Zedd ft. Jon Bellion – Beautiful Now.

Hello everyone,

Welcome back to Music Monday! I recently found out that Zedd is releasing a new album called “True Colors” and I got the chance to listen to a few tracks. From what I’ve heard, I think this new album will be a success, I haven’t listened to the whole album but when I do, look forward to a review post.

For now, I want to share one song from the album that’s been on replay for the past few days, the song is “Beautiful Now” sang by Jon Bellion. The beginning of the track sounds very mellow and relaxing, then it gradually transitions to a faster beat and during the chorus part the tempo increases and you hear the typical EDM beats. I am obsessed and I think you guys will have this song stuck in your heads as well.

Enjoy and have a pleasant Monday evening!

See you soon!

Music Monday! Taylor Swift ft. Kendric Lamar – Bad Blood.

Welcome back to Music Monday everyone,

Today’s song choice for Music Monday is “Bad Blood” by Taylor Swift!

Taylor Swift has been sharing poster teasers on her social media websites for a while now and last night she released her long awaited “Bad Blood” music video at the Billboard Music Awards. The teasers build up the suspense and a lot hype surrounding the single.

When I was watching the music video, it made me think of the movie, Sucker Punch, it has a similar vibe and image. It is a futuristic crime fighting video and it is badass! The music video begins with Taylor and her sidekick, Selena Gomez, fighting some guys at an office. After the fight is over, Selena’s character betrays Taylor and pushes her through a window glass. Later on, she finds herself healed and at a superhero training headquarters, that’s when we are introduced to the different characters Taylor shared on her Instagram. Each character teaches Taylor how to fight and become stronger to prepare for the final fight. At the end of the video, Taylor appears with fiery red hair and with her crew to fight her enemy, Selena’s character. Then the video ends.

Music videos that are produced as short movies, always catch my attention and this one was entertaining to watch. Kendrick Lamar’s collaboration with Taylor is a great choice and it adds an edgy vibe to the intended theme of the video. So what’s my final verdict? Watch it, even if you are not a Taylor Swift fan, this music video will be fun to watch.

Here it is and enjoy 🙂

See you soon!

High Park Cherry Blossom Photography!

One of the reasons I love Spring is because of cherry blossom season, or also known as Sakura season in Japan. As a child, I was always in awe whenever I saw the trees blossom with these beautiful flowers! Two weeks ago, I finally got the chance to visit High Park for cherry blossom season and it was wonderful. There were many people there, and many photographers too.

Today I want to share with you the photos I took from that day 🙂

Enjoy!

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I hope you guys enjoyed this post and if you are ever in Toronto during cherry blossom season, go to High Park. You’ll love it!

Coming up next…my Music Monday post! Stay tuned.

Music Monday! Deorro ft. Chris Brown – Five More Hours.

Hello everyone,

Welcome back to Music Monday!

Today I’ll be sharing a new song by Chris Brown, called “Five More Hours.” Despite the fact that he has done some bad things in the past, I’ve got to admit that his songs are super catchy…for me at least.

This song is definitely my summer jam, it gives me the EDM vibe I like and let’s face it, it totally makes you want to dance.

Have you found your summer song? Let me know and enjoy 🙂

See you soon!

Music Monday! Hyuna ft. Hyunseung – Now.

Hello everyone,

Welcome back to Music Monday!

Today I will be sharing another K-pop song, I know, I know, it might be too much but there are so many good song to share. Today I’ll be sharing the song “Now” by Hyuna and Hyunseung!

This song became a huge hit in the Kpop industry, the catchy tune and entertaining music video attracted the fans attention. The music video is like a Korean drama, showing Hyuna and Hyunseung arguing and kissing in scenes. The chemistry between these two is on fire, for the longest time the Korean press have been wondering if the duo dated in real life. If they did, good for them because they seem to suit each other well! The single performed well on the charts too, debuting at #1 on the Gaon Chart and #2 on the K-pop Hot 100.

Enjoy and let me know what you think!

See you soon!

Lifestyle Sundays! Tips On Relieving Stress!

Stress is an inevitable part of our daily lives, we can encounter them daily and they range from minor to downright exhausting. The different types of stressors are  financial, relationships, school, family and career stress.

The first and most important step to taking control over these stressors is to pay attention to how your body responds in a crisis situation. The fight or flight notion comes into play, this is when the brain sends warning signals to the body telling the person is in danger. Let’s say you are afraid of dogs and suddenly a big dog starts to chase you down the street. The flight response will make run and try to escape the dog, some of the symptoms you may experience are sweating, increased heartbeat or high blood pressure. Other common stress symptoms are tension headaches, muscle spasms, insomnia and the list goes on. A little bit of stress is healthy, but if it begins to affect you psychologically and physically, you need to figure out a way to control these feelings. The mind is the most powerful thing when it is used wisely and when people apply positive thinking and cognitive-behavioral therapy. Cognitive-behavioral therapy focuses on how people think and being aware of your own thoughts and feelings. Trying to control your behavior on your own and applying positive self-talk requires an immense amount of willpower, but it is effective in some circumstances.

Today I want to focus on recommending tips to anyone who is stressed out and wants to figure out a way to distress. However, if you are in a situation where your condition is beyond your control, I recommend to seek a professional help. There are things you can do on your own, but these tips I’ll be listing may not be appropriate for certain psychological issues.

Let’s begin!

1. Meditation.

I became interested in meditation and Buddhism about a year ago, the teachings of the Buddhist religion are inspiring. Meditation is all about teaching your mind to focus on the here and now, instead of thinking about the past or future. The past is over, the future is unknown and the future depends on how you act in the here and now. We seem to become caught up in this fast paced world and forget how to enjoy life. Our minds are constantly racing with million thoughts about many things that are sometimes beyond our control. Meditation allows an individual to focus on the their breathing techniques and on their inner world. Bringing peace to the mind and enjoying the tasks at hand without rushing. When was the last time you sat down at the dinner table and actually enjoyed your meal, without hurrying to finish and run off to do something else. I love meditation because it clears your mind and relaxes your body!

2. Music.

Music is like food for the soul, I cannot go on a day without listening to music! It is something I crave daily, when I go through rough moments in life, music has always been my security blanket. You can find any music to suit your mood and emotions, it takes you away from your troubles and you become embraced by its melody. I usually zone out whenever I listen to music, that’s why if you run into me on the bus, I probably won’t notice you because I am in my own little world. Listen to something upbeat or an inspirational song, will uplift your spirits, plus you take a mental break from your stressors.

3. Reading.

I love reading books, when I read books I feel like I am taken on a fictional journey! I have a very active imagination, so when I read I also imagine the setting, the appearance of the characters and their tone of voice. It’s exciting to read a book that has an interesting plot and keeps you on the edge of your seat. For a second you forget everything around you, if you don’t like reading, then watching movies is a good option too.

4. Exercise. 

Exercise is one big way to get your happy endorphins, since I started working out I felt more energized and content. Releasing all of that sweat and really pushing yourself is satisfying because you can say “Hey I just finished this hard workout and I didn’t think I could do it”. Exercising helps to improve sleep (trust me, I sleep so much better now), boosts your self-esteem and it makes you physically fit. Try it out, you’ve got nothing to lose!

5. Yoga.

Yoga is a bit similar to exercise, but it is also different because it is not as intense as weight training or cardio. Yoga focuses on precise movements that will help increase your flexibility and relax your muscles. Yoga also incorporates meditation because if you want to do these intricate moves, your mind needs to focus on the here and now. I’ve been doing yoga for one year now and I love it, it helps detox my mind from any negative stress.

6. Crafting.

If you are a creative person, use your talents to your advantage! Sitting down and creating something is a great feeling, this is how I feel whenever I write my posts or create a video project. It is a therapeutic process that allows you to completely focus on a task that you enjoy. For myself, I enjoy creating DIY projects, creating videos and learning choreography! When you focus on something else besides your problems, you will notice that you forget about them and they begin to seem trivial.

7. Socialize.

It doesn’t matter how many friends you have, as long as you have one loyal friend, that’s all that matters. Sometimes we may be in a situation that makes us feel stressed out, so remove yourself from the toxic environment and interact with people. Sharing your troubles with friends or family is a good thing because you don’t keep all of the negativity bottled up inside. Also friends can always put a smile on your face, I’m lucky to have such friends (you know who you are 🙂 ).

8. Go out for walks.

Taking a stroll around the park or neighborhood is healthy! Whenever I feel like I need to get away, I go out for a long walk and explore the different parks in my area. You can always bring a book or your MP3 player to enjoy your walk. Become one with nature and enjoy the outdoors, nature is the best!

9. Spa Nights.

When was the last time you pampered yourself? Having a relaxing evening is healthy, all you need is some aromatherapy oils, candles and a relaxing music. I started doing this about a year ago and it is a lot of fun, I usually bring my book or my tablet (careful not to drop it in the water). It is a perfect thing to do after a long day at work, it is lovely.

10. Seek professional help!

I’m leaving the most important point for last, I cannot stress enough how important it is to talk to someone when you are stressed out. Keeping your feelings to yourself and not talking can be hazardous to your health. It can lead to depression or anxiety, if you think being strong is not showing weakness, then you are wrong. We are all human and we can’t be strong 24\7, there is always something that will make us feel sad. Seeking help and talking about it is necessary, there is a big stigma around mental health and many people refuse to share their deep troubles. Don’t be afraid! Building up the courage to talk to someone is a sign of bravely and your willpower to get better. Since I’m a counselor, I highly encourage people to talk to a professional when all of the above tips prove to be ineffective. I am also available if anyone needs advice, you can find me on Tumblr and send me a message (there is an anonymous option), you can find the link on the menu bar. I would be happy to help, sometimes we need someone to reach out to us when we need it.

That concludes today’s post, I really hope you find it helpful! Remember, it is ok to have our tough moments, but get up and push forward!

See you soon!