My Last Blog Post on Your Daily Dose

Janice gravatarDear blogging friends,

I guess this may come as a surprise to many of you. But I’ve given it a lot of thought. And I have decided to make this my last blog post here on Your Daily Dose.

It has been an amazing journey since I opened up shop here about a year and a half ago. I can still remember when I used to only get two comments on a post. Now, there’s almost 600 bloggers subscribed (minus you blogging robots ;), plus anyone following through Facebook and Twitter. Over 35,000 page views. 5,500 comments (including my own, of course). It seems crazy to walk away from such amazing readership, but I really do believe that it is the right time for me.

You’re probably wondering: Why? Well, I think there are a few reasons. But the most important one is that I no longer feel that I can maintain this blog with the same consistency and drive that I’ve had in the past year and a half. And those are two things that are important to me, as a blogger. I would rather walk away on a high note than drag it out, sporadically popping in and out and not necessarily having the same level of inspiration and love for writing behind each and every post that I’ve always strived for. I am really sad at the thought of this being the end, but I want to just reflect on all of the great things that have come out of blogging here at Your Daily Dose.

It’s very apparent to me now that through this blogging experience, I’ve been blessed with the motivation to pursue my creative passions — especially music — and to be more fearless in going after the dreams I always thought were unreachable. I have all of you to thank for your constant encouragement, support, and words of motivation. Without your help, I wouldn’t have gained the confidence to keep going full speed ahead :)

I want to thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart for every time you dropped by the cafe to chat with me. Thank you to anyone who has read, liked, re-blogged, and/or commented on a post. Thank you to everyone who has been so thoughtful to pass on a blogging award this way. I feel truly honoured that you have shared your own personal stories, experiences, thoughts and advice here with me and others. I have been inspired and moved, and have learned so much from you all. It really has been all about creating a blogging community here for me, and you guys have helped make that happen.

I believe that this blog page will be up for another year (because that is when the domain name expires), but this post, my previous New Month Reflection post (that I hope will continue to motivate you guys!), and A Page Dedicated to My Readers will be the only things I leave up. I will be exporting everything else to another, private site, just to have as an archive. I will be closing my Facebook and Twitter pages in a day or two. I may still have my YouTube page, but I for sure will still be on SoundCloud where you can feel free to follow me and check out what’s going on in my songwriting journey. If I happen to create another site within the next year, I’ll be sure to update you guys here with a new post so that we might reconnect elsewhere in the world wide web (so don’t unsubscribe yet! :). Guess when I decide to close up shop, I really mean close it up!

But that doesn’t mean we won’t ever meet again! I hope to find time in the future to drop by many of your blogs, to say hi and see how you’re all doing. But in the meantime, I find comfort in knowing that you have an amazing blogging family around you that will continue to inspire you, cry and laugh with you, and cheer you on in this crazy thing called life :)

Again, it’s been an incredible experience and joy spending the time that I have with you all. I wish everyone the absolute best. Don’t ever stop dreaming big and going after your life goals. Always keep searching for ways to be inspired. And always remember what and who are truly the most important things in your life. Time is too precious and life is to short to waste on doing anything other than that.

Your friend,
Cafe <3

Update: I’ve been really touched reading all of your heart-felt comments so far and although I still plan to close the blog after the domain name expires, I will try to post an update on any new songs I write during the year for anyone who would rather follow here than through SoundCloud. Thank you to everyone who has made me and this blog feel truly special! xoxo

My First Song … and the New Month Reflection

Well, here it is, cafe-goers. The first song that I’ve written, recorded and am putting out there for more than three people to hear :)

It is still very much a work-in-progress, but just wanted to share the beginnings of my songwriting adventures with you all! Thanks to everyone who has encouraged me in the past year with sharing my singing. It has really helped me in more ways than you can know.

So I realized as I was checking in on our fellow bloggers’ April resolutions that most people hadn’t actually made any! Well, that’s okay, and I had a thought for this month’s post that instead of commenting on what your NMR might be for May, we could all reflect on one thing that we have accomplished, attempted or experienced so far this 2013 that we were/are proud of and/or inspired by.

I was reminded recently that we need to enjoy the journey just as much as — if not more than — the fruits of our labour. I very much believe in this and so I’d love to encourage everyone to think about their journey this year so far!

So: What is one thing you have accomplished, attempted or experienced so far this year that you are proud of? Look forward to hearing about it and being inspired, as I always am!

~ Cafe <3

Writing From the Heart: Question #16 (Now and Then)

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I can still remember when I used to type on a typewriter. The old school kind where there was no white-out tape. When you made a mistake it was like the worst shit ever. You’d tear out that piece of paper that had like two sentences on it and the big fat error, and fling it into the garbage to start over again.

There are other things about back-in-the-day technology (DOS operating system, anyone?) that make me feel slightly ancient now when I see little infants playing on their iPhones.

I feel really ancient when I find myself thinking: I am not going to allow my child to have these things at such a young age and be busting it out at the dinner table. (Well, they won’t be busting it out at the dinner table if they don’t have it in the first place, so forget I said the second thing …).

But you know what I’m sayin’.

Is all this new technology necessarily a bad change the world has gone through? No. But it certainly is strange — and nostalgic — for me to have grown up both in the generation of rotary telephones and in the generation of the technology/social media boom.

When the following generations grow up knowing only a world of high-speed, digital communication and advanced technological entertainment, how will they, as people, be different from their .. um .. forefathers? (I know, ancient talk lol).

Take a few minutes to ask yourself: What are some ways — good and bad — the world has changed since you were a kid? Write a post about it, share it in the comment box below, or just keep it to yourself ;)  

- Cafe

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Housekeeping stuff: I had wanted to update my Page Dedicated to My Readers as I have amassed quite a few new blog subscribers over the past few weeks. But when I visit many of these bloggers’ pages, I find it really difficult to not suspect that they have only subscribed to my blog to hopefully get a “follow” back. (You know what I’m talking about, right? Those blogs that are trying to make money, grow their business, etc). And I never see their actual presence on my blog, so I’m even less convinced that they’re here to actually read what I’m writing. So long story short, I don’t plan on adding anymore blogs to the list unless it’s someone who I’ve been chatting with here and know they’ve genuinely subscribed. I ain’t into that crap where bloggers set up those automatic “likes” on a shitload of random bloggers’ posts to try to get traffic onto their blog. I wouldn’t be surprised if they have automatic “follows” as well. I apologize to anyone who likes to read the blog in silence, but there’s no real way for me to know unless you leave a comment.

Photo Credit: http://thoughtquestions.com/archives/3725

My New Year’s Resolution is to Keep My New Year’s Resolution

Happy 2013, everyone! Are you ready to kick off the new year with a big bang? Or do you find yourself starting this January sleepily dragging your behind back to work? Let’s wake up and get excited for bigger and better things, people!

So truth be told, I actually haven’t made a New Year’s resolution. I can’t remember the last year that I did. There’s two reasons why I’ve bowed out for 2013. The first is that I feel like I’ve gained enough motivation and momentum from 2012 to continue bettering myself in the new year without any pre-defined goals.

And secondly — as the title implies — I don’t have the greatest track record for keeping the NYRs that I have made. I don’t think most of us do.

Canadians New Years Resolutions 2011 Toronto Star

Of the friends I’ve asked, almost all don’t believe in making New Year’s resolutions. To them, NYRs merely represent “empty promises”. But there are a couple who have set some lofty goals, including the second top NYR of last year: to quit smoking. And I actually believe that they have a good chance of sticking to it.

New Year’s resolutions aren’t typically goals that we can attain with the snap of our fingers. Inspired by the “fresh new start” that apparently comes delivered on January 1st, many of us pump our fists in the air with newfound purpose and declare: “Yes, I can!” At least for the time being it seems like anything is truly possible.

But somewhere along the way — a week later, two, three months into the grind — our resolve wilts like flowers in the harsh, winter snow. The NYR that was becomes no more.

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So how is it that some people are able to achieve what they’ve set out to do for an entire year? Are they a special breed of people? Do they have severe punishments in place that deter any and all notions of failure? Do the ones who make it to the end choose resolutions that were just easier to resolve?

I can’t give you the answers. I’m not one of these people. Doesn’t mean that I’m not inspired or want to improve myself this year. I’m just not ready to set anything in stone right now ;)

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What’s your New Year’s Resolution? (I’ll be checking back with anyone who answers this at the end of the year to see how you did!). And what does it take to see one’s NYR through to the end of the year?

- Cafe

Credits: Canadians’ NYRs statsJanuary list comicCalvin and Hobbes comic

Writing From the Heart: Question #15 (Time or Money?)

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Alright, people. I’m back with the Writing From the Heart blog post series! It’s time to put your thinking caps on ;)

You may have noticed that a lot of guest posts have been going up on Your Daily Dose lately. Life’s been hectic, I’ve grown quite un-fond of computer screens, and … well, I’ve had a bit of blogger’s block to top it all off.

But I feel like it’s during these times when life just seems to be passing by in a tired blur that we have to refocus and re-spark our love for life! So as I was scrolling through some inspirational questions for this post, my eye landed on this one: Time or money?

I feel like most people’s gut reaction would be to say: “Time!”

I know that for me, it is. That’s because I have spent much of my life without time — and when I say “time”, I mean time outside of work and school. It was only a few months ago that my life finally consisted of having just one full-time job. That’s it. No school. No second or third part-time job. Free evenings. Free weekends.

I just didn’t know what to do with myself.

Well, I quickly figured it out. After the first Saturday of sitting on the couch staring at the TV and asking myself if there was some work that I should be doing, I smacked myself across the face and yelled: “There is no work to do! Enjoy your free time!” (I think this conversation was happening in my head).

Once it had sunk in, I started going all out. I could pick up some hobbies! Singing! Playing guitar! Writing! I had time for it all! I could visit my friends and family more often! I could sit on the couch on Sunday and watch football all day! I could also just *gasp* do nothing at all! My God, this was what I had been missing out on all these years. This was how other people were living.

Now, that may sound like the conclusion of the story, but alas, it is not. During this time of activity and exuberance, I had still thought about getting a part-time job to be able to pay off my student loan faster and save more for the future. I just couldn’t bring myself to do it after having gotten a taste of the good life. But while I by no means consider myself to be a greedy, materialistic person, I do recognize that there are certain things that could add to the quality of my life right now that do require money over time.

So, I don’t know. Maybe the question isn’t so easy to answer. Maybe now is (still) the time to put in that extra work in order for me to feel more settled and secure a little ways down the road. And to also be able to continue going on trips around the world and drinking fine scotch guilt-free! Those things make me happy too ;)

Take a few minutes to ask yourself: Time or money? Write a post about it, share it in the comment box below, or just keep it to yourself ;)

- Cafe

Photo Credit: Question 15