Friday, 29 March 2013

14" Lighter

Alright so yesterday (March 28) was a huge day for my dear friend and roommate.  As some of you may know April is the Canadian Cancer Society’s Daffodil Month for cancer research and awareness.  In support of this, our school hosts an annual Cut for the Cure at the end of March.  This year my roommate decided it was time to part with her long luscious locks that she had been growing out to support cancer research.  She was hoping to do the cut last year but felt she was not emotionally ready for the cut and that she had not done sufficient fundraising for the cause.  She started collecting donations casually throughout the year and more seriously when the school had announced the date of the event.  In total she raised close to $500 and 100% support from her family and friends and she cut and donated 14" of hair!
Cancer is one of the leading killers in Canada.  The majority of people know of someone who has fought or is fighting cancer.  Donations to the Cancer Society will fund ground-breaking research on all types of cancer and provide free information and support services for patients and caregivers.  It will also be used to educate Canadians about cancer prevention and early detection of the disease, and advocate public policies that prevent cancer and help those living with it.  Hair donations (shaved head or minimum of 8 inches cut) are used to make wigs for women and children that have suffered hair loss due to repeated bouts of treatment.
The event put on by our school is an effort to raise further awareness of the prevalence of cancer among Canadians, and to raise money to help the Cancer Society continue its services.  It gives students the opportunity to raise money and cut or shave their hair for the cause and donate for chance to pie your RA.  The event also provides students information on ways to prevent cancer and support someone in their life that may be suffering from the disease. 

I would never be able to lose all that hair.  This girl is AMAZING!

We have all lost someone to cancer.  For more information or to donate visit the Canadian Cancer Society online and click DONATE!

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Summer Goals

Alright so summer is almost here which for most people means transitioning from the school routine to the work routine.  It also means having time to relax in the sun and going to parties with your friends.  In amongst all the work and all the fun, I like to set my self summer goals.  I try to set goals that can be easily accomplished over the span of 4 months and that take up little to no extra time in my daily life.  Last year my goal was to stop biting my fingernails and keep them looking nice all the time, which was very successful.  

This year I have two goals:
(1) Keep up with the exercise I have been doing while at school
(2) Stop straitening my hair and let it grow. 

This year was my first full year in the kinesiology program.  The content for the majority of my courses focused on exercise and its importance in different aspects of life, which encouraged me to start living a more active lifestyle.  It took me a few months to find the right program for me and get into an exercise routine, that still left me with enough time and energy for my school work.  I started this process in November and I have been able to keep a solid routine for about a month and a half now.  I have learned both in class and form experience, that exercise is an excellent source of stress relief and it increases self efficacy and overall day time energy.  Exercise is also an important part in a healthy lifestyle.  In the past, my summers have consisted of very high levels of activity due to my involvement in marching showband.  This summer I will not be able to rely on the band, so the continuation of my current routine is especially important. 

My second goal will be much easier and require less effort to accomplish.  For years I have said “I am not going to straiten my hair this summer and I'm going to let it grow without killing the ends.”  This, my friends, is the year that I will FINALLY accomplish this goal.  This year is different from past summer because I will be working.  I wont need to have sleek, strait, performance ready hair, thus reducing the need to kill it with my straitener.  This is an easy goal that will take little time and effort to accomplish.  I will just have to be patient.

"You're from like 2001"

I get very excited when I decide to try new things and this is one of them.  Eventually my excitement about blogging will calm down and I will stop writing about blogging and start writing about other things  but for now I’m going to use it to my advantage. 
After I had published my first post I immediately told all my friends and everyone on Facebook about it.  My favourite reaction was from a good friend who said to me, “You're from like 2001,” which at first I thought was funny and strange.  After I thought about it for a while I realized he had a reason to mock me in this way.  People don’t make a blog posts about things that they are doing unless it is also useful for a good chunk of the population.  Most blogs these day are all about how to have perfect hair or the perfect body, make the perfect meal or find the perfect gift for someone special.  If people want to share their thoughts and feeling they make stupid rant videos or videos where they hold up flash cards for you to read.  They post them on Facebook and Twitter for all there “friends” and “followers” to see, but the majority of the people reading their posts either don’t know who they are or don’t really care about that they have to say.
 Maybe I am going back to 2001, before Facebook , YouTube and Twitter, when a blog was used as an online journal.  I am going back to a time where I don’t have to condense my thoughts into 140 characters.  I am going back to a time where the people will read what I have to say because they want to, not because it is the next thing on their news feed.  I lived in 2001 ( I was 8 and I don’t really remember it) so I can go back there now.  One day everyone will go back to it for one reason or another.  

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Everything I Like: March

When asked what I like and what my favourite things are I can give a different answer depending on the time of year and the different things that are going on in my life.  What I would like to do is create a monthly update on the music, movies, TV shows, celebrities and pin-boards that I am in to.

This month I am coming up on the end of my second year of university.  This means I am about to fight to balance my need to study the fact that I just want everything to be over and go home for the summer.  During this time I usually find a good playlist to study to, a couple of feel good movies and shows and inspirational pin-boards to give my mind a break.

March is when I usually start listening to country music to bring me home and to my childhood.  As the end of the school year approaches, everyone starts getting ready and excited for summer and we all start making our grand summer plans. In my case summer means home and home means 10 days of Stampede to look forward to.  Country music doesn’t only get me through the push to the end of exams, but it get me ready to go when summer comes around. 
Artists: Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Jake Owen, Florida Georgia Line, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw
Songs: Cruise – Florida Georgia Line, Take a Little Ride – Jason Aldean, Summer Jam – Jake Owen, Even if it Breaks Your Heart  - Eli Young Band

Recently I have been enjoying cute, feel good movies.  These movies allow me to spend some time with my roommates, get away from my books and notes and have a well deserved laugh.  I usually watch some of my favorite movies that I can sing along to or quote.
Recently Watched: Princess Diaries 1 and 2, Pitch Perfect and She’s the Man

I don’t watch a lot of TV in the summer because I’m not a huge fan of all the reality shows. I don’t really care about the dumb things people do when they are “forced” to live in a house together, who can survive the longest on an island or who is going to be the 20th American Idol.  I do have a few guilty pleasure reality shows that I watch every week.
Reality TV shows: Dancing with the Stars, The Bachelor/Bachelorette and So You Think You Can Dance

When my day is done I find myself on Pinterest.  Because summer is coming, I have been most interested in looking at the newest styles for summer, spring and summer themed nail art, easy summer recipes and fun outdoor summer activities.   I also use my Pinterest to look at some of my favourite celebrities.
Favourite PinsStyleRecipesNail ArtActivities and Celebrities

Monday, 25 March 2013

My Roommate is Writing a Book

My roommate is writing a book.  This girl is a second year English major and she has already immersed herself in writing her first book.  She is all about adventure, people in hiding and love triangles.  Her overactive imagination and bad ass dreams, mixed with the stories and books she has read throughout her life have given her the ability to something I could only ever dream of.  Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, the Chaos Walking Series, and the Studio Ghibli films she watched as a child have inspired her imagination and passion for writing.

The dedication and time spent in the creation and adaptation of the story is incredible.  In the past 6 months she has managed to spit out 9 completed chapters and has notes and plans for at least 10 more. I can depend on her to be in her room writing every night after about 10 pm and some times she will stay up until 5 am getting lost among her ideas.  She has characters with detailed back stories, and a whole new land.  She has notebooks full of notes on characters and their relationships and drawings of settings, clothes and a map of a whole new land.  Like any good adventure story her characters have culture and segregation, social classes, a best friend vs. the “mysterious new guy” love triangle and a journey to claim what is rightfully hers. 
In the process of writing this book she has also started planning for 4 additional books that will include some of her favourite characters.
 I have read the prologue, the first chapter and little snippets through the writing process and I am excited to read the finished product.
To read her first chapter “Red Dream” follow the link!  You wont regret it! I promise!

I'm Writing a Blog!

Alright so this is a very new thing for me.  Its Monday night and I’m sitting in my dorm room with nothing to do so I figured why not start a blog. I have no idea if anyone will care about what sort of ridiculous things happen to me but that’s not the point. The point is to have a place where I can share my stories with people who choose to read them. I’m new to this and since this is my first post I guess I should share a little bit about me and my life.

I am a 100% Canadian girl, born and raised in the prairies.  That basically means I apologize for everything whether I need to or not and I love everything country.  Although I am a city girl, I have always thought about what it would be like living in a small town, where everyone knows everyone else.  This probably come from the copious amount of country music I listen to between March and September.

Anyways I will stick more to the basics for now and keep the fun stuff for future posts. 

My life is nothing special.  I don’t live a dangerous, secret or scandalous life.  I am a Kinesiology student and I spend more time watching sports than I do playing them.  I live in a dorm, for the time being, with 3 roommates. We get along well and have some pretty fun times together.  My friends are also great in their own ways and we are all a little bit crazy sometimes. I like to have fun.  My kind of fun usually consists of dancing and singing at the top of my lungs whether I’m in a club or at home alone.  Music has always influenced my thoughts and dreams.  I love musicals.  I play too much bubble speed on facebook. I am a Facebooker, an instagrammer and a pinner, follow me @katileen, and I have a twitter account that I use once every 6 months.  I don’t read much.  I like cheesy movies.  More than anything in the world I believe in love and magic.  I love LOVE .  I’m an only child = independent, but I do take suggestions of others very seriously as well, ultimately I’m going to do what I think is the best thing.  Boys are stupid but I’ve always got one on my mind for one reason or another.  I always have something to say about my hair and how it could be better.  I usually refer to it as “the beast” or “the thing” on my head.  I need to live somewhere with a beach I can sit on year round. I love celebrities aka they are nice to look at and pretend I’m going to marry them (no gossip).  

Mostly I will write about my thoughts and feeling, sometimes events of the days, weeks etc.  I will talk about the new things I am into and the music and movies I love.  I also want to use it as a progress measurement for some goals (like my current work out and hair growth goals) but that wont be the main focus.