My Latest New Gadget!

Hey guys!

So the other day I headed over to Chapters, which is my absolute favourite thing to do when I have some time to kill. Grab a coffee, walk around and look at books, fun home decor… you get the deal. They had some marketing scheme going on that I totally fell for, and have absolutely no regrets whatsoever. Basically, if I bought a greeting card (for Mother’s Day), and presented this “secret pull card” I could end up winning between 5%-100% of my purchase. So, naturally the shopaholic in me needed to purchase anything she wanted to that would normally never discount. Why? Well, because of course there was that small chance I could win. $180 later, and 5% off. Haha, I’m a sucker for that stuff.

Anyways, side tracked a little, but now you have some background knowledge. Mother’s day was coming up, and I could have gone with my normal flowers, wine, a card and maybe some fashion accessory like a bag or sunglasses. But, this year, I decided to move to something a little more “techy”. My mom is notorious for not being able to find her phone or keys, or anything for that matter (I say that with lots of love if you are reading this). So I checked out this lovely little gadget online a few weeks back called TileMate. I thought it was cool, and also thought it was something you could only exclusively order online…so I did whatever the online version of window shopping is called, and forgot about it. THEN, I saw Chapter’s carried them. So, because of this marketing scheme at Chapter’s, I spent the $89.99 on a pack of 4, even though I wasn’t sure they would hold the value. But, like I said previously, no regrets.

I can assure you, TileMate is 110% worth the value if you can never find your phone or keys in the house. So, heres how it works. You open the cute little box that it comes in. You turn your bluetooth on, on your phone. Download the Tile App in your app store. Make an account. Follow the instructions to pair. Put your tiles on anything you want! *** If you want to attach a tile to a computer/tv remote or something, purchase the adhesive strips on the website *** I put mine on my keys. So, when I cant find my keys, I open the app, press a button, and they ring! Easy peasy, and I’m not stressed, swearing and blaming everybody in the house. Same thing goes for my phone. If I cant find my phone, I press on the Tile attached to my keys, and my phone rings– even if its on silent! Loud enough that I can hear it in another room.

This thing seriously sells itself. I did not know about them for the longest time or else I would have purchased one sooner. My mom is OBSESSED with hers, she shows everybody, and so do I. At work, I demonstrate it to customers all the time! (I work in the telecommunications industry, so I’ll bring up cool apps that I use with customers). I am not being paid to tell people about this awesome product, but its something I truly think is cool!

Online, you can purchase single tiles if you dont feel like you need 4. I admit, for my mom 4 was a lot, so luckily I scored one– thanks mom!

These seriously make great gifts for people, and are a great little gadget for yourself!

Check out their website below:

https://www.thetileapp.com/

 

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Self Care Can Change Your Life

Ever since I can remember, I have cared so much about people to the point where it can drive me a little nuts. I am always worrying about somebody or something, and I often put others before myself.  The simple act of caring to much, used to give me such terrible anxiety (and sometimes still does) so bad it would get to the point where I would be terrified to tell somebody if I didn’t want to do something.

I unfortunately experience a lot of the physical side effects of anxiety when it creeps up, and it takes such a toll on my body. It can put me out for a few days, and lately I have been sick and tired of this happening. I needed to look into doing something for myself to make myself feel whole and healthy again.

I am ALWAYS worrying about people; if they are okay, if they are upset, if they need me… the list goes on and on and on. This caring for people too much started with just family, then the over caring trickled into my friendships and relationships, and even more so recently, it has started to take over my life at my job, and once this started happening I became mentally drained very quickly. It wasn’t until I discovered infographics, other blogs, Pinterest posts all dedicated to this lovely thing called self care.

Self Care is the act of taking care of yourself, you are putting your own personal needs before the needs of others. It is so important to take a few minutes a day to practice self care! I try and set aside an evening when I know I’ll be alone to take care of myself and reflect on my current situations.

A few ways I practice self care…..

Reading: a few pages can turn into hours and hours of reading, I get lost in books. This is a great way for me to tune out and focus on doing something productive for myself. Not only does reading keep my brain sharp, but its a few hours that I’m not staring at an electronic device, so for me, thats a bonus in itself.

Meditation: I use an app on my phone called Smiling Minds. It was free in the iOS App store, I try and set aside a few minutes a week to meditate. It is recommended that you meditate every single day, but sometimes for me its just not something I remember, but I do set aside at least one day to focus on meditation.

Colouring: I picked up a few colouring books from my local bookstore, and once I get started, I get absolutely lost. It is so relaxing.

Guided Journaling: As I’ve talked about in previous blog posts, I love to do guided journaling. It gives me time to reflect on things that I normally would not look into. I get a better understanding of my life and where I am at mentally. A check in every now and then has huge benefits.

“You can’t pour from an empty cup”, is a quote I have had the pleasure of reading and reminding myself several times thanks to many forms of social media. This quote speaks to me in so many ways because of its truth, you need to take care of yourself in order to be able to care for others! If you aren’t practicing this yet, give it a try! Try and set aside one day a week to practice self care, for me its #selfcaresunday! Whenever I am extremely anxious, or having a really bad day I try to take some time to do one of the self care tactics that I stated above, I notice a huge difference in my overall mood and physical well being.

Fitness Inspo: What Keeps Me Motivated

I have a love/hate relationship with the gym. I love it once I’m there, but ask me to go and I’ll find every single reason not to. I just have zero motivation, but once I finally step foot in there, I always make sure to do what I intended to do, without leaving early. It is so hard to stay motivated to work out, but I’ve implemented a few things into my life that help me stay motivated and inspire me to reach my goals.

 

  1. Fitness Gadget/Tracker.
    I use the Fitbit Alta, a cute little bracelet that has interchangeable bands and hooks up to my smart phone. This allows me to track my steps each day. Before I got my Fitbit Alta, I don’t even want to know how many steps I walked. I would be embarrassed. I did not realize you need to be moving 10,000 steps a day…. And I didn’t realize how many steps 10,000 were. I’m guilty for taking my Fitbit off and not charging it for long periods of time. When I don’t wear it, I know I am less active and lazier than usual; but, when I have it on I am definitely more motivated to get up and get moving.
  2.  Friends.
    Seriously, I would never go if it weren’t for my friends. Okay, I might go once a week or once every two weeks alone for the first couple of months. I need to get into a routine before I can go by myself. If I make plans to go with a friend, I feel more accountable for going. It kills me, because nine times out of ten I don’t want to go, but I appreciate having friends that encourage health and wellness; and try to keep me motivated!
  3. Make It a Goal.
    Write it down, post it to social media, tell a friend, say it out loud. I don’t care how you get it out, but once you make it a goal, you feel so much better about going. If I commit to go 3x during the week on a Monday, I will try my hardest to get out and exercise 3x that week, whereas, if I don’t set a goal for the week, I probably won’t work out at all. If you are saying out loud that you are going to do something, you are much more likely to commit to it than not.

 

Now that I’ve done this, I’m going to have to commit to getting back into the swing of things! I used to spend lots of time at the gym, but like everybody, I’ve fallen off the wagon for a bit! Keeping motivated can be hard, but implementing little changes can make a big difference in the long run!

Why I Love Guided Journaling

Writing and finding inspiration is all fun and games until you just don’t know what to write anymore. Or, you don’t know where to start. I have always loved writing and journaling, but I often find myself stuck at times. Up until recently, when I was shopping one day and came across a thing called guided journaling. A guided journal is a pre-prompted journal that allows the writer to self-reflect and learn how to make changes to improve their lives.

I love writing, that’s why I started this blog. However, for me, I find it difficult to find different things to write about. I was the same way when I was keeping a personal journal, however with the guided journals I have purchased, it makes it very easy to complete a journal entry. I also feel way better about myself afterwards because I am spending some time self-reflecting. Some questions make me uncomfortable, but bring light to issues that are underlying in my life, which I appreciate. It allows me to take action and make changes that I would not have necessarily known I needed to work on.

I purchased my guided journals at Chapters Indigo. They have all different types of guided journaling there. My preferred guided journaling has been Moorea Seal’s 52 Lists. I own The 52 Lists Project and 52 Lists of Happiness. The 52 Lists series include 52 questions in each book, to be completed weekly for a year. Some of the prompts consist of:

  • List the things that make you feel healthy: mind, body & soul
  • List what you are grateful for
  • List the ways you are energized
  • List the things you want to be known for

Those are a few prompts that are featured in the guided journal. The questions that are prompted give me the ability to understand emotions, and where the come from, my weaknesses, strengths, what drives me, etc. There are so many benefits to self-reflection!

I try to journal weekly, but sometimes that’s just not do-able. I normally will try and journal when I have some time to myself during the week. Ill set aside half an hour, light a candle, have some essential oils going and start writing. At first, I always find it a little difficult to answer the questions, but then towards the end I have a hard time stopping.

So, if you are looking for some inspiration—or to start writing as a way to manage what’s going on in your day to day life, try a guided journal! There are many other types of guided journals, however I have only used Moorea Seal’s! Have any of you used a guided journal? What are your thoughts! Comment below!

What book has sparked some inspo for me lately

TGIT (Thank God its Thursday) nights are what I long for. Shonda Rhimes always has my attention on Thursday nights. Grey’s Anatomy. Scandal. Need I say more? Not only is this woman my favourite for what she brings to television, but after reading her book Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and be Your Own Person, she is now one of my favourite authors too.

This was a book that I simply could not put down. I ALWAYS say no to people, I’m not as motivated to do anything lately as I’d like to be, and it makes me feel sluggish. I get so comfortable in my routines that getting out of them is extremely hard. So, when someone asks me to do something spontaneous, the answer is always NO. It irritates me, just as much as it irritates all of the people I say no to, and its something I’m working on. Slowly but surely.

Thats where this book comes in to place. I’ve read many books in the self help section at Chapters over the last year. Books relating to mindfulness, caring too much, not caring at all, how to overcome anything, how to be happy, etc. I’ve enjoyed some of those books enough to read them again, but, Year of Yes, I would read 1000 times as it is extremely relatable, honest, and an easy read.

Before reading this book, I thought Shonda had it all together, all the time, I mean, she’s shooting out gold every week- so how could she not have the perfect life? It was really refreshing reading about someone and the struggles they encounter, and how they worked on overcoming those struggles. In a completely manageable, and doable way for ANYBODY. Shonda decided that for an entire year, she was going to start to say YES to everything. And the result? You’ll have to get the book for that! And believe me, this is a book you will not regret.

What did I like most about the book? I LOVED how relatable the book was. I could not put it down, seriously. The book was written so perfectly, I was never bored, never just skimming, or thinking about what to make for dinner, etc. I was invested. Now, I just need to put the book in place. I want to work on being more spontaneous in 2017. Say yes to more things, do more, be more. If you are looking for a book to sink into on this self care Sunday, I highly recommend Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes.

 

The 5 things I do to manage stress.

sometimes, a little time to get out of your head is all you need.

Trying to balance work, friends, family, health & wellness, finances, education, etc. has become extremely hectic, even if more times than I’d like to admit, I find myself doing nothing. I find lately no matter what I’m doing, I’m either behind or barely just getting by. Which, can pile on a ton of unnecessary stress. So, I’ve been trying a few things to keep the stress at bay, and thought I would share my findings/guilty pleasures with you. Even if some of these are only temporary fixes, I crave and look forward to each and every one of them!

**I am not sponsored by any of the following products I am promoting, and this is 100% my personal opinion**

  1. Essential Oils. I know, the first time I heard about essential oils, I wasn’t sold. Then, we got a Saje Natural Wellness store in my area, and I learned about the many benefits of using plants as remedies. Having trouble sleeping? Having trouble waking up? Having trouble digesting? Skin condition that wont go away? Honestly, there is an oil for that. Don’t even get me started on the nebulizers, because that is an addiction on its own.
  2. Walks. Up until recently, I dreaded taking my dog for a walk. I would still do it, but I would always associate it with something negative. “Oh crap, I have to take the dog out”, when really, I should be using it as an opportunity to get outdoors, and be mindful. Throw some headphones on and I could walk 5k easily. Now that I take time to appreciate being outdoors, I love walks- and they help relieve stress.
  3. Massages. If you have health benefits, see if you have coverage for massage. Massages are life saving, they relieve all kinds of stress. I could fall asleep on the table.
  4. Cooking. I have recently discovered that I like to cook. I have become obsessed with trips to Chapters, which typically result in me purchasing cookbooks. My absolute favourite cookbook right now is Cravings, by Chrissy Teigen. All of the recipes are fun, flavourful and easy. Not exactly quick, but worth the time. I get a lot of enjoyment from preparing meals for people! So this adds some calmness to my life.
  5. “Spa Time”. I LOVE to pamper myself. Hair masks, coffee scrubs, showers with only candles for light, facials, anything of the sort, I’m into it. I’ve recently started to take one or two days out of the week to treat myself to some me time- nothing makes me feel more relaxed then washing away everything after a long day. Followed by getting into bed and getting cozy, throwing something on Netflix, or a good book to fall asleep with.

These are five things that personally help me get out of my head and calm down, even if its only temporarily. What helps you calm yourself down after a long day/week/month?