September 30, 2013

Day 20 - A family heirloom

Can you believe that it is the very last day of Blogtember. I can't believe that September is all ready behind us. I have no idea where this month went or what exactly I did with my time. I start a new job today so after five months off its back to reality. Wish me luck. I think it might take me a week or so to get back into the groove of getting up early and all that.

For todays post we are talking about a family heirloom.


This is my great grandmother Tamars ring, given to her by her aunt. My great grandmother loved my mother and so this ring was given to her. I was named after my great grandmother. Tamar is legally my first name but I have always gone by Kayleigh. My mom has kept this ring for me while I travelled around and until I felt like I wanted to have it and knew I wouldn't lose it.

I absolutely love this ring and it fit perfectly without needing any resizing which was great. I am so in love with vintage jewelry and this is exactly my taste. I am so proud to have something that has been handed down for generations. I have heard that I have a few of my great grandmothers qualities and I feel like I now have a part of her with me by wearing this ring everyday.


September 27, 2013

Day 19 - Dear Facebook

Day 19 of Blogtember is to write a letter to the people on your Facebook.


Dear Facebook,

Its pretty awesome that I can keep all my friends and family all in one place. It makes it extremely easy to keep in touch with everyone, especially since I travel around so much. Uploading all my pictures to one site is so much easier then having to send a million emails to let everyone know what I am up to.
its also neat to re-connect with people from highschool and years ago that I had lost touch with. Interesting to see what everyone is up to.

Although I love hearing about your life and what you are up to there are some things that just don't need to be said. Like the fact that you just broke up with your boyfriend and how much you hate him. The fact that your going to the gym, just worked out or self pictures of yourself at the gym.
Yes your kids are cute but there is really no need to put a million pictures that to me all look the same.
I get that everyone has the right to have a bad day but is it really necessary to vocalize every little feeling through out the day. I also really hate when my news feed is take up with ridiculous quotes such as I am a strong women and I deserve better. 

Maybe there should be a test that you have to pass before you are permitted to post on Facebook, just to make sure you are emotionally stable. Thats all I am saying.



September 26, 2013

Day 18 - There will always been both happiness and sadness in the world

Day 17 of Blogtember is to sit at a coffee shop, check, write about what makes us happy and what makes us sad. Well its no problem getting me to go to a coffee shop. I spend tons of time at my favourite place. Pretty much any place that has comfy chairs and even a fireplace is at the top of my list. I should probably just open up my own little boutique coffee place, might save myself some money on the amount I spend each month on latte's.



Happiness is:

Having all the time in the world to spend with Jason
Feeling the sand squish between my toes
Knowing that although we are going through a bit of a rough spot things will work out
Making plans for the future/ knowing anything is possible if we put our minds to it
When I have an amazing yoga session
When someone tells me that I made their day
When Jason encourages me to follow my dreams even though they change every 10 minutes

Sadness is:

The government taking so long to give us our tax return back when we could really use the money
How complicated it has been to import a SUV from the States
When people you thought you knew let you down
Not feeling settled and not sure what to do about it
When bills start adding up and it feels like you will never have savings again

What are you happy/sad about today?





September 25, 2013

Day 17 - We all make mistakes

Day 17 of Blogtember is to write about a time you made a mistake.


I know that we are suppose to write about a mistake that we have made today but I am choosing not to. I have made mistakes, some small, some not so small. I have learn't from them all. Often learning the hard way. But these mistakes we make make us who we are, they make us grow. We often discover who we are, who are friends are and what is important to us.

So today I am choosing not to think about the mistakes I have made, but to think about the many lessons I have learned along the way and how I was able to make a bad situation better with a little determination and strength.


September 24, 2013

Day 16 - Tales of a female nomad


Day 16 of Blogtember is to review a book, place or product. I of course decided to review on of the many books that I have read over the summer.

Takes of a female nomad by Rita Golden Gelman

Its no secret that I love to read books about travel, in fact I have a never ending list of books that I want to read. But this book blew me away. Its such an inspirational tale of a women who is going through what starts out to be a separation from her husband that then turns into a divorce. Instead of wallowing in self pity she decides to travel to all the places that he husband was never interested in. She doesn't just vacation like a tourist she immerses herself in the culture. Choosing to stay with locals, learn their language and partake in their daily lives.

She travels to Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Israel, Galapagos Islands, Indonesia, Canada, New Zealand and Thailand over the span of eight or so years.


Reading this book will make you feel like you are walking right along beside her in her travels and adventures. It will ignite the wanderlust in your heart and make you want to pack a suitcase and start and adventure of your own.



September 23, 2013

Day 15 - Life lately


Does anyone else feel like September is flying by. I can't believe that the Blogtember challenge is almost over. What am I going to write about when I have to think of my own topics. Better get organized for October.

What have I been doing lately?


I have been spending every sunny day at the beach, reading all the books that I have stacked in our bedroom. Hunting for shells and sea glass along the beach.


Catching up with Jason's family. He would be the one that is super tanned. Spending all the time I can with Jason before he goes back to work. I am writing a list of goals for myself for the fall/winter months. I might just share that with you at a later date. To be honest the last 5 months since returning from Australia have been all about relaxing, spending time with family and trying to adjust to being back in Canada.


September 20, 2013

Day 14 - Comfort to me is

Day 14 of Blogtember is to describe what comfort is to you.


Comfort to me is:

A warm cup of coffee in the early morning
Sitting in front of a fire on a cold night
An entire day spent reading my favourite book and not feeling guilty
Fresh peach cobbler right out of the oven
Spending a day in bed watching movies
Snuggling with Jason after a long day


What does comfort mean to you?


September 19, 2013

Day 13 - A dinner party

Day 13 of Blogtember is to create a little story, starting with the sentence
"To say I was dreading the dinner party would be the understatement of the century."


I can't believe I am stuck sitting at the table with these people. How am I suppose to make it through two more courses. My boss is insufferable, his poor wife is sitting there trying to keep a smile on her face while he makes goggly eyes at the blonde bimbo at the other end. Everyone knows they are having an affair, how else did she get that promotion. Her brain is as big as an acorn, she must have slept with all her professors to make it through university.

Then theres Tod, he can't have a single conversation with a female co-worker without checking her out. The only reason he still has his job is the fact that he laughs every time the boss makes one of his inappropriate jokes. Its so much easier to be a man. Talk about golf and how your wife nags you and your brought in to the inner fold.

To my right we have Molly. Good old Molly. She's such a pushover. Everyone else dumps their work on her and she does it without complaint. Don't you have a life Molly? or do you enjoy staying at the office every night well past 11.

These people make me sick. So why am I here you ask? Well I spent 4 years in university, I was top of my class and I have been working my ass of at this company for 5 years. This dinner is all about a promotion. Four of us all competing for the senior position. The position that should be mine. I have dedicated my life to my career. Have given up friends, dates and even family gatherings. If I can just get this promotion it means I will make twice as much. It means I can save up and finally open up my dream shop.

I have been dreaming about my dream job. Its how I have made it through the past 5 years in this toxic environment. I was suppose to go on a date tonight. Thats right a date, with a rather attractive fire fighter I might add. But instead I am here, at this dinner party. I have all most made it. Desert has been served. The wine cups refilled. The boss is standing up, ready to make his speech. I can't take it, I'm grabbing onto the table and holding my breath, I might just pass out before I hear the name announced.

But wait, just he just say what I think he said?


September 18, 2013

Day 12 - Just pictures

Day 12 of Blogtember is super easy. Just pictures. Where else would I go other then pinterest to find some wonderful images to brighten up your day.



Links 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8



September 17, 2013

Day 11 - Looking back one memory at a time

Day 11 of Blogtember is a memory you would love to relive. There are actually tons of memories I can think of that I would love to relive. The day I met Jason, when we moved in together and spent the first night in our apartment. When we stepped on the plane with a one way ticket to Australia. But for this purpose I think I will go a little further back into the past.



Lets see, I was 22 and travelling around Europe. I had decided to sign up to volunteer on the Island of Corfu in Greece on a lovely horse farm. At first I had only planned to stay one month and move on to other destinations. But after that month I wasn't at all ready to go. I ended up stay five months, and only left because I was running low on money and needed to find a proper job.

Life was peaceful, exciting and exactly what I needed at that time in my life. I spent my days playing with horses, riding and teaching little kids how to take care of the ponies. We lived up on a hill overlooking the ocean in this old mansion. One the property we had horses, dogs, chickens, cats and a few orange and lemon trees. The other volunteers became my best friends and family. I could have lived there for the rest of my life. It was a very magical time for me and I found myself there at a time that I so desperately needed to step away from the real world and hide away for a bit.


A little piece of paradise.


September 16, 2013

Day 10 - A love letter

Day 10 of Blogtember is to write a love letter to someone in your life. I have thought about this one all weekend and struggled to come up with anything. I am really just not the love letter type. I stared at this screen for hours and nothing came out. I just couldn't write. So instead I have decided to share with you a love letter that is well known and never gets old.



“Though still in bed, my thoughts go out to you, my Immortal Beloved, now and then joyfully, then sadly, waiting to learn whether or not fate will hear us ...

Yes, I am resolved to wander so long away from you until I can fly to your arms and say that I am really at home with you, and can send my soul enwrapped in you into the land of spirits ...

No one else can ever possess my heart - never - never - Oh God, why must one be parted from one whom one so loves ... Your love makes me at once the happiest and the unhappiest of men ...

My angel, I have just been told that the mailcoach goes every day - therefore I must close at once so that you may receive the letter at once ...

Be calm - love me - today - yesterday - what tearful longings for you - you - you - my life - my all - farewell. Oh continue to love me - never misjudge the most faithful heart of your beloved.

Ever thine,
Ever mine,
Ever ours.” 
― Ludwig van BeethovenLetters of Beethover



September 13, 2013

Day 9 - Self portrait

Day nine of the blogtember challenge is to take a self portrait. I rarely and I mean rarely take pictures of myself or include myself in pictures. I am much more comfortable behind the lens which is evident on this blog. Most of the pictures on here are usually of Jason instead of me. Its something I am trying to work on and hope to get better at over the next year.

But today calls for a self portrait, so a self portrait is what you shall see.


I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.


September 12, 2013

Day 8 - The way social media changes you

Todays topic for blogtember is how does social media change you. What did we ever do before social media, am I right.

I am sure we can all agree that social media is very addicting, I can easily waste away the day scrolling through many different sites. Jason really doesn't understand the whole pinterest thing and thinks its hilarious every time I say I am on there.

For me Facebook has been fantastic. As I love to travel so much it makes it so easy to talk to family and friends and share all my pictures with everyone instead of sending out millions of emails everyday. Its also really neat to reconnect with people that you haven't talked to in years, high school friends for example.

Blogging has changed my life so much. I never imagined that it would have this kind of effect on me when I first started. I have been able to not only improve my writing and photography skills this past year but it has given me a major confidence boost knowing that people actually want to read my posts. Who knew.

I have been able to befriend some amazing people in the blogging community. People that I probably wouldn't have met if it wasn't for the decision to start a blog. I can't wait to meet all these wonderful women in person one day. This community has changed my life in so many ways and I am excited to see what the next few years brings.


September 11, 2013

Day 7 - Lets Shop

Day 7 of the blogtember challenge is to share some of your favourite online shops and what you are loving right now. This is a challenge I can get behind. I have been browsing online shops for weeks now, trying to get ideas and inspiration for my fall/winter wardrobe. Here are some of my favourites at the moment.

Anthropology


                                           Fayette Jacket                                 Cavatina Maxi




                                      Denim overall                                Joe lace up boot




                                    Forward March Jacket                                    Heads up tunic




What are your favourite sites? Any fall trends you are loving right now?




September 10, 2013

Day 6 - Change

Todays topic for blogtember is a moment when your life took a turn.



I was 22 years old. Working as a admin assistant for an accounting firm, something I never thought I would do. I hate cubicles. Dating someone I knew I didn't want to be with anymore but unsure of what to do about it. Living together always makes things so much more complicated.

One day my best friend told me that her and her boyfriend were taking off for a year to travel around Asia. Instead of feeling happy for her I was instantly envious, that was suppose to be my life. That was my dream, what happened to me?

That was all I needed to kick my butt and sort out my life, start heading in the direction I actually wanted to go and not just keep going like I was, living a life I knew I did not want but not doing anything about it.

It took me less then four months to give notice at my job that I was leaving, tell my family and friends that I was leaving and most importantly end the relationship that really I should have ended a year before. I was so excited once I started ticking things off my list and I instantly knew this was what my life was suppose to be like. I took off to travel around Europe. I ended up going for all most a year and a half, volunteering on fruit picking farms, and horse ranches for room and board. It was the best experience ever and in instilled in a knowledge that that was the kind of life I wanted to live.

As corny as it sounds I found myself on that trip. I was more sure of myself and the person I wanted to become. Finally comfortable in my skin.

What is your most memorable moment where your life took a turn?


September 9, 2013

Day 5 - Personality

Day 5 of the blogtember challenge is to take a this personality test and discuss what we think about the results.



INTP
Introvert(67%)  iNtuitive(12%)  Thinking(50%)  Perceiving(22)%
  • You have distinctive preference of Introversion over Extraversion (67%)
  • You have slight preference of Intuition over Sensing (12%)
  • You have moderate preference of Thinking over Feeling (50%)
  • You have slight preference of Perceiving over Judging (22%)


INTP are often perceived as shy which I often am, especially when its around groups of people that I have never met before. On the other hand, I just like to think things through in my head first before I say them out loud. Hating small talk is another big thing. I would rather sit with someone in silence then make small talk, to me its pointless but this often seems to make people uncomfortable.

Because INTPs enjoy solitude and deep thinking, they sometimes strike others as aloof and detached. At times, people with this personality type can get lost in their own thoughts and lose track of the outside world. They love ideas and place a high value on intelligence and knowledge.

INTP love to people watch. This is completely true for me. I can sit in a coffee shop all day and watch people wander by. I am fascinated and often have whole conversations in my head about what I think these peoples lives are like.

Craving alone time. I really really love my alone time. Don't get me wrong I am all for socializing and going out with friends but after all that excitement there is nothing i love more then to curl up in bed and watch tv shows or read a great book all day, or even for an entire weekend.

I didn't really agree with the career part. Most of the careers that were suggested I would consider completely wrong for me. For some of the questions I really wanted to put maybe. Sometimes a girl just needs a maybe.

If your up for the challenge take the test and leave your results in the comments below.


September 6, 2013

Day 4 - A time when I was afraid

This one is an easy one for me as the story I am about to tell you sticks in my mind as something that I never want to repeat again.

At the age of 22 I decided my life needed a huge change so what do I do? I pack up everything I own and decide to backpack through Europe for over a year. This trip was one of the most amazing times of my life and I will always remember it fondly. But of course there was a not so great part as well.

I had decided that it would be a good idea to take the train all the way from Germany to Greece because I had never been in a sleeper cabin.  That way I would get to see a lot of scenery along the way as well. I was trying to follow the schedule that I had been given the best I could but some where along the way I become confused about where to get off to make my connection.


So at 1am I found myself in an empty train station with the last train of the night leaving before I could realize it was the one I should have stayed on. The train station was in an old area with most of the building looking like they were completely abandoned. When I peered outside there was nothing around that I could see. I started to panic and tried to hold back the tears as best I could but I had no idea what I was suppose to do at this point. It started looking like a horror movie the longer I stood there.

To my relief a nice old cab driver came up to me and although he barely spoke English what I made out was that he knew a nice cheap hotel near by that he could take me to because I couldn't stay at the train station all night. If this cab driver hadn't of been there I honestly don't know what I would have done. I was terrified of stepping out and walking the dark streets alone.

Although I was pretty shaken up the next morning I showered and changed and continued on my way vowing to pay better attention and double check everything when travelling alone.


September 5, 2013

Day 3 A piece of advice

Me give advice? I am not so sure about that but here goes. One thing that always seems to stay with me over the years is this.


Passion is oh so important in life. So figuring out what you are passionate about will help you decide what is important in your life. It doesn't matter how long it takes or how many things you have to try first before you find the right one. 


September 4, 2013

Day 2 - If I could do anything for three months, what would it be.

Well I have to say that I have been pretty luck for the past year and a half. I was doing exactly what I wanted. I packed up everything and moved to Australia, travelled around and experienced amazing things. Met some great people and life long friends. Also a big plus, no winter. On our return to North America we stopped in Holland, Michigan to visit my mom and now we are in Nova Scotia staying with Jason's family, so I have to say we are doing pretty good.

But I will still play along because Jenni said so.

I would go a visit friends and family in England and Wales. Its been far to long


Wander the streets of London and explore all the markets


Find a cozy coffee shop, spend lots of time reading and writing


Revisit Italy and walk through a field of sunflowers


Hide away at a yoga retreat and improve body and mind


What would you do with three months?


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