SOARING | HIGH

by dailykongfidence

With the year closing upon us I’ve been able to reflect on this past year and am so grateful for the opportunities, the adventures, and the memories. While it’s hard not to compare yourself to others, especially with social media featuring highlight reels of everyone’s lives, I look back to where I was when the year started and all the things I accomplished and experienced. And despite what everyone else is doing, I know that I’ve personally climbed a little higher, achieved a little more, and definitely experienced some highs.

On a recent trip to Vancouver, I was able to walk across the Capilano Suspension Bridge, one of the most iconic points of interest in Vancouver. I’ve been there before but this time it was different. Not because I was alone (not with my family) or the holiday lights lined the bridge and glistened in the treetops. But because this time I was here for a press trip. Yes, a press trip! At the start of my blogging career, I never imagined being flown out to experience the wonders of a city, stay in an incredible hotel, and share my travels with all of you. And here I was. Breathe. Three hundred feet above the ground on a bridge with no one else. No sounds to be heard except the rushing water below and the blissful trees swaying above. It was completely empty, silent, and absolutely beautiful. Here I sat, reflecting, and realizing how small I was in this incredible world, and gratitude consumed me. And it wasn’t because I was fortunate to be in Vancouver, or on a bridge with no one else, it was because here in this small moment, I realized how far and high I’ve come.

If you haven’t been to Capilano Suspension Bridge yet, it should definitely be on your list of places to visit. I have been fortunate enough to go twice, but if I had to pick one season to go, it would be during the winter. Despite the cold (if you’re from Southern CA), winter is when they have their festive Canyon Lights (which they start stringing in August!) from 11/22 through 1/27. It is truly a sight to be seen and a festive winter wonderland. If you go right when it opens, you also have a better chance at having privacy on the bridge to get that money shot. Believe it or not, we took these photos in ten minutes! For more information on visiting Capilano Suspension Bridge, click here.

Jacket | Sweatshirt | Pants | Beanie | Bag | Shoes
Jacket | Sweatshirt | Pants | Beanie | Bag | Shoes
Jacket | Sweatshirt | Pants | Beanie | Bag | Shoes
Jacket | Sweatshirt | Pants | Beanie | Bag | Shoes
Jacket | Sweatshirt | Pants | Beanie | Bag | Shoes
Jacket | Sweatshirt | Pants | Beanie | Bag | Shoes
Jacket | Sweatshirt | Pants | Beanie | Bag | Shoes

Another high during my Vancouver trip was seeing the city from above. I’ve always wanted to go on a sea plane and Harbour Air made that wish possible. We flew the Panoramo Classic package for 20 minutes over the downtown skyline, above the iconic landmarks of Stanley Park, English Bay, the Lions Gate Bridge, and the North Shore Mountains. One of the things that Harbour Air says is that you’ve come all the way West so the only direction left to go is up, and up I went!

Being above and seeing Vancouver from the air provided additional perspective. While going up to reach maximum height took a little time, once we reached the top the view was completely worth it. From my little seat in the small sea plane looking out the tiny window, I sat back, paused, and saw the wonderful things surrounding me. And just like that I was reminded once again that life is truly amazing and we are incredibly blessed.

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Jacket | Turtleneck | Pants | Waist Bag | Earrings | Boots
Jacket | Turtleneck | Pants | Waist Bag | Earrings | Boots
Jacket | Turtleneck | Pants | Waist Bag | Earrings | Boots
Walking the runway with Krystal Bick
fMy Vancouver Squad: Laurie Ferraro and Krystal Bick

So as 2018 comes to a close, let’s not dwell on the things we didn’t do or the plans we didn’t make, rather let’s focus on the new year and aim to reach higher. Create a dream board (also called a vision board), fill it with things that inspire you, goals you want to achieve, basically what you want to bring to life. Place the dream board somewhere you can see it everyday and I promise you by the end of next year, that dream board will have turned into a memory board displaying all the things you accomplished, achieved, and made happen.

Creating a Dream Board:

  • Figure out your goals (relationship, career, health, etc.)
  • Ask yourself what you want, what you need, and what you value
  • Include quotes, photos, travels that inspire you
  • Add affirmation words
See more Dream Board inspo here

“Develop an attitude of gratitude this year, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.” Brian Tracy

Thank you to Fairmont Pacific Rim for this incredible press trip in 2018!

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21 comments

Elizabeth T. December 29, 2018 - 12:56 pm

Vancouver is so beautiful <3 🙂 I love all of these photos, especially the photos at the bridge! Sooo stunning!

XO, Elizabeth T.
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Ting Ma December 29, 2018 - 1:53 pm

Dear Christine,

Thank you so much for an very inspiring post!! I am so happy for you. You totally deserve all the achievements that life has brought to you. You work very hard and I specially love your authenticity. I visited Capilano Bridge 4 years ago and it was such an amazing experience to be surrounded by mother natural. Congrats on the press trip Christine. Keep on shining and inspiring us! Love all your outfits as always and the sea plan sounds so amazing. Having a gratitude mind is such a blessing gift and going to start my dream board soon.

Xx

Ting

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Mariann Yip December 30, 2018 - 3:59 pm

Love both of your adventures and you dressed appropriately as usual! I love the idea of a dream board and I think it’s important to create categories as you mentioned so you can better reflect on your goals and works towards your vision. I will definitely do that for the new year!

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Federica Di Nardo December 31, 2018 - 7:44 am

Beautiful pics 🙂

Federica
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Young December 31, 2018 - 10:38 am

I’m so ecstatic for you on all your accomplishments! Thank you for all the hard work you put into creating your amazing content. 2018 was not the best year for me, so I’m determined to make 2019 my year. I’m going to incorporate a dream board in planning out 2019.

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Candace January 1, 2019 - 11:00 am

I’m glad of everything that you have accomplished! 2018 had a lot of good and not so good changes, but here’s to a 2019 full of positivism and new goals. Big Hug!

XO
Candace
http://www.thebeautybeau.com

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Marie Tang January 1, 2019 - 12:42 pm

You have come such a long way and I love that I’m able to walk alongside on your journey. You are incredible and such an inspiration to me. I remember the day you told me you wanted to start blogging and to see how far along you’ve come…it’s incredible. You are so smart, so driven and so talented. I am so proud of you and cannot wait to see where 2018 takes you. Love you!!!!

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Nina Nguyen January 1, 2019 - 1:34 pm

You are such an inspiration Christine! Wishing you nothing but the best in 2019!! Keep shining babe!!
xx- Nina

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Samantha Mariko January 1, 2019 - 7:35 pm

The Capilano Suspension Bridge looks like such an amazing spot (I can’t believe you took those photos in 10 minutes!) I loved following along on your journey in 2018, and I can’t to see what 2019 has in store for you! Happy New Year! p.s. you look like such the boss lady in that plaid suit!!

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Gina Diaz January 1, 2019 - 7:54 pm

This is such an incredible experience and I’m so happy you’ve shared this inspiring post with lots of insights. I enjoy being outdoor and I love to spend time in nature in solitude, too. I’ve never visited The Capilano Suspension Bridge, but I really would love to do it in the near future. Sounds so amazing!!!! I’m also so happy that you had the opportunity to go on a seaplane and sightsee all the beauty from above. This is something I’ve been dreaming for so long. And Definitely will add it to my dream board. Perhaps I get to do it this year. Happy New Year, babe! love all your photos 🙂

Have a blessed new week! xx. Gina

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Gina Diaz January 1, 2019 - 7:54 pm

This is such an incredible experience and I’m so happy you’ve shared this inspiring post with lots of insights. I enjoy being outdoor and I love to spend time in nature in solitude, too. I’ve never visited The Capilano Suspension Bridge, but I really would love to do it in the near future. Sounds so amazing!!!! I’m also so happy that you had the opportunity to go on a seaplane and sightsee all the beauty from above. This is something I’ve been dreaming for so long. And Definitely will add it to my dream board. Perhaps I get to do it this year. Happy New Year, babe! love all your photos 🙂

Have a blessed new week! xx. Gina

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Radi January 2, 2019 - 1:15 am

So awesome that you got to experience Vancouver in such a fun way. Gorgeous photos!
Hope you have an even more amazing new year!

http://www.fashionradi.com

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Darya January 2, 2019 - 2:11 am

Hi dear,

I’m creating a dream board right now. I do this every year, and try not to repeat my dreams (or just all my dreams come true just on time).
Thank you for these tips and wonderful pictures of boards. I’ll definitely include quotes and travels this year!

xoxo

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Open Kloset January 2, 2019 - 11:42 am

Hey Darling,
How are you?
So Beautiful Photos and Experience Darling:)
Loved your Photos sooo much, Your last Look is my Favorite… sooo Elegant and Feminine:)
I do have a Dream Board and Every Year, New Years Eve I check what I achieved and I am always super thankful:)
Wish you Beautiful And Happy New Year:)
Love Kisses Karina

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Margot January 2, 2019 - 1:36 pm

Wow I love the pictures you took here,
It looks like such a nice experience.
Love the shots you took. Such an amazing outfit.
Im wishing you all the best for this new year.
xx
Margot
https://troughthepasturesofthesky.com

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May January 3, 2019 - 12:26 am

I’ve always wanted to visit that bridge! Went to Vancouver last year but didn’t have the time to visit. Hoping to make it back there one day!

May || http://themoderness.com

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Sharon Wu January 3, 2019 - 4:06 pm

Ahhh Vancouver is a place I’d love to visit! I am totally with you on creating a dream board, and what better way to start the new year by doing so? A few years ago I created my first vision board and really liked how it helped guide me in achieving my goals. Will definitely have to do that this year too! Looking forward to seeing what 2019 holds for you love! xoxo

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Jessica January 3, 2019 - 7:27 pm

These are really gorgeous photos dear. Loving the edgy outfit too.
Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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Jessi Malay January 4, 2019 - 7:02 pm

This all looks and sounds amazing girl! Also, I love your outfit 🙂 Hope you had an amazing holiday season! <3

XO, Jessi
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Olivia January 6, 2019 - 4:39 pm

There are really gorgeous photos. I love your outfit
xo Oli
http://livingbetterwitholi.com/

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Len Parent January 10, 2019 - 8:05 am

You look so amazing. Love the look on you! Lovely photos! Thanks for sharing!
Have a great day!
Much love, Len
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XO

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