Journalling Haven + Book Reccomendations

February 18, 2018

I’ve always been a writer for as long as I can remember. Whether that was writing in my journal or writing poems, songs or short stories, I found I always communicated to myself through writing. It has always been a way for me to really realize what all that jumbled-nonsense in my head really means and to get it out into the world so I don’t keep inside all the time. One form of journalling that I am really enjoying these days is the Desire Map. I received this from a friend a few years ago and started but didn’t dedicate much time to it as I would have liked, but when my cousin got it for me for Christmas I knew it was a sign I should start up again. This way of journalling gets you to think about what your core desired feelings are and then base your life off of those feelings. Brilliant, right? Essentially, if you want to feel joy, you think of the things that bring you joy and include them in your day! That way you know that those core feelings will be in your life because you are putting them there. What I love about this is that it is an intimate process with yourself to truly figure out how you want to feel and then make daily goals to achieve those things. I’ve always believed that it is important to constantly be reflecting back and take the time to really get to know who you are, because I feel we often go through life so quickly from A to B without really acknowledging how our journey is making us feel.

As I have been working on creating more hygge this year, I have also been truly focusing on what serves me and what doesn’t. I have been listening to podcasts (for a list of recommendations of my favourite podcasts, look here), listening to more of my favourite music, journalling (of course), and also reading some books! My favourite books that are helping me take a step back and reflect are:

1. Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist
2. Rising Strong by Brene Brown
3. Braving The Wilderness by Brene Brown
4. The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte
5. Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff by Richard Carlson

These books are honestly so awesome! If you have any books that you love, please let me know! Changing my focus instead of being on accomplishments or tasks but rather on how they make me feel has been so rewarding. I truly feel like I am soaking up more of each day and really staying present in each moment. 

Date At The Moth Cafe!

February 11, 2018

The other day my friend Nicky and I had an impromptu breakfast date at The Moth Cafe. This place is seriously SO cute and cozy. I mean there is a hammock in there!! We went early in the morning which was the perfect choice because it was empty and we basically turned it into a photoshoot. But how could we not when it’s just begging to have photos taken in there? 😉 Definitely got some serious wedding inspo! It is all plant-based too which always feels healthy and nourishing to me. I am considering doing a more plant-based diet. I have been vegetarian in the past and just felt so much healthier on that sort of diet. The only thing is that you have to be careful and make sure you get proper nutrition. I’m thinking of trying out some plant-based recipes and sharing them on here so stay tuned for that!

On a separate note I was super honoured to be featured on Narcity’s 32 Edmonton Girls Who Are Killing It On Instagram. Honestly it feels so amazing to be included among some amazing instagrammers! This blog is almost 2 years old (how has it been 2 years already?!) so it was a nice birthday present for me! I can’t thank all you readers enough for everything! It has been so fulfilling to have such great readers! Please leave a comment on this post if you have been a reader for a while! I would love to hear from you!!

Here are some photos from our photoshoot at The Moth 🙂

My Favourite Podcasts + Headphones!

February 5, 2018

I have been obsessed with listening to podcasts lately! I’ve hardly watched any tv because I’d much rather be having a bath and listening to some good true crime. Is anyone else STILL loving true crime stories? I’m not sure what the appeal is but I love listening to them. I do also listen to other podcasts outside the crime world as well! I know I am always on search for new podcasts so if you are like me, I’ve made a list of my favourites below and if you have any you recommend I check out, please let me know! I also love using my wireless beats headphones to listen to podcasts as I am able to clean the house or have a bath without having to have my phone near by! (This is not sponsored, I just seriously love them!)

Here are some podcasts I am loving right now:

1. Casefile: This is a true crime podcast out of Australia that focuses on some of the creepiest cases. It’s seriously addictive!

2. Atlanta Monster: This podcast focuses on a continuous case of one of Atlanta’s most secretive crimes.

3. Canadian True Crime: A podcast that focuses specifically on Canadian crime.

4. Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations: It’s an Oprah podcast, need I say more?

5. Happier with Gretchen Rubin: This podcast gives you specific things you can work on during your week to make yourself happier!

6. Munchin’ With Moguls: I can’t find a link to this one, but it focuses on inspiring women who have worked hard at their passions.

7. The Tim Ferriss Show: This show has something for everyone! Many topics are discussed from finance, to health, to sports.

8. S-Town: This is a great podcast that follows one specific case that holds a lot of secrets.