25 Years in the Making

photocred; Bettina Bogar

A quarter of a century.

Guys, that’s how old I am today.

25 was always the point where I thought i’d have everything figured out. Like, by 25, you’ve done a lot of shit. Experienced a lot of things. Travelled to a lot of places. Worked at least one full time job. Had your heart broken. Moved to a different city. Maybe two different cities. Maybe three.

I am in no way sad that i’m a year older, because that’s lame. Every year has gotten better and better, to the point that I wonder if life could actually get any better.

Last year when I turned 24, I wrote about my top 4 life lessons. Hard hitting words for a 24 year old, but they were true down to the very last word. This year i’m going to focus on the things I have achieved up until now, and celebrate these successes. I figure on the day I turn a quarter of a century old, i’m allowed to dedicate a post to the things i’m proud to say i’ve accomplished in these very beautiful, bountiful, and blessed 25 years.

1 . The Sweat Series

25 Years in the Making

Coming out with a workout e-book was something that was on my mind for a couple years. I had no idea where to begin, or how it would be designed, or how long it might take. So I sat on it for 2 years, thinking about how cool it would be to actually publish a training program.

Once I completed my personal training certificate with the NSCA, I put my foot down and just went for it. After spending two months coming up with 12 weeks of workouts, another two months testing each workout, 1 month of taking photos and editing them, three months of writing and designing the book, and a month of hyping it up, it was FINALLY completed.

What I Learnt:

Creating an e-book takes insane amount of organization. Especially if you’re adding in over 400 photos and workout descriptions, everything has to be in the right place. I spent hours simply placing each photo in the correct order and ensuring that each of the 100+ exercises had the correct description.

Secondly, the person your hire to design your your e-book must know exactly what you want. I got super lucky with who designed mine – she knew me personally, was familiar with my blog, very experienced, and a super hard, talented worker. The amount of hours she poured into this project was crazy, and I can’t believe I even contemplated doing it all myself.

2 . Earning Money Blogging

When I started my website at the beginning of 2014, I didn’t really have any big picture plans. I took bad photos with an iPhone 4 at night, posted workouts with no story behind them, filmed videos vertically, and was confused as to why I wasn’t getting a lot of traffic.

After moving to Toronto a year later, I was armed and loaded with a DSLR, a well lit condo, a supportive online group of bloggers, and a personal photographer (thanks Adam <3). It wasn’t long before I started to see an increase in people visiting my site, and companies reaching out to me to collaborate. The most amazing moment was when Free People invited me to come run a boot-camp for them in Vancouver as part of their annual world-wide Lets Move event. I can only compare this feeling of exhilaration with when I was chosen as first pick for dodge ball in Grade 4.

25 Years in the Making

What I Learnt

Blogging is a project that you work on every single day. You never stop thinking about it, especially once you start to see results (higher traffic, more followers, collaboration requests).

One of my biggest weaknesses was wanting to do everything my way, on my own. I wanted to create YouTube videos (that no one was watching) and spent hours and hours putting them together. I was more interested in posting cute selfies on Instagram than creating relatable, useful content that followers could benefit from. I didn’t spend any money on learning how to use a DSLR camera properly, because I thought I could learn enough from the Internet alone.

25 Years in the Makingphotocred: Jen Serdetchnaia

As a blogger you sometimes think you’re doing it all on your own, but as the saying goes, no (wo)man is an island. Expanding your social circle, your skills, and your knowledge are so key to being successful and getting the most out of your experience. Ignorance is bliss, but not when it comes to blogging.

3 . Continuing Education & Certificates

In the past 2 years, I have made it a priority to continue expanding my skills, my mind, and my knowledge. I didn’t want to just be your average 9-5 worker + blogger + cat mom living in Toronto. I wanted to be your average 9-5 working + blogger + cat mom living in Toronto with SKILLZZZZ. Lots of em.

I absolutely LOVE the water, so in 2014 I got my PADI Open Water Scuba Diving certificate in Vancouver. I hope to eventually get my Advanced certificate, which allows you to go deeper, longer, and do more complex dives.

25 Years in the Making

In 2015 I signed up with the NSCA to get my personal training certificate. Graduating with a business degree, I had little knowledge when it came to creating programs or naming different muscles – completing this course helped me to set a strong base and build from there.

Finally in 2016, I signed up for something totally out of my depth and radar until now – sailing lessons! There will be another post to come on this, but every Monday & Wednesday this month you’ll find me close to capsizing a 4.2 metre dinghy in Lake Ontario.

What I Learnt

Even though the upfront costs of getting these certificates can be daunting (usually anywhere from $450 and up), it’s totally worth it. Being able to dive anywhere in the world, having a training certificate to give you credibility, and possessing the ability to rig and know your way around a sailboat is a pretty awesome feeling.

4 . Becoming a Home Owner

Oh, hey. Surprise!!

YEA, soOoo Adam and I bought a place together like, 4 days ago, and we are so so happy about it. For years and years I made saving money a priority so I could one day own my own place and turn it into my dream home.

25 Years in the Making

I’ll be making a full post on this later, but these are my top FAVORITE things about our new condo:

– It’s HUGE (well, for Toronto standards anyway)
– The balcony is big enough for a couch plus it faces both the water and the CN Tower
– There is so much natural light
– I will never run out of kitchen storage spaces. There are so many places just to… put things
– I have my own walk-in closet
– Did I mention it is RIGHT on the water? My heart is happy <3

What I Learnt

When it is the right time for you to buy a place, you’ll know. We had been renting for almost 2 years when our landlord told us she was selling. The Toronto market has been getting hotter and hotter, and I had enough savings (plus help from our parents) for a down payment, so it made sense for us to buy now.

If you do buy a place with a partner – keep track of ALL your finances. I am obsessed with money organization, so I have a spreadsheet that tracks who contributed what and when. It may not be very sexy, but it’s practical and will save you a lot of stress and frustration when it comes time to sell.

Lastly, make sure it fits ALL your criteria. That might seem obvious, but Adam and I were contemplating buying a tiny condo in a really cool building for wayy less. In the end I nixed it because a) there was barely any natural light that came in and b) there was NO space to take photographs of recipes or store anything. Both those things are super important to me, and I didn’t want to sacrifice them in order to save some money on our monthly payments.

Aaaaand, i’m off to go drink.

YO, dis post was long. I don’t know if I can be doing this every birthday (which you’re probably relieved to hear). If you stayed to read this, God bless ya. And remember – on your birthday you can talk about yourself as long as you want. Just make sure you’re turning 25.

xx

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  1. Happy Birthday Bev!! 25 is a big year and it sounds like you are doing life right! Congrats on all that you have accomplished – I can only imagine what life for the next 25 years has in store – Cheers!

    • beverleyc

      22 August

      Thank you Ellie!! Your words are too kind. It’s been great ‘meeting’ you this past year 🙂

  2. Happy Birthday Beverley!! You should be so proud. 24 was a great year for you! And oh my gosh congrats on your condo, that is huge. May I come sleep on your couch? 😀 …. but really…

    • beverleyc

      22 August

      Ashley you MUST come sleep on my couch!! We’re getting a new one and everything. Just for you baby girl!xx

  3. Ivanna

    20 August

    Happy Birthday! Some amazing things going on for you. Congrats on the new house, there is nothing like owning your own place thats for sure. I pray you are blessed with many more fabulous years!

    • beverleyc

      22 August

      Thank you Ivanna!! We are super excited for this next step in our lives. Appreciate your kind words <3

  4. Ellen

    20 August

    Happy birthday, Beverley! So many awesome things are happening for you and you work so hard for it all! Congrats and I hope you enjoy the festivities 😀

    • beverleyc

      22 August

      Aww thank you so much Ellen! <3

  5. Happy Birthday girl!! Loved reading this post and congrats on the new condo – we’ll be waterfront neighbours 🙂

    • beverleyc

      22 August

      We will, we will!! I’m so pumped for it. Thanks Lauren!

  6. Yaaaay! I loved all of this. I am thisclose to maybe getting a DSLR and if not that then at least finding someone who has one so I can get some sweet pics of yours truly. I’m good with my phone for my food pics, but that doesn’t work quite as well with actual human shots. Congrats as well on your place!!!

  7. Polyglot Jot

    22 August

    Happy belated birthday–you have sure accomplished a lot! <3

  8. congratulations on an impressive list of accomplishments for your first 25. can only imagine the list you write when you turn 50!

  9. britcrawl

    22 August

    Happy Birthday! I remember when I turned 25, and I thought the same thing! A quarter of a century sure sounded old at the time! Now I think 25 sounds so young… I’ll be 28 this fall. Yikes!

    Sounds like you’ve got a lot of great things going on! Congrats especially on your e-book. That sounds incredible!

    • beverleyc

      30 August

      Hahaha 28 is still young as well!! And I will keep saying that for every age until I turn like 95 😉
      Thanks for the birthday wishes Britney!

  10. Happy happy birthday!!! And huge congrats on buying a place!!! I think we are twins this month – I’m celebrating a birthday (although um 32!) and we bought a new house 🙂 Yay for August!!

    • beverleyc

      30 August

      Thank you Ashley!! Wow, happy birthday to you too! We seriously are on the same train of thought this month haha

  11. Correction: on your birthday MONTH you can talk about yourself as much as you want lmao. Love these reflection style posts. Congrats on your new home and here’s hoping for a Sweat Series pt 2 because I adore mine!!

  12. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! You should be so proud of all you’ve accomplished at only 25- the sky is the limit 🙂

    • beverleyc

      30 August

      Thank you Diana!! xx

  13. Happy belated bday my blogger friend!!! You make me feel so old! LOL. You inspire us ALL and cheers to many more years of happiness and growth!

    • beverleyc

      30 August

      Hah!! Ya right you are old. Thanks for love bb girl, so glad we’re friends!

  14. akansha9

    24 August

    Ahh I’m about to hit 25 in a few months and I loved reading this post. Congrats to all of your achievements this past year – you are so inspiring.

    P.S. so jealous of your condo, don’t know when I can ever get that kind of space in San Francisco!

    • beverleyc

      30 August

      Ooo, you have enough time to plan the perfect birthday then! Thanks so much girl xx

  15. Larry dunn

    27 August

    happy birthday, girl. Congrats to all of your achievements. lovely post 🙂

  16. Happy Birthday!! These are such great lessons and testamonials to how hard you have worked! Congrats on your upcoming E Book, girlie. And Scuba Diving? Now that’s awesome and unique!

    • beverleyc

      30 August

      Thank you so much! Ahh if you’ve never tried scuba diving you MUST. It’s life changing.

  17. Jack

    2 September

    25th birthday, you are in the most brilliant age of the lifetime, keep shining! Congratulations on your new condo, can you show some photos of it and the view? I can’t wait to see them. They must be very wonderful!

    • beverleyc

      8 September

      Thank you Jack! And dont you worry – there will be SO MANY PHOTOS

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