Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Why I let go of judgement...

Judgment can wreck you. Growing up, I was always conscious of what other people thought of me and I would often shy away from conversations/interactions to avoid uncomfortable situations. I would always put so much time into thinking about what I was going to say to avoid saying something "dumb". In the teenage years, it became even harder as you obviously want to be liked - my thoughts would sometime get the best of me.

When I finished highschool, I got a job doing door-to-door sales. This job was the best thing that happened to me at the time because it forced me into an uncomfortable realm of communicating, that I would have never put myself into otherwise - oh, and the pay was bomb!!

This is what triggered me to start forgetting about what other people thought. I knew I was smart and realistically, I was only holding myself back. I sold the crap out if those programs and I was good at it! When I started appreciating myself and letting myself express my thoughts and true self, I realized how much further I was getting and how much happier I was! 

Sometimes when I'm practicing yoga I notice a bit of judgment peak it's nose up in my bizzzz and I have to remind myself that it serves no purpose here..ever. If I fall out of a pose, am out of balance one day or can't do something I did perfectly fine yesterday, I remind myself that it doesn't matter. That it's ok to have off days. With this inner guidance, I often fall right back into place a moment later.

Words I now live by:
1. Take risks 
2. Put myself in uncomfortable situations 
3. Don't judge. No matter what. Forget what others think as well as what my negative self thinks
4. Leave toxic people behind 
5. Practice gratitude

Want are some ways that you let go of judgement? 

Nat xo

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Doing adult things...

This past weekend my hubby and I went to Home Depot…The most boring store there is.


We went there to buy some potters for our front porch so that my mother-in-law can make them look pretty. I do NOT garden. I'm the most useless and clueless person when it comes to perennials, trees and plants. So browsing through this store was torture for me…[imagine taking a guy through Michael Kors to help you pick out a handbag]…that kind of boring. 

My husband on the other hand is the one with the green thumb. He could spend hours researching and deciding which plants should go where and what colours would match best. All the power to you hunny. Knock yourself out. 

But when we got to the herbs and vegetable gardens, I got a 'tad' bit excited. Especially after seeing this teeny tiny little tomato so ripe and in its adolescence… how.cute. 

I then started to think about how amazing it would be to grow my own vegetable garden. Our backyard is still unfenced and awaiting a pool so I can't plan the space yet, or even figure out if we will have the room, but I've definitely put it on my radar. I never thought I would care about growing things. Every flower or plant that I've been given in my life dies in a few days. 

But perhaps this will be a new thing for me! I might actually have the time to invest in caring about these pretty things that I never once care about! I think making a change and doing something you're not comfortable with can be healthy, and gardening is something that I just didn't think about doing or caring about. This might just become my new hobby!! "So a perennial lasts all year right?!"

It's the "small" changes in life that make a difference…





Thursday, 29 May 2014

Update

February?! Really Natalie….

Oh boy - I let my crazy busy self forget about my blog again. Sigh.

I've been applying to jobs full force since my contact ended the end of April at the University. Knowing that this part-time job wasn't going to be in my future (the position is now being taken on by students for professional development and leadership opportunities…yay!), I started making connections and reaching out to businesses ahead of time to let them know that I was "vacant".

It's SUCH a tough market out there for eager chaps like myself with an interest in communications and social media…not to mention the lack of jobs in my area. BUT….I have been staying positive! I know I have a lot to offer an organization and I just have to be at the right place at the right time!

DID YOU KNOW: It takes on average 10 interviews before you land the job?! (From the wise J.T. O'Donnell).

That's encouraging right?! I have a couple more interviews line up over the next week so I'm hopeful that my job will be coming to me soon!



#LikeABoss

Anyways, that's it for today! Until…………..tomorrow?! Or maybe next month..hehe

-love and appreciation for reading these words. xo
Natalie

Friday, 14 February 2014

Valentines Day Nails

Ola!

Wooo so excited! Today is Vday and I STILL have no idea what my husband has planned for us! I'm really surprise he kept it a secret this long!

I woke up at 7 am so excited like a little kid on Christmas who can't sleep because they can't wait to open their presents! Since I had some extra time this morning, I redid my nails for the occasion and wanted to share this SUPER cute look with ya'll!

I'm also going to tryyyy and show you my makeup routine for today but no promises. I want to surprise the hubs with breaky in bed and so I don't know how much extra time I'll have. Regardless, I will show you pictures and do my best explaining the look without the tutorial part ;)

The colours I used by Essie were Mod Square (pink) and A Cut Above (sparkles).
A must have when doing my nails is the Nicole drying drops. This stuff works! Dry's my nails so much faster because I hate waiting! Definitely recommend it.





Voila! Beauty. 

Oh - you can't see in the pic, but it's snowing outside. Barf.

I hope everyone has a fab vday! And if not, that's ok too! A good suggestion for no vday plans is have a hot bath, get your nails did, and read a good book!

love always, n

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

DIY Valentines Day Lip Scrub!

Hi there!

Welcome back. I work with all women (6 of us in the office). Although, if there were boys in the office, I'm sure they would like this cute little Vday gift as well. Lets be honest, everyone should have soft, moistened lips, especially at Vday when smooching is more likely to occur xxxx

So this little gift I planned to give to the girls tomorrow as a little vday treat. I wanted to get this post up sooner so that if you wanted to make these for your coworkers/friends, you had more time.

BUT - the good news is, these can be made at ANY time! Have fun with the colours too for whatever occasion and enjoy the softness you experience after application. mmm mmm mm.

Here we go:


You will need sugar (white), olive oil, coconut oil, honey, and tint (optional).


You will need tiny jars to put the lip scrub in. These I purchased at Dollarama, $1 for 3! Steallll


Then you will need little note cards so that you can write the ingredients, and a little message to your Valentine! <3


 Some ribbon……..


And cute little baggies to wrap them in! OH…and, I used a glue gun (not shown) to add bows on them. You'll see :)


First things first - you will want to sanitize the little jars. I soaked mine in hot water with antibacterial dish soap for 10 minutes. Rinse with hot water and dry them thoroughly. 



 Different recipes call for different measurement but I literally just started going to town until I got a desired texture! For someeeee reason, every time I make recipes or DIY projects at home following measurements, they never work out! So now I just wing it. And it works out much better! Use a durable spatula because you will have to much together everything equally and it can be hard if you're just using a spoon. 


Scoop the mixture into your cute little jars and voila! Easy peasy lemon squeezey!!

But, I decided the bow needed to go on top - not wrapped around the side (might get too messy!).

This is where the glue gun comes handy. 


Ah! Much better! Here we are! I just wrote the little message on the one card, and the persons name on the other. Pop the jars into the fridge overnight to give them a good texture. 


slip them in the bags the next morning….




How a.d.o.r.a.b.l.e!!! I hope they like them! 

What do you think?! Would you like to receive this as a gift!? I saved the left overs in a jar for myself and I tried it tonight…. so SO good! I love how the coconut oil makes your lips so soft and moistened after application and for hours after. Just the best! 

Share with me your DIY Valentines day projects as I would <3 to read them!

I'm so excited for vday as my hubby has plans and I don't know what they are! 

He has NEVER, in 8 years surprised me like this so that's why it's such a big deal for me. 

Stay tuned! I will share my vday with you all on my Saturday post!

much loves. natalie. <3

Monday, 10 February 2014

I LOVE Mondays

That's right - I really do love Mondays! I get excited to start a new week and go back to work with people I love! It will be sad to leave them when I move on :(

Apologies AGAIN for not writing the last couple days. Right now is such a busy time for me (which I know everyone's busy) but especially with job searching and still trying to get my house in order, has taken up all of my time. I was up at 6:50 am this morning which is really the only reason I get to squeeze this in.

I think my problem is I really want to have a good blog post that is well thought out before I compose it - however I think I need to be a little bit easier on myself because this blog is really just a reflection of my life in digital form and I should be able to write whatever, whenever I feel like it and not worry if the content/structure is perfect (this is not a thesis Natalie…sheesh). I can't seem to surrender the academic brain. One of my goals that I want to work on is to not be so hard on myself. Lately, I feel this has gotten worse, and admittedly, I really really want to work on this.

So I'm going to try and just write whatever is on my mind and not second guess whether "it's good enough, or not" to post. Also, I'm going to try and start planning out my posts for the week ahead. This obviously will be more organized and structured which is helpful. So here are a couple of blog posts that you can be expecting this week!!


-Valentines day DIY lip scrubs (for your gf's/coworkers!)
-Valentines day plans (which I still don't know about! I can't believe he kept this a secret this whole time!)
-TTC update
-Mall Haul
-My new office!
-Job hunting/the BEST book I've ever read to help me succeed!

That's all for now my lovely readers!

Have a fabulous week!

<3 natalie

Monday, 3 February 2014

WOOT! Liebster Award

Happy Monday!

!Fun Fact! - did you know that you are not supposed to ask for a raise on Monday's?!? Typically, people aren't in a great mood and it could impact your chances! They say to wait until Tuesday, and slowly ease in to the idea by asking a question like "I would like to earn a raise over the next month or two and would like some suggestions as to how I can achieve this goal". Try it! 


Yay! I am so excited to have been nominated for the Liebster Award by Alex from Glitter and Cookies! What a honour...I keep forgetting that I'm writing posts and people are actually reading them! Sometimes I feel as though I'm sharing what's on my mind to be able to reflect on it later, but it's reassuring to know that you wonderful people are actually responding to my reflections. Thank you for that <3

OK so here we go:

So the rules of this Award are:
   Write 11 facts about yourself.
   Answer the 11 questions given by the person who nominated you. 
   Create 11 new questions
   Nominate 11 bloggers and tag them in your post 

In order, here are 11 facts about myself!
1.  I have a Masters degree in Communication Studies
2.  I got married at 24 (I am 27 now and I will be with my husband 8 years as of May!) 
3.  The most disgusting thing in the world is Apple Juice. I haven't had it since I was a kid and the thought of it makes me hurl. 
4.  I used to be a synchronized swimming since I was 7. I haven't done it for a couple years. Tear. 
5.  My favourite vacation was to Barcelona, Spain. 
6.  I tried out for Canadian Big Brother last year. Was going to try out again this year but I ended up having emergency surgery. Boo. Maybe next year!! (PS the new season starts in a month! AHH)
7.  I love scuba diving.
8.  I love horror. I hate sad movies. 
9.  Shows: Dexter. Breaking Bad. AHS. The Killing. BIG BROTHER. the Bachelor(ette)
10.  I have a Maltese dog named Boe. He's my old child...for now.
11.  I want to have babies. Like yesterday. 

And here are the 11 questions Alex asked me:

1.  Why and when did you start blogging?- over a year ago...but it was slow at first. I started it while doing my Masters (not a good idea), so I never got to put in as much effort as I would have liked. I blog now with a different goal in mind than I did a year ago. I want to be able to look back on these reflections years from now and remember what I was doing and how I was feeling. I also want to inspire others and make new internet friends! 
2.  What's your favourite clothing item and why? Big baggy sweaters! - I've gained a few pounds since I got married and I feel like it hides it well :P
3.  Dresses or trousers? Trousers. Only because it's freezing right now so the thought of wearing a dress is painful. 
4.  Dream job. It's completely random but I would LOVE to be a Midwife. lol. Seeing as I studied Arts, I would have to go back to school. But alternatively, I would also love to be a VP at Digital Communications and Marketing firm. 
5.  Would you rather go to the cinema or stay home with a book? Stay at home with a book. Although I do love my movies, I've been watching them from home lately.
6.  Nude lipstick or red lipstick? 100% nude. I only wear red at Christmas. lol it's weird. 
7.  Do you collect anything? Mascaras. Not kidding I have 10 on the go. So ridiculous
8.  The city or the countryside? Country for sure! I grew up in the country and I much prefer the quite lifestyle
9.  What can't you live without? EOS lip balm. I have about a dozen right now, located in various locations in my house, car, workplace, bags.
10.  It's your day off: would you rather lay in or get up early to work out? I hate to admit it but sleep in! I love my sleep and I will grab any opportunity to catch some extra zzzzzz's
11.  Favourite band/artist? I have the most random taste in music. I like everything from Katy Perry, Eminem, and Ed Sheeren. Those are prob my fave right now. 


WEPH! Ok now here are the 11 questions for the people I tag!!!
1.  Describe yourself using 3 words. 
2.  What's your favourite song right now?
3.  What's your favourite makeup item?
4.  Do you want kids? If yes, how many?
5.  Where/what would be your ideal date?
6.  Do you have plans for Valentines Day?
7.  A random fact about you?
8.  What's your dream job?
9.  If money wasn't' an issue, what is one thing you would go out an buy?
10.  Who's your role model?
11.  Favourite movie and/or TV show?

The 11 bloggers I tag are:
Zoe from Writing Whimsywritingwhimsy.com 
Tammi from My Organized Chaosmyorganizedchaos.net
Julienne from Hey Tonyhttp://thelittleslomphouse.blogspot.ca
Ria from That Looks Greatthatlooksgreat.blogspot.co.uk
Diana from Toronto Teacher Momhttp://www.torontoteachermom.com 
Millie Rose from All-Made-Uphttp://millierosemake-up.blogspot.co.uk
Tiffany from The Dwelling Treehttp://www.thedwellingtree.com
Helen from TheLoveCats Inchttp://www.thelovecatsinc.com
Maria from Maria Isabelhttp://misabel5.blogspot.ca
Abi from Beauty + Bookswww.beautyplusbooks.com
Emma from Emma with a touch of Sparklehttps://www.bloglovin.com/emmaatouchofsparkle

Make sure you tag me in  your responses!! I can't wait to read them!

Much love … <3
Natalie