May Favorites

“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” -Anne Bradstreet

Coffee mug in hand, I sat quietly on my deck wrapped in my cozy nightgown. The air smelled of freshly cut grass and dirt as the steam from my coffee rose above. The birds chirped their melody as the sun broke the first light of day.

Slowly but surely nearing the blooming first signs of Spring, I thought this the perfect time to talk about my May favorites. Spring has always been an exciting season for me to welcome. Warmer weather and longer days mean more inspiration, and of course new adventures to plan. Here are a few of the things I’m loving this May

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Cherry Blossoms

“What a strange thing!
to be alive
beneath cherry blossoms.”
Kobayashi Issa, Poems

There is something so beautiful and mesmerizing about the sudden blooming of cherry blossoms. This Spring I truly made a real effort to admire all of the cherry blossoms I could discover. Not only are they captivating and beautiful to look at, they have a deep meaning engraved in them that I absolutely love. The significance of the cherry blossom tree in Japanese culture goes back hundreds of years. In their country, the cherry blossom represents the fragility and the beauty of life. It’s a reminder that life is almost overwhelmingly beautiful but that it is also tragically short.

Planning New Adventures

The most beloved part of May for me is planning trips for the summer ahead. Each summer, I do my best to embark on a new adventure and explore places I have yet to see. This year, I’m looking forward to planning a road trip back to the mountains, where I’ll be exploring British Columbia once again. Whistler, Tofino, Kelowna, Banff, and many other mountain towns are on my list this summer in light of Canada’s 150th anniversary! Last year I fell for the Canadian mountains, but didn’t have the opportunity to hike, camp and explore as much as I had planned to. One of my favorite parts of travel is planning the trip and looking forward to all that the adventure entails.

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Exploring My Hometown

Have you ever wanted to pack your bags and head off to explore, but didn’t have the time, financial means or the freedom to do so? After years of traveling, I’ve discovered that you really don’t have to venture off far to discover new places. I live in Ontario, which compared to the West is boringly flat and lacks the stunning mountain surroundings. There are so many small, antique towns, gorgeous rolling hills, forests and beaches I was so oblivious to in my desire to escape my hometown. If you feel your wanderlust growing with the arrival of Spring, know that wherever you are, there are plenty of places to explore just outside of your doorstep!

jord watch may

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is often a wonderful reminder for me of all that my mother has done for me throughout the years. This year, I had the lovely opportunity to collaborate with Jord Watches. When I was sent my Jord Watch, I was speechless by the detail and quality of the watch. The packaging is entirely made of wood, with instructions and care products for your authentic wood watch. I cannot stress the quality of this brand! It is such a unique gift to give for Mother’s Day, with different styles, colors and woods to choose from. If you’d like the chance to win a $100 e-gift code, enter in my contest by clicking here!

What are some of your May favorites? Do you have any exciting adventures planned this Spring?

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  • Lovely post, so many great things! I love the smell of the blossoms when they come out.

    Lauren x Huggled

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Lauren, that’s one of my favorite scents of the season!

  • That sounds so lovely especially planning new adventures which is something I really want to start doing! I too love seeing all of the blossom trees, but unfortunately I think they’re starting to disappear where I live as I haven’t seen much around. But the blossom trees have always been my favourite part of Spring! 🙂 x

    Kayleigh | http://www.anenthusiasmfor.co.uk

    • Diana Maria

      They definitely are which is a shame, but at least we get to see them for the short period they do bloom! I hope you have many adventures this summer as well 🙂

  • Beautiful Post. May favorites are great 🙂
    Vaishali
    http://www.vivaciouswish.com/2017/05/03/work-wednesday-ii/

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you lovely xx

  • Such a lovely post, you look so cute in the picture with the wings painted on the background

    http://www.zekalin.com

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Elise, it was such a memorable day!

  • I love that photo of you with the wings! I’ve seen pictures of it but never knew where they were. I totally need to explore my own city too to be honest.

    cabin twenty-four

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Eena, it was taken in North Shore, Hawaii!

  • i love that this is not a typical favorites post. love the way it is written.

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Melanie 🙂

  • I love this! Exploring is always fun and cherry blossoms are gorgeous xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

    • Diana Maria

      I think so too, thank you Kiran!

  • Planning new adventures is always the best!

    http://www.myclusterofthoughts.com/

    • Diana Maria

      Agreed Katherine!

  • I love exploring my hometown! There are still some places and things that I haven’t discovered over the time 🙂 Also, that watch is beautiful! x

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

    • Diana Maria

      All of your photos of nearby places look stunning Leta! I look forward to seeing your hometown adventures 🙂

  • love your photos!

    The Fashion Matters– Travel & Fashion Blog

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you love!

  • the angel wings picture is so adorable!

    Abigail Alice💕 | Check out my Morphe 350 Giveaway!

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Abigail! 🙂

  • Marisa Wij

    your hometown looks like a very beautiful place! x

    marisa – summer in march

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Marisa, it is quite nice! 🙂

  • Your home town looks beautiful! I would be very content exploring my home town if it looked like that!

    xx

    Lizzie | Takeoffs & Landings

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Elizabeth! I appreciate you stopping by xx

  • Jordyn Pamela

    Exploring my hometown is also on my list! I feel like there’s so much mine has to offer. Plus, it will give me a change to support local businesses. Great post, great blog! xx

    Jordyn // http://www.jordynpamela.com

    • Diana Maria

      I agree, I absolutely love supporting local businesses! Thank you for reading Jordyn xx