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I’ve been getting lots of amazing quotes to create into something beautiful. Thank you so much and keep them coming!! They inspire me everyday ❤ The picture above has the quote: “Sometimes the bravest and most important thing you can do is just show up.” This was the first quote I was sent and I absolutely love it. Even more I love how it helps her because it now helps me in that way if not more. 

Her explaination as to why it helps her: “This quote helps me get through my hardest of days. It reminds me that sometimes just showing up is a big step, and you should recognize that instead of getting down on yourself that you can’t do more. It helps me not expect too much, and reminds me just to be present and in the moment.” 

I love this so much. I would always beat myself up for my darkest days that it would end up making it all worse. When you know that you are having a tough day awknowledge it and know that it won’t be that way forever. If all you can do today is show up. That is okay. If all you can do today is breathe that is okay too. You shouldn’t have to feel quilty or shame if you are having a bad day. Those are bound to happen. Approach those different. Know it won’t be there forever and that tomorrow will be better. 

Being brave takes a lot of courage. It doesn’t happen overnight and it doesn’t have to. You can be brave by just getting out of bed. That is okay. When you allow yourself to be brave so many things can fall into place. Things can change that you didn’t expect. I love this quote because I try to take it further. That sometimes the bravest thing you can do is just show up. But sometimes when you show up, wonderful amazing things happen. You surpruse yourself and find out things about yourself you didn’t know were there. Don’t ever be afraid of being brave and the possibility of what could happen today. You create your life and your world.. be brave today ❤

PS: I have some new postings in the shop!! I’ve been working really hard on this and have so many paintings that will be added within the coming days!! I will be making a post more about loveyoursCA and what is to come!! If you have any questions about it please message me and I will clarify and write more about it in my next post.. Thank you for the support! ❤ https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/LoveYoursCA?ref=search_shop_redirect

Love yours,

Michelle xo 

Open your heart & let others in.

I’ve become so thankful for the friendships I do have. People get to choose who they want in their lives and the fact that some choose me warms my heart. I realized that I really need connections and people who care in my life. I’m not the most social person and making friends has never been easy… I always use to isolate myself and honestly try to avoid people. My mind would race of what people would think of me that I couldn’t even enjoy a simple conversation. It’s so important to know that when people reach out and are there for you… They want to be… be that for them too ❤

A few years ago I started a blog dedicated to Taylor Swift. I didn’t really think much of it and wasn’t really going to even reveal my identity on there – until I realized that it was a safe place to do so. There are SO many Taylor fans on there, but one really stuck out to me. One from New York. I never really thought that it was possible to connect with someone online or someone miles away but it is so possible. She’s my best friend. I know that for sure. She’s beautiful, wise, adventurous, fearless, and has such a big heart. Even though I haven’t met her or seen her in person I’ve noticed her change and grow over the time I’ve known her. I’m so thankful for her, because she was there for me when others around me would shut me out. She listens and I know when we meet we’ll probably have a good cry and then hit the town. My point is that, it is so important to open your heart and let others into your life. Friendships can happen at the most random moments. It could happen today! Maybe buy a stranger a coffee or start up a random conversation. Those moments seem so far and gone but we can bring those moments back! 

Spread love and be kind to others.

They may need you at that moment in their life.

It may make their day or even save their life. It saved mine.

Love yours,

Michelle xox 

Remember the magic of Christmas. 

With Christmas coming up I’ve realized how much we are so revolved around material items. The latest gadget, newest tv, ect ect. We consume so much through the year and at the end of the year we consume insane amounts. For me, there’s always a magic about Christmas, and that was never in the things I got or even the meal I was enjoying. It was in the company around me and all the people I could share it with. When people ask me what I want for Christmas it’s hard to think of something that I really need. I am truly blessed with all I would ever need in life. All that I truly want this Christmas and every Christmas is to spend it with my friends and family. To make memories and share special moments with the ones I love. The holidays and Christmas this year will be extremely different. As much as I am grateful and thankful that I can spend my first Christmas with my daughter, it’s difficult when other aspects in your life are more difficult than the magic of Christmas. When someone will be missing from usual Christmas routine.. you realize that things can change at any moment. It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, life alway hits you harder than you could have ever imagined.

Whatever happens this Christmas or following after. I am so thankful for the moments and the memories I have made. That’s really all I remember from past Christmas’ and that is what is most important to me. 

Enjoy your holidays ❤

Love yours,

Michelle Xox

Expect the unexpected. 

You never really know where your life is going to take you. As much as you want to have control sometimes you really can’t control your life. The hardest thing is facing the unexpected. The moments you never thought would happen, at least not now.. Taking each moment and going with the flow in life is easier said than done. Lately I’ve been trying to plan many things out in my life. Things I want to do, people I’ll see ect.. but the unexpected always happens. Things are always changing and nothing ever stays the same. As much as you plan or want something it doesn’t always work out.

I haven’t posted lately and I wish I have. Sometimes I have no inspiration or feel I have worthy advice to give. All I know is that every journey is a difficult one. We are all on the path of life which takes us on a crazy ride. I’m so thankful for the support I have, for the love I have for myself, and the trust I have in my life and my journey. Life, or adulting as we say, is friggin difficult. You never really know what’s going to come next. Enjoying your life for now is all we can really do.

Love yours, 

Michelle Xox 

I will fight.

I usually don’t post about politics, however this goes far beyond that. This is more than a political decision. This is a environmental destruction. That I will not watch happen without trying to take action. I hope my voice will be heard, along with many environmentalist in this province or around the world. The only way to stop this from happening is taking action and speaking up. Lets stand together ❤

Last year I voted for someone who I thought I could trust with environmental concerns. Someone who I thought would fight against pipeline expansions and think deeply about the environmental concerns that go along with them. I feel extremely hurt, betrayed, and disappointed. Although it doesn’t really matter how I feel, because I won’t be directly effected. Those effected will be the first nations who have been fighting for their rights. The countless marine animals and wildlife who will be harmed when an oil spill occurs. It’s truly heartbreaking because they have no voice or say in this. We have to be their voices and we have to be heard.

It really bothers me how decisions about my coast can be made miles away. That the people here somehow have no say. It’s extremely disrespectful how we have to find out the same time everyone else does. That the decisions made are somehow ‘set in stone’ and we don’t have control of it. I have hope that our voices will be heard and the expansions won’t be built. That’s all I can hope for. I don’t believe our prime minister. I don’t trust him and I now believe that he doesn’t have environmental concerns at heart. 

I wish that humans would realize that we don’t run the show. We don’t run the world. They are far greater things on this earth than our needs. We have the knowledge, the technology, and the science to know what is right and how to help situations. Creating a twin pipeline isn’t progress for me. It’s depleting the natural resource and throughout history that has been made to be ‘okay’. I believe it is NOT. It’s upsetting how political leaders only believe that the way to create jobs is with trades, construction, developing. You don’t have to create, build, or develop more of something to create more jobs. The environment is at risk everyday. We as a nation pollute everyday. Creating more risky ways to damage the environment is a huge step back. 

My coast is more important to me than middle class jobs. The marine animals, especially the southern resident orcas, are more important than the ‘new found hope’ we will somehow gain from this. Canada claims to making efforts in reducing our environmental impact. Lowing greenhouse gases and taking a step against climate change. With the approval of the Kinder Morgan pipeline and line 3 pipeline this isn’t the case. This is a huge step back and we aren’t going to be meeting our environmental goals nationally anytime soon.

I will always stand by my coast and stand by my province. The environment is so much more important than people realize, but yet we continue to degrade it. It’s more important than jobs created for Canadians who probably don’t appreciate the rich amount of nature we do have her. Our province, our country is magical and thriving with life. Life greater than our own needs. Once political leaders realize that this earth is more important than what we do here, maybe more action will be taken to protect our environment instead of destroying it. 

Take action today.. Your voice will be heard. We need to make change and make political leaders realize that we can’t claim to care about the environment if we approach risky pipelines that will damage our environment. Be the change!

Love yours, in this case, love your planet.

Michelle Xox

Accept it.

It’s really hard to admit when you have an issue or problem. If your patterns of living isn’t really working and you want out.. if you are currently fighting a battle, as I know many are, know you aren’t alone.. It is okay to take a moment and really think about your life. Do you want to change? That’s a big step. Accepting your problems and admitting you need help takes a lot of courage and strength.

I would also sweep things under the rug or distance myself from the truth of how I was feeling. I learnt that it is okay to feel. Any emotion. Feeling is so important.I think we should also feel our emotions whether good or bad because everything can change. We can move forward and move on. It is a choice. It’s our choice.

Even if you aren’t at this point yet, I assure you you’ll get there. Change is really scary. It is.. but what is eben scarier is feeling trapped and unhappy for years.. You are so important and worthy of your own happiness. You don’t need someone else to validate your worth. ❤ 

Since the time change I have been extremely exhausted. Alison hasn’t been sleeping as well as she use to and it’s surely been taking its toll of me.. all I remember is that every night I get woken up there’s always something positive to think about. Why? Because there is so many amazing things happening right now. I just have to look around and see it. You can too ❤

Love yours, 

Michelle Xox

22 things I have learned in 22 years.

love yours,

This is inspired by an earlier post of 17 things. It isn’t my birthday, but i am 22. I want to look at all i have done in my life.. In these 22 years I have learned things. Many things that have shaped me into who I am today. I encourage you everyday to take time for yourself and to think of things you are proud of. Things you know and are sure about yourself.

1. I have learned that it is OKAY to be confident and to love yourself.

  • You always here “It’s okay to not be okay.” Which so true and you really need to realize this before you realize that it’s okay to be OKAY and to be HAPPY. I think we forget that it’s okay to smile and feel good about ourselves and our lives.. We often play the role of victims always wanted sympathy from…

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