Prepare for whining

I don’t want to go to work. I don’t want to wear my retainer. I don’t want to run tomorrow. I want McDonald’s. I’d LOVE a can of pop. I want to go home for Christmas break. I want to not be poor. I want my mom. I want my dad. I miss my dog. I want to sleep for a week. I just want to lay in bed and watch netflix and eat fast food and drink pepsi but for some god awful reason I decided I wasn’t going to eat fast food or drink pop FOR A YEAR, WHAT WAS I THINKING?

But if I’m staying positive (which I’m desperately trying to do), I’m working on a couple bucket list items:

20. Have straight, white – I’m wearing my stupid, awful retainer which the dentist told me I should wear all the time but I haven’t worn it in weeks #realtalk I have a dentist appointment in January so I figured I should start wearing it, it’s super cute…

7. Go all year without drinking pop. – Definitely struggling with this one.

8. Go all year without fast food (excluding Subway, Tim Horton’s and salads) – Thank god for Subway and Tim Horton’s.

12. Run a 5K – I’ve started my Couch to 5k app and I’ll be doing week 3, day 2 tomorrow (I’ve done 3 runs so far… I started at week 2, day 2).  I’m pretty proud of myself merely because I made myself a schedule and so far I’ve stuck to it… I ran yesterday and I definitely didn’t want to… but I knew I had to do it if I ever wanted to run a 5k.

Anyways, enough of me complaining… but this whole ‘doing things’ stuff is hard.

 

 

My Sister’s Keeper, Jodi Picoult

More progress on another bucket list item!

2. Read 20 books 

I had been meaning to read this book for years. I’m not even sure what took me so long, because my cousin let me borrow her copy for the longest time. I think it’s because I sort of knew what I was getting myself into… Jodi Picoult never fails to overwhelm me with tears and way too many deep thoughts about life and whether I’m making the right decisions.  To find out more about the book, look at Goodreads.

I absolutely cannot wait to watch the movie…

But I think for my next book, I’ll choose something a little lighter… Book number 3 is going to be Rick Mercer’s A Nation Worth Ranting About.

Only 18 books left!

Better get a move on

So I just registered for a 5k next month… and I can’t run… uh oh.

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I’m going to start the Couch to 5k program tomorrow – I have the app on my iPhone.  It’s an 8 week program (3 times a week) that trains you to run for 30 minutes straight.  The run is in 6 weeks so I obviously don’t have time to complete the program but I think I’ll start on week 2 and then as long as I can run at intervals of 10:1, I’ll be fine!

I think it’s a good thing I decided to register and just make the commitment, because now I reeeeeally have to start training asap.

Hopefully I’ll be marking another item off my bucket list soon…

12. Run a 5K

Any runners out there? Any advice you want to give me???

 

 

 

 

1984, George Orwell

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Glad to say I’m making progress on another bucket list item!

2. Read 20 books 

I’m now 5% complete… Only 19 more books to go. 

I actually started this book during the summer, read about 20 pages or so, then went on doing summertime things like drinking beer in the sun, swimming and listening to country music.  I thought I’d pick up where I left off and thank goodness I did – it was such a good read. 

To find out more about the book, look at Goodreads (one of my favorite sites).

Any suggestions for what book I should read next???  I’m thinking Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom or A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. 

 

 

 

Be the change

Yesterday, I was able to experience something so incredible – We Day Atlantic Canada 2013.

We Day is an initiative of Free the Children that aims to empower youth to ‘be the change’ both locally and globally.  One of the coolest parts of this event is that you can’t buy a ticket – you must earn it through participating in a year-long program called We Act.

I was lucky enough to volunteer at the Maritimes’ first ever We Day on the public relations team.  I accompanied media around throughout the day, and even got to watch the interviews on the red carpet (Helllllooooo Jacob Hoggard).  It’s a full day later, and I’m still on an adrenaline high from being there – the thousands of cheering youth, the insane musical performances, the inspiring speakers… it was all awesome.

Award-winning Canadian rapper and record producer, Kardinal Offishall, energizes the crowd at We Day Atlantic Canada on November 27, 2013. (Photo credit: Jennifer Dibble/Free The Children)

Award-winning Canadian rapper and record producer, Kardinal Offishall, energizes the crowd at We Day Atlantic Canada on November 27, 2013. (Photo credit: Jennifer Dibble/Free The Children)

Multi-platinum, JUNO Award-winning recording artists, Hedley, with traditional African male choir, the Kenyan Boys Choir, take the stage at We Day Atlantic Canada on November 27, 2013. (Photo credit: Jennifer Dibble/Free The Children)

Multi-platinum, JUNO Award-winning recording artists, Hedley, with traditional African male choir, the Kenyan Boys Choir, take the stage at We Day Atlantic Canada on November 27, 2013. (Photo credit: Jennifer Dibble/Free The Children)

Co-founder of Free The Children and international activist, Craig Kielburger, captivates the crowd of 8,000 students at We Day Atlantic Canada on November 27, 2013. (Photo credit: Jennifer Dibble/Free The Children)

Co-founder of Free The Children and international activist, Craig Kielburger, captivates the crowd of 8,000 students at We Day Atlantic Canada on November 27, 2013. (Photo credit: Jennifer Dibble/Free The Children)

Technically, this meets the requirements of one of the items on my bucket list:

15. See a live performance (comedy, music, theatre, etc)

One down, 21 to go!

Find out how you can get involved and be the change here.

Things you should know about me

1. I love my phone
2. I love Netflix
3. I love food
4. I am too lazy to do the things I want to do
5. I know I could be something different than I am aka I’m not living up to my full potential (what a shitty feeling)
6. I hate eyeballs
7. I lived in France for 5 months
8. I’m in my last year of a bachelor of public relations
9. I still have no idea what I want to be when I grow up but slowly it’s starting to come together
10. My favorite color is blue
11. I miss playing volleyball
12. I whine …and complain… a lot
13. I want to travel across Canada
14. I cried when I saw the Backstreet Boys
15. I love country music but sometimes I hate saying that because I don’t want people to think I’m a poser
16. I want to meet Beyonce
17. I want to be a mom (lol but not yet, can u imagine)
18. When I was little, I wanted to be a pop star or a dolphin trainer
19. I’m pretty much an open book and I’m friendly
20. I suck at saving money (but this year is gonna change that I hope)
21. I mostly wear lulus and hoodies but I’m starting to build a wardrobe of real, grownup clothing
22. I need to sleep more / at more appropriate times

I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling 22

I’m 22 years and 4 days old.  I have no idea what I’m doing in life.  Like… seriously, wtf.

I’m lazy, overweight, watch way too much Netflix, treat my body like a trashcan and make questionable decisions sometimes.

I mean, I think I’m happy for the most part…but I know I’m holding myself back too. I could be so much better.

I feel like I’m always wasting my time/money/energy on dumb shit so I’d like to commit to some changes.

So, I’ve created a bucket list with 22 items that I’m aiming to complete during this year. They are mostly about losing weight, being healthier, looking better, learning more and doing the things I’ve always meant to do, but just didn’t (because, like I said… I’m lazy). There’s a few that I don’t have to try too hard to complete (i.e. graduate university… that was going to happen anyways) and then there are a couple that I’m pretty freakin’ worried about (i.e. getting contacts… I have a major issue with eyes, if we are friends, you probably know that about me already). Some are just fun, like putting a crazy color in my hair and getting a massage, but I knew if they didn’t make it on the list, they probably wouldn’t happen (and I needed 22 items 😉 ).

I’ll update y’all on my progress, probably complain a whole bunch, maybe talk about things that have nothing to do with this bucket list and maybe become some sort of superhero that inspires all of you to do the things you’ve been putting off… ha hahaha.

Better make these next 361 days worth it so I don’t have to delete this blog and pretend this never happened.

-Brenna, 22