girl behind the blog

Hello friends! Today I’m posting about the “girl behind the blog” which is a little different than my typical long-winded inspiration posts. I was tagged by my blogging pal The Fancy Sister (who is an absolute ray of sunshine and you should show her some love!) to share 10 Facts About Me which is awesome because the internet has been pretty serious lately if you pick up what I’m putting down…

In an effort to share more about myself with you (my cyber besties!) I hope to open up the door to more conversations and make this world a little lighter and friendlier. It sure doesn’t hurt to try! Feel free to jump on the train and join the #BloggersGetSocial conversation. Tag me (@femmesociety) on Instagram with the #BloggersGetSocial hashtag so I can say hello. Now, let’s get to it!

All about the girl behind the blog:

1. I love dogs. If you know me personally, you’ll know that I’m slightly dog obsessed. If I see a dog in public I will likely squeal with excitement like a 5-year-old and depending on how friendly the owner looks, I’ll ask if I can pet their pup. Alex and I will eventually get a pup when we have a bigger place but until then, petting stranger’s dogs will have to suffice.

2. I’m an only child. And yes, I love it. 

3. I HATE the gym. There’s a .0000001% chance you will ever see me working out in a gym. The environment just isn’t for me. Zumba or yoga classes however, are totally my jam.

4. I’ve never been anywhere tropical. Aside from visiting Florida in January 2013 for a conference, I’ve never been to Mexico, Hawaii, Cuba or anywhere tropical for a vacation. I can’t be the only one, can I? Alex and I have been dreaming to go to Hawaii one day soon so if you have any Hawaii suggestions, I’m all ears!

5. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve watched Gilmore Girls. I’ve watched the series with so many of my friends growing up and probably 15 times over since it’s been on Netflix. Okay, may not 15 times but you get it. And no, I HAVEN’T seen the revival yet because I want to finish rewatching season 7 before I’m ready. Ps. Paris Geller is my spirit animal.

6. I was a cheerleader in university. Having a life-long dance background, I thought it would be fun to join the TRU Wolfpack Cheerleaders in my first year of university. I had NEVER cheered before but I ended up loving it and definitely miss it sometimes! Here’s my roster photo as proof.

7. I love fly fishing. My family is big into fishing and camping so I learned how to fish at a young age. Every year I go on a fishing trip with my dad and step-mom and it’s always a competition between the three of us who can get the most fish.

8. I have six tattoos. Each of them mean something different to me and remind me of who I am. I love the way tattoos can tell your story and will probably get a few more in the future. 

9. I’ve been to Harvard. Being Canadian, the idea of American Ivy League schools is rather fascinating, at least to me. During a trip to Boston, the group I was with made it our mission to visit Harvard and for the record… it’s amazing. I totally had an Elle Woods meets pre-Yale Rory Gilmore moment. The buildings and history were incredible. I never wanted to leave!

10. I’m AWFUL at cooking. Ask any of my friends or old roommates what I’m not good at and they’ll definitely say cooking. In my first year of university, I almost burnt down my residence building trying to cook chicken breast for a stir fry. Luckily with the help of my crock pot and Alex as a kitchen supervisor, I’ve had less disasters and more yummy meals.

 

There you have it! Now it’s your turn – share 10 random facts about yourself and start a social conversation! Don’t forget to use the tag #BloggersGetSocial. 

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nasty women unite

 

Hello friends, I hope you’re all having wonderfully lazy Sunday! I know I am. My head is full of thoughts that I want to share with you today so fill that cup of coffee and get cozy!

Sunday thoughts / femmesociety.ca

 

First of all, I am so insanely proud of all the men and women who stood tall and participated in the #WomensMarch around the world yesterday. My Facebook feed was FULL of photos about the march. I literally spent hours just scrolling reading some of the most powerful signs and hearing speeches that nearly brought me to tears. Some of the most powerful were Buzzfeed’s Best Signs From Women’s Marches Across America, The New York Times’ Pictures from Women’s Marches on Every Continent, and of course America Ferrera’s Speech. My love goes out to the MILLIONS of people who marched for equality, dignity, and a future of non-complacency. We are all Nasty Women.

sunday thoughts / femmesociety.ca

Second of all, I had a lesson in confidence and self-worth last week as I found the strength to quit my corporate job in exchange for an opportunity I’ve been wanting for years. In short, I’ll be starting my new job at the end of the month at a university planning events for prospective students. For the past seven months or so, I had been feeling really down about my abilities in my line of work and how I was ever going to make a difference doing what I love. Thankfully my boyfriend Alex supported me like no other and really pushed me to believe in myself. Applying for this job was one of the first times that I took pride in my skills as an event planner and now I’m going to start a job that I only dreamed of having. The whole experience was perfect timing with the Women’s March because it reminded me that we should never should never doubt ourselves nor our capabilities in the professional world or any world for that matter. Anything is possible, you just have to believe in yourself.

 

And lastly, next week Alex and I are taking on a complete bedroom makeover starting with a king bed! After that we’re looking for matching side tables, lamps, full length mirror, and some pretty art for the walls. It’s going to be fun doing this project together but we’re both stuck on designs and haven’t found anything we like in the stores in our city. Friends… I really need your help! I would love to hear any bedroom decor ideas, inspiration, or links to your favourite home sites. I’m on Pinterest so feel free to spam me EVERYTHING!

 

Sending you love and encouragement for a great week. Dont’t forget to follow along on Instagram for daily inspiration! xoxo

 

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3 tips for goal setting

3 tips for goal setting / femmesociety.ca

 

“A year from now, you will wish you had started today.” Karen Lamb


Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a lovely holiday and are having a great start to your new year! Although the weather can be a bit dreary this time of year, January is the month of fresh starts and clean slates. It’s the time of year where your mind is racing with new ideas, goals, and adventures. It’s the time for making “new year, new me” resolutions because why the heck not?! But if all these resolutions and goals and ideas have your head spinning, do not fret. Let’s simplify things. Here are 3 tips for goal setting in 2017:

 

Get organized and buy yourself a good planner. You won’t regret it.

Having a good planner is a complete game changer when it comes to goal setting. I like writing down my goals in a different colour than the rest so they stand out and are easy to read. Writing your goals down in a planner keeps you more accountable for the things you want to achieve and you’re more committed as opposed to using a sticky note. I swear by the Simplified Planner by Emily Ley because of it’s simplified design and functionality. I’m also a fan of Rifle Paper Co., Day Designer, and of course Kate Spade New York.

 

Break down those big, scary goals into smaller, baby goals.

So you have a list of goals you want to achieve in the next year, but where the hell do you start? The best way is to break your goals down into smaller, simpler goals. Smaller goals are less intimidating for us to accomplish which helps boost our self-esteem and helps get us closer to the end goal. For example: if your goal is to start a blog, give yourself a list of smaller goals such as finding a niche, picking a name, choosing a platform and hosting package, brainstorming topics, researching your audience, talking to a friend for feedback, watching webinars, creating a marketing strategy, etc. All of these things are smaller goals that contribute in a big way to your ultimate goal.

 

Reach out to like-minded people and communities for support.

Some of my hardest goals were made possible simply because I reached out for support. Not to mention, Facebook is exploding with groups that you can join full to the brim of likeminded people. Whether you’re looking for cross-fitters, bloggers, knitters, business experts or photographers, you will more than likely be able to find a support group on Facebook. It’s really helpful to have a community that you can interact with, ask for feedback, and push yourself towards bigger things. Some of my favourite creative groups are Melyssa Griffin’s Blog + Biz BFF’s, Wholehearted Woman, and Allison Marshall’s Creative Superheroes.

 

You’re now equipped with 3 tips to help with goal crushing in 2017 and I have all the trust that you will absolutely kill it. Comment below and tell me what some of your biggest goals are for the new year, I’d love to hear them!

 

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