Sunday, April 29, 2012

The psychology of color

 Psychology of Color [Infographic]
Courtesy of NowSourcing, Inc

Friday, April 27, 2012

The Dalai Lama’s Message To The Students Of Hawaii!

They prepared the stage for His Holiness to arrive by filling it with break-dancing boys and girls dancing with gusto, playing guitars and singing. We were in Honolulu, awaiting an appearance by the 14th Dalai Lama, spiritual head of Tibetan Buddhism and Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist, at an event put on byPillars of Peace.
The event began with ukulele player Jake Shimabukuro who talked about how His Holiness had inspired him with his message of simplicity. To demonstrate, he removed one string of his ukulele and played with only three — showing that even with three strings, there was a lot he could do. He finished by saying that to make music, you must create it inside, before you can bring it outside.
Then the soulful Pam Omidyar, who founded this event together with her husband Pierre, took the stage to introduce the Dalai Lama. Omidyar reminded the 9,000 high-school students in the audience that by the time the Dalai Lama was their age, he had already been exiled from his country, Tibet, and had obtained the equivalent of a Ph.D. in Buddhism.
When the Dalai Lama came out he began by simply bowing — he bowed to Pam, to the singer on the stage, and to the audience. To see him, the embodiment of compassion, bow so genuinely was humbling. It made me want to stand and bow, too.
He was draped in wreathes of Hawaiian flowers, and began by saying that while he loved them, they were too heavy on his shoulders. He took them off, leaving one on as a gesture of respect.
The Dalai Lama started his talk by saying, “You are my brothers and sisters, and I speak to you from that place, because we are all the same.” When he said it, it resonated with everyone out to the last row of the stadium. That is what makes being in his presence transformational: He is so at ease with himself, he puts his audience at ease, too. You sense his authenticity and as he talks there is an overwhelming sense that he embodies the words he is saying.
He explained to the students that there are two levels of compassion: the biological compassion that we feel for our family, our friends, and our loved ones — and then the more substantial compassion which you can extend it to strangers and then to even your enemies.
He asked us all to begin by trying to cultivate it for someone we don’t know very well, and then to extend it to total strangers.
He talked about the gap between perception and reality — how people read a situation by projecting their own emotional baggage, which causes distortion. That is why he emphasized that we all must strive to have transparency in our interactions with people. Otherwise there is mistrust, which causes fear, which can then develop into frustration, anger and violence.
If developing compassion is something we can teach ourselves, then the Dalai Lama’s message is essentially “educating the heart” — an education that is not merely about developing the mind and getting good grades. Rather, it is about fostering an environment where we can learn empathy.
Too often, our society encourages competition and only values power. The result of an education that teaches those skills, I worry, will be insecurity and isolation. True confidence, however, comes from being compassionate to others– which is the main foundation of educating the heart.
The century of our generation has passed — it is now the next generation’s chance to do better than this generation has done, to create a society of connectivity and compassion.
When the Dalai Lama finished speaking, he bowed again and all the students stood and gave him a long, standing ovation. As everyone filed out, I felt grateful for the opportunity to spend time with this amazing man, and to gain a little more understanding of how we can educate our hearts. As we boarded the bus, the wind blowing in the trees made them look a bit like they were bowing, too.


To read more about how to unbind your heart at where you can download the guided meditation.

For more by Agapi Stassinopoulos, click here.
Hibiscus / Hibisco

Visual inspiration by: Mastin Kipp 

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Adorable printable cupcake flags

Click on the link to this amazing website called Love vs. Design. These are SO adorable and I can't believe these are free! 

{Free Printable} Watermelon Thank You Notes

{Free Printable} Watermelon Thank You Notes

Check out this amazing blog with tons of free printables! Seriously, I love this girls graphic design style.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Trading Tortoise

This project called the Trading Tortoise is so awesome. I can't really explain it in my own words because it has an actual plan and proposal. Definitely check out the website for more information! 

P.s. in June they are having a show in Toronto! That sounds like a total blast and I'd love to go! Look at the website for more information :)

The Secret to Happiness

Friday, April 20, 2012

Thursday, April 19, 2012


Sprinkles by Lee Crutchley | Quoteskine
Sprinkles, a photo by Lee Crutchley | Quoteskine on Flickr.


Untitled by meagan f
Untitled, a photo by meagan f on Flickr.

Urban View: Traffic in Hanoi

An array of motorbikes crossing Long Bien Bridge on the Red River in Hanoi, Viet Nam
Half of the world’s population lives in urban environments. One billion people, one out of three urban dwellers, are living in slum conditions today. Providing them with better housing and education will be one of the great challenges facing a world of 7 billion people and counting.
Photo ID 490555. 29/06/2011. Hanoi, Viet Nam. UN Photo/Kibae Park.


Untitled by whygeorgie
Untitled, a photo by whygeorgie on Flickr.


Untitled by whygeorgie
Untitled, a photo by whygeorgie on Flickr.


Untitled by whygeorgie
Untitled, a photo by whygeorgie on Flickr.

I'm obsessed with the mess that's America!


Sxephil !

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Sunday, April 15, 2012

walk this way to the horizon

Somewhere Only We Know

Somewhere Only We Know  by Time to Live
Somewhere Only We Know , a photo by Time to Live on Flickr.

enter my world

enter my world by Time to Live
enter my world, a photo by Time to Live on Flickr.

magic shop

magic shop by Glen.m
magic shop, a photo by Glen.m on Flickr.


Untitled by . Entrer dans le rêve
Untitled, a photo by . Entrer dans le rêve on Flickr.


Yorkshire by st_hart
Yorkshire, a photo by st_hart on Flickr.

Gene & Jill

Gene & Jill by Collin Hughes
Gene & Jill, a photo by Collin Hughes on Flickr.

Orange and fire.

Orange and fire. by Marina W. S.
Orange and fire., a photo by Marina W. S. on Flickr.

First Date.

First Date. by theseyoungarchies
First Date., a photo by theseyoungarchies on Flickr.

banksia rose

banksia rose by breeze.kaze
banksia rose, a photo by breeze.kaze on Flickr.

The things about life that I've learned is that you're going to get hurt. You're going to have crazy nights and cry yourself to sleep for hours. You're going to suffer some kind of heartbreak, some kind of life loss. But you will also have those moments where you heal. Those moments are the best. You feel like you smile for the first time again. You feel like you're alive again. 
Life just kind of restarts.  
"How did it happen that their lips came together? How does it happen that birds sing, that snow melts, that the rose unfolds, that the dawn whitens behind the stark shapes of trees on the quivering summit of the hill? A kiss, and all was said."

- Victor Hugo

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Officially had my last class in first year of university!

I can't believe that my first year has pretty much ended. Its honestly crazy! I can't believe I made it to this point. This year I really noticed that no matter what happens, the world always keeps spinning, with or without you. You just have to keep on treading and make the best out of every moment. 

I've had some really good times recently. Going out with Jannis to frat parties, meeting my best friends boyfriend, going on adventures downtown, and so many more. I'm going to miss all those late nights of working on a project late at school with my best friends, KK, JJ, and Jannis. Yeah its stressful in the moment, but looking back it was all so worth it. 

School wouldn't even be an option if I didn't have these people. I would seriously die of boredom in a lecture without Kristen or Jannis, and how could I ever edit things without Jeff? It wouldn't be any fun if Jeff wasn't there for me to gross out! Who would I play pranks on Kristen with? I wouldn't have anyone to give my leftovers to! I love these three people to death and I wouldn't be here in this place right now. You guys have made my first year bearable! 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

LOVE HIM! Toronto represent!

I'm so happy that GG is doing well & he has all this going for him. Greg totally deserves it, like what a genuine good guy.

I really want him to do a new season of The Avenue and have a meetup in Toronto. That would be a blast!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Happy Easter!

Well, it seems as though the semester is already coming to an end. One 1 more week of school until exams. I really can't believe it. It seems like yesterday where I was crying about my boyfriend in september, now its April and I'm sitting here in shock. Time really does go on without everyone. The world kept turning without me.
I have finished most of my projects, there is still one left. This semester was so hard for me. I'm glad that with all the shit that I've been going through, I'm almost finished my first year in university.
This summer is going to be the best one ever. I'm going to take chances and really put myself out there. Last summer was just totally brutal, I have to make up for it by going all out this summer. This includes talking to new people, going out every night, acting ridiculous, having fun no matter what. I want to just drive to the beach, relax on the beach all day, dance all night. This summer is going to be different.
Recently I decided I am going to cut one of my best friends out of my life. I'm doing this because both of us have just changed so much, we have nothing to even talk about. All she does is hang out with her boyfriend. She wasn't there for me when I needed her the most. It is unfortunate because we were friends since grade 3.