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Okay, I totally get that I'm super late with these "Christmas" posts but these photos were taken on Christmas with my family. My nephew's uncle is so tall and he's only 16. I think he's 6'6. Of course, he's still growing so I can only imagine how tall he'll be in a few years. I was so fascinated with his height (I hadn't seen him in a long time and he had grown even more since then) I decided to take photos with him, and then the whole family joined. Oh, and yes, my socks were too big...lol.
This Christmas was super low key with my family. My sister had flown off to Egypt a while back so she wasn't there. My nephew spent the morning with us and then went home with his father's family. We don't have any real blood family living in Canada so generally on Christmas we celebrate with family friends who essentially are my psuedo aunts, uncles, and cousins.
This year we decided to spend time with just each other. We went out to for dinner with my love and then went to watch Avatar which was AMAZING. Even though our Christmas didn't suit the idea of how a family should spend the holiday, I really enjoyed it. Sometimes just enjoying the simple moments in life is the most enriching experiences.
Not much to say except I love the outfits all of these women are wearing, some are extravagant and others are simple. A few of the girls are well renowned for their fashion sense and if you follow my blog you'll spot one of my favourite style icons, Anna Dello Russo. Keep an eye out for future posts, two of these girls will be my next Woman of Style.
This will probably be my last post till I get into Egypt. I'll try and post as soon as I land with some photos. xox,
SUCCESS! What is the first thing that pops into your mind when you hear the word success? What makes a person successful? Is it money, status, power, fame, or is it something else? The reality is, that in our Western society, most people identify success as some mixture of money, status, power, and fame (and with women, beauty is generally a necessary component to add to all of that) but is that truly success?
When I was in college and university I remember mulling over the topic of success and that's when I came to a powerful realization for myself - personal success is not defined by money, status, power, beauty or fame at all. That's what the outside world tells us or demonstrates as success. It's what we see emblazoned in ads and in our media. It's what we pass down to each other and what we talk about in social media. All of these things are what we equate with success - and success equals happiness right?
Based on our notions of success shouldn't celebrities…
In my last post I talked about how society's definition of success perpetuates unhappiness (click here to have a read). Rather than looking at success as a measure of our fulfillment and contentment, we measure it by wealth, power, fame and beauty. Unfortunately, social media has only heightened our awareness of these ideals. A medium that was once created simply for connectivity is now a massive marketing tool and a place where people share the best moments of their lives.
Prior to social media, if you wanted to see someone's photos, hear their opinion or learn about them, you'd either see it/hear it directly from them or get wind of it through the grapevine (unless they were so famous that you'd see them in traditional media). You weren't continually bombarded with information about everyone's lives and although the measure of societal success was relatively the same, there was less of likelihood that you'd feel like you didn't measure up on a consta…
Trauma. It's a 6 letter word that carries so much power and complexity. The Oxford dictionary defines it as "a deeply distressing or disturbing experience." Trauma represents such a varying degree of experiences: rape, emotional abuse, assault, torture, a plane crash, war crimes, bullying, witnessing violence...really the list can go on. One of the hardest forms of trauma is that which is committed against you by others humans. Some people have had repeated traumatic experiences. Some people have had varying forms of trauma. Some have been exposed to trauma for a long period of time. Regardless, no one escapes from trauma without it impacting their lives and the way they socialize with the world.
When you go through a traumatic experience your entire world is flipped upside down. Emotions such as fear, shame, guilt, sadness, anger, sorrow, numbness, confusion and grief all occur -- sometimes being felt within the same time-period. You feel like you can't make sense o…
I love to travel so when Jackie decided to go on an impromptu trip to Chicago for the weekend, I made it happen. I got Friday off of work, we rented a car and off we went. Some people thought we were nuts for driving when we were only going for the weekend but the whole road trip added to the experience. Yes, we got lost. Yes, we saw some creepy places. And you know what? It's just a whole heap of things we can now add to our travel memories.
DAY 1The drive was supposed to be 8 or 9 hours but it ended up being 12! Yes, 12! I had borrowed an older GPS from my parents and while it worked great in Canada, we ran into some issues across the border. Unfortunately our GPS wasn't picking up all the route changes due to road closures and construction. Without our data on our cell phones, we struggled to figure it out but finally made it into Chicago right at their rush hour.
We had a few more hiccups with trying to find our spot, a beautiful studio we booked through AirBnB but once we…