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So what is acne….really?

April 28, 2016 0 Comments

I live with both a three year old and a scientist, so you can be sure that I hear “why?” about 7.3 million times per day. When he was 2, my son’s favourite questions were “what it do?” and “you...

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Self care is doing hard things: saying goodbye to our home.

January 23, 2016 0 Comments

A follow up to my last posts on self care and doing hard things is the other big change I’ve been going through: saying goodbye to our home & workspace of the past three and a half years to travel...

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Self care is doing hard things: Deciding to be contrary.

January 06, 2016 0 Comments

Well, I did it. I went ahead and did the “impossible” again this year. Despite not being wealthy, or having a wealth of “free time”, and despite not having all my “stuff” completely figured out, I am writing to you...

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3 ways to instantly change the energy in your home (or office)

June 12, 2015 0 Comments

So, I have to admit that I’m not exactly a domestic goddess. Sure, I’ve got my moments of Martha Stewart-esque cleaning, decorating and cooking manias. But on the day to day, I probably verge on the messy side more often...

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Why I gave up coffee

May 28, 2015 0 Comments

I used to be one of those people who would take a picture of my artisanal latte or cappuccino and post the picture on Instagram. I always felt like a lunatic doing so, but I couldn’t help it; that cup,...

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New Year’s 2015: Happiness isn’t a real goal.

January 05, 2015 0 Comments

happyDon’t waste your time: “happiness” isn’t really a resolution you should make.

That’s right. I said it. Here’s how I screwed up  2014, what I learned (the hard way), and how I’m going to own 2015 (and how you can too!).

In 2014, I had one simple New Year’s “un-resolution”: to have no goals but to do the things that make me happy. This was my un-resolution method: no “gym x times per week” or “make x dollars” nonsense. I was getting right to the heart of it: just be happier. Easy peasy!

I was in pursuit of happiness, and little did I know, I was wasting my time. I failed, majorly. And, in some perverse, masochistic way, actually ended up being anxious and depressed for most of the year. I didn’t realize what a huge disservice to myself I was doing when I just said I wanted to be happier. It was major sabotage and my wishy washy resolution was screwing me over. By the summer, I knew I had some major work to do and began to undo and fix my well-meaning, but ultimately stupid happiness goal.

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What does your stuff mean to you? The Art of Decluttering.

December 10, 2014 0 Comments

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I have to admit I’m feeling guilty about something.

I had promised a story last weekend (via newsletter…you are signed up, right?) and I didn’t deliver. Here’s why: I was super burnt out. From the sale, from some recent changes made to Stark (yet to be announced!!), and because I was busy getting rid of 9/10ths of my possessions.

Yup. You read that right.

But here’s the thing: I didn’t just clean out my garage or attic (don’t have either one of those); I got rid of 9/10ths of my personal belongings. Stuff like clothes that were perfectly good, but I never, ever wore. Stuff like random accessories and things I’d be hanging onto for years and didn’t really know why. I even got rid of “memorabilia” that just no longer sparked any joy in me. Oh, and over 70 books that we will never re-read (and yet we still have what feels like a full library…in fact

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Travel Post 4: I pretty much lost my shit (or why self-care is vital).

February 13, 2014 0 Comments

This is about how I pretty much  lost my shit.

In just a few days, my little company turns two years old. So strange. I can’t remember what life was like BS (before Stark). Or before I had a baby. Or before I met my husband, for that matter. Even though all those things? Individually, doesn’t even add up to 8 years total! I really can’t get over the idea of time. You think you kind of get how long an hour, a day, a week, a year feels, and then things like hitting 30, being a mom and/or launching a business happens. Then you realize that you had no idea what time was before. Or if you did “get it” at some point? It’s different now. Just as I’m sure it will be and feel different in a few years time.

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Travel Post 3: I continue to torture my face, and the upside of said torture.

February 10, 2014 0 Comments

I think I may need some kind of intervention. I had created a nice little washing routine in Kuwait with my beloved honey and rosewater, and then when it was time to leave for Italy, what did I do? Intentionally NOT pack these items. I like to travel light, which is difficult with a baby, so of course, being a mother, this often means sacrificing my own creature comforts to make sure the baby Z has all the socks and array of cute hats his little heart could ever desire.

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Travel Post 2: Habbat al Barakah, face-saver.

January 05, 2014 0 Comments

I’ve been slumming it around Kuwait for the last month (I say slumming it, because the fam and I are total shoe-string travelers, not Dubai-style big spenders) and spent the first 2 weeks with a beauty routine that was a...

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I’m not making any resolutions.

December 31, 2013 0 Comments

2013. It’s over! So much happened for me so I can’t say it flew by, but it certainly rocked my socks completely off. I became a mom and a wife, Stark continued to grow, and I got to realize a...

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Travel Post 1: A terrible idea.

December 16, 2013 0 Comments

Not all that bad, though. ;)

I may have a cold and am lacking vital skincare items, but really  its not all that bad. 😉

Just over 2 weeks ago, Adri the baby Z and I packed a few bags and left the keys to our cozy Montreal apartment (and cats!) to a friend, not to return until March. This is the first year that we’ve decided to take advantage of our flexible lifestyle and say arrivederci to the insanity that is Canadian winter and ma’salam alaykum to warmish weather (and that’s a hint as to the 2 very different places where we’ll be!)

This, of course, is a fantastic idea, so that’s not what I’m alluding to by the post’s title.

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