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I know it feels too early even to be thinking about holiday cards, but trust me, the next month and a half is going to sneak right by us. Before we know it, it’ll be December 8, and we’ll decide to skip the holiday card this year because we don’t have time to put something together to arrive before the holidays are over. Here’s why you shouldn’t wait to get your holiday cards ready. Networking It’s an excellent opportunity to subtly remind your friends, family, colleagues and customers of your existence. There is no easier way to remain top of mind than sending them warm wishes this season with a card tailored with your branding. This is especially true for those contacts you don’t get a chance to see very often. It’s also a great way for families to keep in touch with loved ones far away. You can say…

Hello, quiet one. I see you sitting on the sidelines. Still and silent while your friend’s rambunctious energy floods the air. You would much rather be sitting quietly reading your favourite book or drawing on blank pages, and that’s okay. People will say that you are shy and introverted. Maybe they are right, but you are much more than your discreet nature allows some to see. You are bright and curious. Intelligent and wise. You can accomplish anything you set your mind to because you have the courage of a lion. Rest assured that you don’t need to be loud to be successful. I know you can do this because you are a girl. Hello, bossy girl. Do not think I failed to notice you telling the others what to do with conviction. Some people will tell you that your decisive spirit is too much, but they are wrong. You…

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 you think. When I’m training, I’m focused and determined. I have a goal in mind, and the only way to achieve it is to work for it. One more rep. One more run. One more lift. It’s not always easy and comes with a hefty price. I risk getting hurt. I usually walk away with a bruise or two. Often there are tears because I fear that I’m not reaching my full potential. It’s a gruelling process, and it requires grit to persevere and accomplish the task at hand. So,…

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…

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 with oil prices down, there is still no income tax which means you can save loads of cash (assuming you don’t get sucked into the spending vortex that so many do). For those of us with the travel itch, Africa, Europe, India, and South East Asia are all a few hours away, so it’s also an ideal home base. As for the weather, while the summers are oppressively hot and muggy (high 40s with high humidity), the rest of the year is warm and sunny.  By warm and sunny, I…

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…

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 had gotten and a couple to avoid. Please, Please Buy: House cleaning, grass cutting or snow removal Seriously, you won’t get an “ohhhh how adorable” reaction when they open this gift, but in 3 months time when they haven’t showered in a week, and the laundry is piled up and the weeds are overtaking the driveway, they will be so-freakin-thankful to be able to just call up someone and take care of whatever chore it is you purchased. Better yet, just go ahead and book the service for her when…