Friday, May 20, 2011

A Little Retail Therapy

Not gonna lie that whole "30 Day Photo Challenge" thing just wasn't for me. Plus my Mac was having issues with my pictures and I ran out of patience. So on to bigger and better things...

Retail Therapy! :)

I know you're probably all tired of hearing about my car (well atleast my friends, family, and coworkers are) but for some reason it's been such a huge trial for me. Every day I get up hoping that today will be the day I get the phone call that it's finished but each day passes and I'm still taking the bus home. But yesterday I decided it was finally time for some much needed retail therapy!! :)

I was planning a trip to Europe in October but due to other circumstances that trip has been postponed until next year. I've barely spent any money on myself at all lately because I've been trying to save up as much money as possible for the trip. So last night I decided I didn't really care what the cost I was going to shop and buy some things I've really been wanting lately. Check out what I got...

I didn't even see these until Chantelle pointed them out! They're perfect for summer and exactly what I was looking for! Thanks Chantelle :)

(But in light pink)
 I'm so glad Chantelle came shopping with me. It was so much fun to just hang out and shop and eat Sushi :) It's nights like these, dance parties in the car on the way home from FHE, and going to Institute with friends that makes me so grateful that I moved so I could get to know all of these girls so much better!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

30 Day Photo Challenge

Day 1 - A picture of yourself with 15 facts

1. Canon in D by Johann Pachelbel is my favourite piece of music
2. My favourite cartoon movie is Anastasia
3. I'd rather eat chips or candy over chocolate any day
4. I don't really like ice cream
5. My favourite movie is Star Wars (the original three)
6. I can't drink the last bit of juice in my cup
7. I hate touching taps and door handles in public washrooms and I use my foot to flush
8. Friends is my favourite TV show
9. I love to organize things
10. I can't whistle
11. When I was little I wanted to be She-ra because her red boots and flying horse were so cool
12. I can play the piano, organ, saxophone, and bass guitar
13. I never settle for less than my best
14. The Salt Lake Temple is my favourite temple
15. I absolutely love Christmas!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

My Life Without Damon

Before anybody starts wondering who the new man in my life is and what the story is I'll put up a picture of my Damon...
Yes, Damon is my car. Not gonna lie...I do not like being without Damon. I know he's just a car and there are people out there with MUCH bigger problems than me (Japan...) but some days it gets really frustrating realizing that he's still so far away from being repaired (another 3 weeks!). And you combine this with all the other incidents: vandalism to my bumper and tail light, dropping a cheesecake in my car, and a stolen license plate. There's also the fact that I'm making car payments and insurance payments on a car that will have sat there for 6 weeks. For all you mechanics out there, does it really take 6 weeks to turn around a car? Maybe I just know nothing about car repairs but that seems like a long time to me. But I'm trying really really hard to be grateful throughout this whole thing. For example:
1. I'm alive and wasn't injured in the accident.
2. The woman in the other car is alive and wasn't injured in the accident.
3. I do have a car the will eventually come back. There are a lot of people who don't even have the option for a car so I'm very lucky to have one.
4. All the parts will be warrantied by my insurance company for the rest of the time I own my vehicle.
5. All the scratches on the front of my car I didn't like will now be gone.
6. I have insurance to cover the $10,000 cost to repair my car.
7. I get to walk outside a lot more on nice days.
8. I saved money on gas this month.
9. My brand new car alarm system wasn't damaged.
10. The moving date for my office to Airdrie was pushed back again until June so I can still take the bus to work for now.
11. The weather has been nice and I'm not taking the bus in -30C weather.
12. I have wonderful friends and family who help me with rides.
Between the inspiration of Kris Belcher at Time Out for Women and Chantelle's lesson at FHE last night, I am choosing to just keep laughing and pushing through. And what better way to start then a dance party in the car on the way home from FHE with my friends! Honestly, I laughed so hard and it's so true...laughter is the best medicine!

Monday, May 9, 2011

My Very First Blog Post!

That's right! I have finally joined the blogging world! Ok so I know my blog design is really really boring but hopefully as I find out more about blogs it will change and start to reflect more of my personality :)

"My Compass Works Fine"

I set up a blog a couple of months ago but by the time I got around to creating my first post a friend of mine published their blog on Facebook with the exact same name of my blog! So since she got to it first I had to come up with a whole new name. I was looking for quotes from one of my favourite movies Pirates of the Caribbean and found this one:
Elizabeth Swan: Why doesn't your compass work?
Jack Sparrow: ...My compass works fine
I like this quote because throughout the movie there's this big hanging question about why Jack has a compass that doesn't point north. But as Gibbs so nicely puts it: "But we're not trying to find North are we?"

Sometimes in life we are so focused on trying to find whatever is North in our lives. Or in other words, our Plan A for our life. But sometimes our compass doesn't point us that way. It seems like the plans I make almost never work out and I end up in a completely different direction than I had thought and sometimes even wanted...but my compass still works just fine.

Time Out For Women

This past weekend I decided at the last minute to attend Time Out For Women with my sisters. I'm so glad I did! Not only did I get to spend some amazing time with Jen and Chrissy, but I was also immensly uplifted about my life. I found new direction in an area of my life that I have been constantly thinking about and wondering what to do. If any of you haven't been to a TOFW I highly suggest you go to the next one that's in your area. You won't regret it!