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Happy National Running Day!

Will you be running today?

I got up at 5:30 this morning to go for a run before my last test in this set of classes. It was a nice 11C when I left and only made it up to 15C by the time I got home. I went running by the water so there was a great breeze and I was grooving to the music.

I got in an amazing 5 miles in before I had to get ready for my last test and prepare to get the test I wrote yesterday back.

All in all yesterday’s test wasn’t all that bad in the end, I’m very pleased with my final mark. Of course now I am doubting the test I wrote today, it is a never ending cycle (of course until I start with new classes next week and don’t have to write a test for a little while, ha!)

For now I will focus on the positive!

Happy Running!


A Girl Like Me

Today Rihanna is speaking to me, here is what she has to say…

“A girl like me is just a little different from the rest, and a girl like me is never gonna settle for second best.”

So let me fill you in on some facts:

I have a degree in English Literature from the University of Ottawa. After graduating in the spring of 2007 I started a part-time sales job at a Canadian bookstore. I didn’t know what to do after graduation so this was fine at the time. By late summer/early fall I was the head cashier, and then a few months later I was an assistant manager.

I love William Shakespeare!

I always planned on going back to school, most likely college, to do something that I knew would get me the skills I needed to get a job in the field I was/am interested in. This didn’t happen right away due to loyalty to the company and a little bit of comfort with having a job that I didn’t hate.

I got to be Professor Trelawney for the Happry Potter 7 book release!

After going on a two week vacation to London and Paris (a Flashback Friday will happen soon!) I returned to my job and I just wasn’t feeling it anymore. I love literature, I love reading, I love talking about books with people, BUT it just wasn’t the same anymore. I was stuck!

Hmmm...what should I do?

One night at the end of August I decided that it was time to go back to school. There wasn’t going to be anymore of this  “well I’m not going to go back this year, but maybe next year” crap. I was done with settling. That night I applied to the local college for a two year program (it’s more like 16 months the way I am doing it, phew!).

I was accepted in October 2009, and in January 2010 I went back to school. I am taking the Office Administration Medical and Legal program and I am very excited about this. After graduating I hope to work in Public Health (where I have my placement during May-June every Friday), with the Government, in a hospital (something like what my Dad’s office administrator does, I love her job!), or one of the many other options I will have.

So what does this have to do with the lyrics above?  I was thinking about how people might see my program as easy, and let me tell you I saw this program as being something that was going to be super easy that I could just breeze through. Instead I have decided to take the approach that has me seeing program as something that is very important when it comes to me getting the career I crave, because I know it is.

Early in the semester I realized that if you show your teachers that you are there to learn and show them respect then they will give you all the respect in the world. I am not going to just put myself on cruise control and just get through the day, I am going to school and working hard to learn everything I can so I can take everything I learn into a job that I am interested in.

I am really looking forward to semesters 3 and 4 (Fall and Winter) because that is when we start getting to all the medical and legal classes and I get to learn really cool things.

So what have I learned from all of this? Well I have learned that I deserve to do what I see as exciting and I deserve to strive towards a career that I know I will find fulfilling. I work hard every day and I know what I want, “a girl like me is never gonna settle for second best.”

Why did I decide to write about what I have done recently to change the path I was on? Well I was running this morning and these were the only thoughts going on in my head. I kept thinking about how a year ago I was on a completely different path than I am now and I wanted to share this excitement with you!

Happy Running!

That Was One Crazy Week!

I’m glad the week is almost over! There was a lot of good, but then there was also some bad that in the moment out weighed the good because, to me at the time, it seemed really bad.

Of course I always have to remind myself that nothing is really all that bad and that everything will work out in the end.

It was the first week back from reading week so that is always hard, but nothing I couldn’t handle. For some reason I felt very overwhelmed all week and could not shake the feeling. There were times when it went away, like during the 5k running group on Monday night, during a crazy fitness class on Wednesday night (both at lululemon Kingston).

The bad feelings finally went away after school on Thursday after a lecture on stress management in my Office Procedures class. It was funny to think that all I needed was someone to mention that nothing is as bad as you think and that you should always use positive affirmations to snap yourself out of a funk, and then I took a walk! Everything was looking up!

I spent my week having delicious Green Monster with some Maca added to it for a little extra kick….mmmmm!!

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So what do I think of Maca? Well it gave my smoothie a different taste, but it wasn’t a bad different, just different. Either way I liked it and it did make me feel like I had a lot more energy, which I felt like I needed this week!

Come the weekend I was ready for a break from working and thinking, but then on Saturday morning I went to get some files off of my USB key and it wasn’t reading on any computer (or any computer in the house). I was trying really hard not to freak out but it wasn’t working. I had settled on the fact that I had lost all my files from the last two weeks (at least everything from before the last two weeks was backed up, but I still had done a lot this week). Here is what I posted on Twitter yesterday:

Then I posted this once I realized what I was trying wasn’t working:

Then this morning I looked at the key and thought “I bet if I plug it in everything will be fine”, but then at the same time I didn’t want to plug it in for fear that it wouldn’t work. Guess who got lucky? ME! I plugged it in and it worked, I must be one lucky girl because I wasn’t really expecting that to happen.

So what’s moral of the story? Don’t freak out too soon, and don’t feel as though all is lost or that you cannot overcome small set backs, AND always back up everything you keep on a USB key!

As of now I am feeling much more calm and ready to face this week with a better attitude and ready to rock all my school work, my 5k running group on Monday evening, fitness class on Wednesday night, and all my runs and cross training plans in between!

For now I am going to finish watching Post Grad for some mindless entertainment while I work on making Power Point presentations, then I am going to go and visit a baby with my Mum (her friend recently became a Grandma) because babies always make me happy, and then I will have some homemade pizza with the boyfriend for dinner. Mmmm, this is a happy day!!

Calm Down and Happy Running!

I’m Supposed To Be Reading?


It is reading week! I forgot what it was like to have a break in the middle of the school semester for no reason, well other than to read and catch up on work. There are some school things that I need to do this week, but they won’t take long. I have a meeting/interview this afternoon with an office administrator and two classmates. Other than that I want to get ahead in a few classes, the computer classes, so I can use that time during the weeks to come for accounting. Other than that I will be watching Gossip Girl season 2, relaxing, reading for pleasure, and catching up with friends over coffee.

I also plan on using this week to stretch out my tight muscles with some yoga. As I was reading blogs this morning and I got really excited when Tina over at Carrots ‘n’ Cake announced a Yoga Challenge that has you setting your own rules for how much yoga you do. I love this because some weeks I could do yoga five days a week, on the other hand, there are some weeks where twice a week for 20 minutes is all I need or want to do.

Here is what Tina has to say…

“This year, if you would like to participate, I encourage you to set your own goal(s) for the Yoga Challenge. So, if you already regularly practice yoga, you might want to challenge yourself to practice everyday for the month of March. However, if you’ve never done yoga or don’t practice frequently, maybe you will challenge yourself to fitting in one session per week. It’s totally up to you!”

I love Tara Stiles‘ video Run Yoga Run it isn’t even 5 minutes long so it is something that you can do quickly in the morning after a run before work/school.

Speaking of running and yoga I think I will head down to Lululemon this afternoon, I saw some of the new product that they got over the weekend and there is some great new running stuff. I am in love with the Empower Crop, at the same time I am starting to look at shorts now that the weather is starting to finally be less snow filled.

For now I am going to enjoy my tea and some yoga poses to loosen my tight, yet happy, muscles after my hour run this morning. I have missed running outside and I am so happy to be back out there again!

Happy Running and Yoga-ing!