my latest adulting experiences

Recent adulting has lead to a number of new keys being added to my key ring! In the past month or so, Cory and I have not only bought our first car but also got the keys to our apartment! BIG THINGS! Of course, life has a way of not going perfectly according to plan, and getting a car wasn't a planned event, but I can't complain. Life is crazy hectic right now, but it's a thrilling roller coaster and I love taking a pause on my blog here to reflect on all of life's happenings.

First adulting experience: car shopping! Cory and I were going to get his parent's old van as our first vehicle, which we were hoping would last us til the winter, but it decided to die quite suddenly and we had to replace it as soon as possible. We ended up getting a wonderful, black 2010 Honda Civic (aka the most common car and colour in my town). The whole process wasn't too painful and it was the first big purchase we made as an engaged (and almost married) couple! We love our new-to-us car and that it's actually our own!

Second adulting experience: getting an apartment! Cory and I started apartment shopping earlier this year and had a place lined up for Cory to move in the beginning of May. We got the keys on the ninth and have been moving our stuff into our place the past while! I always looked forward to moving out and being able to create my own home and special space, so I can't wait to move in and start decorating! Our apartment is quite small, but suits us well for this first phase of married life. It's also nice and close to school where I'll be attending teacher's college starting in the fall. I'll eventually be able to post some before and after pictures of our living space! Stay tuned!

Final recent adulting experience: playing archery tag with a group of awesome people for my friend's birthday! The school year is over and it's starting to feel like summer, which means it's time to do super cool things with your friends, like archery tag! We played a bunch of dodge ball-like games using bows and arrows (with big foam marshmallows on the ends). We all went out for ice cream afterwards and it was a fun-filled evening. Nights like this are what your 20s are for!

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I quit sugar

Yes, you read that right - I quit sugar! Studies have suggested it takes 21 days to break a habit or make a new one. Of course, other studies have suggested it takes longer, but with the 21 day concept in mind, I set out to go on my own personal cleanse/diet/habit-breaking adventure and I'm here to share the results!

I have tried and failed on several occasions to stop drinking pop (or soda, for you American readers). Pop is so incredibly bad for you and it is also addictive! I decided last month that I was going to take this "no pop" personal boundary seriously and do my best to cut it out of my life for good! It was at this time when one of my classmates told me she and her boyfriend were going a week without consuming sugar.

Diets never really made sense to me. Why diet for a few weeks then go back to your regular eating habits? I'm not going to say I went on a "diet," but the concept of a week without sugar intrigued me because it sounded like the perfect challenge to test my own willpower. I started searching for foods that didn't contain sugar, other names for sugar and meal planning ideas. You'd be surprised the foods that are full of sugar! I had to cut out my usual favourite snacks and make things from basic ingredients in order to ensure they were sugar free!

Somehow I made it over three weeks without eating any sugar! By having to consciously plan my meals around this new restriction, I was able to realise how unhealthy my usual go-to meals were. I began to start my days off with homemade oatmeal (with unsweetened applesauce and cinnamon), and some fruit. The new foods I started eating gave me more energy and I felt fuller longer! Foods with sugar contain so many empty calories that don't energize you!

After making it a few weeks without sugar, I began enjoying a piece of dark chocolate or other sugary item and noticed that they didn't have the same appeal to me they once did - addiction broken! I don't get the same sugar cravings I used, but I haven't completely cut out sugar from my life.

Challenging myself to cut out sugar helped me realise how difficult it is to set restrictions for myself.  I'm very proud of what I learned through these few weeks and I plan on creating different boundaries for myself in order to break other not-so-healthy habits that I have! While this sugar-free challenge had its health benefits, it was also a learning process for me to become accountable with myself! Not as easy as it sounds! For anyone wanting to try and cut back on sugar, Pinterest has some wonderful meal ideas!

Would you try going sugar free?

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the problem with being busy

If you take a quick step back to observe your daily routine, it wouldn't take long to realise that most of our life is spent figuring out how to get the most things done as quickly as possible. I recently stumbled upon two pieces of internet gold which made me reflect on my busy hustle-and-bustle lifestyle and inspired me to write this post for you.

First: a pin on Pinterest with the phrase "How to Unwind and Relax."
The fact that we need to be reminded how to take time to ourselves and relax is a bit disturbing if you think about it! We're not meant to keeping going non-stop! We all need to take breaks on a daily basis! If you don't, you won't be putting forth your best work - however the word "work" can be applied to your situation. You will have more imaginative thoughts, peace of mind and a healthier body if you make an effort to de-stress everyday. We shouldn't need to read an article on the web to discover how to unwind!

Second: a thought-provoking quote on instagram (here).
Since beginning my Project Life scrapbooking journey, I started following Becky Higgins on instagram. She posts great photos of scrapbook spreads and photography tips in addition to advice on how to cultivate a good life. This particular quote that inspired me said, "part of cultivating a good life is recognizing that if we're too busy to prioritize God, we are busier than God intended for us to be." What a fascinating yet completely simple concept that I need to remind myself of!

I recently started a new job as a Starbucks barista and have been loving the learning process so far! Things can be pretty hectic and fast-paced though. I've been really encouraged by my fellow Starbucks partners who have been patient with me as I'm learning and who have written sweet messages on my cup at the end of my shifts. Coffee, for me, is a great way to take time for myself to relax and be in the moment by taking a break from the chaos life can bring.

You don't have to be superman/woman. You don't need to get everything done and accomplished right now. Life is short and you should be proud of where you're at during this current stage in your life. Look ahead to what you'd like to accomplish, but know that you can live your best life by moving forward at a comfortable and moderate pace.

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