Currently in April


It has been a while since I've done one of these. When I used to blog more consistently, I always thought it was necessary to share to some of my currents. As you can probably tell, I haven't been present on the blog consistently. But, lately, I feel like there is a spark that ignited. Hopefully, this will fuel me fully.

READING... the bible (I might explain this more later on)
PLAYING... Simpsons Tapped Out! And, yes, I have been playing this game on my phone for years.
WATCHING... Make It or Break It! One of my favourite ABC shows growing up. Decided to rewatch them!
TRYING... enjoy the sun today
EATING... grilled cheese sandwich. YUM.
DRINKING... water
CALLING... 
TEXTING... my cousin 
TWEETING... nothing... as usual
GOING... to work in a bit
LOVING... my rabbits
HATING... the construction workers who decided to work this morning
DISCOVERING... the pain that comes with elastics
THINKING... what to wear today
FEELING... content
HOPING (for)... a good day
LISTNING (to)... My Favourite Part -- Mac Miller ft. Ariana Grande
CELEBRATING... The end of first semester of nursing!!!!
SMELLING... lavender s 
ORDERING... nothing
THANKING... God for my bed this morning
CONSIDERING... About going to the library after work; want to find another novel to start
STARTING... the journey of bible journalling 
FINISHING... my green tea.
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What I Learned in 50 Days... Without Coffee

Today marks day 50... the number of days I've gone without coffee. 

Okay, maybe not today exactly. I'm somewhat of a bit late posting this.... but only by a few days.

Anywho... No coffee for 50 days? That's huge for someone who used to drink coffee like it was water since a young age. At first, I honestly thought I wouldn't be able to do it, but then, it just got easier and easier - and, soon, my love for coffee became a distant memory.

Let's start off with the whys - Why did I give up coffee? Well, one morning, I woke up and just decided not to drink coffee. That was actually a few days before Lent began. And, with Lent, I decided to commit to this and really give up coffee for 40 more days. Like why not?

I won't lie to you. The first few days were hard. Like really hard. It was like my body purposely decided to be even more exhausted than usual in the mornings. I thought I wouldn't make it to school and focus. But, I learned otherwise. 


1. Without coffee, I was able to focus more. And stay up longer. Not sure how that work, but it did. TRUST ME.

2. My mood and behaviour changed drastically. I found myself happier, especially in the mornings. I also found myself being more positive... not sure if that has to do with me being happier, but I hope not to lose this.

3. My teeth became whiter! OR maybe look whiter. I'm not sure, I'm not a dentist. But, for those who don't  know, I currently have braces, and personally found that my teeth don't look as white ever since. So, when I stopped drinking coffee, I noticed a HUGE difference. And, it wasn't just me. My friends noticed as well.

4. I SAVED A LOT OF MONEY. When I was looking over my debit transactions, I honestly had no idea how much I spent on a daily basis for just a small cup of coffee.  The past 50 days, I have accumulated all that spare change into something worth saving.

5. I developed a love for tea! Without tea, giving up coffee would have probably been harder to complete. I joined the tea craze, and even found myself loving green tea. Something I disliked a lot growing up. PLUS, I love drinking tea without sugar.

So, there you guy! Those are just a few of the main things I discovered during my sacrifice without coffee. One thing I should also mention, I had my first cup of caffeine the other day. And, dare I say it? It didn't taste as good as I once remembered. I guess, this girl ain't a coffee addict no more!

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April Goals

YAAAS!

You guys won't even believe how excited I am that it's finally April! I'm so over the cold weather and the winter season; so, spring, I am ready for you. I am ready for you to come and go so that I can finally get my summer and warm weather!

I'm super excited, as you could tell. 

But, before I get into this month's goal, I want to quickly go over how the last month went for me... March was a great month for me! I set myself a few goals, and I actually achieved them. Yes, I know a lot of the goals were a one-day-type of goal, but the other goals took commitment and dedication. But, hey, I got them done. So, let's just celebrate that! 


March Goals Revisited:
  1. No coffee for the next 40 days. THIS IS ALMOST COMPLETE. I did not have a single cup (or sip) of coffee in the month of March. Wohooo, success! However, this goal was intended to give up coffee for the entire duration of Lent; so, I'm not quite done yet.
  2. Give an update on my 101 things in 1001 days. Yaaaaas, finally show my face here on the blog to give you guys an update on my 101 things. I'm actually doing much better than I thought I would be doing. Hmm... maybe putting my goal out there actuallly does help get them done. 
  3. Go to church every Sunday this month. I FINALLY DID THIS. This was actually a goal of mine since November. I always found myself attending at least 2 Sunday services in a month. This time around, March was no challenge. I did it; and, it felt great!
  4. Start a gratitude journal. Ooooh, believe it or not, I actually wrote in my journal every single day. And, I learned a lot about myself throughout the process. I might have to make a separate blog post talking more about this... sometime soon.
  5. Positive vibes. Positive things happen to positive people. And, a lot of positive things happened to me in the month of March. Need I say more? 
April Goals!

1. No coffee to finish off Lent strong. I'm almost done. I went this long without coffee, the next few days shouldn't be too hard! 

2. Ace the last month of semester 1A. It's officially the last month of my first semester of nursing school. I started off the semester strong, and I want to finish it strong! No pressure there... well, there is. I'm putting a lot of pressure on myself, but it's for the good of my future. 

3. Post at least 4 times on here. I've been neglecting my blog. That or I haven't been motivated to be on here as much as I used to. This month, I want to post at least 4 times.... the past couple of months I've only posted like once a week. So, let's get back on track. 

4. Drink lots and lots of water. This is self-explanatory. Just want to live a healthier lifestyle.

5. Get my daily steps in. I have a goal of 6000 daily steps. I want to accomplish this every day this month. Like I said above, I want to live a healthier lifestyle! 

What are your April goals? 

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Surprise 21st for My Sista

Last week, my sister celebrated her 21st birthday!!!! 

Like, wow!! I seriously cannot believe she's already 21-years-old.  And, without any thought, if anyone would ask me old she is, I'd probably wouldn't hesitate saying she was 16 or something. It's just crazy to me how the days years fly.  So, the realization that this was her 21st really hit me. I wanted to make sure that she celebrated it -- especially since it's her champagne. 

And, like the "good" girl she is, she decided to do nothing for her birthday. 
Side note: I'm being totally sarcastic when I call her a good girl... 

But, being the best big sister she ever had, I decided I wanted to surprise her by putting something together! But thanks to her lovely bf, he really helped and we ended up pulling the whole thing off.
 
It wasn't anything too big; I knew for sure she didn't want the headache and the stress the morning after a big party. I did know that she has amazing friends who were down to do pretty much anything, as long as they were there to celebrate my sister's birthday. 

So, we kept it simple. My sister and her bf actually went to dinner beforehand. So, at this point, she had absolutley no idea any of us would be there afterwards. I'm not sure the exact lie he told her, but she had this idea that they were going to a bar afterwards to have some drinks with his friends. 

Meanwhile, I was with the others at the bar, already drinking it up. We had a long table for all the guests as we awaited for her arrival. 

It was quite funny when she came -- We yelled "SURPRISE" and she was so clueless, she literally walked passed us. We were laughing, and she still had no idea for the first 2 minutes when she was fully staring at us. Then, somehow it hit her that everyone was there for her. It was halarious! It couldn't have gone more perfect. 

We spent the rest of the evening just drinking and catching up with everyone, and decided to hit the club afterwards. We walked to a nearby club, and got in and pretty much danced and drank the night away. It was quite nice to see my sister so happy. And, I was really happy that she got to celebrate her champaign with her closest friends! 


I do wish, we all took more photos. I didn't even take a photo with my sister... opps. But, I guess when you're having a lot of fun, you tend to just want to live in the moment.

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UPDATE: 101 Things in 1001 Days



Guys! Where did the days go? It wasn't too long ago I turned 22 years old and started this challenge.  110 days later... I'm actually pretty impressed with myself. As you'll see belwo, I've completed 24 things so far. Not so shabby for 110 days

Can't wait to regroup and get started (and finish) things over the next coupl of months before checking in again. 



101 Things in 1001 Days
Start Date: November 19, 2016
End Date: August 17, 2019 

Completed 24/101 as of Mar 8, 2016

KEY:
- In progress
- Completed in 2016 
- Completed in 2017

1. Finish this list before November 19 (11.16)
2. Publish this post before 2017 (12.16)

School
3. Get my RPN license 
4. Make it on honour roll 
5. (re)Learn CPR
6. Order a personal copy of my university transcript (12.16)
7. Purchase textbooks before the start of classes (12.16)
8. Get a new laptop before classes start (12.16)

Family/ Friends/ Social 
9. Send a package of things to my cousins in the Philippines (01.17)
10. Have a spa day with mom
11. Re-connect with an old friend
12. Go to a work party/dinner/something they host (11.16)
13. Plan and host a surprise party 

Health/ Fitness/ Wellness
14. Wake up every day for 6:30 am for 1 week (and not go back to sleep)
15. Not press the snooze button for 1 week
16. Drink green tea before bed for one month [8/31] -- started March 1
17. Sleep before 12:00 am for 1 week [0/7] 
18. NO coffee for one month [8/30] -- started March 1
19. NO pop/soda for a month (including mixing in drinks...) [8/30] March 1
20. NO alcohol for a month [30/30] (01.17 - 02.17)
21. Be the D.D. for the night
22. Do Yoga for 30 days with Adriene
23. Be able to do 50 pushups without breaks
24. Drink 8-ounces of water a day for a week
25. Complete the 30-day squat challenge
26. Run in a marathon

Beauty
27. Get lash extensions (01.17) 
28. Wear earrings (in each pierced hold) for a whole week
29. Wear red lipstick for 1 week
30. Try getting my eyebrows threaded 
31. Remember to take my vitamins for a week
32. Leave the house without makeup on for one month (11.16 - 12.16)

Blog
33. Blog every day for a month
34. (re)Create my "All About Me" page 
35. Record a vlog (01.17)
36. Finish writing all saved drafts and PUBLISH them 
37. Blog about 10 items on this list [4/10 - #46 Christmas on Ice, #84 I Got Braces..., #8 Refurbish MacBook, #35 and #86 Cutting Off My Hair -- Vlog]

Finances
38. Get credit card #1 to zero
39. Get credit card #2 to zero (12.16)
40. Put at least 20% of each paycheck into savings for a month 
41. Pay school tuition before the first day of classes (12.16)
42. Bring lunch to work for a whole month (no buying, including coffee) [31/31] (01.17 - 02.17)
43. Put $5 in both savings accounts for each completed goal

Something New/ For Fun
44. Go to a karaoke event/bar
45. Go apple picking
46. Attend an ice show (11.16)
47. Go to a drive-in theater 
48. Go to an NBA game
49. Go go-karting
50. Get a puppy
51. Make a cheesecake
52. Drink wine in a bathtub
53. Try 5 new coffee shops that are not mainstream [1/5 - Supercoffee (11.16)]
54. Go on a party bus (12.16)
55. Try 5 new restaurants I've never eaten at [3/5 - Moxie's Bar & Grill (11.16), Turtle Jack's(12.16), Korean Grill House (12.16)]
56. Go on a spontaneous road trip
57. Go to a gun range
58. Go to a wine tasting
59. Go to a bubble soccer event (12.16)
60. Learn to tie a tie

Leisure
61. Unsubscribe from all unwanted email lists
62. Unsubscribe from FB likes
63. Read 20 books I've never read [1/20 - Sorry Not Sorry (12.16)]
64. Read a book for 30 minutes before bed for 1 week
65. Re-organize my iTunes playlist
66. Reorganize my desk
67. Learn to play poker
68. Learn to crochet
69. Start practicing the piano ago
70. (re)Learn to play a piece on the piano
71. (re)Watch all of Grey's Anatomy
72. (re)Watch all of Gossip Girl (because it is Gossip Girl...) (01.17)
73. Watch every season (on Netflix) of 3 shows I've never watched [1/3 - The Crown (11.16), Jane the Virgin (12.16) ]
74. Watch 26 movies I've never watched before (alphabet style) [18/26]
  • A - A Most Wanted Man (2014) (12.16)
  • B - Basic Instinct (1992)  (11.16)
  • C - Coin Heist (2017) (01.17)
  • D - Due Date (2010) (12.16)
  • E - Eagle Eye (2008) (12.16)
  • F - Fundamentals of Caring (2016) (11.16)
  • G - Get a Job (2016) (01.17)
  • H -
  • I - Into The Wild (2007) (02.17)
  • J - Joy (2015) (12.16)
  • K - Keeping Up With the Joneses (2016) (01.17)
  • L - Life of Crime (2013) (12.16)
  • M - Mr. Right (2015) (11.16)
  • N -
  • O -
  • P - Passenger (2016) (03.17)
  • Q -
  • R -
  • S - Split (2017) (01.17)
  • T - Triple 9 (2015) (11.16)
  • U - Unfinished Business (2015) (02.17)
  • V - Vacation (2015) (01.17)
  • W -
  • X -
  • Y -
  • Z - Zootopia (02.17)
Purchases
75. Buy a vegan purse/wallet (and use it) (12.16)
76. Buy an everyday watch
77. Buy a backpack (12.16)
78. Buy new everyday shoes
79. Invest in a weekender

Personal
80. Learn to drive manual
81. Get new glasses (01.17)
82. Use coconut oil in my hair at least once a week for a month
83. Create a list of things that made me smile for that day (for 1 month)
85. Embrace my braces
87. Be his New Year's kiss
88. Become a morning person
89. Find the beauty in winter
90. Go to church every Sunday for 1 month [1/4] March
91. No cursing for a day
92. No cursing for a week
93. Eat at least half a pickle without gagging
94. Give up something for Lent [Coffee... day 8/40]
95. Write in my journal for 5 minutes every day for a month [Gratitude Journal... day 8/31]
96. Stop biting my nails for 21 days [15/21] (12.16)
97. Say "Yes" to something I normally wouldn't

For Others
98. Buy a stranger a coffee/tea
99. Go through my clothes, and donate the one's I don't need/wear
100. Donate to a different charity or non-profit organization each month [5/33 - Heart and Stroke Foundation (11.16), Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (12.16), Sick Kids Foundation (01.17), The Sunshine Foundation (02.17), Children's Wish Foundation of Canada (03.17)]

101. Inspire someone to create their own lists (any takers?)


March Goals!

Okay. I cannot be the only one who didn't even realize that yesterday was the last day of February. Like insurance came and took some money as a payment, and I was like Whaaat??. It was really a shocker. On top of that, I didn't even realize yesterday was shrove Tuesday and that today is the first day of Lent. I didn't get a chance to reflect on what I would like to give up for the next 40 days... Everything is moving a little too quickly... But, let's not dwell on the past... Let's make March a little more memorable! 


February Goals Revisited!
  1. Ace my tests!  YAS. Your girl has definitely been putting in the work to get this goal done. On one of the tests I got back, I got an A, another test I got a B (not as great as an A, but I didn't put as much time as I wanted into that course), and another test I got a B+ (really close the 80 tho...). Now, I'm waiting to receive my other 2 test marks that I recently wrote. Not all A's but, it's something I now want to beat.
  2. Spread out my free time wisely. Surprisingly, I did this through the month of February! I was able to spread my time between school, work, and social (kinda). And, hey, I got my work done way before it needed to be done. Maybe this girl ain't a procrastinator no more. 
  3. Prepare posts ahead of time. I swear I started a lot of posts. Just didn't have the inspiration to finish them. They just didn't come out the way I wanted them to. So, they are all in my drafts. Hopefully this month I'll get that spark back.
  4. Exercise! This is a yes and no. I won't cross this off because I did not go to the gym as many times I wanted to for the month. I did find more reasons to walk instead of taking the car, and I did find myself walking Jay's dog more and more in order to get my daily exercise in. So, exercise at the gym? It was a no in February. Opps. 

March Goals!

1. No coffee for the next 40 days!
Yes, guys. I am going to do the impossible and give up coffee for Lent. Today is day one, and so far so good. I woke up early this morning to finish editing this post, and when I went to the kitchen to make myself a cup of coffee, but I stopped myself. I wasn't feeling for tea, I wanted coffee. But, I told myself... it's only 40 days. Hey, at at least this can give me a chance to complete another thing from my 101 in 1001 days. Speaking of which...

2. Give an update on my 101 things in 1001 days!
I think I'll try to do this sometime this week. If you didn't know, back on my 22nd birthday, I decided to create a list of things I wanted to complete in 1001 days. Some are legit goals, while others are just silly things I want to do. It's been a good three months, time to show you what I've been up to.

3. Go to church every Sunday this month.
Speaking of 101 things in 1001 days, one of my 'things' was to go to church and attend mass every Sunday for a month. In January, I went to every mass except 1, in February, I went to every mass except 1. This month, I will go to the Sunday masses.

4. Start a gratitude journal.
I was actually inspired by a few new bloggers, that I've recently found, to start a gratitude journal. I think I'm taking life for granted lately. I'm just living through the days without a care. This month, I want to acknowledge and thank God for everything I am thankful for. I want to recognize even the smallest things in my journal.

5. Positive vibes!
Positivity. All I want is positive vibes this month. Let the positive thoughts and actions start for this month. I want to have all smiles and be inspired by everything. 

Do you share some goals with me? What are your March goals? 

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I Want to Blog, Believe Me

The past couple of weeks has been hectic on my side of the internet world. I've been busy with school, studying, the work life, and trying to incorporate my social life in there. Somehow. And, yet, I haven't found the time to come here and blog. It kinda makes me sad.

It's not that I have writer's block. I mean I kind of do, but if you go through my drafts right now, you'll see a bunch of posts I've started... but, just not found the will to complete them.

Has that ever happened to you?

I think it happens to all of us sooner or later...
I have the ideas. I quickly jot down my thoughts in a journal - it's all there. I sign on to my blog, and I try to write. And, then all of a sudden, it's just not there. It's not coming out the way I imagined.  I just feel, you know, like... MEH.

But, I really do miss blogging. I still enjoy it and have the want to continue. I don't want to quit it. I've been blogging for the past 4 years (I can't believe it's been that long already!) and it really changed my life. 

It helped me. 

However, right now, I think I need to recuperate. I think I need to find my voice again - get out of this dry spell. Or, I need to at least finish off those drafts I have stacked up. I'm thinking about journalling daily again. I have so much to say, and I feeling like writing it all down will help me to get my jumbled thoughts and words out. And, maybe inspire me to show up here more often.

I hate this feeling. 

But, I want to blog, believe me. 

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Blogging Helped Me In School

Sometimes it's really cool to have different aspects of your life have a positive impact on other parts of your life. This past weekend, this is exactly what I experienced! Thanks to my experience with blogging, I was really able to apply what we do here to one of my assignments.

Say what? 

Yup, I'm serious. 


The assignment I was working on involved creating a mini-essay type of thing and posting it on our class discussion board. This part wasn't a big deal... Only took about 6 or more hours to write completely since I wanted it to be perfect.

But, the second part of the assignment was different. My teacher wanted to us to respond to at least 3 other students' content. It had to be meaningful and related back to the course since it would also be graded. Talk about pressure. Not really.

When I read this part of the instructions, I actually did not feel anxious at all. I saw this and immediately thought this was exactly like blogging! The whole reading others' posts and commenting on their content based on what they said, and somehow relate it back to you.... was exactly like blogging. Like entirely, but the gist of engaging with other bloggers.

So, it was definitely easy to read another students' content and reply back to them, in a friendly way of course. However, when I was reading others' comments, it reminded me when I first started blogging and where I was so awkward in my comments, and replying back to others. But, hey, it really does take time.

Also, some of us nursing students created a WhatsApp group, and I was surprised by a lot of them saying, "Can someone comment on mine! I'll return a comment back!" I mean, when it comes to blogging, I guess I've gotten used to having one post having a lot more views and comment over another. It doesn't phase me at all. It's quite normal for a lot of us bloggers actually. And, when we don't receive any comments at all, it doesn't us from blogging.

So, yay! Thanks, blogging! You've definitely prepared me for discussions and being friendly in school. Who would have guessed!?

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February Goals

Oh, hey, friends! I promise you that I had this post all ready to go days ago... And, silly me, I forgot to schedule it for the beginning of the month.... Well, we are only 9 days in, so it's still the beginning of the month...

But, let get straight into it, shall we? 

January flew quickly! I didn't even realize how long ago I took the time to view my own blog. It's been hectic at school, and as of right now, I don't have much time allotted for my any fun. But, here I am, found a couple minutes in between my studying to set out a few goals for this month. 

January Goals Revisited:
  1. Introduce myself. I'm still doing this as the days go, but I am very pleased with myself. I stepped out of my comfort zone and really put myself out there when introducing myself to the other students, and teachers. 
  2. Ask questions. I've been doing this as well all month long! Whenever I had a question, I quickly raised my hand and asked, and I've even found myself emailing my teachers a lot for clarification. I think it is definitely a great start to this academic adventure. 
  3. Read chapters before class. You'll be happy to note that I've actually been keeping up with my readings! I go to class well prepared, and I even find myself participating more.  
  4. Prepare a few blog posts. I obviously didn't even come close to this goal....
  5. Don't be late to classes. The first month of school is going great! Not only was I not late for any of my classes, but I also did not skip or miss any of them! Yay me! 
  6. Engage more with other bloggers. This past month, I, unfortunately, did not even engage with my own blog let alone other bloggers. I really need to learn to spread out my free time more wisely. 
February Goals!
1. Ace my tests! I have a lot of tests scheduled this month. I really want to excel in my program. And, the first way to excel in my program, is to get the grades. So, this month when it comes to studying for my test, I will study for my tests. No distractions. (Of course, I will start go back to studying after I finishing writing this!) 

2. Spread out my free time wisely. I have to juggle school and work. And, I want to incorporate time for my blog somewhere in between. However, I find myself giving away a lot of my shifts just to study for courses... I really need to learn to use my time wisely to study smart instead of hard, and work.

3. Prepare posts ahead of time. I love my blog. I love just writing about whatever I want on here. It feels like a great escape from all the craziness. In addition to what I wrote above for using my free time wisely, I think this month I'll use my "study breaks" as a writing break. Write a bit or perhaps just write and complete posts ahead of time.

4. Exercise! I find that I'm a stress eater. Lately, I've been paying more attention to what I'm eating when I'm stressed. I'm even resisting that urge to grab a bag of chips when I'm feeling down. I want to transform that feeling and put it towards exercise. Take out my stress at the gym while losing a few pounds. 

What are your February goals?
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Aquarium Adventures



I've lived in Toronto my whole life, and I'm always discovering something new about my city. 
When I heard that a Ripley's Aquarium was going to built in Toronto, I'll be honest, I wasn't excited about it at all. Call me weird, but I really don't have the need to spend money on tickets to see fish floating around. But, that place is constantly busy and filled with tourists. So, I was obviously not understanding the appeal.

My cousin's friend actually works there. And, employees actually get a certain amount of free tickets for the year, and she had 3 left over. She decided to give them to my cousin, who in turned gave them to me and my mom. And, we decided to hit the Aquarium.


Although we decided to go on a Thursday, I'm not exaggerating when I say it was packed. Firstly, there was a line not online inside but one forming outside of the location, circling around! And, that was just the line to buy your tickets.

Thank goodness we already had ours. But, finding the doors to enter the place without lining up for tickets was hard. We eventually found a door and surpass that line.  


I do have to say, the aquarium was actually beautiful. There were a lot of little fishes floating around. I saw a few sharks, stingrays, and a sea turtle. That was pretty cool as you only really see those guy in movies.

I took a few pictures! Take a look!













One thing I really like about this place was that there were different sections where you have the chance to touch some of these guys. I actually got to touch a stingray, and it was NOT how I expected. It was slimy  (I think that's really the best way to describe it).

But, it was definitely an experience.

Would I go there again? Probably not. Unless my little cousins would want me to take them. But, I definitely wouldn't be spending money on tickets. 

Have you gone to the Aquarium? How did you like it?
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Back To School Nerves

** this post was meant to be posted earlier today... but, clearly I was too tired to press "publish"... #fail **

Ah, today's the first day back at school. And, here I am at work. 

Wait, what? You may ask...

Yes. I'm actually here. Since I changed my availability around in order to get to and from school on time, I think my managers were a bit smart by scheduling me today for 6:30am. I mean, I've never been to work at this time before and it's killing me. And, the only reason why I'm here is because I don't have a lot of shifts anymore because of school and my limited availability... So, here I am. 

I'm also planning my day out. When I finish my shift, I'd have 1 hour to get to school. It's supposedly a 30 minute drive on the highway, but you'd never know if there's going to be build up on traffic. PLUS, I'm going to have to find a parking spot. There's a parking lot right beside the school, but if that is full, we are allowed to park at 2 other parking lots which is just a little further away from the campus. Oh, and I still have to purchase my parking pass. And, I still have to find my way around the campus for my class. And then, stay widely awake for my 3 hour class. 

Sounds fun. 

But, even with all that planned out for the day... my mind is elsewhere. I'm actually more nervous for school itself.

It's my second round of post-secondary school. I already received my bachelors degree, and going back to school feels like I'm starting back at square one. Except for the fact that, this time around I will be 4 years older than the students who are just leaving high school to start this route. And, there's the expectation I have for myself and from others that this time around, I will know how to academically succeed because it's my second time in school. Or just get better grades. Basically do a better job than I did in university. 

I'm also nervous because this is for nursing

I heard from friends who are currently in nursing programs, that it is very strict. It's strict in a sense where you have to hold onto a certain grade in order to continue with the program and later graduate. It's not even that! I was look through some job requirements for nurse, and some also require a certain GPA in order to be considered.  I mean, it makes sense... other's lives depend on your, right? So, I'm a bit nervous. It's kind of a lot of pressure. 

I'm not nervous about the whole starting in a new school, and making new friends kind of thing. I've went through that before, so I know what to expect and how to approach others this time. Plus, it will be a bit easier this time around since my cousin and I are starting this program together. 

Speaking of which... I'm also a bit nervous about her. I don't mean to put her on blast, but I'm really hoping she does her part and not depend on me entirely to get through the program... especially when it's going to come to the math course. With math, I need a lot of alone time to figure it out for myself before I can help others. Also, she studies differently than me. I personally like to study everything alone first before studying with a group. I just find it more productive for myself... Hopefully she will be okay with me needing my ow studying time. 

Besides being nervous, I'm actually quite excited. I've been wanting to get into the nursing program since 2013... That's 2 years into my bachelors program. I don't regret finishing my bachelors, don't get me wrong. But, it's finally nice to be in a program where I know there is always a job/career path waiting. So, that's something to be excited about! 

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How to Save Money on Textbooks

Anyone else feeling broke after the Christmas holidays? I know I am…

And, with the little extra purchases I need to make, i.e. buy my parking pass, money is a little tight on my side of the corner #studentproblems. But, luckily, I didn’t leave everything to last minute. I guess this is something I learned from my 4 years in university.

Last month, so approx. a month before school starts, I started my search and purchases for textbooks for the upcoming semester. And, with the holidays coming up, I knew I needed to save as much as I could to afford it all without breaking the bank.

So, for my fellow students who found their way on my blog, I’m going to share with you a few of the steps I took in order to help me save!



HOW TO SAVE MONEY ON PURCHASING TEXTBOOKS

1. Do your research early!

  • Check the school bookstore use their prices as a starting point
  • Change your search to other school bookstores that are nearby (prices are relatively the same)
  • Check prices online – bookstores in the city (i.e., Indigo), or online shops like Amazon or Ebay. These prices are generally cheaper than bookstore prices.
  • Look for "Buy and Sell Textbooks at (insert school name here" Facebook groups 

2. Don’t be afraid of the word “used”.


  • Majority of the time, “used” can mean it was literally used for a year (or duration of the course). 
  • It is good to take extra precaution and further research when doing a purchase online. For instance, certain sellers on Amazon may describe “used” as good and usable condition, whereas other sellers describe items as “used” when they are missing the cover, or is an ex-library book. But, these are extremes.
  • When using Facebook groups, you can always message the seller for pictures of the book!

3. You don’t have to purchase bookstore packages.

  • A lot of times, your school bookstore will try to make you think that you should buy your textbook with the addition of extra books, or access codes to online resources. 
  • Always ask your prof! They are the only ones who know whether you will need to do any extra purchases
  • A lot of the time, courses don’t require extra books or online access codes that are included in these bookstore packages. I say you opt for purchasing the textbook on its own.

4. Choose the E-Book route.


  • The world is becoming so tech-savy that a lot of textbook companies make their publications of textbooks available as a e-book. 
  • This not only makes it easier to have access to your material without carrying the physical textbook, the cost of e-books is almost 3/4 the cost of the physical copy! Savings right there.
  
BONUS TIP: SELL YOUR TEXTBOOKS

I think there is misconception that students need to keep their textbooks throughout the entire course of their academic career. This is not the case. As you go through the years, you are more likely going to take courses that are more specific to your interests and degree… and that means, purchasing textbooks specific to that subject.


  • SELL YOUR BOOKS. How much you want to sell your books is completely up to you. But, I tend to use other sellers from Facebooks as a price point.

With this option, I find myself selling my textbooks and using that money towards purchases of textbooks I need! I usually don’t mind myself spending extra money on textbooks. Just the money I made. 

Did these tips help? What are some ways you save money on textbooks?

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Cutting Off My Hair -- VLOG

Hi, guys! I'm finally back with a vlog! It's a new year, and I decided to start it off with a bang... And, I  have a good one for you guys...


I've been wanting a change for a while. 

And, like the title of this post clearly indicates, I chopped off my hair! I've actually been thinking about doing this for a long time, and with the cold weather being a HUGE motivator, I came home from work and it was right then and there I decided to chop it off.

It was both fun and nerve racking. Luckily, I took a video of all of it to share and remember this experience! 

Enjoy!



What do you think? Have you ever gave yourself your own haircut?

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January Goals

Hello, day 2 of 2017!

Although this year I opted out on creating New Year's resolution, I did choose a word of the year. So, that is completely separate from today's post. My months are not complete without setting a few goals for myself at the beginning of the month. 

And, 2017 won't be any different. It's the first month of the New Year, and I want make sure I start off the year with a bang, and hopefully continue this stride for the months to come. I mean, I definitely came through with all of last month's goals; hopefully this month will be just as successful.  

December Goals Revisited:
  1. Work as many hours as I can. Yay for me, because I actually did this! Whenever I was asked to stay a bit longer, or pick up an extra shift, 99% of the time I said "yes". There were really only 2 instances where I said "no" only because I already booked that day off ahead of time. But, other than that, I was basically working full-time hours for a part-timer. And, I'm super happy about that, I was able to save a lot! 
  2. Start preparing for school. Ooo I did this as well! I wanted to pay my entire tuition, create my class schedule, purchase all my textbooks, and buy a backpack! All of which I accomplished! Wohoo.
  3. Enjoy the last month of 2016. I had an amazing December! All that I did was a great way for me to end the year. 
January Goals:
    1. Introduce myself. I'm starting a completely new school in a complete different program this month. My goal this month is to be as friendly as possible, and introduce myself to different people, including students, teachers, clubs; everyone. 

    2. Ask questions. I want to be more active this academic year. This means, whenever I have a question, I want to ask it write away in class. OR, if I'm feeling a bit shy, then to at least write the questions down on a separate piece of paper and ask the prof or TA after class. Regardless of how or when I ask the question, I want my questions answers way before test time. 

    3. Read chapters before class. One thing I want to do this time around in school, is to read the chapter assigned for the lecture before the day of the lecture. And, if I have time, make textbook notes ahead of time. I want to start developing habits for school now rather 2 days before a test. 

    4. Prepare a few blog posts. Preparing a few posts ahead of time will save me ample amount of time. I already know school is going to be hectic. Preparing a few posts now (or at least starting them) will make it that much easier to balance school and blogging. 

    5. Don't be late to classes. I want to get to my classes early or even just on time. But, the earlier the better. I don't like arriving to class late, nor do I want to develop this habit early on. So, the goal is to leave my home (or work) an hour before class in order to arrive at least 30 minutes before classes begin. 

    6. Engage more with other bloggers. I mean, I really have to make more of an effort to reply back to comments the moment after I read them. I always think about what I want to reply, and end up telling myself to do it later... and, I tend to forget altogether. Also, I want to make more of an effort to be a more engaged reader on others blog.

    What are your January Goals?

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    2017 Word of the Year

    HAPPY 2017! 

    For the past few years, I've chosen a word for the year instead of creating a list of "resolutions" to follow. For me, I find that choosing a word for the year to focus on really helps me to create goals that are better directed towards myself. 
     
    In 2014, I chose the word trust; in 2015, my word was happy; and last year for 2016, I chose peace.
    For me, selecting a word to focus on throughout the year, really gives me the chance to reflect and see how much I'm growing throughout the year - especially when keep a journal devoted to that word alone. Like I said, it gives me the chance to really see change and growth in myself.

    This year, I chose the word PATIENCE.


    This year, I want to learn to focus on being patient not only with others, but also with myself. I find that I can easily get frazzled or frustrated in different situations, and this year I want to change that. I wasn't always like this. In fact, I was good at being patient with others, especially. Then, one day I just got tired of everyone and found myself easily annoyed. #sorrynotsorry Okay, maybe I'm a bit sorry... hence the reason why I'm choosing patience as my word for 2017...

    This year, when it comes to others, I'm hoping to be more patient. And, I feel in order to really accomplish this is to begin by really listening and contributing to others. Whenever they have a problem or just want to simply talk, I want to try to be more present in the conversation and let them finish speaking before chiming in my two-cents. I want others to know that they have my full attention. 

    I also want to learn to be patient with myself. I also tend to get frustrated with myself when it comes to not accomplishing tasks on time, or if I don't get something done the way I originally wanted. I think one way to accomplish this is by relaxing. Mainly, I think relaxing and thinking before I speak negatively is the best way to develop patience with myself. 

    And, it to make it more apparent to myself, I think it would be best to start a separate journal about my frustrations. I would write situations that make me upset or frustration, and reflect on ways to improve my behaviours when it comes to being patient with others and myself. 

    Choosing a single word to focus on the entire year may seem like a relatively easier task, but I think it provides a challenge - a challenge that can really improve the self. So, I'm hoping for a good change this year, and I intend to do so fully. 

    Wishing you guys a great year for 2017! Happy New Year!


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