Find your light in the dark and never let go! This post will be a bit of a longer read. I've touched on my thoughts about happiness before, but not in much detail, including my personal experiences and why photography is so important to me.
Many people struggle with happiness. In their struggles, they search in the wrong places. Alcohol. Relationships. Drugs. Videogames. One of the hardest lessons in life to learn is how to be happy, and how to be happy without relying on a form of escape. There is no one to teach this, unlike geography or chemistry which are taught in school.
Instead, happiness has to come from within. Through your successes and (probably many) failures, your experiences are the best tool available. For me, picking up the camera over five years ago was the best thing to ever happen to my life. I had other hobbies before, but never anything like photography. Photography changed the way I see the world.
The dew droplets on leaves on a chilly morning. The fog on an otherwise dark night. The pouring rain blanketing the lush forests. Photography made me appreciate the beauty of all the little things and it taught me how to be happy. It's amazing looking back at myself 6 or 7 years ago and seeing how much I've changed.
Back then, I was almost a completely different person. I never slept, didn't care about anything (including myself), barely felt anything, had no self-confidence, had anxiety for things as simple as taking the bus and played videogames 12 hours a day to escape my reality. But then I found photography, and slowly but surely, everything changed.
Fast forward to today. I have goals that I'm working towards, I finally know what I want to do for a career (not photography!) and love exploring the world. My trip to Baffin Island in September is basically the culmination of everything - it's my way of testing myself and pushing myself both mentally and physically. Not to mention it's one of the most beautiful places on the planet and barely anyone has been there.
Thank you for taking the time to read my words. I also hope you enjoy the image! It was not intended to be a metaphor, last night just happened to be foggy 😍
Mii mini me && fav lil travel bud! Already getting stoked thinking of travel thaaaangs for 2019! PFFT! 2019 YOE!!! Happy travel Tuesday lovies 🤓💜😘😘
We have FOUR 16 inch, live edge cheeseboards blank and ready to be customized. 🌲🧀🤗
The rest of Canada may be cooling down for the year, but on the country’s West Coast there are plenty of calm waters, warm days and beautiful sandy beaches to explore. Surfers from all over the world have been making their way to the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve since the 1960s for the breathtaking views and year-round waves. Beyond surfing, the park boasts whale watching, fire pits and multi-day treks to satisfy every outdoor adventurer!
En cette période de l’année, l’hiver et le froid s’installe sur une partie du Canada. Mais sur la côte ouest du pays, il y a beaucoup d'eaux calmes, de journées chaudes et de belles plages sablonneuses à explorer. Des surfeurs du monde entier se rendent à la réserve du parc national Pacific Rim depuis les années 60, afin d’y admirer les vues à couper le souffle et de profiter des vagues tout au long de l’année. En plus du surf, le parc est reconnu pour l’observation des baleines, les feux sur la plage et les randonnées de plusieurs jours pour satisfaire tous les aventuriers du plein air!
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If that expansion tank could just move left of the window. 🙄
Fall is not over yet... 🍁🍂🍄
I'm so glad I got exposed to magic as a young kid. I use to be so shy and had trouble talking to people. But magic has opened me up and gave me the confidence to talk to people, break the ice, and entertain 😉
It was so amazing to get out of the house and up the Duffy last weekend. Nature is truly great therapy!
The Pool House is booking up quickly!
Our spacious stuido unit on the second floor of Portage West is the perfect spot for a single night stay!
Ocean balcony view in dreams.
What makes you feel most alive?
To me, being out in the depths of nature, and challenging my limits is what makes me feel most alive and most present
B L A C K ▪️ F R I D A Y is coming up! And we are ofcourse going to honor our awesome customers with some good deals in store! We can’t let you in on too many details of exactly WHAT the deals are, but what we can tell you is that the sale starts already TOMORROW! 🙌🏼🏴😎
Sunshine and blue skies: In the rugged west coast of British Columbia, it's not a sight you see all too often, even in the summertime. But when it comes out, oh it is so glorious! 🎣 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀
Beautiful capture by @susp3nce
I’ve been excited to try this for awhile now, but lately it’s been hard to find the time. I’ve actually never had Ramen! I’m coming for you G-Men... very soon! 🍜 Also... what should I try?!
Vancouver Art Gallery Off-Site: Chinese art collective Polit-Sheer-Form office presents their first Canadian exhibition, Fitness for All. Inspired by public exercise equipment found in city squares throughout China, the work comprises of a five-piece fitness set meant to serve as sculpture while encouraging community connection and wellness. Anyone passing by can take a moment out for a workout alongside their colleague, friend, a stranger/potential new friend. (Side note: we used a more thorough version of these sets while travelling in Asia last year and loved it!) 🏃🏻♂️💪🏻 // Polit-Sheer-Form Office’s multi-disciplinary projects address the idea of “we” in a “me” world. Their activities of talking, traveling, eating, reading, and playing together form the basis of their commentary on political, cultural, and spiritual life in twenty-first century China. // Born in the 1960s and coming of age during China’s period of Culture Revolution (1964–1974), the artists represent a generation that bore witness to China’s shift from a nation upholding Communism as both its economic and political order, to one of capitalist ideals and Communist governance.
#districtlocal #ontheDLtip #fitnessforall #yvrart @vanartgallery
Love strolling in this tranquil place of natural beauty only 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver.
Day 2 of my challenge in BC lead me to an adventure in Squamish. I would be staying at my sister's place in Vancouver, driving out to Whistler to meet my family for the weekend, and finally staying at my other sister's place in Squamish so that we could all go on the 22km round trip hike to Elfin Lakes. Ambitious, but entirely doable.
The hike was not easy, steep and rocky, and in some places quite slippery as we experienced different seasons on the way up. Yet, there were people of all ages running and biking passed us. It was surely a cause for inspiration. We made it up there in about 2.5 hours and the views were spectacular. The alpine like mountains surrounding the two frozen lakes were an incredible sight. And very cool to experience in the late fall. I think this might be the farthest distance of traveled on a hike. For all the hikers out there, what's the longest hike you've been on?