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

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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

Collaboration Over Competition

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I’ve been obsessed lately with The Skinny Confidential’s Him & Her Podcast and just finished their episode with Create & Cultivate’s Jaclyn Johnson. They spoke about collaboration over competition, which completely struck a chord with me. Continue reading

Dreams Do Come True

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Wake up, work, eat, sleep, repeat. It’s easy to get caught up in that daily grind, working hard everyday striving to achieve that next milestone and striving to achieve that vicious cycle of ‘more’. Have you ever looked back and reflected on how far you’ve come? I recently did and it felt pretty amazing.  Continue reading

You Do You: Own Your Path And Support Others

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Earlier this year Jett and I went on a coffee date with another married couple whom Jett met at the gym. Everything was going well until they challenged me on my life and career choices, basically making me feel bad that I’ve chosen the corporate-slave path working towards building someone else’s dream.  Continue reading

All-Time Summer Favourites

It’s the last long weekend of summer!  Time to wear your favourite summer outfits before #PSL season comes in at full force 🙂 Here’s a video of my all-time summer favourite pieces and their back stories:

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All Advice Is Autobiographical

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I’ve been reading Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In” again now that I’m in a new position at work with more responsibility and more people depending on me.  She quickly mentions how “all advice is autobiographical” and it just blew my mind.  Is this why I feel the need to create my picture quotes on Instagram?  To give myself advice as much as I give it to everyone else?  Why, yes it is. Continue reading

Life Lessons From My Dad

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Me and my Dad, Saint Lucia 2016

My Dad is my hero. He is smart, supportive, hilarious, selfless, loving, tough when required, hard working and multitalented. Continue reading