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Happy Holidays!

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And like that, the holidays are upon us! I’m not sure where 2014 went, but I have had such a wonderful year and really have so much to be thankful for. It’s not easy being away from home at this time of year but there’s a quote I love:

“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” – A.A. Milne

That’s exactly how I feel about being away. As hard as it is, I think it’d be much worse not to miss home at all. At least that’s what I’ve been trying to tell myself every time I’ve been sad this week. Life is good and full of love and my cup (and heart) runneth over. I hope yours does too.

I’m going to be taking a break from the blog for my holiday in the Philippines (see? lots of blessings), but I hope the season treats you very well. I appreciate the heck out of you. xoxo.

ps. The merry & bright wallpaper is yours if you want it! You can download it below.

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Free Wallpaper Download: Maya Angelou Quote

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I bet you saw this one coming! It’s my new favourite mantra. I’ve talked about this before here but I just love that it ultimately says just do what you can. You don’t have to be an expert before you can teach someone something, and you don’t need to be a millionaire before you can donate to a good cause. Start from where you are. Start with what you have. Start by doing what you can.

I’m putting this quote on my computer desktop this month as a reminder to myself. If you’d like a copy too, you can download it by clicking the link below. Enjoy!

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You can also find all my previous free wallpaper downloads here.

Free Wallpaper Download: Stephen Covey Quote

Stephen Covey Quote

I’m about halfway through my time in Korea, which means that lately I’ve been starting to think more about the future – what I’ll do when I’m done here and beyond. When I arrived in Korea for my “year abroad”, I had a plan for afterwards that I was totally 100% sure of – or so I thought. Being here, I’ve met a lot of really great people who are inspiring me to think bigger and consider what it is I really want. What I know for sure is that I’ve been really enjoying the expat lifestyle, and the opportunities that I’ve been able to explore and pursue in my free time here.

It’s really exciting to think about all the possibilities for what I could do next. That idea used to really scare me, but these days it doesn’t scare me quite as much. I’ve gained a lot of confidence in myself by making the decision to come here and thrive. Over the past few days, I’ve been reading The Success Principles by Jack Canfield and he talks a lot about dreaming really big. In the spirit of that idea, this quote, which I also found recently, is an excellent reminder that my future can look however I want it to. It’s all up to me, an idea which is both overwhelming and empowering.

As I’m daydreaming about my next steps, I decided to make a wallpaper with this quote to inspire me daily. If you’d like a copy to dress up your own computer desktop this month, you can download it at the link below. Enjoy!

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You can also find all my previous wallpaper downloads here.

Free Wallpaper Download: Don’t Miss The Moment

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This quote represents something I often wrestle with, and which I expect to for years to come, if not forever. It goes hand-in-hand with some of my favourite quotes, including “I want to feel my life while I’m in it,” and “the grass is greener where you water it”. It also reminds me of a saying that for me at once feels like both a threat and a comfort: “wherever you go, there you are”.

I apply this idea for little everyday moments, when I try to stay present and acknowledge my happiness as its happening. I also less successfully apply it in the big picture, when I sometimes struggle to be where I am and also be okay with where I am. Living in a foreign country makes it easy to wish you were home, or travelling, or somewhere other than where you are when things get hard or tedious. My closest friend here left yesterday and it’s hard not to have the knee-jerk reaction of wishing I was going home too.

But I’ve been realizing that being a good person and a whole, evolved one is all about having those knee-jerk reactions and then gently course-correcting. I can’t stop myself from having thoughts I wish I didn’t or feelings I wish I wouldn’t, and no amount of guilt or positive thinking or beating myself up is going to change that. The best I can do is see it, feel it, and then give myself gentle reminders to shift my thinking and my actions.

This saying is one of those reminders to me. Yes, part of me – the small part – might occasionally wish I was going home. The bigger part knows how much this experience does already and will one day mean to me. The bigger part knows that this is what I want and it’s what is best for me, and it knows what an incredible shame it would be to wish this time away so I could just get to the end. It knows that most of the time, I really love my life here. The bigger part of me also knows that if I don’t find ways to handle this feeling of always wanting to be somewhere else, somewhere “better”, then it won’t magically go away when I finally “arrive” at the place I think I should be. I never want to live in the someday or the one day. I want to live right where I am.

I’ve made this quote into a wallpaper for my computer for the month as one of those gentle reminders to stay with it. If this idea resonates with you too, you can download your own copy of the wallpaper at the link below.

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You can also find all my previous wallpaper downloads here.

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