Day 24 of #100happydays – Inspiring TedTalks

I love TedTalks. Some of them can be quite long, but when they pop up on my Facebook or Twitter feeds I always try to make a mental note to watch them when I get a chance. Sometimes, the little inspiration that these videos provide is just what you need to help get you through a tough day. This is possibly my favourite TedTalk that I’ve ever seen.

“Hard is not relative. Hard is hard. We need to stop ranking our hard against everyone else’s hard to make us feel better or worse.”

I spent about an hour on ted.com watching some of these videos today. I found one that sounded a lot like something that a good friend of mine told me when I was struggling with my own health in high school. It was grade 11, and this friend was my social studies teacher. She believed in me, and gave me the best advice I have ever received in my life. She told me that sometimes life gives you a gift, it just happens to be covered in shit. You have to dig through all the shit to get to the gift, but it is all worth it. Keeping in the theme that hard is not relative, and that everyone has their own struggles, this video shows that there is always light in the darkness.

“You’ll be challenged, inspired, motivated, and humbled. Your life will have new meaning.”

There’s a really great message in both of these videos. I hope you take the time to watch them :)

Days 18-23 of #100happydays

Another lump post of my #100happydays challenge. It’s been quite the eventful week, and I’ve just been too busy to post.

The end of day 17 – last Tuesday – I learned that the condition that my brakes on my car were in made it no longer driveable. My dad was calling his mechanic friends to see how fast someone could get it in, but everyone was quoting him a few weeks. At this point, my life looked like it was about to get pretty complicated in terms of getting to work. I work in brand new developments where there are no bus routes. Ah! I called Curtis’ mom to see if I could borrow their van for a while, and not only did they lend me the van, but Willie fixed my car at his shop the very next day. I have some really lovely family that are always there for me. I don’t know what I would do without them all.

On day 19 I developed some sort of flu, and it has stuck with me. That’s usually how it goes with me though – I stay sick for a long time. That would normally make for a pretty crappy week., but in true #100happydays fashion, I’ve been embracing the positive. I’ve stayed home a lot, only leaving the house for class or work. Since I’m home so much, I’ve gotten lots of kitten snuggles! These two are just the best. I think they can sense that I’m not feeling well, because they are giving me a ton of love.

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When I’m not in bed, I’ve been on the couch working on all my assignments. I feel really pleased with how much I’ve been able to do considering how awful I’ve felt. That, and the constant distraction of Wickham staring at me. He really enjoys eye contact with his humans.

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The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi are on as well. And nothing makes me feel more Canadian than watching the Winter Olympics. I don’t think our TV has left CBC since the preliminaries started. And since I haven’t been sleeping through the night – oh the joys of being sick – I’ve been able to watch quite a bit. I’ve kept it on during the day while I’m working as well.

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Overall, the past week hasn’t been awful. I have felt awful, but there has been lots of positive moments throughout. Kittens, Olympics, and especially lots of Curtis taking care of me. He’s the best :)

Days 13-17 of #100happydays

The past couple days have been a complete whirlwind, so I apologize for being MIA with my #100happydays challenge posts. My life has changed quite a bit.

First, Curtis and I spent the weekend moving into our new place. We had a lot of help from our family and friends. We are officially out of the basement dungeon and into a bright, three-bedroom, main floor of a house. And we are loving every second of it.

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Some areas are more organized than others, but it’s starting to come together. I finally get my own office! Curtis gets a man cave as well. I’m still waiting on most of my books – I stored them in Leduc at my grandparents when I was in moving limbo for the past month – and the office will look a little more complete. My parents are also taking care of Neville, my little bunny furbaby, and I will get him back soon as well. Just need to find time for a trip out to the farm!

Yesterday we were starting to feel pretty settled in. The living room and kitchen are more or less done, and the bathroom and our bedroom are not far behind. Just when we started to feel organized, we went and picked up the other furbabies. I was expecting chaos bringing two little playful kittens into the house – but the good kind of chaos! We were so excited to bring them home. Well, this has been about all the chaos that we’ve seen so far…

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The handsome little man in the tuxedo is Leonardo DeCatrio, and the mostly white guy is Wickham. Curtis and I are so smitten with these little kittens. Leo has taken to Curtis – following him around, sleeping right on him. Wickham is my little buddy. He curls up by my feet when I’m standing and doing the dishes, he naps right next to me on the couch as I’m on my laptop, and he stares me down with his little green eyes. These two brothers are great friends. We can’t wait to watch them grow up and into our little family. Thank you so much to Zoe’s Animal Rescue Society for giving us these little furry and purring bundles of joy.

I’m still working on settling into a routine here at the new house. I’m such a creature of habit, so I feel a bit out of my element right now. It will probably take a week or two for me to settle in and feel at home. But am I ever excited that Curtis and I have our own home – devoid of roommates and with tons of space for each of us. Now I just have to go grocery shopping so we actually have something to eat!