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

Dear New Grads: Transitioning from School Life to Work Life

My sister is graduating from the Alberta College of Art and Design this very month of May 2017! I am so proud of her and excited for her … and I was inspired to talk about what I learned in the transition from school life to work life.  Click on the photo to watch the video on YouTube or read the blog-version below:

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Minding My Mindfulness

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I must confess: I am a laggard when it comes to most trends. Yoga, iPods, iPhones, skinny jeans, even Instagram! So when I started hearing all this hype about mindfulness and ‘living in the moment’, my initial thought was “give me a break”. Mindful eating? Meditation? Ugh. Continue reading

Think Big-Picture To Find Passion

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If you Google “passion quotes”, an endless list of inspirational pictures and page results appear! You don’t need anyone to tell you that “finding your passion in life” is a hot topic. Continue reading

#SquadGoals! The Importance of Having the Right People Around You

A girl is only as good as her squad. Yes, it’s a rip off of “A man is only as good as his team,” but I cannot emphasize enough the importance of having the right people around you to back you up and to believe in you. Life is so much easier and enjoyable if you have the right #Squad in your work-life and personal-life.

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How to Throw a Blog-Worthy Birthday Party

My Scorpio Sister, Lyndee, and I recently celebrated our birthdays together and it was a blast!  We wanted to set it up all nicely so that I could take photos of the party for my blog.  Some things didn’t go according to plan, but it didn’t matter as we had the time of our lives.  So here are my lessons-learned so that you can throw yourself a blog-worthy party.  Scroll to the bottom for a short gallery of guest photos.

1. Book an accommodating venue.

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Getting Better with Age

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Some of my current anti-aging products …

Sometimes I feel OLD. My two wrinkles are particularly obvious that day, my back is aching for no reason and I’m going to bed early on a Saturday night. No wonder people complain about aging and dread growing old. Well, I’m tired of it! No, I’m not tired of getting old. I’m tired of hearing the complaints. Call me delusional, but I really don’t think it’s as bad as it seems. Here are some of my optimistic reasons why growing old means that life only gets better.

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So Jelly … How to Turn Envy into Positivity

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Jelly? (Me trying to set the mood for this blog)

One night I was scrolling through good old Facebook when I came across a friend of a friend of a friend. (Yes, it was that kind of night.) She was just fascinating, so allow me to share what my train of thought was like as I “stalked” her: Continue reading

#TBT To Our Saint Lucia Wedding

I just realized that I never shared my homemade wedding video on my blog!  So in the spirit of #ThrowbackThursday, here’s the video montage I created of our destination wedding in St. Lucia.

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