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Sunday, January 7, 2018

2018 Resolutions and Goals

Happy New Year friends!

I hope you've all had a good start to 2018. I'm excited to have a fresh beginning this year. I feel that for a lot of us, 2017 was very emotionally exhausting. Politics became a spectacle in the US, and in turn, had an impact here in Canada. On a positive note, the turmoil did help to highlight the complacency that still exists here in America (whether it be racism, sexism, transphobia, or indifference). 2017 became a year of calling out abusers, which also made survivors of the abuse relive their traumas. I hope progress continues in 2018, but more than ever, it's a good time to be prioritizing and practicing self-care.

This past year I tried to be much kinder to myself and set realistic goals. I had an amazing circle of support: an insightful counselor, understanding friends, and a cuddly cat. It was a successful year for me, and I kept most of my resolutions.

2017 Resolutions:

✓ Progress not perfection
✓ Rehab to get back on the ultimate field 
✓ More adventures
✗ More time doing the things I love (blogging, art, reading)
✓ Finish my thesis 

That first resolution was the wise words of my counselor. Quite honestly, I don't think I could have been so successful without it. These past few years I've been in a physical and mental health slump, so taking things a day at a time really helped. 

In 2017 I got back on an ultimate frisbee field after my kneecap dislocation in 2015. My knee may never feel totally "perfect" again, but at least the injury is no longer occupying a place in my mind. I also was able to get out and do more hikes this year (although you wouldn't know it from my bad blogging). Most importantly, I finally finished my thesis and graduated from my Masters degree. Thankfully I'm now onto the next exciting chapter of my life. 

I use my vision board more routinely for inspiration and direction. Even compared to the goals and values laid out in my vision board, this year was a productive one for me:

✓ I graduated my Masters
✓ Moved back to a sunnier climate that's much better for my mental health 
✓ Continued to foster strong, female friendships 
✓ Applied for over 45 jobs in my field (and kept track of each one!)
✓ I even had my hair dyed blonde 

My bigger goals now all rely on my life "falling into place" so to speak. Hopefully, I'll find a job soon, get my foot in the door, start my career, get a dog, and a place, and live happily ever after. But until then, I have to focus on the goals and values I can control. For that reason, I'm going to focus on the upper right quadrant of my vision board this year. 

This is the inspiration and communication part of my vision board. I'd like to focus on my artistic side, which has been long-neglected due to my academic pursuits. So I've decided I'd like to start drawing and painting again, possibly even set up an Etsy account too. I'd also like to start creating more blog content this year. A big interest of mine has always been moving this blog to my own site, and I think that's something I'm capable of pursuing now. 

So, my resolutions this year have shifted to prioritize everything I couldn't do last year.

2018 Resolutions:
  • Progress not perfection
  • Create more blog content this year
  • Get back to creating, drawing and painting
  • Learn a new language (redevelop my French and learn some Spanish)
  • Prioritize my mental and physical health

How did you fare throughout 2017? And do you have any important resolutions for the new year? 

Wishing all of you a positive and safe 2018!

Amanda xox

Monday, December 25, 2017

Happy Holidays

Wishing you a very happy and safe holiday season! Sorry for the belated post, but I've been busy trying to survive retail during this busy time of year. As usual, I hope you enjoy this little Christmas photoshoot with Callie.

Wishing you all a happy new year, and I'll be posting again soon!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Life Update

Hello my friends,

It's been a while since I last posted here and it's because I've been very busy with some life changes. To give you an idea of what I've been up to, here are some pictures from the last month and a half:

It's official: Callie and I have moved back to Ontario. At the end of June, I packed all of my belongings in two U-Boxes and flew with my cat five hours across the country. As usual, she blew me away with how well she handled everything. She was relaxed while exploring the gate at Vancouver International Airport and slept through the entire flight. 

My family is hosting us temporarily while we sort things out, and so far they've fallen in love with Callie. I'll be back soon with more updates now that things have finally settled down. 

Until then, I hope you're all doing well.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Wild Geese

Wild Geese
Mary Oliver

"You only have to let the soft animal of your body / love what it loves." 
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about your despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting --
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.