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It’s been a while…

setting intentions for 2018So today I was struck by that sudden feeling of creativity that has sadly been severely missing in my life lately. I know that creativity is something that typically comes in waves, but for me it’s felt like a tsunami that sucked all the good powerful creative vibes out of my life for about a year or more, and tonight, suddenly and powerfully, I felt them come flowing back in fast, hard and strong as ever.

I have been really down and feeling stuck in my life for about a year. Like most people, I have a variety of dreams tucked away in the back of my mind, but I’ve always tried to be ‘rational’ and do the ‘smart’ thing. Deciphered, this means not taking any big risks in my life. Clearly, that train of thought has not resulted in making me fulfilled or satisfied lately. I feel slightly resentful that I am always choosing to be so safe with my decisions.

So with that realization, my goals for 2018 are really simple, and something that I should really have been doing all along – Listening to myself, to my instincts and following the voice deep inside, that I often suppress, that wants to get out. My creative voice, my side that wants to paint, and draw, and move on my yoga mat, and sing out loud. This year I plan to embrace and release everything I have inside – all the little micro dreams (like getting a sewing machine and making something) to the big giant ones (dealing with feelings that have been locked up for too long) and starting to work on my true dream, which is opening an online shop.

I am starting this year with the intention that anything can happen and that I can attract those good creative energies by honouring what my mind and heart are telling me – I need to create, I need to let the ideas and feelings out, and I’m starting today by writing this blog post.

Opening my shop is going to take time – but I don’t think it could take more time than I’ve already wasted telling myself it’s too big or too scary or not financially possible. But each time I doubt myself, I look around and realize how far I’ve come. Why am I scared to believe in myself – when I got myself this far, and I’m so much wiser and stronger than ever. Why am I doubting myself now?

I already have all the knowledge I need to start manifesting my online shop – and there will surely be more that I need to learn and will learn, but today I’m stopping being fearful and switching that energy to action instead. I will start this shop. I will follow my heart and passion. I will turn this shop dream into reality.

Setting my intentions is step one. Taking action will be the next phase. And I’ll just have to figure the rest out as I go!

2018, I’m planning for you to be my best year yet. ✨

Travel

Lavender Fields Forever | Weir’s Lane Lavender Farm & Apiary

A few weekends ago, I had a chance to visit Weir’s Lane Lavender Farm & Apiary.

Walking through gorgeous purple lavender fields has been on my bucket list for a while, and I was so excited, I forgot my DSLR! That means all of my photos were taken on my phone and the weather was slightly rainy and very cloudy, but even so, the experience was pretty magical.

If you have a lavender farm near you, I highly suggest you go check it out! (Only downside is there are bees – lotssss of bees!).

XO.

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Lovelyisms Toronto

If you wish to follow along for peeks into the beautiful city of Toronto, search #lovelyismstoronto on Instagram for a little glimpse into some of the best spots in the city.

I promise I will be posting more on Instagram in the coming year. I have a huge list of places I want to explore, so stay tuned!

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From top left to bottom right corner:

1) Sweet Jesus

2) BYOB Cocktail Emporium

3) Liberty Village

4) The Cameron House

5) BYOB Cocktail Emporium

6) La Carnita

7) Indie Ale House

8) Colette Grand Café

9) The Joint Salon

 

 

xo.

Melanie

 

Travel

Tulum Travels

tulum, mexicoTulum has stolen a little piece of my heart. I took a four day getaway here after wrapping a huge project at the office and it was a much needed escape from work life to relax in the sun.
striped bathing suit and hatI had brought several books I wanted to read but ended up getting caught up on much needed sleep. Nothing beats napping by the ocean in my opinion and I loved every moment of letting myself recharge.Beautiful Tulum watersThe water in Tulum was beautiful. Not only was it a perfect shade of turquoise blue but the temperature was so warm I actually braved the water and went in a few times. Letting my skin and hair get the full salt water and sunshine treatment was just what I needed. Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant CameraI had brought my Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Camera that I had purchased just before heading on my trip. The camera doesn’t come with film so I bought a package as well. It took me a few tries to figure out how to set the lighting properly and then quickly got addicted to taking photos.

Crab on the beach in Tulum, Mexico

Tulum, MexicoThe day I visited the ruins was one of the hottest days of the trip. The views were worth it. Taking a dip in the ocean along the beach lined with ruins to cool off was unforgettable.Tulum ocean views

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selfie in tulum mexicoTulum, you are beautiful and I can’t wait to come back here in a few months. I already have a few places on my to do list for next time. Pelican flock flying

 

 

Love

In Love With Love

Happy Valentine’s Day! I love this holiday and everything it SHOULD stand for, which to me is celebrating the act of loving. I’m a hopeless romantic and I can’t help it…

Leaving you with this quote because I think it’s beautiful:

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Don’t try to change people, because they don’t. Love them with all your heart and help them grow into whoever they are destined to be. Isn’t that what true, selfless love should be to everyone? Give, give, and give until you can’t anymore.

xo.