January Blues

High Park in Winter, Toronto

I was in a coffee shop last night and a woman came in and started complaining about January--about the cold, the grey and the overall miserable-ness of it. She also added how it's a perfect time of year to get away. I silently agreed with her and even though I had sometimes felt guilty about having these feelings, it was kind of nice to have someone else admit them. After all, I'm Canadian and I'm supposed to love frigid temperatures, right? Besides, it was less than a month ago that I, along … [Read more...]

How the “F” Courses Saved Me

Gloria Steinem 1977

{Gloria Steinem 1977. Image Courtesy of Postcard Gallery} One thing I’ve always been interested in is how we, as women, shape and are shaped by society. The feminist courses I studied in university really woke me up to women’s rights and I’ve never been the same since. I loved what I learned then (my then boyfriend not so much–but as my mother always says, “Better you cry now, than me cry later,” so I ditched him and happily moved on). What I learned that really stood out for me: -Women … [Read more...]

Mala Beads

Tiny Devotions Mala Beads

What are Mala Beads:  Mala beads are referred to as prayer beads and are made out of rudraksha beads or rudraksha seeds which are only found in certain parts of the world, including Bali and India. According to the Tiny Devotions website, "Rudrakshas are known to be the tears of Shiva. Shiva meditated on the welfare of mankind, crying tears of compassion which crystallized upon hitting the earth to form the Rudraksha tree." Mala beads have been used in Hinduism, Buddhism as well as in yoga … [Read more...]

The Alchemist

Fuck Failure

I've been teaching the novel, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho to my Grade 12 students for the past few years and find it to be a really valuable novel to study in school, particularly for people venturing out into the world for the first time. One of the main reasons I enjoy teaching it is because I find it very important to teach students the importance of following their true paths in life. They often don't yet realize that there are many things that come up in life (mostly responsibilities … [Read more...]

Historical Fiction

Loving Frank by Nancy Horan

“I have been standing on the side of life, watching it float by. I want to swim in the river. I want to feel the current.” -Mamah Borthwick from Loving Frank by Nancy Horan   Ever since I read the novel, Loving Frank, by Nancy Horan, I have both loved Historical fiction. I picked it up by chance, and spent two days over Christmas break hiding from everybody, unable to put it down. Since then, I've have both read The Paris Wife by Paula McLain, and are now reading Z:A Novel of … [Read more...]

Apple Maple Quinoa Porridge

Apples and Quinoa

There are only so many times a person can have toast and eggs for breakfast. Many people often lack the time and the energy it takes to come up with new ideas for a healthy and quick breakfast, so I wanted to share with you what I've recently found to be an amazing breakfast food that is so good for you, tastes good and is really quick to make. I came across Joy McCarthy's recipe from Joyous Health, and have been experimenting with a few of her recipes and have not been disappointed with any … [Read more...]

Make-Up Table

I've mentioned on this blog before how much I love make-up, so in today's post, I'm showing you my make-up table, so you can see for yourselves how this is true. I was feeling overwhelmed by how my make-up was organized (or disorganized), so I bought some Martha Stewart trays, and used them to divide and store my make-up within the drawers. After my latest MAC splurge, it's been really helpful to have these organized in this way. {I try to compartmentalize my make-up as much as possible, … [Read more...]

Make Peace With Your Choice

Jodi doing yoga

I had always heard that, when practiced regularly, yoga can change your life, but it took me a long time to see and experience the changes that result from practicing yoga, and when it did, it took me completely by surprise. I had practiced yoga, on and off, for a few years, but didn’t find that anything in my life really changed. Other than getting a good workout and feeling calm, I didn’t really feel any different post-yoga class than I did post-treadmill run. I always chalked this up to … [Read more...]

Just Because…

As previously mentioned, we are in the process of putting together our office space, and we are finding a few items to include to spruce it up.  I got this as a gift and have added it to my desk since I love the message:     For a look at some of the other items in our office, take a look here. Have a great weekend! … [Read more...]

Sorority Stories

Marilyn Raiding House

Both of us joined sororities while attending university.  Isabel pledged Tri Delta, while I pledged Gamma Phi Beta (that's me in the picture above, far right, with some of my sorority sisters, after raiding a fraternity house. We were caught, and had flour and water thrown at us). When we tell people that we were in a sorority, we often get mixed reactions.  Typically, people are misinformed as to what actually goes on in sorority houses (no, we never had any naked pillow fights with each … [Read more...]