June 20, 2018

looking for lykke

LYKKE ;;
THE DANISH SEARCH FOR THE WORLD'S HAPPIEST PEOPLE.

If you've been reading my blog or following me for a while, then you know my love for Hygge & Happiness. You can read my post if you don't know about Hygge yet, but *basically* it's about creating a quiet, cosy, sweet life with those you love most. It's really just an experience that is so simply and easy to create.

When Meik Wiking announced his book (I loved the Little Book Of Hygge) I obviously knew I'd want to read it. Not only that, but last Fall Meik did a talk and book signing in Toronto and I got to meet him (!!!) Tried to keep my chill, obvs. Meik is the CEO at The Happiness Research Institute. How f*cking cool is that? He was obviously so wonderful and very kind.

This book did not disappoint. The Little Book Of Lykke (pronounced "Lou-ga") is a true quest for happiness and it's a breath of fresh air, if you will. This book is a hunt for finding out how to live a wonderful life. So, as I read it (during our trip to California) I highlighted my favourite parts or some snippets and quotes I knew I'd want to share with you all.

I'm all about spreading and sharing happiness hacks, trips and tips with anyone I possibly can. Meik has a passion for happiness that excites me so much!

And, I promise to continue #Look4Lykke everywhere I go - but for now, I'll share some of my favourite snipets from The Book Of Lykke by Meik Wiking ♥ (ALSO! Meik, chat with meeeee, I'm really happy I swear. lol)

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"Let's put a positive spin on the phrase "If you want to see something, say something. If you see something that increases the happiness of you, your community or the world as a whole, talk about it, write about it, film it, photograph it - pass it on"

"What we at the Happiness Research Institute and the World Happiness Report find is that the happiest countries have a strong sense of community, and the happiest people have someone they can rely on in times of need. That is why there is no coincidence that Danes are not only amongst the happiest people in the world but are also among the ones who meet most often with their friends and family and trust that their friends will catch them if they fall"

"Think of a time when you felt happy or - feel free to tone it down a bit - a time you felt good, or laughed or smiled. Bring that memory to mind and try to remember the details of the situation"

"Expect and understand that reaching your goal might make you happy - but only for a while. We continuously raise the bar for what we want or feel we need in order to be happy. Getting your book published will make you happy for a while, and then you adjust your ambition to hitting the Sunday Times best seller list, becoming a global phenomenon."

"Across cultures, there seems to be one thing that all parents wish for their children: good health. Good health enables us to play, to seek out adventures, to pursue happiness."

"No people can be truly happy if they do not feel hat they are choosing the course of their life" - World Happiness Report 2012

"If you want happiness for an hour - take a nap. If you want happiness for a day - go fishing. If you want happiness for a year - inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime - help someone else" (Chinese Proverb)

"There is an important word in Brazil, simpatico. It refers to a range of desirable social qualities - to be friendly, nice, agreeable and good natured, a person who is fun to be with and pleasant to deal with. It is a social quality. Brazilians want to be seen as simpatico.

8 Happiness Tips:

1) Eat like the French - create rituals of food and fire.

Make time to eat. Reclaim your lunchtime and sit with friends, family, colleagues, and enjoy eating your food slowly and with company.

2) Do it like the Dutch - Celebrate Neighbours Day
Make the effort to speak to your neighbours. Meet them for a coffee, help them in the shared garden or just stop to chat the next time you see then

3) Create critical analogue mass
Encourage your friends and family to have tech-free periods during the week, avoid the temptation to check your phone, and detox digitally.

4) Move more each day
Built more movement into your daily routine: take the stairs, have a meeting while going for a walk and park as far away from the supermarket entrance as possible

5) Start talking about mental health
Next time you ask someone how they are doing, have a real interest in their answer and do no accept fine"

6) Smile and chat to strangers
Hand out smiles and friendly remarks. They are free.

7) Don't ask, just help
Bypass the whole "Let me know if there is anything I or we can do thing. You know what to do.

8) Become a Raktvist
Start doing little Random Acts of Kindness

June 4, 2018

you can do anything, but you can't do everything.

Look, it's me bloggin' for the second time this week! No big deaaaaaal.

This is a post I've been thinking of writing for a while. I think this is something that has been especially present in my life this year too. As you may of gathered, I tend to be the type of person who has a lot on the go at any given time.

I have an amazing full time job (that I absolutely love and am so passionate about), a wonderful husband, a home, a family who I love so dear, lots of incredible friends, this blog!, a side hustle doing day-of wedding coordinating, and a bunch of little things in between.

My days are jam packed, my calendar is pre-booked, my evenings and weekends are filled with fun and exciting things and sometime chill things too. I curate a life filled with the things I love, work for and am passionate about.

However, this year I've realized the importance of making time to relax, taking time to literally do nothing, and that it's okay to say no to things. To plans, to events, to parties, to side jobs, to influencer type campaigns. I tend to take on things that I don't have time for, and can overwhelm myself to the point that I am just exhausted.

I've realized that self care isn't just about mani's, pedi's, bubble baths and face masks. It's about knowing it's okay to take some time for yourself. It's okay to sleep in, stay in your pjs, wait a few days to fold that laundry, use some extra dry shampoo, watch murder shows on netflix and take a few days to respond to that email.

I'm learning every day how to do what's right for me, my time and my mental health. I've had to say no to multiple weddings because it was just too much and I'm stretched too thin. I've learned to say no to blog or instagram campaigns that don't feel authentic to me or my brand. I've graciously said thanks but no thanks to people who have reached out to me to learn more about my role at work and want to chat more over a call or coffee.

I'm in no means perfect when it comes to responding to emails and messages, making time for everything and crushing everything off what seems to be a never ending to do list. But, dammit I try hard and I am always learning and trying to do bigger and better things!

I guess the moral of the story is based around this quote that has popped up in my life lately which is "you can do anything, but you can't do everything" and baby it's truuuuue.

June 3, 2018

a weekend in montreal

Oh Hello There + Happy Sunday

For the May long weekend, Pete and I took off to Montreal. We had both never really been (me a few times for work but never got to explore) We wanted a little weekend getaway and this seemed like the perfect option!

We always talk about how we want to travel around Canada more, but theres always so many other options and local adventures are often forgotten. One of my 18 for 2018 goals was to go to Montreal too!

We did Air B&B which is what we almost always do when we travel. We got a little place in Mile End because after some research, that hood felt the most "us". We definitely wanted this to be a chill trip of just wandering around the city, eating delicious food (carbs) and drinking amazing drinks (mostly wine and coffee) We took the train there on Friday morning (v fun, would def recommend!) and flew home Monday morning so we didn't have too much time.

We definitely made the most of it though! Lots of walking around, drooling over pretty flowers, drinking delicious coffee, seeing stylish french people, snapping lots of pics, drinking fancy (and not so fancy) wine and enjoying ourselves.

Below are some recommendations based on places we went while in Montreal, and a random mix of colourful snaps from our trip! I really enjoyed Montreal and think you will too! 

Restaurants:

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Wandering:

May 28, 2018

celebrating two years of wedded bliss!

Two years ago today I married the love of my liiiiife.

I cannot believe how fast time has gone by. It seems like just yesterday I was beyond excited to plan our wedding, and two years flew by just like that.

Thinking about our wedding day makes my heart want to explode. It was everything I could of hoped for. All of our favourite people were there. The colours were bright and sparkly and the confetti was everywhere (legit)

Our wedding photos turned out absolutely amazing thanks to the incredible Jessica Silva who legit made our dreams come true. Any excuse to share some of the love with y'all because there are honestly just so many amazing shots from the day!

I can't say much has change since getting married. I officially became a Whish which is still so exciting for me. Pete and I have been together for close to ten years so the idea of getting married was in no way stressful.

I don't have a recipe for a successful marriage but I will say this - Pete and I take time every single day to laugh, have fun and enjoy ourselves. We love to travel, to explore, to walk, to wander. We love spending time with friends and family. We love to make delicious meals, to eat meals out, to find new and awesome coffee places. We love decorating our little home, and we love to host. We are always planning our next celebration, event, weekend away, trip and so on.

Even though we do most things together, we've also always been the type of couple to do some things apart too, and we've always accepted that this is who we are. It's important to maintain friendships and a sense of independence and it's something I think we do so well.

Today, as I reflect in the best day of my life, I am so beyond thankful I found someone so perfect for me. Pete makes every day better, and more exciting. I am more in love with him than ever before and can't wait to see all the amazing things our future holds together!