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

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

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


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

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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