January 31, 2016

January Web Finds

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1| Quiet Quality: Rules - Jessica Comingore Studios

I found this post through the blog Homeward, and I just found it extremely relatable especially considering that I am entering my first year of university the coming September.

2| Healthy Baking

Despite having only made her Soft, Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies (which were VERY soft and chewy) and the Clean Eating Cinnamon Rolls, I am absolutely in love with the recipes posted on Amy's blog. Most of them are healthier variations on some of my favourite treats and I really appreciate being able to eat them without the detriments of eating, like, a cup of sugar.

3| Homeward

I have to give credit to Jordan for her Mid-week updates that include different links - it was the inspiration behind these posts that I'm planning on posting every month! I always come across some articles that I'd love to share with more people, so I'll link my favourite web finds in monthly updates like this.

4| To Be Young, "Gifted" And Black

This was a very interesting and thought provoking article for me to read, especially since I face the very opposite "stereotype" described. As a Chinese girl, there have always been expectations placed on me, not even by my parents, but by relatives and everyone in the Chinese community. Recently, I've found it really hard to break out of these restrictions and expectations because I grew up with them, and they've sort of become a part of my own values as well.




January 29, 2016

A Day Well-Deserved

Freedom at last; all my mid-terms are finally done and over with! The last mid-terms of my high school career. Even though we had a turn around day - no school - my body and mind were still tense and decided it would be a great idea to wake up at 4:30. I've always had trouble going back to sleep so I was in and out of sleep for another hour and a half.

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A few weeks ago, the spin studio YEG Cycle opened up on Whyte Avenue and my friend and I decided to go after exams, just to try something new. (New year, new me) Since we arrived an hour earlier, we walked around the river valley, waiting for the sun to rise.

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The people at the studio were extremely friendly and welcoming; their energy was extremely positive and I didn't feel intimidated at all even though it was my first time there, and my first time spinning. The studio was extremely clean too - the entrance and changing rooms. Our motivator was Kara, and she was absolutely amazing. Even though I haven't had another motivator, she was just a great pairing for the encouragement that I needed. The class was definitely difficult, but I'm convinced that I can push myself even harder. As I'm sitting her right now, my hamstrings and calves are quite sore, but I'm already thinking of going back as soon as I can. If you are looking into trying something new, I would highly recommend trying spin!

After an extremely fun but tiring workout, we walked to Farrow Sandwiches (on our increasingly sore muscles) and tried their sandwiches for the first time. They were amazing.

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The John Stamosa
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The Grick Middle

Then to Block 1912, of course.

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The Caramel Banana Chocolate Cake
There were a lot of things that went well that day, and it was just the sort of day I needed. If you're ever feeling stressed, my best advice to you would be to take a day off to yourself, or with friends. Explore your city and get to know it. Many people say that Edmonton is boring, but I'm currently at yet another cafe typing this blog post up.

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Where I am currently sitting..
I have a feeling that this city has a lot to offer and of course, a lot of room for improvement and new businesses. Especially with the downturn in the economy, I encourage everyone to start investing in local businesses! There are a TON on Whyte Avenue - instead of going to Starbucks, check out Block 1912, Transcend Coffee etc. Edmonton has a lot to offer, you just have to look around!


January 20, 2016

365 Photography: Mid-January Snapshots


Last year, I remember sitting here, typing up resolutions for the new year. Rather than doing that, I just want to focus on my photography, reading, and on my own health, physically and mentally! I'm hoping to expand my blog in the sense that I'm probably going to be doing a bit of redecoration in order to fulfill my expectations! I hope you will stay, or join, me for a new year! 

I recently got a new camera and decided that the new year was the perfect time to improve on my photography, as well as taking on the notorious Project 365. Most likely, I will revert to doing weekly updates, but seeing as I am currently swamped with studying and homework, a mid-month update shall take its place! 

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1/365: The fireworks at downtown Edmonton!
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3/365: Yellow!
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9/365: My current motto.
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12/365: Peanut butter and jam sandwich - with homemade cranberry chia seed jam!
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13/365: An afternoon spent studying...
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14/365: My first, and hopefully not my last, book of 2016! Here is my review.
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15/365: I love putting together colourful salads.