The purpose of this blog originally was a project for school. I was at Niagara College taking the Public Relations program and the class was required to blog as social media has become a big part of the communications world. After the course was complete, I no longer had to commit to writing posts and therefore I didn’t. Here we are almost 5 years later and I’m back.

I have always enjoyed to writing, but while in University you are forced to meet their requirements with content, style and length that it was never free and creative as I wanted it to be. This is why I have decided to come back to my blog.

I quit my stressful job about a month ago and I am finally starting to clear my head and look at life in a whole new way. I was so consumed by my job and my boss that it took over my life. I no longer had the urges to do the things I enjoyed: art, writing, anything creative. I did join a floral design course last year, which I fell in love with. With my creative and artistic background I excelled at the program and found that I had real talent. I am not working in the floral industry yet, but I will.

I don’t know if this blog will stick to the “Live life to the fullest” in every post, but it will in essence.  I look forward to getting back to myself and what I love to do.

store_raq.jpgDid you know that there is a Random Acts of Kindness Foundation? Well there is, and it is this great organization online that you can join for free. It’s for kids up to adults and tells you the types of things that other people are doing around the world or in your area. They also give you ideas on what you can do. So, these people will create their own site and tell you what they did and how they did it. One example was a group of people that  do the Tim Hortons Surprise, where they would go to Tim Hortons and ask the staff to make sure that “x” people’s orders were paid for. This group of people did this just to see the looks on people’s faces and the smiles that came just out of a $1.50 coffee.

 

This site shows us that people in our society are doing good things to people and therefore making it a better place to live. I suggest checking out the site and reading some of the things people are doing. They make you feel good and kind of make you want to do a random act of kindness as well.

http://www.actsofkindness.org/

Here is the list of some things to do before you die, that I handed out in class if anyone wanted to know.

1. Spend a whole day eating junk food without feeling guilty.

2. Learn how to take a compliment.

3. Give your mother a dozen red roses and tell her you love her.

4. Learn not to say yes when you really mean no

5. Fall deeply in love — helplessly and unconditionally.

6. be someone’s mentor.

7. Ask for a raise.

8. Get passionate about a cause and spend time helping it, instead of just thinking about it.

9. Make a complete and utter fool of yourself.

10. Forgive your parents.

11. Find a job you love.

12. Accept yourself for who you are.

13. Reflect on your greatest weakness, and realize how it is your greatest strength.

14. Eat a meal good enough to be your last.

15. Memorize a poem and pass it on.

16. Let someone else have the chance you missed

17. Be happy

18. Volunteer at a homeless shelter

19. Make someone cry of happiness

20. Participate in a protest

21. Overcome a fear

22. Play in the rain

23. Stay up all night talking to someone

24. Reflect on your greatest weakness, and realize how it is your greatest strength.

25. Stand up for yourself

26. Go out of your way to help a stranger

27. Stop worrying about things that have already happened and that you can’t change

28. Learn how to think before you act

29. Laugh at yourself

30. Do one completely selfless good deed

31. Dance like no one’s watching

32. Do something to be proud about

Oprah’s BIG GIVE   Oprah Winfrey just premiered her new show called, The BIG GIVE. When I first saw the trailers for the show, I thought it was going to be a good new show that involves real people and changes lives for the better. I watched the show last night and I had a real problem with the fact that there was judging and elimination. I understand that there has to be a winner because the winner is supposed to get one million dollars, but when the judging came on, it made me feel weird. I just don’t think that there should be judging on who gave the most or who should have tried harder. I thought that all of those people raised money for these people that they just met and they all felt a sense of accomplishment with their selflessness.

 

    The woman, who was voted off was eliminated because she did not give enough. She attempted at calling her friends and contacts but couldn’t get anyone to donate. I don’t see how that is her fault. What if she doesn’t have friends who can spare $50,000? I think the premise of the show is great and is a show that will make people feel good that people are helping people. I just don’t feel right judging the amount someone gives or doesn’t give. It feels wrong.

  Regret is an emotion that most have us have experienced some point in our life. I can truly say I have experienced a few. Regrets are inevitable in life since every decision we make is door one or door two, and the door not chosen may have been something we have preferred over the other. We cannot know what that door would have brought us; therefore I believe we should not dwell on that one decision. Some people will let it go, others will hold on. Letting go is the best decision to live your life in the present, since there is no sense in holding on to that bad decision for the rest of your life. It will come to haunt you.

 

  I cannot tell you that I know how to get over regrets because it’s a personal process. I can, however, tell you to cherish the “now” and look forward to the future. The decisions you make, right or wrong, make you into a better person and will let you live a life worth living. A life that is present and not in the past.

When it comes to decision-making I have to be the worst. I was always that kid at the convenience store who could not decide between Smarties or KitKat, or did I want Skittles? To this day I still have trouble picking, but I have had a lot of tougher decisions to make growing up.

Going to university was never a question, it was always just expected. I never really thought of doing anything else. My family just expected me to get good grades and to go to university, so I did. I never regret going to university because I met the most amazing people and had the best time of my life. I just thought to myself one day that I really do want to make my family proud of me and I don’t know whether that should be a good thing or if I’m not really living my own life? I mean I have loved everything I have done in school, but what if I didn’t care about what my parents thought? Would I have gone into a field that would make no money? Would I have followed another path? I guess I’ll never know, but I’m happy with what I have chosen and that’s good enough for me.

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