July 16, 2018

18 for 2018 update!


So, it seems as though all of the sudden we're (more than) half way through the year! Woah! Annnnd, I made some goals the complete this year. After listening to one of my favourite podcasts "Happier" they talked about making specific attainable goals that you could cross off list. Instead of "eat healthier", one of your goals could be "try a new fitness class"

I came up with my 18 for 2018, some of which were big, fun things and some of which were little things. I have completed half so far but still have a ways to go!

A few of these are really in the works right now, like start my own podcast (I've got a name, and a plan and am hoping it's out very soon), I have been trying to spend more time reading and have read some awesome books, I got a book on learning to read tarot cards & have the cards!

Things have been kinda mayhem lately so doing anything in addition to what I already have on the go seems a bit unrealistic. Trying to take things one day at a time and crush it, and of course schedule some time to do nothing too.

Here's my list and what I've completed so far.  Montreal was lovely, my massage was good (but hurt quite a bit lol), I am loving the look of my blog right now, went to karaoke and sang some awesome tunes, got some cute new glasses, went on a road trip (to buffalo with my babe), have been rocking the pastel pink hair and am loving, got my nails did, and went on another amazing weekend trip with my mama.

Life is great!

18 IN 2018:
1. take a dance class
2. go to trivia night
3. make a #whishwedding scrapbook
4. get a massage  
5. learn a song on ukele
6. go on a trip to montreal
7. revamp my blog
8. read 12 books (5/12)
9. meet baby ozzy
10. go to karaoke
11. get new glasses
12. go on a road trip
13. submit our wedding to a blog
14. colour my hair pastel pink
15. learn to read tarot cards
16. start my own podcast
17. get my nails done at her majesty's pleasure
18. go on a weekend trip with my mom

July 3, 2018

the june motel

h a p p y   t u e s d a y  &   h e l l o   j u l y!

A few weeks ago, my Mom and I headed to Prince Edward County to stay at The June Motel. We started doing a Mother/Daughter trip every year and I love it! I've wanted to go to The June since it opened last Summer. We tried to get in last year but it had just opened and was already booked when we wanted to go to PEC.

In the Spring, we decided we'd go back for a few days and stay in The June this timeé One thing that's for sure is that it's just as beautiful and instagramable as it appears online. I snapped a few hundred photos for sure and we were so excited to finally see this pretty pink spot in real life. 

As we arrived and spots the adorable pink doors, we headed to the (incredible) reception area to check in and have our glass of complimentary rosé (shouldn't this always be a thing?) The entire motel is curated with pretty patterns, rose gold, fun sayings, plants, and lots of pink.

After a day of exploring PEC with my mama bear, we came back to enjoy the lovely location. We sat outside in the amaaaazing patio area for a while and enjoyed some sunshine and wine. We sat outside our room for a bit and watched the beautiful sunset (see photos below!) and got some snacks from the front to bring to our room. They've got charcuterie type stuff to order and we got some green olives and truffle chips. We chilled in the room and watched movies too.

I brought my DSLR to take snaps to share with you all. I definitely recommend staying at The June, and will say that it books up faaaaaast (we went on a Sunday to Monday and it was really nice on an off day) so keep that in mind. && enjoy some pretty pics:

June 29, 2018

tell me something good

oh hello there, happy friday! also, happy canada day (+ 4th of july)

It's been a while since I did a fun little life update // good thing round up! Well, it seems as though I blinked and June was over, so here we are! Summer is in full force. Not gonna lie, as of now, this Summer is not quite as crazy as it has been the last few years so that is very exciting!

I love sharing fun little things happening or that I love, so here we go :

+ Happy on Mondays! // I am beyond excited to share I am going to be doing a talk all about happiness on Monday, July 30th! I am so so excited about this. I will be talking all about living a life filled with happiness and positivity and how I got to where I am now doing a job that revolves around making people happy.

+ Carpool Karaoke with Paul McCartney // This is actually one of my favourite things on the internet. I love Paul so much. As a huge Beatles fan, this def made me tear up a few times. CUTE AF.

+ Wedding fever! Did you know that I am planning five weddings this year? (oh. em. gee)  It's so much fun but definitely a lot of work. I am learning from every single one I do, and it's definitely keeping me on my toes and keeping me creative. We'll see if I continue to do them next year!

Do you like scary movies? Pete, my bro and his bf went to see Hereditary a few weeks ago and it was pretty awesome. Def has some really perfectly scary moments for sure

+ Podcastin' // I'm sure I've mentioned this a few times on my blog and definitely my Instagram, but I am starting a podcast! I've got the name picked (eeee, I love it) and have some somewhat of a plan, and now I just need to figure out the deets on the actual recording part, but it's coming...very soon.

+ This song on repeat // Soooo, do you ever just fall in love with a song? And you basically just can't stop listening to it, all day every day? Loving is Easy by Rex Orange County is totally my song of the Summer (and probably beyond! It makes me so happy :)

Enjoy your long weekend and celebrating whatever you're celebrating!


June 20, 2018

looking for lykke


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)

"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.