Tuesday, 27 May 2014


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All dressed up for my interview yesterday!
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"Hi Mommy! Look how cute I am. Please cuddle me!"
enjoying:  kitty cuddles (always), days full of sunshine, time spent with Brandon, & reading on the patio.

dreaming: about the future and what life will look like down the road.

loving: how my body craves exercise and forces me to do something active every day. Yay!

watching: too much HGTV.

reading: finally reading Allegiant and can't put it down!

thinking about:  how messy our apartment is and how I have no desire to clean it.

drinking: copious amounts of tea and water since I'm sick. Boo!

running: and exploring our new neighborhood.

painting:  I need to paint our t.v. stand and coffee table but I'm struggling to decide what colour to use!

craving: not too much. being sick takes away my appetite.

listening to:  the t.v. in the background and the birds chirping outside.

missing: already missing Brandon. He's gone today until Sunday for bowling nationals!

feeling:  gross cause of this darn cold, excited to go home on Thursday, & glad that the sun is shining!

Now I'm off to have a lazy day in hopes of getting rid of this nasty cold. Have a great Tuesday! :)

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

May Long Weekend

This past weekend was amazing! Maggie and I met Brandon in Portage at 4:30 when he was off work and we all headed home for the weekend. Friday night, we had supper at my house and then went back into town to have a drink with our friend Sarah. She also lives in Winnipeg, so we all agreed we must make a better effort to see each other often.

Saturday morning, we woke up early (7:00 a.m, blah!) to help Brandon's grandparents get there garage sale organized and set up. We then hit up a few garage sales since it was the town wide garage sale day in Minnedosa. We didn't buy anything which is unheard of! Then we were off to Shoal Lake to Brandon's parents cabin to hang out for the day and night. We went for a long walk with Titan, tried to have a bonfire, played cards, had too many drinks, and taught his parents how to play beer pong! It was so much fun and a night I will never forget!

On Sunday, we woke up to breakfast already made by his parents. We ate and decided to go for another walk since the sun was shining! We talked for 1.5 hours and explored the whole cabin and campground area. It was the perfect way to spend a Sunday morning. Brandon and I then packed up our bags and hit the road back to my house for the night. We had supper with my parents, Auntie Heather, both my Grandma's and my cousin Amanda. We then spent the rest of the evening playing games with my parents!

Monday we ate breakfast and then packed up the car once again. We offered our friend Richard a ride back to the city, so we ended up having a jam packed car but it all worked out.

Basically, this past weekend was the perfect mix of relaxation, family time, and fun. It was nice to spend lots of time outdoors finally! I love being back in the city but it's always nice to visit home and family! :)

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Fork in the Road

 This is a realization I had today. I am so thankful for the heartbreak and disappointment I have felt, I truly love where I am and the path I'm on.
I have always been a writer. I always kept a journal growing up, now I'm always making lists and writing down thoughts, and of course blogging too. Some days, I am just compelled to write whatever is weighing heavily on my heart. Today is one of those days. I was just sitting here on my couch and became overwhelmed with emotions. Frustration, excitement, sadness, annoyance. This is a time of immense change for me and it hasn't been easy. I'm not very good with change, I'm not a very flexible person, and I always like to have a plan in place for EVERYTHING in life (ask Brandon, this trait drives him insane!). So to say it's been a tough month would be an understatement.

One minute I was comfortably living at home with my parents, not paying for much of anything. They are really good for supporting me and they understood that I was living at home for the year to save money. I was comfortable and mostly satisfied. Sure I was 21 and living at home again but it made life easy for me. I always had a plan to move out August 2014, when I got accepted to school. Except I didn't get accepted and my life kind of got uprooted pretty quickly. Brandon wasn't satisfied in his job at CIBC and he was constantly looking for something better suited to him. I can't express to you how proud of him I am, he is so hard working and he deserves this job! He constantly told me he wanted a good job that would allow him (and us) and better future. I took a leap of faith and decided pretty quickly to move to the city with him. This is totally out of character for me but I knew that Brandon would be supportive of me.

I thought "I will just move to the city and find a job in my field (kinesiology)". However, apparently life doesn't work that way and it's not that easy to just find a job on a whim. I feel like I am qualified, hard working, reliable, people-oriented, and passionate. I have applied for a million jobs, had an interview, got my hopes up, and still nothing. It's less financial and more personal right now. I have quite a bit of money saved up but it's really starting to wear me down mentally. I feel inadequate and frustrated and sad. I like waking up every day and having a purpose or a goal. I like working hard and being busy and having a new challenge every day. 

I have looked into a million options for jobs, education, etc. I talked to a high school friend who is a massage therapist and then I went to tour the school last week. It seems like a great career but why am I so hesistant? Is it because I am scared that it may not be a good fit for me or is it because it's an expensive program to take? I have also looked into personal training, nutritionist, health coach, etc. So many different options. Some days, my mind races in a million different directions. This is tough for me. I like a plan, I like knowing my next step, I hate when things are all up in the air. 

Basically, I needed to write this post to get it all off my chest. Now I plan to deep clean my apartment, apply for more jobs, workout, have a nice bubble bath, and try to stay positive. I know that life is good at throwing curve balls and I know that everything will work out how it's supposed to. So for now, I will just weather this rough patch and look forward to all the good things that are sure to come my way soon!

Monday, 12 May 2014

Healthy Habits!

 Today's TalkWorthy topic:  Healthy Living!

Well what do you know, it's Monday once again! Weekends just seem to fly by right before my eyes. Even though I don't currently have a job I seem to be keeping very busy. My mom and sister were in the city from Wednesday until Friday last week which involved lots of shopping and an early Mother's Day supper. Friday was a friends birthday BBQ, Saturday I went shopping with Ashley and then out to the VIP theater with Brandon, and Sunday was a cleaning, relaxing day. Life seems to be flying by and I really need to get better at documenting all aspects of my life!

Anyways, for anyone that knows me well or reads my blog, they would know that I am a health/fitness nut! I have a handful of tips and tricks that I consistently follow to help me feel and look better. I hate when I let my exercise and healthy eating habits slip away from me, I just start to feel blah. So I thought I would share some basic tips with you guys :)

Quick & Easy Healthy Tips:

1. Always take water & healthy snacks with you every where you go. I like to pack bags of trail mix, a piece of fruit, or a granola bar and stick it in my purse.

2. Do something active everyday. Whether it be a full blown workout or just a quick walk or intensive house cleaning. Just get up, get moving, and get your blood pumping! If I sit around too long, I get stiff and achy.

3. Ditch your high sugar, high calorie drinks and drink more water and green tea! It may seem funny to you but I don't drink pop or juice of any kind. It's too sweet for me and I simply don't like the taste of it. Instead, I drink an ice cold glass of water to quench my thirst. 

4. De-stress daily. Whether it be by taking a bubble bath, having some quiet time to yourself, or doing some yoga. It is super important to allow yourself to just relax and decompress. Too much stress is detrimental to your body!

5. SLEEP! Get at least 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Shut off your phone/computer/tablet and just go to sleep. I prefer to read my book before I go to bed (I need to work on this one).

6. Eat a small healthy snack/meal every 3-4 hours. Some of my favourite go-to snacks are cottage cheese with fruit, apple with peanut butter, veggies & dip, trail mix with a piece of fruit, yogurt & granola parfait, or homemade granola bars. 

7. Stay positive! It is so easy to get off track and get frustrated and give up. Instead, acknowledge that you have made some bad decisions and plan for success. When you're lacking motivation, make yourself get up off the couch and workout. Pack your lunch the night before, pre-plan healthy meals, and be proud of any small achievements you have made! You can do it, just keep trying your best!

To be honest, I haven't worked out last Wednesday. I had a lot going on the past few days and I didn't make my workouts or healthy eating a priority. But instead of being annoyed with myself and giving up, I am choosing to make healthier choices this week. I will workout today, I will stay positive, and I will keep working towards the best version of me possible!

Here's to a new healthy week. Make healthy choices everyday! :)

Monday, 5 May 2014


 Keep your face always toward the sunshine & the shadow will fall behind you. - Walt Whitman | #happiness #quote
enjoying:  limbo time between jobs. I am spending my free time organizing/decorating our apartment, cuddling miss maggie, and catching up on shows.

dreaming: about summer and everything the future has to bring.

loving: life. i'm so glad I took the leap of faith and moved to winnipeg with brandon.

watching: Hart of Dixie. I just can't stop.

reading: haven't read too much lately, I need to get back into it.

thinking about:  how I need to start crossing things off my 'to do' instead of sitting on the couch.

drinking: cinnamon roll coffee, yum!

running: with Brandon and exploring our new neighbourhood!

painting: need to re-stain our coffee table and book shelf and paint my nails for my interview tomorrow!

craving:  sweet potato fries, taco salad, and froyo. weird combo!

listening to: can't get enough of the indie playlists on songza.

laughing: at the cutest snap chats from my bff Justine & my sweet niece Casey!

feeling: grateful for our awesome apartment and great family, excited for the future, & nervous for my job interview tomorrow!

Saturday, 3 May 2014

New Beginning!

Brandon left a surprise for Maggie & I when we arrived at our new apartment! :)
Well well, it has been awhile since I paid any attention to this little bog of mine! I know I have been saying it a lot lately but life has been crazy and hectic. It is wild how quickly life and plans can change. One second I was happily working at the Research Station and hoping to get accepted into the Masters program in Occupation Therapy and the next second Brandon gets his dream job and we're moving to Winnipeg.

Thankfully, we found a great, reasonably priced apartment in the ideal location. We are so excited to be living together in our own space finally! We are adjusting to living away from our parents with adult responsibilities like paying for rent and groceries haha! Brandon is loving his job and is excited about learning new things and getting adjusted to working somewhere that he enjoys. The driving will be an adjustment for him but the pay is worth it. I am currently job/school hunting and just trying to figure out what I would like to do with my future. I am looking into tons of different options and trying to keep a positive outlook about my future. 

I have a job interview on Tuesday with Sport Manitoba for a summer position. I'm also looking into Massage Therapy school. It seems like a career I would really enjoy and I talked to a good friend from high school who is currently a massage therapy and she got me even more excited about it! We will see what happens. There have been lots of unexpected things happen in my life lately but I am excited for the opportunities to come in the future! Over the past month, I have really learned to go with the flow more and just appreciate the chaos and confusion because better things are right around the corner!

Since I now have internet in our apartment, I plan to blog more often again! Maybe share some photos of our cute little apartment.

Here is to the future & new beginnings! Happy weekend everyone :)