As someone who travels for short stints across the border or locally, it’s not hard to believe that we have a separate travel/go bag for our short getaways (more on the detailed contents of our go bag here). I recently decided that my bathroom essentials could use a little more organization and DIYed it.
In North America, we have many, many clothing brands – Gap, Old Navy, Abercrombie, Hollister, Guess, Adidas, Lululemon, Nike, etc. As a former teen, I can say that brands are related to social status in school (though they shouldn’t be). But now that I’m an adult, brands for the sake of brands have zero impact on my clothing choices.
The people who know me well know that I have a little bit of an obsession with organizing – that generally means a neat, well-labeled, efficiently implemented processes that makes logical sense to most humans. I’d say I’m a little more obsessive than most regarding where to put items and how to organize ‘stuff’. But I’ve come to discover that my slight OCD hardly compares to some of systems implemented by others… One system in particular is the labeling done by my better half.
Have you ever received that little something from your partner that makes your day a bit brighter? Sometimes it’s a special event, sometimes it’s a new product, but most of the time (in our case), it’s food – specifically the little snacks. Those make the biggest impact on how my day is going to play out.
As a child, I loved playing video games and remember playing The Lion King as early as age 3 on Super Nintendo. When I was in the double digits, I would come home after school, finish my homework (because the rule was, homework first) and then game until bed. I remember spending entire weekends playing The Legend of Zelda and Donkey Kong on my N64. Those were the days….
You may have heard the saying “practice makes perfect”, but nowhere is it mentioned how much practice is required to achieve perfection. Apparently, there is word that 10,000 hours makes you an expert, but who knows if that’s true (and a being expert doesn’t necessarily mean perfection). Most likely, there is no simple rule or process for achieving perfection – you just have to work at it and it might take you more time than others to become proficient at something, it might take you less time, but you still have to try right?
There are a lot of choices that you will have to make in your lifetime. Sometimes the greatest influencers aren’t even related to the economy or political matters, but are the opinions and values belonging to our social groups (family and friends). Things like selecting which college to go to, where you should buy a home, if s/he is the right person is to settle down with can be decisions heavily influenced by your social circles. Social support systems can be great at times, but there are some choices that you should feel confident in making because it feels right and not necessarily because they align with the majority vote.
There’s nothing like getting a surprise from your Boo, especially a nice one. Being in a successful relationship undoubtedly must include acts of kindness and thoughtfulness towards your partner. It can be something as simple as making dinner when you know s/he is working late or something that involves a little more planning… like a day or weekend trip somewhere secret! It’s all part of the surprise and it keeps day-to-day life fun and spontaneous.
Let’s be honest – life is busy! There’s always a to-do list, new additions to your routine and sometimes even setbacks. We are often focused on future tasks and plans, BUT, it is also incredibly important to be in the present. To ‘stop and smell the roses’ more often than we do and just be mindful of the moment.
When you become an item and enter into a relationship, you are expected to (and should want to) spend a lot of time together. By being around your loved one, you have the privilege of getting to know him/her better while building memories and developing routines together. However, it is also important to be able to function independently while still being in each other’s presence. This is something we do well.
I'm a 20-something woman working my way through life in Canada, traveling when I can afford it and seeking out my passions one day at a time.