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Catching Up: School, Influenster, and Life

Hello kind folks! So you’ve probably been wondering what the heck is going on with the blog… well, I’m looking for a change. I wasn’t really feeling the visual format of it, so I changed it. Now I notice that it doesn’t look good at all. So please bear with me while I make the necessary changes.

What have I been up to? Well, aside from trying to make this blog visually appealing, I have been incredibly busy with school. The second (and final term for this school year) is coming to a close very shortly – like, March 10. Reading Week is upon us (Yay! A glorious week off!) and then it will be back to the hustle and bustle and hustle of the last four weeks of classes.

I seriously cannot believe how quickly this school year has flown by. In all my years of being in university, it has never gone by this fast. Perhaps, because, for the first time I am really having a lot of fun. I am enjoying my practicum placement and this is something (teaching) that I am really passionate about, and something I really love. I love my cohorts (fellow students) and I am learning a lot. On Tuesday we had the most fun Curriculum Design class so far – a ton of laughter (we were crying), a little violence (it was in all good fun and no one got hurt – well, almost, but even they laughed), and some great ideas came out of our workshop. I’m also doing really good and for the first time, in forever, I am achieving grades of A – A+. It makes me feel like everything is all worthwhile.

I’m also having trouble in the finance department, but hey, aren’t we all? Being a full-time student makes it difficult to pick up substitute jobs; however, I am picking up quite a few on my afternoons off. Just not quite paying the bills like I had hoped. December was a bad financial month and I had to use all of my student aid funding to play catch up. It sucked. I’m trying my best to keep my head afloat and I just need to get through the next three months.

Recently, I have become the newest member of the Influenster network! Influenster is a network of people who test, review products and share their opinions with the world. I have been chosen for their L’Oreal Paris #HairExpertise campaign and I cannot wait to share the results with you. I received the product yesterday and I am genuinely surprised by the size of the sample product – almost Costco sized!

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This campaign runs for one month, so be sure to check back regularly for updates!

That is all for now my lovelies. I hope that you are all having a fabulous week and are looking forward to a fabulous weekend. It’s a long weekend here plus, Reading Week starts Monday. I have zero school assignment commitments this weekend so I plan to Netflix and chill… with a glass of wine.

XoXo!

-M.

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Age is just a number… deal with it

If I had to apply a Facebook relationship status to my twenties it would have been, “It’s Complicated”. My twenties were a mash-up of ups and downs, discovering freedom, dealing with tragedies and growing up faster than I should have. While the experiences put me through the ringer I will not trade it for anything in this world, it has made me stronger and I learned it’s going to take a hell of a lot to break me down. Haters gonna hate, bitches.

In just a month I will be turning 30. While some people dread it, I am very much looking forward to it.

After high school it’s difficult to be thrown to the wolves and try to deal with it. Now that that’s over, what they hell are you going to do? There are two things that you’re constantly fighting over – what society/parents/family tells you to do and then there’s what you want to do.

It’s like this.

Society/family/parents tell you to go to university, upgrade your education, get a job, get married and have kids. You want to go to university, complete it and then backpack around Europe for three months. Your twenties are all about finding out who you are, where you stand in life and the balance you need to find.

I was lucky to be blessed with parents who didn’t pressure me to do certain things – go to school, find a high paying successful job, get married and have kids. They really understood who I was and where I wanted to go in life. They knew I wasn’t going to marry young or have kids at a young age; I was always the hard working, continue my education kind of  kid and I respect that about them. “If it happens, it happens. Life is life” as they would always say. They didn’t kick me out of the house once I turned 18 because they both knew what that was like and that living on your own is twice as hard now than it was in the 70s.

In my twenties I started the ball going on my career path, said goodbye to the last of my grandparents, lost a best friend, traveled, purchased my first car; dealt with my dad’s health scares, found an awesome job, lost said awesome job, developed an excruciating injury, moved out and then moved back with my parents after being laid-off from a job. To put it lightly… it was a cluster#$% of a decade.

I learned a lot. I “found” myself and sense of being. Turns out I was the same kid all a long, just older, a bit wiser and still sometimes naive. I wasn’t going to change myself for anyone and I still feel that way. I am what I am, I am who I am.. just deal with it. If you don’t like it, there’s the door. Don’t let it hit you where the good Lord split you.

And with that decade coming to a close, a new one comes to open.

My thirties.

I am seriously looking forward to it. I guess it’s because of all the mystery behind it. What is it going to bring me?!

Yes, we all get older. It’s just a fact of life. Don’t spend another day worrying over your age. It’s just a number. Thirty is just a number. It comes after twenty-nine and before thirty-one. No matter what you inject into yourself or how many “magic” pills you take… you are not going to get any younger. Deal with it. Love your wrinkles, crows feet and laugh lines. Why would you want to hide it all away? Don’t you want people to know that you laughed and loved life even if it threw difficult shit your way? All that crap is just masking up what’s bottled up inside… Throw a great big $%^& you to the wind and move on.

When you turn thirty do you honestly feel different from the day before? No. You still feel the same. Unless you drank away your birthday, well… congratulations on the massive hangover, asshole. Thirty is not a death sentence. You’re not going to develop a full head of grey hair or a face full of pug-like wrinkles on the day your turn thirty. Instant aging at thirty is just a damn myth and you’re a damn fool if you believe in it.

So here’s to my thirties and to my twenties. I appreciate everything that I experienced then, hardships only make you stronger.

So who knows what my thirties will bring – marriage, kids, a successful career, a completed university degree… I’m not fretting, hoping or praying. Life is going to bring me what it brings me and I have to be patient. Good things do come to those who wait.

Whatever is thrown at me, I hope that continued happiness is one of them.

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Reinventing

The vacation I recently embarked on allowed me to recharge those mental and physical batteries, something I am very appreciative for. I am very fortunate to be able to afford time away, even for a short period of time, and while it may have not been to somewhere topical, it was a place that I love dearly and it allowed me to refresh.

This vacation gave me some clarity, which I needed. I was stressed, I’ve been working extremely hard and there were a few things that I needed to think about, reorganize if you will.

I am very fortunate to be employed. While it might not be 100% full-time employment, the bills get paid. When bills are paid, I am a happy duck. My job also allows me to have the summers off, which is quite enjoyable. I’ve been working full-time hours for most of it and while I am grateful, I have decided to take the remainder of August off once I go back to work next week (my assignment ends Thursday or Friday, depending on when the work load is complete). I will then go back once school starts up again after the September long weekend. While I will have August and part of September covered bill wise, I am debating about using Employment Insurance. EI is a great tool to have when you really need it, but if I can coast August without having to activate it, that would be great.

For the remainder of August I would like to do more. More blog writing (including a blog redesign), more traveling – within the province and only about an hour or so outside the city, get back into my gym routine (this time in the mornings) and strike up my freelancing plan. I’ve been thinking about that lately – freelancing. I would like to embark on document management/editing for companies who need it but don’t want to hire a full-time or part-time employee. I’m a Word wizard and can edit/format a document like no tomorrow. I’ve formatted/edited many company manuals, indexes, etc. and always thought of taking those talents outside of my 9-5 job. Over the next couple of days I plan on sitting down to work on a game plan and then execute said plan. I’m not expecting hundreds of businesses to knock on my door, but if I can get one… that would be icing on the cake. I know freelancing is extremely difficult, but if I work at it and roll with the punches, I’m sure I can get by.

I am looking forward to getting back on the sub list and back in schools. While I’ve enjoyed my time in the administration offices, I really do miss working in the schools – especially elementary schools. Not that I don’t enjoy middle school (junior high here) or high school, I just find more enjoyment and joie du vivre when working around little kids. They bring out the child in you and the show you how important it is to live and laugh and when you can help change their life for the better, that’s my payday.

I’m really happy with this decision. My heart is content and my head is less full. Sometimes in life you just have to take the passion you have and roll with and work on things. I have a good feeling that everything will be fine in the end.

What aspects of your life are you reinventing, or what have you reinvented about yourself lately? 

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I be kicking it.

It’s been pretty quiet around this neck of the woods and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the blogging break. Frankly I was just too busy and too tired to sit down at the end of the day and put fingers to keys to write something decent. Sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do.

I’ve been working a full-time job since middle of January and I have been loving every minute of it. This job definitely keeps me on my toes and it keeps me very busy… I cannot complain one bit about it. I work with an amazing group of people who I love being around and love talking with. I’m learning something new and learning new things is never a bad thing. Now I have a new skill that I can add to my resume.

In just a couple of weeks school will end for university students. I have to say that I have never been happier before than I am now. I love being out of school and not having to worry about homework, assignments and finals. Sure I don’t have my diploma but the stress and university politics was killing me slowly and I had to escape. I’ll take the next year to unwind more and think of my options so that come Fall 2012 when the suspension hold is lifted, I can think of what I will be doing and where I want to go.

The weather this weekend has been unbelievably, and unseasonably, warm. As I write this blog (wrote it yesterday) it is +20/69F. The snow is gone, patios are open and people are in shorts and flip flops. It’s gorgeous out there! Saturday night I took advantage of this weather and went out for dinner with my friend Vanessa. We hit up Earls and enjoyed bevvies and appetizers, not to mention the gorgeous weather that allowed us to sit on a patio in the middle of March. Then Sunday we hit up Salisbury (after trying to other great eateries) for breakfast. I think Salisbury needs a patio for nice weather. It’s been an amazing weekend!

What did you do this weekend?