Three Simple Ways I Got Back On Track.

Three Simple Ways I Got Back On Track

In Part One of this post (Four Mindset Changes To Help You Get Back On Track) I talked about how changing my mindset around certain areas was important for me to get back on track after a break. Today’s post is all about three changes I made myself to make sure I was working towards my goals. 

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Meal prepping. 

I am such a strong advocate for meal prep! If you meal prep your lunches like I do, then you can relate to the feeling of knowing what you’re having for lunch for that day or that week, and knowing you don’t have the worry about grabbing something at the shop last minute. The most important factor for me is I know what is going into my food; I make a chickpea, tumeric and quinoa curry from Delicious Ella and it’s really easy to make plus it’s not full of ingredients that you wouldn’t know where to buy them from. From chopping, boiling and cooking time, I would say it’s around an hour and a half so it’s not a very long time which is why I get up early on a Monday morning to make it. It means that I don’t have an excuse to not get up because if I don’t, then I don’t have my lunch, and I’ll have to spend extra money in the shop for something that is more than likely, not as great for me as my original lunch would have been.

Other meal prep can take hours, even half a day and many can simply take a few minutes. It’s really up to you; who you are cooking for, what type of food is it, what meal it will be for, how many times a week you will be eating it. That’s where a little planning comes in and once you have your plan down, you’ll be good to go.

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Using one list and one list only. 

Now to-do lists can be my best friend and sometimes they can be my enemy; however I have found over the last year that my mindset with to-do lists has changed dramatically. They used to really terrify me and make me overwhelmed, it was something I worked very hard on in therapy but using an app called “Wunderlist”, I have found a little hack for myself which makes life so much easier.

I create a list every week in my own folder named with the starting date on Monday and the end date of the Sunday, and I put all my to-do’s in one list. Sounds extreme I know, but I then put in brackets about the ideal day I would like to do the activity on. This means I have able to space out the activities over certain days and not feel overwhelmed.

Here’s an example: Monday 29th April to Sunday 5th May. On this list, were the most important tasks I wanted to do that week. These included: cleaning out my cat’s litter tray, emptying various bins around the kitchen, washing the car, meeting my friend for lunch, batch cooking my lunches and going for a food shop. See? A wide range of activities from housework, to social time to necessities. I try and write everything out at the start of the week along with the day I hope to have it planned for, then as soon as I have finished it, I tick it off. Very simple but it has a really positive impact on how I look at what I need to do within my week. 

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Waking up early and going to bed early. 

On my meal prep day, I get up at 5am which I know is very early (Trust me, I know but it’s very very worth it!) but I certainly can’t go to bed at 1am like I used to, especially during a work week. I make it a priority now to leave Scott’s house earlier than usual if I’m there, to make sure I’m getting ready for bed, winding down and heading to sleep. It’s as simple as that and sure, at first it was hard going to sleep early but you soon get there.  Waking up early and going to bed early can be challenging (especially if you’re like me and you really like a cosy warm bed in the morning, I really do feel your pain!) but if I don’t push myself to do these things, the thing that I wat to change, won’t actually change because I’m not willing to.

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I’m certainly not perfect and I haven’t found myself in the perfect gym routine yet because I’m not as used to get up early every single day as I once was or to push myself to the gym in the evening because I’m exhausted, but I’ll get there someday soon. I know what I need to do to get there, and it’s all about those baby steps that we talked about in the previous post.

Okay, so it’s not life changing or rocket science but it really is simple things that I have managed to work out and plan into my life but as always, no-one is going to be the exact same. You may have different priorities and that’s okay; it’s always about working with what you have, what you need and what your goals are.

I really hope you enjoyed today’s post, it’s always nice to look back over the last few weeks to see that I have progressed. It’s sometimes hard to notice when you’re living day after day but taking a moment of reflection every once in a while, can have a massive impact. Let me know if you enjoyed my post, or if there’s anything else you’d like me to post about (I’m always open to new ideas!) over on my Twitter, my Instagram or down below!

I Lost My Running Confidence… But I’m Getting It Back.

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Losing your running confidence is really quite difficult to deal with, but it’s even worse when you don’t necessarily want to admit it to yourself. I’ve finally came to terms with not running as much and as well as I once used to, so that’s what I wanted to focus on for today’s post. 

Running has been a real relationship for me in terms of having a great time with it but not knowing if I could continue with it. I would get so frustrated with it, I would feel defeated and not think I was progressing with it. On the other hand; I felt so proud of myself getting a personal best time or distance, I felt great afterwards (Thanks to that cheeky post-workout glow!) and when I did feel like I was progressing, it was fantastic.

As sad as it is to say, when the cold weather came in again, I think that’s when I started to feel the slump. I’m not great with cold weather at the best of times, but having to force myself out for a run was not something I was very good at, and it didn’t just make an impact on me. Scott ran less too and he can say that it wasn’t my fault, but I know that I was part of the reason for his lack of running. That’s just part of being in a relationship; finding out that you sacrifice something for your partner and there’s always a lesson in that, isn’t there? I know for me, I’m more conscience about exercise and because I feel cosier inside than outside; if I still feel okay to go out, I will do because it’s important for me and Scott.

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It’s disheartening for both of us to see our progress go down and I’m sure it will be something that Scott discusses at some point on his blog, but it was tough to see my learning curves build up and for them not to be so apparent anymore. I’m not as fast as I once was, I have to walk more than I used to and sometimes you can feel a little useless.

Towards the beginning of the year, I was running regular park runs which I really enjoyed but something was missing and I didn’t know what it was. Was it knowing that I used to be better? Was it the pressure I was putting on myself?

Yesterday (Saturday 4th May) was the first time in a month I had been running and I’ve been putting it off for a while, so instead of going to our usual spot by the beach, we went up to our local park where all my running really started. We done a two lap route of the top of the park and a couple of sprints so it wasn’t a very long session, but it was more than enough to get our hearts pumping. I’m glad that I’ve got a little piece of running confidence back but I don’t think I’ll truly get it back fully until I’m back where I was when I was at my best. That will take time and patience but it’s worth it one hundred percent.

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I’m the type of person who needs to aim for a goal in order to move forward with something like this, and this is one of those times so I’m planning over the next week or so on what I should do, what do I need to aim for? It might be a time or a distance but as long as it gives me the motivation to move forward, that’s all that matters.

If you have any blog posts or videos you think would be a good recommendation for me to have a quick look at when it comes to motivation or getting back on track; let me know either down below, on Twitter or on Instagram. Thank you so much for reading today’s post, I really appreciate it! 

Are Blog Schedules That Important?

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Ever since I started writing on the blog again, I have found it difficult to know whether I should stick to a blog schedule or not, so it’s a topic that I would like to discuss, to see if it resonates with anyone else. 

I used to be really proud of my schedule; I posted every Wednesday and Sunday for months without fail. I felt my content was working for me and I felt motivated. I believe this was more to do with the fact that I wasn’t stuck to one subject; I have a range of topics on the blog so it makes it easier to broaden my horizons. More recently since the beginning of the year, I didn’t mind too much if I didn’t post on my exact days because I would rather write zero content rather than “write for the sake of writing” and I made my peace with that. I believe that made me a better writer, because I only want to write when I feel like I can bring good content.

It got me thinking, “is there a point to having weekly schedule?” I don’t have a big following, certainly not enough where people are patiently waiting for my post to be published but I know that I do have readers. I don’t think anyone would mind if I posted on a Sunday one week than a Thursday the next, then maybe the next Tuesday. What is more important to me is consistency but in a different perspective; while keeping to a schedule is consistent, so is having at least one blog go out a week on any day.

The blogs I read or the YouTube videos I watch, I don’t necessarily look at the dates (However, if someone posts in a group about their new post but you look at the date, and it’s a year old then that’s where I have an issue… it’s not new content) I look at what they’re talking about. It’s really as simple as that. I choose carefully what type of posts I read like we all do really; we’re not going to read blog posts we don’t like, are we? It’s a waste of time.

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As we always hear, quality over quantity and I’ll admit that I used to rush posts to get them out in time to make sure I had a post for a particular day. I was never proud of those posts but I thought because I had my set schedule, I HAD to do it. I never “had to”, no-one was holding me accountable apart from myself. I put too much pressure on myself every week to commit, which I thought would make me a better writer, but it would often burn me out instead. I’ll give you an example; my Sunday Saves that I did for over a year, I was really proud of that series but it started to get tedious. Don’t get me wrong, it was so easy to write because I read quite a few blogs so I always had new content to write about and include, but I got bored of the process. It took me quite a while to move on from it but looking back now, I’m glad I did because if I had have continued that, I would have lost my creativity for the blog in the long-run.

I can certainly see the positives to blog schedules because I often look at it like other every day routines; having a schedule lets you get back on track faster if you “fall off the wagon” and if you have a deadline set, your brain can often get “in the zone” because it knows it has an expiry coming up. I can completely understand it but we all work differently when it comes to trying to get into “your zone” and that’s something I’ve been learning about in one of the books I have been reading recently.

I’m not saying I do have a schedule but I’m not saying I don’t; I’m figuring that out at the minute but I know that my content is much more important that what day of the week it has been posted on, so I know I’m on the right path at least.

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Is a weekly schedule important to you? Does it matter when a post has first gone live or as long as you are consistent, does that matter more? Please let me know your thoughts on this either down below, on Twitter or on Instagram.

Six Lessons I Learned About The Job Interview Process.

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After being unemployed for almost five months, I had my fair share of interviews and it was incredibly frustrating because I simply wanted a job, and I kept getting so close but just missing out on the opportunity or sometimes, it wasn’t the right fit. In today’s post, I’m going to share what I think are my best tips in order to come across the best in a job interview and throughout the looking-for-a-job process. 

Learn about the company. 

At first, I thought this was the most obvious advice but I have heard quite a few stories of interviewees going into job interviews with their possible employer, and when asked “What do you know about our organisation?” They have simply said, “Only what’s on your website.” As respect to not only yourself, but to your potential employer, you should do your research. They have probably filed through dozens, if not hundreds of people to offer you an interview, and for you not to do your research; that opportunity could have been given to someone else. Even if you don’t understand what the company does, you could say that you have looked online and conducted research, but you would like a better understanding of what they do. That shows that you are interested in learning more. 

Ask at least one question at the end. 

Asking a question at the end of the interview is advice I got constantly, from people in real-life to online resources and when you put it into practice, you can see why. Your interviewer hasn’t necessarily have a wall built up because there’s a change when you turn the tables on them. You don’t have to ask anything complicated nor should you make it completely personal but I think it’s important to ask something which is relevant to the company. I prefer to ask “What do you like about working here?”, “Where would you like to see the company in five years?” or “Is there anything on my CV you would like to ask me about?” This also gives you a little break towards the end, to take a breath and breathe, because interviews are nerve-wrecking and it’s nice to have that little moment of space while they’re answering YOUR questions. 

Dress appropriately. 

Dressing appropriately can be a tricky one sometimes because if it’s smart casual; it’s easier for men (I believe) than women. I’m not saying you have to go out and buy yourself a brand new wardrobe but dressing appropriately for the job you have applied for, will come across to the employer that you are taking an interest. I wouldn’t turn up in a pair of trainers and tracksuit bottoms but I’m not going to turn up in a pair of heels that I can’t walk in either, in order to seem professional because it might have the opposite effect. 

Bring your experience into your answers. 

You can Google as much as you like about a certain job role, but if you can’t describe on how you would either handle a certain situation or how you have tackled a similar situation before, it can be hard to persuade employers. They’re looking for experience and I know it’s tough if you don’t have any but you can usually think of something in your life where you have been in charge. For example, if you’re coming out of school and straight into a job, you can use your role in a team for coursework to talk about the strengths and weaknesses of being in a group and how you would handle it differently next time. If you volunteer, you can talk about some of the issues that can come up during this, or if you’re coming from another role, you can talk about taking on the responsibilities in that job and how you were able to take control. 

Show your personality. 

I remember some of my first interviews and while I don’t think I necessarily did a bad job at presenting myself, I know the reason why I wasn’t at the top of their list. I was too tense; I was too concentrated on the answers I was giving and I didn’t give myself time to think about the answers. I constantly had a dry throat and one time I was so nervous, I had the bottle of water poured into the cup before the interviewers even said “There is water there for you if you need it”. You can bet, I felt really embarrassed at that moment. I was starting to get through to the interview stage more and more so that enabled me to feel better about going in each time; it helped that I had a really nicely presented CV that was colourful but not too over the top, I wanted it to reflect my personality. In my interests, I wrote (amongst others things) “eating vegan pancakes” and “drinking all the tea”; now that might not be appropriate for certain jobs but I wasn’t applying to be a doctor or a lawyer so I felt that was suitable. You can be qualified for a role but companies most of the time are also looking for someone who is going to fit into their work environment and be a team player so by showing your personality in a really fun but professional way, I believe it helps in a big way. 

Have standards. 

Having standards for yourself is something that can be quite hard to balance out especially if you are unemployed and you simply want a job. A problem I had when I was going through this stage, and my boyfriend disagreed with me at the time, was my standards. Now, I’m not saying that I was looking for all the money in the world and thinking I deserved that, because that wasn’t the case. It came down to money and while you might think (and my boyfriend even said this) “I don’t think you’re in the position to be picky about a job when you don’t have one” Fair enough point absolutely but I’m not willing to work for less than what I know I’m worth. I’ll give you an example; there was a job interview I went to that wasn’t very close to where I live so it would require four buses a day so instantly, I was thinking about the commute time and knowing how the Northern Ireland public transport system works, sometimes it’s not on time so you have to factor that in. Another thing was that is was minimum wage; now let me say that I don’t think there is anything wrong with minimum wage but my previous job was higher than the minimum and I also had to think of how I would survive on that. I have my own house which is rented so I have to pay someone each month, I have bills to pay, I have a little kitty to feed as well as myself and I also have to take care of other things around the house. Minimum wage wasn’t going to cover me and at the time, my boyfriend said “it can be something until you get a permanent job” and yes, that’s a perfectly fine point but why would I waste my employers time and more importantly, my own time training up for a job that I wasn’t planning on staying at for less than I could afford and adding in transport costs to that too. It didn’t make sense to me, and Scott disagreed with me greatly on this, but now I’m glad I stood my ground with my point.  

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Would you agree with me? What would you advice others to do in a job interview? Let me know either on my Twitter, my Instagram or let me know down below! Thank you so much for reading, I really do appreciate it! 

Four Mindset Changes To Help You Get Back On Track.

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Writing your first post after almost six weeks definitely feels strange but I’m glad to be back at it. If you have been following me on Instagram or even reading my previous posts, you’ll know that I had an incredible trip away to New York and Toronto but during this time, I chose not to blog and even when I came back, I took a scheduled break. Today’s post is Part One (of two) about how I’m changing my mindset to get back on track and while I took a break from the blog, this topic isn’t specific to that; this is more on a day-to-day life aspect. 

“Recognizing that you shouldn’t feel guilty.” 

Yes, you read that right; from the guilt queen herself, recognize that you shouldn’t feel guilty. For me, only up until recently, it was hard for me not to feel guilty about anything but it gets pretty exhausting carrying that around all the time. For the majority of the time, I try my best and sometimes it’s the right thing and sometimes it’s the wrong thing. I’ll give you an example; when we were away, I’d say our food was a really good balance of healthy and indulgent but not once on our trip did I think “I shouldn’t be eating this” which is a huge step for me, because it was important for me to enjoy every moment when I was there. I didn’t want to carry food guilt when I was trying to enjoy myself, and I think that’s understandable for a lot of people. There’s also so many activities that we didn’t get to do but I know that I have to understand that there was no way I was going to fit in everything I wanted to do, without feeling exhausted. I’m constantly reminding myself that I had an incredible trip that I never thought I would go on and I’m so grateful for that opportunity that I refuse to let myself feel annoyed about places or activities we didn’t get to see, because we did get to experience so much. 

“Choose what your priorities are after your break.” 

We all know that in order to progress in life or move forward day-to-day, we have priorities and everyone is different. Some have career focused goals that need more specific priorities than someone who is training for a gym competition. For me, I wanted to focus on two; getting my food back on track and exercising on a more consistent basis. The holiday was absolutely perfect for exercising because we were walking around 25,000 steps a day so we were constantly moving but it showed me that I hadn’t been on top of my game with exercise back home. It was the same with food; we treated ourselves when we were away but I wasn’t preparing food as well as I should have for my work lunches before that and I was using too many single use plastic options for those “lazy” days in work and I wanted to stop that. 

“Easing yourself back in step-by-step.” 

One of the biggest mistakes we all make is rushing into new things especially new habits and when we rush, we fail to give ourselves enough time to fit our new habit into our lives. We want it to be perfect right from the get-go no matter what habit we want to implement but unfortunately when we have that attitude and something goes wrong a day or even a week in, we’re discouraged instantly. That’s why we have to start slow and making sure consistency is key, rather than putting pressure on ourselves to live this perfect life change from the get-go. For example, as much as I would have loved back into a super focused gym routine six days a week and have every meal planned out; that wouldn’t have worked for a number of reasons. 1) That’s too much too fast and it’s much easier to commit to the gym or an exercise two or three times a week and build from there. 2) Planning out every meal sounds like an absolute dream but you have to remember that life happens, so planning out your breakfast and lunch still gives you that stability and having dinner be more spontaneous, still lets you let go of that control just enough. 3) Does taking on too much after a break not add extra pressure to your plate? Is it better to feel extra pressure or is it better to take your time and be able to navigate your lifestyle change easier? 

“Failure to prepare is preparing to fail.” 

I’m more aware than anyone when it comes to setting goals because I used to be a chronic goal-setter but that sometimes held me back but while I would set all these goals, I wouldn’t have a plan in place to go through with them. Failure is essentially my fear and I always felt I had failed if I didn’t do something I had planned out as a goal. With years of knowledge, I know that the goal isn’t the be-all-end-all, it’s more to do with the step-by-step plan that you put in place to get to the end. For meal prep, I know I need to have a specific shopping list of ingredients, I also know that I need to plan out at least two hours of cooking time (including chopping) and I know I need a container to put the bulk meal into. It’s little easy steps like that that can help or hind your progress.  

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In order to explain more in-depth about what I’ve been doing since I got back, I’ll write more about that in my next post to give you an example or two because this is part of my two-month goals essentially. At the start of the year, I explained that I was changing from three month goals to two months, but I missed March completely because I didn’t want the pressure of having a “goal” while we were away and I knew that April was my “getting back on track” month and that’s why I thought this two-parter would be a fantastic way to reflect that.  

Do you have any tips for getting back on track that you think I should know about? Let me know! I’m over on Twitter and Instagram but if you love blog comments, you can find them down below too. Thank you so much for reading today’s blog post, I really do appreciate it! 

The New York and Toronto Series: Running Races, Routes and Clubs.

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It wouldn’t be a post from me if I didn’t talk about running, right? Well that’s what I’m focusing on for today’s post and what our plans are for this trip. 

We’re really determined to get quite a lot of exercise in this trip and that includes running, walking and depending on our hotels, possibly even a gym workout too. We’ll need the energy to explore but where will we get that energy from if we’re not giving it our best shot. Let me tell you about our running plans in these two wonderful cities: 

New York City 

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Our first (of two) races is happening in New York quite close to where we are staying. It’s around Riverside Park, which from my research, is stunning so I can’t wait to run around it. 

We’re missing the New York Half Marathon because we’re in Toronto the day it is happening so we thought it would be quite nice to see if there were any other races on during that time instead. It might be a blessing in disguise because I don’t know if I could train for a half marathon in that amount of time, it would be very stressful. 

Central Park 

We would be severely missing out if we went to Central Park and didn’t run around it right? This is the one that I’m most excited about because until I started researching, I didn’t realise how big the park itself was but I would say we’ll be getting around the park more than once. 

Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges 

As a non-local, I’m slightly worried about running on the city streets because I won’t be able to gauge the traffic like I can do in Belfast so that’s why I’m looking for more pedestrian and greenway routes to run on instead. Going over both bridges totals up to almost four miles so I can see that as one of our very early morning runs where the city is a little quieter. 

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NYC Informal Running Club 

Neither Scott or I are part of a running club (yet) but we wanted to try and get involved in either a running tour or a running club at least once we are away and I think I found the perfect one. They meet up at 10am and run between 2-10 miles and there’s no pressure to do the 10. It’s about an hour walk away from our hotel but I’m sure we’ll be able to get there via public transport if we don’t fancy a long walk. 

Toronto 

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While most people will be out on St. Patrick’s Day with a drink, the only drink I’ll be having is when I cross that finish line and guzzle my water down. I don’t really celebrate St Patrick’s Day; just with the way I grew up, it was something that we never focused on but considering we’re going to be in a different city with their own celebrations, I feel like it would be a shame to miss out on all the fun. There’s also a kids 1K and a 10K too but we decided to take part in the 5K this time around.

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Now, it’s a little further away from the hotel than we would like but it sounds (and looks) like such a beautiful park. Thankfully, we can jump on the train to get there in less time and with the park being around 3.2 miles, it’s the perfect distance for us if we want a new 5K to try out. 

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I found a running club in Toronto that mainly trains at night. As someone who finds that she runs much better at night than in the morning, I’m interested to look more into this and connect with the group to see if this is something I can take part in, even just once. 

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I don’t want to plan out too many runs because we have so many things we want to do and see but these are just a few locations where I would absolutely love to go.  

Have I missed out any must-do runs? Please let me know either over on Instagram or Twitter and again, thank you so much for reading! 

The New York and Toronto Series: Activities in Toronto.

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While this won’t be the last post in this series, this will be the last post about what sightseeing adventures and activities we would like to do in both cities. Today I’m talking about activities in Toronto. 

Okay, this post is technically a cheat because Whitney and I (but it was more Whitney because she is MUCH better at this) have planned out the majority of our trip but I wanted to write about what we have planned so far and possibly sneak an activity or two in, depending on the time. 

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Who doesn’t love looking at fish? It was one of my big dreams when I was younger to own a large fish tank with lots of different coloured fish, and let’s face it, I have MANY years to conquer that dream still. I could spend hours looking at fish and watching them swim around, and I have heard such amazing things about Ripley’s so I don’t think I’ll be disappointed. (Photo Credit: Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada)

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I have heard amazing reviews about this shipping centre, and while you’re thinking, it’s just a shopping centre; I bet compared to ones in Northern Ireland, it’ll make them look like tiny stores. Whitney has told me that there is a Kernels Popcorn and she gets a big bag every time she is there, so naturally, I will be doing the same! (Photo Credit: Narcity)

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We’re going to see a theatre show at the Elgin Theatre and I am absolutely over the moon about it! We didn’t book tickets for Broadway in New York because it was just so expensive (if we’re lucky, we might get a cheap ticket on the day) so I’m happy that we’re getting to see a show in Toronto. This show has actually just finished up in Dublin (at the time of writing) so it’s a shame that I didn’t know that before, but regardless, it’ll be interesting to see an international show because the few that I have been to in Belfast with my best friend Leonie, have all been local actors. (Photo Credit: Mirvish Theatre)

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Okay, I admit that this shouldn’t really be an activity but I have never been to a Whole Foods so this will be an entirely new experience for me. We all know that I love healthy food so a massive store filled to the brim with it, I’m going to struggle only buying one or two things. (Photo Credit: Daily Hive)

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You all know I absolutely love television and more importantly, I’m so focused on the behind the scenes production side so I found a museum quite like the one in New York that showcases television and archive pieces that are decades old. (Photo Credit: Radio Museum)

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This was a suggestion from one of Whitney’s work colleagues I believe and a reader of the blog, so I had a quick search online and it’s a neighbourhood filled with little food places, quirky shops and an outdoor market. It’s right up my street; I think it’s really important to explore these types of places in a new country because you really get to know a place outside of the regular tourist attractions. (Photo Credit: University of Toronto)

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As always, if you can think of anything else that is an absolute must-see, please let me know either on Twitter or Instagram. Thank you so much for taking the time out to read my post, I appreciate it so much.