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January 2015

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Life, Luck and Little Green Men

Posted in My Life, Opinion, Real Life.

I am not a religious person, nor even spiritual. I have always been more of the sciencey type. Not so much wondering the “why” of things, but more the “how”. I don’t disbelieve in the thought of a higher power and all that, and have full respect for people who do believe, but I’ve never been able to wrap my brain around there being some cool guy/girl/alien out there who just… loves everyone. It’s totally possible of course and I am not writing this to start a discussion on religion, I am just saying that for me, my mind is rooted in what I can see, hear, taste, touch and smell (sometimes I wish it wasn’t rooted in things I can smell – amirite?).

But I can’t help but feel that sometimes the universe/big guy up there/big girl up there/big alien up there has something to tell me. It’s usually a message like, “Hey, dummy, you should probably wise up a little!” and though I firmly believe I create my own destiny, I also can’t help but shake my head sometimes at the way things work out for me. I wonder if just maybe there is a force out there taking in my dreams and my efforts and giving me that extra push forward. Maybe. But then I think “nahhhh…”

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Example time. I recently left a toxic work environment to pursue something else for myself. No giant revelation there, but I feel it was a good step that has led me to many other good things. I have my inner peace back and it’s great. That peace allowed me to do something I’ve wanted to do for a long time – apply for a freelance writing position. I’m still your average 9-to-5 office dweller, but I was surprised that after applying for this freelance gig, I got a response just a few hours later. They hired me after reading my samples! I was blown away. I had thought about it for so long, being a fan of this publication, and thought I just wasn’t good enough for that kind of thing. Sure I like to write, but to be an actual writer? Very different things.

Being published is something I have wanted for a very long time. I had mostly given up on that dream, but now it’s really happening. I couldn’t be happier with where my life choices have taken me recently and I feel like I am on the right path for me, for the first time in quite a few years. While I know it was my own doing, I also can’t shake the notion that maybe – just maybe – a lil’ green dude circling the galaxy  in his spaceship is sending me a signal, a cosmic high-five from the universe, saying, “Right on, sista.”

I guess I just feel kinda like this today… (Who remembers this classic movie?!)

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December 2014

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What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do

Posted in My Life, Opinion, Real Life.

I’ve had to make a few tough decisions lately, in various parts of my life: professional and personal. I’m turning 28 next week, which is still young I know and in 5 years I’ll look back and say to myself, “Damn you and your YOUTH when you thought it was over!” But I’ve really had to think about my future lately. Not only mine, but ours, as a family. It’s just my fiance and I (and our cat!) for now, but we do plan on having kids in the near (years) to come. So my tough decisions no longer just affect me – they affect my guy, and our future unborn children. Scary thought.

Tough Decisions

Shit is getting real.

I quit my job yesterday. It was a relatively new job, half a year, and I hated the thought of leaving so soon and hopping to another job. I want security, a long-term professional home, not to hop around. But still, that job was toxic. I could write pages and pages of how and why it was toxic, and what it was doing to my stress levels, my mental health, and so much more, but it doesn’t really matter. It was just a toxic environment and that’s all that matters. I learned in recent years to value myself. My health, my mental health, my dreams, my wants, my LIFE. When I was asked to do some unethical things at work, that was the last straw for me. I knew I had to leave. So I did. Simple, right?

I have a new job now, lined it up before I quit because I’m responsible like that (now). Right now I am making about half of what I made at the toxic job. I am stressed about money. A lot. We have a townhouse to pay for, a wedding to pay for in six months, and zero savings. Our strata payment comes out of our account in 3 days and we are still $100 short for it, so I need to come up with $100 in 3 days. I’m stressed. But it’s a different stress. Money isn’t important. Money causes stress, because without it, we wouldn’t live a comfortable life. We wouldn’t have our nice home, and good food, and all those first-world things we deem as “needs”. So I am stressed, but I am okay with that because it is a different kind of stress. It’s not stress about unethical business practices, or getting things thrown at my head by my boss, or dealing with backstabbing coworkers, or being sweared at constantly, or having to witness a CEO have a toddler meltdown at 11am because the coffee is cold. Those kind of stressors weigh heavily on the mind, and body. Stress about money? That’s nothing. I realized something about myself the other day. I am good at solving problems. Not having enough money is just a problem waiting to be solved. My deadline is in 3 days. So, I will figure it out. I’m good with deadlines.

This is my problem solving face.Photo: Pixabay.com

This is my problem solving face.
Photo: Pixabay.com

I left the money behind because I value myself more than that. I value my brain, my soul, my heart, my health, my peace more than that. I am not sure if my fiance truly understands or agrees with my decision, but that’s okay too. We support each other’s decisions, even when we don’t agree with them. That’s what teammates do.

Maybe our friends won’t understand that we can’t go on vacation with them, or out to parties a lot, or to concerts and sports games, and events. And that we don’t have the latest clothes, technology, etc. That’s okay. Sometimes I get jealous, sure. It’s easy to be jealous. But it’s difficult to practice gracefulness and gratefulness every day. I’ve never picked the easy road before, so why start now?

When you are stuck between a rock and a hard place with a decision – whether it’s work, or personal, or life, or money – and you don’t know what to do… Pick the option that proves you value yourself. That you respect yourself. Because in any situation, the common denominator is always going to be you. You’re stuck with you. You might as well be proud of yourself wherever you are. I am proud of me today.

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December 2014

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Pinnacle Pier Hotel Review & Contest!

Posted in My Life, Real Life, Vancouver.

Awhile back, I won a little Twitter contest for a free night at the beautiful Pinnacle Pier Hotel in North Vancouver. They graciously gave my fiance and I a drop-dead gorgeous Harbour View room… did I mention it was free? Here’s what it looked like (images courtesy of the Pinnacle Pier Hotel website):

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We meant to go in the summer for our anniversary but I was super sick at that time. Boo. We went the weekend before Halloween this year so it was a bit cold and rainy (nothing surprising to us Vancouverites) but still a fantastic time. Even though it was just one night, it felt like such a luxurious getaway for the two of us… like a mini vacation.

The hotel is full of great little details. For one thing – the makeup mirror. Okay, girls care about this. You know when you go on vacation, and you’re going to go out on the town and wanna look really nice but the hotel bathroom is always dark and the lights cast a weird shadow on your face? Pinnacle at the Pier is the only hotel I’ve ever been to with a LIGHTED mirror! And, a little magnifying makeup mirror too. Oh man. As a makeup addict like myself, this was heaven to see. It made getting ready so fast.

We decided to treat ourselves to a nice dinner. My fiance and I both love seafood, which of course coastal British Columbia is known for. The hotel also operates a wonderful restaurant, Pier 7, steps away and perched right over the water with a beautiful city view of Vancouver. Seriously, check this out (photos from the Pier7 website):

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The food there is exceptional, locally-sourced and FRESH. Our server was fantastic. The ambiance is romantic, but casual, and we just had an amazing and relaxing time. Oh yeah, and this is a place where the $13 drinks are really worth it. They’re so tasty. I highly recommend the Dark n’ Stormy – rum and beer it was. With candied ginger. Guh! So good.

Food-wise, we started with the pound of steamed mussels in garlic butter. Amazing. I had the Seared Ahi Tuna entree, and my fiance had the steak. I can still remember how it tasted. Just divine.

If you’re hanging around North Vancouver, I highly recommend checking out Pier 7 for lunch or dinner, or if you’re visiting from out of town, the Pinnacle Pier Hotel is a great choice. You’re also just blocks away from the SeaBus terminal to connect you to downtown Vancouver (a 15 minute transit ride!).

ENTER TO WIN A FREE NIGHT’S STAY!

They are running another Twitter contest for Christmas for a free night at the hotel! View the tweet here to enter. Good luck!

* This post was NOT sponsored in any way by Pier 7 or Pinnacle Pier Hotel. All opinions are my own, and I have not been compensated for writing this post.


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November 2014

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Favourite Web Apps for Blogging

Posted in Blog Business, Blogging Tips.

I do a lot of my blogging away from my home computer. Sometimes I start drafts on my phone, or on my lunch break at work if I get a good idea. Sometimes it’s out with friends at night and I am struck with a post idea, so I quickly write it down in my phone and carry on with the evening.

Blog Web Apps

I use Photoshop for a lot of graphics but sometimes I am not near the beloved Adobe beast, so I use a lot of handy web apps to make things too. Here’s some of my most-used faves.

1. Canva. I love their pre-made layouts and easy editing tools to make cool collages and photo displays. I often use this to put together collage posts!

2. Pixlr. While not as powerful as Photoshop, of course, it is a handy little tool. When saving at large resolutions, it can make things look a little fuzzy, so I only like to use it when absolutely necessary. However, for smaller blog graphics it’s perfect. Especially on the go! (They also have mobile apps for iPhone and Android.)

3. Pixabay. Most of the time I use my own personal photos for blog posts here, or find some funny things around the internet. But sometimes, I need a decent stock photo. But as I blog for fun, I’m not about to pay $100 for a pro stock image. Pixabay comes in handy here – all images are high-quality, and best of all, free!

4. Box. Out of all the cloud file services out there – Dropbox, Google Drive, etc – I find Box to be the most reliable, easiest, and versatile. I throw everything in there and I love having easy access to it via web or the mobile app. Great for putting blog post ideas in while on the go, or for storing images and stuff to upload into a post later on.

What are your fave web apps – for blogging or not?



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Wednesday

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November 2014

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#JustCatThings

Posted in My Life, Real Life.

I’m sure some of you have seen the #JustGirlyThings memes going around the Interwebs. Here’s a Tumblr blog full of them if not. Not that they are anything life-shattering. Basically, a quick recap for those who may not know – some stock-type photos of 99% white girls doing something “girly” like buying a Pumpkin Spice Latte, with a stereotypical quote like, “Autumn is the best season.” followed by the hashtag #JustGirlyThings. In a nutshell.

Here are some examples…

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Well. I have a cat. So, I introduce to you… #JustCatThings featuring Audrey my cat.

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Clearly I have too much time on my hands some days…! But, you know, cats. So like, I had to.



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