Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Wear to Work Favourites

I accepted a position in August working in long-term care as an activity aide. In this position, I dress in business casual attire. Honestly, when I was first hired, I wore a lot of cheaper clothing. By October, I’ve needed to replace a lot of it. I’ve learned that quality vs. quantity always wins.

Recently, I’ve fallen in love with Reitmans. I used to think it was an “old lady store”, but it’s become one of my favourite stores. I love the quality of the products I’ve purchased thus far, their products are classic and super versatile for all ages and sizes. It’s definitely a win-win to buy things from there!
Side note: The New Classic Straight Leg Pants are genuinely the best dress pants I have ever worn.

I also love Ricki’s, J. Crew and Marshalls for buying work clothes. Their products are great as well.   

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

12 Articles Every 20-Something (and Everyone Else!) Needs to Read

I know that I have been seriously struggling with getting good posts out lately, life has been chaotic and crazy. I haven’t been sleeping, all I’ve been doing is sleeping. I’m hoping to get my shit together in the near future to continue posting.
In the age of social media and how it much it has grown over the last five years even, it should be no surprise that many people are looking for advice on it. I have spent time rounding up some of the articles that I personally have helped me with success over the last few years. I hope that you all enjoy them as much as I did!

10 Things Every Woman Should Know by 25

Honestly, I was iffy when I opened this article online since it was written by Cosmopolitan. I was pleasantly surprised though! It talks about important topics many people in their 20s face; from handling your friend’s crappy fiancĂ©e to relationship advice to beauty suggestions. I have started to follow some of the tips from this article, such as trying a BB Cream instead of foundation. I must say, this is one of the greatest guidelines that I have read about becoming a young professional in the hustle bustle world that we live in.

8 Reasons to Love Being Single

If you’re happy and in a committed relationship, then good for you! However, I have been single since February and have found reasons to fall in love with being single. I loved reading this article, it made it seem not as terrible when I was freshly single. The article includes girls’ nights, finding yourself, travel and the best one: not shaving! It definitely is an article that is worth the read whether you’ve been single for a while, freshly single or in a relationship but wanting to support a single friend.

15 Signs You’re Finally in a Healthy Relationship

I may have just talked about falling in love with being single, however, I think that women also need to acknowledge the signs of being in a good relationship. This article again is by Cosmopolitan, and discusses topics that people in their 20s really should be acknowledging when it comes to relationship advice. For example, if he doesn't text you back right away, it doesn't even cross your mind to be worried. This article is definitely a key article for anyone in a relationship, hesitant as to whether it’s healthy or not!

10 Financial Habits to Start in Your 20s

This won’t be the first time I admit it – I suck at saving. I have friends who talk about having money saved up to buy a house, travel and do things that most should be doing at 23. Unfortunately, my current bank statement screams overdraft. This article talks about key topics like comparing yourself vs. your friends’ financial situations, saving, creating a budget and setting financial goals. I definitely have started trying to follow some of this advice since I read this article, but I won’t lie… I’m still a work in progress.

7 Lady Bosses Share Their Best Career Advice

I love the whole #girlboss movement. I know that I talk about it a lot on my blog, but I am slowly building my empire in my field and I am so proud of myself for that. I think that society has changed so much, therefore woman are working a lot more than even in our parents’ generation. I found this article very motivating because it features lady CEOs, company founders and editor-in-chiefs. I personally don’t strive to ever have a job that high but this article is so empowering and features so much key points. I am so glad that took the time to create this article for ladies to read.

How I Scored My Dream Job at 23 (and How You Can, Too!)

This is my article. In this article, I talked about different ways to look for jobs, building the perfect resume and preparing for the interview. There are so many little things that people forget when applying for jobs, and this article covers all of those.

11 Tips for Work-Life Integration

I don’t think I’m alone when I say this: I feel as though I’m burning myself out at 23. Everyone keeps saying to me “work hard now, it’ll pay off later” and/or “you’re young, you can handle all of the shifts”. The thing is, when I have zero me time, I get agitated and stressed. I love my job, and I want to do everything that I can to get into a management position, because that’s the ultimate goal. But how far are we willing to push our personal lives away to get ahead in our career? That’s the question I think on the mind of a lot of my generation. This article talks about little things that you can do in your life to develop a great work/life balance.

Dress Like a Boss: How to Create a Capsule Wardrobe for Work

In order to be a successful lady boss, you really need to have a wardrobe that matches. Right out of college, I purchased a lot of my work clothes at the stores that I bought clothing from in high school and college (khaki pants and chiffon blouses from cheap shops). I think as young professionals, millennials really need to get into the routine of shopping for a professional wardrobe with timeless, classic pieces. Jess Atkins, the author of this article, talks about important things like choosing a colour palette, appropriate hemlines for the workplace and planning your outfits in advanced. This article is definitely worth the read for if you’re searching for the right work wardrobe.

Don’t Fall Into These Millennial Myths!

When I first opened this link, I was just kind of like “well, this could be an interesting article…” I started reading it, and I realized that I loved it. In the first paragraph, it raises a key topic that most people tend to forget: our generation is the future leaders of tomorrow. My absolute favourite synopsis of an article comes from Forbes. It is:
“Millennials are often stripped down to the following connotations: Ungrateful. Selfish. Unintelligent. Trophy Kids. Impatient. Head in the clouds. But I’ve come to realize that, for a lot of people, being a Millennial isn’t a deal breaker. Many are fully aware of Millennial stereotypes and they’re smart enough to know that those claims (of the most diverse generation) are far generalized.”
… I think that’s all that needs to be said about this article.

50 Best TED Talks for Millennials

Sam at has always been one of my favourite bloggers! I love the topics that she covers for 20-somethings, which include real life topics for my generation. In this particular article, Sam has found 50 TED Talks that are relevant to my generation.
Some of the talks are:
Dare to Disagree (Margaret Heffernan)
This article is great, with 47 more TED Talks, plus a synopsis of the talks!

6 Weird Symptoms of PMS That Are More Common Than You Think

Honestly, I seriously debated posting this article. I decided to do it, though! This article is geared toward ladies, to make us feel a bit more comfortable with the elephant in the room – menstruation. I think that is a lot more common than it was 30 years ago for people to openly talk about their periods, but so many women are still so self-conscious about discussing symptoms that they may think are weird or uncomfortable. I personally think that PMS symptoms and periods in general need to stop being such a taboo topic to talk about and we need to open up about how we feel when we are going through our cycle.

33 Weird Thoughts Every Woman Starts Having in Her Mid 20s

I am genuinely obsessed with Kate Bailey’s articles. However, this one hit me over the head with the realness. I think the top five six thoughts that I relate to the most from this article include:
“I don’t know where there aren’t nutrition labels on wine bottles but I support whatever that reason is.”
“Or I can just find someone really really rich, marry them and maintain a very happy surface level relationship and never have to worry about a thing again.”
“I’m glad I’m single right now, I’m on a spiritual journey, I’m finding myself, this is what life is about.”
“I’m not going to that wedding because I would rather spend $250 on H&M and sushi than people I barely know. So suck it.”
“So my closet currently consists of something to wear to an interview, a funeral, out for drinks, out for brunch, chic plane travel, messy but cute train travel, cute sweats so somebody can see me looking effortlessly gorgeous while we’re cuddling… basically I just buy things for hypothetical situations I make up in my head and call it having my life together. Try me.”
“My ex getting married before me is going to induce a quarter life crisis/my personal demise.”

I personally can’t get enough of this article; but I love this article and this article by Kate Bailey as well. It kind of saddens me that she quit writing!

I’m interested if you guys have any articles that you think are important for millennials to read. Let me know in the comments below!

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

(fall themed) links + loves

(All photos found on my Tumblr. Please see post below for the direct link to my Tumblr, in which you will find the photos rightful owners.)
Initially, I had started a 30 day challenge (see day one and day two). Unfortunately, as I started to write posts for days three, four and five, I felt they were topics that I did not feel comfortable disclosing with the world. I will still do topics that I feel comfortable with, but unfortunately for now, I have chosen to take a break.

I have said it once and I say it again – I have fallen back in love with Tumblr. I used Tumblr when I was sixteen like my personal diary then continued to use it on and off for the last seven years. I love Tumblr in the sense that I can connect with people internationally, and I feel as though there are people who get me. I have since found some lovely ladies closer to my age and I absolutely love following them. You can check out my Tumblr here.

I am a blanket scarf fiend. Over the past few years, I have loved the style that Garage comes out with (even if I do look like every other girl in Canada). This scarf is really got me obsessed this year (I really, really need to get to Garage before it sells out).

I have desperately seeking a good pair of booties for the last month or so. Anyone who is friends with me, or is my mom, is aware of this. I fell in love with these booties though, I love the colour and they’re so versatile for fall or winter.

My lips are getting so chapped this fall, and I’m unsure why. I had used my FAB lip treatment often, but it isn’t doing the trick. I went old school and started using my holy grail product from high school. The Body Shop Lip Butter Mango was my go-to for years and I have just recently gone back to using it daily.

Last but not least, I fell in love with this article! It’s really resonated with me, and I think it’s an important topic for a lot of girls. It’s something as we grow older, we learn through failed relationships.

Ladies (and gents), what are your favourite fall products? Let me know, I’d love to try them!

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Where I'd Like to be in Ten Years

(This is the second day of the 30 Day Challenge that I’m completing, which was found on Direct link to the challenge is here)
In ten years, I’ll be 33. At 23, I’m going to tell you this: I can pray every day of my life that I want this and my life will be nothing like I want it to be in ten years. If you asked 13-year-old me this question, I probably would have said a paediatric nurse. Obviously, I work with the polar opposite: seniors with dementia. Here are the top five things I would like to have accomplished in ten years.

In ten years, I would like to be a recreation director at a Long-Term Care home.

This has been one of my biggest goals since I was sixteen. I love working in dementia care, I absolutely despise working in retirement care. Therefore, LTC is where my heart is. Currently, I work as an activity aide in an LTC; where I work in a locked dementia unit providing programming for the residents. Once I have gained the frontline experience that I am content with, I would like to move into an office role.

In ten years, I would like to have a university degree.

I have been putting off getting a university degree for a few years now, but I know that I won’t be happy until I go to university. One of the big things that is stopping me is that I’m unsure what I want to pursue in university. My top choices are:
·         Bachelor of Business Administration
·         Bachelor of Social Work
·         Bachelor of Arts in Gerontology
I know that any of these three degrees would help me pursue a great job working in geriatrics. If anyone has any suggestions/tips for picking a major, let me know! I’m really struggling at deciding.

In ten years, I would like to have purchased my own home.

I think that this is many people in my generation’s goal. However, I am the worst for saving money, so this goal is probably going to be hard. I’ll make it work though. I don’t want to live with my parents forever!

In ten years, I would like to have paid off my student loans.

Anyone who knows me knows that I am addicted to post-secondary education (see above where I talk about obtaining a degree). I would love to have all of my loans paid off though, as I’ll be over that phase in my life. I’ll probably want to be slowing down from working so much and remain financially stable. I think that this will be my biggest challenge.

In ten years, I would like to have found a hobby that I love and pursued it.

I am not a hobby type of person. I sit on my computer, I read articles, go on Pinterest and Tumblr, and write blog posts. I’ve tried knitting, swimming, hiking and crocheting. Nothing suits me, and I get bored easily. I would love to be able to find something that I love, and pursue that. If I don’t have a hobby, at least I’ll have a few cats (or twenty), to keep me company while I “Netflix and chill” alone.

Honestly, I don’t know where my life will be in ten years. I hope that it’s fantastic, and that I’m happy with whatever life I’m given. If I can continue to follow my passions, I know that I will be just fine. 

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Why I'm Okay With Being #foreveralone

I have decided to do a 30 day blogging challenge, to bring some creativity and spark into my life. As I mentioned on Thursday, I quit my full time job last week to pursue a career in my field of study. My life is changing and evolving a lot faster than I thought it would ever. I decided that it would be fun to do this challenge for the month of October to help me keep the creative juices following as I continue to adapt to the changes in my life.

The term #foreveralone

I went on Urban Dictionary and there are several definitions of the term “forever alone”. I thought that I would share my top three.
1.       “An individual who will never have a boyfriend/girlfriend and will never get married, most likely spend of their time on the internet or making faces and/or noises to themselves. This person will probably have one real friend and die with 32 cats.”
2.       “Being so incompatible with the rest of humanity that you will never find anyone willing to date you.”
3.       “Being single”
Honestly I’m not 100% where I fit in with those definitions, but I know I’m somewhere. I think that #2 is probably the most like me. In the post I wrote last week to my ex-boyfriend, I mentioned how emotionally damaged I am from my relationship with him. At the age of 23, I feel as though I am growing through the phase where all of my friends are either getting into a serious relationship or are too wine drunk to even remember their names.

Why I’m Okay With Being Single

I actually had this discussion with one of my friends a few weeks ago. I feel like I’ve been in a relationship, or had a fling with someone since 16. I haven’t really had any flings since my ex and I broke up in February. I’ve gone on a few dates but nothing has ever really turned into something more.
Right now, I’m 23 and focusing my ambitions on being a #girlboss. The term girl boss came from the bestselling book, Girl Boss. A #girlboss is also known as an ambitionista, who is someone driven to succeed in her career. At 23, I scored my dream job even if it is only part-time. Next goal is full time, but that’s a work in progress… right?
With that being said, I am so career driven that I think that a gentleman in my life may hold me back. Right now, I’d be content with packing up and moving across the country for a job I wanted badly enough. I know that depending on the situation that I was in, I couldn’t. I had that dilemma when I wanted to apply for university in Newfoundland but I was in a serious relationship. I don’t want to have to make that choice again.

Five Reasons I’m Comfortable with Being Single

I read this Thought Catalog article when writing my post, and I instantly fell in love with it. I thought I would share my five favourites from the post.
1.       “When someone asks about your relationship status, you answer honestly without batting an eye, because you don’t see anything embarrassing about being alone in a couple-filled world.”
2.       “Your calendar is always full: vacations, breakfast/lunch/dinner with old friends, movie date with your siblings or friends, seminars and other important activities outside work/school.”
3.       “You forgot how it is to be dating or be in a relationship. How many times do you need to send them messages? Which decisions do you need to consult with them? Do they need to know where you’re going for lunch and what you’re having?”
4.       “Your heart goes out to those who are afraid to be alone and wish they’ll someday see the light and embrace singleness.”
5.       “You’re not bitter about your failed relationships anymore. You are actually grateful that they ended. If it didn’t, you wouldn’t be this happy right now.”


My single lady playlist

Honestly, throw in Sorry by Beyonce and this playlist would be my life motto right now. Nothing feels better to me that sitting with a glass of wine and playing with my cat or having a dance party to this playlist.
I’m okay with being alone. I needed to be alone, I needed this experience. I am so blessed for the relationships that I have had, they’ve thought me so much. I cannot wait to continue to grow as a human being and maybe I will find someone but I’m not sitting around worrying about it.

What’s your relationship status? Are you okay with it?