Adventure #2: Sophie Hsin

“When you have the knowledge that you are really, really loved, you live life a different way.”

Sophie Hsin  |  Artist  |  25  |  @sophie_hsin

I first found Sophie on Instagram, where her stunning (seriously, stunning) artwork captured my heart.
Her use of white space, meticulous creativity and vivid concepts inspired me day-after-day.

So when I met up with her, I was surprised by how incredibly open, down-to-earth and humble she was.
No fancy, no frills. All real.

Originally from Taiwan, Sophie moved to Vancouver less than a year ago.
She was torn  she had just finished medical school, but knew deep down that she wanted to be an artist.
So she dropped everything to chase a dream. “I felt so hopeless in hospitals. I wanted to create.
Sometimes I think I’m crazy, but I have to keep going. There’s no going back for me.”

We spilled open our hearts on Sunset Beach, and I dove layer after layer into her intriguing life.
She’s a pianist, violinist and guitarist. She sings at soup kitchens with her church.
She teaches art therapy to autistic children. And one day, she wants to write books for kids.

She pulled out Eric Carle’s “Mr. Seahorse” and I giggled I had never seen that in a purse before.

Coming from similar backgrounds, we reminisced on our traditional Asian upbringing (and our resulting perfectionist tendencies). She told me stories of scootering down sketchy streets to visit the Ming Tombs and I admired her the way I would a (much cooler) older sibling.

When we left, the sun had already set. We took the bus home and hugged as we parted.

Something she said lingered on in my mind:
“Be bold about trying new things. You never know what’s going to happen.”

And I thought, “That’s the best part.”

Adventure #1: Jesse DeLisle

“I’m an open book. The world writes on my book  and I’m the publisher.”

Jesse DeLisle  |  Artist  |  24  |  @thewildtraveller 

It’s rare to find individuals that strike the perfect balance between ambition and compassion — but Jesse is one of these special gems. He had his camera up, mid-click, when I spotted him on the corner of Granville and West Georgia.

We hit it off immediately.

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Turns out he recently moved to Vancouver from Australia, fell in love with the city (and a lovely girl) and was passionate about connecting the community he organized an instameet in January and spoke eagerly on bringing youth together.

As a fellow newcomer, I asked how he established himself so quickly. He answered: “If you aspire to follow your dreams, people come to you. And it‘s true — I found it impossible to contain my excitement while talking to him. His inquisitive mind sparked new thoughts in mine. His zest for life filled me with energy. 

But I think it was his big, bold actions that impressed me the most. He hides real art in public places (#wildphotohunt), sends film photo prints to his followers, buys coffee for strangers and is clearly dedicated to becoming the best version of himself. Meeting someone who turns inspiration into reality every day is truly humbling.

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If I were to take only one lesson from Jesse, it would be to keep opening to life’s possibilities. His penchant for growth, endless optimism and big dreams makes him a person to watch this won’t be the last you hear of him.

As final words of advice, he says: “Be open-minded.

Good things always come out of bad, no matter how bad they seem. Think: how can I grow?“ 

 

50 First Starts, Vancouver Style!

Daddy always told me, “If you want to do something, just do it now. What are you waiting for?”

So here I am — done waiting — the taste of urgency beat-beating into my blood. Anything I want in tomorrowland is something I must start today, I know. And so here I stand — bags packed, job quit, cutting out the last little pieces of scrappy love to save and leaving everything else behind.

Endings never sadden me because they brim fresh of possibility. Tomorrow, I drive to Vancouver in my little green car, and the house-hunt begins. Once again, I’m starting from scratch. New city, new career, new friends, new life. And I feel alive today, the kind of sharp, tingly alive that happens only after a long dulling hibernation.

To commit to this feeling, I challenge myself to go on 50 first adventures, each time with someone new.

To kick the habit of settling for less.

To see the world with bright, untainted eyes.

To say “thank you” to the Universe for another day to live alive.

Bedtime Yoga for Beginners

Namaste everyone! ॐ

As promised, I made you a simple yin yoga video for relaxation before bed.

Do let me know if you have other requests.

Wishing you much love and the sweetest of dreams tonight. xx

~ Sufey

A Day in My Life

Wake up. Be awesome.

A sneak peek into my yoga practice:

 

The reason I’m so happy everyday (best job ever!):

 

Grateful to be raised in abundance of love:

 

Feeling blessed to be living bliss!

 

I believe that everyone should be given the tools to live a healthy, empowered lifestyle. Yoga and joy is a gift meant to be shared, so let me know: What can I make to serve you? 

Do you want strength-building flows? Meditations? Beginner or advanced poses? More videos of my practice? How long would you want to do a yoga video for? The more I know, the better I can cater to your needs!

Please subscribe here for upcoming videos made in love for you + share with one friend who is ready to choose healthy too! ;)

Wishing you a BEAUTIFUL, blessed day! xox

~ Sufey

 

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Raw Cheesecake

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The sun is shining, the birds chirp-chirping… top it off with a creamy avocado cheesecake to enjoy outside and holy bliss, life is awesome!

It’s been a month full of BIG decisions for me, tumultuous change, and incredible growth. I feel like a little caterpillar karate-kicking out of my cocoon… and shyly peeking out at the world for the first time. A little scared, a lot excited. Oh, the places we will go!

But how lovely it is to settle still for awhile and simply enjoy: the tickling winds, a rich avocado, the giggling kiddies in my yoga class.  Life is simple. Life is easy. Life is good.

Wishing you lifetimes of happiness! <3

~ Sufey

INGREDIENTS: 

Crust:

  • 2 cups pecans
  • 1 cup dates
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut

Filling:

  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1 cup pine nuts
  • 1 cup dates
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 overripe bananas
  • love ;)

DIRECTIONS: 

Coat little cake pan in shredded coconut (to help with sticking).

Chop pecans in food processor, add in shredded coconut, then dates. Pat 1/2 mixture on bottom of cake pan, saving the rest for the top.

Mix cashews and pine nuts in food processor. Slowly add in dates, avocado, bananas + love. When creamy, pour on top of crust.

Put one more layer of crust on top to seal the cake. Freeze overnight. To serve, let thaw slightly, slice and decorate with fresh fruit and coconut!

Bless with happy thoughts and enjoy! :D

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