Friday, December 27, 2013

Carly's Thankful For..

This week I'm thankful for..
- Family being here for Christmas
- Getting to Skype into other Christmas's
- Aunts and Uncles
- 2014 being so close!
- Moving into my new place in 4 days! woo!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Wordless: Ice Storm

PS: Merry Christmas!
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Monday, December 23, 2013

How to Make Fresh Lemon-Ginger-Mint Tea!

I'm into this loose leaf tea trend. Can I even still call it a trend? It feels like it's here to stay at this point. Either way, I like it. My favourite teas are lemon and mint... so of course, it wasn't hard to come up with the idea of combining them (and I added ginger for good measure!).

Since I enjoy it so much, I thought I'd share my favourite way to make this yummy tea!

First I make sure I have a lemon, fresh ginger, dried or fresh mint leaves, and honey. Then I chop up a bit of ginger and add it into a lose leaf tea infuser. I then add the mint leafs (if they are dried) to the infuser as well. Next I slice a piece of lemon and squeeze the juice into the mug before adding the whole slice. Lastly I just add the hot water before adding honey to taste! Simple as that, and soooo good.

Side note: it tastes even better if you have a bad ass mug like the one pictured! How awesome is that mug!?

Friday, December 20, 2013

Carly's Thankful For...

This week I'm Thankful For...
- A part time job
- Sisters being back home
- Skype!!
- Lots of video ideas
- Finding hints of The Netherlands around here

Thursday, December 19, 2013

What I learned in 2013

I learned.... How to drive a tractor (!!!)

I learned.... That taking your own path is the BEST call

I learned.... How to speak basic Dutch

I learned.... Adventure is out there

I learned.... That I actually enjoy living alone

I learned.... how to edit and make videos!

I learned.... I am pretty damn brave (sometimes!)

I learned.... How to ride a bike in The Netherlands

I learned.... How to set better goals for myself

I learned.... That Berlin really is that great

I learned.... That learning new things is my favorite

I learned.... Even though I have tons of hobbies and interests, Engineering really is what I want to be doing right now

I learned.... That cross-continental friendships are so possible

I learned.... There is always a new creative medium to try

I learned.... How to pack light

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Wordless: Winter

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Monday, December 16, 2013

The Monthly Goals System

This time last year I had an idea... I wasn't going to make the same old endless list of new years resolutions.. I was only going to allow myself 5. The catch was that each month I would sent smaller more tangible goals for that month. I'm someone who loves goals and I find them very motivating, so this was an exciting new idea for me.

It ended up taking some time for me to really figure out how I could make these monthly goals motivational to me instead of stressful. Looking back now, I feel like I am way better at setting reasonable, realistic and helpful goals to achieve something. It has been such a useful skill to hone and something I am so glad that I did.

I started in January with only 1 rule: No more than 5 goals per month.... now 12 months later I have added a second stipulation, no open ended goals. Nothing like "be less stressed". That type of goal doesn't work for me because there is no way to know if you have achieved it. What does that even mean?? Now I would put something more tangible like "read once per day to reduce stress". Reducing stress is still the core of the goal, but it is tangible and achievable... much more useful in my opinion.

I have also learned to be more reasonable in how much I take on. This is a very, key ingredient to achieving goals. If I knew I was traveling 2 out of the 4 weeks in the month, I should have made smaller goals (something I didn't always do..). Now I know what months I can push myself, and what moths I know to take it easier.

12 months later, I fully intend to keep up with this again in 2014! I feel like I'm finally hitting my groove with how to use this system to my advantage, and I can already feel how it will help me in achieving my many big goals for 2014.

If you decide to adopt the same system, I highly encourage you to give it the full year before you decide if it is helpful for you or not. 4 months in I would have said it wasn't really helping, but 12 months down the road I am sold!

Do you use a different method for goal setting or for new years resolutions? Let me know in the comments!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Carly's Thankful For...

This week I'm thankful for...
- being busy
- people who listen
- Thai food
- Comfy clothes
- wifi

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Wordless: Apps are Fun

all pictures edited with the A Beautiful Mess app
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Monday, December 9, 2013

What is Engineering?

Inspired by a number of lovely ladies in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields, I have decided I want to try my best to write a bit about the amazing area in which I studied. Maybe this will turn into a bit of a series, maybe it will just be a few posts... I'm not sure yet. But for now, I just want to introduce you to my other hobby (and career)... science!

I studied Engineering at the University of Guelph, and I loved it! And as much as I love talking about the details of it all, I think it's best to start at the beginning... what even is Engineering?

I tend to explain it as simple as this: Engineering is the application of science and math.

Engineers use the discoveries of scientists and mathematicians to develop solutions to everyday problems, both big and small. This is why there are so many different kinds of engineering, because no matter what the industry, there are always ways to improve, and problems to be solved. Engineers are also very much involved in the innovation and design of these solutions. They don't just theorize an idea, they design it, and hopefully get to see it implemented.

For a more concrete idea, here is an example of what an environmental engineer might do: Let's say you are looking to buy a piece of land. You get it inspected to be safe, and discover that there are tons of toxins in the soil because it used to be the site of an old paint manufacturing plant. You love the location though, so you still buy it, but it needs to be cleaned in order to make the land safe to live on. This is where an engineer would be the perfect person to help. An engineer (or likely a team of engineers) would develop the safest and most effective way to clean the soil for the land owner. And after lots and lots of work, ta-da, clean land, and a happy new land-owner.

Of course that is just one small example, from about a million different examples I could have given. But I wanted to give a bit of a non-traditional example, because most people already know about how engineers can design bridges and sky scrapers.

This is just a small peek into what engineering is, and it's something I do hope to talk about more! If you are curious now, and just can't wait, here are a few sites I would recommend visiting:

University of Guelph - Engineering FAQ
What is Engineering - Amazing Video
10 Reasons to Love Engineering - Here

Friday, December 6, 2013

Carly's Thankful For...

This week I'm Thankful For...
- getting into a groove
- getting to celebrate Sinterklaas a bit
- having (more than usual) ideas for this blog and my youtube channel
- being inspired by Emily at The Brain Scoop to bring my love of Engineering into this blog and youtube.. (coming soon!)
- finding somewhere to live in January wooo!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Wordless: Up Close

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Monday, December 2, 2013

December Goals

I really feel like I've learned how to make these goals work well for me over the past year of trying this system out. I can't wait to write about this system in the coming weeks, and to tell you my goals and plans for 2014!!

Previous Months:
September* see note at the bottom