Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Thoughts on Turning 30

Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well. Tomorrow is my 30th birthday! I can't believe the day has finally arrived. In some ways I feel 30 and am ready for this change and some ways I still feel too young and also a bit nervous. Turning 30 this year has come with a lot of reflection time. Ever since January of this year I have been thinking about what turning 30 means to me and if I am ready. I realized that turning 30 is the beginning of a new chapter of life for me. I am leaving my twenties behind and moving on to being 30 when I am happy in a job I love, surrounded by positive people in my life, and opening up to new possibilities and opportunities.


My twenties were for figuring out what I wanted to do in a career and who I was. I started out in one career and realized it was not the right fit for me and then made the decision to change careers. Now I am in a career I enjoy and feel like there are so many opportunities there for career growth and development. I was placed there on a contract earlier this year while working for a temp agency. Now I am so grateful that I chose the assignment and went into office administration and am in my current position of Data entry administrator.

At my sister's bridal shower in June 2018

I have been working on focusing on my goals more and more. Lately I have been thinking of making progress towards my personal goals and focusing on self care. I have made more of an effort to spend time doing things that make me feel fulfilled and a sense of accomplishment like knitting and blogging. I have been looking inward for the answers to what makes me happy and feel fulfilled, and I have been able to feel content most of the time. That might also come with getting older as you learn about yourself you can create a life you love because you know what works for you. I think I understand myself and that I need time to refresh by setting aside time to write goals and my focus when things get busy or stressful. I am more confident than I have ever been that I can take on challenges that come my way.

At my sister's wedding September 2018

My twenties were amazing, I met my boyfriend of now 5 + years, moved to Toronto to live with him, changed careers, my sister got married, I was her Maid of Honor, and I kept blogging throughout my twenties sharing my life and interests with you all. I cannot wait to see what the thirties have in store for me!

Tomorrow on my birthday, I will be going into the office for a regular day of work, then I will be going for dinner with my boyfriend to an Italian restaurant in the evening to celebrate.  On the weekend I will be spending time with family going to dinner.

I am excited for this new chapter to begin and feel like the best is yet to come.

Here's to 30!

Have a wonderful day

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Thankful

Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well. I have had a busy week full of good moments. We had a Thanksgiving potluck lunch at work on Thursday, and I made some cranberry sauce to bring to the lunch. I used a recipe from Simply Recipes for the first time and it turned out pretty tasty. I have also been making butternut squash risotto dishes today to bring to Thanksgiving dinners this weekend. Because I am vegetarian, I wanted to offer to provide a dish I can eat as my main and others can eat as their sides with their turkey. I used Maddie Lymburner's vegan butternut squash risotto recipe from her YouTube channel and it is so delicious. I love how it used nutritional yeast which I love and it is such a good alternative to using dairy.

Butternut Squash Risotto

I bought these flowers to bring for my parents for Thanksgiving today. I found them at the Superstore and just loved the pumpkin pot and the detail on the pumpkin.



I love this hand towel I bought in the summer. It has the ingredients list and directions to make a pumpkin pie. I love using festive hand towels in the kitchen around this time of the year. I might try to follow the recipe to make one this year!



I have been working on knitting the second mitten of the fingerless mittens. I have been making steady progress on it this week but had to frog it a couple of times due to dropped stitches which makes it look loose, so I would rather take it apart and make the changes to be happy with how it turns out. I should be done them soon! Then I will focus on sewing up the seams for the Wool and the Gang Farrah Billie Jean top.


Fingerless Mittens by Kathy North. Pattern from Ravelry

I love this time of the year because it reminds me to be thankful for what I have. I love being surrounded by family for our Thanksgiving meal and enjoying the holiday together. I am so thankful for time spent together and the delicious food we share.

Thank you for visiting my blog today. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving if you celebrate here in Canada. I hope you enjoy your weekend!

Have a great day!


Monday, September 24, 2018

My Sister's Wedding, Knitting, and Reading Updates

Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well. I have been very well, it was my sister's wedding last weekend and it was amazing. I had a great time and enjoyed being her Maid of Honor. I made a speech and choked up a bit during it and people cheered me on and I also got a few laughs. I danced a lot and really enjoyed myself. I shared some photos from the big day below. They had their wedding on the harbor so there was a view of the lake from the venue and you can see the boats in the background of the photo of the sweetheart table.

My boyfriend, Liam and I by the flower wall at the end of the night 
With my hair and make up done!
Our bridesmaids bouquets in the limo!

I noticed the "just married" hearts on the back of the limo, so cute!

Where my sister and her now husband sat! 
It was so fun being my sister's Maid of Honor and helping her plan the events like bridal shower and bachelorette leading up to the wedding. I had such a great time at the wedding and reception afterwards. I am looking forward to seeing more photos from the photographers and also seeing the video the videographer took on the day.

In knitting, I have not been knitting too much. With the wedding and other work and exercise sessions it has been tiring and when I get home I just lay around. I really want to get better with this and knit a little each day so I make more progress towards my knitting instead of big spurts of knitting when I have bigger chunks of time which does not happen as often now working fulltime and going to the gym and trying to fit in time with family and friends. Below is some progress towards the second of the fingerless mitts. I knitted some rows today and got started and sometimes just getting started is the hardest part, then I will be done in no time.



I have still been reading Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella. It is good but I have to read more often. I will be sure to give you my honest opinion of the book when I am finished it. I love Sophie Kinsella's novels so I am sure I will love it once I put more time aside to read it. As you can probably tell by now I am having issues with making time for knitting and reading.

Also I am so happy it is Fall now! Who else loves the cooler weather here? It is also perfect for knitting as it gets cooler I feel like knitting more and look forward to knitting chunkier projects.

Joining Frontier Dreams for Crafting On and As Kat Knits for Unraveled Wednesday.

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Have a great day!


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