Positive Self-talk

Self-talk is something we do all the time. I’ve been practicing positive self-talk for a while now, and I thought I’d share what I have with others trying out positive self-talk. Positive self-talk makes me feel good and helps me see a situation from different perspectives. Getting used to sticking to a habit can be a bit hard in the beginning, but with a bit of practice it’ll definitely work. 

Here are a few examples of negative statements I am trying to turn into positive ones. 

Negative Self-talkPositive Self-talk
I can’t do this, it’s impossible.A bit hard, but I’ll give it a go.
This is too hard. I give up.I just need to practice a little more.
I made a huge mistake.Everyone makes mistakes, that’s how we learn and grow.
How can I be so stupid.I am ok just the way I am.
I’m not good at this.I still need a bit more practice.
I don’t want to talk in front of many people.Just take a deep breath and you’ll be fine.
I feel sad and lazy today.I am in charge of how I feel. I will choose joy and happiness today.
They will laugh at me if I lose.It doesn’t matter what other people think. I’ll do my best.
I’m not going to get any better at this.I just need some more practice.
I’ve never done this before and I’ll be bad at it.There’s a first time for everything. It’s an opportunity to try something new.

Not a lot, but just a little something I decided to start with. Taking care of our mental health is really important and I believe positive self-talk does help with stressful situations in our lives.  My goal is to get better at positive self-talk.

Have you tried positive self-talk?

Camping in Tofino

I went camping in Tofino with my family last month. It was such an amazing trip that I completely forgot about reality, I forgot that I was even going back to school, I forgot about COVID and what was going on in my life (ok, not completely, but ya’ll get the point). 

Tofino is one of Canada’s most popular tourist destinations with gorgeous beaches, national parks and coastal art and culture. It is a small coastal town on Vancouver Island.

Image Credit: S Malla

Ferry/Driving

Since Tofino is on the island, we had to take the ferry. We left home at around 6 am to the Tsawwassen ferry terminal, about 45 minute drive from our house. Then we boarded our ferry at 7:30 am, and the ferry took exactly two hours to reach Duke Terminal in Nanaimo. After that, it’s almost three hours of driving from Nanaimo all the way up to Tofino. We stopped at Port Alberni for about half an hour for the washroom and coffee. I got a chocolate milkshake that tasted like vanilla ice cream in chocolate milk. It wasn’t worth wanting to drink something cold. I felt that we should have gone to Tim Horton’s instead. Altogether I think we travelled about five and half hours including ferry and driving by car.

Tent set up

As soon as we got to the campsite, we cleaned up the area a bit and set up all tents one by one. We got a new tent this time, it’s taller, so it felt more spacious. I helped to set up the sleeping mats and sleeping bags in the tent. It’s fun to set up the tents and the camp area. Altogether there were five tents since we went with family friends.

Image Credit: S Malla

Food

After the campsite set up, we had lunch. The campsite we stayed at didn’t allow keeping food out while we weren’t there or overnight because of bears in the area. So there was lots of effort taking food out and putting them back again in coolers and then in a car. Unlike other times going camping, this time we decided to spend less time on food prep and spend more time doing activities. So, most of our meals were sandwiches, burgers and barbeque. We ate momo (Nepali style dumpling, not the statue) with sauce for dinner on the first day, though.

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Explore the area

On the first day, we went to Amphitrite Point Lighthouse. It was kind of gloomy that day but the lighthouse was still nice, especially the waves around it. While we were hiking around the trail near the lighthouse, we could hear the whistle buoy (it sounds like a foghorn) the entire time. It’s activated by the wave action of the ocean and is louder when the sea is rough.

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On the second day, we wandered around the city for a while. We visited the Himwitsa Native Art Gallery, owned and operated by local First nation members. I got a pair of super cute earrings with a wolf print on them. We also got fish and chips from a local fish and chips fry, just so that we didn’t have to go back to the campsite again. It was actually pretty good, they even put a fried pickle in the package and it was sooo good. I’d actually wanted to try fried pickles for so long (I’m a pickle lover), but that’s besides point.

Beaches/Forests

Tofino is mainly known for its waves and there are literally the biggest waves there. The beaches are gorgeous. We went to Long Beach on the second and third days. It is the longest sand beach on the west coast of Vancouver Island, stretching over 16 kilometers. I saw lots of surfers, kayakers, swimmers, walkers and book readers enjoying the beautiful beach. I plan on going surfing there next year. Tofino is the home to one of the best surfing areas in the country. We also visited Wickaninnish and Cox Bay beaches and they were not that crowded like Long beach.

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Pacific Forest running to the edge of the beach was beautiful. Pacific Rim National Park, located in Clayoquot Sound, is one of UNESCO’s protected Biosphere Reserves.

Campfire/Smores

No camping is complete without smores. We were not allowed to use logs for campfires due to the restrictions to prevent wildfires. So, we used a propane camp campfire for smores. (They were so good, but a bit hard to eat because of my braces)

So that’s how my camping trip went. We felt that three days wasn’t enough, should have stayed more. I forgot to mention, on the day we were returning, we were five minutes late for our reservation for the ferry (we should report 30 minutes prior to departure to a secure reservation spot). We lost our reservation,  and had to wait about two hours at the terminal to board the 11:45 pm ferry, and we ended up getting home at around 2:30 am. That was also an experience, and it wasn’t that bad either. So yeah, it was a pretty memorable trip.

Have you ever been camping?

Vogue’s 73 Questions

Heya!

I apologize for not posting the past two weeks. I was really tired after acting classes and volleyball. And I went camping in Tofino on the weekend. I will write about my camping experience in Tofino in another post. Anyway, I am doing Vogue’s 73 questions in today’s post, inspired by one of my favourite bloggers, Poorwa, who also did this a while ago. I chose the ones I liked the most from the Vogue website.

  1. On a scale of 1-10, how excited are you about life right now? Probably an 8 isn’t up nor down.
  2. What’s one thing people don’t know about you? I can get irritated really easily. 
  3. What’s your wake-up ritual? Brush my teeth, wash my face, go back to bed
  4. What’s your go-to bed ritual? Brush my teeth, skincare, say goodnight to my parents, go to bed, listen to music, read a book, lights out, lie down until I fall asleep.
  5. What’s your favorite time of day? On sunny days late evening, on rainy days around 5-6 am. I love the sound of rain, especially if it’s raining a lot, it’s calming.
  6. Dream country to visit? Bora Bora.
  7. What’s the biggest surprise you’ve had? My 11th birthday surprise was in a parking lot social distancing with each other since we weren’t allowed to invite anyone due to the pandemic.
  8. Heels or flats/sneakers? Sneakers all the way.
  9. Vintage or new? Vintage, it gives a vibe, but new is always nice too.
  10. Who do you want to write your obituary? That’s something I am not going to think about for the next 80 years.
  11. Style icon? Zendaya, 100%.
  12. What are three things you can’t live without? My family, my friends, and lotion.
  13. What’s one ingredient you put in everything? Salt.
  14. What’s your biggest fear in life? Death.
  15. Window or aisle seat? Aisle. When I was younger I loved the window seat, but now it just gives me headaches.
  16. Favorite app? This is a thing….
  17. Secret talent? Don’t’ really think this is a secret anymore, but I can do weird things with my eyebrows.
  18. Most adventurous thing you’ve done in your life? I can’t remember.
  19. How would you define yourself in three words? Talkative, weird, nice
  20. Favorite piece of clothing you own? Tie-dye tee from Aeropostale.
  21. Must have clothing item everyone should have? Crew-neck.
  22. Superpower you would want? Time Travel.
  23. What’s inspiring you in life right now? Night views and quotes.
  24. Best piece of advice you’ve received? “When you feel like quitting, remember why you started…”
  25. A book that everyone should read? “The War that Saved my Life” By Kimberly Brubaker Bradley.
  26. What would you like to be remembered for? Helping change someone for good.
  27. How do you define beauty? What’s on the inside, anyone can change the outside.
  28. What do you love most about your body? Everything, it’s important to love your body no matter what. Don’t listen to people who make fun, take care of your body.
  29. Best way to take a rest/decompress? Sit somewhere with a nice view, turn soft music on, have your favourite drink and just watch. For me, it would be going to the beach in the evening, sitting in the trunk, watching the water and listening to nature.
  30. Favorite place to view art? The beach.
  31. If your life were a song, what would the title be? This is way too hard to think of. My life is ups and downs.
  32. If you could master one instrument, what would it be? The guitar. I play it, but I’m not the best.
  33. If you had a tattoo, where would it be? On my finger, but something small and cute.
  34. Dolphins or koalas? Koalas. (This was such a hard decision)
  35. What’s your spirit animal? Hummingbird, according to my sixth grade teacher and my friends, but it’s also pretty accurate. 
  36. Best gift you’ve ever received? I’ve received many nice gifts there isn’t a best one.
  37. What’s your favorite board game? Snakes and ladders (It reminds me so much of my childhood)
  38. What’s your favorite color? Blue.
  39. Least favorite color? Olive green.
  40. Diamonds or pearls? Diamonds.
  41. Blow-dry or air-dry? Air dry, less frizzy 
  42. Pilates or yoga? Pilates. 
  43. Coffee or tea? Coffee.
  44. What’s the weirdest word in the English language? Bumfuzzle: Being confused or causing confusion.
  45. Dark chocolate or milk chocolate? Dark chocolate.
  46. Stairs or elevator? Stairs, elevators make me sick, but if I’m tired or there’s too much stair then elevator.
  47. Summer or winter? Fall.
  48. You are stuck on an island, you can pick one food to eat forever without getting tired of it, what would you eat? Apple chips or yogurt. 
  49. A desert you don’t like? Cassava cake.
  50. A skill you’re working on mastering? Volleyball.
  51. Best thing that happened to you today? Getting Starbucks. 
  52. Worst thing to happen to you today? Skinning my knee. 
  53. Best compliment you’ve ever received? You always make me smile. 
  54. Favorite smell? Lavender. 
  55. If you made a documentary, what would it be about? My life. 
  56. Last piece of content you consumed that made you cry? Can’t remember. 
  57. Lipstick or lip gloss? Lip gloss
  58. Sweet or savory? Savory.
  59. Song you can listen to on repeat? Slower, or Rubberband. Both by Tate McRae 
  60. If you could switch lives with someone for a day who would it be? Zendaya. 
  61. What are you most excited about at this time in your life? Graduating Seventh grade. 
  62. Your go to for having a good laugh? Old pictures. 
  63. Your affirmation for today? I love myself for who I am. 
  64. Favorite fashion trend of all time? Collared shirt, under a crew neck, with baggy pants. 
  65. What do you usually order in Starbucks? A Mocha Cookie Crumble Frap with extra mocha drizzle. 
  66. What is something you always travel with? A  hairbrush. 
  67. How many nicknames do you have? Probably three. Adi, Diya, Avacado. 
  68. First thing you thought of this morning? Shopping.
  69. Something you do every morning without fail? Go back to bed.
  70. What’s something you’d tell your 5-year-old self? Don’t buy too many Barbie dolls.
  71. Something that is always in your bag? Lip balm
  72. Craziest thing you’ve ever done in your sleep? This was kind of recently, in May I went camping with family and the second night, I fell asleep and apparently woke up, patted my dad’s knee, counted to three and went back to sleep. 
  73. Zodiac sign? Scorpio.

Honestly, it might have taken a bit of time to answer these questions, but it was really fun. I hope you enjoyed reading my answers and you should definitely give this a try!

Superpowers I’d Want, If they Existed

Have you ever thought about what kind of superpower you want? Well, I know I have not, but now that I think about it, if I could have three superpowers, I’d want shape-shifting, time travel, and mind-reading. 

First, shape-shifting. I would be able to be anything, including a wrapper.  I’d also easily be able to blend into the environment around me. For example, if I was in a hide and seek game and couldn’t find anywhere to hide, then I could shift into something that blends into the environment, or if a stranger was chasing me, I could turn a corner and shape-shift into something around there.

The second superpower I’d want to have is time travel. The future has been one of the greatest mysteries that no one has ever been able to solve. If I could see the future, I could avoid putting too much effort into something that would probably never happen and focus on the things that is going to happen. I can help to prepare the world and get ready for it. Another reason why I want to be able to time travel is, it might sound kind of strange, but I want to look at my past and redo the things I wanted to do.

The very last and best superpower I’d want is the ability to mind-read. I want to read my friends’ minds because some of them have the most complicated minds, which drives me crazy. First off, reading someone’s mind is like reading something they wrote about you. For example, say someone had something against you or spread rumors about you, if you go into their minds, you’d know exactly what they have against you and you’d maybe be able to fix things. Secondly, there is always someone who you know that’s going through something they don’t want to tell anyone. It could be a friend, a relative, anyone really. If I could read their mind, I would be able to understand them better and may be able to help them through their struggles. And the last reason I’d want to mind read is, I just think that invading someone’s thoughts would be fun in a good way (not trying to be rude, it’s my opinion), but their privacy matters too. 

Superpowers aren’t real, but this post was an if they were. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

Summer Reading

Reading is one of my favorite activities, whether I’m on vacation, camping, at the beach or curled up in my couch at home. Last summer, I read lots of books as there were not many events or outdoor activities to do, due to the pandemic. Anyway, in today’s post, I’m going to be listing a couple books on my summer reading list and a few resources you can read on.

So, here are some books on my summer reading list:

  1. 7 Habits of Effective Teens By Stephen Covey
  2. The Line Tender by Kate Allen
  3. Arise by Tara Hudson
  4. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
  5. Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
  6. The 47 People You’ll Meet in high school by Kristin Mahoney
  7. The Science of Breakable Things by Tae Keller
  8. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  9. The Luck Uglies by Paul Durham
  10. Britfield and the Lost Crown by C. R. Stewart
  11. Broken Strings by Eric Walters
  12. The Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman by Ben H. Winters

There are many online sites that provide free resources – lots of ebooks, audio books, movies, webinars and various activities. If you want to read on the internet, here are some resources:

Audible – Audible has millions of audiobooks.

Many Books – There are tons of eBooks on Many Books that are 100% free.

Open Library– They have published more than 130,000 public lists. 

Planet eBook – This site is pretty easy to navigate and is suitable for advanced or older readers.

Google Books – Google Books is a search box that has varieties of digital books. Type any book’s name in the search bar and from a drop-down list select “Free Google eBooks”.

Storynory – This site has a collection of books with audio stories that let kids read along. You can even translate the text into different languages.

Vancouver Public Library – They have tons of books, ebooks, movies, music and magazines across 21 locations in Vancouver. All members get free access to these resources.

Surrey Libraries – you can find many books and other resources on the Surrey Libraries Website. 

epic – there are many books on epic including, audio books, regular books, read along books, and it even includes videos.

I have used many of these sources and they’re all amazing. I do plan on reading a lot this summer, as I already mentioned. Anyway, what are some books on your bucket list for this summer?

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