Work in Progress…


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Sometimes I feel like my whole life is a “work in progress”…

Almost every time I come back to this blog, I am apologizing for not writing enough. To who, though? Myself, I guess. I need to combat my chronic laziness. I want to write all the time, but just don’t get around to it, unfortunately.

Update on my life: 

Back in February 2017, my partner, Jay, broke his leg after slipping on ice during a bad snow storm. He was also diagnosed just recently with severe arthritis in his hip which was probably caused by a previous injury years ago, so with that and his leg he won’t be able to go back to work for a quite a bit still.

I’ve been working a lot lately, and as usual am exhausted everyday. My current task at work is trying to get Margaret Atwood in for a book signing of the Handmaid’s Tale – woo! I will let you all know how that goes. If you’ve been watching the new series that has been created around The Handmaid’s Tale, I’d love to know what you think. I really think it is amazing and a must read/watch!

Speaking of Atwood, I’ve been consuming a lot more literature lately, which is really helping me to de-stress. I’m on an Atwood kick at the moment, but I’ve also been reading Eckhart Tolle and HP Lovecraft, as well as other stuff. What have you been reading? 

Over Spring Break in March, I was lucky enough to read lots of great children’s stories to different groups of kids that came in to the store. It made me miss teaching pre-school and so I have decided that I am going to develop a YouTube channel where I host a story time for children. It will be called, “Storytime with Miss Nikki”. Please let me know what you think of this!

Until next time …

 

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Mad World


Hello everyone.

Yes, it sure has been a long time since I have posted here. I was concentrating more on my doll collecting blog for the past year or so. I’m still here, though!

Now…I’m not going to get into a big, long winded post about why I think America has totally screwed themselves over electing this living Dorito. I just know that they have…

Anyway! If you haven’t jumped off a bridge yet and can see this post, I commend your bravery. I am here for you, and so are a lot of other people who want the best for your country, even if we don’t live there.

(Parts of this post were cross-posted to another social media website.)

 

 

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Working on a Commercial Shoot


Sorry for not writing in forever. I have been concentrating on my Doll Blog. I will try to pop in here more often!

I had a very special experience recently, and I have been super busy and quite exhausted so haven’t gotten around to writing about it until now.

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I was asked to work as a ‘doll stylist’ on a commercial shoot for American Girl and Wellie Wishers dolls. I had to stay on set for almost 14 hours each day, making sure that the dolls that were featured in the commercial looked beautiful.

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I had to ensure that their hair and clothes were looking wonderful for the camera. It was a very cool experience! The commercials will probably not be on the air until 2017. I will let you know if I get any more information on where to watch the commercials when they are released!

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After speaking with some other people on set, I found out I could work on Barbie, Monster High, Cabbage Patch, and other commercials that require doll styling. I really think that would be a great job! Have you ever worked on a commercial set? What did you enjoy most about it?

(Cross Posted to Miss Nikki’s Dolls)

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The New American Girl Boutique @ Indigo Granville!


I am sorry I haven’t yet posted any pictures of the brand new American Girl Boutique @ Indigo Granville! I have a lot to share with you, and even more I haven’t had time to photograph yet.

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I really like the new location. It’s bright and feels bigger, even though it technically isn’t. We finally have our very own cash desk, so we can help guests complete their purchase faster. It also makes our jobs easier not having to walk a distance to and from the other cash terminals.

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One thing I am really happy about is that Addy Walker gets more space to show off! At our old location Addy didn’t get a lot of attention, but here she has tons of room to let everyone know how beautiful and fun she is. I’d love to have an Addy doll myself someday in the future. She really is a gorgeous doll, and her character’s story is very inspiring!

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There will be a special event with arts and crafts related to the new Grace Thomas movie held at our new location on June 23rd from 5-7 pm.

I hope you have enjoyed the photos, and come visit the new location soon @ Indigo Granville (formerly Chapters Granville).

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Moving


Once again I have to apologize for not writing much. I am so busy with work and life that I don’t have much time to write. The big news as of late is that the store I work at, which is the Indigo American Girl Doll boutique on Robson street in Vancouver, is going to be moving locations.

Unfortunately the whole store has to vacate the location we are currently in due to the insanely high rent rates, and my specific dolly section will be moving to Broadway and Granville which means a longer commute for me. I love the people I work with, and of course, you know I love my dolls, so I will be going with them. At first I was pretty devastated about the move, but I have slowly been coming to terms with it. I do not do well with change of any sort, but luckily they told us about this in time for me to adjust and accept that I won’t be working in this space that I love much longer. I just keep telling myself, “It will be okay. Change is the only constant in our lives.”

I hope everyone out there is well and happy, and I hope to be writing more here very soon!

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Holidays Approaching


The holidays are coming up fast, and things are getting crazier at work. More guests coming in, tons of people shopping for Xmas gifts, and buying decorations. I have been missing my down time at home but still enjoy working with my awesome fellow employees and thinking about what gifts I will get my own friends and family while I’m working.

The best part of my day is always helping a parent or grandparent pick out the perfect doll for their child to open on Xmas morning. I usually got a doll or something doll related on Xmas morning as a kid, and I still remember how exciting and joyful it was for me. Of course, sometimes I still get doll related gifts, and still experience the joy! Haha. I may have even gotten myself a little Xmas dolly treat online the other day but that is another story.

I hope everyone is enjoying themselves doing whatever it is that they do, and would love to hear how you all prepare for the coming holidays.

🙂

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So …


So, obviously my decision to blog more often didn’t stick. That tends to happen when you are working more than usual and come home exhausted, not wanting to do anything, including open the laptop.

I’ve been sick lately and have the day off today so have been enjoying some computer catch up. Reading other blogs and forums and really enjoying that.

I hope everyone is doing well and continuing to be happier everyday. I try, and I struggle, but I always keep going. Hope you do too.

Back to the couch I go…

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Do Something You Loved as a Child


Something that I have found makes me very happy if I am feeling a bit down, is to do something that I loved to do when I was a kid.

When you do things that you loved doing as a child, it not only triggers good memories, but also brings on a sense of calm and contentedness.

Today I’m feeling kind of “blah” so decided to color. I love coloring, and did it a lot while teaching preschool as well but not as much since I have started working at the AG boutique.

I bought the latest issue of the AG magazine on Friday after work because it has a huge poster inside that can be colored in. So, that’s going to be something I do today to make myself feel happier.

What will you do today to make yourself feel happier?

Take care,

Nikki

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Surrey Urban Farmers Market


Part of my Happiness Project includes doing more things that I enjoy, like reading, and spending time with nature. Another thing that I enjoy is visiting the Surrey Urban Farmer’s Market that is hosted here every year. This year they have a new venue at the recently built city hall, and it is wonderful to walk around and take it all in. Here are some photos from my visit to the farmers market today:

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If you want to visit the Surrey Urban Farmer’s Market, you can do so on Wednesdays from 12pm to 5 pm through the summer until October 8th. It is located here:

Surrey City Hall Plaza
13450 104th Ave, Surrey

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Happiness Project


Once again I have to apologize for not being around in awhile. That is going to change!

I just started reading the book “The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin and have decided to start my own project to boost my happiness and hopefully that of others.

One of the parts of my project will be posting in my blog more often. I will be sharing my own plan, and, when I find it, any information, tips and tricks, or things that inspire my own happiness to help you enhance your own!

Have you read this book? I have not yet finished it but am loving it so far.

I hope everyone has a great week ahead!

– Nikki

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Big News!


I’m so sorry I have not posted in quite awhile! I was very busy for the majority of February and then March, doing interviews for a new job. I got the job, by the way!

What is this new job you ask? Well, I am officially a Customer Experience Representative at Indigo’s American Girl Doll Boutique! I get to work with kids AND dolls all day. Woohoo!

It is the first ever American Girl Doll Boutique in Canada! How exciting is that?! There will be two American Girl Doll Boutique locations in Canada: Vancouver (where I will be working) and Toronto. The boutique is not officially open until May 3rd. I have to say, all the new employees hired for this boutique are super passionate about dolls! We are all extremely excited to share that passion. We will be located in Chapters on Robson, right next to IndigoKids on the 2nd floor.

So far, the trickiest part of my training has been learning how to operate the cash register! I have never done anything like that in my life. On Saturday I will have my first full shift working cash, so wish me luck! LoL. I hope the customers are patient with me.

Will you be visiting the new boutique in Vancouver or Toronto? Let me know in the comments section below.

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Clara’s Big Ride for Mental Health


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I was very impressed and excited when I heard Canadian Olympian Clara Hughes would be doing a bike ride across Canada in order to raise funds and erase the stigma that is associated with all kinds of mental illnesses. Clara will be riding 12,000 miles across Canada, and will be starting on March 14, 2014. Clara’s Big Ride for “Bell Let’s Talk” (an initiative for mental health discussion) is a 110-day bicycle tour through every province and territory, starting off in Toronto and finishing in Ottawa on July 1, 2014. 

Clara’s bike tour will help raise awareness, increase acceptance, and inspire action all in order to create a Canada where people who live with mental illness can be free of the stigma attached to it.

For more information on Clara’s Big Ride, please visit

http://www.clarasbigride.bell.ca

For more on “Blog for Mental Health 2014” please visit: 

http://acanvasoftheminds.com/2014/01/07/blog-for-mental-health-2014/

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New Prospects


I’m pretty excited about a new job prospect that I just found out about today. Apparently Indigo books is going to be selling American Girl Doll products starting in the Spring and they need someone to act as a “Customer Experience Representative”. Apparently the job involves working with kids and parents who come into the store, helping them choose AG products and telling them about the line. Now, if anyone here has read my doll blog or has me as a friend on Facebook they probably noticed that I am a wee bit obsessed with dolls.

I have been collecting all types of dolls for as long as I can remember, and even though I am a “Canadian Girl” I always wanted one of those American Girl dolls. My dad’s side of the family is American so I guess I could always use that as an excuse. Any excuse to buy a new doll! Alas, I never had the chance to visit a state that had an AG store, so never even saw an AG doll in person. I still receive AG Doll catalogues to this day. I’m pretty sure I signed up to receive the catalogues when I was about 13 years old. 

If I got a chance to work around dolls all day, I have to say I think I would be pretty happy. The thought of helping little girls or boys choose a doll and have a really fun and unique experience sounds like a blast to me. The position is part time too, which would be perfect for me to continue with my writing and editing services. I should find out pretty soon if I get to go in for an interview, so will update here as anything happens. Please wish me luck and send some positive vibes my way via the internet! 

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Blog for Mental Health 2014


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“I pledge my commitment to the Blog for Mental Health 2014 Project. I will blog about mental health topics not only for myself, but for others. By displaying this badge, I show my pride, dedication, and acceptance for mental health. I use this to promote mental health education in the struggle to erase stigma.”  

Some of you may have heard of the Blog for Mental Health 2014 event. As someone who has had and continues to have their own struggles with mental health, I feel it is something I should support and promote. This doesn’t mean all of the blog posts I write all year will be about mental health, but some of them most certainly will. If you want to know more about this event, please visit: http://acanvasoftheminds.com/2014/01/07/blog-for-mental-health-2014/

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New Year.


New year, new me? Not exactly; however, there are some things that definitely need to change. 

One of the main things I am talking about here was my day job doing customer service for a wireless phone provider. It was not something I think I would ever do to myself again. I have left this job now, and am more than likely going back to doing preschool or private nannying, along with my writing on the side. Although I would love to strictly be doing freelance writing work full time, I cannot do that until I find a regular client who has consistent freelance work for me on an ongoing basis. I’ve yet to come across that, unfortunately. 

Now I am going to be researching how to go about actually making private nannying a legitimate business for myself until I can afford to purchase a home where I can run my own preschool program 3 or 4 days out of the week. I have almost always been working for a ‘boss’ and having them deal with the paper work and payment issues. The ‘business’ side of things. I am not looking forward to this part of it, but I think about my preschool days almost constantly, and know that I need to be working with children because that makes me happy. I need to have the power to choose who I work with which is one thing I have learned about myself since leaving the preschool world almost 2 years ago now, which this private nannying will allow me to do. Of course, I still want to be doing my writing part time as well.

This year another thing I need to do is learn how to expend my negative energy which always crops up here and there. One way I will be doing this is with my new Crossbow (affectionately named Daryl Dixon). No, it is NOT for hunting. (I’m a vegetarian for goodness sake. Heck, my target is a big foam block with zombie faces stuck on it.) I will be doing target practice, purely for the fun of it. It was a Christmas Gift from my awesome Other Half who wants me to feel more confidence in myself. 

What things are you going to do differently, or try out that you never have before this year? Let me know in the comments section. 

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