A Year of Intention

I’ve been thinking of writing a recap blog of 2014 but have not been hit with the inspiration or memory to do it to my satisfaction. Today, as I was putting the dishes away it dawned on me that I wanted 2015 to be my year of intention. By that, I mean I want to live on purpose. I want to do things on purpose. I don’t want to just be or just let things happen to me.

A lot of things have inspired me to pursue this. Top of mind was an Instagram post from Amy Chan that I saw. Amy has been someone I have admired online for quite a while. I have even had the opportunity to meet her in person! She is real. She is ambitious. She is kind. I love everything about her.

This post resonated with me because I feel as though I am constantly seeking. But I consciously want to strive for greatness and excellence in my pursuits.

A second thing that has spurred this round of inspiration is have read through the Desire Map in it’s entirety. I am currently working on the workbook to figure exactly how I want to feel. But as I work through this, I am carrying myself with my feelings in mind. How do I want to feel when I am doing something? This is very close to the top of my mind. Danielle LaPorte is also an awesome lady that I’ve followed online for a while. I’ve had the opportunity to hear her speak. Her words are true and I’m often hit with “hmm” moments when she posts her #truthbombs.

I love that these two powerful ladies are from Vancouver. I’ve met both of them in this beautiful city but first became aware of their presences through Twitter.

Short and sweet posts, seem to be where I am most comfortable. I haven’t gotten around to clarifying my goals for this year yet. But I will be sure to update my goal page here when I do, and hopefully will have more to say in a full blog post.

New Month, New Chapter of Life

September 2014 marks the beginning of a new chapter in my life: the beginning of my first post university career search. Fall is one of my favourite seasons, I love sweaters, cardigans, hoodies, and boots. I also really enjoy the feeling of newness, excitement, and change that is in the air.

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As my search for my next career opportunity in communication, social media, or public relations hits the ground running, I’ve come back to my blog to write out and share some of the short term goals I am working on:

1. One Gutsy Email Per Day

I did this probably about a year ago. My philosophy was that what was the worst that could happen? Either they say no or don’t respond. No love, no loss.

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2. Better Posture

Having worked at a desk for the last three months, I’ve noticed the tightness in my shoulders and neck. I also worked right by a mirror so was able to notice how slouchy I was getting. So this month, I am focusing on keep my back straight and my shoulders back.

3. Beyonce-like Confidence

Confidence is something I’ve really notice that I’ve struggled with in the past year or so. It’s a little something that I hold in the back of my mind. This month, I am going to bring this to the forefront and really focus on increasing this area of my life.

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Experimenting

My has it been a busy summer! I graduated this June, started and completed a public relations certificate, made one tiny step of progress for my mom’s estate albeit, unsuccessfully, and am currently embarking on my first job hunt post university. All very exciting and each a mini to full fledged milestones in my life.

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On the topic of new and exciting, I’ve been experimenting with a few different areas in my life. Here is a quick glimpse into each:

1. Gluten free eating
Over the past 6 months my celiac levels have been elevated. They hit around the 60 mark, diagnosis celiacs are around 100 and non celiacs are typically around 10. So I am somewhere in the middle with this marker. About 2.5 weeks back I was utterly fee up with how tired I was feeling all the time. I decided to do a little experiment to see if gluten was plaint a role.

So far, no dice. I’m still equally as tired as I have been. I have an appointment with a gastroenterologist at the end of the month, so I think I will test this out till then. If anything changes, you will definitely get an update.

2. Insulin Pump
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As a part of my mission to take charge of my health, and thanks to BC government’s decision to change the eligibility age, I was able to get an insulin pump! An insulin pump is a page size device that continuously pumps insulin into my body 24 hours a day. It is much more convenient than having to inject manually like I’ve done for the past 20 odd years. So far, I have been running with my blood sugars a little high. This is also about week three with my pump.

My endocrinologist and my pump nurse have been in near daily contact with me to monitor and adjust my insulin levels. I’m told they like to play it very safe and have me run a little high, rather that low as my body gets use to the continuous insulin. I’ll update you with an significant progress in this department.

3. Gratitude
Because I’ve been in this state of uncertainty about where I want to head with my life for over a year, I decided to add something new. I’m normally a very mindful person, but I’m not sure everyone else knows that. I’ve made an effort to acknowledge people I am grateful for. I hope it is a nice treat when people hear something out of the blue. If you don’t change how can you expect things to change, right?

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Well those are three areas I’m focusing on my life. This is the first post in another new thing I’m trying, transit blogging. Why not use the time to get my thoughts out into the universe of the interweb?

Happy Wednesday!

Inspiration?

A few weeks ago I attended the WXN Top 100 Women Luncheon and during the Q & A session, one guest asked what happens when your passion runs out?

I’ve been realizing this a lot lately, that I am constantly searching for inspiration. Is this normal? I feel at a bit of a loss. I am still uncertain of what I want to do with my life and am feeling so antsy about it.

I know I want to be successful and that looks like I love what I do. But what I want to do is entirely another question. I’m hoping that by staying involved in my community, I will be able to find some sort of clarity soon. There are some days when this yearning becomes totally overwhelming. Frustrating is also a word I would use.

This image popped up on my Facebook feed the other day. And I had to share it. Love Social is an inspiring digital agency.  I definitely recommend checking them out. They also post loads of inspiring images on their Facebook page weekly.

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I’m starting to feel this yearning to go to Bali again. I’m not sure what it is. It is not this in my face feeling that I have to do something. But it is definitely something that keeps crossing my mind.

I’ve never really travelled by myself. Last year was the first year that I travelled on an airplane by myself and that was a quick trip to Vegas. I would like to think that this might do me some good.

I will keep pondering….