My Favourite Things: March

So I recently bought a Passion Planner. I read about it when it was on Kickstarter last fall, and thought it was a great idea. A few months later, I felt like I needed some focus and help setting goals, and I thought of the Passion Planner again. I looked it up and they were available for purchase! The 8×10 size was sold out, so I settled for the 5×7, which I think will work better for me anyway.
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The Passion Planner is built around not only planning your schedule, but setting long term goals and short term goals and doing periodic check-ins with yourself. Each month has a monthly calendar, with a space to set your work and personal focuses, a monthly check-in as to how you’re doing with your long-term goals, and your priorities and goals for that month. There’s space for doodling and drawing a mind map too. Each week has a focus, and daily focuses too. There’s space to write good things that happened that week, and a personal to do list, and a work to do list. (I like that the personal and work are included, because both have to co-exist in life!) Then there’s an inspirational quote for each week, and some space to draw or journal.

At the end of each month, there is reflection on what was memorable, what lessons you learned in the last month, how you are different since the last month, what or who you are grateful for, and some things you can improve on.
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I’m just getting going, but so far I love how this connects different areas of my life into one place and encourages me to reflect and set goals for moving forward. Also, it’s so much more than scheduling! I realized that with the hurricane that was 2014, I kind of just let life happen to me and when I look at what I did all year, there isn’t really anything that stands out, other than the music festivals I went to.  So to prevent another forgettable year, I hope this is one of many changes I make to move forward toward good things.

Love. A cartoon.

I saw this cartoon a few months ago and kept hoping I’d stumble across it again because it sums up exactly how I feel about love and starting over. (I just wish the ending could be so perfect in real life!) Found it again today. Enjoy.

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Summer Love. Wake Owl.

I can’t get enough of this song. It’s sexy and soulful, but there’s something heartbreaking about it as well. It makes me think of summer nights with that melancholy flavour where you feel like time is slipping away.

I guess anytime music makes you feel emotion, you can’t help but love it.

I’m going to the CBC Music Festival on Saturday and I can’t wait to see Wake Owl perform live. Also stoked for the Arkells and Spoon. Yay!

Make BC Smile

Last week there were students from the elementary school next door to my work standing on the street with signs and cars were going by and honking. I didn’t get a chance to find out what they were doing, but this morning when I went to get a coffee at my local Waves, I got my answer:

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Make BC Smile. And each coffee cup sleeve has a handwritten message by a local student intended to make you smile. Mine did:

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Photos of a City

I love taking photographs and making things look pretty. I’ve never owned an SLR camera or anything like it, just camera phones and point-and-shoots. But tomorrow I am going on a photo-taking walk around downtown with my friend Hafeez. I’m super excited!

He’s going to show me a few technical tricks and we are going to take photos of buildings and places in downtown Vancouver. He posted a really nice shot on Instagram of some buildings on a street I used to work on years ago and it was really angular but still had the old 1910 style to it. I commented that I loved photographs of buildings and architecture, and we ended up setting up an afternoon to take some.

I’ve decided I’m going to do a wall collage in my living room to replace this awful print canvas art over my sofa. I’d like to get some photos I’ve taken in cities I’ve visited and frame them in different sizes and then hang them in a collage. I have some I took last summer in Chicago that turned out really well, and I have some of Seattle a few years ago. Thinking of a trip to Portland later this summer, so all these would make a nice collection.

The sun going down my first night in Chicago. I knew I was in love.
The sun going down my first night in Chicago. I knew I was in love.
Chicago subway. My friends and I took quite a few photos at the subway stations we were at.
Downtown Chicago
I loved this city. The architecture is beyond amazing.