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‘Making It’ in 2013

5 Jan

You may see this and think 100% about career… personally though, I must tell you that has little to nothing to do with career. To me, ‘making it’ it achieving success in your every day life, enjoying all of the small wins that turn into major successes. In the last year I have realized that success ultimately lies in the little things you do to make your life better, in turn these little things will cause pretty awesome things to happen. Not saying you don’t need to put in any significant efforts, just that if you are consistently doing little things for good, big things, real great big things start to happen.

So for 2013 these are things I am going to be consistently working on and ‘making it’ happen in my everyday life

Healthy Mind: Just because I am no longer a student doesn’t mean I have to stop learning. Continuous learning is so important to me. Achieve this by:

  • Read More Books
  • Meet with Mentors
  • Stay Up to Date on World Events
  • Keep this blog up to date… no more year leave of absences

Healthy Body: 1 Half Marathon Down and now 1 (Maybe 2) More to Go. Focus on:

  • Nutrition
  • Sleep
  • Drink Water (Lotsa Water)
  • Stick to the running plan
  • Get creative with the cross-training (Already signed up for a boxing bootcamp)
  • Physio/Massage Regularly

Healthy Soul: Everyone has to hit the reset button on occasion. You will find me:

  • With Family
  • Travelling
  • Reuniting with friends from Exchange
  • Disregarding all of the people so concerned about my current relationship status… that is my business and believe me, if he is important enough and you are important enough, trust me, I will tell you about him, so until then… leave it be. Thank you 🙂

I have to say that 2012 was an exceptional year and I have no doubt 2013 will be just as amazing, if not more. I may not be living abroad for 4 months at a time, but I really feel that this time of my life is just as exciting as a new adventure abroad. So buckle in and join me for the ride as I keep moving forward in to the new year!


Town Wide Yard Sale

16 May

Every year the town of St. Andrews gears up for the town wide yard sale, by 9 am there is a hustle and a bustle of people from the community and surrounding areas. In order to even have a chance at finding something good, we hit the streets with the rest of the eager beavers at 9 am. Our first stop was the basement of the Algonquin as they have lots of treasures in the basement that would be great for anyone that is looking for old pots and pans, TV cases, RCA TV’s for $2, dining room chairs, the list goes on and on. From there we wandered the streets looking for streets with lots of cars, giving us the signal that a yard sale was close by. All of this walking is when I discovered that I had made a crucial mistake, I wore the wrong shoes, flip flops were a bad choice… but I kept on trucking along, eager to find the next great thing.

Meandering through the town each home had something different to offer, many had toys and old Disney VCR Movies, and others had vinyl records and books that had been read many times over. The local library had an open door with a sign saying ‘books for sale by donation’. I love a good read, and I have plenty of time on my hands to enjoy a few good books this summer. I make my way into the basement to find various romance, mystery, science fiction, and alphabetized classic novels all for the taking. I find three that looked like they should be interesting, look on the back to see that in total they would have been worth about $50. At the register the lady thanked me for coming in and told me to give what ever I felt like, I handed her a $5 and her jaw almost hit the floor. I laughed and told her that it was totally fine as I thought that paying the $5 was a great deal. She physically would not let me leave until she gave me $3 back – I just got three books for $2 and may have discovered a newfound passion for yard sales!

The next stop was the parish office of one of the local churches where there was coffee/cookies/more stuff to try and get for a good deal. Purchase number two was a $0.50 power bar that I can use in my room. There is only one really awkwardly placed outlet for two girls with cell phones/laptops/flat irons/etc… it will be very handy!

Finally we arrived at Water Street (the main street) where many local businesses had set out tables of merchandise or yard sale stuff too. Scotiabank had a table of yard sale stuff that was also for sale by donation and all of the proceeds were to be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society. My third and final purchase was here. This one was kind of goofy and unnecessary but everyone in the house will get to use it. When we celebrated my birthday I had to wear a silly crown and from now on we have a birthday cake hat. After my donation of $5 we now have a hat for birthday parties for the rest of the summer. Some people who are not even celebrating birthdays while they are here want to wear it out to the bar just because it’s so awesome – hah!

I came home with 3 books, 1 power bar, and 1 crazy birthday hat – total cost $7.50

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