Friday, January 30

Dear Future Me

illustration by Iguanamouth
Dear Future Me,

I hope that today you are the person you always set out to be. I hope you accomplished everything that they said you could never do. 

How many lives do you change in a day? 

Do you speak out for what is right, or sit there regretting your silence? I hope you are what I’m not. I hope you speak out with such a voice that everyone around you can hear it even when you aren’t speaking. I want you to have power in the way you speak- giving light into someone’s world filled with darkness. 

I hope you live as if you are the only one capable of making a difference, and embracing that ability in the best way possible. You don’t need to have your name written in the text of a history book, but you need to live to make your words give life to the ones who thought they didn’t deserve one. 

When you read this letter, I hope you are somewhere where all of you previous goals can be made accomplishments. I hope you still remember your past, and pass on your story to those who need to hear it most- to show them that they are not alone. 

Wednesday, January 28

Valentine Gifts That Are Much Better Than Flowers and Chocolate

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it is time to get a little more creative. A box of chocolates and a bunch of red roses are just so overdone. Won’t your other half prefer something a little more creative? Many people think that it is the thought that counts when it comes to buying a gift. It shows you have taken lots of time to think of your love and what they might like. It shows you have thought outside the box and chosen something a little more specific to them. Plus, flowers die, and chocolates get eaten. Why not give a gift that has a bit more longevity? Here are a few different ideas for you, if you’re planning something fun for your Valentine.



Art

If your Valentine is a little more creative than cheesy, then some original fine art paintings would be such a hit. It is something that they can display in their home, and it will remind them of you. It will last for a while, so it is a good sign of longevity in a relationship too. It could even be something that you have created if you yourself are the artistic one. Knowing that you’ve taken time out to put something together for them would mean the world. This is definitely a thought that counts gift. Perfect to woo your valentine.

An Experience

Though an experience is just a one-time thing, the memories that it will make will last for a lifetime. It could be something that they have always wanted to do that you could help them cross off their bucket list. It could be visiting a certain place or country, or doing something wild like bungee jumping. Knowing you have taken the time to plan out something for them will mean a whole lot more than flowers or chocolate. Time is really showing that you love someone, rather than just getting them something generic.


Notebook

This might sound quite dull but hear me out. You could get them a cute notebook, or a specific notebook made to write out things that you like about them. Then they can read one each day for a year, for example. It could also be a collection of love letters that you could put together or even something like a scrapbook of the things you have done together or photographs of the two of you. This will take a little preparation and time, but it will make a massive impact on the recipient.

Jewelry

If you want to impress this Valentine’s Day, then a piece of jewelry will be sure to please. You can’t go too far wrong with something that sparkles, right? So maybe a necklace, earrings, or a ring (though the latter does come with a certain expectation, doesn’t it)? It would be even better if it were teamed with the offer of going on a date to get dressed up and fancy and to wear the new earrings or bracelet, wouldn’t it? Have a happy Valentines!

Wednesday, January 21

The 6 Easiest Ways to Save Big on Your Utility Bill

The increasing cost of utilities is a constant concern for the budget conscious. As populations grow energy providers are working hard to discover more cost effective resources to keep up with the demand. In the meantime there’s plenty that we all can do to lower the cost of our monthly utility bills. 

Switch to a Time of Use Electric Plan
The experts at http://www.albertaenergyproviders.com/ explains that residential customers can save a ton of money on their monthly utility bill simply by switching plans. Today many providers offer plans with rates that vary depending on the time of day. It may take a little more management, but mindful electric customers that change up their daily routine to avoid electricity use during peak hours can reduce their cost without really reducing energy use.