February Forgiveness

February 12, 2012

This month I decided my word would be forgiveness, because there are people in my life that I’ve been resentful towards and angry with. I hate that feeling, but it’s so hard to just let go for me.  A friend told me, holding onto anger is like holding onto a hot coal with the intent to throw at someone else, only you get burned. Point taken. I know I’m only hurting myself, but gah it’s hard to change.

I’ve been able to correct two relationship, it was hard and uncomfortable, but I did it. Communication was key, I had to say, I’m mad at you, you hurt me, and I’m trying really hard not to hurt you right now. It actually went better than expected. So, despite my Master’s in Communication, it appears I learned the most from Care Bears and GI Joe.

1) Sharing is caring

2) Knowing is half the battle

Because I valued these relationships I had to share my feelings and when the other party knew how I felt, we worked on resolving the issue.

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January Savings Report

February 2, 2012

I’ve made it through the first month of my savings plan. It wasn’t too hard to keep on track, but looking back, coffee is still a killer for me! I only bought coffee 7 times this month, but that was still 14 cups of  coffee (I take turns buying with a coworker), which works out to a cup of coffee every day I was in the office. That’s just over $20 on my morning caffination.

Being on a budget hasn’t effected my shopping too badly either, but it has made me more aware of my shopping habits. I always thought that I wasn’t a big shopper, and I know I’ve always, always been a very good bargain hunter, but I find myself wanting things more and more. Shopping has become that boy I was never interested in until he got a girlfriend. It’s that un-attainability. I know I shouldn’t, but I want it, and I got it… a pair of pink heels and a hoodie, but my shopping total was only 25.88. Being on a budget doesn’t mean I’m deprived of anything and I’ve enjoying it.

2012 Saving Plans

January 20, 2012

Two years out of school, I’m still overwhelmed by student debt. So before the new year, I decided on my resolution to Save, and pay down this debt. I thought of two quick ways to do this, change my phone plan to something cheaper that would provide me with more services and the second, to open a Tax Free Savings account. Check and Check, off to a good start.

At the beginning of the year, I went to lunch with some family and we decided to start our own Family Savings Group. Four of us agreed to go on a cash allowance. I get $100 a week of play money, which for me is quite a lot. Weekends are the worst for me, as spending during the week is limited to morning coffee, but that was a bit much. Now that I only get to carry cash with me, I’m more aware of the fact that I spend almost $10 a week on coffee.

So far so good, 3 weeks in and I’m still keeping with my new year resolutions, now if i had bought a gym membership for new year, I wonder if I’d still be on track…

New Year, New Words

January 10, 2012

Last year I chose to try one new thing each month. This year I’ve decided to try to live by one word each month. I’ve decided on my frist 6 words.

January – save
February – forgive
March – dance
April – speak
May – forward
June – play

I think it’ll be intersting to see what I can come up with.

2011 Resolution Review

January 8, 2012

January – Volunteered for the Right to Play and attending my first Raptor’s game

February – Ate alligator and walked a frozen Rideau Canal

March – Rock climbing at the Rock Oasis

April – Ran around the city of Ottawa in an Urban Quest

May – My first fail =( although I did reach out to HR about the possibility of moving in the company

June – Bali bliss, with my first experience surfing, climbing a volcano and going tubing

July – The thrilling and terrifying experience of my first after hours club

August – Losing a younger cousin, trying to make amends and trying Jukari Fit

September – Learning how to say Voulez vous coucher avec moi, with the appropriate accent (otherwise known as taking a French course)

October – Ziplining across a public square

November – Pole dancing

December – Playing and winning beer pong

I think I did pretty good, if I do say so myself.

December Dash

January 6, 2012

I waited until the last-minute to have a new first for December… One new thing was being bought a boyfriend. I’d never had a friend buy me someone before. For Christmas, my dear friend LB bought me the Ultimate Boyfriend, a Ken doll. It’s pretty spectacular, I like to make him tell me he loves me… Hmmm I feel like that was TMI… This was a really cool first, but it was something I couldn’t control, so I didn’t really want to count this as a first.

I  made it to  a new experience in December with about an hour to spare! I learned to play beer pong! I’m not a big drinker, especially not a beer drinker, so this was new to me. I have to say its kind of a gross and insanitary game, but  I never had to drink (in my first game at least) and I won the game for my team! It was pretty awesome, I was rather pleased with myself =D and now that I’ve played this game, I can move on to bigger and better things… like flip cup.

It was a mad dash to the finish line, but I did it! I kept my 2011 resolution!

And because I don’t feel like I’ll be able to use this in 2012, “Winning!”

Playing A Brass Vixen

January 6, 2012

I’ve always wanted to try pole dancing, I think it’s the novelty of feeling like you’re doing something you shouldn’t be. In November, for a birthday party, I took part in a pole dancing class at the Brass Vixen. Although I’ve always wanted to try, I was still very apprehensive about it. The class started with some basic moves, how to walk around the pole seductively and how to flirt, but the fun really started when we learned how to spin around the pole.

Learning how to spin around a pole was actually pretty easy, it was learning how to be seductive that was the hard part, at least for me. Watching myself in the mirror, I just couldn’t help but laugh at how awkward I was! It was not cute at all, but I’m glad I got to take a spin on the wild side, even it was only for an hour.

October Flightpath

January 6, 2012

On a white night, on the first of October I decided that I would fly across Nathan Phillips Square. Well, not really, Nuit Blanche was taking place and I even before I got there, I knew I wanted to try the Flightpath installation by Usman Haque and Natalie Jeremijenko. The installation was inspired by their imagination being captured by the flight of birds through urban infrastructure. This installation allowed people to experience what it would be like to fly through urban space and I was incredibly excited for the chance to try.

I got to Nathan Phillips at about 8 o’clock and thought, this is awesome there’s barely a line! Unbeknownst to me, I still waited almost 3 hours to experience ziplining in the square. The line was short, but wind conditions kept the volunteers from letting people through, so it was a long wait. When I finally got to the front of the line (and this was only because I was a single flyer), I had to do a written flight test before I qualified and was given the Department of Transportation tattoo, ID 5005. I loved the novelty of it.

Next, was the flight stimulation… definitely did not enjoy this! Lying on a piece of styrofoam and pretending to fly in front of strangers, while dramatic music blasted from speaks was a little uncomfortable. I really didn’t enjoy that spotlight. Finally, (after some more waiting) I was able to fly! I was soooo excited and then as I was being harnessed, I thought, this is really just a piece of styrofoam…

I was able to make it across (well, more along side) the square, and back. It was quite thrilling and it was a lot fun having people cheer you on, however when I was turned around to come back, someone started yelling things like, ‘You’re going to fall and die.’ Who does that? I really wanted to flip him the bird, but there was also a group of highschool students below me watching and I really didn’t want to be seen doing that. Other than that one person being an ass, it was quite an enjoyable experience.

So, in October I was able to zipline for the first time.

Wedding SOS

October 6, 2011

On September 24 I got to play the part of bridesmaid at my cousin’s wedding. It was the first time I was in a wedding party and I have to say it was great fun! I love weddings and my guilty pleasure is reality tv wedding shows! LOVE those! The wedding went off fairly well, but not without some hitches… So I’ve come to realize there is a great difference between Eastern and Western weddings. My family is much more traditional Chinese, and my cousin’s husband family is much less traditional with multiple members of his family being Canadian. So here were the interesting differences.

The Ceremony: Chinese weddings have a Tea Ceremony which involves the bride and groom serving tea to family members, and receiving blessings and gifts in return. The western ceremony of walking down the isle isn’t very common and in this case, not many people showed up for the brides side =S

The Seating Plan: Chinese weddings just don’t use them. Find a table and seat yourself, if you’re not with your family or friends move, or suck it up. That’s it. My cousin had a seating plan and it didn’t go well for our side of the family and caused a delay in starting the reception.

Speeches: Chinese weddings don’t really do them, because generally there isn’t a wedding party. In this case, the English spoken speeches were not fully understood or appreciated.

Stage vs Dance Floor: Chinese wedding opt for karaoke rather than dance floors. We had a dance floor, (thank goodness, I love my peeps, but really…), but the only ones who really used it were the mixed families on the groom’s side.

The Commonality: A wonderful couple gets married, there’sawesome food, great company and an amazing night! Oh and the photo booth! =P

Getting Schooled in September

September 28, 2011

My new thing for September is becoming a student again! I know a lot of people who have been out of school for a couple of year and always say they miss being in school. It’s been 2 years and a bit since I completed my Masters and I have to say, ‘no, I don’t miss it.’ BUT I was willing to go back to school to learn French, it’s such a lovely language! I’d love to go to Paris one day and be that creepy tourist that speaks poor French while hitting on the locals and making them feel uncomfortable. Perhaps I’ll be more desirable if I show off my new Jukari Fit skills (nice segue, eh?).

I didn’t really go into detail about my Jukari Fit class from last month, so I’ll cover it now. Jukari Fit to Fly is a collaboration between Reebok and Cirque Du Soleil, combining the workouts of Reebok with the creative performance of  Cirque.

Two ropes are suspended from the ceiling and a 4.5 lbs bar is place into little loops on the ropes, creating something like a swing. I thought it would’ve been this amazing opportunity to fly around and spin, but you don’t really get to do much of that, however it’s still a great workout, especially on the arms. I’ve found it’s been great on flexibility as well. I’m about as bendable as a log, but I’ve been getting better with each class. It’s fun and relatively easy and works up a sweat!