An Ode to a First Apartment

An Ode to a First Apartment

I’m moving.  After five awesome years in my “first” apartment, I’m upgrading to a condo.   I use quotations around first because although I did move out for school, this was my first on-my-own place, which was a big deal.  It’s time to move on, no doubt, but saying goodbye can be hard. Which is why I could use a little reminiscing, so here’ goes.

As a first apartment, it had its ups and downs.  Ups: it was affordable (cheap, considering today’s market), walkable distance to work, in the heart of a cool neighbourhood and just the right size, even when my 6’4″ boyfriend moved in.  Those ups were enough to outweigh the downs, some of which being: loud thumping music from the restaurant below, the occasional* cockroach, no air conditioning (or functional windows, for the majority of them), and always a just a wee bit dirty.

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What Organizations Should You Get Involved In?


Have you ever considered taking on something outside of your regular work or leisure time? More young professionals are seeing the immense value of joining an organization or activity that bridges the gap between their full time jobs and lying on the couch watching Netflix. And more employers look for that well-rounded person when hiring.

Being on a board or volunteering are great ways to get exposure, extra experience, and feel more fulfilled in our lives. But time is precious, as we all know, and it’s hard to commit to anything outside of our norm. So what leaps should you take into the extracurricular? Here are some tips.

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How To Commit To Writing Your Blog

Workplace in my office with coffee

If you’re like me, you’ve dragged your heels about writing consistently for your blog or website. You’ve had a lot of fun coming up with the name and designing the template but when it comes down to producing valuable content for your readers, the task can seem daunting.

That’s why for Back to School, I’m re-committing. As eager as I’d be to buy new notebooks and pens and head to class over a decade ago, this time of year lends that same infectious motivation that we can all take advantage of.

Here’s how to commit to a writing a blog that is consistent, entertaining, and valuable for readers (I’m going to follow these steps, too, so I’m not just preaching):

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