Filling a Blank Page

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Happy New Year! 

If you happened to read my last post, you’ll know Christmas was difficult. I found out afterwards that we lost not one, but two beautiful souls on Christmas eve. I am very thankful for a boyfriend who kept my head on straight at this time. It would be easy to allow the tragedy of loss to continue to affect me and bring me down. It is harder to choose joy, to choose to direct my focus to the silver linings.

There is an infinite amount of possibility in this world. To learn, to grow, to expand your mind and your life. I know so many people are annoyed with #newyearnewyou, or the commercialism attached to self-improvement targeted at January resolution makers. And I don’t believe you need a new year to make changes in your life. However, I like to see each year that rolls in as another opportunity for exploration and recreation. It’s a blank page, it’s a fresh slate, it’s another chance and we’re still around to seize it and make the life we want and be people that are kind and passionate and awesome. You can choose to see it this way or not.

This is what has filled the first moments of my blank page, 2015.

(photo cred to Mauricio Rojas Gramal)
10906180_10152562114751485_6611097625260861927_nAt the bar… we missed the countdown due to somebody falling asleep (most definitely not me)…. but we came for a drink and new years hugs at work before last call. (photo cred to Mauricio Rojas Gramal)

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Great crew to be working with on New Years! Nobody came in for dinner in my section, I didn’t serve a single beer! It was fun regardless getting ready for the party and sitting around talking with these wonderful people. 1484289_10152461247922554_6013748579192249050_n

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We’re gross. (photo cred to Patrick Lizotte)10917903_10152464212997554_3573233975682388871_n

What happens on Skype stays on skype is most definitely stored for embarrassment on my blog or your wedding day slideshow. My sister back home is the best medicine.

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Today I’m happy. Christmas and the days following held a lot of sadness and grief, but the wind is changing. Today I felt ready to plan and dream again. I’m proud of who I am and where I’m at and anticipating wonderful adventures in 2015. This is my content, confident, nothing’s perfect but everything is alright face.

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Happy New Years everyone!

Lucky you, Murphy

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In this cold, cold tundra (though today I was informed, “it’s only chilly, wait until winter…”) every bit of colour and positivity counts. I have yet to encounter a blizzard, a long power-out, or the days with 20 hours of darkness, but it won’t be long. I’m working to forge friendships and build personal strength that will get me through the winter.

In my last post featuring positive graffiti, I featured a local artist and someone (unknown) who had changed F*** the police to Hug the police. I found some more today on a photo walk that made me smile and that I wanted to share with you.

Murphy’s law is something that you come to expect and anticipate here. Staff shortages, unpredictable weather, losing your internet if the wind is too strong or it rains. I really like the graffiti I found that says “Lucky you Murphy” because Murphy’s law never leaves you feeling lucky. Things go wrong up here, and you just have to deal with it and keep going. I hope you enjoy these pictures and that you remember that you can get through whatever is going on in your life right now.

If you are clever, you can probably see what the word graffiti used to say before it was changed to something more positive.

“I wish you didn’t have to fly away”

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“Shucks, you’re #1”

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“Lucky you, Murphy”

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“Cook’n peachy” – on a second glance, I realized this probably says “Look’n peachy” … guess I had food on the brain.

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“<3”

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“you kno you luff it”

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Thugs, Hugs & Dumpcano

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Magical narwal!graf2I will always find graffiti intriguing. I have never done large-scale art, I have always been more at home with my nose in small sketch books at home and scrawling on paper napkins when eating out. Iqaluit has been great for the street art (not only graf, but there are also stone and metal sculptures everywhere). My brother in law’s friend was commissioned to do these murals. These ones pictured are on the side of the fire station, I have yet to photograph the very large mural near the hospital, though that is another one I must get some pictures of.

graf3This is one of my favourites. It’s completely magical and I just love it. The colours and concept are amazing.

graf1Some other non-commissioned street I’ve come across include “HUG the police” on the side of a shed, and “west coast Thug Life” on a shipping container. I could make a whole album of things I find in the tundra. One of the most interesting so far was that plastic boot. There is a lot of litter, I wish I had the time and resources to repurpose them into something cool. But they are fun to just come across when I’m running too.

Dumpcano, you ask? Our dump has its own Twitter account, because it’s on fire. It has been for months. I can read about the drama in the local newspaper. I have only really skimmed our newspaper, though that’s something I’d like to be more diligent with, in order to connect myself better to the community.

thugshugsdumpcanoLife in the North has thus far been an incredible thing. I feel healthier, happier, and more whole. I’ve met some first-class people at my job as a waitress. I can easily walk to work, the store, the library, the ocean. My runs through the tundra are challenging and breathtaking. My love bank is filled every day by three amazing little boys who want to draw and play and dance endlessly with me. I have stuck with my vegan lifestyle. The 6 weeks I’ve been here have flown by.

I’m feeling endlessly inspired by this new environment. I can’t wait to share more through blogging and YouTube!

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Shifting Focus

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Dear Searchers, Seekers, and World Wanderers, 

You may or may not have noticed the change in my tagline. I have removed a couple things, and added dreams.

I realized that what I really wanted to share and talk about apart from film and music is how to live your best life. I’d like to share my journey of transitioning to a more positive, minimalist, fulfilling life. I want to talk about reaching your goals. About making the mindful choice to live every day like you want to. I want to talk about finding empowerment to be in control of your life.

[Just a quick note, all images in this post can be clicked on to enlarge them]

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The past few days I have started making my second vision board. Pictured above is my first vision board which is now in my “closet office.” It has a lot of words, lyrics, clippings and pictures which I find inspiring and motivating.

A vision board will look different for everyone. You may have a few meaningful words and pictures, or you may have a big messy collage. It is essentially making a representation of your dreams, goals, and the life you want. Maybe you have a mission statement you want to put in the middle, or your favourite quote or a few words of affirmation, a mantra.

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This new vision board I decided to make on a bulletin board so that I could easily add and remove and rearrange if necessary. I have mostly printed out images from Pinterest and also typed out a few words and phrases. I used double sided tape to attach the images, though pins would work just as well.

Below, I will run through the areas that I have started to work on to give you ideas and inspiration for if you are interested in making your own vision board.

Material

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The idea behind this section is that if I want something (a physical possession), but cannot afford it, it will go on the vision board. Somewhat of a wish list. When I have my own place I want to have a turntable. I don’t have room for it now. I want to get a bike, buy my first car, and eventually upgrade to the latest iPhone.

Personal/Appearance 

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This one will vary greatly depending on the person. On my first vision board, I have values/character traits scattered over the poster. In this one I probably will add some words like “Joy, Honesty, Hard Work, Self-love.”

There is the tattoo I am going to get after I run my marathon in Florida next January, someone with long blonde hair because I am growing my hair out and transitioning to my natural colour, and someone smiling with a nose ring- which I want to get. Maybe yours might include a good habit you want to cultivate, your goal weight or other inspiration related to being/looking your best.

Diet

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My boyfriend and I are doing a challenge for the month of September. No meat! I want to eat more fresh foods and protein smoothies. These two simple pictures remind me of what I want to put in my body. Maybe you have a food weakness, like chocolate or carbs. You could put some pictures of healthy things to eat instead to inspire you to make better choices.

Fitness

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  • People competing in Tough Mudder
  • A finisher medal for the Walt Disney World Marathon
  • Triathalon & Ironman
  • A woman with a strong toned body
  • A runner
  • Someone doing yoga in the woods
  • A representation of getting faster all the time

Whatever your fitness goals- improved health, recovery from an injury/ailment, weight-loss, completion of an event or involvement in a sport, it’s easy to find pictures to represent them. My main goal right now is training for my marathon, but I like to have all my future fitness goals there too, so I am reminded that my marathon is not the end, I will go on to complete even greater things!

Quotes/Philosophy

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I think that quotes belong in the middle. That’s just me, but I find it to be more focused, and as my very centre quote is about believing in yourself, it kind of relates to everything that is found around it on the board.

“She believed she could, so she did.” This is a great quote to summarize the purpose behind making a vision board. It’s about choosing to believe you can achieve what you set your mind to. By creating a visual reminder of all the things you are working towards, it can be very motivating and help to solidify in your subconscious that these things are/will be part of your life.

“Turn I wish into I will.” Another great quote which I find very empowering because when I read it I think, yes, I will take action now. I will not get what I want out of life by sitting around dreaming. Dreaming is the first step, but after that you have to find the drive to work hard and stay focused as you take action.

Career

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This section could include jobs you want to have, companies you want to work for, financial goals (desired salary or savings), etc. I have a picture of a clean office space, YouTube and Etsy (two online ventures I plan on at least dipping my toes in), and two magazines I want to be published in one day. I plan on adding 1, 3 and 5 year financial goals.

Travel/Bucket list

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Those places you want to visit? The things you want to do? You can put them all here. I want to spend a new years eve in Times Square, see the Eiffel Tower again, visit Greece, vacation in Cali again, bungee jump and go to a drive-in movie. This section will be much fuller when I’m done with it! So many adventures I want to go on.

Don’t be shy to put up a picture of Mt. Everest, or sky diving, or Hollywood because you want to be in a movie! Dream big!

 

My list of sections is by no means exhaustive. There is no wrong way to do a vision board, but I believe it should be positive and growth focused. Don’t make lists of things that are wrong with you that need to be fixed. Or a list of things you want to change in your life. Your board should show what you want- like a glimpse into your ideal future. Keep it forward focused, positive, ambitious, and organize it so that you like how it looks.

You should look at it daily; I look at mine in the morning and before bed while I am brushing my teeth for two minutes. Just the short time investment has had a huge impact on how motivated I feel throughout the day.

Carrie Green, of the Female Entrepreneur Association has a great video on vision boards that I watched recently. I had already made one, but she has some great ideas for alternatives to vision boards, and talks more about why making a vision board is important. You can watch that here.

Happy Dreaming!

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Style

Dear Grammers,

I’ve been without my phone for 2 weeks now, and I have to say I quite miss contributing to the beautiful thing that is Instagram. I have not photographed a meal, an outfit or a beautiful sunset in this long. On the positive side, this did prompt me to stop being cheap and lazy and go get a new charger for my DSLR battery, so I’ve taken some real pictures and I’m ready to start my YouTube channel! So incredibly excited.

Anyways, Instagram is viewable online, and I was browsing and realized I have a lot of outfit pics I’ve done since the last post I did with different things I wore throughout the week. So here’s another style post.

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peace & love kids,

-jessi hannah jay.

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Will be getting a new phone very soon! My constant IGing will return to its normal level of annoyingness soon.