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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