Monday Motivation – #GOALS

Through every stage of life, it is important to set goals – both big and small. Dreaming and achieving are two very different things, however. So how do we reach these marks we set for ourselves?

  1. Make your goals realistic
  2. Map out what steps you need to take to succeed
  3. Manage your time wisely
  4. Understand that you may need to adjust

“Be stubborn in your goals and flexible in your methods”

For me, my life is a never ending series of lists and goals and to-dos. It’s the way I propel myself forward and stay on task. Otherwise, there’s a good chance I would spend 24 hours a day napping and watching documentaries. Oh, and all the snacking… *sigh* Usually I can organize and motivate myself well enough to succeed with ease. But there are some instances in which the task at hand gets, well, out of hand. Take this blog, for example. This year I laid out the perfect posting schedule and content. I decided on a new direction and bought new stationary (a must for any venture). What I didn’t properly take into consideration was the amount of time I would need to set aside in addition to full time schooling and work and studying and volunteering and maintaining my relationships. You get the picture. And so I fall behind. But that isn’t a reason to throw my hands up and quit. It’s time for reassessment.

So I hope you take this quote to heart, in closing.

“It’s only failure if you stop trying.”

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Bloom by Estee Lalonde

Let me preface this review by saying that Estee Lalonde is one of my favourite people ever. I’ve been watching her channel from Day 1 and completely adore her. Alright, so here comes the praise!

Bloom is the book we all wish we had at 16-20 years old. Estee imparts on the reader a wellspring of advice and compassion. In that way, Bloom is not just a book, but a companion. A life raft. I myself am 24, and lucky enough to be past the most difficult stages of self-discovery. But like the excerpt states, “Bloom is also for women who might recognize their younger selves in parts of my journey.” (9).  I truly believe women of all ages can benefit from this read.

Estee writes with candour no matter what section of the vibrantly coloured pages you flip to. From beauty, travel, and home decor, to depression, anxiety, and living your most happy and fulfilling life – the narrative is impassioned and provides a voice of understanding.

A must read, must own, for everyone.

#GIRLBOSS

The Book: #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso – CEO and Founder of Nasty Gal

I’ll admit that I was caught off guard by how refreshingly down-to-earth this book is. Sophia Amoruso founded and heads one of the most successful and well-known fashion retail sites, and yet somehow by the last page you feel as if you’re reading the words of the best friend you grew up with, or perhaps mores the strange older girl who took you on like a little sister. More importantly, #GIRLBOSS (and yes that hashtag is thrown in throughout the book – we’re not really sure how we feel about it…) is chalk full of real-life wisdom that anyone can put into action. Amorous also provides a glimpse into the lives of other successful women via sections entitled Portrait of a #GIRLBOSS. What I think is most powerful though, is how I felt after finishing the book. Capable. Determined. Motivated. And FREE.

I would definitely recommend.

Valentine’s Treats

Happy Valentine’s Day! Love is in the air, but more than that – everyone is hungry. Because everyone is always hungry. Fact. So here are some quick and delicious ideas that are vaguely Valentine’s Day related so you can feel like you’re playing into this holiday.

All recipes are Vegan-friendly

 

Choco-love Smoothie

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2 cups chocolate Silk (or non-dairy milk of your choosing)

1 cup raspberries

3 bananas

1 tsp vanilla

If you’re single, make this for yourself and be happy you don’t have to share. If in a pair, make double this recipe and pour them into glasses “evenly” AKA pour yourself the larger glass and then pretend it didn’t happen.

 

This next one is less of a recipe and more of a suggestion. As in, this is effing delicious and you should eat it.

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1 cup chocolate-mint coconut ice cream

1/2 cup raspberries

Feel free to top with whatever tickles your fancy. But for the love of god don’t tickle each other because that’s annoying AF. Get a room.

OKAY BYE xox

Let’s Get Personal – Best Friends

I feel especially compelled to write this tonight.

I’m thinking of the wonderful people I have in my life and looking forward to another trip to Vancouver to see two of my closest friends. But I’m also really missing a very special woman, who is currently in Ontario being brilliant as usual. Growing up, I always had a best friend to share my daily activities with and to bask in special moments with. Now it seems like I have a handful of people that I love very much, but I don’t get to see any of them on a daily basis. Perhaps that’s just the downside of getting older and having more responsibilities and demands on my time, and on theirs. But I see people together and the vague feeling of loss hits me like a ton of bricks.

(Take into consideration that I do, however, have an incredibly amazing and extremely loving boyfriend – and for that I am grateful beyond words. But I’m speaking, in specific, of platonic friends.)

I’m talking about that person you tell every stupid detail of your day to, the one who sleeps over at your house more than their own, and who knows exactly how you’ll react to any and all possible situations. I’m talking about the girl that feels more like your sister and who you would gladly bury a body for. I have two of these people in my life and I miss them so much that sometimes it feels as though I can’t stand because a piece of me is literally missing. It is a consuming sense of loneliness; drowning in emptiness.

Then I feel ridiculous because I’m privileged enough to have the means to see them at least on occasion and to talk to them pretty much whenever schedules allow. What I’m getting at though, is that I think these relationships are very special. I believe that connection is a rare and important thing. Most of all, I just want to take a moment to tell them I love them and to remind everyone to make time for the people in your life that really matter. It’s easy being someone’s friend out of convenience or when they’re at their best. It’s remarkable to love someone wholly and unconditionally ❤

xox