Organizing is the Key to Succes: Be Prepared

Now that its November it’s time for Christmas season (yay!), but when Christmas roles around so does the snow, ice and bad road conditions. Yesterday we had our first big snow fall, and the roads got really dangerous because so much snow fell in a such a short period of time.

I know a lot of people like to procrastinate (I know I do sometimes), but now is the time to make sure your car is winter ready (even if it hasn’t snowed yet where you live). To start make a list of things that you and your family might need in case of an emergency (like your car breaks down on the side of the road), things like extra blankets, first aid kit, roadside flares and signals, and a flashlight are just a few things you should concider putting in the back of your car.

As the snow season begins I encourage everyone to be safe when youre driving no matter how old you are – 16 or 160, be safe and drive slow.

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When Life Gets the Best of You

This past week just flew by so fast for me. I’ve been so busy this week that I forgot to do a blog post yesterday (sorry about that), but as I’m sure pretty much everyone at some point in their life has just gotten so busy there wasn’t time to do somethings that were ment to do.

I actually spent my weekend catching up on some long over due guitar practicing (which I now can play another new song fairly well) and spending some time with one of my youth group friends  that i hadn’t talked to in  a while.

When life gets too busy, stop and make time for yourself. Which is what I’m doing right now, writting this blog post and drinking hot chocolate – I’m concidering doing a blog post about why I love hot chocolate so much, so look out for that sometime soon.

Anyway, life sometimes gets in the way and you just gotta deal with it.

Organizing is the Key to Success Part 2: Lockers

In high school everyone got a locker, and mostly a locker is just a place to shove all you’re binders, backpack, coat and other random papers in. A locker can be more than that – having an organized locker can be a real blessing and save you a LOT of time (which you can use to spend more time with friends).

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Making sure you (have and) use a locker shelf is important to optimize space in a tiny locker. I use my shelf to store all of my binders because I’m short, and it’s just easier for me to quickly grab and go in between classes.

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To make more room for a backpack and a coat in that cramped locker, I sugest taking all books & lunch bag out.

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Finally this is a overview of my whole locker. As a added personal touch I sugest putting quotes (like I did), picture or anything else you’d like to make you’re locker a little more enjoyable.

Halloween in Canada

So Halloween is coming up next week and I still hadn’t figured out what I was going to dress up as – yes, I am 16 and I still dress up and go “trick or treating” (but it’s not the traditional trick or treating you’re thinking of). For the past 3 years my youth group has gone “trick or eating” which is where we go trick or treating, but instead of asking for candy (which sometimes we do get some – bonus!), we ask for canned food and non-parishable food items for our local food cupboard. Everyone knows that in Canada it’s very cold in the winter, and by the time Halloween rolls around it’s considerably cold outside at night when everyone goes out. So this year because I knew I was going to be outside “trick or eating” I needed something warm and yet could be a costume as well. I am defiantly not the type of person who is very creative, and so when I do get an idea, it’s like I hit jack pot. This year I decided to be a (moguls) skier because it’s very warm and a darn good last-minute costume (which I find myself doing every year) if I do say so myself. So I’m going to show you how I made that happen with just the clothes in my closet, and I didn’t even spend one penny (or nickel now because pennies aren’t in circulation anymore).

First I got a plain black t-shirt (or any color doesn’t really matter) because even though I will be outside, after we’ve collected everything we are going to have a party back at the church. This way I’m not too hot when it comes time to be inside (and I don’t over heat).

330Then I found a pretty thick and warm sweater to put over the t-shirt. Any sweater will do (make sure it fits under the coat because you never know), but I chose this one because it was really warm, and it just happen to be the olympic sweater that was in the clothes collection at The Bay when the winter olympics were in Vancouver, Canada back in 2010.

 

 

 

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After that I just got my  winter jacket put on the t-shirt, sweater and the coat. I got my mittens and UGG boots (with 2 pairs of socks on my feet).

 

 

 

 

 

For my pants, I just got 2 different pairs of thermal underwear (one fuzzy and one thinner black material that are a bit baggy) and layered them for warmth.

334Lastly of course the parts that complete the whole costume and make it look like you’re a pro skier. The goggles and a hat to keep my head and ears warm.

 

 

 

 

 

Hopefully my costume for this Halloween helps those in Canada come up with a warm Halloween costume without compromising on the look of the costume.

Organizing is the Key to Success Part 1: Planners are You’re Best Friends

Organizing has always something that has come naturally to me (not that you can’t learn to be organized, because you can) and with organizing planners or agendas have been apart of my life for as long as I can remember. As a child in primary  school, every student got an agenda and were told to use them. Through middle school we were also given agendas, but at this time practically no one used them because people couldn’t be bothered to write down their homework.

 

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My agenda for the school year

Let me tell you, agendas or planners are you’re new best friend. They are going to be your life saver. I can not count the number of times my planner has been a life saver. You’re probably wondering why a 16-year-old is blogging about using an agenda. Well agendas are the only thing that keeps me from being over booked (too many times I’ve double booked myself). I’m going to show you what a well used planner looks like, and how you can put systems in place to effectively use an agenda.

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The monly overview

I use my agenda almost everyday because it is the most useful tool I have to stay organized. I color code my calendar portion because it makes it fast and easy to see all the things I have going on that month. The colors I used were blue, green and pink. Blue is for all my social activities such as birthdays, parties things like that. Pink is for all my school academic stuff such as big tests and assignments. Lastly green is for again all my school things, but that are not related to academics such as coffee houses, assemblies, picture day, ect. This section is the most useful for when I need to quickly figure out when I have important dates to remember.

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The weekly overview

The next best section of my agenda is the daily/weekly overview. I use this section to write down my all my assignments, tests, and homework. Everyday I like to put the subjects in order of my timetable and beside each subject I write down the days homework. As I finish each task for a class I like to put a check mark beside the class so I know what I’ve done (and it also motivates me to keep going because I can see the progress I’ve made).

As you can probably see by now I put my agenda into good use everyday. If you don’t have an agenda or planner – even if you’re not in school (people with jobs, a planner will be great use for you so that you aren’t overwhelmed with family things, and work things you need to do) I suggest you get a planner anyway – it will be worth you’re money.

Before you get a planner I suggest on doing some research. You need to know what kind of layout you like weekly/monthly layouts (that’s what I prefer) or if a more businesslike agenda that includes hourly/half-hour intervals would work better such as this one. Another thing that needs to be considered is obviously, the price. If you look hard and long enough you can find some really nice, relatively cheap planners (which is what I did for mine). The last thing you need to consider is the overall astetics of the planner. Of course you want to find a planner that looks nice and you really like (which of course needs time and research). I hope that you’re planner becomes as useful as mine is. So go out and find you’re perfect planner!

When Life Gets in the Way: Finding Time to Blog

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When you begin blogging, losing an hour of sleep to perfect a post or skipping lunch to spend time commenting is a pleasure. Post ideas come thick and fast. And more published posts mean pageviews and readers, so publishing more is better, right?

Sure… until it’s not. Until work starts piling up. Or you get sick. Or a friend is in from out of town. Or you have to bake three dozen cupcakes for Sally’s class — by tomorrow. Sometimes, we all get trapped under a beam in the burning barn (metaphorically) and can’t get to the computer. When that happens, how do you find time to blog without turning your creative outlet into just another obligation?

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Organization is the Key to Success

For as long as I can remember I have always been an organized person. My mom always says I was organized as a child. I think that part of why I’m so organized is one, I’m naturally organized and can keep things neat and in place, and second, my mom is a professional organizer, so that automatically makes my whole house pretty organized on a daily basis.

Every year at the beginning of the new school year I find you’ve got the kids who don’t want to go back to school because it means school work, teachers nagging at you all the time, people you don’t like and you don’t get much free time. I on the other hand love school. Yes, that probably sounds strange coming from a teenage girl these days, but yes, I actually love (almost) everything about school. I love the fact I can see my friends, I can learn something new (even though sometimes it’s not the easiest thing) and I even do (sometimes) enjoy doing my homework – at least the satisfying moment when you’ve put all of it away and are done for the week or night. And at the end of the day, let’s face it, without school what would we do all day? We wouldn’t have computers or tv’s or cellphones or books to read because no one would know how do make or do any of those things because we didn’t get an education.

To finish my previous thought (that I went on a tangent on), I’ve always loved school, and one of my favourite parts of the back to school season is the back to school shopping for supplies. I’ve decided that the first chapter or series of my blog will be devoted to organization. Specifically school organization – because that is my specialty considering I am in school. First for this series (which you will see next week) will be the planner or agenda, which I think everyone should have – regardless if you’re in school or not.

Welcome to My Blog

My life as you’re probably wondering is great, I have everything I could ask for – friends, family, shelter, love and support. I’m not sure what my blog will be based on yet, (though I have some ideas) so it will probably be a mixture of things. You probably want to know more about me, what I enjoy and what things are important to me. My name is Michelle, I’m 16, am in grade 11, I love my family and friends, they mean the world to me, I LOVE hot chocolate (if you go to my twitter account you’ll find I’m just a little bit obsessed with it). I’m a christian and going to youth group is pretty much all I do on my free time. This past summer I started teaching myself the guitar and I can play a bunch of songs. I really like photography and country music. I love fashion, and puns are just about the only jokes I get.

When I was younger and someone asked me “what do you want to be when you grow ?” I would immediately respond with “a teacher”. For as long I could remember I wanted to be a teacher, and I really did think I would – all the way up to 8th grade. When I entered high school in grade 9 I changed my mind, and I wanted to become a professional organizer (because my mom is a professional organizer) and a personal stylist. I still want to go into a career that involves fashion because I love fashion and clothes. Although now that I’m in grade 11 and I really need to seriously think about what I want to do for a living, I don’t really want to be a professional organizer (that can be my mom’s thing), and I can see myself working for a fashion magazine; like Seventeen Magazine, writing articles and creating the outfits you see the models wearing. That for now that’s what I want to be when I “grow up”, and who knows maybe I’ll change my mind again.

I hope that my post has been entertaining as you get to know me, and hopefully I have made you’re time worth while. As I continue to blog I hope that you come back everyday looking for something new.