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Slowing my Scroll: How I’m Learning to Balance Online with Off

I love the Internet. Give me a cell phone with the Facebook, Instagram and Twitter apps, and I’ll get lost for four hours (#jokingnotjoking). Do you need to know the full (and rather brief) discography of Sugar Jones? Look it up. Do you need to find out what a burst ear drum looks like (I had no idea and I’m

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Strongman is a Sexy Sport

You know I’ve said it a time or two. The thoughts are usually accompanied by some horrific picture of my double chin or muffin top fully exposed. I’m sure it comes across as some hilarious caption to an unflattering photo, but the truth is, I believe it. I think Strongman is a sexy sport. But probably not for the reasons

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All About the Beans

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

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Pull the Damn Pin

After years of remaining tightly wound, yet perfectly safe on the clearest path towards the future (or at least, A future), I knew I had to do it. I had to pull the pin and toss the grenade into the centre of my life; the safety, the security, the knowing. Oh gosh, that knowing. However, want to know what lives

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All My Life . . .

All my life, I waited to plan the trip. All my life, I waited for the perfect time to go.  For the perfect season.  For the perfect conditions.  For the perfect amount of money. All my life, I waited for permission. Where would he like to go? Oh no, he won’t like that. What about this place? No? Okay…this one?

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I’m A Big Catch!

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

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Living Without Regrets

On March 15, 2018, I said goodbye to Canada and moved to Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. The UAE is nestled between Iran, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia on the Arabian Gulf which sounds super scary, but is paradoxically, incredibly safe.  Abu Dhabi is also extravagantly wealthy, a glittering jewel in the heat of the desert. Even

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Little Fish, Big Pond!

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

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Cozy Comfort

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

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Oh, my guuurd! Me too!

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

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Chevy Chase is my Father

The Sunday afternoons of my childhood were spent puking into plastic bags in backseat of a station wagon. Picture something quite similar to a scene right out one of the Family Vacation movies. But with puking. Lots and lots of puke. So. Much. … Okay, I think you get the picture. Did I mention how much fun it was? Sing-a-longs,

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Do you have a floor?

How Addressing my Internal Messiness set me on the Road to External Organization Growing up, I had a messy room – Clothes piled high in my closet; papers were strewn about the floor. This, understandably, drove my mother nuts! But I had a full schedule of instant-messaging friends, skipping class and counting down days until graduation. Tidiness was a silly something reserved for cranky

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Keeping My Sanity

Inevitably, you’ll hear us talk about self-care at connexionista.com. And for many of us, that mostly means taking time out of jam-packed schedules for personal development, engaging in projects that speak to us outside of work and visits to the spa for downtime. Personally, while all that other stuff applies, self-care mostly means paying other people to do the stuff I

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How to plan a playdate with child with special needs

Chances are good, your kid goes to school with a child with some type of disability or special need. If you’re not specifically familiar with their disability, the thought of planning a playdate or inviting them to a birthday party may seem a bit overwhelming or even frightening. You may think, it’s not worth the effort, and don’t bother. As

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How to be a Babygift RockStar

So, you’re gal-pal got knocked up. Exciting changes are going to be happening to her, and ultimately your relationship. Don’t let a baby gift flop, be the catalyst to a detrimental change in your friendship. As a 2x mom, let me share with you some of the best gifts I have received for my little ones, some I wished I

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Treasure Hunt

As a kid, I was always super excited when there was a treasure hunt. When Easter rolled around it was always the egg hunt I looked forward to most. I haven’t outgrown treasure hunting as an adult. I love Winners for that reason. I do enough errand shopping where I go in and purchase something specific. I like the idea

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Things I Would Like to do With You

Things I Would Like to Do With You

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,

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GOING LEFT & WRITE

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

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Compliments of Stila’s Fiery Shade

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

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Coffee Spot and Book Shop Stop

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

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