Annd so summer begins..

I finally had a little bit of time and inspriration to paint my nails with something other than a solid colour. I used a skinny nail art brush to do the outlining, it doesn’t look as leoprard-y as I’d like but they still look pretty good I think.

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What do your nails look like this week?

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The life of a working adult.. oh joy!

I’m sorry for this post in advance, I hope it doesn’t turn into a huge rant! For those of you who don’t know, I just finished 6 years of post-secondary. I’m still in my early 20’s, and I’m feeling a little shell-shocked. I haven’t started the ‘working’ life yet, I still am juggling multiple part time jobs, going into 1 full time job at the end of August.

Knowing that I will never have to read another textbook, write another paper, or do another presentation is such a relief, but at the same time, terrifying.  What will I do to fill the time I’m not at work? When I come home at night, what will I do? I can actually watch tv shows I like, read books I want to, knit, have a bubble bath? I’m scared that I will have too much free time. I feel like I need to keep doing courses, or partake in something to keep my mind sharp and my life busy.

I feel like there are so many things I want to do now though. I can finally read the 90+ books sitting on my shelf. I can start training for the half-marathon I’ve been wanting to do since 3rd year university. I can take up yoga. All of these ideas sound amazing. But at the same time, I just want to take general interest courses at my college. Tea Sommelier? Yes, please. Animal Husbandry? Ok, maybe not so much. Sign language? Yes. I just feel like there’s so much out there for me to learn! I just want to learn forever! (Okay…. I’m kind of sounding a little bit ridiculous now.) I know that I can’t take classes forever, but I feel…I don’t know. Anxious, maybe?

Sorry again! How did you feel when/if you finished school and made the transition to an adult? What do you do to keep busy?

 

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Link up #4

LinkUp4-Cover (2)Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to do the 3rd link-up because I was out of town, I’ll make sure to put extra effort into this week’s post! This week we were given 5 questions to answer about book covers. Here goes!

1) Do you judge a book by its cover?

I’m going to have to go with yes on this one. I refuse to buy books when they have covers advertising the movie version of the book! I hate that. I’m more likely going to pick up a book that has an intriguing cover than one that simply says the title, or something simple like that.

2) How important is cover design to you?

Hmm… I’d say fairly important, but if I’ve heard good things about a particular book, I’ll still pick it up regardless of the cover (unless it has a movie picture, then I’ll wait until I can find a non-movie version.) I think I only own a maximum of 2 books that have movie covers and that’s because they were gifts. I don’t willingly pick those up haha!

3) Share your favourite book cover.

I’m going to cheat here and show you more than one, sorry!

75479I love how abstract this one is, however, I feel like it really has nothing to do with the book, and makes the book appear a lot more light-hearted than it is.

242006This cover is intriguing, don’t try to tell me you don’t want to read this book after looking at this picture! I also feel like it suits the book perfectly. P.s. if you haven’t read this book yet, you NEED to! It’s hilarious.

10805160I haven’t read this book yet, and I love this author, so I was going to by this book regardless of the cover, but I think this is my favourite cover. It’s so haunting.

4) What book surprised you most, despite its unappealing cover design?

Another tough question, I have 2 picks.

7937843This book is amazing! It’s horrific, but amazing. The cover tells you none of this. The cover makes this book child-like and more upbeat than it should be.

7445Another hilarious book, but can you tell from the cover? No. The cover makes this book appear drab, and as a serious memoir. It is neither of these and deserves a much more appealing cover!

5) In your opinion, what makes a book cover intriguing?

Well, definitely something abstract that draws you and makes you wonder. I personally prefer pictures that take up the entire cover, not something small like above on The Glass Castle. Colour is also very key! Nobody likes black and white, haha!

What are you favourite book covers?
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Cancer Sucks!

Sorry I’ve been MIA this week, I had to fly out east at the last minute to be with my grandfather who passed away from cancer this week. I’m doing Relay for Life next month and am still raising money, even more fiercely than before. We need to fight cancer!

If you have any spare change to donate, you can do so here. Thank you!

I will have some posts this week I swear.

Mmmmm, cookies!

The past week and a bit have sucked. Yesterday I was feeling especially stressed so I decided to bake some chocolate chip cookies. I go to open the fridge, guess what I don’t have? Eggs. One of the main ingredients! I wanted the cookies so bad that I decided to Google eggless cookie recipes. Surprisingly, there were quite a few. I used this one from allrecipes.com and halved it. I still got 24 delicious cookies out of it though! They were so soft and chewy and delicious!

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Stop! It’s Runnin’ Time!

Running and I have always had an on again off again relationship. I usually go through running sprees, particularly when I’ve signed up for an event and gotten carried away and forgot to train. I still manage to survive the runs, albeit they are only 10 or 5kms not 1/2 marathons. I’ve always wanted to do a half marathon, but school has always gotten in the way. I was training for one a few years ago, during my fourth year of university, and after making it to the 13km mark in my training, school overwhelmed me and I lost my ‘mojo.’

Now that I’m done school, I’ve decided to step it up and finally complete this goal of mine! Typically, I’ve always timed my runs, but just the overall start to finish time. I map out my routes (I used to have the Nike+ in my shoe, but I ran through some mud one day and ruined the chip) on the computer so I know how far I’ve run. This week, when I decided to stick to my training, I decided to map out my route, and work on my pacing. I originally set my pace at 8min/km because I haven’t been running much lately, but my cardio is still good from the gym. I wrote out where on my route I needed to be at what time in order to keep my pace. Let me just tell you, this is the best thing I could have done!

1) My goal pace was easily surpassed. I ended up running just under 7min/km
2) I was much more motivated to keep running rather than walk. I could see where I needed to be, and was able to push myself to go past that.
3) In 2 days, I’ve shaved almost 15 seconds off my overall time. (I know, it’s only been 2 days, I’ll let you know how tomorrow goes!)

I just can’t believe it’s taken me 8 years of running to realize how effective this is!

Sunday – 3km in 20:50
Monday – 3km in 20:37

Tomorrow I’m gunna add a km, and hopefully keep my pace.

How do you motivate yourself when you run/exercise?

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Link up #2!

fRelLV1This week’s link up asked us to list the 5 books that we think every young woman needs to read. It took me a little while to think about which books impacted me the most as a young woman, and which ones would have the same impact on others as well.

1) Go Ask Alice – Anonymous (Beatrice Sparks)

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I read this book years ago, when I was just beginning high school. It’s a book that most teens can relate to, the trouble in high school, drugs (the presence of them), mean girls, and so forth. It kind of tells you what  not  to do in real life. The story is somewhat horrific, but an eye opener, especially for those headed down a dangerous path.

2) Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell

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I’ve loved this book forever, Scarlett O’Hara is such a strong-headed woman, I think every young woman should look up to her.

3) The Bluest Eye – Toni Morrison

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This heart-wrenching book can help you realize that society’s idea of beauty isn’t always right. Everyone is beautiful in their own way, and should not have to have blue eyes and blonde hair to be deemed beautiful.

4) Lucky – Alice Sebold

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I’m beginning to see a depressing pattern with my books.. This book is the author’s memoir. She tells the story of her being raped, how she survived, and how it changed her life.

And last but not least…

5) Love my rifle more than you – Kayla Williams

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This American’s soldier’s memoir is so empowering.

What books have changed your life?

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