Walking in heels

Maybe it’s kind of weird that I keep on obsessing over this one thing. But I find it a bit embarrassing. Plus I’ve been sick and traveling, so I’m a bit limited in what else I can do.*

I bought a badass pair of heeled boots in the sales in Paris. They are sick. They are wedges, which means they are good starter heels. Two or maybe three inches. I’ve been walking around Paris and now Zurich in them non-stop. With the exception of the airport, because I was in such a hurry to get there in time.

Basically, my issue is I’m super slow, and I wobble. I bought gel inserts to make the front part a bit more comfortable too. I have high arches, which means I get less overall support and often end up walking on my toes the whole time.

Also, I’ve continued to be a bit more active on Twitter, and am slowly inching my way toward 20 followers. This will be a great challenge for me!

Anyway, we will see how I fare this weekend, because if I won’t be in ski boots, I’ll be walking, talking and dancing in heels. Hopefully with grace!

* I did practice my Dutch and French so far, but I have chosen to improve my Spanish, since the last time I took lessons was ten or more years ago (age 14)!

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Bitter Sweet Symphony – The Verve

I broke #21 last night. I went to subway thinking it would be harmless. Boy was I wrong! I’m not too sure exactly what it was about what I ordered, but I woke up with the most ridiculous stomachache. I guess my body got use to no junk food! Which Is definitely a good thing, but definitely hurt at the time!

Aside from the stomachache this morning, I’ve been feeling kind of down lately. I totally blame the weather for this one. It’s making me lazy and not do anything. Which is bad because #24 is to do more winter activities… Does going out for dinner and going to a concert count?? (I’m seeing Tool tomorrow night)

I’ve been trying to wake up a little earlier each morning to get in some Yoga. I haven’t been able to do it daily, and I can’t seem to get into a routine. I’ll keep on trying though, even if it’s only a few days a week its better than nothing a week.

I’ve made a writing schedule for myself in regards to my script. Im hoping that this guideline will help me out! So every Tuesday night for 2 hours I have allotted time for me to be “creative”. I really hope that something good will come out of this!

So, on January 26th I will be attending a networking party in Toronto. I will know no one there, and therefore will be completing #20! I will tell you all about it in my next blog.

I’m planning on two trips in the next two months right now. Montreal is one of them, was thinking the last weekend of February (24-26). And the other one is a complete surprise incase that person is following this blog. However I will be gone March 16-18. Very excited about both of these trips!

In three weeks it’ll be my anniversary with Meagan Bond in getting pierced. We’re celebrating with another one! No big surprise to anyone, I will be getting my nose pierced. But which side?

Progress after nearly one month

Traveling I think has ruined whatever good habits I tried to cultivate before and during the new year.

No yoga or running, eating greasy foods and lots of cream, too much caffeine and drinking, not nearly enough water. Add to this late nights, jet lag, and a constant dampness, and you’ll find yourself feeling a little ill. I tried to fight it in Amsterdam, but it has come back with a vengeance in Paris.

So the only progress for my goals that I have tried walking around for a couple of hours in heels. Not a simple thing for me. I find that wearing heels slows me down significantly. I don’t know what is wrong with my technique, but my step or stride is shortened significantly. This makes me take little doll steps which is cute I guess, but really impractical.

On the plus side, I have got some writing done! It’s pretty exciting, I have been writing a series of short stories for a whole now. I wrote another two in London, and on the train to Paris I wrote another three. They are really short, like 500 words or less, and it will be a series of twelve all revolving around one theme. So far I like how some have come out, while others need work. But this is to be expected. Hopefully I can have some presented on my portfolio by the middle of February!

Travel and goals

Traveling and my goals are not really mixing well. Even the “visiting somewhere new” aspect is not working out so well. It’s a bit discouraging, to be honest.

So still no yoga, and I am still wobbly in my high heels (but I managed to blame it on my gown on Sunday at the wedding). Does anyone have any tips for that? I’ve seen a couple of clips on YouTube, but a lot of the advice shown was really strange for me. I found it difficult to apply the instructions.

I’ve installed a chess app so that I can play on my own… Yeah I still haven’t done that! Maybe on the airplane? Maybe in Amsterdam? Maybe in the chalet with some friends after skiing? Who knows!

But I am more active on Twitter than ever, so I have increased my followers to maybe, uh like 13? Still figuring out my voice out there too. It’s a funny medium, ripe for one-liners and unkind to meandering thoughts like mine. So far I’m having conversations with friends, retweeting funny or interesting stuff, and just generally exploring various ways to use it. I’ve used Twitter for work before, but then people actually wanted information from me. Now I have to figure out why people would want to follow me in the first place.

As for improving a language other than French, it hasn’t happened either. I’ve only been speaking English and French, so Spanish, Dutch, and Italian have been out of the picture. We’ll see next week though!

So ladies, and gents who wear heels: how can I get better at walking in them?!

Young the Giant – Cough Syrup

Starting to feel under the weather. Woke up yesterday and threw up immediately. Called into work to ask for the day off, and went back to sleep. I slept for another 4 hours after that. Kind of happy that I’m getting sick now and not when I had so many plans the previous month, or in a week from now!

I woke up a little earlier this morning to get some Yoga done, and my daily regime of taking multivitamins. Note: I’ve been taking multivitamins since Dec. 1 to avoid getting sick quickly. Definitely worked!

Well, I’m hitting my list with a bang and I’m very happy about that! Here’s my progress with certain things that I haven’t discussed yet

Finish my script – I haven’t started anything on this one! I think I need to sit down and make myself a schedule so that I can actually put a dent into this thing. I feel without that type of structure I wont get anything done.

Skydive and/or Edge walk on the CN Tower – I’ve had many people say that they want to do this with me, so, if money permitting, I would love to do it with all of you! Right now its looks like my friend Alia and I will be doing it come July

Take dance lessons – I currently met a couple that works at a dance studio through a friend of mine, Mitzi Perez. I might take them up on their dance lesson offer!

Market my business better – I’ve joined Model Mayhem (http://www.modelmayhem.com/2491539) as a makeup artist and am scouting out Craiglist every day for odd jobs to do. I currently have a gig tonight, which I’m happy about since I could definitely use the pocket money!

Travel somewhere new / Take a road trip – I’ve decided to go on a road trip with my friend Ilana Reichman. We were trying to decide on where to go so it would be new AND a road trip, and have decided on Chicago. No idea when we’re going to do it but at least that plan is there!

Paint something new and unexpected – I know exactly what I want to paint, I looked around at some hard album covers to do, and I picked one. I just need to go and grab a canvas now!

Go hiking on a brand new trail with Aileen O’marra – We’ve decided to go to Algonquin Provincial Park for our hike, we haven’t decided on the date yet but at least we’ve got the ball rolling on that one too!

Aside from that, the ones that continue on throughout the year are going very well; I am past my 2-week mark for not smoking. It’s still a challenge because most of my friends are smokers. I barely eat out anymore, which has also saved me quite a lot of money (NOTE: I spent most of it already on a party I threw while Mitzi was over, totally worth it though! I wouldn’t of been able to do that if it weren’t for my goal!) and I’ve been keeping in pretty good touch with some old friends! There are still a couple of people that I want to see before months end, but I doubt that’ll be an issue.

Looking for inspiration

Am I on a break? It kind of feels that way. I haven’t been this relaxed in ages. I’m currently in London, where I’m staying at my aunt’s apartment. It’s pretty great to be able to stay with family, and enjoy their company.

I haven’t really exercised or anything else for that matter since Wednesday. Mostly I’ve spent the last few days packing, preparing for and going on job interviews, and then I left on Friday evening. I arrived early Saturday morning, and have been dancing up a storm ever since.

I thought I would have had more time and inclination to write, but. Between intensely huge family gatherings, the stress of getting everything done before leaving and my jet-lag, I have nothing. Hopefully my short stories will come back to me!

In the meantime I’m taking pictures and writing notes for my next big painting. I haven’t painted since 2009 (!) and this disappoints me. I find I have some inspirations but don’t know yet how I will go about achieving the ideal in my mind.

So now is around the time when people start breaking their resolutions, but I am trying to stand strong, even on my whirlwind vacation! Any suggestions for yoga in London or Amsterdam, my friends?

Does it count?

So I’m doing laundry and getting ready for a trip today and I want to know: if I already knew that I was going somewhere new, does it counts part of my 25/25? I’d like to know your thoughts on this.

So far no yoga. It’s kind of bugging me, because I really used to love going. But I have been running, but only on an elliptical trainer. I find it really hard to run for longer than a block and a half, so to be able to run one mile will be an achievement of sorts. Plus to run really fast — well maybe I’ll finally catch the bus when it zooms right by me!

I did cut my hair, but I don’t think this one counts either: I’ve maintained the same hairstyle for over ten years now. My hair is long and naturally curly, but I usually take control of that and wear it straight. I think it’s time for a change.

I was considering a very short cut, like a boy’s cut or something, but I think it would be too much maintenance. I think the thing I like most about my hair now, aside from the fact that it’s grown quite long, is that it’s relatively low-maintenance. I can’t really be bothered to get my hair cut more than every 2 months or so… So that is a pretty big issue for me. Alternatively, I’ve never dyed my hair, so I’m thinking I will try that out.

Does anyone have any suggestions about this? I’m clueless when it comes to hair!

Life – Our Lady Peace

I’ve decided to post songs as my titles that I’ve heard recently that make me pumped for this project.

I guess you can say that I’m getting into the swing of things with my list! #2, #3, #9, #13, #14, #16, #18 are all in the midst of planning right now! Updates will come soon with those

#21 and #23 will be going on throughout the year. My progress with not eating at fast food places has diminished, but not gone. I caved in and bought a pizza at Pizza Hut the other night. My issue at the time was that I was too lazy to get up and cook food that I had. Although I am getting better at this, I want this to go away entirely. I’m not expecting this to happen over night, but I am content with my progress so far.

Day number 10 for not smoking! My irritability has gone away, but I’m finding myself eating more. I think I might have to start working out again. I need to get myself into a routine; I just need to figure out what would work best with me. I use to get up early and do Yoga every morning; I might start that up again. My issue right now is when I try to wake up early I just hit snooze. I could go to bed earlier, but sometimes I can only see my boyfriend at 10:30 at night, and me being tired the next day is a sacrifice I’m willing to make just to see him.

#5 “ Keep in better touch with everyone” I’ve been keeping in better touch with people and trying to get out as much as I can to see them. Last week I saw an old friend, Sean Duncan, went out to sushi and caught up on the last three years of our lives. Yes, it has been three years since I’ve seen him. Im not the total one to blame, as he says, so I guess that makes me feel a little better about not totally keeping in touch. He’s doing well, and is back in school. I am very proud of him. I also saw Alia, whom I haven’t seen in probably 6-8 months. She went away for a little bit to work and we just kind of lost touch. We went out for dinner last night and caught up and made the promise to stay in touch. All in all I think I’m starting to be very good with this! I do however have to see Ian Campbell and Jules Minaker, by the forces of nature we have been making and canceling plans for the last little while, and I’m determined to see them by the end of the month.

#9: “Learn how to cook 5 new dishes” will be coming up either at the end of the month or the beginning of February For this challenge I have selected 5 people to send me one recipe each. I will be holding a dinner party, with 5 other people, and I will present these dishes. This will be vlogged, so you will all get to see their reactions and thoughts!

#15: “Be better at my job” I only really started yesterday. We have a website www.trewaudio.com and they have articles on new equipment explaining what it does, how it works, etc.. My plan is to read 1 article a day. Currently I have read this one: www.trewaudio.com/remoteaudio/bdsv4/

I think I’m more confused now than I was when I went in! Although it put a damper on me getting to know things better, I’m not going to let it put me down. Not too sure which article I’ll read today, but I’m putting everything into a document on “Things I’ve read” and will show you all my progress!