Because sometimes we need to quick little break and unplug. I Recommend hangs with your people a visit to your happy place – you just never know when and where inspiration might strike.
Oh haiiii. How are you? It seems like we’ve only been meeting sporadically – probably because we have.
Raise your hand if May went by in a blur of deadlines, hustling and trying to take care of all the things 🙋🏼 I hear you. Last week I was feeling particularly overwhelmed by my to-do list. Then I quickly realized I’m not the only one. It seems like this time of year is always a little hectic. Perhaps it’s because everyone is hustling in all things to get ready for summertime when “the livings easy.” Whatever the reason, over the past few weeks this little space began feeling more like an obligation than something I look forward to building.
You know what? That’s okay.
This is something that has been on my mind a lot lately, and with a long weekend upon us it feels like the perfect time to remind ourselves of the importance of taking time off.
Last week we talked about the ripple effect one small, positive chance can have on your life (missed that post? Check it out here). Even when great things come our way, sometimes we can get into a bit of a funk. I’m not sure if it was all of the rain we’d been having, the slow thaw of Spring or the fact that apparently Mercury was in retrograde (??? who else has a coworker that tracks this? 🙋🏼) but the last few weeks there were days when it felt like the whole city was in a bit of a funk. Thankfully I have a few standby’s that I like to keep on hand for those mid-day slumps when you just can’t even:
These signs of Spring around Toronto are reminding me of all the Cherry Blossoms 📸 from Japan.
Trying something new with a Saturday post – I hope you’re reading this with a coffee in hand, ready to take it easy.
In the words of the man who writes the songs, “looks like we made it!” No? You guys, I’m talking about Barry Manilow. Seriously… love him… blame years of dance. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen a dance routine in every style done to Copacabana.
Anyyyyyyways…. looking back on this week one word really comes to mind: laughter.
How many times have you opened your computer only to find five different tabs open with article headlines like, “Five Simple Ways to Get What You Want” or “Do These Two Moves and Eat These Three Things to Look Like [insert celebrity here]”?
It’s okay, this is a safe space. It happens. Plus I’m fairly certain I’ve never not opened an article that says “Here’s What Happened When I did X or cut out Y for 30 days” (I mean, I must know what happened!). I think what I love about those 30 day articles is seeing the impact that one simple action can make.
During a recent conversation with my fabulous professional development girl squad I begun to reflect on how easy it is to get stuck in an unending list of things you “need” to do and “want” to do, while never making the time to actually do them. Take a class. Get a new job. Go to the gym. Call your family more. The list goes on and on and on. Over time inertia takes hold and it becomes easier to not do anything than to try and tackle the things you desperately want to do, when you also have never ending list of things you need to do.
This is exactly where I was last summer.
It seems like the Tokyo/Kyoto combination is a fairly common one for people visiting Japan that are short on time. Thus, we had a ton of recommendations for Kyoto and it was on everyone’s “must see” list. This former capital city is known for many things – kaiseki dining, rich gardens and of course, geishas.
Just a snippet of this massive and wonderful city.
Okay first things first – I cannot believe we didn’t watch Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift before coming to Japan… Oh well, movie viewing for when we’re fighting off the jet lag at home 🏎
As I mentioned here, Paul and I tackled Tokyo by neighbourhood so I decided to share some stories and snaps to this amazing city by ‘hood as well.
Sakura in bloom over the Naka Meguro river, Tokyo.
In the words of Adele, hello from the other side… of the world! I know it’s been pretty quiet over on here over the past week and there is a good reason – I’ve been filling my days exploring every nook and cranny of beautiful Japan!
I actually had this post scheduled for a different day, but when I realized yesterday marked one full month of blogging, I knew I had to post it – keep reading to find out why.
Alright, I’m just going to put this out there – I’m really hard on myself. Yes, I can feel some of you rolling your eyes right now… and I can hear you thinking, tell me something I don’t know. I know. I know. It’s something I’m working on.
I put so much prep work into launching this blog and, even though the first post was about putting fear aside I was still scared to press the “publish” button and shout out to the world, “hey friends, I’m doing this!” But, I did it anyways. And I have been blown away by the response (a huge thank you to all of you).
Truthfully, I have also been a little inspired by myself – I am truly committed to facing my fears and have already gained so much from this experience.
Coinciding with the launch of this blog, there was a lot of talk in my life about something called the CrossFit Open.
CrossFit Open Swag
Beautiful Ha Long Bay, Vietnam on a hazy afternoon.
Six years ago this month, I applied for my first passport. Ever.
Those who know me, might be surprised by this. But in March 2011, I had only travelled in Canada and the US (ahhhh remember the days when you didn’t need a passport to cross the border?). I had never taken an international flight or been outside of North America. Travelling used to feel so unattainable to me.