Showing posts with label Quotes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Quotes. Show all posts

Wishful Thinking

Friday, July 26, 2013

Do you all sometimes wish you had it all? A bigger home; more time; more money; more clothing; a better body; a car; go on more vacations? Recently I have been finding myself wishing for things that I know I cannot have right now due to other factors that I cannot control. And I think my wishful thinking (or complaints, as my hubby calls it) might be bugging others.

I might at times complain to a friend about buying a bigger house, not realizing that my friend who still lives with parents would want to have what I have. Other times, I might say I wish I had a permanent job instead of these contract jobs, but not realize that some of my friends don't even have jobs, or the fact that I should be happy that I have a job that pays the bills. However, we all complain about money and wish we all had more, so I guess that is something we cannot control :)

I guess in this society of “I want that”, we are all used to getting what we want. And it is all possible (for the most part). However we don't always realize the costs that are associated with that want. I want a bigger house with a bigger kitchen than the tiny space I have now. However, a bigger house will mean a bigger mortgage for us. And with my unsteady contract jobs, I cannot afford to lock myself into a risky situation. I can get a permanent job, but that would mean either moving away from our town or accepting a permanent position in a field I did not go to school for. These small costs that could change your future.

Before I began blogging, I have been reading many blogs. And while reading many of the “decor” type of blogs, I began wanting a bigger home, more money to decorate, more renovation projects to do, etc. Only after my husband started questioning my “unhappiness” and after a few months of reading these blogs have I realized the jealousy monster that was growing inside me. Instead of using their blogs as inspiration for my current home and what I have now, I began being jealous at the stuff they have and not being happy with all that we have.

It wasn’t until I got laid off this past year that I began to see just how much we have – having a house with no mortgage, a year old car totally paid off, no financial hardships to worry about, and a loving support system from both family and friends. These are the things that many people wish to have; however I have not seen what I have as being something others would want.

I have now learned from my mistakes this past year, and have learned to love everything I have! Yes, it’s not quite what I had planned my life to be at this stage in my life. But hey, these are the things that I cannot control and just need to learn to embrace all that is given to me! Yes, I still would like to have all those things, but with time! :) Right now, I am enjoying everything I do have and all that He has provided for me. This is where the verse from Ecclesiastes 3:1 comes to mind.

Real Costs of Striving For "Higher"

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Today I am going to pour out my heart into what I strongly think is happening to many attending or completing post-secondary studies and are born in the 80s and beyond. While some of you might not be experiencing it, which is great; others might happily agree with me, having more to add to it. And that is fine - we all have opinions and have all gone through different experiences. I am sharing my experiences and what I have been seeing become more of a norm recently.

As I look around my group of friends and former classmates from university, I begin to see a common trend - we are all stuck. Stuck right where we are. Comparison to previous generations, we "should" be at the point of starting our lives, getting married, having kids, and having a career instead of a job. However, many of us are still living at home, working at places we wouldn't like to call a career, and waiting for something, anything, to come up. We are not able to apply our post-secondary knowledge to any relevant work experience. This is the same knowledge that "promised" us a great career, the knowledge that "assured" we would have a beaming future, and the knowledge that is drilling a hole into our bank accounts faster than they are extracting oil.

It is a fact that current costs of pursuing post-secondary studies is higher today than it was even a decade ago. Many students are suffering with loan repayment after they graduate, sinking deeper and deeper into debt as the years go on. And that debt has been increasing drastically throughout the years. The current educational system has become more of a lucrative business that is only selling to the highest bidder. Costs of anything related to higher education seems to skyrocket. Textbook prices are disgustingly high, and newer editions keep spewing out of the printers that make re-selling old textbooks nearly impossible. Cafeteria "food" makes many student want to throw-up at the sight, and is somehow more expensive than fancy restaurants. Higher than needed parking passes and parking problems make you want to just take the bus (even if it takes two hours to get to school). And don't even get me started on the companies - cell phone, student credit card, and even fake jewelry companies - that come on campus trying to promote and sell their products, only to take more money from the already poor students. My common saying to these harassers during my undergrad and grad studies was "sorry I'm a student, and I'm poor".

And while enrollment is so high, job availability is far too low. We are only taught to consume and never question. Education has changed to be a product of consumption and it is being advertised to us that we must "consume" this product for our better good. It is crazy at the number of times I see commercials during a half-hour TV show advertising a local college or university, with that same common theme - a person stuck in the job they hate, went to school, got a degree and *bam* got that amazing job they were searching for their whole lives. Perfect! While this does happen, I question at what percent does it happen and what kind of job. The career that they dug themselves into debt to go to school, or the overworked and underpaid job that they have to stick to in order to avoid going bankrupt. These are those unanswered questions they - the corporation-minded universities - don't tell you about. But unfortunately, they cannot tell you all this.

I know far too many who completed teacher's college in hopes of becoming a teacher soon after graduating, but resort to minimum wage, part-time jobs because of the high competition for jobs. I have friends who have resorted to going back to school to try for another degree after only being able to find temporary or temp-agency jobs with their current degrees. I also know of many, many who are stuck working contract job after contract job, with no benefits and no stability or assurance of what is to come after the contract is complete. I am one of those people. I am currently in a contract job that promises me two months. I just came out of a five week contract job, and before that a three year contract job that started off as a three-month contract and only kept getting extended by a couple months at a time. And contract jobs are becoming the new trend in Canada and the US - short-term often underpaid positions with no benefits. And, at least in Ontario, your employment can terminate before the end of your contract. That is the sad reality of the current employment system.

Having said all that, I still think having a post-secondary education is of utmost importance. While I have outlined what many people might be feeling once they experience the real world of work, I would never change the choices that I have made before ever entering university. We learn something more valuable than what is learned between those four walls of a classroom: the freedom to choose, the ability to think, and the understanding to know right from wrong. Education is ultimate freedom for yourself, your family and your future.
"Education is the most powerful" quote by Nelson Mandela


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Life As We Make It

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

It seems like we as a society are now "on a clock" basis than what we used to be. It seemed like people lived the "good life" back in the day when we used to converse with one another face-to-face (*gasp*, what no Facebook?!) and took time to enjoy our lives. The "good life" when we enjoyed each others company and lived a more slowed-down life. Our schedules are now packed with late-night meetings, inhaling fast food (because we don't have time to eat slow, nor to make a home-cooked meal), lacking sleep due to work deadlines, updating our Facebook status on how busy we are (how do we even find the time to update that?), oh and keeping up with the Kardashian's too. 

And this is how I was finding my life to be. During my graduate studies, I was always on the go - working, studying and sleeping was my daily routine. After completing my master's, I found myself working for a great company. I wasn't bogged with late-night meetings or tight schedules, but it seemed like my life was getting busy. And it got even more busier when I got engaged. I found my daily routine to be something like this: work, eat, plan for wedding, sleep. It was really a go-go-go type of lifestyle.

That is, until I got laid off early this year due to tight budget within the company. While I found myself cleaning and cooking every day (sometimes twice a day) to keep busy, after about the third day I realized how different life is when things are slowed down! I was used to the constant go-go-go lifestyle that this time off (that might have been much needed maybe?) was foreign to me. In all honesty, an uncertainty of when (and if) I will go back to work was scary. I started searching for new jobs, worrying about the unknown, and again being in the go-go-go state of mind. I saw this layoff as a negative event in my life. Instead, and I see this now, I should have looked at it in a positive way. A way of God telling me that I need to start taking better care of ME and enjoying my life before it is too late. I now have found a job and work every day, but I have since learned to take things as they come and slow down a bit. I no longer stress about how much I can fit into my day, take things as they come, and breathe a bit!

So friends, I will leave you with this very inspirational quote from one of my favourite people, Oprah.

Inspirational Wall Art {DIY}

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Hello everyone! Happy New Year 2013! Hope you all had a wonderful New Years! We spent the evening with both his and my parents. It was a nice and relaxing evening. I really didn't feel like going out or doing anything. So it was nice to just stay home in my comfy clothing and ring in the New Year this way! I wanted to show you guys a gift I made for my dear friend for Christmas. She loves quotes; in fact she lives by them! So I wanted to make her a special quote wall art that she can either hang in her workplace or at home. I asked her what her fave quote is, and it's the quote by Gandhi: "Be the change you wish to see in the world". I love that quote now too! :)

I started off by making the word arrangement in GIMP (my favourite photo editor). I rearranged the words in a way that would be post appealing. I also made them a dark purple, since that is her fave colour.

When I was happy with the arrangement I printed it off on an 8.5x11" paper. I bought a large picture frame with a matte opening of 8x10".

Position the words to fit perfectly into the matte.

And there you go! Perfect and inspirational word art that you can hang on the wall or lean against the wall on your bookshelf.

Below is the actual JPEG of the image, if you would all like to print it off and hang for yourselves. Enjoy!

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