you gave up on me, & I'm better off. You leaving me behind made me into the better person I am today.

You gave up on me & I’m better off

I was young when you gave up. Not too young to ask myself why, but too young to understand any answer that I might have gotten. The worst part? Never hearing it from you, never getting that reason why from you. I never got to hear both sides of the story. Hell, I barely know what set something like this off. Not that I really need to, because the outcome would still be the same. 

I don’t know what went on in your life, or what the world looks like through your eyes. Maybe that’s part of the reason that things are the way that they are now. It doesn’t matter, though, because you still never put in any effort to make things right.
And I think that you deserve to know, the kind of effect you had. You deserve to know exactly how the choices you made changed my life. Continue reading “You gave up on me & I’m better off”

Ultimate Study Guide – Tips and Resources

This really is the ultimate study guide for getting the most out of your course materials. Came at the perfect time, right in the middle of midterms. Thanks for pinning!This is by FAR my busiest semester of school. I’ll be the first to admit, there was a point in time where I didn’t take my classes all that seriously. I was in my first year of university, I was single in a new city, and I was ready to make all kinds of new friends. In the midst of all the fun I was having, I ventured into academic probation territory…

I don’t regret that part of my life. Hindsight is 20/20, and I was definitely a little irresponsible.

I learned a tough lesson, though. It is soooo much harder to bring yourself back from the bottom. The light at the end of the tunnel is that it’s possible! If you put in the time and effort, you can get those grades up, and get back to being the kick ass student that you are!

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The Buried Life: Inspiration for your own Bucket List

FREE TEMPLATE! WOOHOO! A post about the coolest group of people, and how to live through some cool adventures! I'm going to make my bucket list NOW!Imagine a life where you played basketball with Barack Obama, escaped a desert island, crashed a playboy mansion party, kissed the Stanley Cup, and had a beer with Prince Harry… And that was just naming a few of the crazy awesome stories you had. I don’t know about you, but to me, that sounds like the caliber of adventures I want to have experienced one day!

So… What is “The Buried Life”?

All of those awesome things, are stuff that the guys from The Buried Life can check off of their to do list. I’m actually so jealous, that they have done SO MANY cool things. The Buried Life was a show that aired on MTV in 2010. It was about 4 guys (Jonnie, Duncan, Ben, and Dave), with a simple question: What do you want to do before you die? A question they asked themselves, that ended with them creating a list of 100 (really epic) things they wanted to do before they kicked the bucket.

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Love Yourself: Why It’s Okay to Focus on You

I’m back, and ready to blog my heart out! New year, new post… right? To be completely honest, I wasn’t feeling that great as 2016 came to an end. I mean I love the holidays as much as the next person, but sometimes I just get so preoccupied doing so many things, with/for so many people. Continue reading “Love Yourself: Why It’s Okay to Focus on You”

September Impact: Plan International

Such a great company, and really cool way to make a difference in the world, and give back. I love how Involved you can be with this effort, and all of the different options they give to help you help others!
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Here is my first post about how you can really make an impact on the world! From now on, I want to write a monthly post about different organizations. Hopefully, these are going to inspire you to get involved and make a big difference.

Plan International

For September I want to focus on an organization called Plan International. They are a grassroots organization that focuses on changing the world. For them, it starts with the communities that suffer from the most extreme and systemic poverty.

In 2015 alone, Plan worked in 85, 280 communities. Upon entering these communities, they hire 90% locally. This is truly amazing because it means that they are able to jumpstart the economy in these areas by creating jobs, and teaching the people in these communities the skills they need in order to sustain development on their own.

There are a lot of different things that Plan focuses on. Ultimately it comes down to what the community specifically needs. This could be anything from implementing proper education, access to water and sanitation, proper sexual and reproductive health practices, early childhood care and dev Continue reading “September Impact: Plan International”

5 Minute Guide to Creating Your Own Positivity

I generally like to think of myself as an optimistic, glass half full kind of person. Maybe that should have been one of the 10 things you might want to know about me. Since I like to think of myself that way, I try to always keep a happy mindset and create positivity. However, battling consistently stressful situations can make it very difficult to actually maintain that positive mindset. I constantly have something on the go, and it can be really tough dealing with school, work, and all of the other responsibilities you gain as an adult, all at once (I hear those responsibilities keep piling up. Looking forward to it.) I probably don’t have to tell you that, though. Thankfully, I’ve learned a few things from a group of cool people that I work with.

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What a great story. I love that she found her passion to help people and make the world a better place. This is so inspiring, I'm going to keep looking for and pursuing passions! :)

How I Found My Passion

A lot of my family works or has worked for the airline industry. When I walk into the airport of the two major cities in Alberta, and employees see the last name Carmichael, the first thing said is: “Oh! You must be related to _______”. This means that many of my family members have an intense love for travel. Seriously, we could talk about different places around the globe FOREVER. It’s embarrassing, but I actually take online geography quizzes just for the hell of it…

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