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Be Weird, Be Random, Be Who You Are Or 11 Things You Didn’t Know About Me

Good morning, darlings!

A quick follow up on yesterday’s run. It was somewhat tough because my legs were sore from my Sunday’s workout. However, I did manage to run 6.5 km in 37 minutes, which is okay. I SHALL NOT GIVE UP!

tough-runs

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Needless to say, my foam roller became my best friend yet again *read here for more foam rolling tips*! Today, thankfully is my rest day, so I will probably do some stretches, nothing major though.

As you most likely remember, I was nominated for the Liebster Award about a month ago. However, when I was nominated again last weekend by She Does Write, I was truly honored and couldn’t decline it. Not to repeat myself, I decided just to answer the questions. I find, it is a great way to provide give you with another glimpse into my life. *For some strange reason, I noticed that I don’t tend to talk about my private life in here that much.*

So there it goes.

1. What is your favorite word or phrase?

The first phrase that came to my mind is…

Be-the-change-You-Want-To-See-in-the-World-Gandhi

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2. Dogs, cats, or other–and why?

I am definitely a dog person. It might sound somewhat funny *and RIDICULOUS*, but I am actually scared of cats. Not that I want to run the moment I see one, but I am really afraid that it will scratch me. I think I’ll blame my grandma’s cat who is super cute and WILD at the same time! On the other hand, I’d love to own a tiger! *How confusing!*

As for the dogs, I am a German Shepherd lover. Meet my beloved Sanda who passed away last year.

German Shephed

And here is my little 4.5 months old pest and trouble-maker, Bella:

Bella

3. What was the best part of living where you grew up?

I was born in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Kyiv

When I was little (about 2-3 years old) my parents decided to move to my dad’s home city Cherkasy, where I ended up living for about 13 years of my life. My fondest memories of my childhood are the moments I spent with my family at the beach close to our house, where we would go quite often: in summer – to swim, play soccer and volleyball, and even camp, in winter – to skate and ski.

Dnipro

Dnipro 2
4. What’s the best part of living where you are now?

Montreal is one of the most beautiful cities in the entire world! I might be biased, but my heart belongs here.

The nature is breathtaking.

Montreal - Mont Royal

There are plenty of events happening all year long.

Jardins botaniques

And the architecture is beautiful, and yet not overwhelming: a mix of old and new.

downtown Montreal
5. What was your last dream about?

To be honest, I don’t really recall, but it was something in James Bond style, meaning me running away from someone to stay alive. All jokes aside, that’s how I felt. Haha!

Nightmares

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6. Have you ever pranked someone in an epic way?

Okay, so I don’t really remember pranking anybody recently, HOWEVER… I was pranked pretty badly about a year ago by a local show Les Détestables. It is a Montreal’s hidden camera comedy program, where elderly people say or do inappropriate things trying to get a reaction out of innocent people *me!* who do not suspect a thing!

Since the video is in French (Montreal is a bilingual city), here is the translation:

Elderly lady, ‘Excuse me, but I haven’t finished reading… Can you turn the page back?’
Me *clearly shocked*, ‘Excuse me?!?!’
Elderly lady *turning the page of my book*, ‘I stopped reading right here.’

You won’t believe, this encounter lasted for much longer, but they didn’t show it all on TV. What you need to know about me is that I am NOT a rude person. That being said, this situation gave me a pretty intense headache from conflicting emotions and feelings that I had experienced for the rest of the day! Haha!

7. If you could ask your future self anything, what would it be?

How was child labor?! Ahaha! *I am terrified!!! Not that I’m pregnant either! LOL!*

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8. How would you describe your personal style?

I am not sure I understand this question properly, but I am very determined and competitive. Definitely, a good friend and a family person.

9. Have you ever met a celebrity?

Multiple times! My problem though is that I don’t know who they are!

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10. What is your favorite thing to do in downtime?

I love to read, take pictures and edit them!

smelling books

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11. What is the last thing you photographed?

I actually took this picture of myself.

nomakeup selfie

Not that I’m one of those girls that loves to constantly take selfies, but I thought the idea behind it was really nice. #nomakeupselfie was done in order to show support and raise breast cancer awareness.

So tell me, do you like these posts where I give you some random facts about myself? What would you like to know about me?

xoxo
Olena

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Happy New Year!

It’s the last day of 2013! What a great year it has been!

I hope you all have great plans for tonight and start off the new year with a big BANG! As for me, my husband and I are going to our friends’ house. As any other girl, I STILL have to decide what to wear tonight! *PANIC MODE* It’s a Mexican-themed party in a snowy cold Montreal, so it should be lots of fun! Ah, decisions, decisions!

I wanted to finish off 2013 with a post highlighting the most memorable moments that I’ll treasure for the rest of my life.

A getaway with our friends to a cottage up north.

chalet

Our engagement party.

engagement

My baptism.

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My little brother’s graduation from McGill University.

bogdan's graduation

My grandmother’s visit to Montreal for the first time.

grandma's visit

My sissy’s 16th birthday.

16th bday

My surprise bridal shower…

bridal shower

and bachelorette!

bachelorette-2

Our wedding…

Wedding Montreal

and our honeymoon.

Candies and Crunches

And last but not least: our new puppy!

Bella - German Shepherd

As I mentioned previously, I don’t really like the idea of New Year’s resolutions. However, I’d like to share with you some of my goals for 2014:

  • Continue working on my photography skills
  • Go on a vacation to Europe and the Caribbean
  • Participate in the various races such as Color Me Rad, Tour de l’île de Montréal, Pineapple Fun run, and complete the Spartan Trifecta
  • Drink more water
  • Say I love you more and show appreciation to my family and friends
  • Complete the Obedience course with my puppy Bella
  • And, start family planning *VERY SLOWLY: just a little clarification to you know who you are HAHA!

What are YOUR goals for 2014?

Happy New Year!

xoxo
Olena

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Newlywed Survival Guide

Happy Monday y’all!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend! Mine was pretty eventful! I am so happy that my Christmas shopping is ALMOST done! Fewwwhhh! It is such a great feeling! I mean, I love giving gifts, but goshhhh, sometimes thinking of what to get is sooooo toughhhh, it’s a mood killer, don’t you find?! Oh, and I finally got the CORRECT wedding date on my band(read more on this here)!

On Saturday, Justin and I decided to go to Juliette et Chocolat. It is a restaurant in Montreal, where you can get your chocolate fix, duh! Haha! Anyhow, while sipping on my delicious chai latte, I looked around to get in on some of the happiness and excitement. A couple of tables away from us, there were 4 teenagers: 2 boys and 2 girls. Right away, I noticed that one of the boys was looking shyly at a girl in front of him; I could tell that he liked her. And this made me think.

chai latte

Since I was little, I’ve had so many crushes: in kindergarten, elementary school, high school, college, you name it! We (girls) are always on the look out for our prince charming. Then one day, you meet him. You don’t really think he is your prince charming, but you like him, and decide to give it a try, just because he gives you butterflies in the stomach. And then it happens: you fall in looooove! You fall in love sooooo hard that nothing even matters anymore: the lack of sleep or mad friends, whatever! After going out for a couple of years, an annoying thought starts bugging you: Is he going to propose? When is it going to happen? *Okay, stop denying it, we’ve all been there!* Then before you know it, the day comes, and the love of your life is standing on his knee. You cry, you laugh, and you FREAK OUT! Why? Because there is a huge wedding to plan! But you get over it, and your BIG day ends up being a huge success! When the honeymoon is over and you’re all tan and happy, all of a sudden, it comes to you… you’re stuck… STUCK FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE! * So dramatic, eh?! Well, I tried! Haha!*

Okay, stop freaking out for a moment and let me tell you something: Don’t worry that much! There are actually a few good uses for your husbands!

They can paint.

Painting

They can give you a foot massage for free!!! *a definite bonus*

foot massage

You can occasionally hold on to them when you need it.

support

And this one is the best: YOU CAN BLAME IT ON THEM, when it’s actually you who is craving junk food! Ha!

Pizza in Antigua

Fine, I’m not thaaaat bad! And even though I actually enjoy all of the mentioned above benefits, I love my husband very much. But let’s be honest here. It’s not always all moonlight and roses. You have to work on your relationship. And the good news is it’s possible to fall in love with your husband OVER & OVER again! I swear!

I compiled a quick list of ideas on how you can spice up a relationship with your loved one. Enjoy and take some notes!

10 ways to keep on falling in love over & over again

What are your thoughts? How do you keep your relationship fresh and exciting? I LOVE hearing from you!

xoxo
Olena

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14 Ways to Make Your December Super Special

I can’t believe that November is almost over! Even though it’s been a pretty cold week in Montreal, I’m still not mentally prepared for winter. Are you in the same boat?

I have noticed that when it gets cold, many people tend to stay indoors and go to coffee shops/restaurants more often. I am certain that you would agree that neither of these options is good on our wallets or health. Also, let’s be honest here, it gets annoying and boring after a while, right?

In order to solve this little problem and to make my December more interesting and exciting, I decided to create a To Do list. There you can find some of budget-friendly activities I planned and fun ideas to spice up your winter… or to simply find an excuse to cuddle with your loved one! What? I’ve heard cuddling is good for your health… I swear! Especially, when you’re curled up under a blanket with a nice glass of wine, with Christmas songs playing in the background, and a Christmas tree with lights shimmering in the room…. Swoon… Oufff! I get carried away easily, eh?!

December To Do List

Without a doubt, just for fun and to make it more interesting for you, I kept a couple of things off the list! I love to keep you guessing! Sneaky? I know! I guess you’ll have to wait a bit!

Meanwhile, I’d like to share a couple of images on how my husband and I bring a Holiday Spirit to our home.

Home Sweet Home Our Xmas tree

Also, I’d love to hear about your plans to spice up the winter. What are your favorite OLD Christmas movies? Do you own an ugly Christmas sweater? Please, don’t be shy and let me know in the comments below! I promise I won’t judge!

Happy Friday!

xoxo
Olena

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