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The Elephant: What The Symbol Did For Me and What It Can Do For You

My love for the elephant started from a young age when I went to Montessori school and the teacher (who I love dearly and has taught me everything I know) told me about elephants being killed for their tusks. You might be thinking “why is the teacher telling a 5 year old such a horrible thing?” but without her I wouldn’t be as aware of the world as I am today, I am like this because she told us the truth about culture, war, animals and different religions (but most importantly have respect for them and for the world). I was horrified by this discovery, so I asked “why would they kill such a beautiful, strong and smart animal?” Continue reading “The Elephant: What The Symbol Did For Me and What It Can Do For You”

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5 Tips To Stay Positive When The Job Hunt Seems Never-Ending

It wasn’t that long ago that I was experiencing the job hunt struggles  and I know how difficult it can be to pick yourself up after not getting a job, not finding one or like me getting let go. Finding a job is difficult but don’t let that stop you from achieving where you want to be. You may feel as though you have all this knowledge and education to successfully do the job but it never turns out in your favour.

However, as difficult as it might seem, keeping a positive attitude throughout your job search can truly make all the difference in the entire process. Seems impossible? Here are five tips to help you find the bright side during, what can be, a challenging job search.

HOWEVER, AS DIFFICULT AS IT MAY SEE, KEEPING A POSITIVE ATTITUDE THROUGHOUT YOUR JOB SEARCH CAN TRULY MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN THE ENTIRE PROCESS

1. Find Energy

Looking for a job seems never ending and it is easy to feel powerless so don’t focus on all the things you can’t control, focus on all the things you can. 

It’s simple! Channel your energy into being the best applicant you can possibly be: Polish your resume; take a course to refine a skill that could benefit you; do anything you can to better position yourself against your competition. You may not be able to control the entire process, but you should at least do your best with what is well within your grasp.

2. Flip Your Strategy

The job hunting world is no longer a personal one, everything is done online and often times you may feel a disconnect between you and your future employer.

If you’re beginning to feel frustrated and exhausted with your search, try switching up how you’re doing things. Walk away from the computer screen and set up an informational interview. Enter the store, even if you know they take resumes online, you are more memorable that way and you might even get to see the manager in passing. Its bad to continue to do the same thing over and over again (particularly if it doesn’t seem to be working) is a surefire way to grow even more frustrated and discouraged.

3. Don’t Dwell

You may become down in the dumps because your efforts feel to you as failed. And that can be more than enough to make you feel gloomy and unmotivated. Suddenly, evenings spent being a couch potato sound like all you’re physically capable of after a long day of fruitless job searching.

However, camping out inside your home will only send your spirits into even more of a downward spiral. So keep yourself busy, spend time with friends or take up a hobby. Establish a routine that gets you out of the house each and every day. Believe me, turning into a job search hermit will only make your situation seem negative.

4. Get Out There!

Looking for a solution that will get you out of the house and also give your professional reputation a boost? Find opportunities to volunteer!

I got my job from extensive volunteer work with people, even though it seems irrelevant to your future job, having team work and people experience is so important to all employers. It can help you learn and refine some new or old skills. When you volunteer, you can try your hand at things you wouldn’t necessarily be willing to attempt in a traditional work environment. It also gives you the opportunity to meet new people who can help you land or decide on exactly the type of job or person you want to be in the market.

5. Don’t Be Picky

Instead of looking at your long (never-ending it may seem!) job hunt as a hindrance, think of it as your opportunity to discover different career paths and identify what you really want to do. Make sure to keep an open mind when job hunting. You are not going to find the perfect life long job out of the gate, it’s going to take a few swings.

See if you can find some different job shadowing opportunities or unpaid work to help you gain some experience, test drive different careers, and beef up your resume. Remember, taking the time to explore your options is never a bad thing.

 

There’s no denying that a long job hunt can be discouraging and disheartening. However, focusing on the negatives will only add fuel to your pessimistic fire! As cliché as it might sound, staying positive is absolutely crucial.

I know, it’s easier said than done. But, put these tips into play and you’re sure to feel a little bit better about your job search. Trust me, no matter what it may feel like, your job hunt won’t last forever.

Have you dealt with a long job search before? How did you stay positive?

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Journal # 9: The Six Year Age Gap

For those of you who don’t know, my little sister and I are 6 years apart (nobody in between, just the 2 of us) As much as sometimes I wish we were closer together in age, I am often truly satisfied with the years we have apart. She makes me feel like a kid and I get to help her grow up, she doesn’t steal my clothes or makeup, and she doesn’t embarrass me at school simply because she is not at my school. The age gap has helped me develop a more marital instinct and has taught her that someone is always there to listen to you even if you don’t wanna tell mom.

We carry each others secrets like the time we broke the small decretive statue in out house or when she cheated on her social studies test because her notes just happen to be on the corner of the desk. Most importantly as much as sometimes we want there to be, there is no competition. We don’t have the same hobbies, never played the same sports, and she is too young to be in realistic competition in grades. Although I know she mumbles in frustration “why is Donatella so smart? Look at me I am Donatella and I get 90’s” (yes i do get 90’s). I always tell her your nine and I am sixteen even if you wanted to be good at english, you can’t be because you don’t know enough yet, and that’s okay, it doesn’t make you stupid.

Over the last year though she has definitely kicked my ass in math (sixteen year old me and 9 year old me). She flew right past me with times tables, fractions, area and perimeter and at that point in my life I couldn’t do that on paper let alone in my head. So every one in a while I always say to her “wow your way better at math then I am, your pronunciation in french is better than mine and look at that you are an amazing cook (by the way she loves cooking and I hate it….I burnt popcorn at fifteen and she can make a grilled cheese sandwich at eight).

But sometimes it has it’s downsides, there are moments in our relationship where it’s like each other doesn’t exist cause we are so busy or we become annoyed with each others immaturity (ie; hers) and bossiness (ie; mine). We forget each others age, she expects me to play with her all the time and I expect her to not leave a disaster every where she goes. Me being sick I am able to spend more time with her and we do more together like spend an hour together each morning, pull pranks on each other and read together at night.

Some say that after 5 years of not having a sibling your and only child, but I disagree with that. My sister and I are able to grow as separate people without fighting for attention or trying to one up each others successes all the time, she doesn’t feel like she has to do exactly what I do or that we are enemies. She looks up to me and in a way I look up to her where as when siblings are closer together they can fight over who’s stronger, better, smarter and it takes them a while to have respect for each other (i have cousins who are close together…..I have noticed the difference). In order for our relationship to be strong we have develop ourselves and then we develop together.

So if you are worried about having kids far apart I hope this eases the concern. Plus you have your own personal babysitter, chef , hairdresser, tutor….it’s like having a second mom or dad. Next time if you meet someone with siblings far apart, don’t feel bad for them because in my opinion it is the best sibling dynamic out there.

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Saturday Morning Coffee Talks//2.6.16

This week has been a really good week altogether and I am excited to share it with all of you.

Highlight of the past week// my mom and I are planning how to redecorate my room and I could not be more excited

Lowlight of the past week// Doctor appointments😦, I really hate hospitals and I always will

Greatest Moment// my sister pulled a prank on me and poured a big bucket of water on me via rope and pulley system. Prank Wars is on!

Blogging Updates/ Highlights// I recently started a blog dedicated to books with fellow blogger Tabby from Orange Owl Diaries . It is a blog where we talk everything bookish from reviews to book topic discussions with you guys! Definitely go check it out and follow if your a book lover like me!

Latest Addiction// Waking up late….need I say more

Latest Love//  watercolour phone wallpaper, it makes me so happy plus it has an elephant on it!

Looking Forward// My favourite show UnReal is coming back on for a second season and I have never been so happy/nervous aver a Tv show. If you haven’t seen it you need to check it out. It is all about the nitty gritty world of reality tv with a Bachelor tv show  esque twist. If you like Empire and the Bachelor franchise then you will love this! It’s exclusive to Lifetime but you can catch episodes online.

Favourite Meal// I had this amazing salad in tuesday with peppers, cucumbers and a bit of tuna dressed with balsamic vinegar and olive oil.

Quote of the Week//

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.”

-Robert Frost

I hope you all liked this post and I have an exciting post coming up soon! Make sure to check out my new book blog because I will be posting a book haul and who doesn’t love those?

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Saturday Morning Coffee Talks//14.5.16

I am back with my weekly update! If you missed any of my posts this week they are linked here, here and here. This week was uneventful, a couple of doctor appointments here and text messages there but still none the less and update is in order.

Highlight of the past week// My wonderful friend came and visited me!

Lowlight of the past week// Doctor appointments 😦

In future weeks// I am going to a most anticipated concert…more details to come!

Blogging Updates/ Highlights// I am currently a contributor to the online blogging advice magazine Millionaires Digest ! I am very excited and I hope this opportunity continues, I am really looking forward to putting out some motivational and inspirations blogging posts that are a little bit different from my posts on this blog. Click the link here to see my post or search ‘donatella’ in the search bar and make sure to read, like and comment! 🙂

Favourite meal// Breakfast! 2 days ago I had oat meal with tons of fruit and some hunny.

This weekend// I am celebrating my sixteenth year on this planet, it is just one day away so stay tuned for a birthday post tomorrow! I am really excited because although I can’t have a party with friends because of my illness, I can still have one with my family.

Latest disaster// My blog instagram account, did you guys like it better when I had my personal account linked or do you like my blog account!

Latest addiction// burning my Bath & Body Works coconut leaves candle…according to my senses I am skipping spring and heading straight for summer.

Latest thought// “what sweatpants? the Roots ones or the Nike ones?”

Latest Flick// I have been a movie fanatic: I have watched Love, Rosie           There might even be a movie review in the works

Coffee Community Moment// a recent follower named Victoria commented the nicest things on my posts and took the time to give me some great advice on a past post about my sister as well as a must needed book-talk. Victoria has a beauty blog which I am in love with, her posts are always so pretty and informative. Definitely check her out! heres the link (and her blogs name has “lattes” in it, so naturally I fell in love”

That’s it for me, I hope you have a great week. But before I go, I just wanted to address some of the new topics here. As most of you have noticed, I change the are of discussion every week but if you do what a sent questions, would like a question answered or would like any of these prompts to be permanent please by all means let me know! I love these posts because they are so quick, easy and you guys love them!

~Ciao, Donatella (stay tuned for a post about my reasoning for a new blog, I am still in the process of cleaning up)

p.s the Coffee Community Moment is to recognize my awesome readers who motivate me and encourage me to keep content going! My community is really important to me! These posts are not in collaboration with these bloggers, it’s just a way of saying thanks and spreading the Shamelessly Addicted To Caffeine love.

 

Saturday Morning Coffee Talks//5.7.2016

Good morning everybody, it has been a while since I last did post a coffee talk and I really miss doing them. This last 5 weeks have been quite “interesting” to say the least (check out this journal post for the full update)

Highlight of the past week// I cleaned my room and everything is now nice and organized. I expect that it will go back to normal in bout 3 days (normal being the absolute disaster it originally was in)

In the future// I am very excited for mothers day to see my family and spend time with everyone.

Latest disaster// hmmm…let me think? MY LIFE lol

Latest addiction// spotify! I just recently got the app and yes as cheap as I am paid for the premium package and I am in love!

Things that made me smile// an elderly lady at the grocery store couldn’t reach the top shelf and as I was going to help her a group of teenage boys helped her reach it. I saw them 20 minutes later and they were helping her get her shopping done and loading the groceries into her car. I was about to cry, it was so sweet.

Quote of the week//

never love anybody who treats you like your ordinary

-Oscar Wilde

That’s all for me today! I will be posting an exciting post soon. I, unfortunately, am slowly running out of blog topics so if you have any suggestions anything you want to ask I would be more than happy to write about it. Just leave it in the comment section or click the Contact page and shoot me an email. I of course would give you credit for your topic when I post it!

~Donatella

Journal #8: The Last 5 Weeks

It all started April 6th, I started to come down with a cold. I had a stuffy nose, achey body and I was starting to feel warm. I knew I was coming down with a cold, so I took a half a day off school to go home and try to sleep it off.

To my dismay, I woke up feeling worse than ever. I decided I needed to go to the doctors because this had been the 3rd time over the course of 5 months that I had caught a cold and I knew something was up. At this point, I had felt a tight chest pain and felt very weak. I knew this wasn’t a cold, I had caught the flu for the 3rd time this year. The doctor confirmed my self-diagnoses and I was off with a script for 2 inhalers and some antibiotics.

Continue reading “Journal #8: The Last 5 Weeks”

Journal #7: Relationships Are Like Coffee

“Everyone has their own taste”

In high school the amount of relationships that I see come and go are the equivalent to the amount of Instagram follower Kim Karadashian has (51.3 million if you were wondering). It has gotten to the point that me and some girls at my lunch table will bet how long some will last “2 weeks max!” and “Come on, look at who it is…not even 2”. We don’t do it to be mean, it’s just our way of relieving stress and venting about theses insane incidents.  In honour of my blog and my own obsession with caffeine and coffee, I came to the conclusion that all romantic relationships are like coffee. Everyone has their own taste, there own feeling and first choice (or first time if you will) Continue reading “Journal #7: Relationships Are Like Coffee”

Saturday Morning Coffee Talks// 9.12.2015

Hey lovely people! Today SMCT is a collaboration with Jelena from A Thousand Shades of J she is an amazing writer and blogger, and is defiantly worth checking out! So this wee was the first week back to school so I will be mostly talking about how I am officially in grade 10

Highlights of the past week// I got to see all my friends that I haven’t seen in awhile and I am lucky to have 1 class with one of my best friends!

Lowlights// I had a rough draft of an essay due on friday a long with a science test…Welcome to Grade 10 😦

Favourite Meal// This ones new but this week for lunch I had red quinoa salad with pears, mango, cranberries and raspberry vinaigrette….I died and went to heaven. Definitely recommend making it.

Latest Adventure// trying to find my period 1 portable class, I went into about 4 different portables before realizing my class was in the port-a-pack. It’s not the most exciting adventure but I never had a portable class last year so this was uncharted territory

In the future// I will mostly be trying to settle into school some more, nothing exciting but it is fun to catch up with friends

Latest Thought// “Where even is my class?”

My Reader// I have been adoring Jelena’s blog! She talks about her travels and experiences, and my personal favourite, her fashion posts! She links all the items she wears and likes on her blog which makes it super easy to buy and order the ones I love. Her foody posts are great too and always healthy. No matter what you want to read A Thousand Shades of J has it all in one place, it truly is the versatile lifestyle blog. Please check her out, you will not regret it.

This weekend// I am babysitting my little sister and I am stuck doing homework, nothing exciting but it’s gotta be done.

Latest Addiction// Brookeside Chocolate especially the blueberry and açai one, god it’s delicious!

Latest Disaster// My locker this year is destroyed so I can’t put anything at the bottom because it’s on a slant so I moved 7 lockers over, but I apparently am not supposed to do that so looks like I am living on the wild side! I just realized I sounded like an idiot by saying that but whatever

Quote of the week//  

Life isn’t measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breaths away -Unknown


So that was my week and I hope yours went well too, make sure to check out A Thousand Shades of J and I will talk to you all later

~XOXO Donatella

 

 

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