Lucky Duck

Hi Dear Readers!

Well, you got through Monday! There’s enough motivation for you, am I right?! I’ve had a very long day today, but can’t really complain. I’ve been staring at these beautiful mountains all day today! I’m here for work, so it’s not as fun as I know it could be, but still good!

So, I wanted to talk a bit about bad luck. Lately, it seems like I have an abundance of bad luck and I’m waiting for that moment to arrive where I get on this really great streak of good luck, but it never seems to come.

Within this month I broke my cell phone, got a flat tire (completely destroyed- so new tire Erin’s way!), got a speeding ticket, overbooked myself work wise that I haven’t had a day off in a month or so,  spilt water on my schedule planner so now I have no idea what shifts I work because it is so destroyed, still haven’t gotten paid so I’m currently still very broke- not in debt yet thank god, have been working with the most stubborn individuals, have A TON of work drama between co workers and the job itself, have friend issues, have family issues, have self esteem issues, have anxiety about a job I feel like I’m incapable of doing, and on and on the list goes. It really seems like I’m in a pit of despair right now trying to get out.

What I want to say, is this: bad luck doesn’t exist. There is no such thing as luck. These are a few bad things within recent months that are actually not that bad on the grand scale of things. They will fix themselves up eventually. Some things just come naturally with time, others are just the sudden realization that maybe this isn’t the job or atmosphere that I want to work in. But here’s the thing- and I said this in my last post too- take a step back, re-evaluate. Is something making you happy? Sad? Angry? How can the situation be resolved? Is it something that maybe you actually need to quit, or change sceneries? But remember above all else. It’s just a couple bad days. A couple bad days where that is all you’re focusing on. There was probably so much more going on that you really enjoyed about that day, but you’re not seeing it because something “unlucky” happened.

These are all reminders for myself too. Because, although all of this has happened, there have been very good days too, and things I have loved. What I do when I get in situations like this, is I start writing. It really helps me. I just start with my day, talk about the good and the bad. Next I start writing about how I’m going to make it better. Is there something that I really hate that I need to move on from? Did I create the drama? Am I involved? How can I change it, so this doesn’t happen again in the future? Have I been really emotional lately? Why am I feeling that way- junk food? Not enough exercise? Too much work? Lack of hobbies? The list goes on my friends. Just take a breath and rethink the situation. If it helps, type or write it down like me! It’s why I started the blog! I knew people were going through the same thing as me and thought maybe we can help each other stay motivated!

Happy Monday, hope this helps you feel more motivated to being more happy!

– Erin

Send Help, and Chocolate

Hello Everyone, Happy Monday!

Motivation, wow something that has not been coming easy to me these past few weeks, I feel like all I want to do is sleep 24/7. When I am asleep and I set an alarm to get up 9/10 I just hit snooze and sleep through it! Where has my lack of motivation come from? Since coming back from vacation I’ve really been struggling with motivation. I found that since being back my job seems extra mundane, I can’t seem to shake off the boredom and I am not inspired to workout or cook (and I seriously love to cook).

This time last year I was on an amazing road trip adventure, and was planning Italy, and this year I feel like the summer is just stretching ahead of me into a space of working at a Café. Sigh. I think that’s part of my problem, I don’t have anything exciting to look forward to and since I’m not particularly happy with my position in life, so I don’t feel motivated to get moving.

I’ve been trying to apply for jobs, but I seriously have just not heard anything back. I keep checking my resume to see if my email or phone number are misspelled… it’s that bad guys. Therefore my motivation for actually writing out another 10-20 cover letters is zero. Send help, chocolate, and coffee.

Ok enough with the negativity! Just writing this post has brought my motivation level up a bit, I can do this, WE can do this, let’s all conquer Monday together and get through this!

Good Luck everyone!
Kathleen

Cooking up Something Good

Monday again, and it’s about time to we talk about cooking and meal planning. I think I have a “My Strange Addiction” to eating out. Seriously. Send Help. It’s not because I can’t cook, or don’t have the time to cook, I just seriously love going out to restaurants and cafes and spending all of my time (and money) there.

My favourite meal is brunch, I love getting up late and still being able to eat breakfast food at noon. Unfortunately I work every weekend, so I don’t get to have cool hip brunch dates very often. Maybe that’s why I jump at the chance to eat out? (or at least that’s what I’m telling myself- pretty weak excuse if you ask me)

I’m on a pretty tight budget (I can get my weekly shops to under $40), so unfortunately a lot of my income is spent feeding my addiction. Do you ever have those day where you think “Wow if I hadn’t spent all that money on ____ I’d have so much extra money”? That’s me every pay period with my restaurant recipes. But oddly at the same time I don’t regret it. Eating out provides the opportunity to spend time with friends (where one friend is burdened with all the cooking), you don’t have to clean up, and it’s not time sensitive (aka you can come late and I won’t be angry that dinner was ready on the table).

But in all seriousness I’ve been trying to save up some money (exciting things to come), so I am trying to narrow down my eating out to once or twice a week- and no booze!

I actually really love cooking and so if I just saved all that money and cooked I would not only be able to achieve my goals, but also destress and listen to some great podcasts, but also eat a little healthier!

That’s all for now! Happy cooking!

K