I’ve discovered that blogging is a lot like working out. You go crazy at for a few weeks, even months, pouring everything you’ve got into it and then, boom, you work late one night, or decide to you go out for drinks or take a break and somehow fall off the cart.
It’s all about momentum. And discipline.And planning.
Note to self: schedule in time to keep ‘er (the blog) going.
I’ve discovered so many things about myself since moving abroad, abroad. I say “abroad, abroad” because even though I moved to NYC for a few years, home was just a hop, skip and a plane ride away. So whenever I was feeling lonely or needed a little family lovin’, I could easily get it. And trust me, I did.
Here in Germany I’ve really had to rely on inner strength and character to get me through the “I miss my friends and family moments”.
Hoping on a plane to get back to NYC or Toronto isn’t an every month opportunity, so my friends and family fixes are less frequent. I’ve had to rely a lot more on Skyping or talking on the phone (which, for the record, I hate).
The new challenge has been positive though. I’ve refocused my thoughts and energies and realized along the way that there are so many things I’m no longer willing to tolerate in my life – friends that don’t put in the effort to say in touch being one of them.
I’ve also discovered there are many new things I am willing to tolerate.
Guess that’s the beauty of discovering a whole new country. You get to discover a new side of yourself while you’re at it.
Last night, Matthew McConaughey won the Oscar for Best Actor for his role in Dallas Buyers Club and I think his acceptance speech was one of the highlights of the night.
People have criticized his “scripted’ approach, but as one of my friends said today, I’d rather listen to something well-thought out, than a bunch of rambling and hard-to-follow jumbled thank-you’s.
Mostly, I was touched by the three things he said he needs every day: something to look up to, something to look forward to and someone to chase.
It’s inspired me to try to evaluate things through this lens as well. What an interesting approach. One that leads to gratitude (something I’m big on). And keeps you going.
Alright, alright, alright. Let’s try this, shall we.
It’s been w while since I’ve written. Over a month. Which usually only happens during the Christmas holidays. So what’s my excuse this time? Well, I’ve been settling into a new job, a new routine, a new travel schedule.
I made the move to BBDO Germany in early January and it’s been go, go, go ever since (minus a week spent in the hospital where a bad bout of tonsillitis took me down for the count). Despite all the anxiety I felt leading up to this move, I’m so happy I took the chance.
As someone who’s an over thinker and an over analyzer and an over “pros/cons” list-writer, I’ve learned that sometimes you just gotta grab adventure by the balls (sorry grandma), and go for it. Sometimes, the best things for you are where you least expect them. And that the more risk you take, the more times you step outside your comfort zone, the bigger that zone gets. And that’s an awesome feeling.
My new year’s resolution was to live more in the present. Sure, I’ve still got my goals and dreams and visit that list often. But I make a much better effort to live in and enjoy the moment. After all, it took a lot of hard work and determination to get here.
(And for someone who’s pretty Type-Am I’m doing a pretty decent job of ‘going with the flow’ - if I do say so myself).
Growing up, I was quite the tomboy. I lived for sports, hated makeup and loved puzzles, my calligraphy set, my Big Wheels (remember those?) and, most importantly, LEGO. It was the one gift I could count on my parents to “surprise me with”, no matter the occasion.
It delights me to see LEGO still has the love. I think it’s a wonderful toy for children (or anyone for that matter) as it encourages my two favourite (they go hand in hand really) things: creativity and imagination.
In case you haven’t heard, the LEGO movie is out in North American theatres right now, and I stumbled upon this clever little TV stunt out of the UK today. http://www.adweek.com/adfreak/entire-ad-break-made-lego-delightful-stunt-toy-companys-movie-155617
Enjoy! May the love of creation and imagination always be with you.
p.s next time you’re in NYC, stop by the Lego Store, it’s an hour of fun, guaranteed. http://stores.lego.com/en-us/stores/us/rockefeller-center
That’s all I have to say about my current opportunity.
I’m so blessed to be able to experience European lifestyle in a great country, travel weekly and work at one of the best agencies on one of the biggest global brands there is. Not to mention challenge myself daily and meet super cool, smart people along the way.
I work hard, damn hard. But I also take time to express gratitude every single day, And I believe (corny as it may sound) that the Universe gives you back as much as you put in.
Sorry Jack Johnson, in the real world there’s no such thing as hoping, waiting, wishing. Just working, accomplishing and appreciating.
Am I right?
So, here it is.
Today marks the official day of a new adventure.
Time to step out the comfort zone (which I’ve done many time before) and embark on an experience that will open me up to new people, places, opportunities and memories.
I always make sure to express my gratitude for the amazing opportunities I’ve been blessed with. Sure, I’ve worked really hard for them, but that doesn’t mean a moment of thanks need not happen.
My plan for the next while: work my butt off, do some really cool work, enjoy and travel Europe, and relish in the awesomeness that is my life.
To all my friends and family: I love you to pieces and I’ll see you soon.
Another friend of mine just made the move to Calgary (where I was born) and a friend of hers left the best advice I’ve read in a long time: “enjoy the experience. Breathe it all in, love it all out.”
And that’s exactly what I plan to do. I hope 2014 is full of adventures that encourage you all to do the same.
p.s. and yes, I plan to root for Deutschland in the 2014 World Cup ;-)
On the heels of my last post “The Fam Jam”, and my rocking NYC weekend, I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge the family I’ve been lucky enough to make for myself. That’s right, we all get two families: the one we’re born into, and the one we joyously get to pick for ourselves.
I’ve been blessed with a wonderful family on both sides of the coin.
To my friends, near and far, you’re the family I’ve chosen for myself. And let the record show, you’re some of the best decisions I’ve made in my life.
As the holidays approach, I ramp up for family time. I just love spending time with the big, mix-matched group of goofs. Our get togethers are kind of like those mornings you reach into your sock drawer, only to find one of each. Once you realize there’s nothing you can do about it, you appreciate the special beauty in the discovery.
Since I’m off to Germany for a new job in the new year, I especially plan to enjoy my time with the extended crew this year (even though I’ll be home to visit often).
Over the years I’ve take great pride in bringing home (select few) boyfriends, inviting many a friends ‘round for bbq’s and generally making others jealous by the awesomeness that is my liberal, loud, loveable family. *Tip: we’re best served alongside something on the rocks.*
My Christmas (and generally year-round motto): Family first. It’s a wonderful “must” my father and late mother instilled in my sister and I.
And for that little tidbit, I’m ever so grateful.
Merry Christmas, all! x
I’ve been opinionated my whole life, right Dad?
But today, missopinion8td (the Tumblr) turned 4.
Thanks, ya’ll. The love, support and following means so much to me.
I tell you what, you keep tuning in and I’ll keep on with the opinions, deal?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for technology advancements. Bring on the texting and the emailing and the social media connections and all (actually, I can do without the Google glasses, to be honest). But at the end of the day, absolutely nothing beats a hand-written note or card.
Whether to mark a momentous moment, or those times of the year you just want to say “hey”, I still (and will continue to) send them to my family and friends around the world.
I even keep the special ones sent to me in return (I may or may not have one of those old shoe boxes in my closet stuffed full of awesomeness). It could be a simple ‘hello, I’m thinking of you’, a ‘cheers on your special day’, or an ‘I <3 you’ message, they’re all near and dear to me.
Keep the emails coming. But keep the personal, intimate, tangible messages? Definitely keep those coming, too. You can bet I’ll be sure to do the same.
Why is it that so many of us are constantly seeking it?
The truth is you don’t have to channel it or wish it. It’s all around you.
Just open your eyes, your mind and your heart, and you’ll be amazed.
It’s November, people. November! Wow, where did the time go? I can’t believe it’s already November. (wait, I said that already).
Truth be told, the older I get the faster time seems to fly by. I know I’m not the only one who feels this way. And it’s scary, isn’t it? But it’s also why just a few months ago, on New Year’s Day, I vowed to make the most of every day; to be the best I can be, to do whatever makes me happy, to live and love with positivity, conviction, and of course, a bit of spontaneity.
Each day is a new day; a chance to start fresh. Life is awesome, I sure am lucky. And that’s something to celebrate.
Here’s a fabulously inspiring article to help you start November off right: http://www.marcandangel.com/2012/08/20/10-things-you-must-give-up-to-move-forward/