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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…

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.…

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 parents. Yes, freak-outs occurred when I couldn’t find my prized Abercrombie jeans (which, admittedly, was often) but cleaning my room was not on the menu. Looking back, my road to external organization actually began with addressing my internal messiness. Although my childhood room was a disaster, parental overhead and high school provided enough structure for young me to “keep it together.” Things took a distinct turn, however, post-graduation. While studying acting in NY, it became achingly clear that I was unqualified to care for myself. Think Black Swan. By the time my…

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 don’t have time for or simply hate doing. This is not a new concept to me, paying people for tasks. I first realized how important the idea was 9 years ago when I read the book Smart Women Finish Rich – Canadian Edition by David Bach. In it, he asks why we as women, presumably skilled and educated in a particular industry, spend much of our time on menial tasks not related whatsoever to our chosen profession. Tasks like house cleaning, or lawn maintenance. He proposed instead, that we spend more…