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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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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Goals Of 2018

Happy New Year, everyone! As I had said last year, I LOVE NEW YEARS GOALS! Sometimes they stress me out a bit, but I find it so pleasing when I’ve completed goals, and writing them down helps set the direction for where I want to go.

This year and this year’s motto

I have a lot of goals this year, big and small, and I think it’ll be a bit of a crazy one and definitely different from others, but I’m excited! Every year I choose a one-word motto to basically sum up the goals or overall what I’m going for in the next year. This year is going to be “contrast” or a not one-word motto of “get things done”. Work hard, but take breaks.

 

2018 goals

I break the goals down into different categories of my life to keep them more organized and simplified. These are a few of my major goals:

School

  • Finish making transcripts for my courses to send to universities.
  • Complete uni application.
  • Get into the school of choice!
  • Finish off all of my high school courses!

Blog

  • Get blog to 1,000 followers!
  • Get blog to make money to help out with uni costs.
  • Post more frequently.

Health and fitness

  • Run a half marathon, if I’m feeling crazy. Or a 10k is much more reasonable.
  • Do more ab and upper body workouts!
  • Try other forms of exercise and sports.
  • More yoga and stretching.

Fun and creativity

  • Work on art more.
  • And photography.
  • Travel if there are opportunities to.
  • Make a reading list and read more.

“Adulting”

  • Get driver’s license.
  • Budget and learn more personal finance.

 

What are some of your major goals this year? Hope everyone has an amazing 2018!!

 

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Goals Completed 2017

At the very start of this year, I posted some of my 2017 goals, so now that it’s the end of the year it’s time to revisit them and see how far I’ve come!

 

Last years goals and how I progressed

  • To be less anxious. I’ve often struggled with anxiety so I would like to work on keeping it under control and managing stress. 

This has actually improved A LOT! First, I think with just a little bit of age it helps since it seems like anxiety can be a teenager thing. I learnt more about anxiety and how it works which helped on how to overcome it. Journalling, harder workouts, and consciously trying to relax are among some of the things that have helped me.

  • To be kinder to myself. Sometimes I just get a little too critical of myself.

I hope this has improved, I haven’t tried too hard, to be honest, but I think it’s better.

  • Take more risks. I’ve always been afraid of risks but there’s not a lot of fun in not taking any.

I didn’t take any big risks, which is good! But there were times I think I went out of my comfort zone and that’s the main goal!

  • Get school things organized, make a new schedule style, stay motivated, and make it more enjoyable.

Motivation for school has not been too bad this year since it’s my last year of high school I pretty much just want to get everything done! It makes it more enjoyable when you’re more motivated, too.

  • Get things together for university.

Yes!! Definitely have made huge progress with this! I will keep posting about my progress and working towards university as much as I can. You can read about my progress here!

  • Keep pushing myself in my workouts and maybe do a 5k or something like that.
I did not run a 5k but I built up a lot more strength over the year and can now run faster and for longer than before!
Completing goals is always a nice little victory. Let me know goals you’re proud of that you completed and good luck with your new goals!

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Homeschooling Vs Public School For Grade 12 – Why I Continued Homeschooling

Lots of people go to public high school for at least the final year of homeschooling high school, the universities recommend it and it can be simpler. But, after much debating, I decided to try to pioneer my way through the last year of homeschooling high school and into the world beyond.

Why I continued homeschooling

There were benefits to both going to public school and homeschooling this year. Going to school would make applying easier, I wouldn’t have to find the right standardized tests for each school, wouldn’t have as much work to do personally on applying so I could focus on the schoolwork itself. But there were many downsides to going to school: having never been to public school before, the whole situation would take getting used to. I’ve spent many years trying to stand out from public school and going to school for the final year would be setting me back, in my opinion. So, I decided to stay. Personally, there are many benefits to staying, such as: being able to stand out in university applications because every homeschoolers’ application is individually evaluated, so there is no chance of mine being missed. No getting used to a new environment of a public school, I can do courses that specifically relate to what I would like to go to university for so I am more prepared and it looks better on applications, more free time and less stress because I have more control over my application and schoolwork. Plus, it is an adventure to go through this not-so-common process!

And since I have not found much on life as a homeschool high school student, I hope to keep this more updated about the process of applying and how things are going! If you have any questions or there are posts you want to see, let me know in the comments!

 

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Fall Bucket List 2017

Fall!

It’s almost fall! Or it already is, but right now it is pretty warm here and I’m in a fall-ish mood so it’s time for an autumn post.

 

A Million reasons to love fall

Fall is probably my favourite season, I may have gotten my love for fall from reading Anne Of Green Gables and it making me truly appreciate how pretty fall is. The world quiets down for a nap through winter, trees turn beautiful colours, the weather cools down, food gets warmer and heavily spiced, drinks hotter, houses cozier. I can’t let fall go by without taking full advantage of it!

 

Bucket list

Pinterest is the best place in the fall, with spicy recipes and pictures of cozy cats by the fire, so it inspired me to make a fall bucket list of all the things I would like to do to really have a good autumn!

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I will keep the blog and my Instagram updated with posts of doing things off of the list, so keep watch for them all season!

 

What are your favourite things about fall?

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Big Book of Awesome 

I started my Big Book of Awesome in October and it’s been super helpful, more than I could’ve thought it would be! Actually, my mum had made it wayyy before and I didn’t touch it because I thought it was a dumb idea ( sorry mum, I love you ) and I kept forgetting about it.

 

 

What is it?

It was originally inspired by The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens and some worksheets that my mum had printed off the Internet that went with the book and things he talked about. Now it’s sort of progressed into almost a Bullet Journal or life planner kinda thing. I have a daily journal where I dump my thoughts and write down what happened each day, but it’s definitely not pretty since that’s where I just pour my thoughts out, and I wanted to make a pretty journal like the Bullet ones because those make me really happy so I did that in the BBA.

 

 


The BBA currently consists of the first part which is the 7 Habits worksheets still so I can easily go back to the Habits. The next is career, I only have the results of an aptitude test right now but I assume there will be more to add to that. Then it’s the goals and as you’ve probably seen from my previous post I put a lot of value and thought into my goals so that’s the biggest section of the book. It’s where I write down all of my goals and keep track of previous ones and have my major, long-term goals written down. Next is the mission statement section. This is from 7 Habits and it’s basically just setting down your personal morals or what’s important to you and what you’re going to try to always hold yourself to in your life. Here I’ve collected quotes that inspire me and that I like what they’re trying to get across then took out all the common points and wrote down a rough, not too fancy, outline of my mission statement. After that, I have a section of people I admire and who inspire me. I once read, when I was maybe 10, that it’s really important for teens to have good role models but for some reason I thought then that only really famous people could be role models, or something I don’t really know what I thought a role model was, but I decided to learn about people who seemed really successful. Right now I only have Sir Winston Churchill and Cassey Ho from Blogilates but I’ll definitely work on that. Relationships are the subject of the next section, which just has the definition of The Relationship Bank Account from 7 Habits.

Then it’s motivation where I have all the reason why I workout and motivation to workout. Next section is about school and things that I find wrong with the current situation and the plans for the next two years of high school. I always write a monthly to do list then put them in the book once the month is over and I’m now just realizing I could probably throw them out instead LOL. Then things in life that I’m finding are not working so I can set goals to change them because this is the year of change for me. Finally my new and most favourite section – the enjoyable things one, where I write down things to do that are relaxing and make me happy! Yesterday’s post on Hobby Hunting goes into much more detail on this.

How it is helpful to me

I feel like this just keeps my goals and things organized, and makes it me feel like I’ve got my crap together when I’m feeling overwhelmed. I can keep important paperwork there, it reminds me to do things when I look through and see the goals and know what I’m working towards, and it’s fun to make it pretty like a Bullet Journal. It was interesting, too, to see how where I want to be in a year has changed since I wrote it in October, and how my goals and everything is almost constantly changing, and since they’re in the book I can just update them. This is also one of my favourite things to do when I’m really bored because it’s pretty productive and helps with future productivity!
That’s it for now! I hope everyone is having an awesome day 😊

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Goals Completed! 

Now that 2016 is over it’s time to go over the goals I had set at the start of the last year and see how I’ve done on those. The best part of setting goals!

 

2016 Goals

  1. Build arm strength. I think I did this??? I don’t lift hardcore weights but I don’t feel like I’m lacking a lot of arm strength.
  2. Do ab workouts. I did do this! And definitely feel like my core is stronger.
  3. Start doing Pilates again. Completed!
  4. Start to run. YES! This was very successful.
  5. Run at 10.6kph. This was kind of a random speed but I now run 3kph faster than that.
  6. Memorize a  yoga routine. I didn’t do any yoga. At. All.
  7. Do foot exercises to help with dance. Everyday I remember I do this!
  8. Workout outside. I walked outside a bit so I kinda did this?
  9. Stop sugar addiction. It was lessened a bit but I still really love icing.
  10. Make my own workouts. I don’t even know what I meant by this exactly.
  11. Start a health and medicine course. Did this, too!
  12. Figure out when I would “graduate” homeschooling. It wasn’t too hard to do.
  13. Save money. I barely bought anything.
  14. Get hair cut to actually like it. Yes! I went from being able to sit on it to it being shoulder length.
  15. Figure out personal style. This was so fun and a lot of work. More on this later!
  16. Build wardrobe. Still a work in progress but did this!
  17. Put outfits together. I did a few, but still need to work on this.
  18. Donate all the clothes I don’t want anymore. There was so much from several years.
  19. Dye hair crazy colours. I dip dyed it purple, then blue with pink and purple.
  20. Compliment people more. YES! I always thought it was awkward but now it’s much more natural!
  21. Get pick-ups in tap. On good days I can do them.
  22. Get flat splits. Pretty much got this, too, if I keep stretching.
  23. Stretch every night. If I’m not too tired I do.
  24. Get double pirouettes. Hahaha turns.
  25. Work on coding. I did, for like 2 weeks, then gave up.
  26. Start journalling. This was very successful.
  27. Work on photography. Started the Instagram challenges!
  28. Narrow down career choices.  Definitely did this!
  29. Draw more often. I did, a lot.
  30. Learn to skate. Not yet?!
  31. Finish the Khan Academy biology course. I did it all in 2 weeks because I procrastinated.
  32. Become 50% fluent in French on Duolingo. Now I can say all the random things Duolingo teaches.
  33. Walk outside. Yessss I walked lots in the summer.
  34. Go to a concert. Saw Troye Sivan :’)
  35. Actually stay up all night. Why was this even one of my goals?
  36. Start skin care. No still haven’t done this.
  37. Volunteer or job shadow. YES!
  38. Figure out a source of income for myself. Does money from birthday gifts count?
  39. Meet at least one online friend in person. I did this and it was great!
  40. Learn to drive. Nope, barely even read the handbook.

 

I didn’t aim too high but I got a lot done that way! So it was a pretty productive year goal wise. I hope everyone had a great New Year’s Eve and that 2017 will bring amazing things!! Happy 2017! 🎉🎉

 

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2017 Goals

I really love goal setting, it’s probably the OCD in me that wants to take some control in life. Plus it’s so nice after accomplishing goals. And I think it helps me get closer to where I want to be in life? Or at least it makes me think I am, which is good enough.

 

Where I want to be in a year.

The first thing I do before setting the new goals is try to imagine where I want to be at this time next year. Where I am? What have I accomplished? Has there been major changes in my life? How do I feel? This often doesn’t actually help at all because I can barely imagine where I’m going to be tomorrow let alone a year. It also might set too high expectations, but I like to think I’m a pretty reasonable person.

For the next year I haven’t really pictured where I want to be in a year. This year I was thinking more like “If I could do this past year again, what would I do differently?” I have been craving change. I want to change lots of things this year but not go too crazy. My motto is “rebirth” and “live”.  Just improvement and change.

 

A few of the things I would like to accomplish over the coming year:

  1. To be less anxious. I’ve often struggled with anxiety so I would like to work on keeping it under control and managing stress.
  2. To be kinder to myself. Sometimes I just get a little too critical of myself.
  3. Enjoy being content more. It sounds kind of weird but I like being not happy sometimes or I take being content for granted.
  4. Take more risks. I’ve always been afraid of risks but there’s not a lot of fun in not taking any.
  5. Work harder on being social. It doesn’t just magically happen.
  6. Get school things organized, make a new schedule style, stay motivated, and make it more enjoyable.
  7. Get things together for university.
  8. Job shadow more and/or volunteer, get a job.
  9. Learn to drive!! I keep putting it off.
  10. Keep pushing myself in my workouts and maybe do a 5k or something like that.

 

Categories

I have a big binder that I write down all the goals in and can keep coming back to and see what I have accomplished and add in more. There are 12 categories I have made for myself.

  1. Health and fitness
  2. Self improvement
  3. School
  4. Career
  5. Finance
  6. Style and self care
  7. Interdependence
  8. Friends, social, relationships
  9. Creativity
  10. Fun
  11. Blog
  12. Dance

I kind of know what things I want to accomplish in each of these categories and just take a day to write out all of the goals then make a game plan to get these things done!

 

Game plan

This is the really hard part that I like to procrastinate! But if I’m feeling productive I’ll try to make a plan on how to complete these goals. I haven’t done this for this year yet, but it’s coming!

A couple months ago I read 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens ( Honestly really good but sometimes I couldn’t stand the cheesiness, I would definitely recommend reading it, though! ) and it was really helpful with tips on setting goals, prioritizing, and completing the goals.


I’ll be working on my goals for 2017 throughout the year, but this is how I’m going to start out. What are some of your new year’s goals?

 

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Career Path (#backstoryweek) 

There wasn’t a day where I just all of a sudden decided I wanted to go into some sort of physiology. It came gradually. I pretty much had no idea what I wanted to do until last year, besides quick interests and looking into a few careers by talking to an architect/interior designer and photographer and seeing what their work consisted of.

 

Sparking an interest.

Three agos I started to take an interest in living a healthier life ( see tomorrow’s post! ) which then brought up possible careers as a nutritionist, personal trainer, physician, and physiotherapist. I paid close attention to all the jobs at my doctor’s office and other health care places and decided that, frankly,  I wouldn’t be able to handle a career as a medical doctor with the stress, time spent in school, and things I might find gross. I was more interested in how the body moves, and improving mobility through exercises. Especially with being in dance and knowing many people who have needed physio and having used exercises to heal injuries myself.

 

Narrowing it down.

For awhile I stuck with wanting to be a physiotherapist because it was a good solid thing to tell people when they asked what I wanted to do and it was a good place to start searching for careers from. At the start of this school year in September I started to narrow things down to get more of a direction as to where my goals should be.

Physiotherapist

I went with my dad to a physiotherapist’s and talked to him about what he had to do to become a physiotherapist. He had gone to school for physiotherapy in India and moved to Canada and took the Canadian physiotherapy certification exam. Then he goes to different practises and works there. Physiotherapist heal with heat, exercises, massage and other alternative forms of medicine as opposed to healing with drugs or surgery.

Kinesiologist

There was also a kinesiologist in the practise so I got to talk to her about what becoming a kinesiologist was like. Kinesiologist is almost like a physiotherapist, but they heal with just exercises, so it’s less hands on. It also doesn’t require as much time spent in university. It requires going to school for a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology, then becoming certified.

Pedorthist

I went along with my dad, again, to a sports medicine practise and talked to a pedorthist. Pedorthists specialise in making footwear to correct gait and pain in the lower limbs. It requires a degree in kin and then taking a course that prepares you to become a pedorthist. So not as much school as a physiotherapist but not as little as a kinesiologist.

 

What now?

Now that I have the 3 careers that I’m most interested in, with different levels of school for each but all with a basis of kin, I’m going to try to explore each more, then once I’m done the kinesiology programme I can make a decision once I’ve hopefully been able to explore more of all of the careers!

 

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