• 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!

    Resolutions Update

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    As April is very close to being upon us, I wanted to reflect on how I am doing with all my resolutions I stated at the beginning of the year (in a post that got deleted when my blog got hacked..), and remind myself of these goals
    Here is a recap of what my goals were:

    • Get fit-become more active and hopefully lose 5-10lbs
    • Go back to school in 2015
    • budget more and stay on track with my spending
    • Be more organized and tidy
    • read more
    • get out of my comfort zone more
    • declutter
    • pay off credit card
    • get my nutrition in check-eat better

    1) Getting Fit
    Honestly, I feel like I’ve been doing really well since the beginning of the year with working out and not taking too many breaks in between weeks of going to the gym. Even like day’s like today, I did a quick leg workout while watching some of Charmed that I’ve been re-watching. It helps that my roommate has been going quite frequently so I’ll go with him. Usually I go 2-3 times a week and already have been noticing a difference, my arms are getting so much more toned (the fastest spot I must admit), my legs are getting definition, and my stomach doesn’t seem to bloat as much (as long as I’m drinking lots of water and eating decently). I may not have lost those 5-10 pesky pounds, yet, but I do seem to be losing some inches and gaining some muscle, which I’m getting proud of and feeling more confident.

    2)Going back to school.
    While I’m still begrudgingly waiting to hear back from law schools with their decisions, I have already accepted my Postgraduate option for Paralegal for a one year postgrad program, definitely on my way to going back to school regardless of the outcome of law school decisions or not, and I’m looking forward to it.

    3)Budget and stay on track of finances.
    In the last month I’ve made a personalized budget tracking sheet that meets my own needs more. I like to visualize and see where and when I’m exactly spending my money on to see how much of it is going to what. Although I’m finding some unexpected purchases happening as of late (like a pesky passport renewal putting me back around $150), I’m finding I’m noticing trends better with my spending habits and where I’m spending the most money, and I like it. Especially in the upcoming summer months with not as steady as an income since my job is ending, making rent less affordable at the moment.

    4)Be more organized and tidy/5)declutter and stop being a pack rat
    This I feel is just a constant struggle for me regardless. Since I’m always on a random schedule, I make more messes than I’m cleaning up as of late. I have been re-organizing and de-cluttering of sorts lately and going through some items of clothing that I know I haven’t worn in about a year to try and take them home to my mom to see if she wants them/my cousin wants them. Still hard for me, but am trying more and more lately.

    6)Read more.
    Since the start of 2015, I’ve read quite a few books. I would say upwards to about 12-15 books at the moment have been read (and possibly have not tracked that I’ve read them..). I’m trying to find more novels that make me think again, since I miss that about school, thinking about what I’m reading and reading in between the lines of what the authors are trying to convey. One author lately I want to read more of is Jodi Picoult and Gillian Flynn. I have a huge to be read list, and I’m definitely going to be doing some re-reading of novels that are sitting in my parents basement once I go home next weekend to grab some books. I’m really trying to limit my spending on novels but it’s a hobby I will gladly fork some money into since I tend to re-read a lot of my novels.

    7) Get out of my comfort zone more.
    Two things I want to accomplish/try for 2015 is definitely Zip-lining (even though the ones around here aren’t ‘the best’ ones to try, so I’ve heard) and some yoga. I’ve been saying for months how I want to try it, blah blah blah, but I haven’t had the courage to actually go on my own and try a class by myself. I’m hoping one day soon I actually go.

    8)Pay off my credit card.
    I feel as though I’m not getting very far with this one ever. I had it down to about $600 but then we bought Shania Twain tickets in June as a make up thing for me since we missed out on a previous free concert we were supposed to attend but didn’t. As well, my parents used it and then that pesky passport renewal money has to go towards that instead of paying down more of my credit card. I can only hope I can keep it down and not use it when I go back to school so I can put even tiny amounts towards paying it down in the future, but it also depends on my jobs in the upcoming months.

    9) Eat better.
    I’ve been doing just okay at eating better. I notice I eat a lot of carbs, but I’m trying to focus on eating more veggies more consistently and I find that I’m starting to bounce back from my ‘cheat’ meals a lot better. I do have my cravings but I manage them better, and don’t go on binges that last weeks at a time lately. Slowly, but surely, I am starting to grasp my eating habits more.

    How are your resolutions coming along? Do you need a reminder on what you’ve intended to accomplish for the year? Are you failing at any of  them and have given up? Let me know!

    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?