• Kayla is a 25 year old recent university & college graduate and now a working girl, with a love for books, is a self proclaimed coffee snob, and a slob. She works in law and is a part-time barista! This is her blog to rant, give some reviews, and hopefully connect with others!

               
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    New Year & Resolutions

    Hello all! Happy New Year! I hope everyone’s holidays were splendid and everyone got a chance to relax :).

    My 2016 saw some amazing things! I really love to recap my previous year to start the next year off on a positive note. My 2016 saw the following:

    • I graduate from my paralegal program
    • I passed my licensing exam for my paralegal license (Ontario paralegals are regulated through the Law Society)
    • I got my first full time job at a law firm
    • I moved in with James
    • I hosted my first Christmas with James’ family and my family
    • I bought my first car

    2017 has already started off with a bang! One of my best friends just had her 25th birthday and got engaged! I’m so excited for her, such a wonderful start to my 2017.

    I’ve been hearing a lot of people somewhat ask, “what is the point to starting New Years Resolutions?” Well, to me, it is just a great time to start trying to be more mindful of personal growth. I see resolutions as a way to push yourself throughout the year trying to get myself to grow and have new challenges while breaking out of my comfort zone. My 2017 will focus on one thing: My Health. Following this my resolutions are the following:

    • get my sinus surgery booked and completed before September (because we have a wedding/are planning a trip out to B.C.)
    • start eating healthier. I already eat decently healthy, but I lack in the vegetable department big time. This is such a hard thing for me to do, growing up super picky. I’ve been (somewhat) following along with the Tone It Up Look for Love challenge meal plan and have worked out 3 times this week, which is not common.
    • really start working out consistently. With this wedding coming up, my health not being the greatest, and us planning out a trip to B.C. with one of our super active friends (read: I want to go on a hike and not die with her!) I really want to make this a priority in my life.
    • Take care of my mind and body. I’ve been having some changes to my body with certain medications I have been on, and one of them has really reduced my energy levels and affected my moods. I’ve already made an appointment to speak with my physician and to try and change that or just get off the medication completely. Aka, Birth Control for anyone who is female and may understand. One of my close friends and I have noticed some of the same issues, with some of my own issues being that I feel almost “numb” with my emotions because of it. I think it has to do with the changes in my body the last two years and me thinking it was school stress, when I definitely don’t think it is anymore.
    • Read more. I didn’t hit my target of books this year, mostly due to me being in school and studying for about 8 months of this year. I really want to focus on reading more, taking away from television and other screen activities.
    • Break away from the phone and social media. I really think social media can be a great thing, but I feel sucked into it too easily. At work, I gravitate to my phone a lot. A habit I’m trying to break. I’ve  been trying to keep my phone out of my eye line so I don’t pick it up as much, and I think I might start tracking how many times a day I actually pick it up to stop this nasty habit. I also need to actually take a break at work when I’m eating my lunch, and I want to start reading on my lunches, even for 20 minutes, just to recharge and get away from a screen of some sort.
    • Really watch my finances. This is always a big one since I am always trying to be conscious and aware of my spending, but all of my student loans are going to start coming at my at once, and I want to be prepared for the outcome.

    Most of these center around being more mindful of my mind and body, something I really want to focus on this year and moving towards my later years in life. I’m starting to really get more comfortable with my body shape, but exercising does help improve my confidence in my body. This low energy makes it feel as though I can’t push through a workout, and hopefully the next two months will see a great change in this.

    Do you have any goals for 2017? If so, I’d love to hear them!

    Where did we leave off?

    Since getting hacked, I’ve been super busy. Busy trying to get better that is. I’ve been plagued by a cold for about a week and a half now and I think it’s finally (fingers crossed) slowly starting to go away. I’ve had a few really good knock out nights of sleep and a lot of lazing around when I’m not at work. Due to this, however, I’ve been slacking so much on working out, exercising, and eating right. I think a lot of it has to do with just wanting to sleep and be in my bed re-watching Charmed instead of doing anything else.

    I have been keeping ahead of the 52 Week Money Challenge and believe I am saved up until week 6. Every now and then I’ll throw in $10-$20 to just stay ahead and keep saving for my laptop. A friend from work is selling me his gently used iPhone 5 while he gets a new one and it only doesn’t vibrate but I might have to get it unlocked which you can apparently do for cheaper these days than the $150 I spent three years ago on my iPhone 4 that I currently am using.

    I did get accepted into 3/4 of the colleges programs I applied to. Two are postgraduate’s diplomas while one is just a basic college program at the college that is in the city I am in and I am anxiously waiting to hear back about their postgraduate program acceptance as well. Still not a word from law schools yet, however.

    Other than that, I’ve honestly feel like I’ve been a workaholic but things seem to be slowing down a bit. The reading week is coming up which means I get a weekend off and a week off from having to manage the restaurant, but still have to work and do a lot of paperwork to catch up on and implementing programs for the following year’s managing team. Just feels as though I have a lot more on my plate than usual than most right now, but things are looking up!

    How has the start to your year been? Have you been slacking a bit like me, or are you ahead of the game?