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

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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The Art of Asking for Help

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“I slowly realized that asking for help doesn’t mean you’re weak or incompetent.  On the contrary it empowers you, widens your network, improves your collaborating and interpersonal skills, and simply makes your life better.”

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Three Brides, One Summer

Being a bride is one of the most special and magical times of a girl’s life. Little did I know that it would be even more special by sharing it with two of my best friends.

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With my fellow brides: Riss (left) and Sasha (right)

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A Letter to the Tweens and Teens

Dearest Tweens and Teens,

You’re now in your tween or teen years. The best years of your life – KIDDING! School is starting to get stressful, kids are mean, your body is changing … I can go on. I like to call this stage of life “The Awkward Years”. Continue reading

Isabel IRL: A Good Old-Fashioned Slumber Party

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Let’s face it, fellow Canadians: we’re in a recession. And in full-fledged wedding season. So when money is tight due to lack of jobs or excess of wedding expenses, there is absolutely no reason to spend hundreds of dollar$ on bottle service in da club.

Why not a good old-fashioned slumber party? Continue reading