Gratitude Challenge

Myself Plus 3. Family

Challenge number 3 is Family. The ones who will always be there through thick and thin!

I’m going to start with my brother, Trent. He’s not very outspoken, he hates being wrong, he’s hard headed but kind hearted. He always means well.
Trent is overall someone who is very dedicated and always looking forward to growing. 12991084_10154046933350320_1336066503490066621_n.jpgWhat makes him special to me? Well… All my life I was his player 2. In Super Mario World, Mario Kart, Kirby, fighting games and even during hide-and-seek we always allied. We definitely grew up with some hardships, but we overcame them when I was 15 and he was 17. We had a lot in common when it came to schooling. In high school we both studied the arts; we both were in musical theatre and drama. It was something we strived in.
Now in our early adulthood, we bond over beer and fun adventures. He’s married now too which is great. His wife is lovely; very happy to call her my sister-in-law.

Next up is my mama! And I like to embrace that I am exactly like her. Strong, independent, easily irritated, easy to get along with and trustworthy [even though we shouldn’t be]. I’ll be the first to admit, she has an extremely bad temper. When things do 11032419_10153396445590320_2498092379650652602_o.jpgnot go her way you better steer clear of her path or she is taking you down…
Despite her bad temper, she also is extremely organised and well put together. She knows what she’s going to do and how she’s going to do it before she’s even asked.
I think something funny is, a while ago I used to hate being told I was like my mom… I wanted to be a different human being, not a clone or a copy of my mother. When people told me I was like my mother it was always because of a stubborn comment I would make, or a remark my mother would say. I always thought that comment was a negative thing, but now when I get told that my comment back is “and is it a bad thing?” just like my mother. She taught me how to hold up walls and not let anyone knock them down. She taught me how to deal with girls who pick on you and how to deal with situations in my field of work… She’s just a wise women with years of knowledge. The perfect woman encyclopaedia if you will.
My mom kind of reminds me of a cat… Loves to lounge around in the sun, but is really fast when she has to be. She always helped me with school projects, always kept my room tidy, always made sure I followed the house rules [although I did not always comply] but out of anyone in my family, I think she was the most understanding. I look back now and my dad would melt into a puddle at the palm of my hands [I am a princess, you know] but she was always the one to yell and make a point. Although a lot of the time I used to think she didn’t understand… Looking back and analysing now, I think she was the only one who did but just wanted what was in my best interest. And that is what I most appreciate as an early adult.

Lastly, Poppa Chips.
Picture this, you’re strolling down the road and you see a traffic officer. He has a bit of a belly, coffee in the left hand, doughnut in the right, a couple crumbs on his mustache and a pair of sunglasses on… Typical traffic cop look. Yeah, that’s probably my father.
He’s the man who dropped me off at school in the mornings and watched me climb out of his car crying and watching him drive away. He’s the man I was excited to see when I finished school. He was the one who helped me with my spelling tests and any homework I couldn’t figure out. He’s the one who always bought me a small gift when we went on our Wal-Mart expeditions. He was the one who coached my 6th-grade soccer team and so much more… I could go for days about him, but he was always extremely proud of me and was always there to hold my hand when I needed it. 11953217_10152954428086012_1411631912791080077_n
If there’s something I miss about my dad it would be going out shopping with him each night. Monday, Wednesday and Friday’s are his days off from his second job and we used to go to the mall, Wal-Mart, discount stores or just about anywhere I wanted to. And the reasoning was just to spend some time and walk off our dinner haha.
My father is where I get my humble side from. He’s open to listening to what anyone has to say, he’s the first to offer a helping hand, he always wants to do what’s right and help anyone out that needs it.
One thing I like to tell my boyfriend is that he reminds me a lot of my father [okay, I know right now you’re cringing, but keep reading…] My father treats my mother like a queen. Though they may bicker from time-to-time, my father goes above and beyond for my mother. She wants a hot tub? He gets her a hot tub. She wants steaks for dinner? He gets her steaks… He also does this thing where he likes to surprise her with gifts, take her for dinners and really treat her like royalty. He is so genuine, kind and gentle towards her and that’s what my boyfriend is like with me. People say when you look for your partner in life, you look for someone similar to your parents [of course this isn’t everyone’s case] but in mine, this statement stands true!

I love my family, I hold them near and dear to my heart… Glad this was in the challenge… I’ve never written about my family like this before!

Until next week,

Meghan C

Gratitude Challenge

Coffee for 2. Significant Other

Welcome back – here is where you’ll read all about my boyfriend. It’s for the challenge, I swear… But I will never get tired of boasting about my boyfriend. By the way… We celebrated our one year on April 28. Go us!

Here’s how we met!
Friends of friends in all honesty. In high school, he hung out with a lot of the guys I went to school with [I think it’s insane we hadn’t crossed paths sooner.] So all through high school I knew who he was and he admitted he knew of me too, but still, nothing. Time flew by and I dated my fair share of weeds until one day last spring I was scrolling through Tinder without any confidence, getting Carpel Tunnel from the same repetitive movement and then I saw Frankie… I had seen him back in December and never really fulfilled anything because I was sort of involved with someone else, but this second time finding him really stuck with me. Snapchat-1277875374.jpg

During the second time, something really stood out to me about him, I still can’t pinpoint what it was. He was smooth, interesting and insanely cute so we arranged to meet up for the first time. So here’s the start to our first date – I was getting ready to go to a Paint Night with my girlfriends, and this particular Saturday my Frankie was free too, but earlier in the afternoon before I had to go to Paint Night.  Frankie met me at Tim Hortons [but first I got a coffee, OBVIOUSLY] and we went down to the Scarborough Bluffs. For those of you who don’t know what that is – it’s a huge beach/park in Scarborough at the very bottom of the Scarborough cliffs. Darling place it is.

And ever since sitting in his car with my iced coffee, standing in the parking lot of the Bluffs with a cigarette between my fingers and just talking to him about everything [at this moment I was super close to cancelling with my girlfriends because spending just the two/three hours we had was honestly so fun!] and until this VERY SECOND we have never stopped talking [we probably never will]

In case you wanted to know:
He’s tall, cuddly and very intimidating.
He walks with this confidence in his step. Like he knows where he’s going [but probably doesn’t, like me.]
He speaks to me in this soft tone of voice that is so welcoming.
He’s never made me feel afraid of anything and has always made me feel comfortable.
He spoils me – beyond belief. With all you can eat sushi, flowers, love, cuddles, giggles, jokes, chocolate, kisses… So much, which makes me so lucky to have him.
He sacrifices for me [and no I don’t mean like sacrificing goats…] He gives up ‘guy time’ to be with me, he includes me in all his family activities and he even sticks up for me when the guys at his work try and poke fun about “the wife“.

 

I love him and chances are I’ll probably marry him!

Coming up next week is ‘Family’.
Stay tuned,
Meghan C

 

 

Coffee Blog

Keeping Organized

When I first started in my field my mind was scattered all the time… However, it did not help that I had a boss that was the same way. She relied on me to keep her organised, but when she jumped from project to project within one sentence it was really hard to keep track… Dealing with a manager like that really teaches you to slow down and keep an organized notebook/bullet journal.

Since then I’m basically a mess without my notebook, but I’ve also learned to keep a tight calendar. Every due date, meeting & reminder go in there (you can imagine how it looks…)

I came up with some tips on how to deal with these types of situations:

  • Analyse the situation
  • Make a step-by-step list and do each task slowly [This way you are less likely to make mistakes]
  • Ask questions or for help. If you’re stuck, never be afraid to double check with someone. Even if you have a difficult boss, you asking questions will show them you’re invested and dedicated to doing a good job.
  • Keep an organised ‘To-Do List’ or bullet notebook. Make it the way you want, add colours and spend time with it to make it work best for you
  • Take a break: Make a coffee or tea and put on some music before doing any project. Calm yourself down and start as soon as you’re ready
  • If you have to, go for a walk. Taking a minute on your own to clear your head will give you space to organize each step it will take to reach your goal
  • If you need to make a call: just do it. You’re the expert here and need information from them.
  • Have a backup plan if something goes wrong – or find a solution to fix the problem

 

Recently I had to cold call a bunch of events in my city for a program my work is doing. Finally, finishing an email that explained our program clearly was very uplifting – especially receiving an email from an event coordinator that seemed thrilled about the opportunity. I did most of the steps above and broke out of my fear of being told “no”.

I think being afraid really pushed me to a limit. I knew I had to fulfil a task, but that devil was sitting on my shoulder telling me I was going to fail… I flicked that little bugger off me and here I am; proud of myself for stepping out of my shell.

Just remember that these little things are just little. If you need a helping hand, please feel free to reach out; I’ll catch you every time 🙂

Until next time,

Meghan C

 

Gratitude Challenge

2017/2018 Blog Challenge – 52 Weeks of Gratitude

I really wanted to start a blog to better my writing skills… The hardest part so far is finding something to write about. I know later in the summer I’ll have some personal blogs I’ll be able to write that are work/vacation related which I’m really thrilled for but, until that… What do I do? A CHALLENGE OF COURSE.

Here are the rules… There’s really only one… post once a week for a whole year following these guidelines:

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And that being said, I just completed my first challenge before even reading the first tast!

Until next week —
Meghan C

Coffee Blog

Introduction Q&A

Sit back with a coffee, grab a donut and put on some relaxing music. I want this to be a place where you can relax and have conversations. A safe zone if you will, we all need a safe zone.

Before you decide I’m someone you’ll want to spill your guts out to, or relate to; read this quick q&a so you can get a small taste of who I am.

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  1. The meaning behind your blog name:
    I drink a lot of coffee. One first thing in the morning, one around lunch time and usually but not always; one in the evening. I want you to sit with your coffee in the morning and shuffle through the posts on my blog while you sip on that warm liquid that hugs your insides while you’re still groggy from your beauty sleep.
  2. Short term goals for this month:
    Now that this month is basically over, I’ll state my goals for May. A) Cut back on all the horrible but sweet food I have been eating. B) Get through the dance performances I need to do throughout May. C) Keep myself organized at work. I really need to improve on that end…
  3. Someone you see yourself marrying/spending the future together:
    This one is super easy. Francis. I will marry Francis. He is my boyfriend and we have been together for about a year… And it’s the best year I’ve ever had. He is the sweetest, kindest and most gentle fella I have ever met or been with. He treats me like the ultimate princess and is always there for me when I need someone to talk to. He works horrible hours in construction – but he tells me that comes with the job. Although he works these long hours, he gives me every second of time he has. Always makes room in his schedule to pencil me in even for 30 seconds for a hug and a kiss. He’s the most genuine and fun guy and he listens to the same music as me. He deserves a full blog post alone though… Soon to come 🙂
  4. Three books on your bookshelf:
    A) Ealeanor & Park – my favourite sappy novel… Though it’s not all that sappy haha
    B) Soppy – a comic book on things couples do (that I can definitely relate to)
    C) Go Ask Alice – a novel about a girl who accidently gets drugged at a party but likes it. Definitely a coming of age story with a horrible end.

 

That’s all I’ve got for now. I hope this has given you the slightest taste of who I am. Visit my contact page if you have any questions. I’d be more than thrilled to hear from you!

 

Best –

Meghan