MARCH EDITION: 365 QUESTIONS FOR A BETTER YOU

When I came home from Egypt I was trying to find my purpose. Egypt was a once in a lifetime experience, I will never forget what it taught me about myself and how others see me, but I felt like I was floating. I was not in school because I had deferred my year to compete, I didn't have a typical job because I am focusing these next few months on as much volunteering that I can do with my Miss Intercontinental Canada title because it opens doors to experiences that I couldn't imagine. 

I was struggling I started to think about all of the things that I am grateful for; I am safe, I have a family that loves me, and I know that I will be completing my degree in the fall. I am thankful for all that I had experienced during this adventure, but how could jumpstart my purpose. I stumbled across Debbie Rodrigues's 365 Questions for a Better You. Self-reflection I believe allows for an individual's personal growth, and allows them to be thankful. I've learned over the last year that you cannot receive without giving. You need to be thankful and give gratitude for the big and little things in life. 

I started writing down things I was grateful for daily during February, and I will continue to do that on my own time. I am excited to start 365 Questions for a Better You, but starting in March. 

LET ME KNOW YOUR FAVOURITE QUESTION! 

MY FAVOURITE QUESTION IS AT THE BOTTOM. CHECK IT OUT.


60. Your word of the year.
Gratitude.

61. What good habit do you want to develop?
I would love to plan out a couple meals a week. I know I am pretty healthy, but I would really love to be more conscious of what I am putting into my body.

62. An unforgettable moment from your childhood.
The first time my parents brought home Ben (my almost 15 year old Golden Retriever). I was sitting around the dinning room table with my brother and sister with my grandparents, my parents came in from the kitchen carrying out laundry basket with what we thought were just towels. There just happened to be our puppy Ben. I think I cried because I was so excited, but everything happened so fast, the next thing I knew the three of us were on the floor all trying to love this perfect blonde puppy.

63. If you could meet someone from the past, who would be?
Any person from the past, I would love to meet Cooc Channel. I would love to hear about her design process, what her life was before she before she became Coco, but I would definitely be sitting on the edge of my seat if she spoke to me about how she dominated the fashion world when only men were designers at the time.

64. Last picture you took.
An amazing Canadian company, UNITED LEAFreached out to me around the time that I was either in Egypt or just before, the month of January was kind of a whirl wind with fittings, flights and much more and asked if they could send me one of their products. Anyways, two days ago I received the softest white, what I call pullover, but is under 'Hoodie' on their website and I sat down with my cup of coffee and just loved it. I am going to be writing a post about this amazing Canadian Made company, so stayed tuned for that! 

65. What book do you always recommend?
I love reading. I constantly am at Chapters when I have money to spend, specifically on thick paperbacks or buying notebooks to scribble ideas into or writing out To-Do Lists. A book that I recommend is Pride and Predigest, cliche I know. But I think those classic novels my generation doesn't read any more. We are all too busy on our tablets, phones and computers looking for a connection on line. For me, there is something that I love about curling up with a blanket, a hot cup of tea or coffee and reading a proper novel for several hours or even for 20 minutes. Jane Austin's Pride and Predigest embodies strong women, conflicting ideologies among characters about social rules and edict. This book I would highly recommend if you simply want a well writing book that you will reread over your life time.

66. What appliance you can’t leave without?
Having recently discovered a coffee maker in my kitchen that has been there for year, it not only saves me money, but my cup of coffee or two habit has now turned into an addiction I can easily admit to. I am pretty sure I just put on a new pot as I am writing this, since I am on question 66... Can I say that I will not leave my house without brewing a new cup of coffee to take with me.

65. What book do you always recommend?
I love reading. I constantly am at Chapters when I have money to spend, specifically on thick paperbacks or buying notebooks to scribble ideas into or writing out To-Do Lists. A book that I recommend is Pride and Predigest, cliche I know. But I think those classic novels my generation doesn't read any more. We are all too busy on our tablets, phones and computers looking for a connection on line. For me, there is something that I love about curling up with a blanket, a hot cup of tea or coffee and reading a proper novel for several hours or even for 20 minutes. Jane Austin's Pride and Predigest embodies strong women, conflicting ideologies among characters about social rules and edict. This book I would highly recommend if you simply want a well writing book that you will reread over your life time.

67. At what place you’d like to be a regular?
A friend of mine, who is a little too stylish in my opinion, introduced me to a buddy of his cafe, Philosafy Coffee.  It is what I consider the perfect place, for literally everything. To get work done, to read a book, catch up with friends, or go on a first date that could easily lead into a second. I cannot explain how amazing their staff is, always greeting you with a warm welcome and an inviting smile, and when you leave they always say goodbye too. This place is definitely on my list of places I'd love to be a regular. Check them out on Instagram, their feed is awesome.  

68. The hardest challenge you have overcome.
This one I think I am still doing. It's finding my purpose. I feel a bit lost not having a normal job, or being in university. I think this is the part of the 365 Questions, when Ir really self-reflect. This month I am trying to embrace being grateful for everything. This month its about embracing that I am in limbo right now, and that is okay. It just means I am blessed to have a moment in time when I can really reflect on what my life has been life and think about what I want to do with my future moving forward. 

69. Writing or drawing?
I actually do both. But as of now, I would say writing. I write down what I am grateful for, I have really taken full advantage of social media and the mediums it has to share your message, and thankfully, I have my planner where I write down everything and anything I need to do or want to do. But you can definitely find a few sketches in there from time to time.

70. Describe yourself in one word.
Kind. Maybe I will explain that one at some point.

71. What did you have for dinner last night?
Butternut Squash Pasta with sauteed mushrooms, black olives, and lots of black pepper and butter!

72. Morning person or night owl?
Definitely not a morning person unless I need to be.

73. Favorite place to go to relax.
My living room, with a white blanket, cup of tea or coffee, with a book.

74. What’s your favorite color?
Cream.

75. What do you do to relieve stress?
Either workout, read a book, decompress and lose myself in a movie, or try to take a bit of control back by doing the things that I  know I can take off of my list and usually those do the trick. If not, like I said I like my coffee and tea, so usually earl grey with milk and sugar will do the trick.

76. How do you plan your day?
Right now because I am not in school nor working a 9-5 job, things are really free-form. The night before I will usually write out a couple of things that I want to accomplish the next. When I wake up, I make some tea or coffee, answer emails. reach out to different charities and organizations to see if I can contribute anyway to their purpose. I start thinking about if I need to blog at all since this whole thing is a different adventure, but since Egypt, I kind of take things day by day, unless I have an event or client I need to prepare.

77. How do you generally feel in the morning?
Usually thinking about how lucky I am to live the life I do. Comes back to trying to be grateful for all of the little and big things in my life.

78. What makes you skip meals sometimes?
I love food, but sometimes if I have too much going on I don't stop to eat.

79. What’s the tone/music of your alarm clock?
I have different alarms for different times. When I am in competition mode or if I have an early flight it is something that is semi relaxing but will still get me out of bed, 9/10 though its your basic Apple alarm.

80. Last criticism you received and what did you do about it?
This one was last weekend. It was not just a criticism but it was something that hurt. I have a tough skin, its something that I have acquired over time, but this person took things too far. To generalize, this person spoke to women that I had just met about my 'character', saying that I was condescending and in a sense narcissistic. These women approached me because they said that I had the right to know that these things were being publicly said, they continued to tell me that they had either known me for years or had just met me and this person's opinion was uneducated and not valid in their opinion. They apologized for that person. I thanked the women for telling me, I said that if I came off that way at all I was so sorry. They told me that I did not and that is why they told me of the situation, and we all moved on . This person then personally sent me this message and it hurt, but because I knew what was said behind my back, I moved on. Learning more about who I am has also taught me to remove negativity from my life.

81. How many hours did you sleep last night?
9.5 hours! 

82. How do you feel when you look at the sky?
Blessed. Lucky. Thankful. I live in Calgary, Canada and our sky is massive, and always blue. I am thankful for being just one part of  this world and think of how lucky I am to be where I am.

83. What’s your favorite holiday?
Any time that my entire family is together.

84. How would you describe your teen years?
Wallflower-esk. 

85. Is minimalism something for you?
Right now, I think I have started to minimize the things in my life. But I wouldn't say I am even close to being there, I would love to adapt it as a way of life later on when I know what direction I am headed.

86. How do people close to you define you?
Trusting or Nice. Usually interchangeable. But I  would love to hear how you define me, comment below!

87. How do you feel when you have to speak to a large audience?
A little nervous, but it is part of my education and my current job as Miss Intercontinental Canada.

88. Who do you see when you look into the mirror?
I see me. I see someone that I love. It has taken me a long time to learn to love myself, but I am happy, I am healthy, and I am loved and appreciated for different reasons by different people. Yes, I have my bad days and I wish I was 5lbs lighter or my smile was whiter. But then, I stop myself. I look back in the mirror and smile and say to myself in my own head or out loud, "I am loved for who I am, and I am happy." Usually at that point I start smiling and think I sound so awkward that I start to laugh. But I love me, that is what matters.

89. Is the glass half empty or half full?
Half Full. It all comes back to gratitude and being grateful in my mind. 

90. What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
Put my hair back into a bun quickly so I can figure out what I really need to do. 


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#60. Your Word of the Year

GRATITUDE. 

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE QUESTIONS FROM MARCH?

THANK YOU DEBBIE RODRIGUES FOR CREATING THIS.  I AM EXCITED FOR APRIL ALREADY!