Hustle for happiness, Travel hustle

Tokyo Drifting

Tokyo at set

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 ūüŹé

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.

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Hustle for happiness, Travel

The land of the rising sun

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! Continue Reading

Gratitude hustle

Gratitude #hustle vol. 6

Oh this week. It will forever go down as a ridiculous comedy of errors. You know it’s been a week when yet another issue comes up and your colleague’s only response is, “of course”.

Unfortunately, between work and life this week I haven’t had a chance to turn my full attention to this space.

But for all that went wrong this week, there were some really wonderful highlights – here’s what I’m grateful for this week:


Blue and green Gregory backpack

Excited to use one of my favourite bags again soon!

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Career #hustle: Meet Amber

Meet Amber of Creating Light Studio

When I ¬†had the idea for this series I made a “dream list” of the women I knew¬†who were doing incredible things that I wanted to profile – Amber was on this list.

I had the privilege of working with Amber¬†a few years back. She is one of those people who leads with her heart. She’s smart, well-spoken and so passionate about her work.¬†Coincidentally we sat down to chat about this profile on International Women’s Day and had the most incredible conversation about the power of supporting women, setting boundaries and dealing with perfectionism (she refers to herself as a “recovering perfectionist”, something¬†I both admire and am striving towards myself).

I have been so inspired by her entrepreneurial #hustle and was thrilled she agreed to be part of this series. I learned so much from the hour we spent laughing, chatting and catching up over coffee. I learned even more when I read¬†the insights she shares below – I know they will inspire you to think about your own journey in a new light (her ultimate career goal had me going¬†ūüĎŹūüŹĽ). When you’re¬†done reading, check out her beautiful¬†Instagram¬†feed – her ethereal photos will make you want to spend a day in front of¬†her lens, creating light together. Continue Reading

Gratitude hustle

Gratitude #hustle vol. 5

I had some fantastic opportunities this week to try new things, meet some awesome new people and reminisce with some of my favourites.¬†I’m excited to carry this energy into the weekend as I work on some projects for the blog,¬†finish my first CrossFit Open (read about that here), and celebrate friends. On top of these wonderful weekend plans, here’s what I’m grateful for this week:

The view from the road on Paul and I’s first road trip together (Sea to Sky Highway, BC)

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Walkin’ the talk… or how I ended up doing something I never thought I would

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 Рkeep 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 РI 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

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Hustle for Happiness: Get lost… on the road

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.

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Gratitude hustle

Gratitude hustle vol. 4

I don’t care how clich√© this makes me sound, who is¬†ready for Spring?¬†ūüôčūüŹľ¬†Saaaaaaaame. Since¬†this is supposed to be a space where I reflect¬†on what I’m grateful for, I’m not going to go on about how I’m so over leaving the house wrapped in multiple layers, all the wool, plodding through the snow and not feeling my face on my way into work – nope, won’t do it (okay, okay just a little bit – when will this winter eeeeend?!).¬†Bright side – it’s going up to +4 today! Here’s what else I’m grateful for this week:


These Canadian beauties have been brightening up our space all week long.

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