Fall Life Update!

Hello everyone!

I figured it was about time I gave you a little update about what’s going on in my life right now, and about some of the things that happened over my summer.

I’m back in school for my last year of my undergrad, and I’m now V-P of the history society on campus. I’m also resuming my role as a writer for the campus newspaper, but with the added bonus of having one of my best friends on the staff this year. I’ll probably make a master list of all those articles on the blog again, so that you can read what I write in my everyday life.

I just moved off campus this year as well, since I really enjoyed working off campus this summer, in what used to be the town’s old courthouse. I’m super happy with my new place, and my roommates are pretty awesome too. Although, I think Eos might be the favourite roommate of all, since she’s a beautiful but curious corn snake.

I also got my first tattoo this summer, which has been on my list since I graduated high school. It’s a blackwork rose on my left shoulder, done by the fabulous Emily at Folklore Tattoo. I’ll be posting more about my experience and some tattoo tips later on, but for now, here’s a close up picture of it!

That’s about it for what I’ve been up to these last couple of months! I hope you’re all doing great, and are heading into fall ready to make it the best one yet. Please drop me a comment about any of your fall plans or what you’ve been up to, I love hearing about your lives too!

See you soon in the next post!

-Mel.

Happy Canada Day!

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From the Eastern coast of Canada, I hope all the Canadians following my blog have a great holiday! Take the time to have fun with your close friends and family during this long weekend.

I’ve always felt lucky to live in this country. It’s beautiful from coast to coast, from the oceans to the mountains and prairies. To live in a country that is both rich in natural beauty and contains such diverse people is truly a blessing.

That being said, Canadians have a lot of work ahead of us in the next couple of years. Forming the Canada of the future as a leader on the world stage and as a place where everyone feels accepted will mean putting in the time and effort. We shouldn’t forget our history as well, especially the indigenous peoples that have been here longer than most of us.

I hope you all have a great Canada Day, and celebrate this great place we call home. For the rest of my followers, I hope you have a great Sunday!

-Mel.

 

Day 19: What You’re Currently Worrying About

I think that being an adult means you always have a couple of worries in the back of your mind. I’m sure at any point I’m worrying about work, school, the future, etc as background noise.

What I’m currently worrying about is mostly school related. I have to choose my courses fairly soon for my 4th year, which means spending a few hours sighing exasperatedly over the course timetable. It’s really hard to juggle two majors with two sets of requirements when they like to schedule things at similar times.

The other school related worry I have right now is to do with pursuing a Masters degree. I’ve been doing research about grad schools and programs recently, which is always stressful. At this point, I’m fairly certain university websites are supposed to be confusing and send you down several rabbit holes until you find the information you actually need.

However, even if I’m worrying about school, I know it will all turn out for the best in the end. After all, I’ve got a few years of university under my belt, and a great support system that will help me with whatever I need.

Are you worried about anything at the moment? Drop me a comment, and I might be able to give you some advice!

-Mel.

Day 14: Ten Random Facts About Yourself

Without any further ado, here are ten fairly random facts about myself:

  1. My best friend and I have known each other since we met in kindergarten.
  2. My favourite colours are turquoise, purple, and emerald/forest greens.
  3. I dislike having naturally long nails, but I like having fake nails.
  4. I can play piano, and played clarinet for two years in junior high.
  5. I’m allergic to cats, but I’ll still pet them anyways because they’re cute. Especially black cats.
  6. I love camping and hiking, and I wish I had time to do more of both.
  7. My favourite chore is doing the dishes, since it’s really relaxing.
  8. I like watching gaming videos on YouTube, including Achievement Hunter and Markiplier.
  9. My sense of humour is very British, think Monty Python or Fawlty Towers. I’m also a big fan of puns.
  10. My favourite styles of clothing are classic and 50s, but I need to work on translating those over to my closet.

Can you guys relate to anything on my list? Leave me a comment down below if you do, or if you want to share a random fact about yourself.

-Mel.

Day 6: Something You’re Proud Of

There are so many things I’ve been proud of recently, but I’m only going to list a few of them here today.

First, I’m proud that I managed to survive my first year writing for the newspaper and on the executive of the history society at my university. There were quite a few late nights and a few frustrating moments, but it was all worth it. I made some friends, wrote great articles, and got kudos from multiple faculty members, which makes me believe that doing both jobs was a good choice.

I’m also proud of the fact that I pushed myself to pursue all the job interview offers that I was given in the last two months. I even made a trip to Halifax just for a three-hour interview, which still seems slightly surreal. I did end up with a summer job that will be beneficial to my future career, but I’m still glad I made myself do all the other interviews, since they taught me a lot.

I’m proud that I’ve finished my third year of university as well. This past year has really shown me what I like studying and what I really want to do as a career, since I’ve been taking mainly history and political science courses. And, now there’s only one year between me and my degree, which is a fantastic feeling.

Lastly, I’m proud of how much I’ve grown as an adult the last while. All the signing of sublets, cooking, and answering emails that I’ve done the last few months have made me realize that I’m actually capable of making my own life. I know I still have tons to learn, but it’s nice to know that I’ve come leaps and bounds from when I first moved out to Banff.

What’s something that you guys have done lately that has made you feel proud of yourselves? Drop me a comment down below so I can give you a virtual high five!

-Mel.

 

Day 3: Five ways to win your heart

Well, if any of you are wondering how to sweep me off my feet, then here you go! These are five of the things that can guarantee you’ll at least win a bit of my heart…

  1. Be kind. Kindness is rare these days, so showing that you care about others goes a long way. This especially applies when on a date, since I will judge people by how well they treat waitresses, cashiers, etc.
  2. Be honest and open. I really appreciate when people are forthcoming with what they want out of a potential relationship, especially when it comes to the game called online dating. In general, being open and honest about your opinions and your expectations will help in the long run as well.
  3. Respect that I am a person. Just like everyone else, I have goals, opinions, and preferences. There’s nothing more annoying than having someone diss everything you like or questioning whether every single decision you make is acceptable. I may make mistakes, but respecting that I am an individual that is fully capable of saying no or deciding my career path is more than appreciated.
  4. Taking care of the small things. I’m the type of person who already has a life plan and long-term goals that I’m working towards. So, I appreciate when others take care of some of the smaller things, like doing the dishes or grabbing that one thing I forgot doing groceries. It’s also super nice to have someone check in with a simple “how are you?” every now and then.
  5. Don’t go over the top. While those grand romantic gestures are great for the movies, they don’t work so well in real life. Honestly, I’d rather spend a few hours chatting in a coffee shop or going for a wander than getting my own horse-drawn carriage. After all, the simple things in life are really what matter.

Does my list match some of the ways people can win your hearts? Drop me a comment below!

-Mel.

Day 1: Introduce Yourself!

Hello everyone, and welcome to the 30 Day Writing Challenge!

My name is Melissa, and I’ve been blogging on here for about three years now.

I’m from Calgary, and I’ve lived there for the majority of my life. That means I’m probably your stereotypical Western Canadian, or that’s what my friends from other provinces say at least…

I just finished off my third year of university towards getting my B.A., which means I’ll be graduating in a year from now. I’m involved in running a history society and writing for the campus newspaper, which keeps me fairly busy as well during the school year.

I like learning languages and taking pictures in my spare time as well. I’m currently working on learning German, while still trying to keep my French and Spanish skills up to par.

Otherwise, you can find out more about me in my bio, or through the rest of my posts this month.

Hope you guys enjoyed this brief intro, and I hope that you stick around for the rest of the 30 Day Writing Challenge!

-Mel.

Life Update!

Hello everyone,

This is a quick heads up that I won’t be posting anything for the next month.

March has been pretty crazy for me already between working for the newspaper, schoolwork, and doing a bunch of interviews for summer jobs. Unfortunately, it’s not going to settle down until about mid-April, so I won’t be able to write anything before then.

I’m hoping to post a lot this summer and maybe start a few new writing series, and I’m considering doing another 30 day writing challenge as well during either June or July. Until then, I’ve been updating the masterpost of articles I’ve been writing for the campus newspaper, so if you want to see some of my current work, check it out!

Hope you’re all well, and I’ll be back on here in about a month!

-Mel.

Goodbye to the Sunshine Dog

Jypsie, Jyps, Tipsy, Sexy, Houdini, Dummkopf, you were known by many names.

You always knew where the best sun patch was inside and outside. You’d always lie on the picnic table, napping for hours under the sun and keeping an eye on the kitchen. I’m sure at some point you must have been raised by a cat, since you were a very strange dog.

Of course, you also got into a fair amount of trouble. From digging holes to escaping the yard so many times, we had to keep it shut with a belt. It’s amazing that you managed to teach our old dog Jerzy your tricks as well, you two were a ridiculous duo when you combined your talents.

You were a good hunter too, fitting for a family of hunters. You were oh so proud to come into the house one day smacking on the feathers of the bird you’d just caught. We’ll miss our bird and mouse hunter.

You also never understood the concept of personal space. It didn’t matter if the three of us girls were on the couch, you’d find some room to squish your fluffy butt into. Sharing the back seat with you on car rides meant at some point, you would have a dog on your lap that demanded attention.

You got me through some rough times, either by spending a few hours cuddled close or by sharing your infectious good energy. Nobody could say no to your goofy grin greeting everyone that stepped through the door.

Saying goodbye to you was really hard, but I’m glad that you waited until I was home, so I was there to sneak in a few last pets.

I hope you are at peace, running around with Jerzy and getting spoiled to no end in heaven.

Love you always,

Mel.