I Will Never Stop Learning

Kotowski Palace in Warsaw, interior design
Kotowski Palace in Warsaw, interior design (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am taking a business course for Interior Designers, and am finding that so far the course could be an overview for a business course in general. Our main assignment for the course, worth 50% of our mark, is a business plan for an interior design business. The first time the instructor told me this I think I was vaguely shocked. She handed out the instructions comprising a general layout for a business plan – all things included there in, went through the course guide that somewhat explained this outline, left us to form groups, and left me wondering how this assignment would ever come together. How could we possibly know all the things we needed to know to make a business plan by session 10 when this assignment was due?

I am still in that phase but today I finally pulled it together and started reading through the text-book. Making use of not only an $80.00 purchase, but finding information that further supported and added to the information the instructor had taught us in class (which often feels like she has trouble fitting into an entire class). As I started to research on the internet, things in my head started to fall into place, and I started to think and plan things out.  So now I feel a little better, you see  I have some knowledge now and that makes me happy and feel smarter. Not that I do not learn in class, I do, I am fascinated by what I learn, but it is also 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm at night when I am learning this information so often I feel fuzzy like that fascinating information goes in one ear and out the other. But when I am at home finally studying in the day, repetition kicks in, so does new neuropathways (now awake) connecting the information I am learning to what I have already learned and making something of it, that I think could one day be a business plan with my group.

So that is today in a nutshell. But I am finding all wonderful amount of things in this textbook – things I wished I had learned before I had started working, or even before the end of my Bachelors Degree such as information on making business presentations, putting together and responding to RFQ‘s (Request for Qualifications)  and RFP’s (Request for Proposal), business manners, and building client relationships. Some of this stuff is instinctive, but some of it I could have really used a background in before I started working. Even though, that has been about 4 years now, it occurs to me how funny it is that this information should all become so clear now that I am at home. So you see, an inquiring mind, never stops learning. Information can be found anywhere if only you look and in the most odd places. Four years ago, if you would have told me I was going to try to be a certified interior decorater I would have smirked at you, but not so now. And I am finding this course particularly packed full of useful knowledge, my only hope is that someday I will use it outside the classroom; I am convinced I will, perhaps, in the most surprising places.


Words to Live By

Pinterest featue in Metro - 27th February 2012
Pinterest featue in Metro – 27th February 2012 (Photo credit: Great British Chefs)

I am a huge Pinterest fan! One of the things I love about Pinterest are all the words of wisdom shared by all the different people I follow. These words often make my day, get me through the day, or make me burst out laughing. Here are a few of my favorites:

AMEN  Absolutely.  !  Some days...this is I.

OMG SO TRUE!!!  Checkmate.  Thankful...  Good advice.

Psalm 46:10I am the author of my life...  I need to remember this.  What doesn't kill me...  ladies and gentlemen  love that movie   Put a smile on my face, there's a truism in here!

Sounds like a plan!  Gone are the days when girls use to cook like their mothers. Now they drink like their fathers.  Be Your Self! There is a reason for this!  So true

  trying :)     .

Funny!  Its so trueLOLFeeling pretty

These are my favorites. I hope you enjoy. There is a lot of them so you are sure to find something helpful there!

The Fashion Obsession – The Body Image Makeover – What is too much Information?

summer is finally here
summer is finally here (Photo credit: ShedBOy^)

I have a lot on my mind as you can see from my title. My title could be three separate blogs, but I think each title ties in with each other in some way or another. So to begin with ” The Fashion Obsession:” all of you know from my past blogs, that I love to shop and that sometimes I have shown you some of my favorite fashion and beauty items. You also know that maybe I love to shop a little too much, at least this past spring/summer anyways. What can I defend myself with except with the truth, that I love the color in spring and summer clothes and the way you can wear only a nice little mint sundress with sandals without coat, sweater, tights, boots, and a perhaps, a whole load of other clothing. I love living in my lululemon tank tops of various cuts and styles and nice little crops without having to worry about the snow and cold at the door. There is something about the freedom of clothing in summer that makes me happy. In a warmer climate than Edmonton you could wear spring/summer’s breezy clothing all year round but in Edmonton, things change with the coming of Fall. Suddenly, I feel my fashion obsession waning. Out in the cold and snow its back to mostly black or tan boots of different heights. Gone are the impractical pumps of different colors (except maybe if you work in that kind of office or have a special occasion), gone are the comfortable little flats with no grip, gone are the colorful and metallic sandals in varying heights; gone are the impractical little dresses and tank tops, and lululemon’s are decidedly only for yoga class and the gym – when the cold weather arrives. Shopping on Sunday at WEM I see the the color and freedom of spring/summer clothing has seeped out of the mall. I have tried to hide some of it away for fall – the odd colorful sweater or dress that no one was interested in summer because of its more skin covering qualities but fall is here and that means a new beginning and perhaps, I will not be the spring/summer shopaholic I once was. I can already feel the black, grey, and dark plum from the stores taking over the color and freedom that once was. I feel my interest in fashion dwindle and think well it was a fun ride but back to practicality now. There are RRSP‘s to save for and a Savings account to build, school to pay for, Christmas to save for. Really it is a good thing. But I am already mourning those summer days drinking sangria on the patio, sitting outside reading in the sun and all of that brings to my second title ‘The Body Image Makeover.”

Many people find summer a great time to be healthy and be outside and lose weight, improve yourself physically. I have found it to be the opposite for me this year. I have spent too many days watching Madmen seasons and not out walking my dog and too many days over indulging in summer food and drink. Why I am not so sure but I did. So I am seeing some weight in places I have not seen it before. As before, I am not quite sure how to approach this as working out is a very difficult thing for me to do due to health reasons. I can do a little bit it seems but never enough. So I have launched my own ‘Body Image Makeover’, as much cardiovascular as I can handle, yoga class at the YMCA once a week, giving up Pepsi, and watching my portions. One has to watch herself so carefully it seems sometimes to maintain a healthy weight, while for some, it’s just so easy; doesn’t make sense to me. But when I was trying on fall clothes on the weekend I was spurred into action. Understand I am comfortable at my current weight, but I know according to my BMI, waist measurement, and well I can just tell, its time for a little work. Maybe everyone else does not see but for me I need to regain some control in this area. So my next title, and my next question. Was that too much information for you?

Would you rather not read a blog on personal things like deciding to lose weight or too much shopping? What is the line you cross in writing between too much information and a helpful or interesting amount of information. I recently, realized you have to be very careful what you say online, I mean I knew, but I did not realize that you cannot give direct name associations (like my uncle aunt etc. did this…) and you need to be really careful because even if you are okay sharing personal information, someone else may not be if it affects them. Maybe this is generational too I think. To me it seems younger people are more interested in sharing information about themselves online then their parents. It’s a thin line to walk. And what would the audience, or readers like to hear? What is safe to share and what is legal? Well those are other questions too. How much is right amount of information to give and what is too much? Maybe you can tell me? I would love to hear some opinions.

Be Still

You Found Me

Be Still- The Fray


I have been so blessed and lucky in my life to have people to depend on, to never be alone even in my darkest times. But I know that this is not the case for everyone – that family fails, friends fails, and things even though you think they could not get any lower, do. When I first, heard the song Be Still by the Fray it reminded me of this, of how life can really get you down sometimes; but it also reminded me of how there is always hope in life even in our darkest hours. For me, this is a song I could hear God telling people as they pray for relief from problems, that he will never fail us even though humanity may. It is also a song I can hear people telling each other, even though they do disappoint each other sometimes, that we are all here on this earth to support each other, sometimes against each other, sometimes for each other. The simple repitition of the words “Be still, be still, be still” also reminded me that even though we are falliable people, with our support networks of religion, family, and friends we are able to cope. I also just wanted to offer hope to anyone out there who needs it right now. Things will get better, take a quiet moment to think “to be still” and know your are not alone. For your enjoyment I have quoted some of the lyrics of the song for you below and if you like it is available on Itunes to download or on you tube:

…Be still and know that I’m with you, be still and know that I am here. Be still and know that I’m with you, be still, be still, and know. When darkness comes from you and covers you with fear and shame, be still and know that I’m with you, and I will say your name … when you go through the valley, and the shadow comes down from you, if morning never comes to be, be still, be still, be still. If you forget the way to go and lose where you came from. If no one is standing beside you, be still and know I am. – The Fray

If you have heard the song, or read the lyrics, what did you think of the song? Does it provide hope for you? Does it make you feel peaceful and think of the supports you have in your life? Maybe even the fact that it is a song a simple, piece of music can provide people with hope. What do you think?