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April Bootcamp 2014: Coming into Bloom
Better late than never!

I’ve been so focussed on school and my job situation..

But better late than never.

Very simply this goal is really about doing what is necessary to get the job of my dreams:
  • LinkedIn profile
  • Volunteer – find a position that will move me forward to ‘bloom’ to what I know I am!
  • Continue with school, and getting great grades
  • building my portfolio!


March Bootcamp 2014: Blueprint for Success (read all 2 entries…)
Success and disappointment too!

I did get the interview, however I wasn’t offered the position. (This in itself was a HUGE feat!)

HOWEVER it taught me valuable lessons, and has made me more determined than ever!

Before long oh yes, I will have a new kick-ass job.. I’m getting those ducks in a row!



find at least one thing each day that makes me happy and record it everyday for a year (read all 324 entries…)
April 18/14
  • Received 2 final grades – A+ ! and a 100% on assign #1 in current course. Hard work is paying off, eyes on the PRIZE!
  • really supportive friends old and new ones that mean the world to me!
  • amazing support of fellow students – you are all so amazing to support, cheer, inspire and help each of us in our endeavors. we are a community that support one another So awesome!
  • a long weekend of blissful sleep, relaxation and Easter Sunday filled with hope, gratitude, and love of the people in my life
  • Coffee date with some friends over the weekend
  • strategizing on how to attain my ‘dream job’! Cuz determination and persistence and hard work is going to win the prize!


find at least one thing each day that makes me happy and record it everyday for a year (read all 324 entries…)
Apr 12/14

After a incredibly rough/stressful/frustrating week, it is hard to find good things.. but here we go:

  • mocha with friends
    *knowing (hoping????) that this too shall pass!
  • keeping my eyes on the prize! (the only way I can think of to get through it)
  • being strong enough to know that its just ‘a’ job not the only job!


go back to school (read all 6 entries…)
Spring Session!

is all registered!

It isn’t that much longer, (ok not till Fall!) that this program is done!

I’m pretty sure I’ll bedoing another certificate program right after! (if I don’t run out of $$$’s first)



March Bootcamp 2014: Blueprint for Success (read all 2 entries…)
Very Simply...

Focus on getting the dream job…...

School – focus on getting the assignments done as soon as I receive them, read materials, resources, get my ‘library’ of tools/books/references started!

Job – do all I can to get my dream job (the posting just came out – and oh man do I want it!!) Networking, and getting my ducks in a row!

Doing the extras that are going to make this new career a reality -

For me now that is enough for this month!



February Bootcamp 2014: Great 28! (read all 3 entries…)
The results...

are not that great!

But it has been a busy month, and while I had great hopes of doing more, it just didn’t happen..

A few items got checked off, and I suppose that is better than none!

The great 28 items I’m planning on doing this short month!
1) Make 2 knitted projects (one new, one old): infinity scarf (new), ✓hat /mittens (old)
2) Read 1 book – Hunger Games or any other one on my current ‘read’ pile!
3) Get a massage
4) Get a new hair style ✓
5) Make 3 pairs of earrings ! (Maybe more.. )
6) Make 1 bracelet! ✓
7) Make 1 necklace/pendant
8) Go for a walk once a week
9) Go to Aquasize 3 X hahahahahahahahahaha
10) Have 21 smoothies this month – more like about 15 or so!
11) Complete a zentangle that can be framed and displayed! ✓
(instead of drawing just in my sketchbook!)
12) Wear a skirt/dress 4 times this month (HUGE deal to do this!) Not even once!
13) Reorganize living room furniture.
14) Designate and create a fun, funky but comfy ‘homework area’ – complete with all the necessities: pencil holder, dictionary, thesaurus, clock, etc! ✓
15) Get new passport
16) Make a month’s worth of menu plans to get us through the crazy/insane schedule coming up (school!)
17) Shopping –stock up on the ‘must’ have’s: toilet paper, paper towels, Kleenex, shampoo, conditioner, etc! This should eliminate the panic zone ‘OMG how can we possibly be out of __??!!! Yep ✓
18) Organize my closet – yet again! (endless process) ✓sort of!
19) Shopping – Clothes! Buy some or all ideally! (jeans, 2-3 pair of pants, 5 tops) Online may be the way to go! ✓ I bought pants, and several tops. And some online
20) See a movie at an actual theatre!
21) Go to Circle Drumming ✓
22) Clean out the fridge/freezer
23) Have a spa night (mask, foot soak, etc), read a magazine and RELAX !
24) Have lunch with D!
25) Send an email to B. re coffee…{color:red}✓I contacted him about something else and what a nice response!!
26) Send in the application: requesting every other Friday off
27) Make some stews/soups and freeze
28) Call T and arrange a get together! ✓ She called me

Struggled juggling my 2 classes, working full time and managing somewhat of the house! and homework. I am pretty much tired at the end of any day, but my two evenings of classes – oh my goodness! – makes for a 17 hr day and it is exhausting! I do think the smoothies did help me with the energy level though!



find at least one thing each day that makes me happy and record it everyday for a year (read all 324 entries…)
Feb 10-16
  • new do, and many compliments… really different and short!!!
  • a rough latter part of my week, from a difficult coworker that expressed(?) their frustration of a situation, I handled 2 confrontations as professionally as I possibly could (and had me a good cry several hrs later!
  • mega retail therapy session to ease my frustrations of the day/week!
  • 2 understanding people that were completely supportive of a very awkward situation! (walking in on my mini-meltdown!)
  • offers of tea/coffee from people that noticed I had had a very challenging couple of days!
  • my gals from knit group – the best! one in particular I’m getting to know better, and has offered some GREAT ideas on managing time
  • total excitement at starting my classes again in only TWO!!! more sleeps!! And I’m lining up my school supplies: binder, manual, notebook, pens, highlighter! :)
  • jewelry making! Like I need more projects?? :) but so much fun!
  • new colour and highlights! my hairdresser is a magician! She totally made my week ‘end’ better! I can’t afford to do this often, but this week seemed like the lift I needed!

Notes: Finding the good in last week was tough – it’s not easy to have a confrontation, let alone two!



challenge myself to a Frugal February
Challenge!

Frugal February as a ‘semi-starving’ student to be shall mean:
No more yarn purchases.. really there won’t be time to craft/knit anyway!

Reduce my eating out.. seriously with the cost of tuition, books, and yep even parking at the University, and all that school entails, I need to be much much more frugal! So it is time to get serious about packing my lunch, snacks, etc daily!

I’m tracking my spending for the remainder of the month. Some things I can’t do without, but the ‘extras’ the latte factor is going to be reduced significantly!!



Create a new blog
Done!

While I won’t be posting the link here.. I have started a blog (again), and it felt great. I didn’t realize just how much I have missed this. It is fun, and a great way to connect to friends and your community!



find at least one thing each day that makes me happy and record it everyday for a year (read all 324 entries…)
Feb 7-9
  • long weekend for me! yay!
  • went to drum circle with some friends. Love it! Plans for next week too
  • getting excited about starting classes soon!(10 more sleeps :))
  • mega hair cut! holy tornado – it is mega SHORT!!!!.... and I love it! So much more versatile, and hopefully will be easier to style each morning! Truly fun, and I was really ready for a BIG style Change!
  • lotsa compliments on new hair style! wowza!
  • bought some new funky earrings, now that they will actually – show!
  • coffee with my girls, lots of laughs, as always sharing and caring
  • new connections….
  • zentangling is like my new therapy! I am obsessing about nature and seasons
  • getting all organized for school
  • feeling inspired to write again – perhaps a blog again..(but seriously why do I feel the need to do this just before my life will be insanely/crazy busy? why?!!
  • a new project – an infinity scarf – in an invented pattern, looks great so far! Yes I realllllllly needed to just start another project (ha!)


February Bootcamp 2014: Great 28! (read all 3 entries…)
February 28 items!

The great 28 items I’m planning on doing this short month!

1) Make 2 knitted projects (one new, one old): infinity scarf (new), hat /mittens (old)
2) Read 1 book – Hunger Games or any other one on my current ‘read’ pile!
3) Get a massage
4) Get a new hair style
5) Make 3 pairs of earrings ! (Maybe more.. )
6) Make 1 bracelet!
7) Make 1 necklace/pendant
8) Go for a walk once a week
9) Go to Aquasize 3 X
10) Have 21 smoothies this month
11) Complete a zentangle that can be framed and displayed! (instead of drawing just in my sketchbook!)
12) Wear a skirt/dress 4 times this month (HUGE deal to do this!)
13) Reorganize living room furniture.
14) Designate and create a fun, funky but comfy ‘homework area’ – complete with all the necessities: pencil holder, dictionary, thesaurus, clock, etc!
15) Get new passport
16) Make a month’s worth of menu plans to get us through the crazy/insane schedule coming up (school!)
17) Shopping –stock up on the ‘must’ have’s: toilet paper, paper towels, Kleenex, shampoo, conditioner, etc! This should eliminate the panic zone ‘OMG how can we possibly be out of __??!!!
18) Organize my closet – yet again! (endless process)
19) Shopping – Clothes! Buy some or all ideally! (jeans, 2-3 pair of pants, 5 tops) Online may be the way to go! 
20) See a movie at an actual theatre!
21) Go to Circle Drumming
22) Clean out the fridge/freezer
23) Have a spa night (mask, foot soak, etc), read a magazine and RELAX !
24) Have lunch with D!
25) Send an email to B. re coffee…
26) Send in the application: requesting every other Friday off
27) Make some stews/soups and freeze
28) Call T and arrange a get together!



find at least one thing each day that makes me happy and record it everyday for a year (read all 324 entries…)
Jan28 - Feb 1/14
  • some fun at work (shocking I know!)
  • making more connections at work (friends, colleagues!) and taking on some new challenges
  • lunch with a coworker that has moved on to another dept.
  • knit group – more new pple out ! Fantastic!
  • colour therapy! Today it is aqua!
  • getting the writing bug again!!!!
  • making exciting plans for this year – hiking, a cooking class, a fitness class, more drum circle! and movie night !
  • sharing/caring with a friend
  • being able to help out a friend today with a simple request. Was happy to be able to offer her an understanding ear. Her loved one is battling cancer, and she was so appreciative of such a small favour.
  • a bit of a shopping spree…. Ok I purchased a smoothie book, and a kick-ass bracelet!
  • the house to myself this weekend and turning up the tunes!


February Bootcamp 2014: Great 28! (read all 3 entries…)
Oh what a fun title this is!!!!

I will take a day to put my ‘list’ together, but I want to make this one – FUN!

Thanks for starting and setting up this Bootcamp! I love being a part of this community!!

So many of you inspire me, motivate me to be a better me!

Thank you!!



January Bootcamp 2014: A New Chapter (read all 3 entries…)
And the results are ...

Not too bad overall. Some wins, some needing to work on further, but making good progress..

Time Management – I am still struggling with being on time for EVERYTHING, especially this last week! Oh my!
Healthy eating habits, – doing much better on this one
Water – Throughout the week I do well!
2 knitting projects – a hat, still working on a scarf, that will be finished in a day .. and a couple of ‘almost done’ items!
Fun – Drum circle, knit group, some unexpected phone calls from old friends, lunch date with an old friend, more drumming planned! Also making plans with a friend to go to exercise class together, walking group will start in the Spring, and hiking over summer/fall. Lotsa stuff coming up! Also movies, and dinner out with some friends
Relationship – trying to be supportive and I’m seeing results in communicating…. Kinder, gentler is the way for this one!



find at least one thing each day that makes me happy and record it everyday for a year (read all 324 entries…)
Jan 25
  • Started a 30 day challenge – Smoothie a day! I’m on Day #6 and I’m starting to feel more energetic, a good mood boost to my day
  • Sunshiney days oh my! Chinooking in my part of the world, which means warm winds make for beautiful weather! Loving it! 9c in Mid of the winter, and the snow/ice is all melting Love, love love Chinooks and my city!
  • Building a Health Living plan, that is doable. Includes healthy eating, exercise/fitness : Today’s goal are some stretches that focus on my knee and back, as I’ve been struggling with pain recently! A short walk while the weather is awesome!
  • Last wk was a bit of an upsetting one, soooo many changes at work are happening! I am trying to focus on the good that can come with that – growth! Maybe I’ll buy myself a wee plant today to take to my work station to remind me of that! :)
  • my new pink cashmere sweater that just makes me feel soooo good!
  • communicating with A. is going well this week… more stuff shared :)
  • new Cd for my car to make the commuting less painful! Fire it up!


find at least one thing each day that makes me happy and record it everyday for a year (read all 324 entries…)
Jan 12
Reconnections:
  • attended my first drum circle with some gal pals over the weekend. It was so much more than I had imagined it would be – so much more!
  • ran into an old friend, plans for lunch, or coffee…
  • phone call from a gal I used to work with – misses us (after what a week!)
  • made hot cereal: steel cut oats, added: chopped apple, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, topped that up with slivered almonds, and a few walnuts – oh my – Oh very yummy! (next week might make another version) And the kitchen smells wonderful too!
  • received my clothes I ordered online :) purple pants that are so comfy – should buy 5 more in every color they have ! :)


find at least one thing each day that makes me happy and record it everyday for a year (read all 324 entries…)
Jan 6/14
  • goofy silly email this am that had me laughing
  • a surprise phone call at work from a friend I used to work with… we don’t see each other enough! I must remedy that! A great sense of humour, she totally made my day!
  • the kid is back on track again and isn’t so stresssssed out! (at least for a while!)
  • a posting at our company was released today – and get this – in the career/area I’m going back to school for!
  • got all my courses sorted out (I had to drop one class to make things much more ‘balanced’ for each semester. That way I can actually have a life too :)
  • the scent of dinner all prepared for me when I got home tonight – awesome! The kid is baccccccccck with his cooking for this week he says, and all the while whistling even!
  • feeling truly blessed today, and happy about many things!
  • feeling inspired, with some tres cool ideas that has me smiling more than I have in a while


find at least one thing each day that makes me happy and record it everyday for a year (read all 324 entries…)
Jan 2-5
  • crazy snow storm here last week, I saw a large bus fishtailing crazy across the street, and nearly sideswipe at least 6 cars parked on both sides of the street! Missed by inches, and I was directly behind him! Crazy nutso! I didn’t get hit – so thankful for that!!
  • knit-a-long proj with my knitting buds!
  • Art Journal 2014 – who knows WHERE or why I add more creative outlets, but wow – so insightful and fun.
  • email from an old friend, asking for some advice on some life’s challenges …. getting together soon to talk about what’s going on! Looking forward to seeing her!
  • crazy dreams about people I used to work with…some good!
  • text from a gal that so makes me laugh, so glad she’s become a great friend
  • funny advice from my gal pal about getting ‘organized’ prior to my mayhem! Her advice though well meant made me laugh ! (buy extra undies!) good heavens!
  • making more connections at work with some unexpected people and results! One of the mgr is lending/giving me some resources she doesn’t need any more, and a lunch date next week


Hike 43 hikes (read all 3 entries…)
ok 43 might be ambitious

putting this one to rest.. Seemed like a great idea at the time.. now it seems ridiculous!

I’ll aim for just getting some hikes in during the year, that are amazing!

Who cares what the number is???!



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