Drive in to New Responsibilities – Pump the Brakes on Buyers Anxiety, buying a Car should never be hard

Remember keep your price range in mind. When I purchased my car I made sure to start low and factor in the cost of repairs, upgrades, and tune-ups.

Buying a car is never as hard as one may anticipate. The following post will provide helpful information about the ‘purchasing a car’ process.

First things first, you want to consider the types of vehicle you may be interested in seeing, set a comfortable price range, and consider the fact that some older cars may need mechanical work so you can factor that into your budget.

Tip: A car is like a body. You will only get out of it what you put in.

Some great places to start would be Kijiji,, or do a simple search of local dealerships in your area and view their inventory. When you are ready to see the car, go to the seller with your ideal price in mind, a few questions, and a trusted companion to accompany you.

Hint: If the car has more than 100,000km on it, that’s still okay. Some cars can drive up to 500,000km. It all comes down to how you care for it, see tip above.

If you like the car, you probably don’t want to say so right away because you may appear too eager and this is when negotiations start.

Tips for Negotiations:

When I start bargaining I always use the sellers name to establish a relationship. Talk to them about their day and why they enjoy their line of work. Building rapport is a large part of sales. I also make deep eye contact with them while they are speaking to show that I am listening to what they say, and to make it look like I am intently thinking about buying it. Once they see that in your eye, the will start to let down their guards and pursue the sale, at that point just use your charm and work off that relationship you build at the outset. Remember keep your price range in mind. When I purchased my car from the used car seller, I made sure to start low and factor in the cost of repairs, upgrades, and tune-ups throughout.

Keys Please

Once both parties agree on the purchase price, and after getting it a safety check and emissions test (e-test) done, all that is left is to enrol in an insurance plan, and acquire license plates and registration for the vehicle. After that it’s all yours!

As young people, we are stigmatized for driving poorly and for leading the distracted driving era, so I urge all my readers to please take your time on the streets and drive safely. Accidents happen in a split second, and driving under the influence should never be an option. I hope this post helps any new driver those looking to make their first car purchase!

Stay Tuned For More Urban Guides,


Planning a move? Need to re-organize your life? Here are 10 tips to help you when moving

This post will identify some tips and tricks to help you in the moving process. Here are 10 tips to help you when moving. 

Movin’ n Groovin’

This post will identify some tips and tricks to help you in the moving process. Whether your moving apartments, houses, or across the country the process of packing everything and moving to a new location can be a source of anxiety for many. Here are 10 tips to help you when moving. 

#1 – Start Early

Time will help you prepare and get organized. If you have clutter do not underestimate how long it may take you to purge.

#2 – Start with non-essentials

You will probably need your everyday items up until the day of the move. If you’re looking for somewhere to start, consider the non-essentials first.

#3 – Create a list

I would recommend this for any area in your life. Lists save lives! Stay on top of your to-do tasks by making detailed lists.

#4 – Use soft items for packing

Forget the costly packing beads, Styrofoam, & bubble wrap. Simply use your soft items for packing delicates.

#5 – Purge as you go

Do not be afraid to throw away any unnecessary items. If it doesn’t live in a place, it shouldn’t be in your space.

#6 – Label everything

Labels and tags will help you when organizing your new place.

#7 – Map out your new place

Another way to help transition into the new place is to map the space out before you get there.

#8 – Recruit friends

Probably the most important part of any move. Many hands make light work.

#9 – Give everyone a job

It’s your space, it’s okay to delegate.

#10 – Unpack and enjoy your new place

Use a systematic unpacking system and tap into your style to show who you are in your new place!

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Guest Blog: Overcome Procrastination

Devise smaller manageable tasks to ensure a more attainable vision. Learn to enjoy the process without wasting time fearing for the outcome.

Hey there, galaxy navigators!

My name is Renée. I run a lifestyle and wellness blog called In Control & Caffeinated, but today, I am excited to be steering you through the galaxy with my very own urban guide — Let’s kick procrastination to the curb, once and for all!


None of us asked to be born and yet here we are, endowed with responsibilities to boot – Bizarre, right? “Be a productive member of society”, they say, and it’s more of an expectation than a suggestion. Pfft.
If I know one thing for sure, it’s that The Amanda Show was an early 2000’s Nickelodeon gem. I identified with a character called, “The Procrastinator”, a spoofy superhero whose catchphrase was, “EEE-VENTUALLY”. Revisit this sketch. It’s a classic. I’ll wait…

I knew that I tended to procrastinate, but I have since learned that procrastination is not a sign of a Netflix obsession, laziness or disinterest. Procrastination is rather a manifestation of perfectionism, and a means to avoid challenging feelings like frustration and rejection.

Ironically, I have rewritten the first part of this post over 10 times and am still not happy with it. If you are anything like me, fear of failure or not meeting your own expectations gets in the way of productivity all too often. While you are certainly being told by others to “be a productive member of society”, more often than not, your voice is the loudest of them all.

Being a perfectionist means you are a high-aiming visionary. Overcoming procrastination then, is a matter of dialling your perfectionism back and leveraging those good qualities to develop strategies toward a “healthy pursuit of excellence”.

Stop, Start, Continue: 


Equating self worth with your performance:

The term “off day” is here to remind us that a little failure every now and then is no reflection of our character, but is actually quite normal. Work hard, strive for attainable excellence and be proud!

Waiting for the perfect moment:

Something is always holding you back from just diving in; the time never feels entirely right, and it never will. Choose to dive in and to enjoy the process, because you are totally capable.


Understanding the root of your procrastination:

I’m officially calling you out on avoiding your feelings. Feeling all the feels builds resilience; let it happen. Remember that you are your toughest critic; take it easy on yourself by setting yourself up for success (check out my previous post to learn how to do this).

Prioritizing your tasks and optimizing your time:

Devise smaller manageable tasks to ensure a more attainable vision. Learn to enjoy the process (consider employing the pomodoro technique) without wasting time fearing for the outcome.


Striving high (but not too high)!

Dial it back like three notches. No need to settle for satisfactory, but in the wise words of Hannah Montana, “nobody’s perfect”.

Generating copious, imaginative ideas. You are a visionary!

It’s what you do best so keep those ideas flowing. Just be sure to back them up with manageable tasks so that you don’t drown in your own creative brilliance.

Be patient. As with any new undertaking, these techniques will take practice, but bringing them to mind is the first step.

Now, pour yourself a cup of coffee, and take control!

Study, sleep, class, repeat – Read helpful hints on how to keep your cool when it comes to school

This post will identify some ways to help you stay focused throughout the ‘never-ending’ school cycle, offer some tips on how to talk to professors, and suggest some ways to beat the mid-semester blues.  

Has your five-minute procrastination break turned into an hour? Well stay right there this will only take another minute.

This post will identify some ways to help you stay focused throughout the ‘never-ending’ school cycle, offer some tips on how to talk to professors, and suggest ways to beat the mid-semester blues.

School has been the most important responsibility of mine for as long as I can remember. As students we are strapped to the conveyer belt and filtered through the school system to identify how we will become productive members of society. If you are like me then you can appreciate all the benefits this system has, but also see the major flaws traditional schooling has for the coming generation. So the question remains; what can you do?

Make a Study Schedule

The last thing you want is to walk into an exam that you are not prepared for. I suggest compiling a list of assignments, tests, and quizzes with detailed information on what you need to learn. Having a master list to refer to will help you identify areas of strength or weakness and allocate study time accordingly. In the long run, this will save you valuable time.

Here is an example of a study schedule:

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Talking to Profs

If you struggle with this, you are not alone. Talking to an instructor can be a daunting task, as they are very knowledgeable and potentially influence your success.

When talking to a professor in person or via email you want to start by making yourself known and offering commentary on the course material so far. Next, you’re going to want to ask your question or give your comment in the clearest way possible. I’ve found that teachers are more receptive to help you if they can see that you have tried to understand the content by yourself.

To finish the interaction, be honest about your learning. If you are still lost in the material ask for additional resources and opportunities to meet again. If they helped you understand a concept, thank them. Education is valuable; try not to forget that.


Keep it Cool

Here are some activities to help get you through the semester:

  • Fuel your body with a healthy diet – fruit is an optimal study snack
  • Exercise – working out produces endorphins, which make you feel good
  • Meditation – take 10 minutes a day to sit quietly without distraction
  • Sleep – quality sleep always helps (don’t forget to add it to your schedule)
  • Laugh – hang with some friends, watch your favourite movie, just laugh

Thanks for reading, stay tuned for more Urban Guides