Posts Tagged ‘life’

So Much For New Year’s Resolutions


Well I didn’t do too bad when it came to my resolutions for 2013. If you remember from my previous post, I was to budget more efficiently, make some art and post more on my blog.

One out of 3 ain’t bad, is it?

I managed to stick with my cash-only budget up until my birthday in March. Then I got lazy with tracking my purchases. But I’m still using mainly cash to purchase any items, and really thinking about what I’m buying (less impulse purchasing) which is a good thing.

As for art, I didn’t really start the painting aspect of it yet. But I did get some picture frames to house my photography, and stemmed the ‘art’ side to my baking: I made the cutest birthday cake a few weeks ago (yes, it was for my own birthday, so sue me). Will post photos soon.

I know I’ve been bad about keeping this blog updated on a semi-daily basis. It’s not that I don’t have a lot of stuff to blog about. It’s just that I procrastinate doing other things before focusing on my writing! This will change soon!

Work to Live, Don’t Live to Work


I was at the local convenience store today buying my Lotto Max ticket (fingers crossed). After being in awe of my current hairstyle, the conversation the cashier started with me somehow drifted to work habits between people in North America and those overseas.

It’s not a secret that Europeans have longer vacations than those of us in Canada and the U.S. And it’s clear that obesity in the U.S. is a growing issue, which is even more reason why more people should spend some time with active extra-curricular activities such as sports.

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve heard complaints from friends who’s been inundated with requests from their superiors, even though they all go beyond the call of duty already. I know the economy is tough and feeling the pressure to do so much in order to keep your job can be a challenge.

This year I made myself a promise not to overwork myself like I have in past years. I know I can’t please everyone, and saying “no” to requests every once in a while won’t hurt. People need to know that you’re not superman.

I’ve rewarded myself with a few getaways in 2012, because I knew I deserved them. I’ve been joining various sports teams in order to stay active and healthy. Working too much can lead to stress, and you can make yourself physically sick if you don’t treat your body and mind with the respect that it deserves.

So to all you readers out there: take a break every once in a while. Take a walk during your lunch break instead of eating at your desk. Join a social sports league to keep yourself active after work. Spend more time with your family and friends. These little changes will help you live a more balanced life.

Here’s hoping I win that 50 million in tonight’s draw so that I can take the vacation of a lifetime!