This past week was my Birthday and Canadian Thanksgiving. It was full of friends, driving, tattoos, tea and even a concert. More on that later, for now let’s get into what I want to do before the end of this year!
Now that September has come and gone and now being well into October, I took some time to evaluate how I wanted to end the year for a good start to the New Year.
CAN YOU BELIEVE ITS ALMOST 2020 ALREADY?!
It’s so hard to believe that’s coming around so soon! I have several goals I’d like to complete and projects I want to wrap up before we finish up this year. It’s been a pretty good year overall, nothing too crazy has happened and I am pretty healthy and really happy.
Here are a few things I’d like to finish up before the end of the year:
- Work on unplugging more – I’ve started to not look at my phone for atleast half an hour after getting up in the morning and I really like it.
- Moving daily whether that just be some light yoga stretching or a rainy walk. Getting moving is so good for your brain and body.
- Get all my sewing projects finished and listed on Etsy and my shop, so I can add some new products for 2020. Let me know if there is anything you’d like to see! I’m always up for a new challenge.
- Create more – even if it’s just putting pen to paper and writing.
- COMPOST – Now you’d probably assume I compost at home and I wish I could say I do, but I am unable to as my apartment doesn’t have a compost bin and I don’t have the ability to set up a worm compost on my balcony. I do compost at work though.
- Prepare for Colder Weather – this doesn’t really have to do with ending the year strong, but I’d like to prep my apartment even more for the winter with Thermal Curtains and rearranging furniture for better heat circulation. (I’m more productive if I’m warmer and not curled up under a blanket)
- Continue to reduce my material items – I’d really like to work on being more intentional with the things I bring into my home. I feel that I am pretty good about saying no to unnecessary things, but I always find something that has been sitting around for months in the back of a cupboard.
- Prepare the garden for winter, so that I can have a healthy garden next year! As well as work on growing some plants indoors with my grow light. (More on that in another post soon!)
- Budget well – I try to look over my budget every 3 months to see how I’m doing. Do I need to adjust my savings? Can I spend less at cafes? It’s great to do this, as Christmas is coming and January always ends up a hard month on peoples finances.
I personally think I’ll be able to achieve all of these, as some are an easy one time thing and the others I can just implement into my routine regularly.
Is there anything you’d like to get done by the end of the year? Any unfinished projects you don’t want to carry over?
Now onto the fun – my Birthday weekend! It hasn’t really sunk in that I’m now 26.. officially closer to 30, but I’m sure it will with time.
Since my birthday fell on a long weekend, I got to squish in a fair bit.
First off after work on Friday, I rushed home to pack a bag and then head into Vancouver for the Jonas Brothers concert on their Happiness Begins tour. We checked into our hotel, which had a pretty nice view of the city and then walked to Rogers Arena. My roommate bought me a shirt from the concert as part of my birthday present which was so nice. The concert itself was great. They played a lot of their old songs, so that was super fun and nostalgic.
After the concert we headed back to our hotel and started to watch a movie, but I only made it about 20 minutes into the movie before I just went to bed. I wanted to get up early to see the sunrise, so that’s what I did.
Next stop in the morning was breakfast! We headed to Gastown and stopped at Birds&Beets which was delicious as always. I love their decor and plants in the cafe. I ended up having their Fall Salad as they didn’t have any gluten free breakfast options, but it was still delicious.
After breakfast we headed to get our tattoos done and I was nervous for it. It’s my fourth tattoo, but I always get the nerves right before I get in the chair. It was my smallest tattoo yet, so it was less than an hour. Now my roommate and I have cute matching pineapples.
We were hungry after our tattoos, so we headed to Tacofino to get some delicious tacos and then onto Gastown before heading home. I made sure to get some pickles from Kailyn and Hobbs. They have the best pickles!
Got home around 7:30pm and unpacked my bag only to repack my bag in the morning for heading to Whistler overnight the next day! Was up and ready to leave for Whistler by noon, stopped in Vancouver at Eternal Abundance (I’d been meaning to check it out for a while) and then got a Veggie Poke bowl from Pacific Poke which was delicious!
The drive upto Whistler was so beautiful. I always love the leaves changing colour this time of year! Always makes for such beautiful views.
We arrived in Whistler around 4:30 and wound up the windy road to our hotel. We stayed at the Blackcomb Spring Suites and it was so lovely! They have a heated outdoor pool and hot tubs, free wifi and breakfast, as well as a bus stop right out front.
We walked down to the village (about 15 minutes) and did some window shopping. Decided to go to Earls for dinner, as the Gluten free and Vegan options were limited. It all seemed to be either Vegan or Gluten Free. After we were done dinner, we caught the bus up the hill back to the hotel and just enjoyed having cable for the evening.
Monday couldn’t have been nicer weather. Crisp sunshine, but so lovely for walking around the village. We got coffee at Moguls (which is delicious) and I had their Vegan and Gluten free Cookie which was also AMAZING!
After leaving Whistler, we stopped at IKEA on our way home and I left with a few things we needed for the apartment and then just enjoyed relaxing the rest of the evening before heading back to work on Tuesday.
Overall it was a really good weekend, apart from being exhausted by the end of it. Definitely was a lovely was to celebrate my birthday.
Here’s to many more birthday weekends ahead.
Q’s for you:
1. Anything special you like to do for your birthday?
2. What was the last concert you attended?
3. Favourite weekend getaway?
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