happy st. patty’s!


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Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone!

I celebrated the green holiday a day early, and the pictures above are just some of the evidence of what fun was had. Not shown is my emerald coloured vodka.

But today is a special day for another reason. Thirty years ago, my mom gave birth to her first child. It’s hard to believe that my oldest brother is turning 30 today. My parents don’t seem old enough to have children in their late 20’s, let alone in their 30’s!

I hope Joel has an amazing day and weekend. I’m proud to say he is my older brother. I don’t get to see him very often because of the provinces in between us, but I sure love him dearly.

I think 30 will be his best year yet, seeing as he is marrying the love of his life in a few months!

And on a final note, I’m hoping that green food colouring is safe for ingestion. I consumed more than my fair share last night…

Be safe!  Cheers!

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how i know it’s true love.

love.jpgI’ve been in love a couple of times before. Those relationships didn’t succeed and I’m still not certain of the reasons why they failed.

But one thing I do know is that if those relationships had worked out, I wouldn’t have drank tequila on that summer night, asked for a piggy back ride, or been surprised by a kiss in the kitchen. I wouldn’t have fallen in love with Cal.

We were roommates at the time of the infamous kiss. As crazy as the idea was, we decided on taking a chance at a relationship. The odds were against us, but now we’re approaching our third year anniversary.

Throughout our relationship so far, we’ve dealt with things that would tear most relationships, or marriages, apart. Finances have been a major struggle and we’ve had to have constant communication and creative collaboration to survive. We’ve become pretty good at being honest with each other and discussing everything.

We’ve both dealt with anxiety and stress through a big chunk of our relationship. We’ve offered each other patience and understanding and always work together to get out of the rough patches.

Cal ruptured his spleen earlier in our relationship and there were moments where we didn’t know what his future held. Those were the scariest weeks of my entire life.

I lost one of my best friends just over a year ago. Cal was there for me through the entire thing and quietly held me me when there were no words to make it better.

Throughout these hard times, we have always found time to laugh. We laugh A LOT. We’ve come out of all of this stronger and more certain of how in love we are with each other.

This is how I know it’s true love. I tell him he’s my soul mate all the time and I think those words make him uncomfortable. But I believe it. I couldn’t ask for a better boyfriend and best friend.

This is why I’m thankful that my past relationships didn’t work out. They led me to that August night when our love began with the most perfect, tequila induced kiss. Who would’ve thought.

losing the last 15.

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The reason why I want to post this on here is because I want it to be public…so I can STOP MAKING EXCUSES.

Since gaining some major weight during my trip to Europe almost six years ago, my body has never been the same. It’s not that I don’t like my body anymore…it’s the fact that I know what my body used to look like and has potential to look like. I’ve never tried super hard to lose the rest of the weight. Let’s just say I have a strong relationship with (bad) food that I’ve never really been able or willing to end.

Since August I’ve lost 18 pounds. EIGHTEEN! A much needed weight-loss after seeing some pictures of a double chin I didn’t know I had.

This is my promise. I WILL LOSE 15 MORE POUNDS BEFORE THE END OF JUNE.

So there it is. I just made a promise to myself and to anyone else who reads this. I may not be able to keep that promise, but it definitely makes me want to try really, really hard to do the best that I can do.

For everyone out there, know that I will not be going to extremes to do this. I lost the first 18 lbs by eating less food (and still eating bad food) and walking to school. Yup, that’s it! This is why I can’t make excuses anymore. I know it wouldn’t be very hard to lose the next 15! Or at least I hope it won’t be.

I’ve recently started stretching every day and doing yoga. I’ve also recently started opting for salads instead of sandwiches for lunchtime. I continue to walk to/ from school every now and then. So…let’s see if I can get my beach body back by July!  I’ll keep you updated.

XOXO,

Chelsea

 

is social media really relevant?

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Today we live in a digitally connected world. No one can deny that fact.

Whether you are a full-fledged addict, or a skeptic on the influence of social media, there is no doubt that social media has taken over the communication world and will continue to do so.

I am currently in a Public Relations class where my instructor, who is several years older than the students he is teaching, consistently claims that social media is not useful. Today he announced to us that social media goes everywhere and nowhere. Hmmm, Mr. PR Instructor, I beg to differ.

Social media brings many things to the table that are beneficial for both individuals and organizations. It provides a channel for learning, sharing, interacting, and building connections. If your business does not use social media, you are missing out on a HUGE potential market. The key to being successful is to be where your customers are.

According to a recent article from Huffington Post (http://www.digitalbuzzblog.com/infographic-social-media-statistics-for-2013/), 80% of users prefer to connect with brands on Facebook and 23% of users check their Facebook five or more times a day. Another interesting statistic is 34% of marketers have generated leads using Twitter. A disturbing stat is 56% of tweets to companies are being ignored. Once again, why aren’t more brands placing themselves where their customers are?

As a PR professional, your goal is to get your message out there, right? So why wouldn’t you want to send your message to where your customers are?

I don’t have the guts to argue with my instructor because I’d really like to receive an A in his course, but the facts and statistics speak for themselves. Hopefully he will realize this one day soon in order to not mislead more of his students. It’s a sad and dead-end road for people and places who don’t believe in the value of social media.

Our world is changing. We need to change with it in order to be successful.

doin’ me.

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I had a revelation this morning.

I woke up feeling guilty and anxious.  I felt guilty for sleeping in so late and for eating those peanut butter M & Ms last night.  I felt anxious about the pile of homework screaming my name to be finished today and the boxes of stuff I had planned to organize this weekend.

And then a thought popped into my head out of nowhere…

“Do you.  Stop worrying about what everyone else might think.”

WOWZERS.  I needed that.  I spend a lot of my energy trying to make other people happy.  Whether it’s worrying about my hair and outfit looking right, or trying to be a master chef, or trying to make my apartment look perfect.  I even worry that someone might judge me if they found out that I slept in late and haven’t finished my homework yet.  But why?  Because I want other people to be impressed.  It’s not really for me at all.

But to be honest, I like sleeping in.  I’m sometimes a procrastinator and my apartment never looks perfect.  I wear what I think looks good and feels good.  And most importantly, I absolutely love peanut butter M & Ms.  In fact, I might just have some for breakfast and not get out of my pyjamas all day.

I’m just going to keep doin’ me and forget what people might think of me.  It’s a waste of time, energy, and emotion.  You should all do the same.

XOXO,

Chelsea

that time of year…

christmasI know everyone says it, but this is the BEST time of the year!  The holiday season is upon us and I couldn’t be more excited.

This year is a little different for me.  I take great pride in being the master gift-giver of my family, making sure everyone has a wonderful gift that makes them happy.  I couldn’t afford to do that this year and it kills me!  The bright side is that it makes the focus of the season (for me, anyway) on enjoying time with my family that doesn’t get together often enough.

Seeing my two brothers will be the highlight of my Christmas.  Joel lives too far away in BC and Stefan is so involved in school that he barely has a spare minute.  I can’t wait to have many laughs with them.

I can’t wait to stuff my face with my mom’s delicious food and getting warm hugs from my dad.  I can’t wait to say Merry Christmas to our over 20-year old cat, Chanel.  I’m looking forward to movies, games, drinks, snuggles, and being warm and cozy.

It’s going to be a good Christmas…I can feel it.

Hope everyone has a great holiday… you’ll hear from me in the new year!

XOXO,

Chelsea

dream dress…is mine!

Guess who has the best boyfriend in the world?!  YUP.  I got the dress!!!

Based on the polls, half of you didn’t like the dress (and I even voted twice) but to be honest…I don’t really care!  I’m in love with it and I can’t wait to wear it next Saturday to a Christmas party.

WOOOOO!

XOXO,

Chelsea

dream dress.

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I am so obsessed with this dress from Dynamite. I can’t justify buying it since I’m an EXTREMELY POOR student, but I saw it at the mall on Friday and I can’t for the life of me stop thinking about it!! I have a few holiday parties to go to and I think it would be the most perfect dress to strut my stuff in. Looks like I’ll have to pick something “old” from my own closet though. Sigh. Life goes on, I guess. If anyone knows how to grow money on trees, let me know ASAP. Or maybe just mention to my lovely boyfriend that this dress is ALL I want for Christmas. Another. Big Sigh.

my best friend.

My mom is my absolute, most favourite person in the world.

When I visit home, we start gabbing and we JUST CAN’T STOP.  We talk about everything under the sun and we laugh until our cheeks hurt.

She is so smart, so beautiful, and so funny…and she doesn’t even realize it.

She is the best mom anyone could ask for, and one day will make an amazing grandma.

I hope one day I can become the kind of woman that she is.  I love her with all of my heart, and I’m proud to say that she is my best friend.