Let the Rain Fall Down

Hi everyone,

Today I was thinking about how many stressors I have in life right now. Of course there are people who are much worse off, but lately I’ve been feeling quite burdened. I have a lot of paper work to do in order to apply to this specialized job position I have on my radar, I have to apply for scholarships, I have papers, wedding planning, practicums, the list won’t end! As I was going through this mental list I began to think of what calms me down.

First, removing any stressors I can really helps. Finishing assignments and applications is mega helpful. However, doing that is not always possible. With this in mind I wanted to share two things that really help me focus and relax. Often when I have a lot of work to do  I will put on audio of something that is relaxing, but not distracting. My two favs are rain sounds and some nice jazzy coffee shop music. Check them out in the links below:

 

I hope that these audio clips will help you maintain your focus and relax you as you try to get on with your busy days!

Best of luck!

Katie

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What Not to do: Wedding Planning

Hi Everyone!

So maybe you are in the same boat as me and my fiancé and you are planning a wedding. If so then you will understand what I am about to say next: Weddings are STRESSFUL!

Don’t get me wrong, weddings are wonderful, beautiful and happy occasions. I am so happy to be marrying the love of my life in a few months time, but they are difficult to plan. In light of this, I thought I would make a list of all the things I have learned NOT to do during the process of planning. Perhaps it will save you some headaches.

  1. Don’t freak out. Yes there is a lot going on and lots to do, but don’t panic. It will get done. Freaking out only upsets you and your partner.
  2. Don’t plan it alone. You may be tempted to take the world upon your shoulders to make the day perfect. Don’t kill yourself through the stress. Instead choose some trusted people (parents, friends, bridesmaids, etc.) and ask them to help with certain tasks. Get the groom involved too! Maybe he is really into a certain portion of the wedding planning in which case, let him be the king of that area. For example, my guy loves music, so he is the boss of the wedding playlist.
  3. Don’t stress eat. Girl. You need to fit that dress! Don’t eat to relieve the stress of planning. Reduce the planning stress and eat healthy!
  4. Don’t go gym crazy! Girl. You don’t need to lift the groom over the threshold… Don’t exercise so much that it consumes your life and makes you look like someone your groom won’t recognize. Exercise enough to stay healthy and just choose a few areas to work on if you are concerned.
  5. Don’t chain yourself to planning. Do other things too. Your wedding is important, but so is your job, your school work, taking your dog on a walk…
  6. Don’t forget to enjoy it. God-willing, this will be your first and only wedding. Enjoy the experience of planning your special day and cherish the moments with your significant other. Make beautiful memories of this special time!

There you have it! 6 no-nos when planning your wedding. I’m sure there are tons more but I’m still learning as I go!

-Katie

Share your wedding planning No-Nos in a comment below!

Gross

It is fall. My favourite season! I love how the colours of leaves start to change and the weather is the perfect temperature. I love how you can finally wear those cute sweaters and boots too! The only thing I dislike about fall is the yearly fall flu. Some years I’m lucky and escape the dreaded invasion, but this year I did not. As a lay here in bed surrounded by assignments, I thought, “Hey! why not write a blog post about it!” So here I am talking to you about the flu and what I do to feel better.

  1. Get some rest if you can. It is super important because it will give your body time to heal.
  2. Drink some tea. I have a badly sore stomach so I’m trying some mint tea right now. However, there are so many great teas to drink that are great when you are not feeling well. The important thing is to keep hydrated!
  3. Drugs. I don’t think you should take drugs if you can do without, but if you are in pain or about to throw up, an advil or some gravol could do some good.
  4. Watch some TV. Netflix is a great choice to occupy time if you are stuck in bed. (If you need some ideas, a blog I follow called Ordinary Adventures has some great recommendations.) If you don’t have netflix, try channel surfing or watching a movie you love.
  5. Read. Sometimes T.V. doesn’t cut it and you might need to engage your mind further. A good fiction novel really helps pass the time and allows you to get your rest.
  6. Eat. It is really important to keep eating even if you don’t feel like it. Soup, crackers, or toast are some good light options when you have no appetite.
  7. See the Doc. If your sickness is lasting too long or there is something unusual about your sickness it is best to see a professional. A doctor can diagnose you and give you better treatment if it is something a bit of rest can’t cure.

There are tons of things you can do to help get yourself feeling back to your old self, but I hope that these few tips will work for you.

What do you do when you are sick? How do you get better?

From one bedridden gal,

Katie

Energize without Coffee!

I don’t like coffee. I’m probably one of few who don’t. However, I really wish I did like coffee when I am running from class to work and had little sleep the night before. Lately I’ve been feeling like I’ve had so little time to finish the many things I have to do (hence the lack of posts), but I feel like if I get some energy back, more will be able to be accomplished. Here are some ways I stay awake without coffee:

  1. Drink tea! There are so many different flavours and some do contain caffeine. However, many herbal teas can wake you up as well. Many people use mint tea to wake up and I am always down to drink a nice berry tea to start the day fresh.
  2. Get sleep. A no brainer for sure, but hey even I need a reminder about this one.
  3. Investigate your iron levels. I typically have low iron levels due to dietary restrictions I have. However, I can tell when my iron is really low because it makes me unnecessarily tired. To remedy this I take iron supplements.
  4. Eat chocolate! I love chocolate and having a piece of dark chocolate sometimes does the trick for me.
  5. Eat right. Again this is pretty straight forward, but our bodies use food for energy. If you eat right, you are more likely to have more energy.
  6. Exercise. Half the time I am way too tired to exercise. However, doing 5 minutes of stretches somehow wakes me up. I’m sure there is some scientific reason for this, but I’m just glad it works!

I hope these 6 tips of energizing without coffee has helped you fellow coffee dislikers.

How do you stay awake without coffee?

Until next time,

Katie

Add Flames to the Fire: Paper Editing

Writing can be tough. No matter what you are writing, it can be a difficult task to do and to do well (especially if you are being graded on it)! With this being said, each person can run into different problems when they are writing, which can depend on anything from the type of writing you are doing to the environment you are in. I am no expert in this area, but have picked up on a few things from having to write so many of my own papers. At first, I never edited my papers. Luckily, I was able to still get good grades doing this, but quickly realized I could improve a lot more if I spent a bit of time editing. I’ll admit here that I really should spend more time editing these blog posts too, but it is a weakness of mine!

Taking Commentary with a Smile

Editing can seem like a scary task. It is even more scary if it is someone else’s work. Continue reading “Add Flames to the Fire: Paper Editing”

Tips for Cleaning Your Room

Here we go with some more tips. Lets face it. We all get messy at some point. I really like a tidy and clean space, but when I am stressed the state of my room rapidly declines. With my upcoming surgery, I decided to make sure my room was clean. This idea struck me as good because it would give me peace of mind, get rid of any dirt that could hinder healing, and allow me to move around easily if the painkillers make me a bit loopy. Today is actually my cleaning day, but I will outline my plan here and hopefully it will work for us all!

  1. Assess the damage.

Look at your space and try not to feel overwhelmed if there is lots to do. What are the major things that need to be cleaned? Do you have a part that is particularly bad or something that you have to clean weekly? Keep these in mind and don’t worry you can handle it! Continue reading “Tips for Cleaning Your Room”

No More Grumpy Travels

There are not many things I hate in this world. One is blueberries. Another is people putting there feet on my pillow. My greatest hate is public transit. Well, to be honest, it was my greatest hate. I disliked the crowded trains, the inconsiderate commuters, the extra time, etc., but after having a few good cries over the reality of travelling that way, I decided to change my attitude. I developed some strategies to overcome my hate for public transit and they seemed to have worked. I don’t mind travelling as much now, even though I’d still much rather not. I no longer have a sense of dread about taking a bus or train somewhere, which has made me feel much more happy and productive. Here are a few tips if you share a similar distaste for commuting via transit.


Change your attitude.

If you work yourself up over something, you will only feel worse when you do that thing. Your mind is a powerful machine, so use it to make your life better and not worse. Make a list of the positive aspects about transit and keep these in mind when you have to use it. For example, transit cuts down on air pollution and can often save you money.


Start a hobby that is travel friendly.

Bring a book along to read, knit, ponder life, write in a journal. Do something you enjoy while you have some time stuck on the train or bus.


Make clever arrangements.

Often times friends, co-workers, or family might be travelling the same way you are. See if you can arrange to commute on transit with them or join them in their car. Transit is infinitely better when you can travel with a friend.


Play a Game.

When all else fails, play the people game. Imagine where different people are going and where they came from. You can create a whole character about them! Just be sure not to stare too long. No one likes that…
I hope these few small tips are helpful to you and that it will make your transit experience a lot more enjoyable.
Happy Travels!
Katie

Are there any topics you would like to hear my two cents on? What tips would you like to hear about? 

Tips for Leaving on Time

I guess Tuesday is turning into tip day on Philofaith. I don’t know about you all, but I sometimes struggle with leaving on time. Growing up the problem was much worse, especially once outfits started to matter more. However, over the years, I have found that there are some good tactics to use when you know you are going to have to be out at a certain time. Here they are:

1. Get a good night’s sleep.

This is such an obvious one, but is one often neglected. Without getting a good night’s sleep you are less likely to want to bounce out of bed and face the day. I hear that about 8 hours a night is a good amount, but I know that 9 hours is usually good for me. Figure out how much you need to sleep to function well in the morning and create a schedule to enforce it!

2. Pack your lunch and snacks the night before.

Having to make decisions while barely awake is not my thing. I love food and if I don’t eat I can loose even more function. This is why I decided to pack my lunch the night before. I don’t have to think about anything other than grabbing it from the fridge before heading off to my morning destination. As a bonus, you usually pack more appropriately when you have some time to focus on what you need.

3. Pick out an outfit.

I hate getting up in the morning and putting on an outfit only to find out that it doesn’t look right for the day. I find its much easier to lay your outfit out on a chair the night before and it is way less stressful. As an added bonus, if you can’t find the clothes you wanted to wear, you will be able to choose something new and not have to worry about time!

4. Prepare your bag or purse.

Don’t worry yourself trying to remember all the things you need to pack when you are barely awake, do it the night before! It saves time and you are less likely to forget things. 

5. Treat it like a mission. 

Okay, so this might sound very weird, but just hear me out. Treat leaving on time as a do or die mission. It is a deadline that can’t be missed! Pretend you are spy intercepting a diamond heist if you must, but make it your mission to leave on time!

I hope this helps! 

– Katie

Tips for getting a good nights sleep

I don’t know about you guys, but I really have difficulty trying to sleep. Over the years I have developed some tactics to try to help me sleep. I’d like to share them with you so here they are:

1. Set a goal bed time.
Not every night will you be able to fulfil this set time so don’t get upset. However, if you set a goal time and commit to sticking to it when possible, you are bound to get into a routine.

2. Make your bedroom as comfortable and restful as possible. 
You may not be able to change the wall colour or furniture, but you can add personal touches such as pillows or photographs that will help make the space the way you want it. My only advice here is to stay away from colours that are too bright. These colours are very stimulating and may keep your brain up longer.

3. Dim your lights at a certain time.
About an hour before I start to get ready for bed I dim the lights in my room. I turn off the main overhead light and turn on one or two smaller ones. This way I can tell my body that it is time to start sleeping soon. Think of it as a little trick you pull on your brain.

4. Drink calming tea.
Don’t do this too close to bed or else you’ll have to pee all night, but a few hours before bed start relaxing with a cup of tea. Be careful which teas you choose to drink as some have high caffeine contents which will keep you awake. Herbal teas are probably best or teas that are designed to have a calming effect. With that being said, some people react differently with teas so there may be a bit of trial and error involved. David’s tea has a tea called Forever Nuts and it knocks me out cold after a few sips… No idea why but it does! 

5. Try to reduce noise.
I am a very light sleeper so this one was important for me. Any noise seemed to wake me up! Then I discovered that if I produced some white noise or calming noise, I could sleep better. Fans are excellent white noise makers and keep you cool. You can actually buy white noise makers too. For me, my fish tank produces a bubbly, raindrop type sound which is enough to get me to sleep better. It cancels outside noise enough and makes me happy.

6. Don’t think too much.
If you also have an active mind, you may find it hard to turn off your brain at night. All these tips help with relaxing your thoughts but sometimes you have to tell yourself not to do something. This isn’t full-proof but if you tell yourself to stop thinking about something at bedtime and set a new time to deal with it, you can usually turn your brain off. Then actually deal with the issue at the new time you set! It will take some getting used to but if you can learn this skill it will help you a ton. 

7. Wind down.
To get ready to sleep, do something to wind down. Reading a book or writing in a journal are good ways to wind down. Watching TV is relaxing for some people, but at bedtime it might be a bit too fast paced to help you get to sleep.

I hope that these ideas are helpful if you too have trouble sleeping. Heres to many happy dreams and a restful sleep tonight!

Until next time,

Katie