May Goals Completed

May was the last month of serious school time constraints so those were the major goals. Over the summer the goals will be much less time-dependent.

Goals completed this month

Blog

  • Continue to monetize the blog. There will be posts on how I am working on monetizing the blog in the future!
  • Have over 1,000 followers. There are currently about 1,200. Very exciting!

School

  • Finish the current courses. Finally finished them :’)
  • Hear back from the university on my application. You can read about the school’s response here!
  • Get ready for finals and complete as soon as possible. Currently working on studying for the finals, but have to wait to complete the tests.

Fitness

  • Start lifting. It’s so satisfying to lift and now my favourite workout. My current weightlifting routine is Ashley Conrad’s 21 Day Clutch but only the lifting part.
  • Begin running outside. It’s so different?! It’s not my favourite but it’s good to get outside and fresh air and enjoy the weather.
  • More yoga!! I HAVE NOT BEEN STRETCHING. But now that it’s warmer it’s much easier to stretch since muscles are not constantly cold.

Fun and random

  • Make a summer bucket list so I won’t be too bored. The Summer Bucket List can be found here!
  • Start drawing more. I have drawn twice (I think???) but that’s much more than before so I’m looking forward to drawing more and improving my technique.

 

This is also the 100th post on the blog!! Thank you for following everyone!

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Summer 2018 Bucket List / Goals

Now that the weather is warmer and school is just about finished it’s time for a summer bucket list! I’m always lost as to what to do when there’s no school so the summer bucket list is the most important season of bucket lists.

Summer 2018 bucket list

These are a few of things I’m hoping to do this summer:

  • Eat meals outdoors and enjoy the weather.
  • Roast marshmallows over the fire pit and make s’mores. I’ve actually already done this!
  • Enjoy the outdoors more. Go for walks, sit outside, take pictures of nature, bike rides.
  • Eat summer foods. Salads, fresh food from the garden, fresh fruit from the farmers’ market, homemade popsicles (a future recipe post?!), gazpacho. This is making me hungry.
  • Make a summer playlist.
  • Travel. There are two trips I’m going on. Guess where?
  • Pick some flowers to bring inside.
  • Redecorate my room.
  • Enjoy the free time, work on art and other things.
  • Make iced herbal teas.
  • Do yoga or meditation outside at least once.
  • Have a sleepover.
  • Help out in the garden.
  • Go to the park.
  • Read more.

Goals

The goals are the less fun, more important things I would like to accomplish over the summer.

  • Finish all of my finals. The number one thing!
  • Get my drivers license and practice driving.
  • Clear out unwanted stuff.
  • Prepare for next school year by pre-studying to make sure I didn’t forget things.
  • Keep blogging up and hit 1,500 (maybe 2,000?) followers!

What are some of the things on your summer bucket list or summer goals you’d like to complete?

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Trying Meditation

Enjoy the completely unrelated photo.

A few weeks ago I started to include meditation with my workout routine to help mental health along with physical.

How to get started

Step 1 – find an app or videos

I tried several apps at the same time ( got to check out all the options ) to try to find one that I liked the best. It’s good to have one that has topics that are applicable to you and if they’re guided meditations, with someone who has a voice that you can listen to for a bit.  My favourite apps were Simple Habit Meditation – it costs money to subscribe but my friend gave me a free trial – and HeadSpace. HeadSpace is a good starting off point to learn the basics. After using the apps for a bit and once I felt like I knew what I was doing I went to YouTube videos for more options. My favourite has been Boho Beautiful ( it sounds cheesy but she has a very calming voice ), there is a daily meditation playlist which focuses on self-acceptance and love.

Step 2 – fit it into your daily routine

At first, I tried to work meditation in 3 places in my routine, to see if I could do it that often and to find when worked best. First thing in the morning, while stretching post-workout and right before bed. In the morning it’s a good way to start the day being calm and having a clear mind. I find it allows me to stretch better because of being relaxed and focused in the moment. Right before bed is a great way to sleep better and calm yourself down.

Step 3 – be consistent!

Best way to form a habit is to stick with it until it becomes part of your day. This can be hard on days when your mind is racing and it feels difficult to calm it, but that’s when you need it most.

Some benefits I’ve found

  • My mind feels calmer. The main reason to start meditation. It really helps with anxiety and sleep.
  • Less negative thoughts, more appreciative, more positive. I’ve been trying to consciously work on this, too, so the meditation didn’t magically solve this, but it has helped. Especially with being present and trying not to worry.
  • More focus, which also helps during workouts. If you try to incorporate meditation into something you need a lot of focus for or during your workouts it can improve your performance because you’re living in the moment and your mind is either clear on thinking about whatever it is you need focus for.
  • Feels like you have more control over your mind. If you start thinking negatively you can use meditation as a tool to stop it or at least redirect.

It seems so simple yet it feels like it’s made a substantial difference in how I think and I would highly recommend learning how to meditate. Have you tried meditation?

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Hygge To Help Anxiety

Hygge has been everywhere lately and I’m all for this trend! Wikipedia defines it as ” the Danish word for a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality with feelings of wellness and contentment. Hygge refers to “a form of everyday togetherness”, “a pleasant and highly valued everyday experience of safety, equality, personal wholeness and a spontaneous social flow”” I think of it as the feeling of walking into your cozy home after being out in the dark and cold winter. Pretty much like a nice warm hug but all the time.

Why hygge?

Denmark is often named one of the happiest places on Earth and this definitely helps them get that title. I saw a TED talks ( this one! ) a little while ago about how humans need traditions to feel less alone and just to improve the overall quality of life. Since then I’ve been a little fascinated with the small everyday traditions and how they help make good days. Between hygge emphasizing everyday transitions and the overall beauty and coziness of hygge, it’s an awesome idea to embrace. It creates a more calm and welcoming living space and lifestyle which helps with anxiety and making your home ( or room! ) a calming sanctuary.

Some ways to incorporate hygge into life

Cold weather

  • Warm drinks. I especially like spiced teas such as chai, apple cinnamon, ginger and liquorice, etc.
  • Fairy lights and candles! Having a bright home keeps away winter blues. Also, keeping curtains and blinds open to let in the sunshine.
  • Fire in fireplace or pit outside. Bonus points if you roast marshmallows!
  • Fluffy socks, cozy blankets, fluffy pillows, rugs to add more warmth.
  • Soups, stews or any warm comfort food.
  • Take a little tea or coffee break during the day and really savour it.

Warm weather

  • Freeze fruit into ice cubes to add flavour to your water.
  • Iced tea and coffee.
  • Walks in nature and taking everything in.
  • Bright and cool living spaces.
  • Having windows open to get lots of fresh air.
  • Eating outside.

How I’ve been trying to embrace hygge

Fairy lights

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Fairy lights, lots of cozy blankets and pillows, coordinating happy cat. A cat is not required, he is just a model and loves the camera.

My favourite part has been adding fairy lights everywhere I can. Luckily, we had a large collection of lights from past Christmases, I would try to get them right after Christmas because that’s when they are cheapest and easiest to find.

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Fairy lights outside. In the summer, having a fire is a good way to get outside and enjoy the warmth. 

Tea time

Every day around 2:30-3:00pm my family tries to have a cup of tea together. It’s a nice way to have a break and a good time to have cookies!

Weekend playlist

Playing weekend music differentiates the days. Usually, I play old music or jazz to give a coffee shop feel.

Being grateful

I think being grateful and appreciating the coziness in things is a huge part of hygge and adds to the feeling of comfort. I make lists of all the little things I’m thankful for and try to appreciate things in the moment.

How do you feel about the hygge trend?

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February Goals Completed

It’s March! Made it through February and it’s one step closer to spring. There wasn’t a huge amount of goals completed this month but the ones I did complete were pretty major.

Goals completed this month

Blog

  • Hit 1,000 followers. There are now over 1,000 followers on the blog and it’s crazy! New goal 2,000?! That might be a bit high but it’s going to happen.
  • Get my own domain and site. The blog move was a little tedious, trying to figure all of the bugs and switching all the links over, but now the blog has a permanent home.
  • Set up ads. You may have noticed them on the blog, adding them will help with paying for university!
  • Post more regularly on Instagram. You can see my posts here!
  • Start the Newsletter back up. It is a work in progress but the sign-up page is back. Sign up for future newsletters here!

School

  • Get everything caught up. Somehow I was a term behind in math and several ahead in my other courses?? A side effect of being homeschooled. I finished my last math courses, started the new one and have caught up there. I’m also almost done half of my courses for this year.
  • It’s not really school related but I finished reading Tom Sawyer which I was reading digitally and kept forgetting about.
  • Come up with some backup plans in case I do not get into university. I talk about the process here.

Fun and random

It was a very productive month for the blog and thank you, everyone, for reading and helping the blog grow! What are some of your goals for March?

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Young Adult Travel Bucket List – European Tour

In my young adult years, it’s my goal to gain as many experiences and learn as much as I can, mostly through travel and whatever path of school and work I will be in. The schools I’ve applied to are nearby so I will be living at home, which will provide me with a good home base without having to have my own place to worry about ( or the added cost of living ) so I can travel more freely. The schools also offer several different programs for travelling abroad:

  • Co-op where you can be hired abroad for a school term and get to work as part of your education.
  • The exchange program where you can take some of your courses at a school abroad.

With the opportunities the school provides and on my own, there are lots of places I’m hoping to explore in my young adult years. This post will be about Europe!

 

Where to?

I’ve been working on a list that is more in detail but right now I just have a bit figured out.

European tour

First stop – Iceland on the way to Europe.

It seems to be not too uncommon to stop and stay in Reykjavik for a day or 2.

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From reykjavik.com

What I would do

  • See around the city
  • Go to the Blue Lagoon Geothermal pool. It’s naturally very warm water and they have places where you can swim in it. Even if I wasn’t swimming, it’s very beautiful.
  • Take an Icelandic pony tour of either the volcanoes or some of the historical sights. Pretty much anywhere just as long as I can ride one of the ponies.

 

The UK

What I would do

The list for the UK could go on forever, but these are the things I would want to do the most.

  • Explore London, maybe take a bus tour.
  • Go to the baths in Bath.
  • Explore Edinburgh.
  • See some of the major historical sights.
  • Visit Buckingham Palace.

 

Amsterdam

  • Probably bike throughout.
  • Visit some of their cool coffee shops.
  • Explore the city because it looks like a really interesting place.
  • Go to the Van Gogh Museum
  • Visit the Rijksmuseum Library

 

Spain

  • Learn to Salsa dance
  • Visit a colourful market
  • Explore the place

 

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Picture off of Pinterest

 

Italy

There is so much to see in Italy I would be happy to go anywhere. So far the list is just one thing, though.

  • Spend a day in Rome.

 

Greece

I would probably only want to spend a weekend at most in Athens and that would be it.

  • Take a tour through Acropolis
  • See all of the famous ancient places
  • EAT!

 

Where would you go in Europe?

 

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January Goals Completed

One of my 2018 goals was to get things done and actually complete lots of goals. It’s only one month into 2018 and I feel like I’ve already done some conquering!

 

Goals completed this month

Blog

  • Post more on the blog and get views up. There have been over 1,000 views this month on the blog! Thank you, everyone, for helping with this one! And we’re getting very close to 1,000 followers.

School

  • Finish transcripts and course descriptions. You can read about it here and here.
  • Take the SATs. Technically I did this in December but I posted about it not that long ago.
  • Send in my university application. There are still a few extracurricular forms to fill out but otherwise, it’s done!

“Adulting”

  • Get driver’s license. I finished the studying for the first part of a driver’s license in Ontario, now I just need to go and take the test.

Fun and random

 

It’s been a productive month and I’m quite happy with that. Now I’ll have to make more goals so I still have ones to work on throughout the rest of the year.

 

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Bad Day Lists Because It’s Been Dreary Outside

When it’s dull and gloomy out it can be easy to not be in the best mood. On days that start to feel bad I go to my Bad Day List of things to do when it’s been a bad day and try to turn it around.

 

The happiness board

The first thing I will do is look at my Happiness board on Pinterest. It’s a lot of reading but I pin everything from nice little things in life ( like tiny soft kitty foreheads, the sound of rain, etc. ) to things that make life better. If there are things I want to be reminded of often, I print them out and put it on my wall or somewhere where I can see it often.

 

The Bad Day List

This is my list of things to do when the day starts to feel bad.

  • Write down 10 things that you’re happy exist, no matter how small. And 5 things you’re thankful for at this exact moment. Example – I am sitting inside with a fuzzy blanket when it’s cold and rainy out.
  • Have some food. Most of the times, I’m just hangry ( does this happen to other people?? ) so getting a bit of food makes life a lot better. It also helps since food releases good chemicals when you eat it. A very good choice is a banana or a bit of chocolate.
  • Listen to music you like and do a “mind dump” in a journal. This helps to get everything out and good music is very healing.
  • Make a new playlist or make a calming playlist to help.
  • Distract yourself! I’m very bad at this, but it’s super important so you don’t wallow. Doing anything will help, watch a TV show, your favourite movie, read something, anything will help. I somehow always end up watching Beyonce dance performances.
  • Help someone or do something nice for someone else. It makes you feel good to make others happy and it’s just overall very fulfilling.
  • More sleep!! This just helps everything so much. It’s very important.
  • Make some change, getting out of routine can help by making things more exciting.
  • Exercise! Dance, find a workout video on YouTube, go for a walk. Just moving.

 

What are some things you do to turn a bad day around?

 

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Braces Off!

I just got my braces off and I’m very excited!

 

The journey to nice teeth

I got braces in the spring of 2016 to correct a bad underbite and crooked teeth. At the time I didn’t think they were that bad but, looking back, it was hard to brush all of the teeth and the top and bottom didn’t even meet up so that couldn’t have been good.

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The day the braces were put on. 

Thankfully, my teeth moved quickly and the whole experience was not as bad as I was expecting since the first orthodontist I went to recommended that I have jaw surgery to fix the underbite but, I went to another orthodontist and they said it could be fixed with braces and elastics.

 

When they were first put on it didn’t actually hurt that much, I had heard that it was very hard to eat once they were first put on, but I didn’t find that. It was later on that was more painfully. If you take some pain relievers just before your visit it helps so much, eating can still be difficult since the teeth will be delicate, but it does help a lot. Usually, the pain only lasted for 3 days right after the adjustment, at most, so it was durable.

 

Getting them off!

I ended up having them for 3 months longer than they had predicted but so much time had already been put in, the 3 months did not feel too long. I went in for an appointment the week before to have them double check that everything was good to go to take the braces off. The next week was removal day! They took all of the brackets and wire off in one fell swoop, then the rest of the appointment was spent taking off the glue and polishing. It took a little over an hour but finally, they were done and my teeth free!

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They’re gone! 

 

It didn’t really sink in until after getting home that they were off, then I was very excited, plus the orthodontist gave me a nice mug and a chocolate bar so I was very happy.

The next day I had to go back to get the retainers which really took down the excitement of nice teeth since they were slightly painful and it meant more appliances on my teeth again. On the bottom row, they put a permanent retainer wire and for both the bottom and top I now have plastic retainers that are like the clear plastic braces.

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A nice photo of plastic braces from Google. 

Since my teeth moved so fast and easily I have to wear the plastic retainers as much as possible to keep everything in place, but it’ll be worth it since most of the effort has already been put in.

 

Getting braces off is another step to conquering my 2018 goals and I’m so glad they’re off!

 

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Toilets And Getting Things Done!

One of my 2018 goals is to “get things done”, be more productive, less bored, take advantage of the free time I have as a homeschooler and stop procrastinating so much.

 

Home repairs

My family moved into our current house about 5 years ago ( which makes it the second longest I’ve lived in a house before moving ) and it was made around the 1980’s so there’s a few house projects that need to be done to keep things updated.

I actually love doing home repairs and decorating! It’s so satisfying to see the transformation and I can pretend I’m on HGTV lol. So far I’ve painted the kitchen from a gross brownish green to a pale yellow – which made the whole room a lot brighter and happier looking -, replaced the overhead microwave/vent fan with my mom, and our most recent project was replacing the giant and old toilet.

To be honest, it wasn’t as bad as it sounds, at all! I cleaned and bleached the old toilet to be safe, before starting. We kept flushing the old toilet and plunging until it was completely drained, then unscrewed it from the base and lifted it off onto a cart to wheel it away. It was very heavy so that was one of the hardest parts.

The new toilet had easy instructions on the box and came in 2 parts, the tank and the rest of it. You put down a wax ring to seal it to the floor, which was awesome, it looked like a doughnut almost, and then the new toilet base goes on top. After that, the tank gets attached to the base and it’s done! Replacing toilets feels like you’ve conquered life.

 

My mom made me take pictures with the toilet and mug to celebrate.

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