It’s about damn time.

If you had asked me a year ago where I would have been today, I probably wouldn’t have known. And this is an odd thing for me. You see, plans are like my life source. I live and breathe checklists and itineraries and googling grad school options till 3 in the morning. I plan. Every single detail of my existence.

But the thing about planning is that life, like many other things in our universe, is completely and utterly unpredictable. Jobs fall through, friends leave, opportunities open up. So no matter how detailed I could have planned my life a year ago, I would still more than likely be someplace else.

And, if I’m honest, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I know I haven’t updated this blog in what feels like a century, and there’s reason behind it. For the past 11 months (WOW. Time flies) I have been meeting new people, creating community within my university, taking on a marketing job, cultivating existing relationships, discovering myself, and, you guessed it, planning. I have been restlessly scheduling and coordinating my next adventure for this summer. And can you guess where I’m headed?

Well, if you know even the slightest detail about me, I’m more than positive you figured it out–Korea. That’s right, I’m headed back to the beautiful peninsula that captivated my soul and stole my existence (did I mention I’m dramatic?). I will be spending my summer in the humid climate of Seoul while I attempt to rebuild what was my ability to speak the Korean language through taking evening classes at Sogang university.

I think my realization about planning and its faults has been a product of this new adventure because for the life of me, I cannot nail this trip down. Whenever one thing goes right, another goes utterly wrong. I go from being elated about an apartment being available, to finding out I can’t apply for the visa I need. And it’s been like this the whole way through, riding the waves of anticipation, happiness, then slight to severe disappointment.

Organizing this trip has been a lesson in growing up, toughening up, and embracing the difficulties. I needed this. For so many years I have tried to dictate and structure my life to meet the standards that I had set, feeling like I had to contort myself into a certain mold and live that way. That’s not a life. That’s a performance. A heavily rehearsed, memorized play in which I am the actor. And yes, if you must know, there is even a musical number (though only 1 because my singing is horrendous).

What I have realized is that this is not living. In order to truly elevate myself and become the individual I aspire to be, I need to embrace change, roll with the punches, and come out on top. I think it’s moments or events like these that really show you who you are, how you work, and what needs to improve.

So I’ve come to love the unexpected and I’ve learnt that I am resilient when my ideas don’t become a reality. It’s okay.

And so I’m looking forward to this new adventure (D-29 days!) with my neck rest, map, and positive outlook in hand. And you can bet your next paycheck that I will be documenting everything on my blog. So stay tuned!

Until next time,

Jasmine.

 

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Fitness and Fashion

Fitness and fashion. Who knew that both could work so well together?

Recently, I’ve been starting to get back into the swing of exercising and eating healthy. It’s not an easy task, but I’m up for the challenge. You see, I used to be a fitness fiend. Running everyday, constantly doing Blogilates videos. But as university crept into my life, and my free time started to rapidly deplete, I found that I no long wanted to put aside time for health. No, I did not gain the notorious “Freshmen 15” (my body doesn’t put on weight heavily, so I normally only gain 3-7 lbs, but it looks like a lot on my smaller frame), but I did find myself slowly getting out of shape. After some time, I was disappointed on how far I had let myself go. Things such as a 6km run that were easy before seemed like a marathon to me.

So I have decided that with my newly found free time over the summer, I will get back into the fitness thing, and maybe, just maybe, I’ll score that swimsuit body I’ve been waiting all my teen years for. But we’ll see.

Fitness is such a big part of the fashion world. It’s not just about going out and running. Oh no. You have to look good while doing it. Think of the whole yogi trend going on right now. There is almost this chic image to Yoga, and if you’re apart of it you’re seen as this fashionable person, who is indie and new. Yoga clothing even supports this image, with retailers such as Lululemon and TNA producing yoga (as well as other workout) wear in fresh designs and colourful pieces. It’s become a fashion genre of its own.

Personally, if I am going to work out, I know that I am bound to get sweaty and my hair will inevitably become matted. This is why I want to make sure my attire looks funky and in style. My favourite fashion piece within my workout wardrobe is my long-sleeved, turtleneck running top from Under Armour. First off, it has an optional piece at the neck to bring up over your mouth for colder days (the material is made to be breathable) and this is so convenient for winter runs. The other thing I adore about it is the design: it is magenta and navy striped, which is so interesting and different for exercise clothes. It’s just one of those pieces that makes me feel cool while wearing it.

You can literally do so much with exercise apparel. There is neon, cut-out, polka-dotted, mesh. Anything. So mix it up. Exercise is a part of a healthy lifestyle, so why not make it funky and still fashionable with the numerous interesting pieces you can find out there at your local shopping centre. Have fun with it.

Until next time,

Jasmine.

OOTD: Right on Trend

OOTD: Right on Trend

A day of shopping at BC’s biggest mall called for a spot-on outfit, accessories and all. I decided to follow the ‘it’ trend this season–the classic duo of black and white–from head to toe. To add some dimension to the … Continue reading