Energy And News.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 1 Permalink 1

Not to get all new age spiritual and reference mercury's location this astrological year but, life has been good lately. Damn good. I am not going to delve into what I believe or don't believe , but I definitely belong to the camp of energy belief. Positive and negative energies have a strong influence on how we perceive things, how we feel about ourselves and others and in some ways, the decisions we make. As individuals, we make decisions to surround ourselves with positive or negative energy (people, places, jobs, what you decide to dwell on, day to day tasks etc). Big and small, these things add up. If you have a person in your life who is draining your positive energy, run. If work is wearing you down, take a break or think about changing gears. Living life more purposefully is hard work but totally pays off.  Even very ...

Summer DIY’s

Thursday, July 31, 2014 2 Permalink 0

Not sure if everyone has clued into it yet, but I have summers off. Not only do I have one of the best job's in the world, I also have amazing (by Northern American standards) holidays. I spent most of July running errands, getting to my pre-crastination list and doing things I had wanted to do for ages. And beyond that, camping, races to get to (Nan and I lead busy lives as full time cheerleaders) and friends weddings. Now that all that is winding down, I have a few do it yourself projects I have been mulling over. Ever since I did the blog make over (I am not sure what else to call it), I have a new enthusiasm for blogging. It may also be because I have the time. I have struggled to find a life/work/blog balance for the last 1.5-2 years. Something had to give I ...

Aberfoyle Antique Adventures

Monday, July 28, 2014 0 Permalink 0

I am on the hunt for a few new pieces for my home. I came away with a few small things but otherwise it was just a day out at the Aberfoyle Antique Market. It's a favourite stop for many Ontario bloggers - not uncommon to see some other bloggers post goodies from their weekend adventures to the market. It's a great little spot and for $2, you can't really go wrong. A quick drive (USUALLY) from Toronto, barring no traffic. Here are a few things that caught my eye yesterday. Tall vintage ladder. Now I know everyone and their brother seems to have one of these in their garage but I don't have one. And I want one. I want to either lean it for hanging things (herbs, lights etc.) or modify it to be a leaning shelf. We found this one yesterday but the price is too steep (over $50), ...

Tips For Living In A Small Apartment That Worked

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 2 Permalink 0

For me. I need to always always preface that with "for me". What works/worked for me wouldn't necessarily work for others. When I said yes to my current apartment back in December 2012 (move in January 2013), I kept panicking about how the hell I was going to live in a bachelor apartment. The idea of living in such a small space was exciting but also daunting. The usual concerns: where would I put all my STUFF? Would my  bed smell like my dinner? How will it NOT look messy everyday? Blah blah blah. It was a long, trying struggle to find a balance. To make myself feel better when I first moved in, I combed the internet for tips and ideas about how to live in my little bachelor apartment. My savior came in the form of Erin Boyle at Reading My Tea Leaves. Erin writes a beautiful, simple ...

City Living & Home Ownership

Friday, July 18, 2014 9 Permalink 0

I am solidly into my thirties. I have a good job that compensates me well. I have made mostly good financial choices (well except for a few regrettable, expensive fashion decisions at the Yorkdale Mall in 2003). I don't live luxuriously by any means. I don't eat out often. I make my own goddamn coffee most days. And I almost always buy second hand. SO why the fuck can't I even begin to fathom buying a house in downtown Toronto? There is something so demoralizing about the current real estate market in Toronto these days. Shacks are selling for $500,000. A borderline condemned, raccoon infested home two streets north of me sold for over $800,000 (listed at 600,000 so it would come down to a bidding war) this spring because it was a detached home. LIKE WTF? How is that even reasonable? We have completely normalized outrageous prices that 2% of the population can actually ...