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The Question of Happiness

The Question of Happiness

Sometimes I have an absolutely amazing day where everything is going right. And I still don’t feel over the moon the way I would want to. And some days are so completely ordinary, where nothing special happens, and I am the brightest ray of sunshine. […]

What Homeschooling for 12 Years Taught Me

What Homeschooling for 12 Years Taught Me

Yes! I homeschooled from age 5 to age 16! Yes! I had friends! Yes! I had a smooth transition into a high school! Yes! I went to University and got a degree! Yes! I am employed and happy – and HAVE FRIENDS! Phew. The facts […]

Creating Productive Thoughts and Recognizing Opportunities

Creating Productive Thoughts and Recognizing Opportunities

I was sweeping my floors after lunch, thinking about my past week and how out of character it was. I went to bed at 10pm (I have been known to crawl under the covers at 12:30am) and woke up at 6am, and ACTUALLY GOT OUT […]

What Self Help Books Have Really Taught Me

What Self Help Books Have Really Taught Me

I love the idea of becoming a better person every day. And when I say better, I mean kinder, more compassionate, happier, wealthier, more productive, and I know that not everyone defines their “better” the same way. But most people, no matter what their better […]

The 6 Podcast Episodes That Made My 2019

The 6 Podcast Episodes That Made My 2019

When I was a kid (I know, I know, not that long ago) my sisters and I listened to story tapes almost constantly. We listened to Robert Munsch while we drew pictures, and Jim Dale narrated Harry Potter while we fell asleep. Needless to say, […]

22 Things I am Still Figuring Out

22 Things I am Still Figuring Out

As of today, I have spent 22 years on this planet, circling the sun at approximately 30km per second and loving (almost) every second of it. I have noticed a popular trend lately where people take their birthday as a moment to reflect on all […]

4 Christmases: Remembering What Matters

4 Christmases: Remembering What Matters

Have you seen the movie, Four Christmases, starring Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn? The movie tells the story of a couple experiencing four different Christmas celebrations on one day, and through there experience, they discover what truly matters, at Christmas and in life. This blog […]

The Routes We Take

The Routes We Take

I kept looking around, trying to see if the path continued much further. I stopped for a moment and backtracked a few steps to see if I had missed a turn. The branches and bushes hung in my face and my foot hit a big […]

Zero Waste Holiday Gift Ideas

Zero Waste Holiday Gift Ideas

Although Josh says that it is still too early, the holidays are just beyond the horizon and I have to say I am very excited to celebrate some twinkly lights and time with friends and family. Each year, my family chooses a theme for the […]

7 Ways to Express More Gratitude

7 Ways to Express More Gratitude

Thanksgiving weekend has come and gone and I hope you all enjoyed love from family & friends. Thanksgiving is definitely my favourite holiday. Mostly because I absolutely love a good meal and expressing gratitude. As much as spending time with family can be exhausting and […]