Monday, June 29, 2015

My Worst Jobs Ever

This semester, one of my courses is employment law and while reading through the textbook, it got me thinking about all the horrible part time jobs I've had in the past.

3. Sweeper at Playland

Playland is Vancouver's amusement park and opens every summer. This was my second job and the place where I met my ex-boyfriend. As you can imagine, I didn't give much thought into the positions I was applying for and settled for a sweeper after hearing how easy it was.

The people I met there were great but it was a bit miserable. First of all, you're walking around the same area for 8 hours in the blazing sun. Secondly, it's embarrassing to hold a broom and pan when you see high school schoolmates and good looking guys. Trash itself wasn't so bad, it was more of the conditions we were in that made it miserable. I decided to go back for another year and within one or two weeks into it, I cried and quit.

It was a great summer job (it paid more than minimum wage) but I won't openly admit that I used to be a sweeper, haha.

2. Sales Associate at Forever 21

Forever 21 was my first job in the retail industry and I would probably have to thank F21 for giving me that opportunity. Forever 21 was somewhat a nice place - I met a lot of great people and interesting people as well.

I didn't like the management. I felt they were extremely rude and unhelpful. I also don't like their policies. As someone that likes to chat and make new friends, I was extremely unhappy to learn that we couldn't talk to our co workers while working on the floor (even if it was dead). We are given 15 minutes break but no one was ever on break with you.

You know the accessory table in Forever 21? Well, near the end of my employment, they were constantly putting me on accessories and you can ONLY do so much walking around a single table for 5-6 hours. I dreaded weekend shifts A LOT because it was a full 8 hours of walking around one stupid table.

In the end, I ended up pulling a no show because it was stupid. I wasn't going to walk around a table for my entire shift, have rude ass management breathing down my neck and no opportunities to socialize with my co-workers. It was a good retail opportunity but if things haven't changed since I worked there, I wouldn't recommend my future kid to seek employment with Forever 21. I don't know how some of my friends managed to stay there for years.

1. Front Counter at a gluten free bakery

This might be the worst job I've ever had. I was completely miserable. I dreaded going to work even though I lived 5 minutes away from it. I thought of every excuse I could make to avoid going to work or quitting.

Like I mentioned, I enjoy meeting new people. This bakery is family owned so there was only a handful of employees to work with. The bakery had about 5-6 staffs and I don't talk to the bakers that much so I only had one "friend" there. I don't like small staffs - it makes me feel really uncomfortable because I'm always stuck with the same people; I know that doesn't make sense but I like to have my co-workers alternate from day to day while I'm on duty.

I don't even enjoy gluten free products. I had to learn all these things about GF and how the bread tastes, etc. etc. it took a lot of bullshitting. I quit the job before my month-long vacation to China and wouldn't look back it. It was a successful bakery but definitely not my thing.

I'm a great employee but at the same time, if things aren't benefiting me, I'm not afraid to leave your ass for a better job, haha.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Stop Making Excuses for the Gym

I do not have time for excuses in my life.

I know that sounds incredibly rude but I can't stand people making excuses after excuses because they're too lazy/unmotivated to make the change. As you can probably tell, I dislike people that asks for advice and not do anything about it. Or, people who complain and not make change. (But, I do understand some things are out of our control OR it's harder said than done and takes a while).

Just a few days ago, I finally got my friend Sergio into the gym with me. I was beyond thrilled the morning of because he didn't bail out last minute. Sergio has probably given me every excuse in the book to avoid the gym until I finally got him to come with.

And, if you share the same excuses as Sergio...

1. You don't have enough time.

This is the number one excuse I hear all the time. You have 24 hours in one day. Granted, we don't use all 24 hours but we use most of it. You don't need more time in the day to stay fit.

Make time for the gym. Wake up on hour earlier - it won't kill you. Go to sleep earlier - what are you even doing up at 2am in the morning? Waiting for a call from the CIA? If you're a night owl, consider a 24 hours gym. I always believe that a quick workout is better than none. 30 minutes of training can benefit you in the long run!

Plus, don't forget - there are hundreds of way to stay fit at home without workout equipment!

2. You don't know what to do

This is why I purchased personal training sessions when I first went to the gym.  If you're lucky, get a friend to show you the ropes. Alternatively, the gym staff would know how to operate all the equipments in the gym, and many machines have basic diagrams to get your started. Also, gym people are extremely friendly - ask that cute looking guy how to work the machine ;)

3. It's too expensive

Are you joining the gym that first pops into your head? Do some research before committing to a big name change! I was paying $40/month for my membership and while I do have only a few months left of my contract, I regret jumping into the contract. I found out that the gym I worked at (which NEVER crossed my mind when I was looking to join a gym BUT I know of this gym) has memberships starting from $15 to $20 a month... that's half the price with all the equipment! Do some research and don't settle for a gym because of the name. Community centers are a great alternative as well. Also, check out if your workplace has discounted membership or free gym perks; works for students as well!

4. My diet is shit

Honestly, diet and gym goes together. It's daunting at first but once you get into the habit of a gym, you'll feel motivated to start changing your diet as well. You'll lose your craving for junk food and McDonald's. It's not all about a strict diet to follow - treat yourself! I always treat myself but at the same time, I hit the gym more than I put junk into my body. Just balance it together and diet would come naturally.

5. I'm too tired

Working out gives you energy! You feel much more energized AND your mood is instantly lifted! Also, if you're lacking energy and motivation, consider purchasing new active wear!

6. It's boring

Your routine is boring. Period. Mix it up a bit - try cardio and weights, or hot yoga and biking. The gym offers big opportunities to find your perfect match of exercises BUT it doesn't mean you're stuck at the gym. You can take your exercising outdoors for a hike, biking or even outdoor yoga. I do not like cardio so I'm not going to force myself to run the treadmill for 40 minutes. I like weights and I do biking as a substitute for my cardio exercises.

Monday, June 22, 2015

5 Affordable Work-Out Gear Brands

Despite working in the gym and actively staying fit, I'm not in the Lululemon Club. In fact, I probably would never join that club.

Working out can be expensive. Luckily, working at the gym gives me free gym access but I understand the high cost of a gym membership. So, why should our workout gear be expensive as well?

I'm all about saving money on things I can save and clothes is definitely a big thing I can save on. I'm not big on brand names - as long as it does its thing at an affordable price, you've got me!

Sometimes, I feel clothes can influence your workout. For example, I would feel intimidated wearing all Nike gear. I feel as though Nike is the number one brand people think of when they think about workout clothes. Because I'm not training intensely or training professionally, I like my workout stuff to be more casual and "fun".

Here are a few of my favourite active wear brands at a price where it wouldn't break your bank ;)

1. MOVE by Ardene

Ardene is a popular teen store in Canada. Known for mostly having accessories, Ardene also carries clothing as well, including active wear. Both of my sports bra are from Ardene and they're extremely affordable. They're extremely comfortable and already padded (which is a must for me when I shop for sports bra). On top of a few sports bra from Ardene, I also enjoy their relaxed tees and hoodies. Ardene has a perfect mix of casual cute active wear and also something a bit more "professional" looking to say.

2. Active by Old Navy

Old Navy is so underrated when it comes to active wear. I absolutely LOVE their active wear section. If you're asking me, Old Navy would be my first go-to place when I'm in search of new workout gears. When it comes to workout bottoms, I like my pants to be just a bit thicker to hide any underwear lines - I sometimes wear normal cotton underwear to the gym which is not seamless in any other active wear pants BUT Old Navy's (and sometimes I wear seamless). I spent a lot of time looking for the perfect pants to match my criteria and finally found it in Old Navy. A lot of my work out tops are from Old Navy as well. Old Navy carries both fun and vibrant styles to plain black.

3. H&M Sports

I feel like the sportswear in H&M is new... is it? Anyways, I got one pair of pants from H&M Sports and while it looks AMAZING on me (LOL), I feel it's more of a pair of leggings than actual active wear. I've only worn it once to the gym and I felt extremely awkward in it. Now, I recommend H&M Sports for those looking for more of a "serious" look while working out. This sportswear line is much more basic and toned down from the previous brands mentioned above. On top of it, most of their materials are made with spandex and they offer little to few cotton/similar items.

4. Forever 21

If you can make it through the mess of Forever 21, then you'll be greeted with cute, bright and vibrant workout gear. Forever 21 has the most options available when it comes to affordable workout gear. I normally enjoy their jackets, shorts, and workout tops. Forever 21 is a great place for fashionistas looking to stand out in the gym.

5. Winners

I know this isn't a brand but I love shopping at Winners when my favourite stores fail me. Winners offers brand new items at discounted (up to 60% off) prices. For those seeking to avoid these casual brands and want Adidas or Nike should check our Winners. They have Nike gear from $20! While it's affordable, like I mentioned above, Nike as a brand intimidates me!

So, for all those feeling unmotivated to hit the gym, check our these stores at your local mall! Purchasing new workout gear tends to motivate a lot of people! And, don't be afraid to strut in there with style! Many of my co workers are decked out in brand name workout gear but these "no name" brands does just as well!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

5 Rounds of Starbuck Names

Since cutting back on my near-daily Starbucks habit, getting coffee from this place is more of a treat than a necessity. I don't know how it began but one day, I walked into Starbucks and thought... "I'm going to give them a fake name!"

... and soon, it became a habit. The moment I'm in line, I think of a name to give and the next thing I know, it comes out of my mouth so naturally.

So far, my favourite is Mikayla and Avery!

I think it's fun to give out a fake name. I'm not one of those girls that get super secretive about everything in my life but giving a fake name is just fun and gives me a little humour throughout the day.

As you can probably tell, I don't explore the Starbucks drinks menu a whole lot...

Any recommendations on what to drink next?Or what name I should provide next?

Saturday, June 6, 2015

10 Signs You Caught the "Feelings"

You know how when you have your first heartbreak, you feel as though you'll never love again? Or at least, have trouble falling in love again?

Well, that was me a while back. While I have been in a couple of relationships, the most recent one hit me the hardest and literally broke my heart for the first time. It took me more than a year to finally get over him and during that time, I always thought... what if I'd always love him? What if I regret my decisions when I'm 90 years old? What if nobody can compare to him?

I'm in a sticky situation. Seeing as I have only one year left in Vancouver, I told myself relationships aren't worth my time. I wear my heart on my sleeve so I can't do casual flings and hook up. So, I told myself, no relationship for a year. Plus, I was still healing from my last breakup. I wanted to focus my time and energy on working and school.

One day at work, I met M. He's an Irish lad currently on a 2 year working visa.

During the first few weeks, I noticed how friendly and close he was to me. I noticed the way he looks at me and the way he talks to me and shares his life with me. I talked to my cousin and she said go for it. Let my guard down and see where this goes.

So, after swearing off men for the year, I let my guard down and started falling for M.

This got a bit rocky and I was texting Sergio, "Did I catch the 'feelings'? Like, legit, catch the feelings. As in, I think people call these things crushes".

In which Sergio replied, "Yeah... sounds like you got the feelings. Hard. You're crushing hard."

I let my guard down waaaay too low and developed actual feelings. I thought it was all fun and games between the two of us because we have different life paths: I'm moving to NZ and he's staying in Canada. But I crashed and I'm burning. M. feels the same way about me - he has feelings for me as well BUT he's still healing from his previous break up as well and he's still trying to figure out Canada. He told me, "When you're traveling on your own, you just gotta watch out for yourself".

My text with Sergio inspired me to write this post. It made me reflect on what it's like to have a crush again and what it's like to catch them 'feelings'.

1. Your mood skyrockets faster than light whenever he's around. Even if it's just a 30 minutes lunch period, his presence makes you feel happy.

2. You get jealous because he's technically not yours yet. I'm not the jealous type when I'm in a relationship BUT I do get jealous when I can't have what I want. Some girls at work fancy M. as well and it gets me jealous when they're talking about something they have in common because I know M. isn't mine. Whereas, if he was mine, I wouldn't care who talks to him about what.

3. You over analyze everything. Everything. The sentence that just came out of his mouth. His winky face in his text. The moment when he accidentally let 'babe' slip from his vocab. How he "accidentally" bumps into you. Everything.

4. Text messages means so much more now. Your mood can go up or down just by texting him. You love seeing his name pop up on your screen but get bummed out when he forgets to text you back.

5. Your days feel a bit off if you don't talk to him. Even if it's just a text message, it makes up your day. But 24 hours without hearing from him makes your days feel crappy.

6. His decisions affects your mood. He planning a boys weekend getaway trip? He decides to get a new job and no longer works with you? While it's his life, you can't help but feel but a bit unhappy and disappointed with some of his decisions. You know it's for the best but some of his decisions still makes you feel upset or disappointed because changes are happening between you two.

7. When you remember little details about him. Like how his favourite colour is blue but he doesn't coordinate everything to match blue. Or how some of his favourite artists are Fleetwood Mac and Dan Steely. And how he got that scar on his left arm, just above his elbow.

8. When he's happy, you're happy. When he's in pain, you're concerned. His emotions are reflected back into you.

9. How you want to spend every moment with him. I'm not a clingy type but when I have a crush, all I want to do is spend time with them until we're more serious.

10. When you unconsciously bring his name up in every conversation and it's written all over your face. You don't want to talk about your crush but you find yourself doing it anyways. Like his name just rolls off your tongue and slips into the conversation... yet again. How how your expression reflects the way you say his name.

But, they call them crushes for a reason...

Or at least, in my case. My crush for M. is there but I know nothing will happen given our life paths. And, I don't want to have my heart broken in Vancouver... twice.
Someone sedate me until I wake up with a degree, a one way ticket to New Zealand and a good lookin kiwi lad, please.


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

100 Days Without Fear

Have you guys met Michelle?

Michelle is the girl behind the very inspirational blog, 100 Days Without Fear. I've only discovered her blog a few days ago and I'm obsessed with it!

Michelle chooses to tackle 100 fears. Now, these fears aren't anything overly serious but everyday fears you and I would share such as dancing in public, getting a bikini wax or holding a tarantula.

After spending a few days watching her adorable YouTube videos and reading her experiences, it made me want to tackle at least 100 fears (I can't do it on a daily basis like her). I won't say I'm fearless but I have the guts to get out there and do it; in my family, I'm considered the bold one. I do have fears, and my biggest one that I overcame a few years ago was dogs.

If anyone needs amusement or just that little oomph to get something done, I highly recommend checking out Michelle's blog and hopefully you'll get motivated as well!

Monday, June 1, 2015

That Moment When You Realize You Got a Year Until Graduation...

I did the math and realized I got a year until I write my last final exam of my undergrad.

That means I got a year left to "get my shit" together. I don't even know what my shit is.

Last week, I attended my cousin's UBC graduation and it's surreal to know that I'd be up on a stage in one year, receiving my undergrad.

And yes, even though it's my cousin's graduation, I'm still an attention seeker and need to be in the middle of all the selfies. (My camera, my center, LOL).

All I know is that I'm powering through my last year and motivating myself to keep pushing. My mentality is, one more year, one more year, one more year...

I got one year left to save all the money I can possibly earn. I have on year left to gain more hospitality/tourism career experiences. I got one year left to figure out what I'm going to do in Wellington (banks, phones, rent, etc. etc.). I got one year left in Vancouver and one year left with everything and everyone I love in this city.

It's slowly hitting me... slowly.