• Life

    The Parable of the Trapeze

    Years ago, when I started first year university and moved across the country, I really struggled with the transition. Everything was new and unknown territory. I had no idea where my life was headed and all of the comforts of home had disappeared. I was finding all of the uncertainty very challenging. During this time my mom sent me a letter. In it, she included the “Parable of the Trapeze”. It helped me then, and is helping me now amidst some big life changes. I wanted to share since I feel it may be relevant for a lot of others at the moment. Here it is in case you also…

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    Little Joys

    Recently I started changing my computer’s desktop background at the beginning of each month to mix things up. I’ve been surprised by how happy it makes me to open my computer and see a new picture. With many stressful weeks under my belt, and many more on the horizon, this small moment of joy got me thinking about how sometimes the small joys in the day can make such a difference. Here are some other small joys that I relish: Drinking my morning coffee out of an actual mug, not a travel mug. Most days I am on the run in the mornings and take my coffee to go in…

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    For Your Coffee Scrolling… October

    I hope you had a good thanksgiving weekend, even though I’m sure it looked quite different this year. I would love to hear how you and your family spent thanksgiving this year – did you do a virtual get-together? Drop off turkey dinner to loved ones? Our turkey leftovers are never-ending since our gathering was much smaller than usual this year, but we somehow decided to make TWO turkeys… one smoked and one roasted to compare. It’s been a busy couple of weeks around here with lots of changes on the horizon (more on that later). Here is what I have been browsing around the web with my morning coffee…

  • Life,  Style

    For Your Coffee Scrolling… September

    Welcome to September! How the hell did we get here? While work will be crazy this month, I had a lovely long weekend in Kingston to celebrate my bro-in-law’s bday. I’m also looking forward to a girls weekend later in the month (all within our social bubble). I am loving this summer-fall weather with sunshine and a cool breeze. What are you looking forward to this month? I’d love to hear! Here is what I have been browsing with my morning coffee lately: My saved folder on Instagram is filling up with dreamy, romantic Parisian style (see top photo). I’ve been loving browsing Rouje, Jeanne Damas, Léna, Camille Yolaine and…

  • Life

    For Your Coffee Scrolling…August

    How have you been? What did you get up to for the long weekend? We went away for the first time in months. My husband and I went up north with my parents to their trailer on Georgian Bay. We enjoyed slow mornings with coffee, read books, played cards, and had the best campfires every night. I forgot how important it is to have a change in pace and scenery. I wanted to share some things I have been loving lately. I’m the person who, if I like something, will watch/listen/eat/do it on repeat for weeks on end. What can I say, I like what I like! Here are some…

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    What are you Reading?

    Have you read any good books lately? I don’t know about you, but I have finally had some down time to read in the past couple of months. For the past few years, I seem to only have time to read on vacation. The list of books I wanted to read was getting out of control! So finally during COIVD, my sister and I decided to purchase a few books, read them, and then swap. Here is what we thought of each. Educated by Tara Westover “This was such an unexpected page turner, I couldn’t put it down. Learning about Tara’s childhood was mind-boggling- it was like she grew up…

  • Home,  Life

    Creating Your Own Outdoor Retreat: Before and After of Our Backyard

    Over the past few months we have been working hard to turn our backyard into our ideal hosting and relaxing spot. With the pandemic changing many of our summer plans, I know a lot of people have been looking to have a relaxing outdoor space at home. I wanted to share our adventure of transforming our outdoor space. Before we started working on the backyard, we had a small concrete patio. It wasn’t wide enough to fit a dining table and chairs which was really annoying when trying to host dinners. We also had wooden fences on three sides of our property and a chain link fence on the last.…

  • Life

    What Have You Learned From Quarantine?

    It has certainly been a challenging, but important year so far. I was discussing with friends the other day that as much as staying at home due to COVID has been tough, I have learned some very valuable lessons. I would love to hear what you have learned from staying home. 1- The biggest one for me has been to slow the F down. Pre-quarantine, every weekend my husband and I had something booked. And while many of those things were very fun and important, we had lost the balance of having some down time. Having a weekend off, with not much planned, is so important. It lets you recharge…

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    Links and Reading This Week

    I wanted to take a break from posting these past couple of weeks to support the movements happening right now. Like many, most of what I have been reading lately has been around educating myself further on the Black Lives Matter Movement, systemic discrimination, white privilege and bias. I wanted to share resources and posts that I have found helpful. I would love if you would share with me any you have been reading. This free bias test by Harvard University is a must do. I have already done the race (Black – White) test and the weight (fat – thin) bias tests. This is such a great way to…

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    The Joy of Old Friends

    With quarantine keeping us safe at home, I must say one of the best things to come out of it for me has been getting to chat more often to old friends. Where life typically makes it tough to match up schedules, most of us are suddenly left with a lot more free time at home. The pandemic has taught me the joy that can come with taking life a bit slower. I don’t have to always be so scheduled and busy. Having the time to Facetime and catch up has been the best. It has also made me realize that after this is all over, it is something I…