can't believe it's so simple.

Hello again, I realized this is similar post to my “treat yo self” blog post - where I get excited to share a cute Bellingham place & it turns into some sort of semi-deep reflection. I’ll try to keep it short and.. simple :)

@cecerahoerason

Gloomy Monday afternoon - calls for a R O A D T R I P ! We grabbed our passports, got in the car & headed to downtown B-ham (as the locals call it). Other wise known as Bellingham, Washington.

Mid way throughout the day I found myself SO SO content. With my surroundings, life, friends and I felt a pause that allowed me to really appreciate the simple things. As I made a mental list, I chuckled at how mundane and boring they could sound. Almost everything I was extremely grateful for was a basic need & nothing out of the ordinary for Western culture.

Today I am grateful for:

A change of scenery - discovering a new cafe that I have had an Instagram crush on since they recently opened. Since a simple way to help get your productivity or creative juices flowing.

Friends - You know how they say “you can’t choose family?” - well you CAN choose friends… and every text, interaction, time spent together or act of kindness is a choice. If you can already think of 2-3 people in your life who aren’t related to you that go above and beyond or you enjoy sharing life with - LET THEM KNOW!

Leaving room for flexibility - New school year calls for organization right? I’m currently on that scheduling/deleting/organizing train… something popular at the moment is time blocking. I woke up thinking about how productive my life would be if I was a good time blocker. Instead, today was one of those days where I unintentionally spent time with my mom, had some meetings and an afternoons where we could sit, dip a coffee, start to work and see where the day took us. Which lead to spontaneous tattoo inquiries and walks with no specific destination.

Food - Can i add coffee to this category? I’ll allow it. I’ve attached an image below and I hope it gets you hungry and excited to share a meal, cook, or order food with people you love.

its so amazing - yet. It’s so simple. .

A shift of perspective, a reminder to keep your head high, choosing joy in the midst of life’s complexity.

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Practicing simple gratitude looks like more than a brief recognizing of what “sparks joy lol”.

It can be having conversations about what you’ve been inspired by or been up to, going for coffee and surrounding yourself with people who are on board for a good time!

Thanks for having us Makeworth, your team was helpful, friendly (even got a tattoo place recommendation) & your space is beautiful.

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This is the coffee shop of my dreams. The location, the multi level, the design, the lighting - it was so simple, calm, inviting and the perfect way to spend a Monday

My Fav captured moments of 2017

WEEELL... I wouldn't call this an annual blog post since I've only ever done this once, but I figured it was a great way to capture some of my fav memories from this year. 

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2017 almost feels like.. a blur. In the sense where so many things happened that I can barely remember if that was this year or last haha.

So much has changed, there has been so much growth in my personality, community and I've gained a better sense of maturity (at least I think so) 

 

365 days ago. What the heck was I doing haha.  

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In fact I was on my way to Hawaii. I remember visiting Ella and then finding out I had the opportunity to go. So I went, out on a little journey that taught me that God was in control. I had to accept that this year was going to be unpredictable if I started it off this way. So I let God take control for 365 days and LOOK WHERE I AM NOW. I came home, had to unfortunately let go of some friends and relationships that caused me to stumble, and at the same time I gained the most amazing ones. GOD PROVIDES. Despite my emotions being up and down, this year I turned 21, surrounded by so many people who have loved on me in the most incredible ways. 

This screenshot of my feed captured some of my fav moments. 

I met the talented Kassie and I told her I was thinking of joining Village School of Ministry, next thing you know we became classmates and very close friends.

Portland was an incredible trip, God pulled through big time as we completely winged our vacation. GOD PROVIDED.

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I am so grateful to have shared fun road trips & adventures with my gal Micah - this year she started a really inspirational blog. I love that we both love spending time loving on our youth girls. 

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A few ladies I adore got married this year, Elissa & two Madi's. I forgot how fun it can be to capture a couples special day. 

I used to think, I would never cheat on Hawaii, that was my happy warm place, but In the spring I gained my an entire new perspective on California. I had only ever been to embark a cruise, I was wrong, I woke up happier than ever when I was staying in LA. I started my own freelance social media content business, and I'm excited to about what is to come in 2018. GOD WILL PROVIDE. 

 

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Missing these girls so much! xo

Missing these girls so much! xo

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Sometimes I feel like I over do it, when it comes to taking selfies, and pictures when I'm having a blast. But considering so much went on this year, it was rather nice to be able to scroll through memories. Thank you past cece for taking these pictures. 

SOME OF MY VILLAGE SCHOOL OF MINISTRY FAM - WINTER RETREAT 

SOME OF MY VILLAGE SCHOOL OF MINISTRY FAM - WINTER RETREAT 

SPONTANEOUS WHISTLER TRIP FULL OF LAUGHS! 

SPONTANEOUS WHISTLER TRIP FULL OF LAUGHS! 

THAT ONE TIME MICAH MADE US HIKE.. before... CHURCH. 

THAT ONE TIME MICAH MADE US HIKE.. before... CHURCH. 

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THIS IS CRAZY. in no means was I a qualified concert photographer, but the events I got to shoot included musical performances and this really brought me so much joy. I was up close with some of my fav artists & learning how to interact with the crowd to capture the energy of the actual concert is a craft I am still learning.

CAFE CREPE L.A MODELS - GOD PROVIDED ME WITH THIS AMAZING GROUP

CAFE CREPE L.A MODELS - GOD PROVIDED ME WITH THIS AMAZING GROUP

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- PCE OUT 2017 - 

My Fav captured moments of 2016!

HERE YOU GO, a highlight of some moments i am glad I captured this year. If I was any good at scrapbooking my album would be huge! 2016 was full of events & friends I love with all my heart.

People love/hate that I record & take pictures of everything.. from food to something ridiculous they are doing. I usually get away with it by saying it's my version of journaling?! I cherish every picture I take and do not regret the storage space that is filled up on all my devices. Careful, I also keep the embarrassing photos to use on your birthday... I think I love in the moment pictures I have been saving off of snapchat & instagram stories more than the creatives photography styled shots simply because I get a warm fuzzy flood of happiness when I come across old funny videos or pictures I took.

PHOTOGRAPHY & OPPORTUNITIES

JUNE 2016, the month I decided to take photography seriously. My dad gifted me the used Canon I had been dreaming of getting. I knew I was always the person with a camera or phone handy since high school, but never did I think I would be interested in taking photos in a professional & storytelling way. 

Aurore, thank you being my go-to model. Living so far from family is hard. I was excited to re-meet and get to know my beautiful cousin for 3 entire months! 

Aurore, thank you being my go-to model. Living so far from family is hard. I was excited to re-meet and get to know my beautiful cousin for 3 entire months! 

fav event I shot: PRINCESS tea party, i repeat PRINCESS! 

fav event I shot: PRINCESS tea party, i repeat PRINCESS! 

this gal. no words or gifts will ever be enough to thank her for her friendship this year.

this gal. no words or gifts will ever be enough to thank her for her friendship this year.

taken at: Village Collective

taken at: Village Collective

taken at: Village Collective

taken at: Village Collective

2016, my first every music festival gig!! Here's to many more?  taken at: Rifflandia , Victoria

2016, my first every music festival gig!! Here's to many more?

taken at: Rifflandia , Victoria

This may only seem exciting to me, but this year I got to meet every influencer I had always been admiring from a distance!! 

Sometimes all it takes is a quick bold moment of courage to write a message/email/DM, entering numerous contests, showcasing your best work or looking for local opportunities. I

 

JOHN DONNELlY - Him and his associates have my dream job. Watching him & the City of Surrey special events team run some of my favourite festivals so smoothly gave me clarity to what type of jobs I could put my creative and organizational skills to. They are the reason I decided events & marketing was something I wanted to purse as a career. (how I ended up at BCIT) 

TREASURES & TRAVELS - I first stepped into their cute studio for a coffee with creatives hosted by Later Media. (who has been so supportive of my photography & events passions, thank you for the amazing volunteer opportunities by the way!) Meeting Tegan & Lindsay and hearing their story inspires me to create more content! Being part of their market they curated for the Vancouver Mural Festival was a blast.  

no big deal, but I also met the 3 other people who creatively inspire me the most through social media. 

@tothmedia & @wearetothe9s

myself, Ky & wearetothe9s getting a quick pic at another fun Vancouver Buisness Babes event. 

myself, Ky & wearetothe9s getting a quick pic at another fun Vancouver Buisness Babes event. 

ADVENTURES & MY FAITH IN GOD

2016, you scary, sneaky, exciting & unpredictable you!! I learnt that God provides, forgives, saves and heals broken hearts when you trust in him. He has protected me and my friends whilst chasing waterfalls, mountains, sunsets, lakes and beautiful scenery. There is still so much of BC and the world to explore! 

FRIENDSHIP & COMMUNITY 

To my littles ones who are not so little. Thanks for being the raddest youth kids out there. xox

FAMILY // Youth church 

FAMILY // Youth church 

Southgate family, I love you. Thank you for helping me grow as a person and challenging me to use my talents to serve! 

Village church, youth leaders & community group gals. wow. Thank you for your warm hospitality. I feel right at home and I can't wait for 2017.   

Ella Klassen , our relationship went from strangers, customer/associate, to being sisters in no time. I won't share too much in this post but I am so excited to be returning to Hawaii with her family in less than a week while this girlie travels Thailand & the sea. I miss you already!

So my dear friends.. thank you, for being photogenic, and letting me take pictures of your faces. Thank you for all the laughs, for offering to drive my car for me because I hate driving, for going on spontaneous adventures and for making 2016 such a community & coffee filled year. My heart is full.  I have never felt so loved despite the ups and downs that occurred in the last 12 months.  LOTS OF LOVE, 
- Cece 

BRING IT ON 2017!!!