Friday, 30 December 2011

This Year In Review

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This Christmas, as I set out to do, I wrote a few people letters, physical and virtual of varying lengths. They didn't all get to the people yet, but they will. Most of the letters contain thanks for things they've done for me or that I've learned from them. Not only was it really nice to get to thank people who've inspired me over the past year, but it was great to look back over the last little while and see the changes that have taken place in my life. See how relationships, talents, goals, actions have grown.
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Still, I think it can be difficult not to feel a little underaccomplished at times. The dawn of the new year is a marker that can easily make a person think of where they should be, where they're not, and reach frantically towards many goals at once. I think that reaching beyond ourselves definitely has a place, but first we have to give ourselves credit. As I begin this series on setting and achieving goals, I think the first step should be looking at what we've done.

Sunday, 25 December 2011

Recommendation: Don't Get So Much Stuff

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Stop and think before you buy. 

Here, in Canada, it's Boxing Day and it can be challenging to hold back when suddenly everything seems a lot more affordable. The  trouble is those deals definitely have a price. There's the financial punch, the regret of those final sale purchases, and my personal challenges:clutter. 


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This Boxing Day, why not think about ways to avoid getting so much stuff. Here are some good points.

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Share the work

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Delegate is a word generally associated with bosses and meetings and work life in general, but it can really do a world of good on the personal side as well.  Not only can it help to cut down on a stressful work-load, but on the aggravation of dealing with people who don't read minds.

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Rethinking Holiday Dinner

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I still remember the first Christmas when most of my family had become vegetarians. Suddenly my mother wasn't spending hours in the kitchen working on dinner. It may have been because she didn't have to prepare a turkey or because we had to figure out together what to make without the meat. Whatever, the reason, I remember that we actually got to spend some time together and have a yummy meal. I think there are a few lessons to be learned from that experience.


In my guest for ultimate awesomeness, I've compiled some helpful tips for making my holidays fun, cheap, eco-friendly, and less stressful. I've posted about gift-giving, and greeting cards, this third part is about the holiday meal.

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Part 3: Rethinking Holiday Dinner

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Rethinking Greeting Cards

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In my guest for ultimate awesomeness, I've compiled some helpful tips for making my holidays fun, cheap, eco-friendly, and less stressful. My first post was about gift-giving, this is the second part of the series.

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I think the point of the greeting card is to reconnect with each other and, in this time of little sunlight, make us feel a bit brighter. Still, I don't often send holiday cards. Actually, I haven't sent them since I moved out of my Mom's house. I'm not a scrooge, I just don't do it.

Now, I've gotten some really nice store-bought cards in my day, some that have really suited me and some that are written beautifully. But, since I recently read that the number of greeting cards trashed each year is some number far too large to be reasonable, I thought I'd think of some alternatives for this and other times of the year. These are some solutions I'll use for spreading the cheer, having fun, saving money, and paper.


Part 2: Rethinking Greeting Cards

Monday, 12 December 2011

Rethinking Gift-Giving

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Having heard the music in the malls and seen the decorations in the windows (since November 1st!), I know that the stores are trying to tell me Christmas is just around the corner. Even though the weather's warm for this time of year, I can see the date on my calendar. As a kid, it was a pretty exciting time, filled with crafts and food and gifts. As an adult, I know it can be pretty stressful and honestly, I tend to ignore it until it's staring me in the face. 

So, in my guest for ultimate awesomeness, I've compiled some helpful tips for making my holidays fun, cheap, eco-friendly, and less stressful. This is the first of three parts.

Part 1: Rethinking Gift-Giving

Friday, 9 December 2011

Eat More Fruits and Vegetables: Dessert and Sandwhiches

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Grocery Girl strikes again and spots some mushrooms, hummus, organic bananas,  frozen fruits, and fresh spinach at not too shabby prices. Since one of the goals I've put forward is to work on the nutrition for my vegetarian lifestyle, I figure I'd better try to get my 7-8 fruits and veggies everyday. I've got a few simple recipes for foods that'll taste good and help with that goal. 

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Bringing Health To Your Desk Job

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Happy Wednesday! If you're like me you're thinking it's halfway to the weekend, glorious weekend.

I work a full time desk job and, while it's good for the rent and I'm grateful for the work, I know it can definitely take a toll on my health. I can sometimes feel like I need to work hard to fight the effects of a sedentary lifestyle and that creating balance can be a definite challenge. 
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I certainly notice the difference between a full-time sit-down gig and one that requires a bit more activity. So, In my continuing quest for absolute health (and awesomeness), these are a few simple things I've found I can do at work to help me feel a bit better and combat the effects of a computer gig. 

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Eat More Vegetables! Sweet Potato Curry

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In my alternate role as Grocery Girl, today I spotted some sweet potatoes priced pretty decently for this time of year. Since one of the goals I've put forward is to work on the nutrition for my vegetarian lifestyle, I figure I'd better try to get my 7-8 fruits and veggies everyday.

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Sweet potatoes are pretty great. They're yummy, they're orange, and they contain a good amount of antioxidants, beta-carotene and vitamin A. Definitely not too shabby. I generally cut em up and freeze them for later when there's a good deal. You can cook em like a regular potato, and, if they're frozen, you can still boil them, make fries, soup, or my favourite- make a curry.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Setting and Achieving Goals: Part 1- Take Stock of The Situation

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You can't work towards a goal if you don't know what it is.

Sounds obvious, but it's often more difficult than not to really be clear about what we want. In keeping with my quest for absolute awesomeness, every once in a while I like to reassess; try to think how to go in a straight line upwards or, at least, in an upward spiral. Here's the deal.

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