Ways to Find a Bae

Dating Apps Not Included In an era of digital everything why not treat dating differently? Do you really want your “How We Met” story to be “We matched from swiping right?” Yawn. Meeting someone special shouldn’t be as easy, convenient or simple as ordering a car service. There should be bravado.  There should be physical […]

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Ghosting – Why It’s Never Ok

If you are unfamiliar with the term “Ghosting” it means: the practice of ending a personal relationship with someone by suddenly, and without explanation, withdrawing from all communication.  Translation –  maybe you’re just an asshole. I first heard about ghosting from my girlfriends who had been out on a date (or two) with someone they […]

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Gus+Moira

You gave me your hand I held it in mineAnd we made the unstoppable stop – time You picked me a rose from your neighbour’s garden And poured me French champagneWe kissed for hours, mouths swollen and soar Convincing me love wasn’t a losing game We danced in the kitchen, our shirts thrown on the […]

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Take Your Pills

*Disclaimer: I am not a doctor – what has worked for me does not work for everyone.  Every person and diagnosis is different and individualized.  This is my own personal journey and experience.* I’ve been taking prescription drugs consistently for three years.  During that time I’ve made sure to check in with my GP and […]

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Happiness

According to Psychologist, speaker, motivator,  Dr. Amir Georges Sabongui Happiness is derived from three different categories. 30% of happiness comes from genetics.  Genes passed down from our parents that turn into specific traits.  Serotonin is one example, it is produced in the brain and in the intestine, and contributes to feelings of happiness.    10% […]

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Sweater Weather

I don’t want to talk about the Harvest Moon, the season change or my menstrual cycle.  I don’t want to talk about how when I left the house this morning I was wearing a turtle neck and a bomber jacket and I was still cold.  I don’t want to talk about the fact that I […]

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Be

Be romantic Be soft Be sexy Be quiet Be comfortable in your own skin Be confident to ask for what you would like Be calm Be kind Be authentic Be you

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Born Again Good Girl

Bottle it up Don’t blow Don’t blow it Don’t blow it all Don’t blow it again Keep quiet Keep calm Keep it in Remain soft Be a lady Be someone they can see a future with Be a wife Be a mother Be a good girl Be a lover Behave Be what they expect of […]

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The Truth Will Be Too Much

“I will tell you what you need to know.  I will tell you what you need to hear. Because the truth will be too much.  The truth will be, the truth will be.” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis play in my ears, the lyrics go through my mind and I realize how true this sentence really […]

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Healing Crystals

I recently travelled to Portugal and had a very challenging time.  Despite the beauty surrounding me, I spent most of my week away feeling home sick, anxious and scared.  I even tried to change my return flight within the first 24 hours. To help cope and manage my emotions, I purchased a healing crystal.  Crystals […]

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French Girls

Bonjour!  There is something about summer that always fills my heart with a longing for Paris.  Vintage shopping, sleeping with the windows wide open, daily guilt free pain du chocolate for breakfast and admiring the effortless beautiful French women. When I first came home from visiting Paris – I was determined to learn French and move to Sacré-Coeur […]

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Introspection

My week began with me unable to get out of bed. I was once again struck with the weight of a depressive episode which paralyzed me and kept me from participating in life.  I couldn’t shower, I couldn’t eat, all I could do was try to exist. I called in sick to work and made up an […]

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I Thought About Killing You

 Kanye West’s new album Ye has dropped and already the internet is talking up a storm.  Two of the most notable songs are “Ghost Town” – i’m going to go ahead and say it’s the best song on the album, and coincidentally the best song to slow dance to with someone in your kitchen.  The other song – that […]

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How I Deal With Work Anxiety

                                             Anxiety + Depression Necklaces: Bando     Fuck Off Necklace: Bunnies in LA As someone who works in a supporting role there are times I find myself in situations where co-workers use my desk […]

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This is my Mental Health Story

May is Mental Health Month and I’m at a place in my mental health journey where I feel comfortable sharing my story with you.  When I was 14 years old, I was tested for ADD, I was put on medication until my doctor lost his license for prescribing non-regulated drugs to his patients. In high school I […]

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Bipolar 2

When I was 25  I was diagnosed with Bipolar 2 – which was a relief for me.  I was someone who had spent my entire life being misdiagnosed, and who had spent years taking the wrong medication; I spent a long time wanting to understand myself and believe that with the right lifestyle and proper […]

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He

 He says I’m soft The way I stand The way I speak The way I walk He said I’m sweet That he can’t fall asleep Because reality Is better than his dreams When I look into his eyes I can see so deep That I believe Everything he says He means So he can say […]

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Attitude of Gratitude

If there is an intention I try and set for myself each and every day (because its about making the choice and effort daily) – it is “create a life I love”. What does that look like? That means working for a company who has a mission I believe in. Surrounding myself with smart, funny, […]

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Silver Lining

Yesterday I woke up at 3:00am with a migraine and was pretty much awake until I went to sleep last night. If you have ever had a migraine – then you know all about the brain pain, it feels like the nerves in my head are short circuiting, causing my vision to go blurry, my […]

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Rise

Strip it all away Layer by layer Promise by Promise One bit at a time Dismantle the walls Rip up the floors Smash through the broken window panes Let the air blow through Blow up dust Blow it all away The good times The bad The lives lived here Let the night come Darkness fall […]

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Breakfast Oats Bar

Growing up warm oatmeal was a staple breakfast in my home.  It was quick, easy, comfort food that filled me up for the entire morning. On Fridays I serve up breakfast at League for 120+ people. It sounds like a big job – simplifying things makes my life easier – but I welcome everyone’s gratitude and praise when they […]

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How to Become a Morning Person

Working at League is awesome for many reasons – one being the weekly corporate wellness services provided to all employees. Yoga, boot camp, massage, and last week – Productivity Coaching with Clare Kumar. I sat down with Clare and asked her if she had any advice on how I can become a morning person.  I wake up every day […]

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Current Obsession: Winter Beauty Products.

It’s -17 degrees outside today in Toronto – which is actually warmer than it’s been.  I’m currently on my sofa, under a wool knit blanket, sipping my Tealish Delicious Detox Tea, mentally preparing myself for my four block walk to Breathe Yoga Studio for an afternoon Iyengar + Rope Wall Class. It’ll be nice to breathe some […]

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Happy New Year

                                               Family photo on the driveway When I was a little girl New Years was spent with family at home, watching the ball drop on TV.  Together we would countdown from ten and […]

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Loving Ourselves Through Hibernation Season.

Short days, turn into below freezing weeks, stretching out into frost-bitten months, leaving Canadians anxious to bid adieu to the Polar Vortex, and (impatiently) wait for Spring to arrive.  I have some winter blue deterrents hidden up my cable knit sweater sleeve for you to try that will help us all survive the Winter season. Hydration and moisturizing are a must for […]

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I had a dream last night…

Someone told me about a place Where everything is easy Chests never feel heavy Breathing is never hard People just float Existing in the lightest form I mentioned this place to someone else I knew And I asked if it was real Or if it was a mythical made up dream world And they had […]

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Gifts from Club Ashram

I have spent the last few days home sick – but woke today after 12 hours of sleep feeling better – walked outside to a blue sky, refreshing brisk air and a gift from California in my mail box. There is something to be said about receiving mail – when its something other than a bill!  For […]

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Don’t Be a Dick

Last week was a challenge.  Getting out of bed, finding a fuck to give about my unruly hair, battling the crowded Toronto commute (how is the insanely overcrowded TTC a legit safe form of transportation?) smiling at reception for 8 hours, to then head home with another heard of cattle er people. I know I […]

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Poem for Mum

I’m a walking mum tattoo The ink in my blood Is close as I can get to you And some nights I can sleep without one tear And some days I don’t need you here And some times I can hardly breathe And sometimes your face is all I see And I get up and I […]

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I’m Having Some Feelings About My Feelings.

I’m having some feelings about my feelings – about the way women have been mistreated and continue to be mistreated.  About how I can’t go on Twitter or Instagram without reading women’s stories and their pleas for equality, fairness, and to be treated with decency and respect. I have dozens of personal stories of sexual mistreatment […]

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Dear Sex Offenders – The Answer is NO.

There is a so much hurt happening in the world.  People putting their hands where they don’t belong.  Forcing themselves, using their power, their money, their reputation, their strength to behave weakly, inconceivably evil, unforgivable. I was taught at a very young age to “keep your hands to yourself” and “leave what is not yours alone” […]

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The Importance of How to Hold + How Not to Hold.

There is a heaviness On her chest In her heart Throughout her breathing passage It blocks her breath It tightens her lungs It makes her dizzy Disoriented And in that heaviness There are cracks That are causing the universe inside her to crumble It’s like there’s nothing to grab on to There is no number to dialNo one […]

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Sit Still, Listen Hard, Write It Down, Tell No One.

With summer coming to an end – my soul is beginning to calm as my mind refocuses on setting realistic goals, restructuring my lifestyle by shifting from what can feel like reckless and chaotic behaviour into more sustainable and productive life choices. Here are some life tips I practice and incorporate to ensure I stay on […]

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The Little Things

It’s easy to forget the little things – and how much significance they bring into our daily life.  I’ve been sick for the past week with some sort of summer cold – and I finally feel like I have my energy back.  The first thing I did when I woke up was walk to The Good Neighbour […]

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Dear Females – You Are Not Alone.

When I was in high school I arrived one morning to find the word “Whore” written in permanent marker on my locker.  I stood in front of my disgraced storage unit – and wondered “How the fuck has no one removed this before me seeing it? Not one other student, janitor or member of faculty […]

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Heavy Meditation

May is Mental Health Awareness Month.  If you are like me, and have been diagnosed with a mental “illness”, this month is for you.  For people to understand your battle, for you to share your story, and to help one another find ways to manage day to day. I’m fortunate enough to work for a company who […]

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Canadian Hosting & Guesting 3.0

A couple of weeks ago my friend Julie and I took an impromptu road trip to Chelsea Quebec to see our dear friend Patrice. If you don’t know your Canadian geography Chelsea is a thirty minute drive out from Ottawa.  Patrice lives in a house that could easily be featured by Time Out Society.  In the winter […]

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Weekend Away

My dad moved into a beautiful home outside of the city a couple of years ago. It’s a big home, that can fit our family of five + significant others – surrounded by towering trees, wildlife and the Muskoka river.  When I look up at night, I see constellations, and the only beam of light shining down […]

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Toronto Yoga Conference & Show

After a 15 hour migraine, I woke up today with a clear head and a free pass to the Toronto Yoga Conference & Show – an annual conference that takes place at the Convention Centre.  I went with little to no expectations or knowledge of the conference.  The layout was what one would expect – […]

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Mental Health Matters

It’s Friday night, and she’s just arrived home to realize she has forgotten to pick up her monthly prescription.  It might not have been such an issue if she had enough to get her through the last day and a half, but now she would be bordering on taking only 20% of her prescribed dose within the last […]

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Ste. Anne’s Spa

Living in Toronto, Ontario I sometimes envy those living in America and Europe.  The endless options for weekend jaunt locations can make Canada look expensive and boring.  If you’re not up for a 4 to 6 hour drive or interested in dropping some hard earned cash on a flight to a nearby city, the options for where […]

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Love Your Soul

 Last night I fed my soul – Soul style, and checked out the newly opened, much anticipated Soul Cycle Toronto.  For those of you who are in the fitness game but have not heard of Soul Cycle; I promise you soon will – especially now that the New York based spin club has opened it’s doors to their first […]

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Always Be Me.

I have a routine of window shopping online, putting things into my basket, getting to the check out and then closing my browser window.  There are times when I go through with my purchase, packages from online orders arrive at my home, I open them up, and there are nicely wrapped clothing items inside – items that I’ve seen […]

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Rise Up: Goddess Group

 Every Monday at 11:00am I participate in a guided meditation lead by the wonderful Catie Fenn.  Catie is a Toronto Lawyer, turned Spiritual Coach who provides coaching and meditation, and is pure magic. A few weeks ago at the end of meditation Catie invited the women from the group to an event she was having called Rise Up: […]

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Sleep Easy, Be Well.

I love sleep, I love going to bed early, sleeping peacefully wrapped up in my fluffy duvet, dreaming vividly, and waking up refreshed with a clear head to a new day.  Sleep is good for my mind, body and soul. After 11:00pm, my brain shuts off entirely and literally anything can happen.  My behaviour is […]

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Not Myself Today

Walking through the office today I noticed a pile of colourful buttons, each labeled with a different emotion, under each feeling was a link NotMyselfToday.ca – I was intrigued. Naturally, I asked my colleague what the buttons were for and she told me NotMyselfToday is a mental health initiative created by an organization called Partners for Mental Health.  NotMyselfToday has […]

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