06/07/14

quote

I am a dreamer and it’s common knowledge that I always have been.
I can perfectly remember day-dreaming in school about my future life with books everywhere in my house and creating things for a living – apparently I have not changed a bit because I still dream about it.

Dreams helped me settle goals – I dreamt of being a paid creative : I’m being paid for being creative everyday.
I dreamt of taking lettering classes, I made it happen – I’m happy I took the time to do so.

Dreaming is desiring something good (or even better) for yourself. It’s allowing you to be more positive. 

Having dreams motivates you to dare to go beyond yourself to get what you want. What’s wrong with that ? Yes, exactly :  nothing.

You tried but failed ? Get up. Try again. Don’t be afraid of failure, it will stand in your way and make your life much harder. Embrace your fear. Widen your vision. Failure make you progress. As an old poster which is going around on Pinterest says : Strive for progress, not perfection. It’s one of my life motto.

If people do say that your dream is unrealistic, just prove them wrong. You’re strong and you will get what you want. Ask them what are their dreams. Maybe they don’t have one because they are scared.

Don’t be afraid of having big dreams and ambition. You should never be ashamed of your ambitions. I can’t believe it’s a bad thing in 2014 when someone has ambition and people are saying ‘this person is bossy’ only because she DARED to settle for something bigger than others.

Dream big, accomplish something you’ve wanted to try for years. Start with a small thing, and then dream bigger. It’ll make you feel good and I’m sure your loved ones will be proud. I know mine are proud of me, and you know what? I’m pretty proud of myself.

10/05/14
Filed under : My Daily Life, Photography

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I’ve been posting a picture every single day with the hashtag #100happydays.

We live in times when super-busy schedules have become something to boast about. While the speed of life increases, there is less and less time to enjoy the moment that you are in. The ability to appreciate the moment, the environment and yourself in it, isthe base for the bridge towards long term happiness of any human being.

Basically, everyday you’ll have to post a picture of what made you happy that said day, you can post it on facebook, twitter, instagram, pinterest or tumblr.
I have started this a few weeks ago, and it has made me appreciate little tidbits of my life even more.
A couple of years ago I tried to do (two years in a row – I failed both times) the 365 projects with my DSLR camera. It was actually really painful because I was focusing too much on taking a picture of something original and pretty, and the picture didn’t reflect on my day. I was doing it the wrong way.

With this #100HappyDays project it’s completely different, I always found something good about my day so I have to take a picture of it.
I don’t say that my life is amazing & gorgeous; it’s pretty boring when you come to think of it : I am 5 days a week at the office, but even though, I always have tidbits that are brighter than others.

I love being able to look back at my days thinking « Yes – in that moment I was very happy », even though I had a dreadful day, but thanks to that photo I know that I was happy, even for a short time.

Learn more on the project on the official website. 

Are you taking the challenge ? Does it interest you ?

100HappyDays-CandiceAusten1
100HappyDays-CandiceAusten2

100HappyDays-CandiceAusten3
100HappyDays-CandiceAusten7

100HappyDays-CandiceAusten4
100HappyDays-CandiceAusten5

100HappyDays-CandiceAusten6
100HappyDays-CandiceAusten10

100HappyDays-CandiceAusten8
100HappyDays-CandiceAusten12

100HappyDays-CandiceAusten9
100HappyDays-CandiceAusten11

26/04/14
Filed under : Inspiration

Spring has always been a source of inspiration, I know it’s true for most of people, but the joy of seeing the trees blooming, the bright colours finally appealing to me (I’m all about burgundy and black in winter time) .. well that’s magical.

Anyway, I’m going to stop rambling now. I just that I thought I could do a post regrouping my favorite inspiring pictures ! I found all of them on Pinterest - it’s becoming one of my daily routine, going on Pinterest right before bed on my Kindle and pining a lot of stuff.

Hope you’ll find them as inspiring as I do!

“On soft Spring nights I’ll stand in the yard under the stars – Something good will come out of all things yet – And it will be golden and eternal just like that – There’s no need to say another word. »
- Jack Kerouac, Big Sur.

To me, Spring is mostly all about flowers, I’m utterly obsessed with peonies and tulips, as my dearest friend Lea can testify; every time I see one, it just makes me smile like an idiot!

Unfortunately I have not the credits for any the pictures, I’ve tried searching for them on google, so if you have any informations regarding the photographers, please let me know.

SenseAndSensibility-Flowers-Spring-5

SenseAndSensibility-Flowers-Spring-1
SenseAndSensibility-Flowers-Spring-2
SenseAndSensibility-Flowers-Spring-3
SenseAndSensibility-Flowers-Spring-4