Saturday, 16 June 2018

JOURNAL GIRL What Privilege Of Getting Older Are You Most Looking Forward To?

I am really looking forward to the privilege of having more freedom and being more independent. I’m super excited when I get to do stuff on my own. I’m fine with the way things are right now because I still enjoy doing stuff with my family (I really do). I know I am not 100% ready to do everything on my own but I think that now as I get older, I should be able to slowly do more stuff independently (hey if I can spell it, I should be able to be it 😃)
Stuff like walking home from school (my elementary school was too far to walk home but come September it will be perfect since my high school is a 5 minute walk from home!) and going out with my friends by myself are some of the things I’m really looking forward to as I get older.

What Privilege Of Getting Older Are You Most Looking Forward To?

Thursday, 14 June 2018


Most teens my age probably never even think about self-help books but I kind of love them 💜.
Not because I have so many major problems (life is kinda cool for me right now) but because sometimes it's tough to wrap your head around all the changes that can go on in a teens life. It's even tougher to figure out how to handle that stuff when you just don't feel comfortable sharing it with others. I'm a really private person and a little shy so I usually just keep my business to myself even when I know I really should be talking to someone about it and maybe getting advice to deal with whatever is bugging me.
Since keeping my mind healthy and stress-free is a total priority for me AND since I have trouble talking to others about personal stuff I might be going through, I like to turn to books that offer inspiration and advice for young people.
My mom got me this book a while ago called 'Empower Yourself' written by Miranda Kerr. She's a pretty famous model and celebrity but I think she should be more famous for this book of hers! She shares a few tips on skincare and fitness but the really good stuff is what she shares about keeping your mind healthy. There is a whole list of simple affirmations that she says she lives by and she says she picks out an affirmation before she goes to bed and repeats it in her mind till she falls asleep so when she wakes up in the morning that's the first thing she thinks about. She tries to take that  affirmation with her throughout the whole day.
I tried it out and you know what? It really was amazing!
I was surprised that I could remember the affirmation all through my day and was also surprised how many times a basic little sentence could help me in so many different situations throughout my day! It's solid part of my regular routine now, that's how good this book makes me feel!

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

JOURNAL GIRL If You Could Take a Dream Vacation, Where Would You Go?

(I've been playing around with the idea of starting a journal again! I've tried like a million times before but I just never seem to get it right. I never know what to write and so I struggle to write for a couple of days before putting it away for a week. I come back to it for a couple of days again, struggling like I did before.
So in comes my mom, like she always does 😏  with one of her famous lists but this time she's found a list of journal prompts for teens that are created to give me a topic each and every day. Some will be long, some short but I am going to give it a try. Hopefully I don't bore you to death 😙 )

If I could take a dream vacation anywhere, I would go to Japan!
One of the reasons why I would like to go to Japan is to see the cherry blossom trees. Ever since I was little I’ve been mad obsessed about going to see the cherry blossom trees when they are at their pinkiest. I'm also really interested in the Japanese culture (maybe it has something to do with the fact that people always seem to think that I am Asian for some reason, I think it's my eyes). I’d like to experience what it would be like to live there. From what I’ve heard, Japan has a lot of advanced technologies and is very different from what it is like in places like Canada, where I am from. I think it would be a good experience and a really enjoyable trip, I have even picked up this mad cool book to prepare me just in case I ever get the opportunity. Even though there are many other places I could go to, I’d chose Japan!
If You Could Take a Dream Vacation, Where Would You Go?

Thursday, 14 December 2017

What I'm Reading Right Now

My parents always add a new book to our Christmas gifts and while I have grown to LOVE the whole book thing, I wasn't always so crazy about it. Of course, my mom is really good at picking out books she thinks I will enjoy so as the Christmases went by and I realized she wasn't really that off with what I like, I started to really look forward to seeing what she had picked out for me. Gotta say, so far she has never failed to nail it with her picks.
But if I had some kind of 'Freaky Friday' moment at Chapters one day and had to pick out a book or two that I could squeal about, these books I'm reading right now would be my picks this month! 

New York City Trails
If you are like me, obsessed with making my way to NYC or just love to travel, this book is the coolest 'travel guide' specifically designed for the young traveller who wants to map out their journey so they hit all the mad good spots of NYC! The Lonely Planet explorers Marco and Amelia guide you through all the cool stuff New York City has to offer if you're willing to be more than a basic tripper.

The Niv Bible for Teen Girls
I've noticed that people are always struggling to find 'inspiration' (sometimes in the weirdest places!) but one solution is totally simple, open a bible. This one happens to be one of my favs because it is full of explanations about the different sections of the bible, sidebars about people mentioned and a whole bunch of inspirational stuff that might just be the answer you're looking for
(I know some of my friends reading this will be in full eye-roll right now but I like to think of the bible as a 'feel good', there doesn't have to be a reason why I reach for it, it just has this way of making me 'feel good' so pick it up and read, trust 😃)

Coco Chanel
I was sent this book as a gift and even though at first I thought it was for someone younger (4-8 years old), I LOVED it!
It's part of a series about all these awesome women who did really incredible things. It's like a little history lesson wrapped up in the cutest package and covers total #bossbabes like civil rights activist Rosa Parks, artist Frida Khalo and all around ICON Audrey Hepburn. I ended up getting all the books in the series and after reading them, I couldn't wait to learn more about all the Lit ladies that did their thing back then so we could do our thing now!

The Burger Lab
Know anyone who really 'gets' burgers?? Tell me they wouldn't love to get a book dedicated to the art of the hamburger (and yes it is an art).
I come from a burger family, my grandparents have owned a super burger joint for the last 30 years and we take the hamburger seriously!
We get really creative with our burgers at my house so I totally dropped to the floor when I opened this book and flipping through the pages should not be done on an empty stomach for sure!

This isn't a new book but it has to be one of my favorites of ALL time. August Pullman is a boy who looks different. I mean really different.
And this is his story, starting from his point of view about how he just wants to be treated like everyone else when everyone else can't get past how he looks. (My eyes are getting watery just writing this because this book has burned into my brain, even when I mention it, I start re-reading parts in my head, it's just that powerful. There is a movie out which I haven't seen yet but definitely will, just have to prepare my brain for it 😓)

Friday, 8 December 2017

Grey Matter / THE GAP

sweater BANANA REPUBLIC     skirt GAP     boot STEVE MADDEN

The few weeks right before Christmas have to be my most favourite time of the year. I love all the fun stuff that comes with Christmas like shopping for gifts (this is the first year I am doing that on my own), celebrating with family and friends, going to church, eating all the deliciousness being served up (when else do you get a free ticket to eat cookies and drink hot cocoa almost every night??) and let's not forget opening all the pressies with my name on them!
Some people (I'm looking at you grownups!) find this time of the year crazy stressful! They tell me that maybe I love it so much because I have no other responsibilities other than making sure I'm happy and having fun but what if we all stopped stressing out just for a little bit and took a moment to remember what it was like at Christmas time when you were a kid and just really enjoyed being in that moment, even if it was only for an afternoon or night? I bet the people around you would love it (and I'm pretty sure you will too!)
Do you have any special holiday memories that bring you right back to the happiness you felt being a kid at Christmas?