Category Archives: Life

Goodbye Portland

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After 18 incredible months of living in Portland, Oregon – we will be saying goodbye to this amazing and weird city in the next few weeks. We have had such a fun time exploring all of Oregon and have made some near and dear friends in our city that we know we will be back soon for a visit.

I can’t say too much about where we will land next. We are exploring a few exciting options right now. But I am very sure that I will have BIG and very positive news for you in the New Year.

In the meantime, we will be driving back to Toronto with our pup BINGO for the holidays. We considered flying – but he’s unable to even wait outside the grocery store for FIVE minutes, while the other person runs in to grab something. We figured that having our car in Toronto would be a plus too.

We will be driving through Boise, Twin Falls, Salt Lake City, across Wyoming, across Nebraska, across Iowa, past Chicago and through Michigan. Any suggestions for fun things to see and do in these cities?

So we are packing up our apartment and will be Toronto-bound at the start of December. If you happen to be in the city, do let me know! I’ll be spending that time catching up with all of our friends and family.

Stay tuned!

5 Ways To Keep Your Energy Levels Up During the Day

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I don’t know what it is, but things have been crazy here since we got our vacation rental up and running – coupled with a family visit.

I’ve been keeping busy with my freelance clients, blogging, running our rental, and planning get-togethers with family and friends. It’s hard to find time to fit everything in while aiming to cook a meal from scratch, making sure I’m hitting the gym for 30 minutes, and trying to get my 10,000+ steps. (more…)

Finding Your Fit

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This post has been sponsored by Always. All opinions are my own.

When was the last time something just wasn’t a fit?

Paul and I are planning to move out of our open concept loft next month because as cool as it was – it’s just not a fit. I think we both loved the idea of a big airy loft in theory, but I’m a night owl and Paul is an early riser and our space has no bedroom door.

So when he’s cranking out smoothies at 7 AM, I just went to bed a few hours ago having spent the night plugging away on a new blog post. Our kitchen is next to our bedroom and our bedroom is next to our front door. Which means our guests walk right past my usually messy unmade bed topped with unfolded laundry to get into our apartment.

Our current layout obviously wasn’t working. (more…)

This Beautiful Life: Erika Lee Sears

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Erika Lee Sears was one of the first people I met when I moved to Portland. I was amazed by the fact that she makes art everyday. No, FOR REAL. She creates a piece of art everyday and posts it to her Instagram account over at @ErikaLeeSears. Her work has also been featured on Portlandia!

Not only was this incredibly exciting, I loved how Erika has been able to carve out a career as an artist. If you’re thinking of doing the same thing and have thought about pursuing a creative career – read how Erika got her start!

What sort of career path led you towards becoming a full-time artist? Did you study art in school?

Well, if you can believe it, I didn’t start out as wanting to become or be an artist. I didn’t go to school for art at all, and I started my professional career working in the finance industry. (more…)

Should We Downsize Again?

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I recently read this post about a 28 year-old New York woman who retired with a net worth of $2 million dollars thanks to her smart investing, frugal lifestyle and killer paycheque right out of school.

Her biggest piece of advice was to keep your housing, transportation and food expenses low. I think this article really resonated with me because Paul and I have been thinking about whether we should downsize into a smaller place. It’s something that’s crossed our mind since we purchased THIS vacation home on the Oregon Coast. (more…)

This Beautiful Life: Trina Hendry

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I first met Trina Hendry when she ran the PR for the LCBO in Toronto, Canada. She was often hosting cool wine tasting and blogger events that our paths crossed a few times.

However, it was only when she moved to Los Angeles about a year after I moved, did we really connect. I truly admire Trina’s skill as a communicator and writer. If you’re considering a career in PR or hospitality, Trina’s professional journey is a great one to follow. Meet Trina Hendry everyone! Here’s how she got her start: (more…)