Thursday, March 23, 2017

Choose Happiness Above All.

The way I see it.. 

You have two choices 

A.) Choosing to be the victim 
B.) Choosing not to 

We all choose the life that we live at this very moment. Yes, we may all come from different backgrounds or different situations and yes sometimes in life we may in fact be the victim, but you can choose to say no. To say no to playing the part + to say yes to rising above. 

You have a choice to quit that shitty job, to get out of that awful relationship, to hold on to that stuff from the past and you also have a choice to not play the victim in your own life. 

Use gratitude to appreciate everything you have, others may not be so fortunate. Rise above the people that didn't treat you right and choose happiness above all. 

"Love Everyone. Trust Few. Paddle Your Own Canoe." 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Learning Digital Skills at Brainstation

Growth hacking, Dark Social, SEM, SEO, Email Marketing, Social Sharing ... just a few of the terms I have learned in the past 11 weeks with my time spent at Brainstation Vancouver.

Over the last 11 weeks I have been taught by highly skilled professionals in the digital marketing field such as Conner Galway (Founder of Junction Creative), Laura Anderson (Partner Marketing for Hootsuite), Derek Jory (Writer for the Canucks) & Christie Horsman (Email Marketing at HootSuite)

All of these teachers were extremely knowledgable and resourceful to the field.

In groups we were asked to prepare a case study on a local brand to be presented in front of said company, which was a great way to really understand digital marketing from a real perspective in a real life situation.

I believe tech is the way of the future! With new tech companies coming into Vancouver left, right and centre it is prime time to be in the tech field.

So why did I take classes at Brainstation? I wanted to learn to utilize the digital marketing world.  I was born to make a difference, I was born to share my life experiences with the world, to be able to utilize my hardships, my experiences, the opportunities that I have had to help others, and using digital marketing to be able to share socially has only helped me grow and develop myself and my brand. I have always had an entrepreneur brain and to be able to learn how to grow and develop a bigger audience is a skill I can utilize in almost any career I decide to go into.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Always Speak With Truth & Love

If you are someone I care about, I will never tell you what you want to hear just to be “nice”. 

I will not tip toe around the truth, and I will refuse to walk on eggshells around you. If you are too sensitive to handle this then I doubt we will ever be more then an on the surface type friendship or an acquaintance. 

I will say this though: I do promise you that I will never speak the truth out of hate, judgment or spite, but will always speak it out of love. 

I REFUSE to have people that I hold close who will only tell you what they think they should, they will always speak poorly behind your back, but never to your face. 

I REFUSE to have these on the surface people who say they are your true friend, but are never there to listen in the situations that truly matter.


Because everyday I want to be vulnerable, I want to grow as a person and I want to build and develop those friendships that aren’t based around insecurity. I will continue to develop into my best possible self, but I cannot do that without walking on solid ground. 

I want to listen to the people who will be genuinely honest, who will speak out of love and tell me when I am in the wrong, or being silly or over reacting. 

Be true, genuine and real,because why would you want to be a made up version of yourself?

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Spring Cleaning

I have to be honest lately my patience has been tested ALOT. Maybe I am changing & developing and no longer fit some of the people in my life and that's a decision I don't take lightly but I also feel like being irritable, frustrated, snappy, and impatient are not characteristics I want to have going forward. Changes are scary, but also necessary for growth. 

Time for some spring cleaning.
I came across this which inspired me to make some changes in my life;

"It Is better to be alone, than in the wrong company.

Tell me who your best friends are,
 and I will tell you who you are. If you run with wolves, 
you will learn how to howl. But, if you associate with eagles,
 you will learn how to soar to great heights.

Any time you tolerate mediocrity in others, it increases your mediocrity. An important attribute in successful people is their impatience with negative thinking and negative acting people.  As you grow, your associates will change. 

Some of your friends will not want you to go on. 
They will want you to stay where they are. 
Friends that don't help you climb will want you to crawl. Your friends will stretch your vision or choke your dream. Those that don't increase you will eventually decrease you.

Consider this:
Never receive counsel from unproductive people. 
Never discuss your problems with someone incapable of contributing to the solution, because those who ever succeed themselves are always first to tell you how. 
Not everyone has a right to speak into your life. You are certain to get the worst of the bargain when you exchange ideas with the wrong person.
 Don't follow anyone who's not going anywhere.
With some people you spend an evening: with others you invest it. 
Be careful where you stop to inquire for directions along the road of life. 
Wise is the person who fortifies his life with the right friendships.

"A mirror reflects a man's face, but what he is really like is shown by the kind of friends he chooses."

The simple but true fact of life is that you become like those with whom you closely associate - for the good and the bad.

Note: Be not mistaken. This is applicable to family as well as friends. love, appreciate and be thankful for your family, for they will always be your family no matter what. 

Just know that they are human first and though they are family to you, they may be a friend to someone else and will fit somewhere in the criteria above."In Prosperity Our Friends Know Us. In Adversity We Know Our friends.""Never make someone a priority when you are only an option for them.""If you are going to achieve excellence in big things,you develop the habit in little matters.Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.."..” ― Colin Powell

"The less you associate with some people, the more your life will improve.

Teach People How To Treat You

One phrase that I consistently revert back to is "you teach people how to treat you". I will forever live by this motto.

Regardless of if you are referring to a relationship, a job, a client, or a peer you teach them how to treat you.
I have never invited disrespect in my life and I never will. I value myself so therefore I surround myself with people who also see my value.
I have lost jobs, boyfriends, friends and family over this mind set, but if you have haters in your life then it means that at one point you stood up for something.
Self love & self respect is the greatest gift you can give yourself. Place value in your time, your presence, your mindset, & your morals because if you don't then nobody else will.
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