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Fall Favourites

14 Sep

The air is getting crisper and the leaves are changing colours… it’s my favourite season of the year! And with that, I give you my top 3 Fall Favourites!

3. Pumpkin Spice Lattes 

This is definitely the chosen beverage by the masses for Fall. Nothing has the flavour of autumn quite like a pumpkin spice latte. Due to my tight budget these days (refer to previous post) I am going to try to stay away from these babies but it sure will be tough!

2. Back To School

Okay, so it’s been a few years since my last first day of school but there’s still something about that excitement for the first day of class that never goes away. Okay, so maybe I’m not starting class, or even re-starting work after a summer off (oh, the downfalls of full time employment!) but there’s still something about the beginning of Fall that makes me feel like I’m getting back into an old routine. I find it easier to start going to the gym after work and being less lazy overall. I guess it’s the cool air that rejuvenates me!

1. The FASHION!!!!  

I love Fall clothes more than anything. Bring on the boots, the sweaters, the blazers and the jeans, I’m ready! I always find it difficult to dress for work in the summer but when it comes to Fall, I’m swamped with ideas for new outfits. I got some great pairs of Joes Jeans which I’m itching to bust out but I’m also lusting after these Tory Burch boots (left) and this Paper Crown blouse and blazer combo (right). Ok, maybe these items aren’t exactly in my Fall shopping budget but a girl can dream can’t she?!

Now you tell me, what are your favourite things about Fall???

 

 

Blog Uncertainty

23 Aug

Wowza, it has been a long time since I’ve posted! And I really don’t have any good excuse other than the fact that I’ve been experiencing a little bit of blog uncertainty. Truth be told, I’m not normally a very public person so the fact that I started a blog was a big step for me. The reason I started it was because I do enjoy writing and I work in social media so therefore thought it was a great thing to learn from to make me stronger in my professional career. But then I started realizing my blog doesn’t really have much of a direction. And then things started coming up in my life that I had a lot to say about but didn’t necessarily feel comfortable discussing in a public forum. Additionally, when people brought my blog up I often found myself feeling shy and embarassed about it.

Over the summer I’ve often found myself thinking about my blog. I do want to continue with it but I want to set some guidelines for myself. I read some blogs where the writer spills every detail about their lives. In all honesty, that’s just not me. I also read blogs in which the writer discusses various topics that relate to their lives but don’t get too personal. I think that’s more along the lines of how I want my blog to be. So this is the conclusion I’ve come to – I write this blog for myself and it’s for this reason that I will only write about things that I am comfortable with. I’m not writing this blog to gain a lot of readers or make money. I’m writing to share my experiences, likes, dislikes, etc. with the hope that one day there might be some people out there who find it helpful, interesting, etc. And I’m sure that the time will come where I get more comfortable with blog writing and it will become a full fledged hobby for me but for now, I’m just trying to find my own personal comfort zone.

Goodbye Winnipeg and Summer Colds

11 Jul

The last couple of weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind. Two weekends ago I went home to Winnipeg to pack up some of my stuff and say goodbye to my house. The weekend was filled with goodbye parties and visits with friends. Roy came along with me as this would be his only chance to see where I grew up. I did my best to show him the sites and sounds of Winnipeg. It was a great way to say goodbye to some of the places I would frequently go to throughout my years living there. In my last post I mentioned that I would be doing something that would surprise people, well that certain something ended up falling through. I was supposed to go skydiving however the weather was off and on the day I was supposed to go so it just didn’t end up happening. I can’t lie, I was a little bit relieved but this is definitely still something I want to do at some point in my life.

Last week I was sick with a cold, summer colds are the worst! I managed to kick it enough to go meet up with friends I went to school with in Burlington. One of them lives there and invited us to come lay by her pool for the day and then spend the night. It really made me wish I had my own pool, there’s not a more perfect summer activity than lounging outside all day and eating BBQ. I definitely wouldn’t mind doing that again. And then yesterday, another big day! My parents arrived in Toronto making the move official. After unpacking some stuff we went out for dinner and then saw Horrible Bosses. This movie was hilarious, I seriously lol’d the whole time. I definitely recommend this movie to everyone, unless you get offended really easily as there are some pretty raunchy parts in it.

That pretty much sums up the last couple weeks of my life. I haven’t been feeling as anxious as I did before. Maybe it’s because I felt satisfied with my goodbye to Winnipeg and life right now is looking pretty good. If there’s sunshine and warm weather, how can you feel down for long?

Relays and Safaris

21 Jun

This past weekend was quite full of adventure. Friday night was the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, an event that I was on the committee for for the second year. It’s a really great event that occurs overnight and asks team members to walk around a track all night long. This all night walk symbolizes the fight against cancer; as the sun goes down it seems like a long struggle, the middle of the night is the hardest part as one must fight against their exhaustion but as the sun begins to rise hope is signified and it’s like the light at the end of a long and difficult struggle. This year this event meant even more to me as last November my grandfather died from Pancreatic cancer.

I would have to say that the highlight of the event for me this year was the tent that my team and I constructed from very limited materials. Roy’s family had graciously lent me their tent to use for the night but I was warned, the tent had been sitting in their garage for the last 20 years. I took this warning with a grain of salt, confident that it wouldn’t be too bad. Well my friends, I was wrong. The tent smelled horribly like mildew. So me and my team, being the creative girls we are, simply took the poles, duct taped them together and draped our sheets over top. All I can say is luckily it didn’t rain that night! And believe it or not, it was quite cozy and fit all four of us perfectly!

So after the almost all nighter on Friday (I did manage to sleep a bit) I spent all of Saturday being a big lazy bum. Sunday though, it was back to the adventures! I finally went to the African Lion Safari, something that I had been dying to do ever since I moved here and heard about it. And let me tell you, it did not dissapoint! I couldn’t believe how close up we got to all of the animals (from the car of course). There were cheetahs coming right to our car, giraffes crossing the street right and front of us and best of all, monkeys climbing all over the car. Unfortunately they took off Roy’s sister’s car mirror and started eating it but you can’t say they don’t warn you, there are disclaimers everywhere as you drive in.

So that was my weekend full of adventure, if only all weekends could be so fun! Tomorrow is Wednesday, almost half way done the week and then another weekend. I look forward to it already!

The Canucks Riot and Re-thinking Book Review Wednesdays

17 Jun

So as you have seen, I missed another BRW. I instead was glued to my tv watching the Canucks lose the Stanley Cup by a landslide. Although I was dissapointed that the Canadian team didn’t win, I wasn’t devastated as the Canucks aren’t one of the teams I’m normally a fan of. Now, if it was next year and the Jets were playing then that would be a different story! With that being said, I’m sure most people have heard about the riots that erupted in Vancouver following the game. In my opinion, the reaction of the Canuck fans is humiliating to us as Canadians and makes me question what the meaning of being a fan is.

 I competely understand being passionate about a sport but at the end of the day, people play these games because they enjoy it, it’s supposed to be fun. Yes, we all get emotionally invested in our teams on some level but the way the Vancouver vans reacted was completely shameful. By the end of the week, would any of the fans lives had changed because the Canucks had lost? Most likely, no. But now these people’s lives may change because they will now have a criminal record and because they are publicly being made to look like idiots. And all of this is following the glory that the city had previously embodied during the Olympics which is truly the most dissapointing of all.

 Now, back to what I was saying about Book Review Wednesdays. I have begun to re-think this a little which is okay because this blog is still a baby and I’m learning as I go along! Doing a book review every week is just too much for me so I’ve decided that I’m only going to have them when I’ve recently finished a book or when I think it is relevent to something else that I’m talking about. They will still occur on Wednesdays, just not EVERY Wednesday. Maybe only a couple a month…

Anyways, it’s Friday so I’d like to wish everyone a great weekend! Tonight I am participating and volunteering at the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. I have been on the committee to help organize this for the past 2 years and I’m really looking forward to this event. I’ll let you all know how it goes!

Book Review Wednesdays – The Shadow of the Wind

25 May

I’m not yet done the book I’m currently reading so this week I’m going to talk about one of my all time favourite books, The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. This book has it all from love to murder. Once I started this book I found it almost impossible to put down. Written in a gothic style, the story is suspenseful and at times even frightening. As the reader follows young Daniel through the streets of post Civil-War Barcelona, one is thrown into his quest to find the author of a mysterious book called The Shadow of the Wind. Little does Daniel know that this journey will prove to be extremely dangerous.

I found this book unlike any other I had ever read. As a lover of books, reading a story that really plays on this passion was thrilling. I found myself wishing that I could be privy to the secret of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a secret library that Daniel’s father takes him to to find this book that ends up changing Daniel’s life forever. This was the type of book that completely engulfs the reader and it was one of those rare stories that when I was finished I found myself sad, wishing there was more to read! Although this book is not even remotely realistic, it’s one of those perfect stories that takes the reader into a completely different world, one that is hard to escape.

Relections on Turning 25

24 May

This past weekend I celebrated my 25th birthday. When I look back on birthdays prior, 25 was always thought of to be the “scary birthday”. I felt that I would only be okay with turning 25 if I felt that my life was on track. However, when the day of my 25th birthday rolled around I felt strangely ambivalent. I wasn’t excited as I had always been on my birthday years before but I wasn’t depressed either. I was just 25, that was it.

So why wasn’t I freaking out as many people do when they turn 25? Maybe it’s because I’m happy with my job, maybe it’s because I’m in a relationship with someone who I truly see a future with or maybe it’s because I just have too many other things to worry about! I mean, everyone ages so what will freaking out about it do? And let’s face it, it’s better than not aging. In my opinion, there are so many things to look forward to in the future. I’m excited about the next chapter of my life. True, it’s absolutely terrifying not to have my path completely laid out like it has been in the past but that’s one of the things that makes it so exciting! My first 25 years have been pretty damn good but I know that the next 25 will be even better. Sure it will come with its own trials and tribulations but that’s what life is all about. Maybe I’m being annoyingly optimistic but trust me, I too have gone through my quarter life crisis and I’m sure I will experience it again.  But for now I’m just going to sit back, relax and see what happens next!

Hope everyone has a good night and I will see you tomorrow for Book Review Wednesday!

Introducing… Book Review Wednesdays!

18 May

I have a confession. There is one thing in this world that I can’t get enough of. It’s not shoes or chocolate (okay, those are also on the list…) but books. I have the bad habit of buying books. It’s not that I’m totally oppossed to owning a library card. There’s just something about holding a brand new book in your hands, cracking the spine for the first time and then adding it to my already overflowing book case. Truthfully, my dream is to have my very own library, something along the lines of this…

Okay, I may or may not have stolen my inspiration from the Beauty and the Beast library… Anyways, with all of that being said, I introduce to you Book Review Wednesdays! Every Wednesday I will have a a new book to review and this week I present to you ‘One Day’ by David Nicholls. First off, I must say that I absolutely LOVED this book. It was not only an emotionally written love story but hilarious as well! This story follows two characters, Emma and Dexter, after a life changing meeting on their last day of college on the exact same day for the next 20 odd years. This book had great character development and as their lives progress, you as the reader really feel like you are their best friend going through their lives right beside them. And the even better news about this book is that this summer the movie comes out! I usually have very low expectations about movies adapted from books but last night I saw Water for Elephants which was amazing and restored my faith in the fact that a great book can in fact equal a great movie. For a better idea of what One Day is about, I have posted the movie trailer below.

If anyone has any good book suggestions, please feel free to send them my way! Have a great day!

A Slow Start & Why the GMAT Kicked My Butt

7 May

Unfortunately this blog is off to a slower start than I would have liked but April was a whirlwind month that provided me with no extra time to sit down and really focus on this new project of mine. The month started off with me writing the GMAT for the second time. As much as I’d love to report to the world that I achieved my goal the second time around I have to admit that it was a disaster. I did worse than I ever did in my GMAT career! Worse than my initial diagnostic exam and worse than any of the 13 practice tests I did prior to the exam. I worked so hard and it was incredibly frustrating not to see the results I was striving for. So why didn’t I achieve my goal? Here are my thoughts…

1.) The Pressure! I put a lot of pressure on myself to be the best I can be and sometimes this can have the opposite affect than I would like it to have. I think in the end, I stressed myself out way too much that I couldn’t think straight.

2.) Thinking that this exam would make or break my future was a something that kept going through my mind prior to the exam. This is a thought I shouldn’t have had. It hasn’t effected my current life; I still have job and my friends , family and boyrfriend who love and support me no matter what. And as for my future, that remains a mystery anyways! Just because I’m not good at standardized testing doesn’t mean that I won’t be successful in my career.

3.) Not exploring other options. I was so focused on going back to school to get my MBA that I didn’t look into other programs that could also further my career. I always knew math wasn’t my strength but it was something I had hoped I could overcome. As this continues to be something that I struggle with I’ve decided to start looking at other programs that I could apply my strengths too and I’ve found some that I’m really excited about!

So there you have it, a long winded reason why this blog has been off to a slow start and my reflection on the GMAT. As of now I will start to post a lot more regularly but until I find my groove I can’t give a definite schedule. If anyone is out there reading yet, have you ever had a goal that you haven’t been able to overcome? If so, why do you think you didn’t achieve your goal?

Welcome to Aspiring Superwoman!

25 Mar

Hello and welcome to Aspiring Superwoman! As this is my first blog post and I probably no one is reading this so it feels a little bit awkward but everyone must start somewhere so here I go!

My name is Faren, I am in my mid-twenties and I live in Toronto, Canada. I’ve decided to start this blog for all of the people in their mid-twenties out there who feel like their life is supposed to end up a certain way but don’t know how they’re going to get there! As a young woman, I feel (and I know I’m not alone on this!) that in the next 5-10 years I’m somehow supposed to forge a career for myself, get married and have kids all at the same time! I’ve seen other amazing women do this before and to me they are superwomen. Therefore, the following reasons are why I feel that I am an Aspiring Super Woman:

1) I am currently studying for my GMAT so that I can go back to school to pursue my MBA. With an undergraduate degree in English, this is not something I ever foresaw myself doing but spending my last year in the working world has showed me that this is not only something that will make me more marketable but is also becoming a necessity.

2.) On top of studying for my GMAT and working, I am volunteering for my second year for a major event that helps raise money for cancer research.

3) I enjoy working out, especially spinning and yoga, but have a very difficult time balancing this into my lifestyle. Being healthy is extremely important to me though and also a necessity in becoming a Superwoman.

4)I love spending time with my family, friends and amazing boyfriend and always try to be conscious to keep my time with all of them as equal as possible.

So there you have it folks, my first entry into what I hope will become an enjoyable blog for people to follow for many years to come. If any one is reading this yet, what makes you an aspiring Superwoman/Superman? I would love to hear your feedback!