pick me, choose me

Wouldn’t it be awesome if just for once you actually won a huge contest with an awesome prize? (The answer is yes).

I never used to enter contests or giveaways before, because quite frankly, I never think I’ll win. So why put myself out there only to be disappointed? Well, for some reason, lately, I’ve been really big into entering every contest that comes my way. From Blue Jays tickets to Jeopardy: Explore the World sweepstakes. You name it, I’m entered! Every contest I see, I find a glimmer of hope that I WILL BE the winner this time.

As of today, I haven’t been very successful. BUT…I just entered a new contest on Twitter to win playoff tickets for me and my boyfriend to go to the Toronto Raptors game 7 this Sunday. CHUMFM decided they were going to post the contest on their social media site to get fans excited about the possibility of attending one of the most exciting NBA events thus far. So naturally, I think it’s a great idea to send out a few tweets and retweets, in hopes that they’ll actually pick me to be the winner. 7am rolls around and I’m in there like a dirty shirt; favouriting tweets, creating my own tweets, adding pictures…

Well, it’s now almost 9am here in Canada and since posting mine, millions more people have attempted to win this contest. Basically what this means is that my tweets are lost somewhere in cyber space, and I just look like a total idiot trying to get a giveaway that is nearly impossible to win.

The moral of this story ladies and gentlemen, never give up on your (contest/giveaway) dreams. If you see a contest you want to win… look like an idiot, tweet like a mad person, sign up for every damn newsletter imaginable. Whatever it takes. ‘Cause maybe one of these days they’ll pick or choose you.

Or in this case, maybe they’ll choose me to win these Raptors Tickets, eh eh (I hope Drake sees this and has some pull).

it’s time to live your life

Starting a new year is a funny thing. We all vow to change ourselves for the better. Claim that this is the year we’re going to try something new and exciting – take risks. Maybe we try and be kinder to those around us. Or aspire to live a healthier, active lifestyle. I say it’s funny because every new year that approaches we become obsessed with it all (myself included). But do we ever really stick to our resolutions for those 12 months?

You may not want to hear this, but no, many of us don’t. We fall off the wagon and lose inspiration to stay on track. Discouraging, I know. Personally, I can count on all 10 fingers and toes how many times I haven’t stuck to a resolution. Reality of it is, life gets in the way. We become busy and tired and it’s much easier to lose that motivation rather than feed it.

So what’s different about 2014? Nothing really haha. However, I’ve decided to take on the challenge of sticking to my resolutions. Not too sure what I was thinking when I decided to make multiple resolutions, seeing as I usually can’t keep up with one. I guess I just felt like I needed a positive change and this was the first step to accomplishing that.

411bded171c5553f3c9e6d66d2b2690dI thought my blog would be the perfect opportunity to update you all on my progress so far, in hopes to pass on a little inspiration to those who are feeling defeated. And, to kill two birds with one stone, by sharing with you all, it helps me stay accountable!

Resolution #1: Try a new physical activity (long-term goal: to lose some weight and be healthier). I decided to try hot yoga. I had heard many great things about it so I said, why not? The week after new years eve, I dragged my boyfriend to a hot yoga class at Moksha Yoga in Milton and signed up for an intro month. Needless to say, I’ve been hooked ever since. Not only is it relaxing, but it strengthens and tones muscles I didn’t even know existed. If you’re looking for something new to try, I definitely recommend this. It may be a bit difficult at first, but it becomes easier over time (I promise).

Along with hot yoga, I’ve been using a (free) app called My Fitness Pal to record what I’m eating on a daily basis. It just helps me monitor the things I’m having and keeps me motivated when I add in cardiovascular/strength activities. Here are some screen shots of what it looks like – As you can see, I’ve been good and have logged on for 18 consecutive days!

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Resolution #2: Keep my room clean and tidy. I know what you’re thinking…Shouldn’t a 25 year old always keep their room clean and tidy? I’ll go ahead and answer for you….yes. However, being a working girl who likes to socialize from time to time, it’s difficult to always maintain that cleanliness. I’m not saying I’m a slob, but when I’m deciding what to wear, clothes usually end up everywhere (bed, ottoman, floor). By the time I actually figure out the perfect outfit, I don’t have time to make my bed because I’m in too much of a rush out the door. It’s a vicious cycle. But, that was the old me! The new me has been very diligent about keeping things in a neat, organized manner. Don’t you think?

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Resolution #3: Floss my teeth at least once a day, every day (my dentist will love me for this one). I obviously brush my teeth, but I’ve never been big on flossing. I had braces, so trying to get that silly threader underneath my bracket is always a tedious task. It was laziness really. So, I decided this was the year I was going to make a conscious effort to floss once a day, every day. So far I’ve been really good about it. And I’ll have you all know, my dentist applauded me on finally listening to him after all these years! Hopefully I can keep it up.

There you have it. New year. New me. (And new blog theme).

This too, is your year to stick to it. Another chance for us to get it right. What are your resolutions?

the good, the bad, the ugly

I’ve always considered myself to be a pretty stand up, honest person. If I’m feeling a certain way because of something someone did, I’m going to let them know. I don’t think I have always been this way necessarily, but as I’ve grown up I’ve come to realize that things won’t change until you let people know what you want changed.

When it comes to relationships with others, I strongly believe that you should be open and honest about anything. Whether it’s telling your friend that the shirt she is wearing isn’t the most flattering, telling your significant other how something they did made you feel (good or bad), or talking about an issue that arose based on someone else’s actions (or lack there of). I’m not saying that being rude or blunt is the solution. I just think, that if you are truly upset because of something that happened, you need to determine what that relationship means to you. If it’s an insignificant bond that you don’t overly care about, then it’s probably just best to leave the issue and focus on other relationships in your life that make you happy. However, if it’s someone you deeply care for, then an expression of how you feel needs to be shared, regardless of how difficult it is. That’s the only way you can hope for a positive change with him or her.

I know what you’re thinking…easier said than done! Everyone knows that the truth isn’t usually what a person wants to hear. Reality check: It’s not always going to be rainbows and butterflies! Many of us dread telling people how we really feel. But the way I look at it is, if the person you are addressing is a true friend or a dedicated partner they are going to respect you. Yes, they may feel a little attacked at first (I think it’s only natural). But, once they’ve had time to decompress and think about it, they’re going to listen to you and try to solve the issue together because they care for you just as much as you care for them.

If they don’t do any of the things above, well then…maybe it’s time to re-evaluate and reflect. Is that the type of person you want in your life? Do they value the relationship as much as you do? Do they care how you feel? Will they stick around through the good, the bad, the ugly?

It’s difficult to face the reality of these questions because we don’t want to accept the truth behind them (probably ’cause we know the truth ain’t rainbows or butterflies!) But maybe this truth will set us free. Maybe knowing the answers will allow us to make a tough, but necessary decision about the status of the relationship. You get to decide.

I know for me personally, I’d rather have a few truthful relationships, than many disloyal relationships. What about you?

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10 reasons why I hate winter

Don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoy the holiday season. Christmas is by far one of my favourite holidays. However, all of the hype about the pretty white snow and putting up the Christmas decorations wears off pretty quickly. Because eventually, we’re all just faced with the bitter cold weather and a bunch of muddy slush.

So, here are my top 10 reasons why I hate winter:

1. When girls wear those hideous furry boots. I don’t care how warm and amazing they make your feet feel. You look like you’re trying to marry the abominable snowman….and not even he would approve! There are much better ways to spend $200 – these boots are not one of them!
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2. Having to scrape the ice and snow off of your car windshield every morning. You’re running late for work. You hit snooze on your alarm three times too many this morning and now you’re running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off. Trying to find a reasonable outfit for work and scoffing down a piece of toast. You finally finish, put your coat on and rush outside to your car….Only to find 10-15 cm of snow covering your entire car. COOOOL (no pun intended), now you have to run around like a mad women for the next 15 minutes trying to brush off all the snow, scraping off the layer of ice underneath, and heat up your freezing car. Goodbye, coffee stop at Starbucks. Hello, Grinch.

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3. You start looking like one of the Cullen siblings (next level pale). Some of you crazy twihard fans may actually like this one. But for me personally, this is hands down one of the worst things about winter. The sun barely comes out, and it’s dark before 5pm. Everyone instantly looks uglier when they’re pale and it’s not like you can make multiple trips to the tanning bed during the winter months because while everyone’s channeling their inner Cullen, you’ll just look like you belong on MTV’s True Life: I’m addicted to tanning. Not really sure what’s worse..

4. Upkeep gets much more intense. Chapped lips, brittle nails, dry skin, and staticky hair. Every girl feels my pain here. It’s not a good look. Maintaining a soft and subtle glow in the winter season takes some serious work. It can become exhausting.

5. When adults wear those animal HITTS (hat/mittens combined). You’re a 30 year old women…There is no way you should be wearing an animal hat with paw mittens attached. If you are wearing these out in public, there is a 99.9% chance you are a crazy cat lady, and will forever be alone. Get it together people! Donate your HITTS to children, I repeat, CHILDREN who need them!

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6. Immediately sweating the instant you get indoors. I live in Canada, so yes, as most of you can assume, it gets to be extremely cold during the winter. So usually I’ll wear multiple layers to stay warm, along with my down winter coat, a scarf and sometimes a hat. Walking from the car into work, is probably the most freezing trip ever, but why is it that as soon as I enter the front doors, I immediately start sweating profusely? LIKE HI, I was shivering just a few seconds ago, why do I feel like a menopausal women experiencing her first heat flash?! Ugh.

7. Girls who insist on wearing cheap, collapsed UGG boots. Clearly these boots are not offering you the support you need. And you have officially made the transition from fashionable winter glam, to homeless girl looking for money. I don’t understand how these are even comfortable!! All I know, is that it’s time to retire the cheap, leanin’ boot and buy a nicer (maybe pricier?) pair that won’t collapse on you, making you look like frosty the fool.

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8. Having to pay for coat check at the bar. 9 out of 10 times, in the winter, I’ll refuse going to the bar. I mean I already look pale, have scaly skin and it’s freezing outside. On top of all that, I have to pay $10 to check my coat?! UH no thanks. I’ll wait until the summer comes, so I can skip the winter jacket and just wear shorts and a tank. Call me cheap, but I know you’re all thinking it too! That’s a glass of wine I could be enjoying..

9. Wet socks. I don’t even really think this one needs an explanation. I’m sure at some point we have all endured a long day in gross, wet socks. The most uncomfortable feeling EVER. Not about it.

10. Holiday foods, comfy clothes and comfort movies = weight gain! In the winter, we all go into hibernation mode. We lose our motivation to go to the gym. We all start attending holiday functions where lots of yummy and delicious treats are shared and left over. It’s always easier to throw on a pair of lulu’s and a big sweatshirt when you get home. Personally, I like to indulge and watch Home Alone or Love Actually over and over. Then as soon as winter’s over, we go into panic mode…WHAT DO YOU MEAN I HAVE TO WEAR A BIKINI IN 3 MONTHS?! Winter likes to bitch slap us in the face sometimes.
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I think I need a permanent vacation this winter.

cry me a river

Yes, break ups suck. Whether it’s someone you’ve been in a long-term, committed relationship with or someone you’ve dated casually for only a couple months, they’re never an easy thing to deal with. No one likes being hurt (I mean, unless you’re into that kind of thing….). So yeah, break ups tend to make us all a little uneasy.

With this being said, I think how you handle a break up says A LOT about your character. Based on my own experiences and those that I’ve heard of from friends and/or family, I believe that there are two types of “break up personalities.”

1. There are the people who are naturally very upset and hurt over the break up, but handle the situation maturely and try to move on (without slandering their ex’s name),

AND THEN…

2. There are the people who obnoxiously stroke their own ego by rudely and aggressively shit-talking their ex (AKA. the ‘bitter breakup betty’s!’)

If you’re a “number two” break up person (no pun-intended), then I strongly suggest you reevaluate your life choices. It’s one thing to be hurt and not agree with how things were handled in the relationship. But it’s another to speak ill words about intimate relations you had with that person (someone you cared about at one time). Hate to break it to you friend, but you are NO where near being perfect, which is probably the reason why your ex didn’t want to stay with you in the first place. So instead of being immature and bitter, try being a big boy/girl and take the break up graciously. Because, at no point in time, is it EVER appropriate to be judging your ex or slandering his/her name to others. Figure it out.

So what do you do if you have a “number two” ex (LOL) on your hands? I understand sometimes it’s hard to hold your composure and usually your initial instinct is to rip their head off. BUT, before you make any sort of rash decisions, take a step back, think about the situation. Do you look like a total crazy? Nope. Do they they look like a total crazy? Yup! 100% without a doubt, they look like a bat-shit crazy person who time-traveled back to high school.

So essentially, you win. Don’t stoop to their level. Be cool. And remember, you’re not with them anymore (Thank God for that!)

I make a difference, now what about you?

“Why do you want to be a teacher? There are absolutely no teaching jobs right now..”
“I’m sure you’re just teaching to get summers off!”
“The pay and benefits are so amazing, I don’t blame you for wanting to be a teacher”

No, I don’t want to teach just because I get summers off and really great benefits. And yes, I realize that teaching jobs are difficult to come by these days. But before you judge me for what I want to pursue in life. Maybe you need to check yourself and reflect on your own life decisions. So, ‘let me break it down for you…’

I want to be a teacher because it’s a goal of mine to make a difference in a child’s life. I want to teach kids how to be the best person they can be. I love watching my students discover new things and witnessing that ‘lightbulb’ moment when they begin to understand something they didn’t before. I want to strive to give my students a positive school experience where they can push their limits and prove to themselves that they can do anything they put their minds too. I want to be an educator who is a life long learner. I want my students to teach me new things and pose thought provoking questions, allowing me to dig deeper and provide them with the answers. I desire a career where I can laugh/smile every day and enjoy the little experiences with my students. And most importantly, I want to inspire the kids I teach to follow their hearts and pursue their dreams and not let anyone tear them down for it!

A poem by teacher, Taylor Mali inspired this blog post and made me want to stand up for myself and every other passionate teacher who deals with judgement from others. Fight for what you believe in. Share with everyone all the amazing hard work you do to ensure your students succeed.

Because at the end of the day, we truly do make a difference. Do you?


(Shout out to Rebecca for sharing this video with me!)

nostalgic for the 90s

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I recently just came across a blog, where the author took a little trip down memory lane and reminisced about some of the things from her childhood that were totally rad. So naturally, as a kid who grew up in the 90s, I felt it was necessary to take a look back at some of my favourite trends that I grew up with! (Obviously I can’t include every single item or we’d be here forever. So I’m just picking a few…Enjoy!)

MUST HAVE Toys & Trinkets of the 90s:

1. Tamagotchi / Nano’s
For those of you who maybe didn’t grow up in the 90s, these tiny handheld devices were digital pets that needed to be taken care of. I’m pretty sure every kid was OBSESSED with these and you most definitely couldn’t go anywhere without bringing your Tamagotchi along… cause I mean after all who’s going to click the three buttons to feed, clean up, and coddle your robot pet?! It ain’t going to feed itself! Totally outrageous.

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OH, BRB…my digital dog just crapped again!

2. Beanie Babies
I was totally, wholeheartedly, one hundred percent committed to this fad when I was a kid. The amount of beanie babies I collected was sickening. But, how could you NOT love these cute little furry animals that had their own birthdays and not to mention the most adorable names. I seriously wish I still had all mine (Thanks Dad, for that time you sold them all at a garage sale. I’m not bitter at all!)

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Remember the plastic boxes you could get to put your beanie baby bears in?! The best!

3. Easy Bake Oven
OH MAN…I’m pretty sure every feminist in the entire world hates the creators of this product because well, it most definitely promotes domestic complacency. But, whatever! These little ovens were SO bomb. I was totally okay with being a Suzy home-maker if it meant I could bake delicious treats for me and the fam.

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My birthday is October 3rd, just sayin’

4. Crazy Bones
Maybe it was just my elementary school that was hardcore into these. But ‘Crazy Bones’ were a must have in the 90s. I don’t understand what the heck their purpose was, but they were these little plastic figurines that every kid would bring out during recess. All of the fighting and trading would happen. Sounds totally lame, but at the time they were cool shit.

ImageMUST SEE TV Shows of the 90s:

1. Uh Oh! (The Game Show)
To be quite honest, I’m surprised I never wrote in to try and be on this show (Filmed in Toronto, wadddup!) I think everyone has a fairly good memory of ‘The Punisher’ who would slime you if you got an answer incorrect. Need I say more?
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Every young girl loved this show. AND every young girl thought Uncle Jesse was a total babe! (When he sings “Forever” to Rebecca on their wedding day…swoon!). This show is the reason why I want a red front door to my future house!

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Oh hey, John Stamos 😉

3. Breaker High
Thank you YTV for creating a TV show about a high school on a cruise ship (Yep, dreams do come true!!) that starred the young and ever so goofy Ryan Gosling (LIKE I SAID…dreams do come true!). By far one of my favourite TV shows in the 90s. Didn’t miss an episode, and was totally in love with the brooding Max (so dreamy)
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1. Jelly Shoes
Purple. Clear. Pink. Blue. Green. It didn’t matter, I had them all. Thank you goes to the GAP!

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JELLY TIME! I secretly hope jelly shoes come back! lol

2. Butterfly Clips
The more butterfly clips you had in your hair, the cooler you were. The best was when you’d style your hair like Sarah Michelle Gellar (See picture below). Always a solid fashion choice for a girl in the 90s!

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Shout out to the Spice Girls poster in the back! HOLLA

3. Tattoo Chokers
Not too sure why these were a major fashion trend either, but the more of these chokers you had, the more popular you were! Black ones were boring, colourful chokers was where it was at. sUpEr cOoL!*~!*~*~ (see what I did there?)

ImageMUST PLAY of the 90s:

1. Pretty, Pretty Princess
I was OBSESSED! My cousin and I would play this game for hours. Just dressing up as little princess’ and fighting over who would wear what jewelry (Naturally!) Looking back at it now, the game was actually SO lame! haha

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When you’re a little girl, this “jewelry” was like GOLD! As a 24 year old girl, this piece of crap plastic is awful. haha

2. Nintendo – Game Boy
It was pretty damn cool if you could get your hands on a black & white Game Boy. But, if you had the coloured Game Boy….you were just plain badass. By far one of the best game consoles to ever exist (In my opinion). I wish I had it still…I guess for now I’ll just have to resort to getting a cheap “Game Boy” iPhone case 😦

ImageThese are just some of MY personal favourites from the 90s. What do you think though? Did I miss any crucial trends from the 90s? Let me know! Leave a comment.

xo.