Thursday, March 23, 2017

Choose Happiness Above All.

The way I see it.. 

You have two choices 

A.) Choosing to be the victim 
or 
B.) Choosing not to 

We all choose the life that we live at this very moment. Yes, we may all come from different backgrounds or different situations and yes sometimes in life we may in fact be the victim, but you can choose to say no. To say no to playing the part + to say yes to rising above. 

You have a choice to quit that shitty job, to get out of that awful relationship, to hold on to that stuff from the past and you also have a choice to not play the victim in your own life. 

Use gratitude to appreciate everything you have, others may not be so fortunate. Rise above the people that didn't treat you right and choose happiness above all. 

"Love Everyone. Trust Few. Paddle Your Own Canoe." 






Monday, March 20, 2017

Learning Digital Skills at Brainstation

Growth hacking, Dark Social, SEM, SEO, Email Marketing, Social Sharing ... just a few of the terms I have learned in the past 11 weeks with my time spent at Brainstation Vancouver.

Over the last 11 weeks I have been taught by highly skilled professionals in the digital marketing field such as Conner Galway (Founder of Junction Creative), Laura Anderson (Partner Marketing for Hootsuite), Derek Jory (Writer for the Canucks) & Christie Horsman (Email Marketing at HootSuite)

All of these teachers were extremely knowledgable and resourceful to the field.

In groups we were asked to prepare a case study on a local brand to be presented in front of said company, which was a great way to really understand digital marketing from a real perspective in a real life situation.

I believe tech is the way of the future! With new tech companies coming into Vancouver left, right and centre it is prime time to be in the tech field.


So why did I take classes at Brainstation? I wanted to learn to utilize the digital marketing world.  I was born to make a difference, I was born to share my life experiences with the world, to be able to utilize my hardships, my experiences, the opportunities that I have had to help others, and using digital marketing to be able to share socially has only helped me grow and develop myself and my brand. I have always had an entrepreneur brain and to be able to learn how to grow and develop a bigger audience is a skill I can utilize in almost any career I decide to go into.

An Apple A Day
                                                                                     -Michelle Apples xx




Sunday, March 19, 2017

Always Speak With Truth & Love

If you are someone I care about, I will never tell you what you want to hear just to be “nice”. 

I will not tip toe around the truth, and I will refuse to walk on eggshells around you. If you are too sensitive to handle this then I doubt we will ever be more then an on the surface type friendship or an acquaintance. 

I will say this though: I do promise you that I will never speak the truth out of hate, judgment or spite, but will always speak it out of love. 

I REFUSE to have people that I hold close who will only tell you what they think they should, they will always speak poorly behind your back, but never to your face. 

I REFUSE to have these on the surface people who say they are your true friend, but are never there to listen in the situations that truly matter.

Why? 

Because everyday I want to be vulnerable, I want to grow as a person and I want to build and develop those friendships that aren’t based around insecurity. I will continue to develop into my best possible self, but I cannot do that without walking on solid ground. 

I want to listen to the people who will be genuinely honest, who will speak out of love and tell me when I am in the wrong, or being silly or over reacting. 

Be true, genuine and real,


because why would you want to be a made up version of yourself?


An Apple A Day 

Michelle Apples xx

Tree Top Adventures




“If we surrenderedto earth’s intelligencewe could rise up rooted, like trees.”—Rainer Maria Rilke, Rilke’s Book of Hours: Love Poems to God



This month has been non stop and there has been some unexpected tension, stress and a huge sense of overwhelm. 
With Tree top walk ways, towering evergreens, totem poles, multiple suspension bridges and this exquisite sense of wonder it was such needed. 





Today I decided to go up to Capilano Suspension Bridge. The air was cool, but the sun was shining. It was the perfect day to go and view the untouched beauty of the forest. 

Sometimes life gets to be a lot. I live this fast- paced, ever so changing, always something happening type of lifestyle & I LOVE it. That being said sometimes I need a break (which doesn't happen as much as it should).


When I feel like this, one of my favourite things is to hang out in nature. The fresh air, the cool breeze, the sense of wonder and endless possibility. It has always been my escape from reality. 

Where is your favourite place to explore? What do you do to destress?

An Apple A Day 
- Michelle Apples xx

Sunday, March 12, 2017

IT'S OFFICIAL .. I'M GOING TO CHINA!!

Flights have just been booked! I am so excited to go venture on a ten day tour of China beginning on my Birthday! 
I have always loved travelling and I always learn so much along the way.
A little Itinerary of what I am doing while I am there:

Day 1 Depart YVR to BEIJING 
 
Day 2: Beijing (Which is actually my BIRTHDAY!) 



Beijing, one of the world’s oldest cities, is the capital of the People’s Republic of China. Located on the edge of the North China Plain, it is the second largest city in the country with a population of more than 12 million.


Day 3: Tian’an Men Square and Forbidden City 



Tian’anmen Square is at the very center of the modern city of Beijing.Covering 44 hectares, it is the largest public square in the world. In the center of the square are the Monument to the People’s Heroes and the Chairman Mao Memorial Hall. 

Crossing Changan Avenue and directly behind the Rostrum is the entry to the Forbidden City, so called because it was off limits to commoners throughout the history of Imperial China. Commoners caught in the palace during this period were executed.
Afternoon visit of Temple of Heaven
The Temple of Heaven dates back to the same period as the Forbidden City--1406 and is ranked among the most famous structures in China. 

Late afternoon: The Peking Opera

Peking opera of China is a national treasure with a history of over 200 years. The present Peking opera whose richness of repertoire is internationally recognized presents a great number of artists and performances and has a profound influence on all forms of arts in China.


Day 4: Great Wall of China 




The Great Wall: One of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Great Wall is a breathtaking sight and an awesome experience. 

Afternoon visit of Sacred Way

Peking Duck Dinner at local Restaurant 


The journey to the tombs is started with the “Sacred Way”. The pathway that led to the Mausoleums Is guarded by massive marble monuments of animals, mythical creatures and generals and Confucius scholars that are some of the most beautiful relics left to us today. Many legends surround these great sculptures and enhance the journey to the tombs.


Day 5 Beijing- Xian (B,L,D)After breakfast, Visit of Hutong including Rickshaw Tour and visit with Local Family 


China’s first great melting pot. A city where East and West mingled a millennium before Marco Polo’s great journey. Home to the 8th Wonder of the Ancient World, the tomb of the first Emperor of China, in which part of it is the 10,000 army of the Terra Cotta Warriors. The world’s first city to have a population of a million people, and the source of the great ancient Silk Road, Xian was the capital of Imperial China for the better part of 1100 years covering some of its greatest dynasties including the Zhou, Qin, Han, Sui and Tang.

Day 6: After breakfast, Visit of the Terra Cotta Warriors Museum

Ancient City Wall
Unlike many of China's modernized cities, Xi'an has managed to retain a major piece of its ancient past with the city wall. Forming an enormous rectangle around the old imperial heart of the city, the Xi'an City Wall dates back to the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD), although several sections have been recently rebuilt.

Tang Dynasty Show and Dinner
Of the 13 dynasties that established their Capital in Xian (also known as Chang An), the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD) is distinguished as the most progressive and prosperous era in the history of China. The music and dance of this period symbolize the splendor and the glory of the Chinese civilization and is world-renowned.


Day 7 Xian-Shanghai (B,L)




Shanghai is a bustling city with a pronounced International flavor that continues from its heyday in the early 1900’s when it was one of the world’s great maritime crossroads and the Bund was the Wall Street of the East. A walk through Shanghai’s old neighborhoods reveals a fusion of early 20thcentury European architecture and old Chinese facades.

Afternoon flight to Shanghai

Day 8 Shanghai (B,D)

After breakfast we depart for a full day tour in Shanghai

Yu Yuan Gardens followed by free time for shopping in the old town



Yuyuan Garden: Yuyuan Garden is a traditional Chinese park completed with beautiful pavilions, miniature lakes, bridges and rock formations. This small park is located in the heart of Shanghai’s old Chinese quarter and links to Yuyuan Market. Built in 1559, in the Suzhou style by a high official in honor of his father, the garden has maintained its classic beauty over the centuries.

Food is also a great temptation (for the adventurous) in the Old Town Market with local delicacies such as xiao long bao, pigeon egg dumplings and spicy cold noodles from the street stalls or numerous restaurants. Lunch on your own here.

Yuyuan Old Town Market: found beside Yuyuan Garden is a bazaar of stores that sell a mish-mash of items including traditional Chinese arts and crafts and souvenirs, ornate chopsticks, Chinese medicine, walking sticks, fans, silk umbrellas, bamboo and rattan furniture, goldfish, pottery and much much more.

Jin Mao Tower is 420.5m high, with altogether 88 stories and total construction area of 290,000 square meters. It is a perfect combination between the Chinese Traditional Architecture Style and the advanced technologies of the world.

The Observation Deck on the 88 Floor has a construction space area of 1,520 square meters.

Day 9: DISNEYWORLD



Total free day to explore Shanghai on your own or opt for optional tours like going to the world's largest Disneyworld
Day 10: Depart Home to YVR 


An Apple A Day 
Michelle Apples xx


Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa


  Sometimes you need to escape reality and get away. The best part about living in Vancouver is you can venture a few hours away and it feels like a vacation. With so many great spots to choose from 

I recently went up to Harrison Hot Springs for a weekend getaway and it was incredible. Arrived early and decided to go on a hike up Sandy Cove. It was a short hike with quite an incline, but landed us at a quaint little beach. 

We were greeted with chocolate covered strawberries and san pellegrino in our hotel room(complimentary from the hotel), and decided to pop a bottle of champagne to get the weekend started. We settled into our room and went to check out the five mineral pools. It was the perfect weekend to get away with the water so warm and the air so chill. At one point it even started to snow. It was magical!!  


An Apple A Day
-Michelle Apples xx

Spring Cleaning

I have to be honest lately my patience has been tested ALOT. Maybe I am changing & developing and no longer fit some of the people in my life and that's a decision I don't take lightly but I also feel like being irritable, frustrated, snappy, and impatient are not characteristics I want to have going forward. Changes are scary, but also necessary for growth. 

Time for some spring cleaning.
I came across this which inspired me to make some changes in my life;

"It Is better to be alone, than in the wrong company.

Tell me who your best friends are,
 and I will tell you who you are. If you run with wolves, 
you will learn how to howl. But, if you associate with eagles,
 you will learn how to soar to great heights.

Any time you tolerate mediocrity in others, it increases your mediocrity. An important attribute in successful people is their impatience with negative thinking and negative acting people.  As you grow, your associates will change. 

Some of your friends will not want you to go on. 
They will want you to stay where they are. 
Friends that don't help you climb will want you to crawl. Your friends will stretch your vision or choke your dream. Those that don't increase you will eventually decrease you.

Consider this:
Never receive counsel from unproductive people. 
Never discuss your problems with someone incapable of contributing to the solution, because those who ever succeed themselves are always first to tell you how. 
Not everyone has a right to speak into your life. You are certain to get the worst of the bargain when you exchange ideas with the wrong person.
 Don't follow anyone who's not going anywhere.
With some people you spend an evening: with others you invest it. 
Be careful where you stop to inquire for directions along the road of life. 
Wise is the person who fortifies his life with the right friendships.

"A mirror reflects a man's face, but what he is really like is shown by the kind of friends he chooses."

The simple but true fact of life is that you become like those with whom you closely associate - for the good and the bad.

Note: Be not mistaken. This is applicable to family as well as friends. Yes...do love, appreciate and be thankful for your family, for they will always be your family no matter what. 

Just know that they are human first and though they are family to you, they may be a friend to someone else and will fit somewhere in the criteria above."In Prosperity Our Friends Know Us. In Adversity We Know Our friends.""Never make someone a priority when you are only an option for them.""If you are going to achieve excellence in big things,you develop the habit in little matters.Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.."..” ― Colin Powell



“The less you associate with some people, the more your life will improve.



An Apple A Day 
Michelle Apples xx