My Ideal Morning

I am a firm believer in that how your morning starts off can determine your day. Which is why I decide to share a few things I would want to do in my ideal perfect morning; note, this only happens on weekends or days off, and it all depends on how chaotic my house is. Having the perfect morning does not get to happen that often, but when it does I recommend you savour it! Below are just a few things I do on my ideal morning, and I hope it brings you a bit of inspiration if you want to change or add your morning routine.

1. Waking up
When I am home I do enjoy to sleep in a little, compared to waking up at 6:15 in the morning for school. By sleeping in, however, I mean waking up before 9 am; I honestly find that waking up at 9:30 am makes me feel unproductive and unmotivated to conquer the rest of the day. If I wake up before 9 am, then I’ll be able to make the time to start the morning the way I want to and continue the day on a happier note. So once I wake up and lounge in bed for a while, I make my way to the kitchen.

2. Coffee
After I manage to get out of bed, I need to feed my soul, and the only way to do that is to make myself some coffee. I need coffee within 20 minutes of waking up, and it must be very strong (not black coffee, but it’s getting there). I am not joking when I say that the only reason I get out of bed any day of the week, is because of coffee. The idea of a warm caffeinated beverage just makes my heart warm and fuzzy.
3. Breakfast
While my coffee is brewing, I tend to take this time and make breakfast. I am not going to lie sometimes it is very healthy, and other times not so much… It honestly depends on what I am in the mood for, or what is in the fridge. But one thing I absolutely want with my breakfast is fruit; I could eat bowls and bowls of fruit. While eating my breakfast, I sit on my couch in our kitchen (yes, we have a couch in the kitchen) and go through my social media and watch YouTube videos.
4. Lounging
I take my leftover coffee to my bedroom and either watch some more YouTube, write a bit, or read a book. I am currently reading How to be a Bawse by Lilly Singh (book review coming soon!), and I find reading puts my mind a creative and productive mood. Also during this time, my new favourite thing is to meditate and just take a few moments to center myself and make sure I’m starting the day off on a positive and calm note.
5. Getting Ready
After all this, I will finally get ready for my day. Which involves making my bed, tidying up my room, while I listen to some upbeat music and dance around (I consider this my workout). Next, I will open my laptop, and go onto Netflix and watch some Gilmore girls while doing my makeup and getting dressed.

After all that my perfect morning is officially over and it is time to start my day. Like right now I usually start by working on my blog, and soon I will start my homework!
Obviously, I do not get to do this every day, and whenever my family is home this never actually happens. But on those rare days where I do not have a crazy long to-do list, I love having a nice perfect morning.

Leave a comment down below about something you absolutely need to do in the morning to start your day off right!
Have a wonderful day!

Live Your Life

One of my biggest fears has to be me living an average, ordinary life. To some, the whole go to school, 9-5 job, marriage, kids, and growing old, sounds like a dream come true. I honestly think that this will be my personal hell (keep in mind that this is my own opinion).

I want to live a life filled with ambition, love, adventure, and passion. I want to see as much of the world as I can. I want at least one moment in life where it feels like I’m in a movie. I want to fall head over heels in love with someone. I want to eat as much food as I can; meet people from all walks of life, and from all over the world.

Mostly, I just want to see my life as a blank canvas, and for once not be terrified of it, but to actually embrace it. I have this craving for life, but yet I keep stopping myself. And I know many people out there have the same problem, so I’m here to offer you, and myself a few solutions to the problem.

I think the first thing we need to understand is that the only person stopping you from doing anything, is YOU. We create this barrier between where we are now, and who we want to become. Not realizing that who we want to become, is tied in with who we are. We are scared of change because that means leaving our comfort zone, and in reality, that seems absolutely terrifying. We stop ourselves from experiencing new things and living because that means that maybe we will change in the process, and leave behind things that needed to be let go of a long time ago, but haven’t yet. We stop moving on because we want things to stay the same to honor our past selves or a loved one. We stop ourselves from living; we are our own worst enemy.

Next, we need to stop underestimating ourselves. We’ve been taught that being confident is synonymous with showing off and that we need to pretend were not, to seem humble. That’s where things get lost in translation; the idea is that we need to be confident and also be humble, two separate things that do not necessarily relate. Time and time again, we will doubt what we can do, and focus too much on how someone can do something better than we can. We constantly undermine who we are, our strengths, and if we continue to do that we will never notice our weaknesses and improve them.

Lastly, we need to realize that living only starts when you gain control of your life again. So often we say that we have no control over our lives. Which in theory makes absolutely no sense, because if anyone has control of how you think, or what you do, it is entirely you. I understand that there are circumstances where that is not the case, but if you have the opportunity to have control over yourself, then take advantage of it!

You need to realize just how great of a person you are, and just how much you can get done once you get over the fear of living. How can this be done you ask, well let’s just start with the classic stop thinking and just doing! Usually we take a gap of time between thinking of what we want to do, and actually doing it, to overanalyse the situation; this then leads us to not continue living our life but to stay trapped where we are.

Your life does not end when you lose a battle, or when you feel stuck. You have every opportunity to change that within yourself, you just don’t realize it. As cliché as it sounds: you only got one life, so live it.

The Idea of a Career

The way we see our careers in today’s society is hit or miss. What I mean by that is that if we do not get the perfect job or career right away, then there is no point to advance career wise. And I’m here to tell you that that is entirely not true. We are so lucky that the way we define careers has changed since our grandparent’s time and our parent’s time.

There is no longer one job for the rest of your life. A lot of the time or parents and grandparents got that one job and stayed there, obviously, there are exceptions. Nowadays, we change jobs more frequently, and there is more of a chance to change field or to find another job faster.

There is, however, a downside to this, you need to adapt to every situation thrown at you; we need to be able to jump from job to job and not get knocked down to our feet all the time. The paths that we take career are bumpy, completely uncertain and often hit a dead end. Knowing what job you want is not that easy anymore. With new jobs popping up right left and center, it becomes much more difficult to pick one. But that’s the great thing about careers nowadays, we do not need to settle with one job.
We are also in a time where the reasons for our work have changed. If you ask your grandparents what kind of lifestyle they wanted for your parents, they wanted them to have money, and be comfortable. And a lot of the time, at least in my case, parents want us to be happy.

This new generation entering the workforce wants to give back and help the world. Throughout history, our circumstances change. We want to work to earn money, yes absolutely, it’s a necessity. But we also want out jobs to be meaningful, to help people, to give back to our communities. Many times people will criticize us for that, as to why I could not tell you because no legitimate reason follows. Our generation has the ambition to help, and to create, and to seek opportunities. We are fortunate enough to grow up in a time of Disney, and imagination, where dreaming can become a reality. Obviously, not everyone around us, or around the world can have that, which is why I think we want to help so much. But then again we get criticized for it, but the one thing people need to see is that that doesn’t stop people because all we do is get back up and ignore the criticism.

Now some might say we are also a generation of high maintenance and that we want certain things, and that when we enter the workforce we expect too many accommodations. Which from another perspective, I can completely understand, but from my point of view, I see it as claiming what is there. We are entitled to equal pay, to health care benefits, to job safety, to a good working environment. Our parents have thought us that we deserve certain things. Call us spoiled, or bratty, but fighting for what we need to survive, such as affordable health care and equal pay, is not being done for fun. We do it because it is just and right, and in today’s society where prices for things are escalating and our salaries aren’t, we need certain things to be provided for us.

We are a generation that is in this slippery territory, the world before us kind of got turned upside down, not because of a specific group of people, more because of it just happening. We are in a time where the way we see poverty has shifted. The middle class is shrinking, the rich are getting richer, and the poorer are getting poorer. We see the need to stop that, and that is why we want so much from our jobs. We realize that there are things in this world that need to be fixed or repaired, and if we want to dedicate our career or jobs to that reason no one should tell us we can’t.

All this to say that careers have changed, and if anything you can make up your own definition of what a career is. We have so many options and opportunities, and yes it takes a lot of work and many setbacks, but if you really want that type of career—whichever it may be—then you have to be prepared and persevere through it. I know that you can, if you are not a happy point career wise, research your options. It might feel like you have none, but trust me you do.

Thank you for reading, I hope this gave you at least a tiny glimmer of hope!

Have a wonderful day!

10 Tips on How to be Productive

Being productive is one of the many things people find difficult to actually do. Whether it be because of all the distractions we have nowadays, or the fact that the length of our to-do lists can be absolutely terrifying (happens more often than wanted), being productive sometimes just does not happen. Don’t worry, I feel you, I am probably in that position every single day, and as I’m writing this post.

So I came up with a few tricks that I use in order to be productive, on those days that I know if I am not I will regret it for a very long time. Here are 10 tips on how to be productive!

  • Get yourself into a productive mindset the night before

Before going to sleep, take the time to make a to-do list, and make sure you write it down, whether it on your phone or a cute piece of paper. People tend to just make the to-do list as we fall asleep hoping we will remember when we wake up, and most times we don’t. By slowly telling yourself that you have things that have no choice but to be done the next day. Think of it as a warning to your brain of the day to come, and that it needs to be productive.

  • Take your time waking up in the morning

Waking up in the morning can already be painful without a long to-do list. What I recommend is setting yourself an early alarm, so then you can have time to lounge around in bed for a few extra minutes or spend that extra time however you choose. The point is, by allowing yourself to have those extra minutes to do whatever you want, you can charge your mind and soul in a positive way. It helps start off the morning right, which you need on a productive day.

  • Take care of yourself

Whenever I have a productive day ahead of me, I have to feel clean and look put together. Obviously, this is just in my head, and might not apply to others because I know people who can be super productive in bed with PJs. But then there are people like me, who need to shower, put on some minimal makeup, and wear somewhat acceptable loungewear. Just looking put together and taking a few moments to take care of myself, gets me into a productive mode for some reason.

  • Have a healthy breakfast you enjoy 

I am one of the first people to say that I do not enjoy oatmeal (porridge) of any kind, it gives me flashback to a time when I was younger and I did not digest it well… it was not pretty. Ever since then, I cannot have oatmeal, and for the longest time, I was like now you can’t have a healthy breakfast! Which is not true whatsoever, nowadays you can hop onto YouTube or google and find delicious, healthy, quick and easy breakfast recipes. I absolutely stand by the fact that breakfast is the most important meal of the day because it really does determine how your day will be.

  • Make a to-do list

To-do lists seem stressful, but take the one you made the night before and break it down into easier components. By taking a big task and breaking it into small tasks, it just makes the task seem less scary. Now about schedule’s, personally some of the things I do, I cannot judge how much time it will take, and I find just guessing a random time makes me stressed and I never end up following the schedule which makes me disappointed. Instead, I make a list of absolute things I must do before a certain time, or by the end of the day.

  • Change up your environment

If I ever feel in a slump while doing work, I will move from a desk downstairs in my basement, to my dining room table upstairs. Trust me it does make a difference. Changing rooms, or even leaving the house, reorganizes and reconfigures your brain. I also recommend a room with a lot of natural light, personally, I find I work best in bright and open environments. At night, however, I do not mind working in a basement, or darker and cozier area.

  • Drink Water

Water for some reason keeps you awake because it keeps you hydrated. Also when you drink a lot of water, you often have to get up and go to the washroom, which keeps your body awake.

  • Get inspired

Tell yourself some mantras to get you into the mood just like you did the night before

Telling yourself mantras really do help. If you want a few ideas or examples then I recommend my post of Top 5 motivational quotes (https://thelifewedreamof.wordpress.com/2017/01/24/top-5-motivational-quotes/?frame-nonce=c187a00af0).

  • Google random articles about tips and tricks to be productive

Even though you don’t necessarily carry out what they say, it’s getting you into the mindset. Trust me it works. By looking up different techniques you might come across an article like this one, and find something that will help you 😉

  • Set a timer for each task

And lastly, set a timer for each task that you need to do. What this will do is put you slightly under pressure, but understand that you can always add to the timer and make it flexible if something is taking longer than you anticipated. That being said do not extend the timer in order to procrastinate, or put it longer than you know you need so you can have the extra time at the end to not continue your work and take a not needed break.

Okay so now you have everything you need to know, it is time for you to put these tips into action, march yourself to your workspace and get stuff done! I know you can do it, don’t you worry,  you got this!!

P.S. remember to reward yourself with something you like at the end of it all!

 

Have a wonderful and productive day!

My Favourite Notebooks

Before getting into the actual notebooks, let’s discuss the qualifications the notebook needs in order for me to buy it:

  1. The notebook must have soft, gliding pages
  2. It has to be super cute
  3. When I open it, it has to be easy to write on both sides of the page
  4. It has to be reasonably priced (on sale is amazing also)

I love love love notebooks, people are obsessed with and splurge on shoes, purses, cars and a bunch of other things, I, however, lose all self-control around notebooks. No matter where I am, I tend to scout out cute notebooks. I have to admit that depending on what I use them for, it takes a while to fill them up. Regardless, let’s jump into all the cutest notebooks I have at the moment. These are all from Indigo.com, I don’t think they are still available but they have other cute ones also, so do not worry. (*disclaimer: this is in no way sponsored by Indigo or anything, this is entirely my opinion*).

Regardless, let’s jump into all the cutest notebooks I have at the moment. These are all from Indigo.com, I don’t think they are still available but they have other cute ones also, so do not worry. (*disclaimer: this is in no way sponsored by Indigo or anything, this is entirely my opinion*).

*the names above them are what I call them, those are not the actual names of the notebooks*

Let’s look at some cute notebooks, shall we!

Like A Boss

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This notebook is a recent purchase of mine, and I have to admit it was bought on a whim. I was in an awful mood, and that day was weird in general, and I saw this notebook and I just bought it. The pages are so smooth and amazing, and glossy. I use this notebook as my to-do list notebook, and really any form of a list I need goes in here.

Starry Dreams
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This notebook is one of Indigo’s classic format I guess you could say, they make these soft journal covers, which are very cushiony, and with each series, they change the look of it. I have many of these, but I decided to show this one since it was the one I am currently using the most. The pages are soft, and despite it not being a spiral notebook, it is very easy to use both sides of the page. I use this notebook as a journal and absolutely love it.

Leather Heaven

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I got this notebook as a gift a few years ago for Christmas, and I am in love… is it possible to be in love with a notebook? It is probably one I will keep around forever since you can easily remove the bulk of pages once they are used up, and replace it with new pages. It smells like real leather (weird I know, but bear with me), and the entire notebook has this welcoming vibe to it, and I can often picture myself in an old library writing in it. For this notebook I often write down any story or plot ideas that spur to mind, and sometimes pan them out, or write them in this notebook; The notebook itself inspires me to write.

Simplicity is Key

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This notebook is a rather recent addition, which I got for Christmas from my parents. When I got this notebook, I was feeling very confused and sort of all over the place about my life, so I decided that this would be my rant notebook. What I mean by this, is that any time I just need to let something out whether it be happy, or sad, angry really any emotion, I just write it. And the goal is to fill it up by the end of 2017. In a way, it’s for me to remember all that I felt in the year, and how much of a rollercoaster there was. I also like writing about new hopes, dreams or goals that I have in mind. Once again the pages are amazing, and when you do open it up it is a spiral notebook.

As you can tell, I am quite passionate about my notebooks! Once again these are from indigo (i am not sure if they still have them), but they are not sponsoring this blog post or anything. I hope this inspires you to go out and buy some cute notebooks, to inspire some writing!