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Life Goals for a 27 Year Old Woman

Posted in My Life, Opinion, Real Life.

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What are the life goals for a 27 year old woman supposed to be now? I’ve been asking myself this a lot lately.

When we’re younger, we have goals of what we’ll be when we grow up – a firefighter, a doctor, a pilot, or in my case, a kangaroo. When we’re a bit older than that, we have goals for school grades and university acceptance, to buy a car and for when to move out of our parents’ house and so on. A bit older than that, it’s find a job, then find an actual decent job, then buy a house (or rent, whatever). But what if you’ve done all those things already? Then what?

Is it pessimism if I say, "That's bullshit, damn cookie!"

Is it pessimism if I say, “That’s bullshit, damn cookie!”

Well, I skipped over a bunch. I never really went to university, I didn’t get my driver’s license until later than most, I didn’t care about boyfriends, etc. But long story short, I did the major ones – I finished school, I got a job, then a better job, I bought a (town)house. And I even have a boyfriend to boot. Awesome.

So now what am I supposed to do? Career goals? What does that even mean anymore, to have a “career goal”? Is it a particular job title, a role, a promotion, a certain salary in mind, or switching careers entirely. I don’t even know what I want. I like my job, sure, and I can picture doing it for a very long time, but in a nonlinear career path like mine in the creative/marketing sphere, what is the next rung of the ladder? Am I supposed to leave my small firm for a big one? I like this small firm. And as for following my intuition – well, where is that bitch nowadays, huh?

How do I break into this "subconscious filing cabinet" you speak of?

How do I break into this “subconscious filing cabinet” you speak of?

Don’t even get me started on the issue of career vs. children. I am not sure what to think about that yet (mostly because I don’t have kids), but somehow I think it’s still rather impossible to have it all… I’d love some opinions on this from career-driven mamas out there.

I do not feel in control of my life. How can I create goals when I feel I have no control over accomplishing them? This is what I’ve been wondering lately. I assume this is typical of most 20-somethings… Probably everyone, really. How do you cope with such crazy worries in your head? Or, unlike me, do you have your life goals all figured out?

3, 2, 1... Reach for the stars! Or not.

3, 2, 1… Reach for the stars! Or not.



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Monday

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The Amazing Chelsea Handler Live in Seattle

Posted in My Life, Real Life.

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I AM DYING. My boyfriend and I went to see the amazing, stellar, magnificent human being known as Chelsea Handler live in Seattle on April 18th for her “Uganda Be Kidding Me” live tour. I’ve been looking forward to this trip for SO long! I think my boyfriend even enjoyed it. I’ve been forcing him to watch her show, Chelsea Lately, with me every night and I think he secretly likes it. The show was a bit expensive, including our hotel, but after discovering her books last year and her talk show this year, I am in the midst of full-blown ChelseaMania. If you’re curious, the main symptoms include increased vodka consumption, not giving a fuck, and calling everything around you a “nugget”.

I won’t give the show away, but if she’s coming to a city near you then I highly suggest you go. I almost peed myself in the theatre (I’m sure some people did).

My boyfriend and I waited in the border crossing lineup for 6 hours which included a super-trusting moment for me where I let him inch my car up in first gear through the line while I ran down the highway, arms flailing, looking for a cafe in order to use their bathroom. It was an intense moment for sure. I don’t let anyone drive my car so I would say that’s the equivalent of me proposing to him.

After the show, I got my book signed by Chelsea. She is much smaller in person! You know when you watch a celeb on TV or see them perform and you somehow think they are so tall and, whatever, they aren’t. She is hot up close too. Anyway.

I had about 0.5 seconds to say something clever and nice to her without being like, “omgz I loves you” or something lame like that. I was so nervous! When it was my turn, she took my book and smiled and said, “How are you?” and I blurted out, “I love all the shit that comes out of you. (pause) Literally.” … UMMM Why did I add the “literally” and make it super weird and awkward?! OMG. Since she told a story about food poisoning during her show, she smiled and replied, “I know, right, geez that was embarrassing”. AHHHHH. Well, at least it made her smile. But still one of my top ten most awkward moments of my entire life. *facepalm*

Chelsea Handler Live in Seattle



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Thursday

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Life Lately: The Start of Spring

Posted in My Life, Photography, Real Life.

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I always see other bloggers sharing awesome photos from their lives, so I thought, why don’t I do the same? Because I like it. I often snap quick pictures (yes, with my phone, ugh) of interesting things I see and one of the reasons I started this blog was to help me become a better photographer too. No, I don’t mean like a professional, I’ll probably never get there, but to at least make my everyday shots look good and improve my skills. Hooray for skills.

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These past few months have been really transformative for me. Literally. It’s like I’m becoming a new person. I have to sort out complicated finances and tax situations for this year, when previously it was “income in, expenses out, now order a pizza”. I started going to see a counsellor. Nope, I’m not a nutbar, just wanted to improve my emotional intelligence and life skills. (Fun fact: I am also a bit of a nutbar. Isn’t everyone?) Lots of stuff goin’ on!

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Here’s what my life has been made of lately:

  • 1. My cat became a senior citizen with her 12th birthday. Awww.
  • 2. My boyfriend and I bought a townhouse together – woo! We move in June. Goodbye analogue elevator in my 1950s shanty apartment!
  • 3. I’ve still found time to explore Vancouver and drink delicious beer at Tap & Barrel (mmm! good food too!).
  • 4. I drove my car onto a pedestrian-only walkway by the Vancouver Seawall in order to have my car-baby in an auto show. (Don’t worry, that’s a whale made out of Lego!)
  • 5. I found my new favourite brand of clean eating chocolate bar: Giddy YoYo. They are so delicious (and Canadian made, woo!). And dangerously for chocoholics like me, they allow you to order online!
  • 6. I had a perfect hair bun day. Sigh. They are so few and far between.
  • 7. Oh yeah, and the Olympic Torch in Coal Harbour is pretty cool too.
  • 8. And lastly, I discovered that my cat goes nuts for avocado. Like in a run into your dinner plate, crawl in your face, get that avocado in any way possible, fight to survive type of way. Is this normal (probably not)? Are avocados bad for cats? It alarms me that I found no results for that search term on Google. She must be a California Siamese.

Finally, it feels like spring is finally here – hooray. What’s been the highlight of your week so far?



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Monday

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April 2014

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The Double Life of a Secret Blogger

Posted in Blog Business, Blogging Tips, Opinion, Real Life.

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Happy Monday, wheeee! I actually love Mondays. They charge me up for the week and get my creative juices flowing. #MondayLove Anyhoo, I’ve had some “blog biz” on my mind this past week and I wanted to share…

As I wrote about before, I am still figuring out the voice of this blog and what I really want to focus on writing about. So, of course bear with me while I do that but also, come along for the ride and have fun. But with that said, content is one thing. I can experiment with that, try new things, toss away old things, whatever. But I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my blogging “double life” and how to best manage that.

Right now, no one that I know in my real-world life knows about this blog (or so I think, what do I know). I haven’t told anyone about it and I don’t post links to it from my social media accounts. I’m not making a point to hide it but I’m not telling everyone, “Hey, come read my blog!” Don’t get me wrong, I’m not ashamed of my blog in any way – I am excited to start writing about things I love because, well, I love writing and there’s lots of things I want to learn and explore. Ain’t nothin’ wrong with that. But yet, I’m still hesitant to “let the cat out of the bag” and tell my friends and family and occasional Facebook stalker that I have a blog. Why? Do you struggle with the same thing?

Realistically what I look like when I write blog posts. Except girly.
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I’m curious about how others approach this, for my own data gathering before making a decision (did I mention I’m a very rational human being?). I guess it’s just that old-fashioned social nervousness about putting myself out there. What is there to be afraid of? I’m not sure.

Did you go balls to the walls and announce to anyone who would listen that you have a blog, and post about it on your social media channels? Or did you quietly start a blog, working at it for awhile, and then come out of the blog closet to reveal to your real-life peeps that you’re a blogger and hey, go check it out. Or are you like me, the third category, secretly blogging when no one’s around and leading a super non-exciting, zero chance of danger type of double life?



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Saturday

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April 2014

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Banana Cinnamon Protein Pancakes

Posted in Breakfast Recipes, Food & Fitness.

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Protein pancakes have been around for awhile. But I threw together this particular mixture the other day and was thrilled with the results! Hot, cinnamon-ey, fluffy pancakes that are clean and healthy and SUPER filling. NOM!

Protein Pancake Recipe

Believe it or not, I have never successfully made pancakes before this incident, even with that non-clean eating crap Bisquick stuff or whatever it is. Gross. Anyway, these are way better and you don’t even need syrup or anything – they are good to go on their own! You could always add some strawberries, blueberries or other fruit/chosen item as a garnish if you so wish.

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The best part is these are ready to go in 10 minutes or less, so they are perfect for busy mornings (which is every morning for me because I am a terrible morning person and I hate them).

Also – I tried them with chocolate protein powder and they were also very tasty. See below picture – they almost look like little steak patties (weird? probably). I think the vanilla is still better though… but you try it and see what you prefer. I’ve also seen strawberry protein powder out there… HMM?! Probably amazeballs with that. Go forth and experiment!

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Banana Cinnamon Protein Pancakes
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 big banana, mashed up
  2. 1 egg
  3. 1 scoop (30g) vanilla protein powder (I used Kaizen Natural Whey Vanilla Bean, yum!)
  4. 1/2 tsp almond milk
  5. cinnamon, to taste (I used about 1 tsp)
Instructions
  1. Mix up all the ingredients in a bowl - make sure that banana is mashed up real good!
  2. Spray a nonstick frying pan with olive oil or other nonstick spray and fry it up over medium heat - about 1-2 minutes on the first side and a minute on the other, depending on your stove. Make sure to flip it halfway!
Notes
  1. Nutritional info: approx 300 calories, 33g carbs, 6g fat, 33g protein, 6g fibre, 144mg sodium
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