Blogtember – You Better Shop Around

The Blogtember prompt for today is to talk about my favourite online shops.Blogtember200_zps4672ae9b

Um, yeah…I’m not really much of a shopper, so this is going to be an incredibly short blog.  I was actually going to skip this day, just because I don’t have very much to say on the subject.  However, I suppose the mark of a good writer is being creative even when the topic isn’t to his or her liking.  So here goes…

I’m not type of person who enjoys going to malls to wander and shop around just for the hell of it, and the same goes for online shopping.  If I need pants, I go buy pants.  If I need shampoo, I go buy shampoo.  Get it and get out, that’s my motto. 🙂

The only items I will typically browse for are books, music, and makeup.  So I spend time on kobobooks.com, iTunes, and in Sephora.

I’m a bit of a book junkie and I probably spend more time than I think I do browsing kobobooks.com.  I do spend a lot of time on goodreads.com, which is a fantastic site devoted to all things books!  It’s like Facebook for book lovers.  If you’re ever looking for book reviews and recommendations, I highly recommend it.

I am also a bit of a make up junkie.  Well not just make up, but beauty products in general.  I’ve definitely reigned myself in; I’m not as bad as I used to be.  However if you ask me where my happy place is I will say without hesitation Sephora.   Ohhhh and definitely the Sephora at the Eaton Centre in Toronto!!  They just renovated, added in a couple of brands of make up from the UK that I love, it’s big and beautiful, and…..sorry, sorry….calm down…deep breath.  Woo!  I told you…happy place.  So there you go, if you’re ever looking for me you know where I am.

Night all!  Going to go put on some lipstick and curl up with a good book 😉

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Blogtember – My Turning Point

Ok, so I didn’t blog yesterday and now I’m five posts behind for Blogtember.  I’ve been down before…don’t count me out just yet. 😉Blogtember200_zps4672ae9b

Today’s post is describing a distinct moment when my life took a turn.

I like to think of a turning point as that moment—that grand, cosmic flash, when suddenly everything you think you know is turned upside down.  You can’t go back, the only thing you can do is move forward.

Once upon a time, many moons ago (don’t ask how many), I was a bright-eyed 25-year-old working full-time.  It was my second, real adult, full-time job.  I had previously been working the night shift and I finally got an opportunity to get a real 9 to 5 job with the land of the living.  It was a busy office, with a high volume of work, and a lot of pressure.  I worked hard, was eager to please, and was actually pretty good at my job.

There is a cost to everything in life.  The cost of being good at your job means you get more work.  People come to you because they know you can handle it and you’ll get it done right.  So pile it on they did.  Add to the fact that I worked for someone who was a newly minted VP, out to prove they could take on the world not caring who the casualties were along the way.

I started to become extremely stressed out.  I worked long hours trying to keep up, and no amount of talking to my boss about my work load helped.  I was headed for a breakdown, which of course was unavoidable…it was a collision waiting to happen.  I ended up taking two weeks of vacation to try to relax and pull myself together.  I had originally only scheduled to take one week, but after the week was up I was so scared of going back I called my boss and begged for another week.  I returned to work after two weeks a little calmer and more relaxed, but it didn’t stick.  Just a week back in the office and I was right back where I started.

Between all the long hours and the stress I was under, I barely had any time to look for another job.  I just felt trapped.  Shortly after going back to work, I was talking to my dad on the phone, explaining to him how things were still the same and I didn’t know what to do.

“If it’s really that bad, then why don’t you just quit,” he said.  “It’s not worth it for you to be so stressed and upset all the time.  You’re a smart girl, you’re good at your job.  You’ll figure it out and find something else”.

FLASH!

I couldn’t quit…could I?  What would I do for money?  What if I didn’t find something right away?  What if, what if, what if???

Remember earlier when I said you can’t look back, you can only go forward?  It’s true.  I could only go forward.  I could quit.  So, I did.

The next morning I went into my boss’ office and handed in my resignation.  It was like the weight of the world had been lifted off my shoulders.  The sun was shining, bird were singing, and for the first time in a long time I felt good.  I was scared to death, but it felt good.

I was out of work for three months.  After I couldn’t find a full-time job, I started a temporary job at a government office.  It was originally a three-month contract and I ended up staying there for a year.  It is to this day one of the best places I ever worked.  I worked with such great people and I learned so much.  It also gave me contacts that led me to my next full-time position right after that contract ended.  If I had stayed where I was, miserable, who knows what would have become of me.  Instead I took a chance and it paid off.  Big time.

Blogtember – An Exercise in Creativity

I am a writer by nature.  I have always loved the written word, whether reading it or creating it myself.Blogtember200_zps4672ae9b   Most people know that I have a love of reading and literature, but I’m not sure how many people know that I also write.  Until I started this blog though, it was not a part of myself that I shared very often.  My writing, unfortunately, always seems to take a back burner to everything else in my life.  Call me responsible…or maybe scared.  Yes, scared is probably more accurate.  Writing is one thing, but letting people actually read it?  Well that’s a whole other kettle of fish.

Jenni, on her blog Story of my Life, started a blogging challenge for September, aptly named Blogtember.  Blogging every weekday using a writing prompt (created by Jenni herself), getting those creative juices flowing, and to just enjoy the creative process of blogging and writing.  When I came across this challenge, I was very excited.  I have recently been trying to make writing more of a priority and looking for interesting ways to get the craziness that is inside my head, out.  This is perfect.  I’m starting a little late, and have missed four days so far, so I will endeavour to make those days up on the weekends (you know, in my spare time…hahaha).

I know this is primarily a weight loss blog, and I will still of course continue to write about that, but I’m excited to explore this other side of my writing (even if just for September to start) and share it with the world.  That’s the beauty of having your own blog—you can pretty much do what you want with the space, since it’s yours to fill.  I hope you are as excited to read the offerings from my creative side as I am to share them with you.