If it looks like this outside where you are, this post is for you. For those of you without 20 cm of snow, you may be thinking “snow day… in March?”, but yes, the unfortunate truth is that the weather has been an unpredictable rollercoaster at best with record breaking highs and crazy wind/snow storms. Thanks global warming.
We might as well make the best of this, so pull on your thick socks and turn the kettle on, because you are having a snow day. Unfortunately I will be taking today to catch up on school work, but I can tell you all the things I’d rather be doing today…
- Build a fort. A classic snow day activity, piling all the crap from around you house in one spot and hiding from your responsibilities.
- “Spring clean”. Get ahead and purge, but also clean the house top to bottom with cabin fever induced speed.
- Take a bubble bath. Although an activity I indulge in weekly, today would be a great opportunity to warm up in the tub.
- Give myself a makeover. It is almost better that I don’t have time. so I don’t spend an entire afternoon doing unnecessary things to my look.
- Lay in bed and watch the Office. I have gotten hooked on the Jim/Pam romance and would love an excuse to watch nothing but that.
- Bake something. Tale this opportunity to make something yummy for all that studying I am attempting to do.
- Eat Something. I stocked up on food before the 20 cm of snow that hit, so I’d love to just eat some comfort food and relax.
- Plan a Trip. Sure I would love to spend an afternoon with 8 Pinterest tabs open, my lonely planet book and an empty journal to plan my next trip.
- Catch up with friends. (Virtually of course) Like hell I am going out for coffee in this weather, you can plan to see me in 6-8 weeks when the snow melts.
- Do nothing at all. Although most of these classify as “nothing” but I would love an afternoon set aside for pondering and doing whatever I feel like.
But I digress… I only set aside 20 minutes for this and now I have to go back to work. Hope all that have a snow day are enjoying it!
I won’t claim to be an expert at yoga, heck I am barely a beginner! However, I did tell myself to try new things this year….stretching your body beyond where it naturally goes is a new thing, right?
At the average yoga class, my mind goes through many stages, here are just a few:
“I love yoga.”
“What is a chanansina vinyasanana?”
“Please don’t fart.”
“I could fall asleep here.”
“I could die here.”
“The instructor is telling me I can do anything, I CAN do anything.”
“She said to look up to the sky, but all I see is ceiling”
“How is warrior 1 different from warrior 2?”
“How come my friend can do this and I can’t.”
“Man I am totally getting this!”
“Man, I don’t get this.”
“That old lady is basically a pretzel, I want to be a pretzel.”
“I shouldn’t have eaten hash browns before this.”
“I want ice cream.”
“I hate yoga.”
“My whole body is jell-o.”
Anyone else out there feel like a I-don’t-yogi-know-what-I-am-doing-here?
That’s right folks, we are almost an entire month into the new year. Rather than posting a write up on all of my New Years Resolutions at the beginning of the new year, I thought I would be more interesting to check in a month in and see how much I am actually keeping up with those resolutions.
Drink more water: This year I actually decided not to write this down as a resolution, because every year I write it down and almost every year I don’t. So this year I challenged myself to start drinking more water and keeping track of when I hit my goal. And the results are surprising, more often then not I have hit my daily water goal. Although this wasn’t something I wrote down, I still find myself extremely proud for accomplishing a small goal for myself.
The year of the good skin: if you know me, you’ll know that I have quite dry and acne prone skin. So this year my goal is to treat my skin better, I have actually invested time into researching products for my skin type rather than just buying random ones from Shoppers when I need them. And obviously drinking more water has helped with this one. I wouldn’t say my skin is great now, but I am more conscious of what I put on my face and in my body.
Buy new underwear: This may be too much information and I know it seems pretty easy. But the premise was this: I have be holding on to the same old undies for years to the point where they are falling apart. So a few weeks ago, I went out and bought more underwear than is socially acceptable to buy all at once and revelled in how nice it is to treat yourself to the basics every once in a while.
Be more interesting/ try new things: I mean… if what I haven’t said yet hasn’t screamed “OMG I AM SO INTERESTING” then maybe this will: I have actually signed up for yoga and pilates classes, I have also been keeping a bullet journal, and threw my mom a surprise party. (Interesting & new right?)
Complete masters: I mean.. this isn’t a resolution but it is something I want to do this year. I set the bar high for myself.
I hope 2017 is off to a great start for you all and you all have magically become the best versions of yourself! *sarcasm*
It has been an interesting year. This year:
I moved from a small city to a bigger city and down one flight of stairs to move everything back up two.
My car broke down on the side of a major highway and I had my single major mental breakdown in my car. (no picture, but I am sure you can imagine)
Got stuck in a airport in Florida with my siblings and no way to escape.
Had friends visit from far away.
I made another rotation around the sun, and celebrated with a bomb ass scavenger hunt.
and graduated from my undergrad…and started my masters.
I quit my part-time job.
and did a few too many zodiac sign quizzes.
My online presence took a hit to my physical presence but I am on my way back.
Cheers to 2017, let’s hope it is more promising than this dumpster fire of a year. I look to 2017 like this pretty rainbow over Niagara Falls. See you next year!
There is snow on the ground…
and spices in the air…
you are allowed to sleep in…
and not go to school…
You can stay home and watch hallmark christmas movies all day…
you are allowed to sit in the dark with christmas lights and Michael Buble in the background…
and eat food until you feel sick…
binge all your favourite shows…
drink excessively with friends…
have an excuse to shop…
…oh yeah I guess spend time with your family too.
Even though the weather can be pretty crummy, everything else makes up for it. I hope you all have a merry Christmas and a happy New Year!
It has been a while since I have found myself inspired to write anything here. But as my first semester of grad school is wrapping up, I finally have something to say.
There have been many days where I am exhausted and I get home when it is dark out and day is over. There are days where I may not have to go to school at all. I have met and been able to study with six amazing new people and study under many more. I got the opportunity to write my major research paper with a professor who I sincerely respect and admire.
I drank too much alcohol, and too little water. I have made mistakes and procrastinated, but I also made amazing memories. I have a great family who stands behind me and supports me in the pursuit of knowledge and academia. I have begun a study in something I am extremely interested in, but equally know that in a few years it will be just another page in the book.
There are many different illnesses I have diagnosed myself with, and many days I was too sick to get out of bed. My diet got significantly worse, consisting almost entirely of ramen and instant rice.
My bank account is depleted, but my soul is full. For the nights spent at the cafe or the pub with friends, drinking lattes or chugging beers while marking papers and studying for classes.
Grad school has not diversified my existence, but made me more comfortable in the life I am living. In the stressful, high-paced environment I have found contentment, and I am ready for what is to come.
- Have a friend that can be your support system, your editor and your bodyguard all in one.
- Take a leap of faith on things you are unsure about. Sometimes amazing things will happen because you put yourself out there.
- Bubble baths should be a weekly thing.
- Cheap masks from the drugstore should not.
- Do what YOU want to do. Life isn’t all about living up to others expectations for you. (aka. if you want to go to grad school, go)
- Try and eat green once in a while. And no, green apple candies do not count.
- If it isn’t right in your life, don’t fear quitting. I quit my retail job and I am still surviving.
- Being a teacher’s assistant is an annoyingly rewarding experience. In that the students are annoying, but when they actually learn something you are rewarded.
- Save towards something that is important to you. Whether it be travel, your OSAP payments or a house, it is a great feeling to see something come out of your hard work.
- I mailed myself a list of things I would do better for myself while in grad school. I have effectively accomplished none of the things.
- Set realistic goals.
- Knowing if there is an elevator in an apartment should be important when debating moving.
- Being lazy probably makes me the most efficient person, because I will find the quickest way to do things.
- Graduation isn’t as exciting as it seems. Enjoy your time in university, it’ll be over before you know it.
- Listen to more Adele, she is good for the soul.
- But also try and let loose every once in a while. Dance parties are a healthy hobby.
- Take chances. Get that piercing, dye your hair.
- Keep up with old friends.
- Stop cutting your own hair, we are all old enough to get a $20 cut from first choice.
- Retail is not a forever job for me. I hated the crazy expectations stores have for employees. Especially when they only give you minimum wage and minimum hours.
- Go all out for your birthday. Your only young once. We all love a good scavenger hunt.
So unfortunately I am not forever 21. And although this post is a bit of a mess, it is the culmination of the things I have learned over the past year.