How I Decorated My 2018 Planner

How I Decorate My 2018 Planner

This post shows pictures of how I decorated my 2018 planner by month. Please be careful if you’re using data as there are a lot of pictures.

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Last year I fell off the bandwagon for decorating, but this year I hope to keep up with decorating my 2018 planner as I prepare to switch over to Bullet Journaling for next year!

My 2018 Planner:





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Pre- WeddingFitness Plan January

January Wedding Fitness Plan

For January, I did a 21 days of yoga challenge. As stated in my Pre-Wedding Fitness Plan post, I belong to Brett Larkin’s online yoga community called Uplifted. If you haven’t heard of Brett Larkin, you really have to check her out. She offers online classes on Youtube that are free, or you can join her in depth community with a bunch of perks!

This post goes into detail about the classes that I did for the challenge with links!

21 Days of Yoga Challenge

Check out the intro video first:

Day 1: 

Upper Body Yoga Workout (40 Min)

  • I loved this class so much! It made me feel centered, calm, and energized. This class also helped me discover my words of 2018: Freedom and Fluidity.
Day 2:

Beginner Total Body Stretch (30 Min)

  • I’m not a huge fan of kundalini, and the movements hurt my back, but I did them anyway. I love butterfly as it’s super comfy to wind my arms underneath my legs!
Day 3:

Yin and Yang Yoga Sequence (35 Min)

  • Yin was interesting, tough, but I like it! Not a huge fan of chanting “sat nam” the way it’s done here. Feels weird.
Day 4:

Flow into Wild Thing Pose | Heart Opening Vinyassa Flow (30 Min)

  • I like wild thing. It was easy for my right side, but my left side was more difficult!
Day 5:

Full Body Yoga Flow | Kundalini, Vinyassa, Yin (30 Min)

  • LOVED the vinyassa flow of the class. Goddess pose is AMAZING. Didn’t like the kundalini part though.
Day 6:

Yoga to Relieve Stress | Find Fluidity and Grace (20 Min)

  • Loved everything about this class! The movements flowed into the next so easily.
Day 7:

Yoga for Flexibility | Side Split “Middle Splits” Tutorial (45 Min)

  • Really liked this class as it helped open up my hips more. It was difficult, though. My legs were sore the next day.
Day 8: 

Reset Your Energy Gentle Vinyassa + Kundalini (20 Min)

  • Focuses more on kundalini than vinyassa. The one with arms over my head was really challenging and my arms were really tired and sore, but after the class I felt energized, and my headache went away.
Day 9:

Creative Hips + Hamstrings Yoga Flow | Yin and Vinyassa (40 Min)

  • LOVED this class. Anything with hips and hamstrings, I’m all over it. My hips are always tight, and I find that these classes really help open them up.
Day 10:

Gentle Yoga Vinyassa, Yin, and Breath Meditation (30 Min)

  • It was okay. Not enough movement for me. Lying back was difficult since I don’t have any bolsters to use and my pillows didn’t give enough support. The poses on the knees also REALLY made my knees sore the next day. Definitely recommend LOTS of padding if you have bad knees.
Day 11:

Crown Chakra Activation – Kundalini Yoga Kriya (35 Min)

  • Mostly kundalini in this one, so I wasn’t really into it. However, I tried the chanting of ‘ong namo guru dev namo’ and found that I REALLY love this chant. There’s something so relaxing and “freeing” about it compared to sat nam. The chant of ong namo guru dev namo means roughly “I bow to the divine inner teacher within me/my own creative consciousness.”
Day 12:

Lower Back Strengthening Vinyassa + Yin (40 Min)

  • Perfect for people with a weak low back like myself. This class is great for strengthening the lower back muscles and the stretches at the end are super “juicy!”
Day 13:

Balance Flow for Warrior III Yoga Pose (30 Min)

  • Warrior III was okay, but there was nothing particularly special or exciting about the class.
Day 14:

Kundalini Meditation for Stress + Fear | Reset Your Brain’s Electromagnetic Field (15 Min)

  • Since I’m not a huge fan of kundalini, I skipped this class altogether and just used Insight Timer for a 15 minute meditation: Source of Life – Guitar and String”
Day 15:

Yin Yoga for Hip Flexibility (25 Min)

  • LOVED this class. Only a few movements, but each of these movements really helped open up my hips and allowed me to slow down + meditation for 7 minutes on each side in pigeon. Beautiful!
Day 16:

Half Moon Sequence | Yoga Balancing Poses (30 Min)

  • I skipped this class and decided to do the “Find Your Style: Vinyassa” class instead. I really love vinyassa because of the dance like movements that are used from one pose into the next. It also allowed me to focus on breathing, which calmed me down and helped me to feel more relaxed and centered.
Day 17:

New Moon Flow – Vinyassa, Pranayama, and Meditation (25 Min)

  • The poses were interesting, but it really hurt me knees, espedially flowing from one lunge to the next pose.
Day 18:

Expand Your Lungs Kundalini Kriya (45 Minutes)

  • Supposed to do this class, but since it involved lots of breathing and I had a bad headache, I skipped it and did a 15 minute class for neck stretches: “Greatest Easy Stretches for Text Neck
Day 19:

Yoga for Your Lower Abs and Arms (35 Min)

Day 20:

Gentle Yoga Flow Vinyassa, Kundalini, Yin (35 Min)

  • Very relaxing and similar to an earlier class using yin in pigeon pose.
Day 21:

Long Sat Nams Mantra Meditation- Healing Meditation to Shift Your Mindset (15 Min)

  • I’m not a fan of sat nams, so I skipped this meditation and did my own meditation of 16 minutes using my Insight Timer.

I hope you enjoy the 21 days of yoga challenge as much as I did! Did you swap any classes like I did? Let me know in the comments!

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<<Next post: February Wedding Fitness Plan>>

Pre- WeddingFitness Plan

Pre-Wedding Fitness Plan

Welcome to my Pre-Wedding Fitness Plan!

Why My Wedding Fitness Plan is Different from Other Brides

While searching the internet for wedding fitness plans, I realized that most of the plans are designed for brides that want to focus on losing fat, toning muscles, and losing weight. All those things are great, but those aren’t things that I want to focus on for my own personal wedding fitness plan.

How My Wedding Fitness Plan is Different

My wedding fitness plan isn’t designed specifically for losing weight so much as it is designed for staying healthy and keeping off more weight. How is that possible, you ask? Well, read on! I got engaged at the end of August, and I’m getting married at the end of September this year, so I decided that January was a good time to start my wedding fitness plan!

My Plans by Month

January’s fitness plan consists only of 21 days of yoga followed by meditations every single day. I belong to Brett Larkin’s Uplifted Community where we are able to use any of her training plans. For January, she had the 21 days of yoga challenge, which I used for the entire month. Some days I did two classes together with rest days in between, which allowed me to finish the 21 days two days before the end of the month.

<<For a more detailed post check out: January Wedding Fitness Plan coming soon!>>


I joined a 100-day fitness challenge where I have to either do exercise every day or exercise, diet, and meditation. I wanted to do 100 days of exercise, but with how busy I am, it’s hard to do it, even if it’s only doing 15 squats! That’s when I decided to focus mostly on exercise, meditation, and diet for the next 100 days. My exercise consists of 45 minute walks with my dog on the days that I don’t do yoga.

<<More details: February Wedding Fitness Plan coming soon!>>




Why Hatha Yoga is Good for Beginners

Why Hatha Yoga is Good for Beginners

There are many different types of yoga out there and if you are new, all the different kinds can make you go cross-eyed! So where do you begin? In my opinion, the best yoga for beginners is Hatha Yoga.


The first reason why I believe Hatha Yoga is the best for beginners is that it focuses on posture. If you’re brand new to yoga, you probably don’t know a lot about the different forms that you do in yoga. Hatha Yoga focuses a lot on your posture in certain positions. You maintain the same position for a good number of counts before you move into the next position, which allows you to get a feel for the position before moving into the next.

The nice thing about having that extra time in the position means that you can play around. If it feels strange, you can roll your hips or tilt more to one side, or even lunge deeper. It’s all up to you and your body with what feels good as long as you maintain the basic shape of the position.


The second reason why I think Hatha Yoga is great for beginners is that it also focuses on breathing. One of the most important things in yoga is your breathing. It’s important to breathe in and breathe out during certain movements and at certain times to help ease into the positions naturally. The great thing about Hatha Yoga is that the instructors count the breaths or instruct when to breathe in and when to breathe out. Perfect for beginners.

Easy Positions:

The other reason why Hatha Yoga is great is that most of the positions are great for beginners. Downward facing dog, warrior poses, etc. those are all positions that anyone can do, even if they aren’t as flexible as the instructors. They are basic enough for anyone to do it, which is the perfect place for beginners to start. Over time, you learn new positions as well as become familiar with how your body should feel during each position.

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Why I Took 3 Years off Before University

Why I Took 3 Years off Before University

Dreams as a Child

When I was a little girl, my biggest dream was to become a teacher. However, as I got a little older, my dream jobs changed like the seasons. I wanted to be a teacher, writer, actress, lawyer, vet, and the list goes on. When I entered high school, I was just as confused. I learned more about psychology and hair styling, which made me want to become a psychologist and hairstylist. What to choose?

Dreams in High School, Dashed

I didn’t have the best grades in high school, so I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to enter the university I wanted for what I wanted. I happened to talk to my teacher’s assistant who gladly gave me information about the university in my city. I was so disappointed at all the requirements that you needed to get into psychology, education, and veterinary studies that I gave up my dream. On top of that, I went to many casting and modelling calls and never got picked for anything, not even an extra.


Even by the time I graduated high school, I had no idea what I wanted to do. I was still sad that I couldn’t get into university with my marks (school never came easy to me and I had bad study habits), and I wanted to move out from my parents’ house to live on my own and experience life on my own. Without knowing what I wanted to do, I decided that I would just have to find a job to make some money until I could figure out what to do.

Second Job

I got my second job ever working at Hallmark. It was an easy job and I loved the couple that owned the store. I learned a lot about running a small business as well as responsibility. It was the first time that I had many responsibilities at my job. It was because of my manager that I learned how to count the float at the end of the night, make a deposit, organize the materials, keep track of what sold during the day, and open and close the store by myself. For an eighteen year old, it was a lot of responsibility, but I enjoyed every minute of it.

Moving Out

I eventually moved out of my parents’ house and moved to Vernon, B.C. It was in Vernon that I really learned the stress of becoming an adult at a young age. I was still eighteen years old and had been a very sheltered young girl because of my traumatic experiences when I was younger. (Read about My Journey Through PTSD, Anxiety, and Panic Attacks Pt 1). I didn’t know anything about the major responsibilities that would fall on my own shoulders without my parents.

First Job in a New Province

I started working at Staples and it was enjoyable, at first. However, I had some issues with some of the people that worked there as well as that came into the store. The environment was completely different from what I was used to at Hallmark, so it was really hard for me to adjust.

Living Situation

My living situation was hell. I was used to a clean house because my mom is very clean and organized. Imagine my surprise when I started living with my new roommates and couldn’t see the floor. The TV was on at all hours of the day and loud. It was nearly impossible for me to sleep, there were bugs crawling in through the window at night, the apartment was a complete mess. To top it all off, I also lived close to the sewage treatment plant, so it smelled disgusting every time I walked by.

Paying Bills

I not only had messy roommates, but I also had to pay bills for the first time in my life. I understood what it meant to save money because I had bills. I had to pay rent and buy my own groceries as well as buy things for the apartment that I needed. Working at Staples wasn’t enough since I couldn’t go to full time with them at the time and they were cutting back my hours. I needed more money, so I decided I needed to get another job.

Two Jobs

I worked with a girl that had a second job at an Italian restaurant. She told me all about the people she worked with and made it sound like so much fun, so I handed in a resume. Thanks to her putting in a good word for me, I got the job. I started working there a week later. It was at this job that I learned how to have patience and work quickly. I loved working there so much that I eventually quit my job at Staples and worked at the restaurant in the evenings. Eventually, I worked in the mornings for a while for a change and it was here that I discovered what I wanted to do.

My Birthday Present

Since I was working a lot and making decent money in tips, I decided to treat myself for my birthday a year later. I went to the local hair school there and pampered myself. It was there that I talked to the girl about how she liked being a stylist and what the school was like. I really enjoyed watching her cut my hair and the other girl doing my nails and that’s when I decided that I wanted to become a hairstylist.

Six Months Later…

I started at the same school in the fall with some other girls. We got all our necessities on the first day, including the huge book that we needed to study. Imagine my surprise when I learned that we would have to learn about parts of the body inside and out. We also had tests every week and they weren’t exactly easy. However, I wanted to be a stylist so badly that I immediately went home and studied my butt off. It was because of hair school that I learned how to study properly, and had the satisfaction of getting the highest marks in my group.

Opening Up

At hair school, I had to talk to my clients as well as the other students in the school. I was really shy in those days because of my past, but there were two girls in particular that I eventually opened up to. It was because of these two girls that I learned what it was like to have true friends and it was because of one girl in particular that I learned that it was okay to be myself, no matter what my own personality was actually like.


After I graduated, I moved back to Alberta to live with my parents. Hair school wasn’t cheap and I was still working my job after school. Living on my own was tough, and I missed home and my parents. I said goodbye to my new friends and headed back home. I found a job at a local salon and apprenticed. My hair styling license was for B.C so I had to do a test to get my red seal. I worked my butt off and had fun in the process. I had the nicest boss ever and learned so much from her when it came to hair and waxing.

Health Happens

Unfortunately, a few months after I received my red seal, my wrist started to hurt I went to the doctor and he told me that I had tendinitis. He also told me that it wasn’t going to get better but worse if I kept doing the same repetitive movements. I also developed the most painful headaches I have ever had, tension headaches. These health concerns had me stressed about what I was going to do with my future. It was because of my love for anime and Japan that I was talking to a client about it and he recommended teaching English in Japan. I had never thought of that before, but it sounded like a lot of fun!


I looked into what I needed to do in order to teach English in Japan. The best decision I ever made was taking two years off before university. Sure, I’m not a hairstylist anymore, but I’m still qualified to work in any province and I cut my own hair from time to time as well as my friends’ hair when they need it. Now, because they considered me an “adult” in my twenties, I could upgrade a second language, science, or math. Of course, I went for the second language, which was Japanese. Everything was working out in my favor; I was even able to transfer from the college I started out in to the university, my dream university!


After I started college, I quit my hair styling job and landed a job working for one of my clients. I cut his hair before and when I applied for the job, he pretty much hired me on the spot. I worked at that pharmacy for over three years and worked up from a cashier to a supervisor, I even helped out in the pharmacy from time to time as a “replacement tech.” That was a lot of fun because it gave me more hours and more experience in something different. I also trained in the Post Office, so I was able to cover their breaks in the evenings.

Work and School

I worked my butt off and saved every penny I made. I barely went out at all when I was in college or even in university for that matter. I was able to save enough money to pay for my college and university tuition as well as live comfortably off my own money when I moved out again. I worked a seasonal job at the Bay to make some more money and I saved that money to help with groceries, help with my sick dog, and pay rent. My study habits from hair school really  helped me out here. I was able to get top marks in Psychology because of my study habits. I was also able to graduate from university with a Bachelor Degree in English Literature and pass my Geology class. I also studied East Asian History, Japanese, and Music despite many tearful and stressful nights.


I had some bad experiences in university again that triggered my anxiety and panic attacks, and to make things worse, I developed PTSD because of something that happened in university. All of these bad experiences taught me a lot about myself and the people that I had chosen to surround myself with.I also finally opened my eyes and met the love of my life, although I didn’t know it at the time since he was only my best friend.


Things fell into place for me and I was really lucky. I think that taking a year or two off after high school is important for teenagers because they need to experience what life really is. Not only that, but as a teenager, you’re still trying to figure out who you are as a person. You have so much room for growth and it’s only when you are out in the real world that you can truly begin to understand things about yourself. You also have experiences that help shape your future.

I didn’t travel like most people, but I lived in a different part of Canada. It made me appreciate my parents even more, especially my mom. My mom and I always fought when I lived at home as a teenager. After I moved out, I realized  how much my parents did for me. We were able to build a much stronger relationship because of this as well.

What I Learned from University

There were many times that I felt like giving up. The desire to get a degree and move to Japan was strong enough that I fought the urge to quit. I kept moving forward even when certain people told me I would fail. I kept going just to prove them wrong. Coming from someone who usually gives up easily, this was a huge feat for me. All my experiences before and in university taught me so much about myself and other people. I feel like I finally know who I am. It took a long time, but I finally discovered who I really am. When it comes to work, I know what I want now. That’s all thanks to my experiences after university.

Wait, What about Japan?

That’s a long story that I might talk about at a later time! Stay tuned!


Vanishing Cream

The Pros and Cons of Lush’s Vanishing Cream

I decided a long time ago to start implementing organic products into my beauty regime, and I started with my cleansers and face creams. I buy most of my beauty routine items from Lush and one of the facial moisturizers that I’ve been using is Vanishing Cream.

It’s hard to find a cream that you love without spending a lot of money to find the perfect fit for you skin. The nice thing about Lush is that, if you don’t like the product, you can return it.


  • Smells Great
  • Lightweight
  • For oily or blemish prone skin
  • Contains lavender, which helps me relax at night
  • Hydrating
  • Vegetarian formula
  • Disappears into skin after applied
  • Has rosewater and witch hazel


  • Greasy feeling next day
  • Not moisturizing enough for winter
  • Not hydrating enough for particular dry places
  • Watery
  • Nothing like Gorgeous at all!
  • Doesn’t tighten pores like it claims.
  • Not supposed to leave skin feeling greasy.
  • A bit expensive ($44.95 CAD).
  • No noticeable results, just a greasy face.
Smells Great, Lightweight, Contains Lavender

I bought this over a year ago and I decided to continue using it mainly because it is lightweight and a good one to use for summer. It also contains lavender, which helps me relax at night, which is when I use this moisturizer.


Originally, I was going to buy Gorgeous. I had a sample of it and my skin absolutely LOVED it. It was perfect in every single way. I went to Lush, took the pot to the cashier and when she told me the total, I nearly had a heart attack. I had no idea that the product was $87.95 CAD! I wasn’t going to spend that much on a face cream no matter how much my skin loved it! I can’t afford to buy something that expensive even though it lasts a long time!

Supposed to be a “Cheaper Alternative to Gorgeous”

The girl recommended Vanishing Cream and claimed that it was exactly like Gorgeous, but a cheaper version of it. Well, sorry sweetie, but that was an outright lie. Where Gorgeous has a perfect consistency, Vanishing Cream is watery. Gorgeous smelled good enough to eat, but Vanishing Cream doesn’t smell as delicious. Vanishing Cream smells like lavender, which is great for me, but some people don’t prefer it. Gorgeous also disappeared easily into the skin and didn’t leave my face overly greasy in the morning, but Vanishing Cream does.

For People with Problematic Skin, or is It?

The other thing that really ticks me off about this cream is that it’s misleading! It’s supposed to be for people that have greasy, problematic skin and it disappears into the skin after application. However, the next morning I wake up with my skin feeling super greasy, as it does with most Lush lotions.

Hydrating Enough (for the Summer)

It also isn’t as moisturizing as I’d like because it’s so watery. I have really dry skin in the winter, and this doesn’t do the trick for me. During the summer, I find that this lotion is hydrating enough without clogging my pores.

Would I Recommend It?

Yes. I highly recommend getting a sample from your local Lush store because you never know if your skin is going to love it. My skin may not love it, but your skin might. Everyone’s skin is different and it involves a lot of trial and error to find the perfect cream for your skin.

How I Overcame PTSD, Panic, and Anxiety Attacks

How I Overcame PTSD, Panic, and Anxiety Attacks Pt. 2

If you haven’t read My Journey through PTSD, Panic, and Anxiety Attacks Pt. 1 yet, I highly recommend that you do!

How did I overcome my fear? Well, here’s how I overcame my PTSD, panic, and anxiety attacks:

  1. Address the problem.

What was it exactly that triggered my anxiety and panic attacks? It was simple: any contact from a man, even a hug.

  1. Figure out if it is a particular trigger or general.

In my case, it was general. My trigger applied to ALL men, including the ones that I had eventually learned I could trust and who were helping me.

  1. Start slow and work through the fear.

This only worked when I was with someone I already trusted. Had I tried this on a complete stranger, I probably would have given up and went back to square one, or given up altogether. I had to endure sitting next to my friends. While this is enjoyable for some people, for me it was hell. By sitting NEXT to them, I mean with their leg touching mine or reaching over me for something. It was torture and it took a long time before we could move onto the next phase.

  1. Once you have accomplished one small feat, move onto the next.

The next was getting comfortable with touch. That meant hugs. A lot of tears were involved in this phase because of my anxiety and panic. My entire body would shake uncontrollably, even though I was with men that I actually trusted.

  1. Self-Talk Yourself Through the Anxiety and Panic Attacks.

I had to work through on my own once I had another boyfriend. His hugs and his kisses and his patience with me. Luckily, I had someone who already knew my situation and was very patient with me. One touch on my arm sent me into a fit of shaking, heart racing, and palms sweating. I had to tell myself over and over in my head that he wasn’t going to hurt me, that he wasn’t like other guys, and that I knew I could trust him. He was my best friend after all, and still is! Working up to a kiss was almost next to impossible, so that didn’t come right away. Eventually, with a lot of practice of hugs and some kisses, I was able to relax.

  1. Work through the second reason of anxiety and panic attacks: speaking to strangers/in front of people.

I got a job with a great company where I taught children things that I didn’t know anything about. Thankfully, we received training and I got to work with one of my best friends. Since he was there with me, I was able to relax and be myself—even if it was only a little bit. I was still awkward as heck and said and did all the wrong things, but eventually, I learned. I worked through my fear and even worked the same job the following year after I had finally graduated from university. I had such a great time with the kids and it was around this time that I began looking for a job in Japan.

  1. The next thing was taking a course to teach adults.

I took a course called CELTA so I could teach in Japan. I had to meet new people and get up in front of adults instead of children, who are less forgiving than children. It was the biggest challenge I had to face by myself. It was a course that lasted a month and every time I got up to teach, I was shaking and scared out of my mind. I had mini-panic attacks while I was in the middle of teaching all the time, but my acting came handy. I just pretended that I was acting and my fellow teachers were the audience while my students were other actors and we were improvising. It got me through the course.

  1. Getting a REAL job as a teacher.

While I didn’t go to Japan, I still managed to find a job here and I’m still working there. My first few months, I was just a sub and I’d have a mini-panic attack every time I’d go into a new class. A few months later, I had my own class and had a mini-melt down the night before as well as the morning of the class. However, I had amazing students and because of their patience and love, I learned that it wasn’t so bad. Over time, I stopped having anxiety and panic attacks and I eventually opened up to a couple of my coworkers.

  1. Look back on what you have accomplished.

It’s been years since I had an anxiety or panic attack over a man or talking to a stranger. Now, I do it all the time because of my job as a consultant and teacher. I used to get anxiety attacks over confrontations, but now I can initiate the confrontation without any problems. My true personality is no longer hidden and my students and coworkers now see the real me, but it took a long time for me to get there. It wasn’t easy and there were many times I felt like giving up, but I didn’t.

Why didn’t I give up?

Because my desire to overcome my fear and become strong was so great that I did whatever possible. Even if that meant going through all the horrible memories of what I had been through to get to where I am today. It wasn’t easy, it wasn’t fun, it was pure hell. But now I’m no longer that meek girl anymore, I’m a strong woman with a fire burning in my heart. That fire is my determination, which has gotten me this far.

What is my determination?

My determination to succeed in my dreams and goals in life. I can’t succeed if I give up or let my past drag me down. My past is my past, and my future is ahead, not behind me. I don’t look back anymore. I might look around me at the present, but I keep myself focused on my goals on the future, even when life slams me into a well and makes me stumble or fall. I pick myself up, dust myself off, and keep going. That’s what it means to be strong, to be brave: to keep going even in the face of adversity.


I do not claim that these methods will work for everyone as everyone is different. I also am not a doctor, psychologist, or psychiatrist. I am sharing my personal experience and how I overcame my own PTSD, panic attacks, and anxiety disorders on my own.