More getting things done! Somehow a lot of getting things done has involved home repair and decorating, but it’s become a bit of a hobby for me and it’s so satisfying to see the transformation! Painting is also kind of fun and a good opportunity to turn it into a dance party.
The old dining area colour was a brownish green that wasn’t the happiest or cleanest colour so it was time to update it.
After some Pinterest research on what the best shade of white ( one would think there isn’t a lot of shades of white but there is ) would be, we decided on Alabaster White from Sherwin Williams and luckily they were having a sale so it was perfect timing to buy paint! The new white makes the ceilings seem higher and the whole room bigger overall, plus it really brightens the whole place up. Now it’ll be onto more decorating!
The motivation for doing schoolwork can be so hard, especially during the winter when the days a dreary and the last thing you want to do is school.
Grade 11 vs 12 motivation
Last year, motivation was pretty low around this time of year since it was post-winter break and everything seems dull until spring starts to pop up. This year, I feel pretty highly motivated to get school done, so much so I’ve been getting done a week’s worth of work in a couple days.
Highly motivated in grade 12
I think the motivation to get schoolwork done gets easier when there’s an end in sight and once I’m done this grade it’ll be done for high school. In previous years I have not taken summers off, instead, I took off a few days here and there when I felt like it. That can be very good for when you feel like you really can’t do schoolwork and need a break. But, having a set “I will be done school” point helps to motivate to get to that point. I’m trying to have a combination of both, do as much school as I can while I’m feeling super motivated then taking a few days off ( weekends or days when I’m busy doing other things ) with the end point of whenever all of my courses are finished. The end feels close enough that I’m trying my best to get to that point as soon as I can with still learning everything. The downside of the days when I get lots of schoolwork done is there is sometimes a “crash” day where my brain is mush, that’s when it should be a break or an easier work day. Overall, I’m just looking forward to having all of the work done and that’s motivation enough to keep going.
How do you keep motivated during these dull months?
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.
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.
Breakfast can be hard to find healthy options since it’s probably the only meal where one can really justify having sweets for. I find that I’m so hungry when I wake up I just want food fast and I want something that makes me excited to get up. ( #HomeschoolProblems, when you need exciting food to motivate you to get going instead of needing to be at school?? ) This is a high protein, low-carb and gets some vegetables in right away! The scramble is on top of a Broghie, which is almost like bread or a cracker. They’re popped corn or wheat, making them very low in carbs and calories.
A savoury, high-protein, low-carb and easy to make breakfast of spinach, feta, salsa and egg scramble on top of a crisp Broghie or could be substituted with bread or tortilla.
1 1/2 tablespoon chunky salsa
1 tablespoon crumbled feta cheese
1/4 baby spinach
1 large egg
A little oil to cook the egg in a pan
1 Broghie, tortilla or base of choice
Heat a pan to medium-low heat with a little splash of oil to make sure the egg won’t stick later on. Once heated add salsa to one part of the pan to heat it up. Scramble egg before putting it in the pan to cook, let egg cook until it doesn’t appear to have any parts that look clear anymore then combine it with the salsa in the pan and add in spinach and feta until everything is combined. Place on your base of choice and enjoy!
What are some of your favourite healthy breakfasts?
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.
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:
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!
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.
Travel if there are opportunities to.
Make a reading list and read more.
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!!
In Ontario, all university applications go through the Ontario University Application Centre ( OUAC ). There are 2 main ways of applications, 101 for students in public high school and 105 for all of those who are not in a public school. And since I am Canadian my application was 105d, standing for domestic. Before any documents can be sent to the universities you have to apply to the schools through the OUAC.
The OUAC was actually pretty simple once I realized it wasn’t the full on applications to the schools. The first step was making an account for OUAC and putting in my info about where I lived, how to contact me and where my previous education was from. Next was picking out the programs I’m applying to and what schools. You have to pick 3. And that was it! There’s a fee, which was more expensive than I was expecting but maybe because my applications have to be individually looked over by someone.
Acknowledgement and setting up accounts
After applying through OUAC, all of the schools sent emails of acknowledgement, I was excited for this because it makes it seem so real! The first one came within about 3 days and the others took almost a week. With each email, they sent a username and password for my account in each of the schools’ student centre websites and an email address with the school where they would contact me. The first one I spent around 2 hours setting up my account and exploring the student centre site. This is where they contact you, keep track of your application status, finances, choose your classes, basically where you do everything. I ensured that all of my personal info was right and that they had the right program. Within a day or 2 after getting my account set up, my application had been reviewed and they sent a list of required documents and prefered deadlines. Now I will be able to send them standardized test scores, transcripts, and other docs they would like. The first major step is done!
I am lucky to have pretty easily picked out the schools that I would like to apply to, which really narrowed down what my requirements as a homeschooler had to be.
Requirements and the to-do list
Requirements vary from school to school but the basic idea of what they want is all the same.
Results from a standardized test such as the SATs or ACTs. – To make sure you are up to par with the students coming in from public schools.
Transcripts of high school courses. – To see what you’ve done over the years.
Cover letter describing the curriculum you used to homeschool, why you homeschooled and your plans for your university journey.
And required courses for the program you’re going into.
Some schools are very accepting of homeschoolers and have everything laid out nicely with regards as to what they want to see, others were harder to find and said that it would be best to just go to public school. I found the easiest way to find what the homeschool student requirements were was to just Google the school name and “homeschool requirements”. Contacting an admissions officer would be a good step, too. All of the requirements felt a bit overwhelming, but one step at a time and they’re all getting done and it’s not as bad as it seemed at first!
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!
Yes, I am still alive. Thanks to everyone who still follows, I will be getting back into active blogging and will be documenting my final year of high school, the process of applying to universities and my life along the way!
If you have any questions or things you’d like to see in upcoming posts, please let me know in the comments!
Hello, readers! Sorry, I’ve been so inactive, I was feeling kind of uninspired but I’ve had several blog post ideas and will be posting them for the next little while!
I kind of forgot it was spring break here. The break should really be in February, by March I feel like I can make it through until summer but February feels like it’s never-ending. I only slightly this week off because I wanted to keep busy. Friends who go to school were off and bored so I got to get together with some of them and there was extra practice for dance because of the fast-approaching competition season.
One of the 3 main universities I’d like to go to was having an open house for spring break. I am very lucky to live close to several universities which really narrowed down my choices. This one is the closest, but I wasn’t too sure if their programme was the best. Now it might be my first choice after having spent the day there it felt like I could live there and be comfortable and I’m excited about their Kin programme! I got to see some of the labs, hear about what it’s like studying there and explore the campus, plus got to tour one of the residences which were really nice. Since I still have another year before applying to universities this was sort of just to stake out what this particular university is like.