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

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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

Blogging Is My Happy Place

I’m a big advocate of having a hobby that you love. Something you can lose yourself in and be completely happy. Whether it’s baking, running, motor sports, or fashion, this hobby completes you as a person.  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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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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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.

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Isabel’s Millennialogue: Dream Wedding in the Philippines

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Hello, there!  Yes, I’m at that age in which almost everyone I know is getting engaged or married.  This year, Jett and I will be attending at least 4 weddings – one of them being our own in St. Lucia.  Continue reading

Isabel’s Millennialogue: Why Travel?

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Hi, everyone! I am back into the swing of things after a month-long vacation to the Philippines, Thailand and Ethiopia. Naturally I now have to blog about “why one should travel”. For a while in the beginning of my professional life, I did not enjoy traveling. I did not understand why I needed to leave home because I love being home on that lazy Sunday, watching Netflix, reading a good book and/or drinking a delicious pot of tea. It was just recently when I had learned to appreciate traveling and I’m now going to tell you why. Continue reading

Isabel’s Millennialogue: 2015 Reality Check

I’ve been fighting the urge to write this particular blog because I didn’t want this to be a typical “My Year on Facebook” sort of post. But now that 2016 has officially started, I feel the need to look back on 2015 and be grateful. The year flew by way too quickly so please allow me to reflect on it for a bit. Continue reading

Isabel’s Millennialogue: Taking Life Seriously

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2015 is quickly coming to a close so I started to reflect on this past year. It was such an exciting year with so many trips and so many life events for my close friends. But then I started reflecting way back. Back to when I was a little girl when the highest stress in my life was getting good grades. I took life so seriously then and I have to admit that I still do now. Continue reading