Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Awesome Day Turned Sour Turned Sweet Again

Today was my first day of practicum and it was awesome. Met with my supervisor(s) and had a relaxing introduction to the next six months. It was nice that the weather was a bit shady still since the buses to the school were cancelled so barely any students were there. Gave us a nice opportunity to get a tour of the school and meet some staff. Although I won't be working in the school I was in today it was still a great time. My classmate Anna and I will be working closely together and it was great getting to know her a little bit better today. I first met her in one of my classes in September and quickly recognized what an amazing person she was. Unfortunately, I didn't have the opportunity to spend that much time with her as we didn't have any assignments together. Really looking forward to this placement with her. We won't be working directly with one another but lots of opportunity to do projects and programs together.

I was so pumped after my day today. I was ready for a great night for my other friend, Katherine. I adore her and we have gotten really close since this summer. She's the one that really introduced me to working at lululemon and she's actually a big inspiration in my life these days. We had planned to go to yoga and have a tea date afterwards. It was literally the perfect end to the day. But, my car has been having troubles for the last while and of course it had to act up today. I didn't make it to yoga and I could just see Katherine there doing her tree pose, looking around the room and seeing I didn't make it. I felt like I had stood up my girlfriend. I sent a teary text message and was so worried she wouldn't respond out of anger, betrayal, and frustration. But she did! And she invited me to her house for a tea date still. After a very stressful evening, it was just what I needed.

Thanks to friends for being amazing. Feeling all kinds of friendship love tonight.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Gratitude Notes [1]

One of my goals for the year of 2014 was to start writing gratitude notes. When I first wrote that one the list I thought of it as a time I would literally write out some notes to give to the people and places that inspired me, coached me, helped me, and deserved some type of acknowledgement. But tonight when I sat down to write a post I thought that writing these notes more regularly was a pretty sweet idea as well.

I am grateful for snow days. We knew a big storm was heading in over night but we were not sure at all how bad it would really be. Turned out that even as a "drive in any weather at any time" gal, the weather this morning was way too dangerous. It was great to have an extra day of holiday with no work and to get a kick-start on the Hol:Fit cleanse without being super stressed out.

I am grateful for puppy cuddles. It must have been the weather today but Zoey was just so cuddly today.

I am grateful for the comfort of living in a house with heating. I thought many times today of those who are not as fortunate as I am and are looking for spaces in shelters or churches around the city. I can't even begin to imagine what they must be going through during this cold, cold bouts of weather.

I am grateful for avocados. Yum.

I am grateful for spending some more time with Ryan before my busy schedule kicks in. We lounged around all day (not new for us) but it was great to have some time just the two of us before the madness starts.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Back to the Grind with a Detox Cleanse

Today is the last day of my holidays. I remember my last day of class about a month and a half ago and wondering what the heck I was going to do with all that time. I have dreams of reading an endless amount of books, catching up on some research and literature for school, organizing the apartment, and so many other things. Turns out I was insanely busy with work and although stressful at times, looking back on it tonight it really was a blast. I read a bit but definitely not as much as I wished. Organized a bit but not as much as I should have.

Working at lululemon introduced me to a number of awesome people in our community here in London, Ontario or as we like to call them, ambassadors. Ange Peters is one of those people. She is the founder and creator of Hol:Fit, a nutrition, fitness, and wellness website and community. So when I heard that she was heading up a detox cleanse after the holidays, I knew I had to jump up and take action. Today I spent my day shopping for my weekly goodies, working a shift at work, and then planning my whole week.

And as always the Erin Condren planner is working amazingly and I love every inch of it. 

Excited to see how this week will turn out!  

Friday, January 3, 2014

Insecurity and Uncertainty

Today I feel grateful for those times I feel unsure, questioning, curious, and sometimes wrong. That uncomfortable feeling when you are not right, confident, or certain. I feel like that's when I really become myself. Being secure everyday of my life would allow little growth and development. Today while working I felt like I just kept screwing up. I didn't have the confidence to make smart and quick decisions. I've always felt that is one of the biggest keys to success is humble confidence. Working at lululemon for the last month has been a constant learning experience. I often wonder if I will ever be at that comfort level you get to. But I feel like that speaks volumes to the type of work lululemon provides to their employees and what most great jobs should have: constant learning opportunities and uncertainty. Don't you just hate those people that think they know everything?! It's because they haven't been forced to question themselves or be challenged.

As much as it's a struggle on my emotionally sensitive self to get through those moments, it's hours later (like right now) that I can appreciate the struggle. But like many others out there I wonder whether those I work with notice the uncertainty or if they see the learning too.

Either way, I'm grateful.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

That Goal List

This here is a big year for me. I celebrate my champagne birthday this year! 23 on the 23rd. I have literally been waiting for this day for as long as I can remember. Weird, I know. But in middle school I developed a severe obsession with all things 23 (not like the movie 23 but close in a happier way). For a quick explanation...I was born on the 23rd, 2 times 3 is 6 the month I was born in (June), Ryan asked me to be his girlfriend on January 23rd, 2004 and his partner forever on July 23rd, 2013.

So what better way to kick this year off right than a list of 23 things to accomplish. Now as much as I am a lister I'm not the best with commitment and fully accomplishing things I've set out before in the past. Originally I was thinking I would make this list simple, easy but fun things to get done. HOW BORING. NO! I've re-decided that in order to invest into this at all I need to set some dramatic, inspiring, challenging goals worth tracking and checking off. So with the help of my life partner here we are:

1. Blog once a day for a year - I gotta document this don't I?!
2. Run at least 3 road races
3. Go on a hot air balloon ride
4. Watch all Battlestar Galactica and Dr. Who episodes
5. Book all wedding related things
6. Write gratitude letters
7. Watch the sunrise
8. Learn one new recipe each week (that's 52 dishes!)
9. Go on 2 mini road-trips
10. Volunteer somewhere I never have before
11. Pay my credit card regularly
12. Limit electronics time on Sundays to one hour
13. Run the Seawheeze half-marathon in Vancouver, BC
14. Go to my first NHL game
15. Start learning American Sign Language
16. More date nights with my momma
17. Get my first mala beads
18. Hold a hand stand for 10 seconds
19. Get a mani/pedi
20. Write a poem
21. Throw Ryan a kickass 23rd birthday too!
22. Be intentional. Write a daily intention each morning.
23. Drink champagne on my champagne birthday

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Ringing in 2014 with New Visions, Friends, and Love

I am so grateful to have spent the last month starting a new job at lululemon athletica in a mall in my hometown. It's been a perfect time to jump start a new life and new outlook and new passions. One of my favourite things about the company is their focus on development and potential. On my first day of training we did an exercise on working on our 10-year vision (you can check it out here too). Now I've always loved lists and goals but I'd never sat down to create a vision before. It's really helped me feel more grounded, determined, and purposeful in my day-to-day life.

Thanks to lululemon I've made way more connections in the community in order to commit to a healthier and more active life in 2014. This past year was full of huge milestones: earning my first degree, getting accepted to grad school, getting engaged, moving in together, and putting a deposit down on our wedding venue. I was so lucky to have my three best friends drive down to my place to spend new years eve together. One of the best new years I've ever spent eating Thai, drinking wine, chatting endlessly and falling asleep way too early! I see 2014 as a transitional year. One full of even more planning - wedding planning, career planning, lots of time management between school, practicum, and work. So I want to commit myself fully to the 2014 year of growth, development, and living an intentional life!

My first plans? A seven day detox with Hol Fit, finishing my 15 day run-a-day challenge, and creating some exciting yet achievable goals for the year.