Back to School Essentials!

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It’s the time of the year where we all have this sudden realization that THE SUMMER HOLIDAY IS OVER!! AHHHH!!! Oh boy, to get ready for this coming doom excitement of a new school year, and a fresh new look for a fresh new start, I’ve gathered a master list of back to school essentials for ya lovely peeps! So don’t sob in the corner yet ’cause you can go and have a big shopping spree that doesn’t even require going out!

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Beanie aesthetics

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Who said you can only wear beanies in fall/autumn and winter? Beanies are some of the cutest, multipurpose, practical and chic fashion items out there!

I remember during my teenage year, wearing beanie was a symbol of cool. It was the trendiest thing amongst peers and the most popular boys and girls would wear beanies all the time despite it being smothering hot outside. Beanies don’t just keep you warm – oh they are far more than that, they are a fashion statement. Beanies have always been fun and stylish, the IT items all year round! Time to throw it on and enjoy this little inspiration post dedicated to beanies, shall we?

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Styled it in ways that are just effortlessly cool and smart!

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Chic and vibrant, a beanie is truly the perfect addition to sharpen up your classy causal look!

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This reminds me so much of my teenage year … ahhh the good old days!

Today, we are bringing the beanie aesthetics back into the narrative, eh? The beanie looks even better styled with other knitted and winter outfits!

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Go over to Heartful Twist Shop to check out all the newest and coolest beanies and other knitting fashion items! Whoohooo!!

😉

Angela ❤

The key is Time Management!

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Yep! Stop scratching your head or pulling your hair! Read along!

We complain about not having enough time all the time. The key is time management. Unless you are the Doctor and have the Tardis! (in which case – WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?!) But seriously though, don’t you just wish that you have more time to do anything? No matter it’s for school, work, having fun, or doing nothing, there just isn’t enough time! This is such a fun topic to explore – time. People are always running out of time, being so busy that they don’t even know what they are busying for. Hong Kong people especially so. We all want more time yet how are we going to actually get more time? It’s true that we won’t be getting 25 hours a day anytime soon, but we can follow these steps below to better organize out time to make more time ourselves. 😉

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First and foremost, you have to love yourself.

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In any kind of relationships (e.g. friends, family, romantic), something that people always tend to forget or never take into account no matter how much love or dedication they’ve poured out, they somehow forget to reserve that little bit of love for themselves.

And yet, loving yourself, is really the first step in approaching a great and fulfilling life. I’m a firm believer of the saying: If you can’t even love yourself, how are you going to love others? Even the Bible has stated that “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.”(Mark 12:31), in which there is a priority. You must have been loving youself first or have even the slightest idea of loving youself, for it to relate the love when it comes to loving the neighbour.

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J’aime la vie (en France) !

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J’aime la vie ! Oui oui … Yeah … I love life (if you haven’t already known by now) – particularly though, I really do love life in France.

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The hike is hard, but the view is definitely worth it.

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I am a lover of hiking.

I have always loved nature and looking at beautiful sceneries. Though I didn’t pay much attention to this activity before, since I had always been busy with school work and all the yada yada, it was only since last year that I started picking this habit up.

Something so unique and different about hiking, is that this is essentially just taking long walks on a trail or up a mountain, yet people from all over the world just love it! And studies have shown that hiking or all forms of walking have health benefits too! So what makes it so compelling?

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I enjoy hiking because I learn lessons from it that I can never learn from anywhere else. Seriously. I learn worldliness from hiking. It really is that big of a deal for me (what can I say, I’m a drama queen). The nature is just so good. When I come to think of it, this world is all that we have, all the life source and beauty come from this thing around us – the nature! When you’re walking on a trail and you get to really see, sniff, touch and be intimate with the plants and bushes and flowers and trees and birds and dirt, it just takes away all the worries and stress from you. It takes away the entire world for you even, and puts you into a universe where there’s no limit – where we are back to the most basic, the most primitive, the most innocent; where everything is organic and raw, non-judgemental and simply, breathtakingly generous. What better world than a world like this? The view and rewards after the long hike is definitely worth all those hours of hard walk.

And due to my inner philosophical nerd, I love a constant reminder of the vastness of the world, of the universe, so that I get to learn and try to be more humble and appreciative at all time.

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Everyone knows the health benefit of hiking or any other activities that require you going outside and moving your muscles, (whether people actually attempt those is a matter of an entire different blog post) so I don’t need to bore you with these facts and advice.

But hiking is just so addictive. You go there once and you would long to go again! It is that magical. I think the core of it is that you just don’t realise that you’ve been exercising and it really helps the whole thing. We all know exercising helps to boost your mood along with all the hundreds of positive effects; plus having buddies and friends going hiking with you, talking and having fun, it is just a walking picnic!

That feeling when you’ve reached the top of the mountain with your buddies by your side, at that moment it’s as if you guys can really take over the world and are ready for another exciting adventure. It is as if all the opportunities and blessings are within the grasp of your fingertips, it is as if all the bad days and the snarky bosses are just static noises that are as minimal as the spot in which you guys started your hike.

And all of a sudden everything seems to be okay. All of a sudden you know that everything is going to work out fine. And this is definitely not the end of the world – because the world is too beautiful to quit just yet.

Hike away, my friends.

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Angela ❤

Wherever you go, there you are.

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 Today I have a rather important subject, I want to talk about choices in life. Better yet, the choices to a life that you well deserve.

I was always a bit of a nerd about anything philosophical, and I always love inspirational things – not the cheesy type, the groovy type. Yeah. And the other day I came across this quote in Reddit and showed below that I resonate so much with, like in a really deep personal level – and I even think that this is actually what most people in this world should read and take note of. WARMING: The quote requires a bit of a brain exercise before reading. Viewer discretion is advised. (hahah)

So here it is:

“I refuse to tiptoe through life and arrive quietly at my death. I decided a long time ago that I would not be one of those guys. No matter how much effort or pain or sacrifice it took, I refuse to settle. I refuse to not actively take part in my life, instead of just going with the flow and finding myself in a place where I looked up and thought “I am so unhappy with my life. How did I get here?” But here’s the thing: It is very easy to get there without realizing how you got there. Maybe our culture does a poor job of making its youth understand that getting life right is very hard. It requires a lot of skills to be a success, more than anything, it demands that you be two things: determined to find a path to your personal success, and courageous enough to take it, despite the consequences. Think to yourself: How many people do you know that you can really describe that way? Not many. That’s the bad news. The good news is that it’s a choice. Success truly is a choice. Every single day, with every single action and every single decision, you pick your own path. Do you read something that educates you instead of watching your tenth Seinfeld run-run? That’s a choice. Do you go to the gym like you want to, or do you just drink a Diet Coke and sit on the sofa? That’s a choice. Do you go start cooking like you’ve always said you wanted to, or do you just put it off for another day? That is a choice. Every day you make hundreds of these choices, and when you are 40 and look up to find yourself in a shitty life that you don’t like, you have no one to blame but yourself.”

Nothing is fresher to read in the morning than some quality quotes telling me to start making the right choice, am I right?

Here is another short one:

“It’s the internal dialogue. Until you figure out what it is that you want out of life and begin taking the serious, and sometimes risky, steps to make those things happen, you’re just chasing phantoms.”


And with that, I will leave you here to ponder.

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Lots of love,
Angela

Just Say Yes

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How often do we miss certain opportunities in life and recall events just to mentally hissed “stupid!” to ourselves? Well, at least that happened to me more than I care to admit.

I try not to put my sob story out here since this is supposed to be a positive blog (duh); but i will, however, share the conclusion that i came up with after missing all those amazing opportunities and is now trying to participate and live a full life as much as possible with the best of my ability.

So many times i turned down invitations and events just because i was scared. Yes. i admit it. And I’m not ashamed of saying that, acknowledging your mistake is the first step to preventing it from happening again in the future. Being an anxious kid for most of my life (still am, but getting better), I just didn’t think that i would be happy or comfortable in those situations nor could i handle myself justly. It took many years and hindsight for me to realize how much memories and experience i had wasted away just because i was scared to say “yes”. Other times i back out due to having low confidence in myself, essentially. I always felt like i didn’t deserve to go to those events or accept the invitation, that i didn’t think i would be a good company for the person who invited me, that it felt like the end of the world if it didn’t turn out a perfect event for a perfectionist like me – and i can tell you right now, it is NOT the end of the world even you didn’t enjoy that event. I repeat, it is NOT. And now that i’m older and (hopefully) wiser, and i know that i should embrace my ignorance and inexperience; and mostly, to embrace the imperfection. ‘Cause being perfect is boring, am i right? 😉 that is precisely why i need to experience more, otherwise 40 years from now i will still be pondering about the “what ifs” or “could haves”.  Never over think or let the false imagination get the better of you, And never let fears make your decision. As cheesy as it sounds, you really only live once. So, go for it.

Now i am not about to ask you to blatantly say yes to literally anything and everything including a suspicious guy handing you a drink – what i am saying is, whenever there is an opportunity, take it. Don’t second guess yourself, don’t stress over it and be anxious about it, chances are, a year from now, you will be glad that you took it and you will be thanking yourself for seizing the opportunities as opposed to banging your head against the wall and cursing for letting the opportunity slip away. Regret truly is the most dreadful thing.

If you are still not convinced, here is a little quote:

“Although humans are said to be the most intelligent species, we’re the only ones who are so darn self conscious that we sacrifice what we want because we’re afraid we won’t get it.”

 

So, YES.

 

Lots of love,

Angela