Six #BossBabe Travel Hacks That I Swear By

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I’m tired of winter already!  Who’s ready for a summer filled with glamorous trips, adorable summer dresses and delicious spritzy cocktails!? Me me me! You’re on your own with the adorable dresses and spritzy cocktails, but I think I can help your glamorous trips out with these #BossBabe travel hacks.  These are tried and true thanks to my international travels including a literal trip around the world from Canada, to the Philippines, to Thailand, to Ethiopia and then back to Canada all within a month!  These work wonders for me and I hope they do the same for you 🙂 Continue reading

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A Throwback From My Dancer Days!

I was scrolling through Facebook recently and came across this old album called “Gagalicious: The Poker Face Night” — a drag show that I performed at in Zurich, Switzerland 9 years ago.  No, I was not in drag, but I did backup dance for the drag queen Stella Divine thanks to my good friend Marie-Louise Lo.

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Marie, Stella Divine and me

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How To Get Rid Of Those Sunday Scaries

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Ever get the “Sunday Scaries”? I sure do. That dreaded feeling of overwhelm and anxiety knowing that the stressors of the work week are just around the corner and there’s nothing you can do about it … actually, there is! Continue reading

How To Beat Those Post-Vacation Blues

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Ever get those post-vacation blues? I sure do. Mine usually stems from the overwhelm of all the to-do’s after being away for so long. Here are a couple (seriously only 2) tried and tested, no-nonsense hacks that I use to minimize it! Continue reading

How To Stay Motivated On A Bad Day

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“That’s it!  I’m quitting and I’m gonna be a trophy wife!” I tell myself on days when I have just had enough of life.  I am romanced by the idea of my top priorities being (1) to keep myself beautiful for my husband and (2) to plan amazing parties for my fabulous friends. Why do I have to have ambition and be such an overachiever … is all the stress and anxiety worth it? Continue reading

How To Throw A #BossBabe Baby Shower

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Nisha (Mommy-to-be) and me at her baby shower!

That’s right, we’re getting old.  Friends are getting engaged, getting married … and getting pregnant! And not always in that particular order. Nonetheless, you may find yourself having to organize a baby shower one of these days. Continue reading

How To Get Out Of That Failure Funk

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What do an astronaut, an Olympic gold medalist and a CEO have in common? Other than the fact that they are #bosses in their respective fields, they have all experienced failure … and multiple times! Continue reading

Five Unique (& So Not #Basic) Valentine’s Date Ideas

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It’s that time of year again! Love is in the air, cupids and red hearts are everywhere… and your significant other is pressuring you to plan something “special”.

Even if you think V-day is a completely pointless and commercial holiday, hardly anyone wants to be that one person who didn’t get/do anything on this day of loooove.  To help you out, here are some unique (and totally not #basic) ideas to spice up your Valentine’s Day Date Night in good ol’ Calgary, Alberta. Continue reading

My Fave Five Lifestyle Gurus

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Lifestyling it up since day 1.

Is it just me or is everyone excited about 2018 and all its possibilities?  I’m loving all the optimism and motivation on social media about taking on 2018 fearlessly!  I’m hoping your year has gotten off to a great start and that you’ve utilized some of the tips from my favourite leadership gurus of my last blog post.  As promised, this is the second half of my “gurus” series and this time it’s all about my favourite lifestyle influencers (to keep on brand with my Lifestyle and Leadership Blog, of course :)).  “Lifestyle” is such an umbrella term and each of these ladies come from their own level of celebrity, but they all have a few things in common: they’ve absolutely killed it in their careers, they’ve diversified their talents and revenue streams, they’ve cultivated their own distinct personal brands and they are family oriented.  Continue reading

Be Your Own Guru: My Top Leadership Gurus of 2017

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In today’s world of self help, leadership development and life/wellness/health/executive/performance/business coaches, there is no shortage of experts with their recommendations on how to live your best life.  As a dreamer and overachiever freshly in my 30’s, I am no stranger to the self help space.  I am constantly looking for ways to pump myself up with motivation, get myself out of a funk or simply keep the momentum going.  Continue reading