There’s one thing that I really hate about myself. That terrible habit and consistency of always saying : “Meh… tomorrow”. -“Tomorrow, I’ll call my doctor for that appointment.” -“Tomorrow, I’ll finally go return that shirt that CLEARLY doesn’t fit.” I also have a thousand BRILLIANT ideas in my head per week but … It could wait till tomorrow until I actually execute one. I seriously don’t want to sit here and preach to you guys all of the things that I wish I could do in 2016. Cause there’s just too many. And frankly, we all know resolutions suck. But maybe… just maybe.. If I write three things that I already started here, you guys will be able to keep me accountable to continue.
2015 was a little rough for me, not business wise, but more on a personal level. I’ve been struggling with “what I should do next” and was stuck in a rut. Although business is doing great, I always need to constantly challenge myself in order to stay motivated. New projects (and risks) is what keeps me fresh and makes me feel more alive!
In 2016, I want to :
1. Finally start eating local
This is something that I’m been saying for YEARS. But never actually looked into it. Everyone here knows that I have a seriously love for animals and their well-being. The amount of times that I cry at facebook videos about animals is … stupid. Most of the time, I will tend to choose to interact with an animal over a person. I know. It’s terrible. If I could, I would adopt them all. I’m sure I’m not the only one here. I would NEVER hurt one or stand for someone who hurts one. There’s only one problem… I eat meat. Everyday I battle with this terrible guilt that I shouldn’t be but I don’t know how to give it up. I have a seriously problem with the way we process our meat and the impact that it has on our environment… But, I love meat. I’m not going to start talking to you and make you (and me) feel guilty about the great benefits of being a vegetarian because frankly.. I’m tired of hearing about them myself. I’m not judging here. And i expect you to not judge me either. People can eat what they want to eat and they can believe in what (or who) they want to believe. I think it’s fantastic how different we all are. For me, I do believe that it’s irresponsible to NOT KNOW where your food comes from. Myself included in this. It’s NOT ok that we allow huge companies to put all kinds of crap in our food and we are like “Oh yea, that’s fine.. whatever. It’s there so it’s should be ok right? Plus, it’s so cheap!” Cause that’s bull. We all know it’s bull. (Pun?) I’ve always avoided eating anything other than beef, pork, chicken and fish (which means I don’t eat veal, duck, rabbit, etc) Frankly, I told myself that the mass-production of beef etc is soo huge that it would be impossible to stop it so .. I might as well keep eating that.
But I’m trying really hard to try and eventually become a vegetarian (or even better, a vegan). But for now, I don’t think I would be able too. However, I have been saying for years that I needed to start eating from local, regulated farms that actually CARE about their animals and how they grow up. I finally started doing research today (yay!!) and found an article on Montreal gazette written last year (hence, I should have FOUND IT last year… ahhh procrastination) about local quebec farms that produce their own organic meat. Some even deliver at your home! No more excuses, Isabella ! I’ve ordered my first batch of meats already and plan on eating vegetarian when I’m out with friends or when I order take-out. No more questionable meats that I don’t know where it came from. I can’t deal with the guilt anymore. And I want to stop putting CRAP in my body. Cows, Chicken and Pigs are beautiful animals and they do not deserve the way that they are being treated by mass-production. It’s cruel and surreal to even think about. They deserve our respect and a full life. I’m done.
Note: the first farm in the article doesn’t mention where and how their animals are raised and keep avoiding the question on public forums… I’m a little “iffy” about them. I would avoid them until further research.
2. Start making my own shampoos and soaps
Anyone want to try with me? My skin has been telling me for YEARS to do this but … tomorrow. I’m allergic to “cheap” soaps and detergents. Always been. I get hives. Bounce .. oh god bounce… is poison for my skin! I can’t even deal. Two years ago, I developed a skin fungus on my upper body that makes my skin turn white in certain spots (yes, even WHITER than I actually am) It’s mostly on my chest and shoulders. Sucks. and apparently it doesn’t go away. Once you get it … you have it. Between those two allergies, my skin has been telling me for years that soaps were too harsh but I kept ignoring it. So, I want to try this year to make my own. Or worst case (cause I’m lazy sometimes) buy all my soaps from people that make their own. Here’s a few on Etsy. I just received some to use until I figure out how to make my own (helllooo, pinterest). Most of the time, the problem we have with being consistent is that we have trouble finding good products so, we buy the CRAP … cause it’s easy. Here… I’m making it easy for you with links 🙂 Who’s joining?
3. Say thank you and “you rock” more often
On my way back from my trip on the west coast (yes, I’ll blog about it very soon) I had a really big bomb scare. And when I mean “really big”, I mean “I’m a huge baby and are afraid of flying so I always think there’s a bomb on the plane when someone leaves a bag unattended”. Cue laughter. Anyways… usually on flights, I can’t sit still, the staff doesn’t allow me to sit in the front 50% of the time (i HATE sitting in the back, it’s always bumpy) which results with me sitting on the floor, next to the bathrooms , in the front, with the staff going “Miss, you need to go sit down now please, the captain turned the seatbelt sign on”. Ugh. Anxiety. After the “non-bomb scare” though, from the trip from Dallas to Montreal, it was worse, I was TERRIFIED. I was just waiting for that damn plane to explode. Well, that was at first. During the flight, I was so nervous that I kept concentrating on every single movement the plane made. One thing I noticed is that, every time the plane had turbulence (or started to) The pilot would instantly readjust (up or down) in order to avoid it. Instantly. I never witnesses that before. Usually, I will take at least a few minutes for that to happen. I’m guessing because they have to ask the “tower” people, what to do next. But not thing time. He either was super dangerous and rebellious and did what he wanted… or anticipated the turbulence and asked in advance where he should go if it happened. Regardless, it calmed me down during a super stressful flight (you know, because of the bomb). When we arrived, I was so thankful that, I stopped at the captain and expressed my gratitude for keeping the plane so in control, all the time, since I was afraid. His eyes lit up like it was the first time he had ever received a compliment in his life and told me: “Wow. Thank you so much for that.” He was just doing his job, but it meant the world to me … so I told him.
We don’t thank people enough for doing their everyday job. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to pay for our groceries/items (cashiers), find our products (clerks), get our haircuts and get to our destinations (pilots/drivers) etc. etc. I’m not talking about a simple “thank you” as you are walking away. We all do that (I hope). I’m talking about a sincere, eye-to-eye “you rock, man” thank you. To us, it might be mundane, but to them, they need a reminder from time to time that what they do, MATTERS. We all do. It’s important. That day, I expressed my gratitude because I was at an extreme (i was REALLY happy i didn’t die) But the pilots expression made me realize that i shouldn’t be doing it only if I’m EXTREMELY happy. I should be doing it… all the time. And I would love for you to do it too. Express your appreciation of service to people. It takes two minutes and it will make their day (and possibly their week).
4. Get organized with my team and start working TOGETHER
I have a home office… and I have a studio. My team and I never work together. Because … Pijamas. But after speaking to Kim, this year, we are going to start working in office, all together in the studio at least once a week (to start) and possibly more. That way, we can talk, encourage each other, Inspire each other and grow as a team together. First day is tomorrow!
I might even allow clients to pass by 😉
So, there’s you go. These are the four main things I already started doing in 2016. They are lifestyle choices that I’m very passionate about and finally, I’m going to put them into action.
This is, of course apart from all the other stuff that has been piling up on my “would love to-do” list.
Continue learning sign language (i know my alphabet, letters, days of the week and a few words already)
Refine my spanish
Start an advice blog for weddings and more
Podcast more (including starting a professional one)