Inspiration | May 2

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I absolutely loved this in-depth answer to the question “What can I start doing now that will help me a lot in 5 years?” There is some truly excellent advice in there, and it makes me want to get going and doing!

I rarely keep watching Youtube ads after the 5 second delay is up, but this one caught my attention and I watched the entire thing. I still don’t really know what it is advertising, but it’s a stunningly beautiful video portrait of Vancouver and it made me want to live there forever and ever.

Taza made a video of her favourite spots on the Upper West Side of New York City and that too gave me some serious wanderlust.

Famous, powerful men talking honestly about sexual assault and how to stop it? And it’s endorsed by the White House? I love it.

An elegant phrase that can help you get out of doing anything you’re uncomfortable with. It’s like sleight of hand! Off the top of my head, I can think of about 5 situations in the past where having this language would have helped me say no. Important stuff.

How to find meaningful work: career advice for millennials. (via Millennial Abroad)

Awesome advice as usual from MarieTV about creating lasting changes in your life.

I watched a lot of VlogBrothers videos this week (after reading the fabulous book Looking For Alaska and watching The Fault in Our Stars trailer 3 times) and was especially inspired by this video of book recommendations. It made me want to read a book a day until I was as well-read as John Green.

I love This American Life every single week, but this week it had a story on hospices and the truly amazing people who work at them, and it really touched me.

Laci Green is a feminist, and so am I, and if you needed some persuasion as to why you should be too, check out this video she made this week. Good stuff.

Two Instagram accounts I loved this week: @sarahyates and @3191milesapart. Both accounts have amazing food and lifestyle pictures and just seem to embody living a good life.

Some oldies-but-goodies: a hand-knit red-and-grey checkered blanket, delicious easy homemade chive bread.

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I cannot believe it’s May! For the 4-day weekend we have in Korea, I’m going to Seoul with a few friends. I’m excited to see some beautiful old buildings, eat lots of traditional Korean food, and enjoy my time off. You can see all my adventures there by following me on Instagram! I hope you have an excellent weekend.

Vancouver, BC

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

I really and truly fell in love with Vancouver during my weeklong trip there. I went because I'd never been and because I wanted to visit my friends and because I was sick of winter in the greater Toronto area and because I wanted to see beautiful things. I went because I could afford to and because I wanted to. It was an awesome choice.

I couldn't get over how gorgeous the scenery was surrounding Vancouver. I kept feeling like I was on an exotic vacation getaway and then remembering that this was just home for the people of Vancouver. Having never lived in a city surrounded by so much beautiful nature, that was an incredible realization. I loved waking up and seeing all that water and all that sky out the window. I loved walking around downtown and getting glimpses of mountains from between two apartment buildings. I loved that you could turn off a main road onto a path and suddenly be surrounded on all sides by enormous towering trees covered with moss and silence.

Plus, can we talk about the fact that I didn't have to wear a winter jacket in February? That in itself should be mentioned. Sure, it wasn't always warm – though there were a few days when I sat outside in the sunshine without being uncomfortable – but it wasn't really cold either. And while it did rain a few days I was there, I still saw plenty of sunshine and blue skies.

I felt very comfortable in Vancouver. I was lucky enough to experience many different situations while I was there (including a swanky dinner event, a cool launch party, and a night at a lodge in Whistler) but universally felt right at home because the atmosphere was always welcoming and low-maintenance. I remember going out for a late dinner at what I thought was a casual pizza place with a friend of mine. When I realized it was a pretty fancy bistro-type place, I was a bit embarrassed by my jeans and quarter-zip athletic sweater…that is until I spotted about three other locals there in similar outfits! I felt like I connected well with the vibe of Vancouver.

It's a gorgeous, vibrant city, and one that I am really looking forward to spending more time in.