“How to pick my career?” with Career Focused Education

So..What are you going to be when you grow up?

Such an innocent question…that suddenly becomes very real at the end of high school.

The age-old rhetoric is spewed: that success = University.

Yes University Graduates  do in the long run make more financially.

But the path to success isn’t as simple as making it to University.

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Wen Trial & Review

I decided to give Wen Hair Care a try.

and this is my first day review.

I will be using it for a month to see if I can get some genuine improvement in the life of my hair.

BUT. Wen does promise that you will see an improvement in one use.

So read below for what I noticed.

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Kindness is always stylish

Whether it be in the Fashion World, the Corporate World, or just Girl World.

Competition does not breed empathy.

 It fosters the spreading of mean comments; and bringing each other down when we should be uplifting one another.

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Workout Words of Encouragement

We all have those days when we want to say “F*** it” to the workout.

Take that one day off and just RELAX.

I mean we’ve already made so many results…we deserve it right?!

On those days, the guilt later almost seems worth the hour you get to be a couch potato!

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My Dream Closet

My Dream Closet

Pumps
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Michael Kors handbag
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DailyLook pink handbag
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Lacquer dresser
ikea.com

Hand woven rug
ikea.com

Audrey hepburn wall art
greatbigcanvas.com

White chair
ikea.com

Blue table
ikea.com

Round footstool
target.com

Fabric shade
ikea.com

NÄPEN
$30 – ikea.com

FÄRGRIK
ikea.com

IKEA Mildra
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IKEA PS 1995
$2.64 – ikea.com

Did Carrie from Sex in the City have it right all along?!
“Don’t buy me a ring…just get me a REALLY big closet”
carries dream closet
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I’ve been dreaming about a walk in closet big enough to fit all my clothes for a while. Instead of having my clothes scattered and stored in different parts of my condo like I do now. So I thought I would do a post about my dream closet…but a realistic version. Something attainable!

I thought if I was going to shop for my own closet…where would I go? Immediately I thought of target and Ikea. So here is my dream closet made from those two very places!

I got my colour scheme from the Rug. My favourite colours are purple and blue featured in the rug. It also gives multiple other colours to bounce off of.

I would want my purses stored high…because I don’t change up my purses as often. So I would want them stored out of the way but still on display high above eye level.

All my “unmentionables” and clothes that need to be folded away would go in this multi-drawer dresser. I would use decor suitable to the colour scheme on top the dresser; but the decor would also have to be functionable. The bowl would be used as a jewellery bowl. The clock would remind me that- I need to choose an outfit or I’m going to be late for work! haha

I would have a cushy chair to relax while I think or Instagram my outfits for the day! A round cushion stool to lay out my outfits. Or to sit down to change my shoes or put on tights! Like the Cushy stool, the teal roll-able stool would do triple duty for scarves, belts, and jewellery.

I would store my shoes to the ceiling in the dark wood storage container. They would be beautifully show cased like my dresses and shirts on the simple steel rod. I wanted the closet to feel open. Often I have clothes everywhere because I cannot find something to wear. The lived- in and relaxed feeling could easily have clothes ontop the furniture and not feel completely dirty. Compared to a closed wardrobe- with one item out of place in those closets…the whole closet feels messed.

Last but not least…the purple manikin. I would intend to use this to layout my outfits…although I doubt that would happen. haha. But none the less it would be perfect for outfit shots and pretty decor none the less!

Closet Budget
When mentally budgeting for a closet.
I thought a reasonable amount to spend on a closet would be $1,500.
The grand total for my Dream Closet?!
Drum Roll…..
$1,608.77 + Tax
Wow. Not Bad.
I mean look at everything I got:
Five pieces of furniture…storage solutions…and decor!
That is exactly why I like Ikea and Target.
Cute Items on a budget!
What do you think?
What pieces would you want in your closet?!
Take a second: comment, like, share! 🙂
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The Struggle is Real- Eating Habits

You’ve all heard it: losing weight is 80% nutrition and 20% exercise

I don’t know if the stats are that exact. All I know is..you can’t out exercise a bad diet.

Trust me- I’ve tried.

If I can just have this whole bag of chips with dip.. I promise I’ll work out an extra hour tomorrow.

It wasn’t until I took control of what I was eating that I started to see legitimate results.

And it was so encouraging!

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After I hit my goal weight..I started to treat myself nutritionally to some bad habits thinking:

“I can eat a little more treats if I keep the same workout regime and I’ll maintain.”

Guess what I didn’t keep up with the workouts.

And coupled with the increased nutritional intake.

The scale was quick to remind me what works and what doesn’t

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junk food

Then before I knew it I was in my familiar cycle again:

bad eating…feel bad about weight..and in turn eating bad to feel better.

It is a vicious cycle.

And I know I’m not the only one on this merry go around of hell.

It’s the curse of the yo-yo’er – of the stress eater!

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the struggle

The struggle to eat better is real.

Eating better is not only hard to do because we crave greasy and sugary goodness.

But it even costs more.

I bought fruits and veggies yesterday for a week.

I also bought a weeks worth of kraft dinner for my roommate.

Total cost: $100.00

The cost of the kraft dinner? $5.00

Preservatives are cheap because it costs less to manufacture the food, and it shelves longer.

If it shelves longer- it also sets up shop on your sweet tokus as well 😉

Remember that.

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I’ve been trying to exercise my way back to my ideal weight.

It isn’t working- smarten up baby T.

That’s why this month…my nutrition will be changing.

So lets check in at the end of August- and see the results that NUTRITION and EXERCISE can do.

If I preach- I must do.

No one is an exemption.

Just remember- you are not alone.

We are all going through the struggle.

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Beautiful Surprises

You can’t plan life…it just happens.

I’ve always been about the plans…doing research, preparing, knowing the ins and outs before making a decision.

Planning out my life path.

But some of my major life changes …my best and most precious moments…have been surprises.

The first: University of Toronto

I failed two attempts to apply to University of Toronto- in my eyes the holy grail of education.

In my last stitch effort to get a higher education, I applied one last time to a different field with little faith.

In the midst of sun bathed- windows down- kind of summer…I got the letter.

It was bigger than all the others. I knew right away.

I was accepted to University of Toronto …in Mississauga.

Umm where’s Mississauga?

This acceptance letter brought me down a path I didn’t expect.

To a educational field i didn’t plan and to a place i’d soon call home.

i graduated

The Second: Life Partner

During the summer months waiting for my acceptance letter…I met my life partner.

Of course I didn’t know it then though.

I thought it was just a fevered summer affair.

 He was even warned “she doesn’t do the boyfriend thing.”

Well he proved them wrong.

He definitely took me by surprise.

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The Third: Buying a House

Me and my man had just started to have conversations about saving up for a house.

When we received a phone call. Our landlord was selling the apartment and bringing someone by to look at the place.

Noooo! We didn’t want to move.

After an astonished discussion…do we move on this opportunity? Do we put up an offer?

we did- and we got it.

WE’RE HOME OWNERS!

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apartment

sunrise

My next big surprise is probably what it actually means to be home owners! EEK!

It’s beautiful where life can take you.

This isn’t what I planned out…where I thought I would be in life.

But life is full of beautiful surprises!

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My wife is not the same woman that I married | The Matt Walsh Blog

I came home today and came across this title for a blog article across my news feed.

Intrigued I took a read. It speaks about marriage and divorce. How the statement, “sometimes people change,”  is not a legitimate reason for ending a marriage. Let’s face it, you gave up. People are always changing, you didn’t choose to marry that person only for who they were that one day you married them. You choose to marry them and be united to them for the rest of your life and whoever they will be during that journey.

I think people have forgotten that marriage is about choosing a LIFE PARTNER. My grandmother, who was married to my grandfather since she was 19 to the day he passed, once told me: “love isn’t enough.” That’s because it’s much harder than that. It’s about always trying, always putting the relationship first. Your partner is always changing, so you should always be trying to learn more about your partner and how they’ve changed- never get complacent.  Sure you may know her “chapter 1” so well that you could tell it to her, but there are always new pages being written.

Marriage is just as much about the structure: sacrifice, compromise, struggle, and support as it is about the mushy-romantic centre: joy and love.

You can read Mark Walsh’s post below:

My wife is not the same woman that I married | The Matt Walsh Blog.

Ps. Here is a quote I loved from the blog:

“sometimes i can read her like a book, but sometimes she wears an expression I’ve never seen. Sometimes she smiles like the world is telling a joke that only she understands”

pss.

Like the “Matt Walsh Blogger” I may not be speaking from a point of experience like 30-40 years of marriage. But I have chosen my life partner, and we’ve been together for close to seven years and living together for over 5. We’ve made it through doing it long distance, through money struggles, through moving twice including to a new city, and what I’m most proud of is the “growing pains” of becoming adults as me and my man surprisingly met when I was 19. What comforts me is I know that we can change drastically as people and still hold onto each other through it all.

 

 

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