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2017 Reading Challenge

Hello, beautiful readers! Now that 2017 is here I am left contemplating all that was accomplished in 2016. It was a successful year of personal growth for me, and believe it or not I owe much of that growth to books! Yup, that’s right dear friends, reading has helped transform me mentally, physically and creatively throughout this past year. In 2016 I committed myself to reading 30 books, a hefty goal for me. As the year began I slowly started gaining enthusiasm around this goal and soon I was flying through books of all kind. I tracked my…

Three Inspirational Women you Should Get to Know This Year

The end of the year 2016 is quickly approaching, and as January 1st races forward, I find myself sitting and reflecting more and more about what I have discovered this year. What milestones have I reached? Lessons learned? How have I been influenced? This year was all about the self. Me, me, me… And not in a bad way. Self-evaluation, self-discovery, self-love, self-improvement, self-destruction. You name it and I probably experienced it this year. What a whirlwind. I started this year with a purposeful need to go deeper and I have. Within my own…

6 Ways to Survive the Holidays: Introvert Style

It is no secret that I pride myself on being an introvert. I enjoy soft cosy, quiet, intimate settings. Like many introverts, I like being alone, recharging my mind and soul with small groups if any. No, I am not socially illiterate, or extremely awkward on purpose although I may be accidentally. No, I don’t hate people, I am not afraid of people or dislike those who are extroverted, loud and more energetic than I. Although you may get that impression by my resting b**h face. Sorry… that’s just my face. Welcome to the…

My Monday Motivation Through Change

What gets you motivated for the week ahead? Do you like to have a plan in place, or a goal to accomplish? Do you like to fill your thoughts with positive vibes? Or have your cup of strong coffee? I like to do a bit of it all, but I think it is extra important to keep yourself motivated all week long, grabbing inspiration from wherever suits your goals at the time. This Monday I find myself overwhelmed by change. Change is an interesting concept, and in the middle of a transformation, it can be both beautiful and terrifying. Change…

8 Ways Best Friends Enrich our Lives

Everyone needs a best friend, and being a best friend to someone makes you a better person in return. Without them, many of us would be missing out on our full potential and with them, we are able to live a more fulfilling life. Best friends come in all shapes and sizes. Some are childhood friends that we have known for as long as we can remember, some are new entering, our lives by surprise. There is no textbook type of best friend, they can be a lot like you or completely opposite, they could be a spouse, a parent…

Three Ways to Establish Realistic Expectations

There is a silent quarrel within me. On one side of the battleground is understanding, compassion, and patience the other side stands failure, intolerance, and passion. They push they pull they struggle, they throw fits they call names they hit scratch and punch. Each one of them little soldiers struggling to win the fight, yearning to come out on top. The battlefield fuels them further, egging them on. Who is the master of this stadium? Who is this master of these great forces? And why does she wish for them to fight rather than flourish together? Expectations. Yes, expectations is…

5 Ways to Recognize the Right Path

Are you wandering through life, endlessly searching for shelter and direction? Searching for a reason for your wandering, imagining a destination but deciding on none. Lost utterly and completely. But you we keep wandering? In a massive woods, through the trees emerges a great network of paths. Crafted from gravel, bricks, or dirt. Paths leading in different directions, through valleys, and gardens, up mountains and down steep hills. But which path do you take? The truth is there is no one true path, we all have to walk each one in our lives, we must experience joys and hardships. Walking…

3 Benefits of Setting Personal Goals

As an introverted, somewhat perfectionist it may not come as a surprise that goals are important to me. In truth, I must confess that goals have always been of the utmost importance in my life. I have always had some sort of goal to work towards, a milestone to reach or an agenda to follow. My plans are sometimes rigid, but often I am able to change plans to a certain degree and tweak said agendas, however, the ultimate goal set in my mind never falters unless replaced. Driving school, buy a car, complete my diploma, get a job, pay…

9 Reasons Why you should be Kinder

Have you ever had an off day? You know the type of day where everything seems to go wrong, where it seems like every person you interact with has a personal vendetta against you? Like all the people and things you deal with are completely against you? I am not even being dramatic here because we have all been there, it’s like you just can’t seem to catch a break. Think about the last day you felt like that. Work, family, friends, finances any number of things can add to the stress, shaping a day that…

5 Reasons to Laugh More

Oh, laughter, a charmingly silly act. An act that transforms feelings into an outward display of happiness. Within laughter there is a closeness created between people, barriers can be broken and the potential of comfort created. Have you ever met someone who is always laughing? Someone who always has a joke to tell? Someone who seems to make light out of every situation? My grandmother was that kind of person. She always told jokes, the cheesy short knock knock kind. She would be prepared with the same joke almost every time I saw her. “How do you catch a…