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“You’re my Cuppy-Cake, Gum Drop, Snoogums, Boogums, You’re… the Apple of my Eye…”

Oh my Gosh guys!

I have officially made it a full week without buying any Tim Horton’s! I am beyond impressed with myself…. I didn’t even really need to think twice today when I walked past the Tim Horton’s on campus! One week! I feel like I deserve a badge or something to commemorate the moment or something… I haven’t even been drinking that much homemade tea to make up for it…

I’ve also decided to add something else to my bucket list. “Take a Cake Decorating Class”. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how much I actually enjoy baking… and then when I was watching Two Broke Girls today (love the show) they took a decorating class for their cupcake business. Now, I was joking around with my 12 year old cousin last week when she showed me the 40 cupcakes she decorated in 15 minutes, these are them…

Anywho, I was joking around with her that I should drop out of school, open a bakery, and hire her on to do the decorating…. but then I remembered she’s 12 and I should probably encourage her to stay in school so her mom and dad don’t get mad at me.

But the point is,  it did get me thinking. I could never do something that cool, unless maybe if I took a class. Maybe I’ll see if she wants to go with me. I’m looking into classes though around the city and hopefully I’ll find a good decorating class (for a good student affordable price) that I can go to. It’d be nice to have someone go with me though, so I’ll have to look into that too. Scheduling multiple people is so frustrating though.

Anywho, I hope you enjoy the mouth watering picture of cupcakes, and I’d like to thank everyone who liked yesterdays blog. I had a record breaking number of views yesterday, and my friend was ecstatic that so many people ‘liked’ the post her drawing was featured in. I don’t see why, it’s an amazing sketch.

Ta-ta for now!

“I Think I Can, I Think I Can, I Think I Can…”

So, I’m still considering a few resolutions for this year, but these are the main ones I have right now.

1. Weight Loss: The biggest cliche resolution out there I know, the gyms are packed for the majority of January with people who have resolved to lose weight and tone up, and come February you hardly see half of them anymore. That’s why I’m waiting a bit to get my gym membership… I’ll work with my Turbo Jam till then. (On that note, I did a 40 minute TJ today! Cardio Party! So. Much. Fun.) How do I plan on losing weight you ask? For starters, I’ve made a schedule out for myself for TurboJam, and for the gym. I’ve made my mom a copy of said schedule (which also includes my class times since she always wants to to know what time I leave for school and when to expect me home for supper) and have hung it on the fridge as a constant reminder to stick to it! I also want to stay in touch with things that motivate me. I’ve made a new background for my laptop that will remind me why I want to get healthier and slim down; I’m following blogs, twitter accounts, and facebook groups that I find inspirational, and I’ve narrowed down specifics. By the end of January, I hope to lose 10 pounds, and by my work party at the end of February, I’m hoping for 20. To reward myself if I accomplish that, I plan on finally getting my belly button pierced (something I’ve wanted to do for a while now) and since it needs about 4 months to fully heal (I’ve done my research) February will be a good time to do that so I’ll be all set for summer.

2. Healthy Eating: Along with exercise and motivation, this will help with losing weight, but in order to maintain a healthy weight, I’ll need to change my eating habits and develop an overall healthier lifestyle. How will I accomplish this? I’ve found a ton of new recipes (that actually sound good) to try out, and I’ve been paying closer attention to serving size. When eating out with friends or family, I found that as long as I do my research first, I can still find a healthy option (for instance, this Thursday, I’m going for dinner with my best friends, and I’ve already looked up the nutrition information on the restaurant’s website and found three low calorie options that I can choose from when I get there) For January, I plan on cutting out all ‘junk food’ and fast food… and towards the end of February I will allow myself the occasional treat, as long as I pay attention to the portion control.

3. Cross three things off my Bucket List: I definitely want to achieve more things on my bucket list, and I’m going to look into a few options this year. I think if I focus on some of the ones that can be done at the same time, like camping and sleeping under the stars, I’ll be able to get more done… then make more too!

4. Write a novel. Those of you who read my January goals know I hope to have a whole chapter written by the end of the month, and I think if I can get into the swing of things by then, I’ll be able to finish the novel I’ve been dreaming about for the last five years. So for January, I hope to finish the first chapter, and then write two chapters in February.

These are my four main focuses for the year as of right now, today was a bit of a crazy day so I didn’t have as much time to focus on them as I originally intended. However, this is a start… I still have my monthly challenges to look forward to to make new resolutions, because afterall, who said a resolution needs to be made at the end of a year only? Someone on the news said it nicely the other day ‘sometimes you need to hit rock bottom to realize something needs to change, and there’s no reason to wait for the new year to start making those changes!”

“Giddy On Up and Giddy On Out…”

So guess who gets to cross something off her bucket list!? This girl right here, that’s who!

I had an incredible time last night, and, I got to ride a mechanical bull! One of my best friends, Emily, took me out to a bar in town that has a mechanical bull, Dirty Dogs. It was a total blast! The stairs at work today, which happen to be quite steep already, were so painful to climb though! But other than that no harm done. It really was just a lot of awesomeness, and I can’t wait to go back. I need to out-do my personal record of… drum roll please…………12.7 seconds! Hahaha

Riding the Bull

Anywho, I had an awesome time, with great friends, and got home late and got up early for work and it was all just so great. McMaster University’s football team also won the Vanier Cup last night, and the Toronto Maple Leafs won the hockey game…. it was just an overall great night. In case you haven’t gotten that yet.

Today was less exciting (I honestly had butterflies in my stomach all day yesterday), but it will be a more exciting day then tomorrow, as all I have to work on tomorrow is homework, essays, and readings. One more week of school….one more week of school…. anywho, I’ll appreciate work today as I won’t like all the stuff I need to work on tomorrow. I should probably organize my room better too…

Anywho, I wanted to update you all on my bucket list accomplishment, and I honestly recommend you get out there and try a mechanical bull (just do a google search for mechanical bull bars in your city). It’s just the right amount of adrenaline rush you need to get those bucket list accomplishments started!

“It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas…”

So yesterday was a pretty sweet day, I got my Christmas lights hung up sing the weather was so nice, and  watched a great Christmas movie, The Man Who Saved Christmas. It’s based on a true story of a toy maker during World War Two who is asked by the government to give up Christmas. Today I got to watch the Macey’s Santa Clause Parade on tv… and Miracle on 34th Street. Such a festive time of year, I’m so excited. I need to put the Christmas tree up very soon!

Christmas Time is Here

I’ve also discovered something else I’m considering adding to my bucket list, thanks to Lesley Carter, who was the first person to like one of my pages. You cannot imagine how happy I was to get feedback on my blog from someone who I did not know or see on a daily basis. It truly made my day, and gives me more reason to update more frequently. You can find her blog here, and I can tell you now, it is an amazing blog. Her blog is all about the adventures and experiences she’s had, and I find it inspiring to follow through with a lot of my Bucket List articles. In fact, one of her posts “Jumping from the 108th Floor” has inspired me to add the jump to my bucket list, if I am ever to get to Vegas. It’s a 108 floor free fall, and it looks absolutely exhilarating – I may need to work my way up to it first however. Anywho, I strongly suggest you check out some of her other posts, as she’s done some incredible things. 🙂

On another, somewhat similar note, I have a potential update on my Bucket List – as long as everything goes well. Tomorrow night I am heading out with some friends to a bar in town that has a mechanical bull! I am so excited to try this! I honestly cannot wait. There will be pictures. I promise. So fingers crossed everything works out how they should, because I honestly cannot wait until tomorrow.

Welcome to the World (Of Blogging)

Alright, so since my first blog was an epic failure on my part, I decided to basically erase all my posts, and start fresh. I’ve also had a *cough*few people telling me I should really get a blog started (most of them didn’t know about the last blog, you know, since I pretty much failed on it)… so here it is, the new and improved, goal setting and following, blog.

So, since it’s the new first official blog, I’ll start with the typical ‘ten facts’:

1. I’m still not really sure what to include in a Blog: Bear with me – I’m still new at this, I’m going to try a few things – challenges, baking recipes, exercise tracker – and knowing me, I’ll probably try to do them all at once – so keep an eye on the blog, because it shall be ever changing. My main focus is going to be goals. Set a goal, follow through with it on the blog until I accomplish it. Keep an eye on my ‘Bucket List’ tab up at the top… Hopefully I’ll be crossing those of (and maybe adding new ones to the list) as my blogging days increase!

2. I’m a clutz: I’ve come to consider it a skill. It makes it easier to laugh it off. Some of my favourite moments include the multiple poles I continue to walk into at work; the door at my university that’s a ‘pull’ door, yet I continue to walk into it even after two and a half years; the blind man I almost walked into on my first day of university; the flying bird I tripped over one day while I was out for a run – yes you read that right, it was flying; and most recently the ‘no parking’ sign I walked into, right after slipping and wiping out on the grass while running to the bus.

3. I’m an English Major:  I like to use this as an excuse when I make stupid mistakes involving basic math or numbers (Like reading my schedule wrong at work) Also, feel free to point out any spelling and grammar mistakes. I encourage “…I thought you were an English major…” jokes.

4. I love music: My iPod can go from a  Saving Abel song, to a Taylor Swift song, to an Eminem song, to a Celine Dion song, to a Ke$ha song, to a Nickelback song. Legit. I love it all. My music preference for the day changes with my mood. In fact, maybe I’ll try and name each post after song lyrics… let’s see how long that lasts. Day One: Check!

5.  Taylor Swift is my Idol: For those of you who could not tell, yes, my blog name is based off of her song “Place in this World.” I love her. I can relate with almost every one of her songs, and her newest CD, “Speak Now,” literally came out at a time when I needed it, and all the messages in it, the most.

6. My friends and family mean the world to me: I take care of my mom. I’m an only child. My friends – and I mean my true blue, real, friends – are like siblings to me. There is nothing I wouldn’t do for them or my mom. Nothing.

7. I love reading: I really do. It’s getting harder to find time, but I love it. I’m a Harry Potter nerd. I admit it. The Outsider’s is also an all-time favourite. I’ll share a few more favourites in future blog posts.

8. I am addicted to Tim Horton’s Tea: Addicted. I have at least two a day, on days when I work (across the street from a Tim Horton’s) or I’m at school (with four Tim Horton’s (that I know of) on campus), I’ve reached up to six teas a day. Only Tim Horton’s though. I even buy the boxes of their teabags to take home. I don’t know why, it just tastes so much better than regular tea. Not that I refuse regular tea, I’ll drink it too… I just prefer good ol’ Tim’s.

9. I love Kickboxing: I did it for over a year, then the gym I was going to closed. Since then it’s been hard to find a good, affordable gym, especially when I have no time to look, and a bunch of other expenses that need to be dealt with first. Currently I’m on a ‘TurboJam’ kick though – Pun intended – It’s a video program from BeachBody (the company that makes P90X) that combines kickboxing and a bit (and I mean minimal) amount of dancing. It’s basically a kickboxing routine set to loud, quick paced music. It’s so addicting, and the food recommendations that come with it are so great too! My cousin’s fiancée recommended I try it, and I’ve been hooked ever since.

10. I was originally inspired to start a blog by watching The Rachael Ray Show: There was a girl on Rachael Ray who went on the Carb-Lover’s Diet. You can find her blog here. I was intrigued by her… for lack of a better word at the moment… bravery. She documented her weight loss on her blog, pictures and all. I haven’t had a chance to go back and read her whole blog, but I do plan on it. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not self-conscious of my body, I’m happy, I really am. But I also know I could be healthier. It’s not just about how I look, it’s how I feel, and I know from experience that I feel a lot better when I eat healthier. I’ve done it before, but like Jen I can’t seem to find that one plan that sticks, and if I have I haven’t found the ambition to stick to it I guess. Jen’s story really got me thinking though, anything really is possible if you want it bad enough and have the determination to start it. Maybe I just need more encouragement to really get focused on all of my goals. So what better way then to post all my challenges and worries on the internet for all to see. My mom always says I work best under pressure – so lay it on me!

So, after contemplating this for a while, I’ve decided to take a page out of Jen’s book and start my own blog. Now I don’t want to copy her, and I’m not going to make this a weight loss thing, it’s more of a setting goals and following them through type of blog. I feel that if I commit to something as simple as updating a blog once a day, I can force myself to commit to bigger goals that I’ve been putting off for so long. No more “this is silly” or “I’ll start tomorrow” or “I can’t start a new workout schedule on a Tuesday, that’ll look weird. I’ll start fresh on Saturday, *inhales bag of chips* …uh… Sunday.”

So here’s to new beginnings, new attitudes, new adventures, and new goals as I set out to find my place in this world.