happy birthday canada!

Yesterday this beautiful country I call [my primary] home celebrated its 147th birthday. My day off looked like it might end up a washout when torrential rains swept in around 10:30 am. Not so, declared good Karma, Canada is too nice a country! The clouds broke up, the sky cleared, and the sun made her appearance…

finding your beautiful

It seems everywhere I turn these days I’m finding beautiful stories, pictures and videos celebrating beauty outside of the tight parameters of “the beauty standard”. Three specific sources were so impactful that I wanted to dedicate a blog post to sharing their uplifting messages with all of you. Let’s start with Taryn Brumfitt. She posted this photo…

when you gotta go, you gotta go

The trouble with drinking a boat-load of water every day is that you have to go pee. Frequently. To make matters worse, I’m convinced my bladder is on the small side. Perhaps comparable to that of a hamster. It doesn’t help that I birthed two gargantuan babies once upon a time. And that I then completely blew…

bottle caps, alien cows and a holiday road

Remember last August when I had to make the massive road trip from Toronto to Las Vegas because Mr. Enthusiasm had decided, on impulse, to purchase a 23 year old convertible? We delivered said convertible to Vegas because it seemed we would get more use of it there than in Toronto. Reasonable logic. Unfortunately we couldn’t keep two…

happy to be a mom

Nobody’s life is perfect; certainly not mine. But it’s never lost on me just how fortunate I am. My 47 years have brought a wealth of experiences: travel, learning, relationships, culinary, cultural. You name it. And I’ve held a variety of roles in my lifetime: daughter, friend, wife, mother; along with a host of professional positions,…

when is enough enough?

In my second nod to Throwback Thursday [#TBT] I bring you a post I originally published a year ago exploring why I, along with other women, struggle with never feeling good (thin, pretty..)  enough. I’m pleased to say that a year later, I do feel I’ve made some good progress and have a healthier mindset. Onward and upward… [And since you could…

extra, extra: read all about it

I realize it’s May 4th, and I have yet to publish my May Challenges but I promise to deliver that tomorrow. In the meantime, May the Fourth be with you. Can’t believe I just did that, considering I have never watched ANY of the Star Wars movies. Ever. Sure I know the characters: Luke Skywalker, Princess…