Don’t you think it’s Time for a Change?

 

 

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 It’s been a while since I last wrote a post and that is because I have been in hiatus for quite awhile. During that time, I went for a vacation ( for a month ); spent time with my family and friends; did a lot of soul searching and got into new things. Given all of these, I decided that it’s time for a change. Change is good! It’s refreshing and it uplifts one’s spirit.

For a start, after returning from my vacation I got a new job. A job that I didn’t expect but it’s what I always think of doing. A job that lets me interact with other people face to face on a daily basis and I am loving every moment it.

Another change is I am trying to be a Minimalist. I am now an avid reader of Joshua Becker’s Becoming Minimalist. A follower of The Minimalist – Ryan Nicodemus and Joshua Fields Millburn, you may follow them in Instagram: @TheMinimalist.

I have also decided to change things that I will write in my blog. I have decided that it will be more friendly and approachable, not too serious more fun and creative.

Time to Change! Change is good, so are there any changes in your life right now?

 

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Canada 150: Rubber Ducky

It was Canada’s 150th birthday last July 1, 2017 ( see my related post here ), it was a long weekend so we decided on July 2 to go downtown and see what the hype is all about the Gigantic Rubber Duck, So off we to the Waterfront to see…

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It was a huge one… it’s nice to see it though…

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Of course, since we love to take pictures we need to have one with Mr. Rubber Ducky 

It was a fun filled afternoon, the kids got tired I got tired too! It was a good thing to see this Rubber Ducky, it’s not everyday that you will get to experience it.

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Since we are already in Downtown, we also went to buy our favourite cheese cake and the stamp is so cute, just in time for Canada Day, isn’t it so cute?IMG_7206

 

 

Happy Birthday Canada

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Happy 150th Birthday Canada!

As an immigrant what can I say? Excited? Happy? Nothing? My family and I have been here only for 3 years and here are some things I am grateful about this country.

  1. I am grateful for the Child Benefit that we are getting. Where I came from we don’t have such thing. The child benefit helped us with the expenses especially pertaining to our kids.
  2. For the other benefits that we are getting from the government.
  3. I am grateful that Canada has so many provinces and hopefully one day my family and I would be able to explore it one by one, I need to add this to my bucket list.
  4. I am grateful for a wonderful public library. I love books;  I love to read thus when I saw the Toronto Public library I was so awed and the feeling was just amazing. You may check the Toronto Public Library website.
  5. I am grateful that you can return and exchange things so easily.  Manufacturers always abide by their warranty and replacing things as long its still in warranty is not a problem.
  6. I am grateful to able to see the Niagara Falls, WOW! MAGNIFICENT! All I can say this is a wonderful creation of God. Indeed it’s one of the 7 wonders of the World.
  7. I am grateful for being able to experience the 4 seasons. Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall and my favourite seasons is Summer and Fall.
  8. I am grateful for Canada, for welcoming us as an immigrant, for giving us  this opportunity that I know most of my “kababayans” ( fellowmen ) wanting to experience.
  9. I am grateful for the support of my husbands aunt and her family, without their support I don’t know if we would be able to make it thru. They have equipped us with knowledge about this country, things to start with and so much more.
  10. I am grateful for new friends that I met by bring my kids to school. They are fellow moms, guardians, dads who played a big role in our life already. I consider them my new family here in Canada and their support means a lot to us.
  11. I am grateful for old friends, who we have not talked for quite a long long time but when they knew that we are moving here lend their helping hand and supported us in our adjustments. Imagine, I have an elementary friend who I haven’t seen for almost 20 years and he was the one who referred my husband to work. And not to mention a co-worker’s husband who I haven’t seen for 10 years gave me a part-time work just so I can start having a Canadian work experience.
  12. I am grateful for Canada, for the wonderful parks they have. Spending quality time with my kids need not be expensive. In good weather days, we just go to the park and sit on the grass and enjoy.
  13. I am grateful for a good postal system. I am a fan of snail mail and finding a post office here is not hard. It’s everywhere so sending snail mail is a breeze.
  14. I am grateful for poutine, yummy poutine
  15. I am grateful for being able to learn French..i wish I can learn and be fluent with it but I am crossing my fingers my kids will be one day.
  16. I am grateful for good public transportation here, TTC, GO transit.
  17. I am grateful for a world-class Toronto Zoo.
  18. I am grateful for IKEA
  19. I am grateful for Costco
  20. I am grateful for Tim Hortons
  21. I am grateful for Dollarama, the Dollar Store
  22. I am grateful for the great museum Canada has
  23. Since Canada is a diverse country, I am grateful that I am able to try different dishes from different countries. Obviously… I love to eat.
  24. I am grateful for free vaccination for my kids
  25. I am grateful that we seldom experience traffic here… traffic is getting worse back home.
  26. I am grateful that Canada has wonderful internet connection. Communicating with my love ones via Viber, Messenger, Skype, Whatspp is easy.

For the past 3 years that we have been here, there are ups and downs but there are so many things to be thankful for. Thank you Canada for welcoming me and my family to your country.  Happy Birthday to you and more birthday’s to come.

**I will continue to update this blog with things I am grateful of

HappyGrateful #2

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No man is an island and everyday we are all given a chance to thank someone because they make/made a difference in our lives. So go ahead, thank the people who make/made a difference in your lives.

Make it a habit to reach out to them and let them know how #grateful you are.

Let’s all be a #HappyGratefulCommunity

B is for Blame

As I journey to free  myself from my anxiety and depression, one thing I need to do is to STOP BLAMING MYSELF. 

Blame is something I need to get out of my system as it adds too much stress on myself.

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Here are some things I blame myself for :

  1. I am a stay home mom for almost 2 years if our bank account suddenly drops I blame myself because I cannot help financially.
  2. When my family don’t finished the food, I blame myself because I am thinking the food was not delicious for them.
  3. If my friends back home don’t write to me or connect with me, I blame myself maybe because I don’t contact them often.
  4. If the house is dirty, I blame myself I could have clean the house better.
  5. If our utility bills went up a bit, I blame myself.
  6. If the kids don’t have neatly pressed clothes, I blame myself.
  7. If I don’t get an interview for a job I am applying for, I blame myself.

My list can go on and on and honestly blaming myself is too dragging, I need to stop it.

How?

I try not to blame myself anymore I try to be positive in every situation. My family assured me that never did they blame me and they appreciate everything I do for them.

I think the opposite, if my friends don’t contact me or say hi it’s ok, they maybe busy and because of time difference they can’t talk to me as much I want to  but it doesn’t mean that they have forgotten me.

If my family don’t finish the food, it’s ok at least there will be leftover for me and my husband to bring to work the following day.

If I don’t get an interview for a job, it’s ok because I know there will be a better opportunity for me.

Stop Blaming Yourself, I know it’s hard but try to do it you will see that if you stop things will be lighter.

 

 

 

Reading: Mind over Mood

Mind OVer Mood I am currently reading this book, and it’s all about CBT ( Cognitive Behavioural Therapy ), haven’t’ finish it yet but I plan to finish it soon and work on the worksheets.

Have you read this book? If yes, let me know what you think about it.

Happy Reading !

 

A is for Awareness and Acceptance

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Agree or Disagree?

I came to be aware of my anxiety and depression late last year, I don’t want it so I consulted a doctor about it. The doctor said that my anxiety and depression might have caused by the current situation that I am in.

I never thought  that being a full-time stay home mom, moving to another country, not having that much friends, cold weather, gloomy days can trigger anxiety and depression, guess I am wrong as I do my reading these are just some of the things that can trigger anxiety and depression.

Now, it’s acceptance time, I have accepted that I have anxiety and depression and I am trying baby steps to recover from it. My doctor have prescribed some medication for me but part of me don’t want to take it. I am trying to be positive to mentally heal myself, when I am down I just say to myself ” There is nothing to worry about, just enjoy what you are doing at the present and don’t worry too much” then it calms me down.  I try to visualize my love ones because they are my source of strength and happiness. When it gets worst I find somebody to talk to and it again helps me.  Would you believe that I have talked to strangers and I was surprised that they will take the time to just listen to me until I calm down.

If you are in the same situation like me, just be aware of it and start accepting the fact that you have that it. Once you have accepted it share with it with people you trust and be positive at all times. It’s hard I know but the sooner you accept it the better because the next step is finding a way to fight the battle.

Coming Back…

It’s been awhile since I last wrote and this is because for the past months I don’t feel like communicating at all. I was depressed and having panic attacks at all times. Anxiety and Depression played a major role in my life especially the 1st quarter of the year.

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I try to avoid medication as much as possible because I believe that it’s all in the mind. I was not born like this, I am a happy person, a person full of energy and my friends will tell that I am quite a motivator. So how come this happened to me?

Lifestyle change that’s what I need to do, I got myself a job so that I can be with people most of the time. I tried to be positive at all times, I practiced breathing exercises, meditation in the morning and do some exercises to take all the anxiousness and sadness out of my head. It’s not easy, I am still in the road to being back to my happy self.

If you are just like me on the road to recovery…share with me what you do to be happy…