To get us started, I thought I would list 10 things about myself. This will help give you an idea of who I am and what my future blog posts might be about.
I hope they interest you, and hey, maybe we even have something in common!
1 - I was born and raised in Grande Prairie.
Grande Prairie is a small town in northern Alberta, in Canada. It offers both agriculture and oil and gas economic opportunities - it is often described as a bit of a redneck town. Here, there are a lot of guys, pickup trucks, and liquor stores (makes for good stories, right?!)
I didn't always live here though - I moved to Calgary (a bigger city in southern AB) to go to college. I lived there for about 7 years and moved back to GP just over 2 years ago.
It's been quite the whirlwind of life changes and identity crisis’ ever since - but more about that later!
2- I enjoy running and yoga
I've completed a few 10km races and a half marathon. I don't know if that makes me a "runner" per se, but I enjoy doing it. It keeps me feeling healthy and happy.
I am also a 200-hr certified yoga teacher trainer and teach about two-three classes a week. On top of working full-time in a Public Relations career, I try to practice yoga as much as I can. I love the practice and it's changed who I am as a person, for the better.
One of my best friends and I at my first 10k race.
3 – I love New York!
I haven’t spent a lot of time there (not enough, anyway!) but I just love it. The minute I arrived I had this surge of energy and inspiration. I finally understand what all the hype is about.
Not with envy, but with environmental consciousness. This doesn’t mean that I am eco-crazy and walk everywhere in -40 degree weather just to save the earth from my 10 minute commute of fuel pollution, but I am aware of the impact our everyday lives have on this planet. I put in the effort to use reusable bags, take my clothes to Goodwill stores, shop at them when I can etc. I also love making my own home green-cleaning and beauty products.
5 – I am aware of the food that I put in my body and the impact that it can have on my health.
Does that mean I only eat kale and sprouts from my local farmers market? No. In fact, I love McDonalds (can I get a two cheeseburger meal please?), Dairy Queen (have you tried their DQ Blizzard Cupcakes? To die for!), and SmartFood White Chedder popcorn (drool). Hence why I have to put in the extra effort to finding new, yummy, simple healthy foods that are realistic for my lifestyle and my budget. And you know what? After my next half marathon, I’m might just treat myself to a two cheeseburger meal.
6 – I love to love.
Friends, family, co-workers, animals - I love to love them. I can't help it. There is something so beautiful and timeless about having great people in your life to share it with. It makes my life worth living.
7- I am a new home owner.
Yay! I feel so proud and grown up. I bought my very first home about four months ago and since then, I have been seriously addicted to Pinterest, searching for home decorating ideas, and shopping on Esty, making my ideas come to life. I’ll tell you more about some of my home projects later!
My first home.
8 – I consider myself a feminist.
I find that a lot of people (both men and women) are embarrassed to use that word. I’m trying to embrace it. I believe in empowering women no matter what path they choose to take in life, and am very proud of how far we’ve came in the equal rights movement.
9 – I am a Public Relations professional.
Remember when I said that I moved to Calgary to go to college? I graduate with an Applied Bachelors Degree in Communications, with a major in Public Relations and a minor in French, from Mount Royal University. Being the feminist that I am, I am proud of putting myself through school and having a career. My mamma always told me to make sure I am financially independent before settling down with a man. You can’t count on someone else to take care of you!
10 – I’m both nervous and excited about blogging.
I’m counting on your feedback and reviews to help make this better for everyone.
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