How to Buy a Fall Coat

Pick a maximum of 3 non-negotiable criterion for your coat. I chose 1) either red or blue, but preferably red, 2) Can’t have that buttons to the side style because my old coat was like that and I’m bored with that look and 3) under $100 but if I really love it, then a stretch budget of $150.

Everything else was up in the air. If the coat wasn’t red or blue, I didn’t look at it, if it was the same style as my old coat, I didn’t look at it, and if it was over $150 – I didn’t look at it (okay, so I did accidentally try on a $325 coat and fell in love with it and then it broke my heart because I didn’t want to break my rule and buy it, but it taught me my lesson and I looked at the price tag before trying others on). Continue reading

Getting Stronger – Weightlifting is my Favourite

I was introduced to resistance/strength training in grade 9 by the fantastic Mrs. Haswell at The Woodlands School. We used free weights but a lot of our strength training revolved around machines. I distinctly remember hating the pec deck but also wanting to use it as much as possible because I hated how weak it made me feel. I don’t remember how much stronger I got because we didn’t really measure, it was just a general introduction. But I felt comfortable with the machines and felt very cool doing bicep curls with the dumbbells. :D

After that, strength training didn’t really factor into my life. I gravitate towards dance and general have-active-fun type of activities. In Alberta, high school doesn’t start until grade 10, so in grade 12, we discovered I couldn’t graduate because I didn’t have the one physical education class, it was arranged that I would take it in summer school after grade 12, and so I did graduate. I’ve loved gym class ever since I can remember. Now I was in summer school gym, which meant that the whole day was basically a day of lots of fun. We biked, played basketball, soccer, tennis, went camping for a few days, and did all sorts of fun stuff. It was a blast. We also went to the local YMCA for some strength training here and there.

There I learned how to figure out how much weight you should be lifting in the machines, what training to failure meant (and the pros and cons of such training), and discovered that I don’t really like the treadmill (the elliptical is just more interesting). During university, I think I set foot in the university gym all of once. Or maybe twice. (The University of Alberta gym at the time royally sucked. I’ve since heard it has undergone renovations and is pretty great now!)

After my surgery and the weird side effects of weight gain plus a bunch of weight gain that was my own emotional-eating doing, I started to pay more attention to my health. Some of it had to do with the fact that I would like to fit into my own clothes again and some of it had to do with the medical stuff I underwent. I just couldn’t take my health for granted anymore. Continue reading

Ishqr and God and Love

rumi quote on love

Back in January, an email from Ishqr dropped in my inbox. I’d read some of the posts they sponsored on different Muslim sites, so the name was familiar. Essentially, they are a Muslim dating website. You don’t see people’s real names, ever, unless they tell you themselves, and you can only see each other’s picture if there is a mutual expression of interest.

All of that appeals to me. I like the idea of evaluating someone on the basis of their personality and how they present themselves before deciding on the physical attraction part. It’s not denying that looks and sexual attraction are important; it’s saying that before being blinded by physical attraction (as many do become, come on, admit it), you should see if you are attracted to the rest of that person. Continue reading

WIN at 2015

Last post in my Annual Review series (check out the first post here and the second post here) ! I also turned 22 today on the last day of 2014. :) As usual, I’ve been thinking about what my one little word for 2015 will be since..October. And ended up deciding at the stroke of midnight today. I say my word to myself when I’m in tough situations. It’s my mantra, my motivator, the spinach to my Popeye. I thought a lot about what word I wanted. And each one just seemed timid.

I’m DONE being timid. I’m done being cautious about saying what I want to achieve just in case I don’t achieve it. SCREW back up plans. So I’m putting it out there. Continue reading

Annual Review: Envisioning 2015

Welcome to the second post in the 2014 Annual Review series (you can find the first post here). I’m going to be honest, this series, though I’m sure entertaining for some of you, is primarily written for me. I’m finding this blog is the best journal I’ve got, so this is going to be personal.

Setting goals is my favourite part of the annual review process, and I’m excited to share it publicly for the first time. I have been thinking a lot about how I wanted to approach goal-setting this time. I wanted to be ambitious but also realistic. I’m not interested (this year) in setting goals as just a point to look at and actually just aim for progress. I want to set goals and achieve them. I want to sit down for my Annual Review at the end of 2015 and tick these goals off.

So how could I set goals that were meaningful and keep me motivated throughout the year? I bought Danielle LaPorte’s The Desire Map when it first came out, I was even an affiliate for it, however, I hadn’t seriously applied the ideas to my life. Continue reading