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30 April 2011 in

Plain Hilarity

APRIL 30, 2011

I really don't think it's much of a secret, I am easily entertained!

I find this hilarious and I'm of the opinion that someone who doesn't should reevaluate their sense of humor. Hopefully I'm not the only one who finds this funny, that would be kind of......well awkward.

the outspoken introvert

28 April 2011 in

I Spoke Too Soon...

APRIL 28, 2011

On Monday I was cautiously excited about the prospect of Spring. Well today my fears were realized. I'm looking outside and a blanket of snow is covering the ground. Go figure, sigh.

However I discovered this little gem and I've been smiling ever since. It's definitely one of those songs that makes you sit back and think. I love the animation and on a snowy day this tune is hitting all the right notes, leaving me in the most mellow of moods.

If I didn't have to work I'm be searching for a fire place and a glass of wine.

Let me know what you think?

the outspoken introvert

27 April 2011 in

Wednesday with words...

APRIL 27, 2011

I've noticed on many blogs today is Wordless Wednesday. Well I decided to go against the grain and have a Wednesday that celebrates words, because, well I love them!

I think celebrating words is important, they are the key ingredient in our ability to communicate with one another. Having lived through the beginning of what is now commonly known as the social media phenomenon I have noticed the development of a new language. I'm going to call it SMS - Social Media Speak. I guarantee that you have not only seen but used it yourself. I sure have! Here's some examples:

1. LOL 
2. BTW
3. WTF
4. OMG

For those more advanced in SMS there is also:

1. ROTFLMAO
2. LMFAO
3. IDK
4. WRUD?

Not only are we beginning to comprise a language made out of acronyms, some pretty common words are starting to look a bit different than how I remember them.

1. U - you
2. UR - you're, your 
3. DUN - done
4. CUD - could

I'm fully aware that a lot of this evolution has come with the all mighty text message paired with our need to make everything more efficient. The faster you can type it the better, right? I've been guilty of SMSing when I'm in a rush but I prefer things to be described in words, not letters. Call me old fashioned but you're not going to catch me throwing a WUD out there. I bet the O and the L feel really left out when completely dropped, it WOULD be nice to include them, just saying. 

I came across a site the other day and I got quite a kick out of it. Check out Save The Words it's fairly easy to navigate and definitely celebrates all sorts of words, you can even adopt one! Pretty fantastically spectacular, I know.

the outspoken introvert 

25 April 2011 in

It Matters Monday

APRIL 25, 2011

It's been sunny and getting warmer for two consecutive days now. I would even go as far as saying that Spring has officially arrived. I say that cautiously because where I live snow is a possibility at any time of the year. However with my fingers crossed I'm going to remain optimistic.

Spring means sunny blue skies, blooming flowers, green grass, pints on the patio and Spring cleaning! A few days ago my roommate and I cleaned out our closets! It's nice to make room and get rid of the clothes you no longer use or fit into!

We will be donating the clothes to Good Will and hopefully they will be useful to someone else.

If you want to be a part of It Matters Monday copy and paste the image from the top of the post mention It Matters Monday on your blog and link up below. If you're not a blogger, don't fret let me know what made your Monday awesome in the comments below. I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter.

the outspoken introvert

23 April 2011 in

The Parts That Make This Whole...

APRIL 23, 2011

I have to admit I have been uninspired and overwhelmed lately so my writing has taken the biggest hit. It's not that one thing in particular happened, it's just that life happened. I don't really think any of us can escape those moments.


Henry Nouwen wisely said: "When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving much advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a gentle and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares."

I have many wonderful people in my life who fit the above criteria but my mom is at the top of the list. She is hands down the most amazing person in my world. She definitely hasn't done everything right, but even in the things she's failed at she's carried herself with strength and dignity. She has a smile that lights up a room and a hug that makes everything better.

Admittedly, I was not the easiest child to deal with. I'm pretty sure "sass" was my middle name straight out of the womb. That sass turned to arrogance, because clearly I knew everything when I was a teenager (insert sarcastic roll of the eyes here). Thankfully, that arrogance turned into getting a clue in my mid twenties, after real life kicked my ass.  

I love my mom wholeheartedly. She is always on my side. I can come to her with anything, there is never any judgement. She always says the same thing "you can get through anything, keep your head high and keep moving forward. I believe in you, and never forget that I am always here to help you." I am eternally grateful for the things she's taught me:

1. Talking about things only goes so far, doing things is what makes a difference.
2. There are times when silence and a smile are more powerful than the loudest screams.
3. Family is important.
4. Once you have children, they should be the center of your universe. No and's, if's or but's.
5. If you failed, you pick yourself up and fix it.
6. Try not be disappointed when you can't count on others, do it yourself.
7. Other people's actions don't define who you are.
8. When you lie you get caught. My sister never got in trouble, even though I blamed her every time.
9. You catch more bees with honey than you do with vinegar.
10. Life sucks sometimes, but that's life.

So in a time of what I would call life chaos, I'm going to appreciate my mom and her unconditional love. She is more than deserving - she's the thread that has kept my world together on more then one occasion.  

the outspoken introvert

19 April 2011 in

It Matters Monday

APRIL 18, 2011

Today was a pretty busy day, it felt like a roller coaster. 

The gesture was not big and inspired by something that happened to a friend of mine not to long ago. In the spirit of It Matters Monday, I paid for the order of the person behind me at the Starbucks drive through.

It's not much but, coffee on me hopefully made their day a little better. I know it made me pretty happy :)

Anything cheerful happen on your Monday?

the outspoken introvert


13 April 2011 in

Daily Dose of Cool...

APRIL 13, 2011

I don't have much to say today, but these images caught my eye, so I thought I would share. I love them for their simplicity and quirkiness. Enjoy.












the outspoken introvert

11 April 2011 in

It Matters Monday

APRIL 11, 2011

Well well, it's that dreaded day of the week again.

This week I decided to help Ashley out and donate to her charity: water campaign. I can definitely get behind clean drinking water for those who don't have access to it. Water is essential for so many things that dictate our well being, yet we take it for granted.

charity: water is actually a pretty great organization, this is taken directly from their site:

It’s hard not to think about water today. In the western world, we face growing concerns about our stewardship of the world’s most precious resource. There’s talk of shortages, evidence of reservoirs and aquifers drying up, and of course, plenty of people who simply don’t care.

But forget about us.

Most of us have never really been thirsty. We’ve never had to leave our houses and walk 5 miles to fetch water. We simply turn on the tap, and water comes out. Clean. Yet there are a billion people on the planet who don’t have clean water. 


It’s hard to imagine what a billion people looks like really, but one in eight might be easier. One in eight people in our world don’t have access to the most basic of human needs. Something we can’t imagine going 12 hours without. 


Here, we’d like to introduce you to a few of those billion people. They are very real, and they need our help. They didn't choose to be born into a village where the only source of water is a polluted swamp. And we didn’t choose to be born in a country where even the homeless have access to clean water and a toilet. 
We invite you to put yourself in their shoes. Follow them on their daily journey. Carry 80 pounds of water in yellow fuel cans. Dig with their children in sand for water. Line up at a well and wait 8 hours for a turn. 


Now, make a decision to help. We’re not offering grand solutions and billion dollar schemes, but instead, simple things that work. Things like freshwater wells, rainwater catchments and sand filters. For about $20 a person, we know how to help millions.

Start by helping one



If you want to participate in It Matters Monday, copy and paste the image from the top of this post into your blog post, mention It Matters Monday and link it up to the bottom of this one. If you're not a blogger but have done something awesome today post it in the comments section.


the outspoken introvert


10 April 2011 in

ABC's of me...

APRIL 10, 2011



Age: 28
Bed Size: Queen
Chore you hate: Laundry! It never ends, as soon as you do the laundry another pile of laundry is just beginning.
Dogs:  definitely dogs, but my sister's cat Whiskey is the bombdizzle!
Essential start of your day: Coffee
Favorite Color: Red
Gold or silver: Silver or white gold
Height: 5'4"
Instruments I play (or have played): I have attempted piano and guitar lessons, I was also very successful at miserably failing both! I'm completely tone deaf. 
Job Title: hahahaha job title? This one is a little tricky - at the moment, Mortgage Broker, Bookkeeper, Wannabe Writer, AND full time student.
Kids: however many it is, the number has to be even. I don't want my kid to be lonely but I don't want them to have middle child syndrome either :)
Live: Calgary/Edmonton, Canada. It's safe to say I'm transient.
Mom's Name: Eva
Nickname: Sandy Beaches, Nanner, Little A
Overnight hospital stays: Been there done that.
Pet Peeve: It's so hard to pick just one, people wasting my time is definitely up there.
Quote from a movie: "They didn't agree on much. In fact, they didn’t agree on anything. They fought all the time and challenged each other ever day. But despite their differences, they had one important thing in common. They were crazy about each other." 
— Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook)
Right or left handed: Right handed.
Siblings: a super awesome younger sis.
Time you wake up: do we really have to discuss this. As late as I can possibly stretch it.
Underwear: Sometimes.
Vegetables you dislike: Eggplant, and any kind of squash yuck!
What makes you run late: my short attention span and lack of ability to focus on one task at a time.
X-rays you've had done: Teeth, lower back, leg.
Yummy food you make: I can make pretty awesome soups.
Zoo animal: I'm a fan of leopards and black panthers. My favorite animal in general, white owl. They can turn their head 360 degrees, I mean seriously that's super cool!

Thanks to Sarah as I got this idea from stumbling onto her blog, check it out here.
Your turn.

the outspoken introvert

09 April 2011 in

"Just" Agree With Me.

APRIL 9, 2011


wouldn't say I’m an argumentative person; actually I strongly dislike confrontation and don’t go out of my way to look for it. However I wouldn’t really peg myself as agreeable either, if confrontation finds me, believe me I definitely don’t take it laying down.

What I can say is that if something doesn’t seem to fit; to put it simply, if it seems like a bunch of hot air I need to know the who, the what, the when, the where and the why! I have a hard time going along with things that don’t make sense to me, and I have an even harder time agreeing with such things just for the sake of agreeing.

I find that so many people “just” agree! For them, it is hands down the easier choice of action. The stories we’re told are rarely questioned, and personally I don’t get that. I mean realistically if someone can stand in front of me, look me in the eye and feed me a bunch of nonsense, trust me I will look them in the eye right back and without hesitation call them out on it.

Does that make me argumentative? Hmm, I suppose in a way it does. However if you “just” agree with everything around you, how do you live? How does your life progress? How do you learn? How do you achieve the things you want? How do you do the things that make your heart skip a beat? If you “just” agree are you not left at the mercy of those you are agreeing with?

“Just” agreeing is more than fulfilling for the ones you’re agreeing with! Whether it’s a relationship, friendship, the media, or your boss...whatever, you name it. They get their way and they couldn’t be happier.  You, on the other hand by “just” agreeing, aren't you left feeling empty and unacknowledged? How are you supposed to grow mentally, emotionally or spiritually if you “just” agree? Where is the opportunity to get better, to know what you believe and why you believe it? That’s the thing, it’s not there! It disappears behind someone else’s desires.

It is important for me to point out that I am all for compromise. Compromise is different from “just” agreeing though, in that compromise forces assessment of the situation from both sides. The fact remains that no matter how thin you slice it there are always two sides of the story. A change of both perspectives is not only possible but necessary to reach true compromise.

I try my best to see the world in a way where one side is not more important than the other. I try my best to take the competition out of it, I’m not always successful but I do try. “Just” agreeing will never be my strong suit. If I fundamentally disagree with something I can bring myself to go along with it for a little while if I absolutely have to, but in the end I cannot quietly follow and “just” agree with things I don’t honestly believe in. Can you?

the outspoken introvert

05 April 2011 in

Simple but AWESOME!

APRIL 5, 2011


Seriously,

How could you not find this funny?

the outspoken introvert

04 April 2011 in

It Matters Monday

APRIL 4, 2011




I have been just a tad bit frustrated with the world we live in. Not all of it is awful; there is a lot about it that’s magnificent! However, I’m exposed to troubling things on a daily basis through school, other people and all sorts of media outlets. What does not sit well with me is people’s ability to take advantage of, and hurt other human beings, especially those who are vulnerable. By, does not sit well with me, I mean it down right angers me!

I always feel silly when I consider changing the world; it’s so big and I’m only one person. What impact could I possibly have, I mean really? If you’ve read any of my previous posts you’ll know that I don’t have a rigid road map for my life but I do know that I want to make a difference! Somehow I want to make this world just a little bit better.

SO, I’ve had enough! I’ve had enough of not doing anything about it; I’ve had enough of feeling discouraged because “what difference is it going to make”; I’ve had enough of just THINKING that the world should change.

I WANT to believe that human beings are fundamentally good, that they care not only about themselves but each other; in order to truly believe that I need proof. Gandhi famously said “be the change you want to see in the world” so I propose – It Matters Monday.

Monday’s have a bad rap as it is; not very many people like them, myself included. So I suggest that we make Mondays a little better. I don’t’ know about you but doing good things, making people smile and somehow having an impact always brightens up my day, even if it is a Monday. Every week, I’ll write about my experiences and I encourage you to join me. They don’t have to be super grand gestures of charity. I mean, if that’s what you are doing that’s amazing, by all means share, I would love to hear about it.

However, if you made the world better in the smallest way I also want to know about it, because it matters. From learning something that changed your perspective and made you a better person, to making someone’s day better, whether they’re a stranger or a friend. Conversely, if you’re on the receiving end of something awesome write about it. I truly believe that those who take the time to care and make our lives happier deserve to be recognized for it.

In the words of John F. Kennedy “one person can make a difference, and everyone should try.”

If you want to participate: copy and paste the image, (I'm working on making a button) mention It Matters Monday on your blog and add your link to the bottom of the post, if you're not a blogger leave your good deed in the comments section. I look forward to hearing from all of you.

the outspoken introvert


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