Pick Me Up: Thank You

What is the one word or phrase that immediately cheers you up when you hear it?

Thank you.

It’s amazing how these two words of gratitude can instantly uplift your mood. In a time where we tend to get through our days just trudging along without feeling all that remarkable to the world outside, it’s nice to know when a person actually notices you and believes in you. For someone to acknowledge something you’ve done and appreciate you for making life a little better is one of the most rewarding feelings.

I try my best not to take good people’s good deeds for granted and to recognize acts of kindness by giving a sincere ‘thank you’ (and looking them directly in the eyes when saying it means a great deal as well).

We all need a little encouragement to know that we’re doing okay after all.

Thank you.

Image by Cutiepie Company.

A Tale Of Two Cities: NYC and LA

East Coast (Brooklyn, 2007) to West Coast (Santa Monica, 2013)
East Coast (Brooklyn, 2007) to West Coast (Santa Monica, 2013)

If you could split your time evenly between two places, and two places only, which would these be?

New York City, New York and Los Angeles, California

I am a city girl. Always have been, always will be. I was born and raised in the ‘burbs of Vancouver but constantly longed for a permanent residence in the middle of the metropolis. While I love Vancouver for its Canadian pride, earthy atmosphere, majestic natural beauty, and yes, even sometimes its rain, I sometimes feel stifled by what I believe to be its yet unfulfilled potential to be as great as it could be. People have called Vancouver the “No Fun City” for this reason.

I have only ventured to New York City and Los Angeles once each – NYC during Spring Break 2007 with my Grade 12 art class and LA last Summer 2013 by myself, both times before or after my respective graduations from school, actually – but I never felt as at home as I did during my weeks in those two cities. There are countless things to do, sights to see, and people to meet in this pair of vibrant and diverse places. You could browse through the art museums in Manhattan or go stargazing in Hollywood, and that’s just on the first day!

I was fortunate to visit New York and California during the winter and summer seasons, but I would love to experience life in both coastal cities all year ’round. Springtime in Central Park and Christmas in Southern California? Sign me up! A balance between the hustle and bustle of the City That Never Sleeps and the laid-back, take it easy vibe of the beaches of the City of Angels would combine the two lifestyles I seek. And sure, navigating these mega cities may be daunting, but I think there’s something so exciting and inspiring about being one of the millions of hopefuls who go to NYC and LA to make their dreams come true, and I wish to be part of that group.