Olivia: This is #HowIHappy

What is 'Happiness' for you?

Feeling connected to myself, the people I love and my surroundings. This includes feeling connected to the food I eat and the lattes/teas I drink. 

 

What is your current creative outlet / how do you express yourself?

Whenever I have some time I love to pick up my guitar and sing some covers. I had a youtube channel ages ago and I think it's time to freshen it up and start posting again. I've also been working on a little side project that will hopefully come to life in the next year or so, and I've enjoyed playing around with branding and design ideas. I know very little about photoshop but can spend hours learning and playing around with it.

 

What is something you’ve been curious about lately that you want to explore more?

I’ve always loved watching home renovations and DIY videos, so this isn’t something I’ve been curious about recently, but I want to explore more of this once I have some more free time. I have plans to build some patio furniture this summer once I finish my licensing exams. This will be my first big DIY project and I’m stoked!


What is something only your friends know about you?

I was recently at a friend’s birthday dinner and for some reason some of the ladies decided to share the things they “love/find hilarious” about me, which included the following: (1) whenever they ask me where I am, I always ask if they want me to send my location and I send it anyways before they answer, (2) people always have to announce who they are when they say hi to me in the halls because I’m NEVER wearing my glasses and I genuinely do not know who you are unless you do, (3) I squish all my food to resemble a cake/patty and take slices from it, but with every bite I squish it again and repeat the process. Weird. I know. 

 

Who are you grateful for?

I am grateful for my parents who came to Canada not knowing a single word of english and built the life they have now and gave my sister and I the best opportunities. I am They support me in so many ways. I can always count on them no matter what, including waking them up in the middle of the night to catch a spider. 

 

Photo courtesy of Instagram @drolivialeung

 

I am grateful for my sister Priscilla, who is the most patient and thoughtful person I know. She has helped me get through the many years (and counting) of my educational journey, both financially and emotionally. She inspires me to take risks and grow with all her accomplishments and her motivation to achieve more!

 

I am grateful for my dog Charlie, who helps me stay active and social (he gets all the attention and by default people have to start a conversation with me). He is always so happy to see me when I get home and is always ready for cuddles. He also has the silliest personality and never fails to make me laugh.

 

I am grateful for my friends who I’ve known for a while and those I’ve met through naturopathic medical school (CCNM). Up until recently, whenever I was going through a hard time I tended to go inwards and withdraw from people rather than seek them, and I’ve lost some friendships over the years. I am so grateful for the people in my life who were patient with me, who put in the extra effort to maintain our friendship when I was unable to pull my weight and who listened to me wholeheartedly with no judgement. I am grateful for how supportive and caring my colleagues are for always sharing their time, notes and resources to ensure we all succeed in our profession!

 

What was the last thing that made you laugh so hard you nearly, or actually(!), fell to the floor?

I got a text from someone who just sent a bunch of random emojis and my car dictated the text. It was a solid 2-3 minutes of Siri just explaining the different emojis I received: “face with open hands”, “heart eye face”, “crocodile”, “cat” etc. It just kept going. It was funny, I promise.

 

Which cultural and/or social movement is closest to your heart?

Self-love. Self-acceptance.

 

Photo courtesy of Instagram @drolivialeung

 

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learnt so far in your life?

The biggest lesson I’ve learned (so far) is how important it is to look inward, reflect and become self-aware. Take the time to know yourself like you would want to get to know a friend or potential partner. Over the last 3 years, I’ve noticed a shift in my ability to connect with people because I feel more in tune with myself and know what I have to offer. 

 

How would your friends describe you?

I had to ask a few people and surprisingly the answers were pretty consistent. The consensus was: peaceful, caring, intelligent, thoughtful, awkward and funny!

 

What is something you’ve never told anyone about yourself? (It’s a tough one, we know!)

This is really hard! I have a hidden journal with lyrics that I’ve never shared with anyone (yet?)

 

How do you describe yourself? Is it the same as your answer in Q9?

I am definitely awkward and I can be funny at times. I do call myself the "mediator" because I do not like confrontation and I try to keep the peace. I wouldn’t say I’m intelligent but I am hardworking and curious!

 

What's your favourite colour? 

Blue!

 

What daily practices do you do that make you happy? 

I always start my mornings with cuddling my pooch, Charlie. Then, I whip up either a matcha latte or London fog with a tasty and nutrient dense breakfast. I go to the gym to get my body moving and feeling energized for the day ahead! I try to have at least one meaningful connection a day. Whether it’s messaging a friend to see how their day was or sharing a meal with someone, I try to connect after feeling disconnected from a busy day! Then, I end my night with some self-care practices like, doing a face mask, stretching, watching an episode of something etc. 

 

 

Why do you feel connected to @HappyTears.ca?

I think happiness stems from many things but most importantly from self-love and self-acceptance, and I think Happy Tears embodies this in its entirety!

 

When was the last time you shed a 'happy tear'?

November 2018, when I saw my grandma in Guangzhou for the first time in 7 years. She is strong, independent, unapologetic and authentic. 

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