Monday, January 29, 2018

BIRTHDAY POST: 24 Facts About Me!

It's that time of year again, my birthday! To celebrate my 24 years on this earth, here is 24 facts about me! It has become a tradition over the years to share these insights into my life with you, so be sure to check out Birthday Post: 23 Facts About Me!, I Don't Know About You But I'm Feeling 22: Birthday Post, and Birthday Post: 21 Facts About Me!

  • I can't sleep on my back.
  • I would love to learn calligraphy, it is so pretty and timeless.
  • My favourite chips are Zesty Doritos.
  • I hate, hate, hate cilantro.
  • My first car was a 2006 Black Mazda 3.
  • My all time favourite tv show is Friends. I am totally Monica in every way!
  • I love baking. Make sure you check out my cookie and muffin recipes!
  • I have naturally curly hair but wear it straight.
  • I started my Youtube channel this past year, it's still in the early stages but I would love new subscribers.
  • I live out of my planner. It's my lifeline.
  • To-Do Lists are my addiction. I'm the type of person who will add things to the list just to get the satisfaction of crossing it off.
  • I love Mountain Dew, it is one of my guilty pleasures.
  • I'm terrified of snakes, no mater the shape or size.
  • I can't sleep with socks on.
  • My favourite Ice-cream is Ben & Jerry's Half Baked.
  • My current favourite song is Marry Me by Thomas Rhett.
  • Over the years I have become a morning person. I love having productive days.
  • I prefer talking on the phone rather than texting.
  • I'm early to everything, I have a fear of being late.
  • I hate, hate, hate public speaking of any kind.
  • Family is HUGE to me. They are not on family but some of my best friends.
  • I'm a homebody. I would much rather have a night in than hit the town.
  • I would love to travel to New York sometime in this next year.
  • I am really working hard on using Instagram more, please go follow and show it some love! I also started an Instagram for my blog, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE give it a follow! You will get to see instantly when I upload new blog posts! 

I would love to thank my amazing friends for such a fun and memorable birthday weekend! There are not enough words to describe how much you mean to me!

Monday, January 1, 2018

I Need A Change: My Hopes, Dreams and Goals for 2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR! To say I'm excited for 2018 is an understatement. I will be the first to admit that 2017 was not a great year for me. I found myself struggling a lot. I felt as though I was in a constant rut that I could not get out of.  I lost friendships, although some returned, my feelings for someone crashed and burned leaving me hurt and embarrassed, I lost all motivation to try in school even though I am so close to graduating with a Business Degree and I have honestly just felt lonely.

BUT don't get me wrong, 2017 did have some pretty awesome moments for me! I was able to collaborate with some pretty cool businesses on my blog, I did an internship with a well known Insurance Association, I gained new friends who continually show me their loyalty and support, I strengthened my relationship with my brother and I feel as though we are not only siblings but true friends. I also started my Youtube channel, it was something that terrified me, but I am so glad I got out of my shell and followed a dream.

2018 for me is all about changes. I want to improve my health, happiness, friendships, and my blog. There are so many things I've put off for far to long, and I have learned that life does not slow down and will just continue to pass me by. I don't want to live my life with regrets anymore, the constant 'what if' plays in my head like a broken record... that is about to change! The following are a few of the things I would like to work on, and grow towards in 2018.

Health: I will admit that I am a generally small person, but that does not mean I am healthy. The truth is, I eat like shit and it is catching up to me. I am always tired, constantly sluggish and out of breath and have little to no core or upper body strength. In 2018 I plan on changing all of that. I am making a vow to myself to eat healthier and exercise on a consistence basis. This change to my routine will be hard, but I am up for the challenge.

Graduate: I am currently in my fifth year of University and I pray that I won't make it a sixth. I am so close to being able to graduate, I need the push and motivation to get me through the final courses. 2018 I will make this happen. Endless opportunities await me at the end of this long tunnel, I can't wait to see where 2018 takes me with my career.

Savings: I dream for the day that I will be finically stable to live on my own. The thought of my own place makes me beyond happy.  Cooking, cleaning, decorating, entertaining, oh the fun I will have! Once I graduate I will be debt free as I have worked hard and paid for every semester, not having the financial burden on my shoulders will help me achieve this goal.

Happiness: Some might find this selfish, but if you truly know me, you will understand. In 2018 I want to put myself first. I want to do what makes me happy, and not constantly cater to the needs of others. Don't get me wrong, there is nothing I love more than helping, guiding and encouraging others, but I have to find a balance. I need to do what I love and not worry about what others might think, but at the same time continue to show my love for those around me.

Relationships: Number one in my life has always been and always will be family and friends. I value each and every relationship I have. In 2018 I will continue to strengthen those relationships I am beyond grateful to have all while making new ones.  One thing I would like to work on in 2018 is that I would love to go out and date, I know the right guy is out there... I just have to find him!

Social Media: Although I have many social media accounts, In 2018 I want to focus on Instagram and VSCO. In 2017 on Instagram I only posted THREE times... that is sad and pathetic. I need to take more pictures, show my creativity, my smile and not worry about the amount of likes I will get.

Youtube: One of the scariest things I did in 2017 was start my Youtube channel. It has always something I have wanted to try and I am so glad I jumped out of my shell and took the plunge. In 2018 I want to grow my channel and learn how to make the best videos for you all. To do this I need your help and encouragement. It would mean the world to me if you would subscribe to my channel, that way you will get notified when I get the courage to post more videos.

Blogging: I love, love, love blogging. What started as a hobby years ago has turned into a passion. I may just be a small blog, but I am motivated to change that. In 2018 I plan on growing my audience and connecting with you all. I will admit that I get discouraged when no one comments or reads my posts but I won't let that stop me. If you are reading this or any of my other posts, just say a simple Hi in the comments, you have no idea how much that would mean to me and continue to encourage me. I hope that 2018 will bring me not only new blogger friends, but the opportunity to work with brands, companies and other amazing bloggers.

I need a fresh start and I have a good feeling about 2018. I hope I can accomplish my hopes, dreams and goals... 2018 will be my year.

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