Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Monthly Favourites- September 2015

I knew it was going to take a while for me to settle in and get to a routine. That being said, I completely could have written a couple posts ahead of time to make sure you all weren't left in the dust. But we're over it. Aaaaaand guess who got sick again while being in Leeds for ONE WEEK. This girl! Much like my situation in March, I also had another hospital visit. So a couple of these have to do with that. But here we go!

1. Neck Pillow


I'm one of those people who is out as soon as we're off. I had two flight to Leeds, and I slept the entire second flight. As soon as we were in the air, I was asleep, and I didn't wake up until the plane hit the ground. My dad, knowing this about me, decided to buy me a neck pillow because let's face it, sleeping upright takes a toll on your neck. Newsflash: life changer. I'm not kidding. I have never slept more comfortably on transportation.

2. Leeds

I love it here. I LOVE it here. It is so beautiful, and I can't believe I am lucky enough to be here for the next 8 months. The buildings are amazing. The sidewalks are amazing (although I need to start counting how many times a day I trip). The people are amazing. I took this picture during an early morning walk to the Post Office. I am trying not to look like a tourist while I'm here, so the pictures have been minimal so far. But oh well. I feel so at home here. It is incredible.

3. My Parents


I don't know where to start. My parents have been through so much this month. My sister and I both left for university. My sister is a couple hours away, and I'm across an ocean. I couldn't possibly understand how hard that is on them. On top of that, I get sick and have to go to the hospital ten days after I arrive. I had a breakdown at the hospital after a painful procedure that became less about the pain and more about the fact that I didn't have my parents with me. But they woke up at four in the morning and stayed in contact with me all day. I could not tell you how thankful I am for their support. I love them, I miss them, and I am so appreciative of the way they raised me.

4. Secret pH Balanced baby powder Deodorant


My hospital visit in Leeds ended up being my first overnight experience. I was ill prepared. My roommates are amazing and managed to bring me some of my stuff but it's so hard to remember everything you need. Like deodorant for the next day. But this stuff is so good that it managed to last into the next day . Grace Helbig on YouTube is a huge fan of deodorant and has some in all the places you could possibly put it like your car or purse . I really should have taken that hint a while ago. I know I have written about other Secret deodorant before, and I really am a huge fan of the brand. It works people.

5. Solid Food


So I'm dealing with acute tonsillitis. Which means there has not been a lot of room in my mouth to eat. It was horrible. I couldn't talk or swallow without a lot of pain. And now, I am so thankful for solid food. My roommates parents (the sweetest people ever) bought me these cheesy scones, and I had one with soup today. Also, cheese. Obviously. But here's a funny story: I keep forgetting that there still isn't a lot of room in my mouth. I keep taking normal sized bites and finding myself unable to swallow all of it because of these swollen tonsils.

So this month wasn't planned out well. I usually have my list going on a whiteboard in my room, but I'm not quite in Canada now am I? We'll see how this is going to work out in the next little while. I have a book review coming up for this Saturday, and I'm not too sure where to go from there. No worries, I will figure it out!

-Daniella

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Head vs. Heart

“But he gave me butterflies,” she whispered. And she was right; he did at one point. If it were up to her, they would be in the same position. He would be kissing her nose, and she would be running her hands through his hair. They would wake up groggy because they are not morning people. He would make her coffee even when he doesn’t drink it himself. She would laugh at his jokes knowing he just wanted to fill silence. In her mind, he was it. He would have loved her dad. He would have fallen in love with her passion.

The reality hits her once in a while; she wasn’t good enough. The butterflies that once inhabited her innards are gone, but they left a ring of dirt. With their absence went the memory. His voice no longer lingers. His exact words no longer wander and worm their way through her mind. All that remains is the memory of his touch: his caressing her hair, his lips on hers, his arms pulling her closer. She doesn’t know why he is still on her mind. She doesn’t know why she can’t get over him. On the outside, she’s holding on to something that isn’t there. On the inside, she’s holding on to the way he made her feel.
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“Get up,” I tell her. “Get up, it’s all going to be okay. I understand how you’re feeling, but it’s time to move on. I know you’re fantasizing about meeting him again, but it may not happen the way you want it to. You need to face that reality. Get out there and meet other people. I know he’s not going to be the last one of his kind because I know that’s what you think. You deserve someone who’s going to put you first the first time. If you hold on to him, you’re going to miss the next guy who is going to knock on your door. Please, get up.”
She is not easily persuaded.
“You deserve better,” I plead.
“But he gave me butterflies,” my heart replies.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Monthly Favourites- August 2015

Here's something I learned about myself: If I'm not in school, I'm taking a vacation from literally everything. I find it so hard to keep track of writing and posting. But at least I kept track of my monthly favourites. I'm really not too sure where I see this blog going this year seeing as I'm moving to England in about a week, but I'll keep you posted. Anyway, here was my month:

1. Smartfood

I don't know why, but I have been just craving Smartfood all month. I promise, I do share it with others. At the same time, I also admit that a majority of work lunches have been comprised of Smartfood and some kind of fruit. I mean, I love cheese. We all know that about me. So it's natural that cheesy popcorn is one of my favourite snacks.

2. Any.do


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This is an app that has saved my life. I can't remember where I heard about this, but I know I got it off of a blog. I am one of those people that likes making lists. I feel good about crossing things off on lists. This app is exactly that. It has helped me time and time again when it comes to prioritizing. I can add reminders, rearrange the lists, and schedule activities months in advance. When you have completed a task, you cross the list off and it actually crosses off. It's brilliant. I used this during school for a while, deleted it, then got it back this summer when I realized I needed some serious help. It is now crunch time for my exchange, and I have been using it like crazy to get everything sorted out.

3. Lush Ocean Salt Body Scrub




I mentioned last month that I has some serious dry skin. This has been a combat for it. Ocean Salt from Lush smells divine, and works like a charm. I am using it every day, and things have been working out great. I have been pairing it with Vanilla Dee-Light, but don't get excited because it is no longer being sold. Every time I go in there, they ask me if I'm sad that it's discontinued, and I'm honestly thinking "yes, now can you please stop reminding me about my heartbreak?" The thing is, it is so hard to find a moisturizer that is both light and nut free. Hopefully Ocean Salt will stick around for a while.
 
4. Starbucks Rewards
 
 
I have an addiction. And it's not even to Starbucks. It is to the Starbucks rewards program. Every time you make a purchase with your registered card, you get a gold star. When you get to 30 stars, you get a gold card. It's the ultimate incentive. I have become obsessed. My goal is to make it to 30 stars before I leave. And it's actually completely possible.
 
5. Pandora
 
 
This one is embarrassing. I have a Pandora bracelet, and it is gorgeous. I've had a lot of life events, so it's pretty full at this point. But that's not why it's a monthly favourite. I work in the sun six out of seven days a week, and I wear a watch. And now.....watch tan. Major watch tan. I have been wearing my bracelet to disguise it. I say disguise because it doesn't really cover it up, but it hides it enough so people aren't blinded by the white line on my wrist. Lifeguard problems....
 
I'm not too sure what my favourites say about the kind of month I had. However, I am looking forward to this coming month. Life is about to change in a major way, and I cannot be more ready. But this summer has been the best summer yet. I've been very social, made new friends, connected with old ones, and loved it all the way through. How was your summer?