21 Things I Learned Before 21.

14305334_10153991161502711_8692433340450530779_o.jpgHello lovelies. Yesterday was my birthday! The only day (well, week) of the year where I can be a total self centered diva, so naturally it is my favourite week of the year! This year I turn 21, old enough to drink in the United States, which really doesn’t mean all that much to me. But hey, if I ever feel like recreating the Hangover and losing a friend on the roof of a hotel, NOW I CAN! But to be honest, all I wanted for my birthday was to drink a beer and watch Blair Witch, which I ended up getting (as you can see on the left). What can I say? I’m low maintenance.

Just like last year, I wanted to write about the funny (and not so funny) little lessons I’ve learned in the past year. Except last year I only wrote ten, this year I am going for the big 21. So, here’s what I learned in the past 365 days of being 20 years old.

  1. Blue hair was (and still is) an amazing idea. However, it is a bitch to maintain.
  2. Being an aunt is awesome.
  3. Don’t go see the male strippers when you have a terrible cold, you will hate it.
  4. You will never look like Rachel McAdams from The Notebook when you walk in the rain, you will always look like a drowned rat.
  5. You should vote! It is your right and you should DO IT.
  6. Put yourself out there and amazing things can happen.
  7. Getting into college is even more awesome when you get the email at a family party and can share it with everyone.
  8. Drink as much wine as you want. Life is crazy, but wine makes it better.
  9. Losing a bunch of weight won’t make people treat you better, and it won’t upgrade your life. The way you think about yourself is what can change your life.
  10. Step outside of your comfort zone, that’s where all the magic happens!
  11. The Academy Awards are not just a show, they are a month-long journey.
  12. Cherish the people in your life, they won’t be around forever.
  13. Toronto ComiCon is a place you need to go every year.
  14. The Office finale will ruin you. RUIN YOU!
  15. Sometimes you don’t feel good enough. It happens to all of us.
  16. Coffee with Faith and Chelsey is always a good idea.
  17. Watch some films directed by women, they’re fucking awesome.
  18. Take a social media detox, it’s good for you.
  19. Blue lipstick is fucking cool. No matter what anyone says.
  20. Change is scary, but it is necessary for growth.
  21. Interview and collaborate with as many inspiring women as you can, it’s a complete game-changer. It’s the best thing I’ve done all year.

There you have it, folks. The 21 lessons I have learned in 21 years of living, the good and the bad. I can’t wait to see what I have to write about next year, but only time can tell. That’s my favourite part of writing posts like these, is knowing that one year ago I had no idea any of these amazing things would happen to me. Life is full of tiny surprises and victories, and if you choose to celebrate those instead of life’s failures and tragedies, you will be just fine.

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Welcome to Local Ladies.

We need to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves. We have to step up as women and take the lead. – Beyonce Knowles

Hi lovelies.

Yeah, I started the series off with a Beyonce quote. THAT is how much fun we are going to have this month, a BEYONCE level of fun.  If you are following me on Twitter, you may have seen a sneak peek at the series I have been working on for the majority of the summer. It has been a large project of mine, but I could not be happier to finally be sharing it with all of you, starting September 1st.

The series is called Local Ladies, and it is a full of interviews with Guelph women on topics such as; turning your ideas into reality, the power of vulnerability, women supporting women, and the importance of self care. There will be a video on each of these topics released every Sunday afternoon (beginning September 4th), with other full interviews released sporadically throughout the month. I’m extremely pleased to present the Local Ladies of 2016, a group of extremely talented creatives and business owners.

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From left to right; Erinn White, Charlene ‘Chuck’ LeBlanc, Beth Timlin, Julia Busato, Jennifer Hunt, Whitney Douglas and Amanda Woodhouse, Erin Doherty, Faith Cameletti, Hayley Kellett.

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What To Do When You Feel Unmotivated

“Don’t half-ass two things, whole-ass one thing.”
– Ron Swanson

Hello lovelies!

In my last post I talked about how I am an extremely motivated person, which gets in the way of my ability to relax. But how do I stay so motivated? How do I find the effort to get up and work on my side hustle when I am exhausted from my full time job? In this post I will talk about the steps I take to keep my motivation from wavering, even on the toughest of days.

Create an ‘Impossible List’

So I definitely stole this idea from Josh (check out his blog Short On Beer HERE) but I’m completely obsessed with it. The concept of a bucket list is super morbid to me and those can be SO specific. What I love about an ‘impossible list’ is instead of being a list of dreams, it is a list of goals you want to complete. Making them more realistic to you and then allowing you to break those big goals down into smaller steps that will help you to cross it off your list.

What are a few things on my ‘Impossible List’?

  • Unlock the Toronto YouTube Space
  • Attend San Diego Comic Con
  • Go on a yoga/meditation retreat
  • Learn how to play the guitar

All manageable, but will take some time and work. Looking at this list from time to time keeps me on track and motivated to take on the day-to-day tasks to achieve these goals.

Surround Yourself With Like-Minded People

If you tell your friends about an idea you have (an idea you think it is just the greatest things since sliced bread), and they respond with “that’s stupid” or “why would you do that?” on repetitive occasions, it may be time to surround yourself with more positivity. Especially when it comes to your work. I can not tell you how many ideas I threw away because I was afraid people would think it was silly, or make fun of me if it failed.

By creating a support system of motivated and like-minded individuals, you put yourself in a position where you can share your ideas freely and be supported or offered constructive criticism. In one of Sawyer Hartman’s most recent videos, he said that one of the best compliments he every received was, after showing a short film of his to a friend, the friend said “you can do better”. Not taking away from his hard work, but reminding him that he was capable of way more, so why was he not doing that? Those are the kind of people you want to be around. People who believe in you and your work so much, that they won’t settle for anything less. And want to help you achieve the highest level of AWESOME you possibly can.

And if you’re going ‘well damn, where do I find those people’? Hi, hello, yes, I am a person right here. Tweet at me, tell me what you’re working on, and I will cheer you on!

Keep Your Mental and Physical Health Intact

Listen, you won’t want to get ANYTHING done if you feel like crap. If you are so focused on the hustle that you forget proper sleep/diet/exercise, your work will suffer. End of story. In order to put out the best quality work, you have to make your health a priority. I’m not saying you have to shut your laptop right now and run a marathon (actually, I very highly recommend against that…because running sucks…I’m just looking out for you here…) but get out of your chair and do some stretches! Walk to the kitchen and get yourself a glass of water, take a walk around the block, blast the Lion King soundtrack and dance around like a madman/woman! Whatever it is that gets you up and moving, go do it!

In addition to this, get some sleep. This is the pot calling the kettle black, because I really don’t sleep much. But I am working on it! Other ways to keep your mental health in check? Writing in a journal, meditation, or yoga (I’m actually doing a 30 day yoga challenge right now, join me!). I guarantee that if you put some effort into your health, motivation and creativity will come to you. Not only that, but you will have the energy to turn that motivation into BETTER work. That seems like a pretty solid guarantee.

You can take my word on this one, I ate spinach today.

I also ate chicken nuggets, but LET’S FOCUS ON THE SPINACH.

And there you have it, three tips on how to keep yourself motivated! Let me know how YOU stay motivated in a comment below. If you do end up creating an impossible list of your own, tweet one item of it to me! I’d love to hear what one of your big goals is and help you get there! I’ve also listed a few extra resources below to give you that extra little boost of motivation, check them out!

You got this!

Katie

What’s Inside My Podcast Library?

Hello lovelies.

Lately I have been getting more and more into podcasts and how I can use them to better myself. As someone who thrives on having background noise, having background noise that is not only entertaining but informative too is amazing. I posted a screenshot of my podcast library on Facebook earlier this week, but I wanted to create a blog post and go more in depth on what I have been listening to lately.

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