Let’s face it: one of the biggest problems that can impede us from following our goals (such as wandering around the globe) is a lack of funds. As a university student ready to enter grad school this coming September, the fear of not being able to travel for the next little while has me riddled with worry. I can’t imagine not being able to visit at least one new place a year, be it internationally or within my own beautiful country. However, with the right amount of planning and self-control, you’ll still be able to take those trips on a tight budget.
Trying to come up with a solid everyday makeup routine was actually a lot more difficult than I first anticipated. I began this journey of makeup discovery several probably back in second year (2013), when I decided to move beyond just basic foundation and a touch of mascara. Since then, my makeup selection has increased drastically — so much so, that this past summer I had to buy a big trunk to keep it all in. Two shelves in this are filled with just my lipsticks alone.
Aside from my imminent graduation date, another thing that I can reflect on is how I’ve managed to get to this point in time without having to give up eating out; the occasional new outfit; concerts; theatre and ballet; or travel… That is, without the need to sell my body on the streets, get a sugar daddy, or auction off my non-vital organs on the Black Market (I’m not knocking it, I just wouldn’t personally try it). There are times where I’ve wanted to just bite the bullet and not spend any money in order to avoid working while going to school — and I actually did do that during my third year — but it just doesn’t work out very well. Thus, I came to the conclusion that I simply would have to find a balance between working enough to have the money to do the things I wanted to do while also leaving enough time for classes; readings; and studying. Sounds simple enough, right?
It’s easy to become caught up in the day to day busy lives that we all lead, where work (and education, for some of us) become the key points in which our existence revolves around. It can be genuinely difficult to find time to keep with our friends in the midst of all this, but I think it’s pivotal to do so. This may not mean having all of your friends together at once, but rather, small groups of them or one-on-one time instead. Typically, in addition to whatever I do for my birthday, I have all my closest friends together at my family’s annual skate in Mississauga, but this year circumstances had only a few able to come (thankfully, my two friends I get to see the least were able to make it). This was fine by me, since I’ll be actively arranging times to meet up with my other friends in the near future.
Do you ever want to fall asleep at work and/or scream at someone and/or cry because you feel absolutely miserable? I barely feel this way anymore. Partly because I found a job I actually enjoy (read: after I left my job at Tim Hortons in the middle of my first year of university, there was no going back to the stress of the fast food industry), but mostly because I’ve created a morning routine for myself that makes this Night Owl into a morning person (that is, for those days when I’m not up at the crack of dawn by choice on a beautiful late spring morning, happily gallivanting around Spanish, Ontario with my cousin… like in the photo above from April 2013).
Well, here I am with my new blog: Emulating Emily. This time, the blog is one that I will stick to. I won’t leave it for another one, a better idea that has suddenly popped into my head, as they often do. This time, I not only love the name I’ve chosen, but I love the topic I’ve decided to base this blog on…or lack thereof.