Welcome Back

After a 3 month hiatus, I am officially back!

So, where was I for the past 3 months? I was working. I overwhelmed myself with too many shifts in order to pay for my trip to Europe and had no time for anything except for eating and sleeping. It was a painful couple of months!

Then I went to Europe! I was gone for 6 weeks and if you remember my previous post, then you would see that we went everywhere and did everything! I had the most amazing time and came back with a lot of things crossed off my bucket list. However now, I’ve added even more things to my list!

I have so many things to tell you! So many tips and tricks, and places to visit! I’m so excited to share everything with you! If you follow me on Instagram, thanks for keeping up to date with all my stories and pictures from my trip! (If you don’t you, you can check some of the pictures out at Avenue23blog). I also have some more personal and lifestyle posts lined up as well!

Thanks for standing by, it feels good to be back!

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Hey Guys!

I just wanted to say a quick thanks to everyone who wished me a happy birthday today! 🎂

I’m officially 25 today! Yikes, I’m halfway to 50! Scary thought, and a good reminder that life is short! That being said, I did have some anxiety today thinking that! It’s like you blink and it’s already 2018 and you’re 25! It’s a crazy feeling that’s for sure.

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Today, I was feeling anxious because I’m 25 and feel very behind from where a lot of people my age are at! It seems like everyone my age is in a serious relationship/ engaged/ married with their futures already planned out, and that is just not where I’m at! But, now that I’ve had time to think about it, I realize I’ve been anxious for no reason. There is no age where it says you have to be at a certain place, and you definitely cannot compare yourself to others. Everyone’s different and you don’t know their whole story. You’re only seeing the parts of their lives that make you feel bad or anxious. You are putting pressure on yourself because maybe that’s the part of your life where you aren’t confident in.

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For me, I had to self reflect and take a step back and recognize how far I’ve come, where I’m at and what I want. Remind yourself of the positives in your life and if you need to, recite it as obsessively as Aria with her kill list in Game of Thrones- two very different lists mind you. Today, I think back to my degree and the work I put in to get it. I think about the places I’ve travelled to, and different goals I’ve achieved when I thought that I never would! I also think about the failures, but not as negatively now. I realize that my failed relationships, didn’t work out for a reason and they helped to teach me what kind of a person I’m looking for. With each failure, I’ve grown and learned a valuable lesson that have impacted and shaped my opinions and views about my life! Today, I thought about my life and where I’m currently at. I may dislike my job and my current relationship situation- but I’m healthy, happy, and ready to set some future goals! At 25, I can say I know what I want and this is the year of me putting myself out there and taking action!

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Everyone is different. Some people knew way before me what they wanted, and some are like me- just awakening. I should not feel bad for it, and I don’t now. I stayed single to figure out who I am and where I want to go without the influence of someone else. At least now I know if I meet a guy, I will have the same goals and won’t change myself to appease a guy (I find, I change myself for a guy to make it work). It was just something I needed to do. It’s why I also took a year off to work, so I could figure out my next path.

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So, I could panic about my age and getting older, but instead I think it’s more important to celebrate my life right now, and I’m excited for my future! I’ve done so much and come so far, and at the end of the day, age doesn’t matter unless you’re 17 ( in Alberta), 18, or 21 and cannot wait to come of age to go to the bar

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About Erin

Hey guys, Erin- g here (Mean Girls reference although I know you got it).

Here’s the deal with the blog and a bit about myself. I graduated this year with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Anthropology and a minor in Psychology, which pretty much means that I have a degree that I can’t really use here in Canada. On the brighter side, I also happen to have a deep passion for movies and tv series- Netflix is the true love of my life- and a love for all books (I have to say that I watch and read ALL genres of books, movies, and series; I don’t discriminate). I have to admit I am in love with Harry Potter which is borderline unhealthy. In addition, travelling is the best thing to exist in my world. I love the whole process- the planning and packing, the anticipation of the trip, the plane/car/train, the experience of being there and getting to know a new culture and their history, and the bittersweet return home. Some other things about me- I love sports- specifically hockey, ok I am passionate about the Oilers, whatever. For football I’d pick Seattle Seahawks, and for baseball it’s the Blue Jays (Did I mention I’m Canadian?). I’m big on photography, writing, art- anything creative really. I have two dogs, schnauzers (the ones with the beards if you’re wondering what that means), and a gecko. Also, I love videogames (currently loving Batman Arkham Asylum), and am going to attend my third comicon ever in a few weeks!

Now that you practically know me, here’s what’s up with the blog. The other day I met my best friend Kathleen at Remedy Café- Please go there if you haven’t- and ordered my usual butter chicken wrap and convinced myself to try something new drink wise- the Roca almond hot chocolate which was everything I dreamed it would be. While we were eating, Kathleen was talking to me about her anxiety of what to do now that we were graduating, and what she was doing to overcome it and attempting to plan her future. I literally related on everything she said, however, in those 3 weeks we hadn’t seen each other neither of us really had said anything. I can’t talk too much about what was going on with Kathleen, but in those weeks I had anxiety and stress that gave me stomach pains so harsh I felt like throwing up. I hadn’t slept in a week with insomnia, because where was my life going, what is my purpose? This kind of stress makes you feel isolated even though the person across from me was experiencing the same thing. It’s like you swallowed something that stifles your voice- takes it away. You feel isolated and like no one gets you or relates to you. Every time it seemed like I had a plan together, someone would tear that idea down, because they’re right it wasn’t me. It was me trying to come up with a quick solution to myself trying to find a job or a purpose. I want to like what I do for the rest of my life and feel like I’m contributing, but what is it I’m supposed to do? When I do talk to people, it comes out in anger or just tears because I don’t know and I’ve built up this pressure that I have to decide right away before a new semester of a new program I could potentially apply for arrives or so I don’t lose out on a new job. The reality is the pressure is something I put on myself. I forgot this until Kathleen made me realize there is no deadline. I’ve just been scared because I’ve been in school my whole life, I haven’t experienced life. I’m terrified of life and messing it up, but you can’t mess it up. So after this long and emotional conversation, I said to her “We should make a blog- I’m dead serious” to which she said “I’ve always wanted to do that”. And now we are here- me typing up my first (extremely long) blog post, while also listening to Chained to the Rhythm by Katy Perry (I’ve zoned out here to watch her lyrics video with hamsters and little food? I can’t help but be weireded out and super impressed about her cooking those tiny meals- like what?)

The blog. To me a blog is like me writing a public diary. It’s a collection of thoughts, opinions about various topic, which is what we are striving to do here although thankfully I won’t be writing like my 9- year- old self (those are interesting journals). Our topics include, and aren’t restricted to, exercise (yeesh), food (obviously), travel, movies/series, books, and weekends we go to a deeper level of understanding our post grad feelings and how we’re going about finding our life purpose, and other fun stuff. This combines all of our passions and stops us from feeling like by choosing whatever we want to do in life, these important aspects aren’t stifled anymore. We hope it relates and helps everyone on a light common interests level to a deeper emotional level as well. Whether you’re here for a recipe, exercise move or just some tips, or you’re here to relate emotionally, we hope you stick around for our journey.
Before I close I have to say, there is no better person to do this blog with than Kathleen. Where she is a healthy and a vegetarian, I eat meat and junk. Where she exercises most times, I am here convincing myself that I really do need to get off the couch. We’re similar and different, making each other better while also bringing similar and yet different perspectives and interests to this blog. We’ve lived in Italy together, been stuck in Europe with little options to get home (this is a whole other story we will be sharing soon I’m sure), we’ve done the school chaos thing together, and now we’re doing the post grad/ life anxiety. She is my best friend and I don’t know what I would do without her.

This blog means the world to us. Thanks for reading (I promise shorter posts in the future)
– Erin

About Kathleen

Hello everyone! Thank you so much for stopping to check out our blog! I’m the second half of this crazy duo who decided to create a blog about one of the most frustrating times in a person’s life- (in my opinion) the early to mid twenties. My name is Kathleen and I recently completed my degree in Anthropology with a minor in Biology. I’m 22 going on 50, not only because I love reading a good book with a cup of tea in bed on a Friday night, but because I feel like if I don’t decide what I’m going to do with my life ASAP I’m going to blink and BE 50. So now that you know more about my headspace, a bit more about my life. I have been a vegetarian for almost a decade, and I have been 80% vegan for almost two years (more on that struggle later). I am a vege(vegan?)tarian for numerous reasons, MOSTLY for animal rights, but also for the environment impact, and my health (seriously veganism has stopped me from eating a block of cheese a day). I’m fairly active and love hot yoga, and any type of exercise class that’s fast paced and good vibes (hello Zumba anyone?). I love cooking and finding new vegan recipes to experiment with, shoutout to Minimalist Baker and OhSheGlows.
I’m a born traveller, I absolutely love every stage of trips, from the planning to the actual trip itself. Last summer was one of the best summers of my life. I travelled for almost two straight months; starting with an insane road trip across Canada and the US from Alberta to Delaware for Firefly Music Festival with one of my best friends, to a month-long archaeology trip in Italy with another of my best friends (and the co-authour of this blog) Erin, and rounding out with a week-long road trip to Washington State with my boyfriend. Personally travelling is worth way more than anything I could ever buy, which is why I’m ok being broke as hell right now (it’s acceptable to wearing leggings three days in a row right?). This summer I’m going on a family graduation trip to Portugal with my immediate family and my grandpa on my mom’s side (family travel survival guide to come soon), hopefully on another trip with Erin, and my boyfriend. In November my roommate and I have planned a trip to Mexico for Day of the Dead, and I could continue talking about travelling but I should probably go win the lottery.
One of my main loves in this word is coffee. It’s how I make a living, and shoutout to those triple caramel macchiatos for getting me through university, you’re the real MVP. I worked at Starbucks for four years in my youth (16-20) before moving onto independent coffee shops. I could talk about coffee for hours, but I won’t bore you with the difference between Cortados and Macchiatos – google it. In my spare time I edit the student eJournal at my University and try to squeeze in healthy eating, working out, making money, hanging with my friends, my boyfriend, my family, and getting 8 hours – it often feels like life is saying pick two of three you can’t have it all.
To conclude this intro post, thanks again and I can’t wait to talk to you all some more! I’m looking forward to posting about my lifestyle and interests. If there is anything you want us to talk about just send us a tweet or an email and we’ll make sure to include it in the next weeks post. Erin is a pretty rad human (she’s the yin to my yang) and I can’t wait to share this space with her – truly no better person to share the internet with.
Talk soon!
Kathleen