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Sooth Your Office Environment

I love finding things that just light up my life – literally. Especially the ones that make your morning coffee THAT much more soothing…

A couple of months ago I got inspired to buy a diffuser. At first it was to help soften the air at my desk at work, I also had a cold at the time, but now it’s just a nice addition to my desk at work and it really helps relax me on those busy work days.

The one I decided to buy is the ArtNaturals Essential Oil Diffuser and Humidifier off of Amazon [thank god for same day shipping] and I also got a box of oils to go with it [click here] I adore this product… It’s bluetooth compatible, has a 7 colour LED light – pick your favourite and you can also set the time on it for how long it runs [I usually just leave mine on all day.]

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The oil selection I ordered has a great selection of them. I’ll be the first to admit I don’t like ALL of the scents, but I enjoy having them handy in case my mood swings. The scents included are: rosemary, sweet orange, lemon grass, frankincense, tea tree, peppermint, eucalyptus and lavender.
Most days I gravitate more to eucalyptus or lavender but I really enjoy frankincense too [just most people in the office space around me don’t, sadly.]

In total, I spent around $60 for the oils and the diffuser and I am SO thrilled with it. One of my new favourite stores at the mall is Saje. They do essential oils, skin care,

body sprays and lotions – all kinds of natural wellness products and they have the most beautiful scents for a diffuser. I have yet to splurge on some of their products – but when the time comes I’ll definitely give an update.

 

Until then,

Meghan C

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13. A Challenge You’ve Over Come

Life challenges are hard – I know that first hand… Through projects in high school, college, dance performances and even in my field of work. It’s hard when you’re under pressure; especially when you’re brain gets scattered and you’re not too sure how to resolve an issue.

The funny thing about challenges I’ve over come literally happened while I was in the middle of writing this post. I write all my posts while at work when I have down time and 3 things popped up that were time sensitive and demanding.

First:
We have a home base for our company in Collingwood and every weekend we’re part of a farmers market. With that we need to set up a canopy with our company logos on them. We’ve had this canopy for two years and just this past weekend the leg broke on it… Being the quick thinker I have trained myself to be (also the obvious actions to take) I called the canopy company and was able to order our staff up north a new canopy frame for 80% less than what we had originally paid. Best part is – it arrives this Friday (when this post is live).

Second:
Our summer event cruiser’s sponsor wasn’t quite too impressed with the photos we had sent them [he said there wasn’t enough exposure of his brand in our photos] so Thursday we’re going to do an extra event and get some wonderful photos and give them extra exposure with added value just to make up for what we had missed!

Third:
A winner had won a prize and was coming to pick it up on the same day she won – turns out we had the wrong prize in our folder and I was able to quickly get in contact with our prize supplier and get the correct tickets in our prize bin before the winner came to claim her prize!

I’m going away to a cottage this Thursday evening and having all these things line up immediately in one day is really relieving and makes me feel 100% more comfortable about going on vacation – now to do live-promotion schedules for next week and I’m pretty much done my weekly to-do list [and today is Tuesday].

Needless to say –  my morning coffee really gave me an energy booster and the drive to succeed today. Thank you coffee!

Until next time,

Meghan C

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12. Favourite Personality Trait

Forgive me for being late… This past weekend was a little intense and dramatic for myself and my family. I don’t want to speed into details but it was a bitter sweet weekend.

My favourite personality trait – that’s a tough one. Lots of people tell me that I’m genuine, sweet, trustworthy, hilarious and honest. I suppose those are all good personality traits to have but personally I like to take pride in the fact that I am bold and extremely brave.

A lot of people have fears which make them very unlikely to step out of their comfort zone. I’m one of those people who enjoys taking things to the next level, giving myself a challenge and helping myself grow. To do that you need to be able to push yourself to the limit to get what you want, to be bold in your actions and be brave when taking those actions. Being brave was what landed me my internship, it’s what landed me my job, it’s also what lead me to my boyfriend. I took chances I didn’t feel comfortable doing, but took the plunge without thinking about the negative consequences.

As it has been said – Fate loves the fearless.

Until next time,

Meghan C

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11. Someone Who Inspires You

I remember sitting at home one day and seeing an old friend post a link to her blog. For the sake of not naming names, I’m going to call her Tracy.

Here’s a little background: Tracy went to the same high school as me for my first and second year. She was a bit of an outcast, not very popular but she was great company and was always there for you when things went bad.
She wasn’t in any of my classes but she was a friend of a friend that introduced me to her. At that time, I was brand new to the area and didn’t know anyone so I couldn’t be picky with who I hung out with.

Tracy had fallen into some hardships with our mutual friend and sadly not enough people were there for her at this hard time… Which really sucks because she was always the person to run to when someone was upset. She really had a way with words and calming people down.

Anyways, over the years we used to keep in touch via Facebook & MSN and I’d see all her status updates, photos and shared memories. Seemed she was doing great. She ended up dating a friends cousin and now their married, which is what brings me to this post. Tracy had started a blog about a year ago.
She stopped blogging (these things tend to happen) but then picked it up and shared it with her friends and family on this trusted social medium.
I checked it out and her blog talked about all sorts of different things; moving, feelings, hard times in the new area she was living in, hard times with mental illnesses… And when I realized that this girl who moved schools to get away from all the bad, this girl who married the love of her life, this girl who was loving and so genuine started a blog and was able to pick it back up [and have fun doing it too] made me feel like I wanted to do that as well… Which brings me here and now.

Tracy is my inspiration becuase she got through it all. Tracy is my inspiration becuase when her and I finally have a chance to sit down, I want to be able to tell her that watching her struggle and then seeing her pick herself up off the ground inspired me to write. I think that will make her smile.

“If plan A doesn’t work, there are still 25 more letters in the alphabet”

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Keep your coffee warm;

Meghan C

 

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Coffee Blog: Respecting Your Elders

I hope your coffee is hot becuase my blood is boiling right now… My featured image sums up how I feel at this moment…

When my grandparents retired they made the executive choice of hiring a contractor to build them a cozy bungalow in Brighton, Ontario.
From reading posts previous to this one, you know my grandparents play a large part in my life and are also the sweetest human beings that I could have ever been faced to. Polite, caring, genuine, supportive and so much more.

Lately I found out that their new neighbours, in this beautiful, quiet little neighbourhood, have bad mannered and disrespectful kids.
Now, not all of the kids on this street are horrible [I grew up with a number of them] but these kids in particular have been harassing/bullying my grandparents.
Now before I go any further I know what you’re thinking “these kids must be bored. They live in the country.” That may be the case, but the actions these kids are taking are far beyond boredom.

Act 1:
Nicky Nicky Nine Doors has always been a thing. These kids heard about it, and yes it’s all in good fun. Take note though, leading up to my grandparents front door is a wooden wheel chair ramp and skateboards leave deep groves in wood… These kids, at 3am, would walk up to the front door ring the doorbell multiple times and then skateboard down the ramp, down the driveway and back to their homes. Harmless, good fun. Sure.
My grandmother approached the kids the following day while she was gardening and asked them not to continue with this…

Act 2:
I suppose these kids have a dog. Unless they shit in their hands and ran is across the hand rail of the wheel chair ramp…

Act 3:
They egged my grandparents house

Act 4:
My grandparents grass cutter arrived one morning to have a coffee at breakfast before he cut their lawns [my grandparents are very welcoming to people who help them] and upon his arrival he found a “stink bomb” at their front door… A paper bag filled with mustard, ketchup, mayo, relish, jam, peanut butter and god knows what else… when he picked it up it had leaked all over their door mat.

At this point my grandmother had already gone to their parents twice about their actions and said that they would deal with it, but clearly they did not. OR they did and it did not work.
Yesterday my grandparents had the police come and see what they could do about it. Over the next couple days they’re installing cameras at the front door and at the back door to see if they can get any clear footage of these scallywags. I hope they do.

It breaks my heart hearing about this nonsense happening to other peoples grandparents – but now that it’s hitting home and interfering with my grandmothers daily duties around the house, it really bothers me. It’s at the point where she’s afraid to go out and tend to her gardens, she’s afraid to walk out the front door thinking they’ll be standing there ready with some other trick up her sleeve. On Canada Day she called my dad because fire works were going off in the area and she believed that those kids were shooting them at her house…. These kids are driving my grandmother off the edge. And that breaks my heart because life should be easy for her and my grandfather. both my grandparents are in their late 80s… And this has to stop.

Meghan C

 

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10. Five Things I Like About Me

I think it’s really easy to list off some things that you love about yourself… When I stop to think about these things, sometimes I get carried away and start listing traits I see in other people that I wish I possessed. However, here are my top 5:

  1. Putting others needs before mine. This is something I hold dear to my heart. I’ve always been the person to put her friends happiness before her own happiness. Seeing the people I love happy makes me happy, especially if i’m the reason for making them that way.
  2. My legs. In high school I was a very active person. I took gym class, dance class and musical theatre classes all through high school and keeping up with these physical activities really got my body in a beautiful shape. When I started college all of that started to slowly drift away as I was up writing papers, editing videos and finalizing projects at 3am while munching on a bag of chips. Now that I’m in my career I started highland dancing, as you know, and my calves have never been so toned in my life… Even with all the activities i was involved in in high school 😉
  3. My eyes. They’re blue, like the deepest part of the sea… Well, maybe not that dark but I adore the shade of blue that they are… Thank you mom!
  4. I’m honest. A lot of people tend to hide things, especially when they have faults or have made mistakes… I,on the other hand, discovered while I was an intern, that being honest is the best way to be… Don’t hide anything, don’t leave out details, don’t purposely hide details, just be honest and situations can be fixed very easily. You learn from your mistakes and if you can’t own up to them, how will you grow?
  5. My attitude. I always get told that I’m a very chipper person – hence how I got the nickname – and I recognize that I am the way. I like to treat people the way I want to be treated. So if I treat you with respect, I expect to receive that in return.
  6. And just for fun… My sweater collection/addiction. I love sweaters… at any time of year. I have sweaters for -40 and +30 weather… I love them.. I love them… I LOVE THEM!

There is no feeling better than having confidence, self respect & self love
Debbie Dickerson

 

Until next time,
Meghan C

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9. How Did You Do & Feel?

These past two weeks have been so lovely. I got asked by a co-worker to dog sit [as I mentioned in my last post] and I used it as an opportunity to “test drive” living with my boyfriend. Through the fun and bumps, I must admit it has made me extremely eager to move out with him to a small place of our own. Time to analyse – how did I do? I think I did great. The dog and cat never seemed to be upset at all [aside from missing their owners] but all-in-all they were happy. How do feel? I feel excited to know that I enjoyed living with my boyfriend and knowing that we can grow together – December couldn’t come sooner!

First things first – her pets are ridiculous!

Thelma

A large mutt [she looks like a cross between Golden Retriever with German Shepard colouring] and she is the most happiest dog on the planet. She loves hamburger on top of her food each morning for breakfast. I was told she didn’t understand the word “walk” but since I’ve been with her she’s started to clue in. And when I say clue in, she really knows and flails her limbs like she’s falling from the sky. When you take her to poop, she gets a treat after every poop she does –  I wish I got treats after I pooped… When she’s in IMG_20170611_135649the backyard she likes to huddle under the bush beside the back deck. The first day we were there I left a pair of my socks on one of the chairs on the back deck. I went inside while she was cooling down in the dirt and when I returned outside she had taken my socks and buried them in the garden…. She didn’t do a very good job of hiding them, but her intentions made me laugh really hard! Thelma also thoroughly enjoys to hang out in the basements laundry room. Down there is where my co-worker’s boyfriend’s guitar is and there’s a groovy red carpet down there she seems to enjoy sleeping on.

Fergal

IMG_20170612_194240He’s the king of the cats in the neighbourhood [so Anna, the neighbour, tells me]. He is an outdoor tabby that loves to hang around the streets and cause a ruckus with his buddies. He’s not home very often but when he is he is either a) lounging on the front step in the sun b) has forgotten where his cat window is and his howling to be let in c) is inside and announcing every move he makes and d) forgets where his food dishes are so you have to show him. Every evening around 9:30 pm this chatterbox is waiting at the front door waiting to be let in, just to prance around the house for a short period of time and then heads out of his cat window to explore the night.

Overall my experience has been wonderful. I cooked for myself an actual meal – on my own may I add – which I’ve never really done before unless it was pre-made and just needed heating up. The best part was getting to know my boyfriend a little bit more than I already did. You really learn about people when you live with them. We worked out some concerns we had, which was nice. It’s really prepared us for what it’s going to be like when we finally move in together.

I’m sad to say goodbye to my furry friends, but I’m sure this won’t be the last I see of the darlings!

 

Until next week,

Meghan C