Growing – A to Z Challenge

A to Z Challenge letter: G

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Growing

My two posts today have been about Growing up. I like to believe you can grow in at least 3 ways; height, age, maturity. It doesn’t mean we all do our growing at the same time or we all get to achieve it. I don’t know when I stopped growing in height, I still want to believe I’m getting a bit taller every year :p. For the curious cats out there, last time I checked I was 5’3” (or 5’2”). I don’t really care about height, unless I’m trying to reach for something that is high; I don’t like to grab ladders, it’s too much work sometimes (talk about laziness). In reality,science says I won’t get any taller, but my hip bones might get wider, and if you want my honest opinion, I do not give a flying… yeah that word I never say (I don’t swear).

Having said that, it brings me to the topic of ageing, and that my friends is something we will do until we die, so we better try to get used to it. I’m not afraid to admit that I do feel a bit old sometimes, and I get scared of ageing, not because of wrinkles or who knows what I’ll get, but because I want to achieve every goal I have. I’m doing my best to meet my goals and I have achieved some dreams, but I want to be able to do them all. Apparently, I do not look 26. I still get carded (which is an ego boost I suppose) and people think I look 20. Perhaps, I will appreciate this fact more when I’m in my 40’s and people tell me I look 30. I’m sure my wallet will appreciate me not spending money on anti-ageing products. I may have stopped growing in height, but I will always grow in age, and that brings me to the topic of maturity.

Maturity isn’t easily achieved, and just because you get older does not mean you suddenly become mature. I’m going to speak for myself on this one, because I know everyone is different. I think one does not realize when we achieve maturity, because we never really do. That’s the beauty of it. Everyday we grow in a different way, and get thrown life lessons at us from every direction, thus changing our perspectives, and hopefully for a better us. Today, I overcame my fear of bugs, I still fear arachnids, but I overcame something today. I grew today. I learned to appreciate a bug’s life (so cute like the movie :p). I have definitely become more responsible and learned not to dwell in my own sorrows, because there is always something better out there. I do believe things happen for a reason, and as impatient as I may be, now I choose to wait, as opposed to digging myself in a hole of anxiety (oh the teenage early adult years). Maturity isn’t about a sudden change of who you are, it is about accepting that you deserve a good life and embarking on the path that you deserve.

❤ ❤ ❤ Love, Ellie ❤ ❤ ❤

Because animals are hilarious creatures – A to Z challenge

Because it is Wednesday, it’s time for another letter: (see? I even typed that letter in Bold, which starts with ‘B’).

A to Z challenge: Letter A 

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Because animals are hilarious creatures

Be loving to animals, we share the world with them. Yes, there are dangerous ones out there, and I’m not saying go give them a hug and get killed in the process. All I want to say is that you should appreciate them. I’m not fully there, yet. I loathe spiders still and I’m still trying not to squash them, but hey, baby steps! There are a lot of funny creatures out there, do you know how many times I’ve played ‘stare’ with a squirrel? Well, not many times, but when I did, it made my day. Oh! That time I saw a couple of butterflies dancing in the air (or mating, depends on how you see it), and they were beautiful. I usually see a lot of geese and ducks and most of them don’t care if I walk by them, but there are some that are very territorial. The same goes for the seagulls, who seem to have a craving every second and try to steal my food –Pfft! The joke’s on them, they’ll still be hungry after eating my food. But, it’s still hilarious. I do get annoyed sometimes by creatures like the crows. I gotta give them credit, they’re smart and sneaky! I remember one day they literally formed a flying line (like planes about to land) and stole my sandwich right out of my hand! Then, the seagulls came and they all fought for it, so that was hilarious (karma crows!).

But you see, that’s how they are and that’s how they adapt. The bees and I have been getting along for the past 2 years (knock on any piece of wood you have), and even though it is sort of my fault when they chase me (hey, I’m not going to stop wearing my colourful dresses), they seem to know they need to keep their distance. Besides, the bees make my favourite treat, honey! Isn’t it hilarious? They scare the beehives out of me, but they repay me with honey! So, it’s a win-win; they have their fun, and I have my dessert. So, it’s not all so bad, and some animals are photogenic (photographers rejoice!). Let’s give them a break, at least for today :D.

Appreciate animals and sometimes, they’ll make your day. Despite their occasional annoyance, they’ll give you something to share with others. Life’s too short, enjoy them while it lasts.

 

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^^^ not my ducks                                                                ^^^ friend’s dog

 

❤ ❤ ❤ Love, Ellie ❤ ❤ ❤

Random Photo of the Day #9…with a Story Starter!

Hi everyone! Hope you’re doing awesome today :). I try to post these random photos everyday, but I apologize if I skip a day or so. I have so many things to post about that I like to give them a priority. I believe this is my 86th post since I started this blog in February – geez, I talk too much…or should I say, write, post? no? yes? maybe?

Today’s featured photo is one I created 4 years ago, about Earth! I’m not an environmentalist (just in case you think I’m trying to recruit you into a fictitious organization) . I just think we should protect what has been given to us — you know, I don’t go around the block evil laughing and ripping off the neighbours’ lawns when I’m upset.

But, moving on. This is what I wrote as a caption for the picture: “Earth. Our beloved Earth – though taken for granted by many, it is here to let us experience its beauty and everything it has to offer. It is a gift that many generations have experienced and taken advantage of. We must all appreciate what it has given us and take a moment to absorb its beauty in our hearts. Much like in this image I have edited, step around and touch its beauty that surrounds you. Look inside its beauty and breathe the air it still offers.”

 

Story Starter: S/he contributed to the beauty of this planet…

 

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Bonus!!! Here’s a shot from high altitude 😀

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Take care and enjoy the rest of your morning/day/night 😀

 

❤ ❤ ❤ Ellie ❤ ❤ ❤

Random Photo of the Day #4…with a Story Starter!

First of all, Happy First day of Spring! It feels like an ice apocalypse here in Ontario – poor Mother Nature probably got her heart broken by an Ontarian, and now she’s taking it out on all of us – but, I checked online and it’s supposed to get better.

It’s supper time for me, and therefore I’m hungry. How fitting would it be for me to post a photo of food? How about 2 photos? Today’s post contains a bonus! How awesome is that? However, in the spirit of being inspirational, I’m going to turn these photos into a learning experience.

How many times have we gone to the supermarket and impulse bought items, only to throw them away a few days later? I used to do that, not all the time, but quite a few. Let me tell you, now I only buy what I know I’m going to eat and it has worked for me. You have to remember how luck you are for having the means to eat at least, one meal a day. Even if you aren’t sure of what to buy, just buy what you know you will eat on that day, and then go to the supermarket the following day. It also gives you an excuse to get out of the house. Preferably, walk there and enjoy your city/town 🙂

If you need some ideas for snacks, here’s a list of my favourite ones: My Top 10 snacks.

Story Starter: I am grateful for…

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Of course! The world rules my stomach!