Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Why, hello!

HI! Wow, it's been a while. This semester has been one of the fullest, most enriching times of my life. I have learnt so much that, at times, my brain felt as if it were going to explode. Thankfully, it didn't. In fact, my brain is at last taking a deep breath now that my last exam is in the past. I wanted to share a few tiny glimpses of the past few weeks. Here's what I have been up to.. 
Two scenes of my University campus: the left was taken from the library and the right was taken one very early morning while, um, walking to the library.. (Haha, I might spend a lot of my time in there).

It wouldn't be a complete update without showing you what I've been eating, now would it? ;) Smoothies and black bean brownies. Brain food, people.
Not pictured: copious amounts of notes, textbooks, and practice questions. Ahh, university. 

 Stay tuned for the beginnings of winter posts... :) 

Much love, Vivi 

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

amidst the leaves and wind

“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art.... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.” C.S Lewis

Thankful for friendship and autumn leaves and this beautiful, crisp and ever-full-of-blessings month of October.
Much love, Vivi

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

This weekend was full of multiple Thanksgiving meals (helloooo leftovers!) much family time, finishing a scarf, and preparing for a week of many midterms. I honestly love the material I'm learning (genetics and microbiology), so studying is more like a joy than anything else. I knoooow, nerdy. I am so thankful to be able to learn about creation and I'm astounded at the intricacy of it all. Here's to God's amazing creation! What are you thankful for in this season?

Much love, Vivi

Friday, 12 September 2014

September //

Just before starting to write these words, I was deep in my Genetics note taking. Chromosomes, proteins and Mendel's laws filled my thoughts and finishing off the last sentence came with a breath of release. Hello second year of University! I went to the wrong classroom twice in these past two weeks. Silly mistakes aren't only for your first year... Haha! This semester I have loaded up with Biology classes, one Psychology, a new job, and new activities outside of school. It feels like, and is, a busy time! But how wonderful is it that there is always time for a mug of tea, sniff of freshly cut herbs, or slice of walnut banana loaf? Simple things, people, they turn loaded days into joys.

Much love, Vivi

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Goal Making

I've always been a huge supporter of lists, goals, and challenging oneself. In the past I've struggled with perfection, where the goals I would make were completely unrealistic. I would feel awful if I didn't meet my lofty expectations. Thankfully I have learnt through this experience the difference between challenging oneself with goals and hurting oneself. Now, if I don't accomplish a certain goal, I simply re-evaluate! For example, at the beginning of Summer I made the goal to run at least 10k a week. Well, running on the treadmill with the kind of weather we've been having (HOT HOT) was more than unappealing. I changed my goal to doing some kind of activity four times a week and was much happier that way, AND actually enjoyed working on my goal. Life is too short to be doing something you don't enjoy.

Oh, and these photos? Somewhat unrelated.. But small reminders to myself to slow down and enjoy the beauty that surrounds me in the everyday. Now that is a goal I'll always aim for.

Much love, Vivi

Monday, 11 August 2014

A Day at the Lake

 Silver Water
A gentle breeze
Ice cream (on waffle cones) 
Much love, Vivi

p.s. I updated my "about me" page. Link is in the side bar. :)

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Living: Things to do more of

Often I think of things that I need to do less of. Less time on the computer, less negative thinking, less eating of chocolate for lunch.. etc. But the only time doing less of these things is really worthwhile is when we replace the less of something with the more of something else.
This morning I listened to a Joyce Meyer podcast and she said something that really struck me. Instead of focusing on not thinking negative thoughts, we should simply think positive ones! By doing this, there isn't any room left for negative thoughts. Positive, life-giving thoughts take up so much room that negative ones can't even make their way in.
Instead of thinking about what I shouldn't be doing, I'm changing my focus onto what I should increase in my life. Here are a few things that continue to inspire me and I hope that they may do the same for you.
More art. More creativity!
More taking action and simply doing what I love with boldness that it doesn't have to be perfect or look like Picasso.
More smiling.
More waking up praising God for the day that is.
More living in the present and enjoying each thing that I do.
More red lipstick.
More rocking the style that I love with confidence. More boldness in who I am in Christ. More natural beauty.
More comfort in my own skin.
More conversation.
 More caring about people's hearts and dreams.
More listening to what they have to say.
More brainy books. More knowledge, more truth.
More peace. More honest, simple living.
More roasted vegetables, creamy oatmeal, green tea.
More catchy music. More dancing in the kitchen to songs I've never heard before.
More forgiveness.  

Much love, Vivi