Hello fellow interweb explorers! I am Ada Zuba. I binge the Netflix shows and just recently Disney plus has been my happy place. I am a creative person with a big love for Disney movies. I hope to one day write and publish a fantasy novel.
When I Heard about this Identity challenge, I thought to myself "This is so perfect" as I had just gone through my 30th birthday and it made me reflect on things a little deeper than usual. I opened up my journal and the blank page nearly mocked me, since I had so much, I wanted to write down.
Funeral to my 20’s
I turned 30 today. The feeling is surreal, I am at the age where “I have my life together” and I actually do feel like it is. I think it’s partly because I did my twenties right. I travelled Europe, I found a job that I love, I went to university, I made friends with whom I will never speak to again, but added them on social media, I wasted time in an ugly relationship, I found the love of my life, I fell in love, I got married. I did everything that I am supposed to do in my twenties. I can proudly say I did my twenties right. I learned a lot about myself for example I am an introvert, my Briggs personality type is rare INFJ- I spend too much time day dreaming. My past teachers would agree. What was the thing you learned most about yourself? I have more emotions than I show. My husband is the only one that I feel comfortable crying in front of, my words don’t get caught my throat like they do around anyone else including my sisters. I learned that being on a unit with dying patients is difficult as I am an empath and I feel their frustrations, their pain, I feel too much and all at once. I found a job that is mentally draining, but nowhere near as emotionally draining. I am stronger than I give myself credit for, I am not as extraverted as I’d like to be. I have social anxiety, which I am slowly learning and teaching myself to get over it, I still don't know what my worst trait is. I did it all in my twenties.
You Can Cook With Tea?
Picture this: you are at the lake house, a beautiful wooden cabin that is nestled behind a quiet and serene lake, the birds are heard from a distance, the water rushes towards the shore, creating a relaxing environment, the sun just peaking from the hills ready to rise and start a new day. You are huddled in a plaid blanket, holding it close to your chest and you can see your breath if you force it. In your hands you hold a hot cup of tea with the steam dancing off the surface of the hot water. This is what peace is, holding that cup of tea. Tea is always my go to drink, even before water. I love how many flavors there are, after all there will always be more flavors of tea than of coffee, even from your Starbucks down the street, tea will infinitely have more options. I am a subscriber of many emails, but my favorite is from Twinings the tea company because I get to learn about another new flavor or their next sale. Today as I am rushing through emails, I see the Twinings the headline reads: "Celebrating Teatime All Day Long" of course I click it. I see a picture of a green looking tea "Make it your Morning Ritual" reads the caption under it. I would agree Matcha tea is usually a good way to start a morning ritual. It gives you a great energy boost, you hydrate, and the taste is great! I scroll down further, and I see a picture of what looks like a chai tea latte, but I look again and it's a mug cake. The caption reads: "Explore New Culinary Specialties: cooking with tea..." wait, this was something new to me, I have never thought about cooking with tea, I have baked with tea before. I have made London fog cookies during Christmas, but cooking with tea was a whole new meaning to me. I had to click it now! it takes me to their webpage and I find the link above that reads: Food. That's right they have a whole category called food on a tea website and I come across recipes such as "Twinings® Honeybush, Mandarin & Orange Baked Chicken" and "Superblends Soothing Turmeric Buddha Bowl" I know I have to try these teas and try making these delicious sounding recipes!
Success and Weight Loss
Celebrities and weight loss are a curious thing; well, no, actually, it's quite sad. There I was, sitting on the can, as some people might call it. For some reason, I didn't feel like browsing TikTok, which led me to ponder all the celebrities who have successfully shed pounds. I was seeking inspiration to trim down and possibly gain some muscle. I began typing "Rebel Wilson" into the search bar, and Google helpfully completed my sentence with "weight loss" as the top suggestion. Naturally, I clicked, and to my surprise, she and I are now roughly the same weight! That feeling of "Wow, a celebrity shares my weight; maybe I shouldn't body shame myself after all" washed over me. After this revelation, I wanted to keep exploring, perhaps finding other celebrities who are in the same weight range as me out of sheer curiosity. So, I started typing "Adele," and Google, as expected, offered a prompt for "weight loss." She lost 100 pounds, which was truly unbelievable, and she's now slimmer than I am! I was close to reaching her weight, but a recent all-inclusive trip to Mexico set me back a bit.
- Top Story - October 2023
We Don't Talk About Periods.Top Story - October 2023
I feel like an experiment. They are testing me for something as if I am divergent or some other species, when in reality, I am a woman. I've tried five different birth control methods, including two IUDs, and the problems are not solved. Why do we not talk about this more? Are we meant to be whispering about this behind closed doors? Absolutely not! We need to know about our bodies, and we need to learn more.
After Wedding Thoughts
I see myself as someone who is very traditional and conservative. I did not live with my husband before I married him, we traveled together, and I got to see how he handles stressful situations to relaxing by the pool or beach with him and that was all I needed in order to figure out if I can marry him. Then, in February of 2023 he proposed to marry me, I dove right into the midst and deep end of planning out my wedding, I did most of it myself, paid for it myself. 7 months later we came to September, and it was finally our big day. The day really does go by so fast, in the moment you want to take it all in and have no distractions. The things is, is that I dreamed of getting married since I knew what the word marriage meant. I would pretend that my toys would have weddings and get married. When I was about twenty, I had created my own Pinterest board of wedding ideas. Then, my oldest sister got married and I got to witness and be a part of planning her day and putting in a lot of effort and hours towards that. It was so much fun, but I saw how stressed out a bride can be, that only further encouraged me to narrow down ideas of my dream wedding. Years, later and my other sister got married and it was not very stressful for me, because she and her husband and roommate planned it from top to bottom all I was expected to do was to show up and that's exactly what I did.
No Words Needed
We have not spoken since last night. When I woke up I could hear the shower already running. He probably didn’t sleep well, he didn’t sleep well very often, he usually thought about work or his curious mind wanders at night. The smell from the hanging eucalyptus in the shower wafted into the bedroom. I loved it. He hated it. He said “you should just grow a garden in here if you’re bringing that in”.
Changing the Narrative
Do you remember walking along the sidewalk with friends and then you passed a group of people and you were the one to walk behind the group to let the other people pass? Or how about that time your best friend got a boyfriend and you no longer sat together at lunch? Then there was the one time you and your friends went to the football game and someone had to sit separately and no one else volunteered so you ended up sitting by yourself?
I was very young when I wrote my first piece. Surprisingly, I remember it well. I was in third grade, just seven years old. I had recently learned how to write complete sentences. We were assigned a task, which I completed quickly (a habit of mine, though not always accurately). I closed the notebook the teacher had provided and sat there with my pen, wanting to write something more. I headed to my dad's office where he kept stacks of loose leaf paper. I fetched the turtle-shaped step stool from the washroom, stood on it, and reached for the loose leaf paper. Gathering a few sheets, I began writing my very first short story, not for school. The story was riddled with spelling and grammar mistakes, but I could still understand it. Looking back, I noticed random "K"s in some words. I constantly confused words like "their," "there," and "they're," which highlights the complexities of the English language. Commas were absent throughout, a writing issue that persists today.
The Best Shampoo to Use
I am doing more research and reading more shampoo blogs about the best and worst shampoos to use for your hair. I am learning that certain shampoos from large shampoo brands are damaging, while others are great. There are only specific ones that can be beneficial for your hair health. I've learned that if you do want a great hair experience, you need to spend money – I'm talking about nearly $35 Canadian dollars for a 250 ml bottle. However, there might be a better way to save your hair while spending a minimal amount of money. I have put together a list of shampoo products that you can afford to buy every month.
Stampede: Greatest Show on Earth
Stampede is the biggest event in my hometown. The smell of deep fried foods waft through the air, suddenly cowboy boots and shoes appear in store windows, downtown is covered in comical drawings of the Midwest. The atmosphere of Calgary does a 180 turn from people afraid to talk to one another to excitement. Stampede means summer is actually here. The weather turns undeniably hot and with the combination of buzzing food trucks; the temperature rises. The world looks different. For one thing, I love the excuse to wear my cowboy boots that are stashed away in the back of my closet. Secondly, going to the concerts are worth saving every penny. Thirdly, the food! Weird food ideas such as deep friend pickles or mustard and ketchup ice cream can be only found at the Stampede. The early and free stampede breakfasts at random grocery stores or parking lots fill up with people waiting to get their pancakes and maple syrup with a side of sausage. The carnival rides and games are all excitement and fun. This sounds like a good time doesn’t it?