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Good Morning

There was a fluffy pink stripe of a cloud sashaying across the sky this morning, arcing over the vibrantly bright crescent moon, with the pinks and oranges of a sunrise on fire in the background on the horizon, emphasizing the silhouetted forest of naked trees. I would have stopped to take a picture but I was too busy marveling.

Getting up early has its perks. Good morning! 

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Painted Poinsettias

While eating breakfast in my favourite diner minding my own business, feeling rather icky, and pondering life, an elderly English lady appeared beside me, cane in hand, jarring me out of my thoughts.

“Excuse me, I’m sorry to bother you. I’m an artist, and I noticed while sitting over there that you have the most beautiful profile. With the sunlight hitting you at this angle and the lovely poinsettias behind you, you’ve inspired a painting. May I spend a few minutes sketching you?”

I blinked up at her a few times registering this request, and then of course consented. Only after I paid for my breakfast, bid the lady good day, and went on my merry way, did I think about the fact that I will likely never see this painting. No matter, though – the moment itself was enough for what I needed today. Thanks, Universe! Xo

 

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Appreciation > Melancholia

deskI happened upon some snow graffiti on my way to work one afternoon.

Very sensitive to the injustices of our world, perpetually perturbed by misguided societal morals, and a penchant for melancholia (as well as the Oxford comma), I’ve had to make the mindful decision of carving out a little happiness for myself. By cultivating a deep appreciation for the world around me, the benefits given me, and the time allowed me, I’ve opened myself up to all of the good, in order to combat all of the bad. Taking in all of my home city’s unique urban culture, engaging daily with nature, celebrating art in all its glorious forms, respecting friendships, family, and myself, gastronomy, astronomy, and autonomy… all of these things are worth focusing on. I hope to gain a better perspective by habitually practicing gratitude, appreciating and documenting my experiences, and creating a safe space in which to circle back to should I lose some of my sparkle. If by doing so I can inspire other wayward, wavering individuals to keep in perspective all of the enchanting rosiness that life has to offer – even better.

“You are not a mess. You are a feeling person in a messy world.”
~Glennon Doyle Melton