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Who doesn’t love great stationery? If you’re anything like me, you’re collecting pretty notepads, humorous cards, and fancy writing tools to the point of obnoxious. I like the idea of having an assortment of things to go through when it’s time to write a particular note or send a greeting card. Of course, it’s easy to stop by the dollar store and grab a scribble pad and generic card, but have you ever received a truly personalized message in a carefully picked design just for you? It’s a lovely feeling to know someone took a little bit of extra time to show you some love. So, when Anick told me she was launching a subscription box for stationery from Canadian artists from the East to the West, I was thrilled! Last week she messaged me to ask if I would be in the area. She had a special package for…

The secret is finally out! Well, I suppose it wasn’t much of a mystery. I’ve been talking about the ladies over at Big Catch Communications for weeks now, and so anyone with a brain could have probably figured out that this was happening. Either way, it’s great to finally be able to talk about my new role with this talented team! There are so many reasons to get excited about this new adventure. They have so many diverse projects on the go at one time, creativity and thinking outside the box is highly encouraged, and every team member has a unique skill set. It’s incredible to see the conversations coming from one end of the studio to the next. What really stood out to me is how direct they are with their thoughts and opinions. What a breath of fresh air to see a group of intelligent and strong women…

It’s been ten weeks since I left the comfort of regular work. Walking in at 9 am and wrapping it up by 5 pm. The usual grind and what most find to be the easiest to manage when it comes to scheduling and of course budgeting. But as all of you know, it wasn’t working for me. I needed a change, and so I walked away from it all in hopes that shortly I would find my place and begin working a little more independently and creatively. I immediately started living the barista life over at Love Love Food a couple of shifts per week while I got it all figured out. Tony was able to use some of my skills to help get his new shop organized, and so I’ve spent some time working behind the scenes too. This work helped him out after the big move, and it allowed…

I have been buried in my laptop for weeks. I’m not complaining. I’m getting everything I asked for when I made changes to my work life. More independence in my work, a flexible schedule, and opportunities I couldn’t pass up. But I’m finding that with all of the different things I have going on, it’s been a real curveball to stay on top of everything. And because I’ve joined a new team, (news on that soon!), and I’m still rocking the hustle at the bistro, I’m hyper-aware of the fact that this project needs some pencilled in time to make sure I’m getting all of the things done. I’ve always found that a dedicated space for certain projects makes it a little easier to stay focused and on task. Earlier this year I gave my home office a bit of a revamp to make sure that I spent more time writing.…

Well, it looks like today is the day. The blog is officially launching, I’m headed on a coffee tour in Kingston, and I may or may not be losing my mind with excitement. For you, the one reading this, it may be no big deal. So, what. A few people are going to throw up some articles on the interwebs and when and if you feel like it, you’ll read them. Yippee. But for us, me especially, it’s a big deal. I have always found great comfort in the relatable. The “Oh, my guuurd! Me too!” moments we have with friends, relatives, even strangers. It’s nice to know that the things we are feeling or going through others are experiencing too. Maybe you’re a mom who’s had a really rough day with the kids. Perhaps you’re struggling with your career, and you’re unsure that the road you have taken is…

My name is Karine, and I’ve been a closet hopeless romantic my entire life. I’m sure you’re wondering why someone would need to conceal such a thing, but I always have. I secretly like sappy movies and poems about love, but have always preferred to share my interest in Rocky Balboa or books on how to give less fucks. Now, that doesn’t mean that I romanticize everything. Quite the contrary. I’m a realist most of the time, and it’s no different when it comes to love and relationships. My pals are great, but sometimes the ideas and expectations they set for themselves and their partners are entirely unrealistic. I think that’s why I enjoyed the book Things I Would Like to Do with You, by Waylon Lewis so much. We all love to love, but what does love really look like? It’s certainly not perfect. It isn’t always kind or…

What seems like forever ago, I used to own a collaborative studio for entrepreneurs and creatives. On a regular basis, I would host workshops and social events to connect people who were in the same headspace. You know the kind of people I’m talking about. The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world by following their hearts and living their passion out loud. Welp, at one particular workshop there was a lovely young lady called Anick. If I’m not mistaken, she attended a social media for small business workshop. Quiet in nature, but loud in creative spirit, Anick was participating to build her business and did, she ever! Today, I ventured again to The Quirky Carrot to get some work done for the blog launch, and before I left the lovely little town of Alexandria, I made my way to Left & Write Paperie. The moment I…

So, here’s the sitch. Compliments make me really uncomfortable. While I do appreciate the sentiments, and I’m grateful when someone has something sweet to say, I struggle to welcome admiration with ease. I usually end up trying to reach for the nearest pocket to stick my hands into or grab my coffee cup in hopes that I might just choke on the bean. Someone once told me I had the loveliest smile, and I immediately folded my lips over my teeth to smudge them with lipstick and awkwardly made a joke asking, “Are you sure?” Seriously, what in the world is wrong with me? As time goes on, and the more I put myself out there, some of you (and strangers) have had some charming things to say. Words of encouragement are often shared, and the most flattering comments always circle back to the fact that I’m somehow inspiring. So,…

Today’s adventure was an unexpected delight. The plan was to meet a friend of mine who lives in L’Orignal in Alexandria for coffee and a treat. I left the house bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, ready to make the 45-minute trek to the village just North East of Cornwall. What I didn’t expect was to get caught up listening to Colbie Caillat and Rob Thomas while inevitably missing my exit and driving 20 km past it before noticing that I was minutes away from the Quebec border. For the record, this is not an unusual occurrence for me, so you’ll need to get used to it. After getting off at Exit 69, (not as exciting as it sounds), I backtracked and eventually made my way to The Quirky Carrot. As expected, the moment I walked in I fell in love. I don’t know what it is about a good coffee spot that lights…

It’s 6:59 pm and I promised myself that I would complete a blog post before bed tonight. To be clear, I’ve made this promise to myself every day since Sunday.  I wanted to share details of my experience at Latin Sparks, my latest competition, and I wanted to give all of you a recap on my first week at the bistro. Truth is, it didn’t take time to fill my schedule after I left the office. Tony has needed me a little more than expected and what I thought might be short shifts has quickly turned into full days. I kid you not, I considered using my vibrator to massage my feet. I have a lot of vibrators. I used to buy and sell ’em for a living, remember? Several have never even been touched, so I could totally commit one to my feet if I wanted to. Is this…