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New Year, New Motivation

Spend less, save more. Eat better, drink less. Be nicer, stop worrying.

Resolution-speak is in full force this time of year, and soon you may find yourself falling victim to the cliché of grandiose claims that won’t make it to Martin Luther King Day.

I’ll have to admit in years past I haven’t given much thought to New Year’s Resolutions, or at least I haven’t made any that I had full intentions of sticking to. But I do think the idea of sitting down with yourself for a moment to be serious about how you can live your best life (al la Oprah) for the next 12 months is a pretty good idea.

2010 was a year full of ups and downs for me both professionally and personally, but I’m ready to dispose of my negativity and scepticism and keep the fresh momentum going. I am ready to get out there; I have people to meet, jobs to apply for, stories to write and more to learn.

After what has been the biggest decade of my life milestone-wise, (three graduations, living on my own, adventures abroad and invaluable experiences as an intern) I’m excited to see what the next few years have in store.

So with the shiny clean slate of the New Year just around the corner I propose we resolve to make a personal vision of how we’d like to see ourselves in the next year. Mine includes lots of writing, lots of good food and fun, and working with smart and creative people who have a lot of wisdom to pass my way. Whatever yours looks like, keep it attainable, keep it real, keep it going every day.

Wether your goals for 2011 includes seeing your name printed on a masthead or not, I wish you a wonderful start to the New Year! I look forward to bringing you new stories and experiences in the coming weeks.

Cheers!

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(Not) Back to School

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.

For every student, the start of September means the end of the lazy, carefree days of summer and the beginning of another school year. Time to drop the sunglasses and pick up the books!

Since I was four years old it has meant it was time to put away the bicycle and  Canada’s Wonderland season pass and get out the Barbie lunchbox and Gap jean jacket and head back to school to find out who would be my teacher for the year and which of my friends would be in my class.

As a university student, the long weekend would be the time I spent packing up my life at home and heading back to my life in London, Ontario. I would be putting the final touches on my class schedule, trying to get as many days off as possible and making sure my friends and I took the same courses. Now it’s Labour Day long weekend once again, but strange enough I find myself without a back to school shopping list, without a room full of luggages and boxes to pack up and most importantly without the eager excitement for a brand new school year.

 

I wanna go back

 

Although I’ve been done with school and living back home with my family since May, it really has not completely sunk in. In my mind, I was just on summer vacation awaiting another September when I would return to the student life I’ve loved living so much. But now I have arrived at the crucial time of year where the whole world is screaming, “BACK TO SCHOOL BACK TO SCHOOL” but just not at me. I no longer need to be looking at those flyers from Business Depot and Home Outfitters about deals on binders or dorm room necessities, and I no longer need to say goodbye to my friends and family at home before I head off to school for another year.

 

About 80% true.

 

So this is what it’s like when you’re no longer a student. September is just another month and there really isn’t much to look forward to until Christmas. No more Frosh week, no more back to school parties, no more excuses to buy cool notebooks and a cute little lunch bag. I’ve been trying to come to terms with my new reality but it will be hard.

Luckily some things this month with make my “no more back to school” blues less depressing. I’ve got some writing projects in the works, I’ll be leaving for New York soon to have my own little adventure in the city and the week later I’ll be starting my new internship. Not too shabby of a pick-me-up I must say.

I know I’m not the only one going through back to school withdrawals so if you can relate or have some words of encouragement I’d love to hear them.

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