Morning Musings: The Waiting Game

Sometimes I feel like I’m always waiting for something to happen. Whether it’s something as small as waiting for the weekend, or as big as waiting to pack my bags and move into my next temporary home; I never quite feel like I’m in the present.
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Mother’s Day Brunch!

I just had such a nice weekend with my family. Living in Toronto with my parents in Atlanta sometimes gets a little bit lonely even if I am with my friends. My Dad took a visit up to Toronto on Saturday, and we decided to take a trip to London, Ontario to visit my Grandparents. Since it was Mother’s Day on Sunday, we decided to go to Greenhills Golf Club for a lovely brunch to celebrate with Grandma Val! I took a couple of pictures to remember the day.
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Navy Bedroom Decor

As I mentioned yesterday, I’m hoping to redecorate my bedroom while I’m home in Atlanta! The room is painted a gorgeous shade of navy blue, and I have some really nice pieces of white furniture, which means that I have a really strong base to work with! All I need to do is put some pictures up and get some new bedding.
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Update: I found spring!

I’m done!! Second year is officially over and I couldn’t be happier. I would be lying if I said that this year was a great one… But I think I ended it on a good note. I am looking forward to a fresh start in September!
This also means a fresh start with room decorations… I absolutely love interior designing and am hoping to talk a little bit more about my ideas and plans on here from now on. I have a few rooms in my life that need a bit of sprucing up.. I’m hoping to use this blog as a bit of a virtual inspiration board while I plan everything out!
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Morning Musings: Why aren’t we happy?

With the final semester wrapping up, it’s time for me to address a question that has been lingering in the back of my mind this entire year. I hoped that by this time of year my question would have been answered, but I guess university can’t teach you everything.
Why aren’t we happy?
On Facebook, Instagram and Twitter everyone I know seems to be having a blast at university. Obviously, I am aware that what we post online is just the high-light reel. However, it always amazes me to see how the smiling faces on my Instagram feed transform into these miserable glances I see as soon as I step on campus.
I have had so many revealing conversations over the past week because people are finally coming clean about their experiences with university. The stories they tell are anything but a high-light reel. These aren’t stories of making memories and experiencing new things with amazing friends. These are stories of room-mate troubles, sexual abuse, bad teachers, financial struggles and homesickness.
Halifax has suffered an incredibly trying winter. As I look out my window now, I am still surrounded by high snow banks and ice covered sidewalks. There is no denying that part of this dull sadness that seems to have befallen this city is in part due to the lack of sunlight and greenery. But it can’t just be winter blues.
There have been many times this year that I’ve reconsidered my choice to come out to Halifax for university. Times where I’ve questioned my major, my academic intelligence, and every decision I have made to brought me to this point.
On the internet, websites like Buzzfeed and Youtube offer advice on how to be happy. It seems like most of the population has realized that while on screen we may have an ideal lifestyle, reality just doesn’t compare.
So why can’t we talk about this? Why am I only finding out now that people all around me are fighting to hold in issues I have wanted to talk about all year? What are we doing to change this reality?
I honestly don’t have an answer for these questions.
Sincerely, Rowan
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Letting Go

At some point in our lives, there will be a time when we find ourselves saying goodbye to someone that is important to us. This could be as final as a break up, or as temporary as taking space for a few months to collect yourself.

We’ve heard it countless times that in order to make ourselves happy, we need to do everything we can to let go of negative influences. As much as it hurts, sometimes this means letting go of someone you care about.

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What’s In My Bag: Travel Edition

Reading week is almost here! I couldn’t be happier… The past month and a half of school have crawled by. I’m lucky enough to be heading to Toronto to visit my boyfriend, Adam! I’m leaving a few days earlier than reading week starts, because it is our two year anniversary on February 10th! This will be the first time that we have ever been able to celebrate our anniversary together, on the actual day. Seriously. I’ve been away for our one month, six month, one year, and year and a half anniversaries. Skipping a few days to spend the evening on our anniversary is well worth it!

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Baby, it’s cold outside…

Holyyyyy

I know we’ve had a few cold days this year already, but none of them have hit me as hard as this one. I have been absolutely freezing all day! It made me think of a few things I like to do to keep myself warm during these endless winter days.

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New Year, New Me?

We’ve all heard it a million times. As soon as the ball drops on New Year’s Eve, and after all the hugging and reminiscing about last year is over, everyone begins working on their “new” life.
The whole, “New Year, New Me” attitude has completely taken over our society. We obsess over becoming happier, more active, kinder and more accomplished every year, and then bear the weight of feeling like a failure when we fail to meet these resolutions.
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Under the Weather: A Playlist

Let’s face it. Being sick during the holidays is the worst. I spent the majority of my day in bed today watching “The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants” and drinking tea. Believe me, it’s not as good as it sounds.
Feeling under the weather is never fun, but there are ways to turn an uncomfortable sick day into a day filled with relaxation.
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