Tag Archives: Life advice

The Story of How We Met + My Best Relationship Advice

Lisa Ng

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and I thought I would share the story of how I met my husband Paul. So first off, I am going to severely date myself by lettting you know that dial-up internet was what brought us together.

Let me start at the beginning. (more…)

How To Deal After a Big Rejection

rejection heart

By: Jacky Lai

“Adversity is your greatest teacher.” I heard Salma Hayek say this once in and interview.

I have never been more inspired by a word that’s so contradictory to success. But she could not have been more right; there can be no success without failure and rejection.

As an actor in film and television, I have heard more ‘no’s’ than ‘yes’, been hung dry more often than not. Part of our job is learning to cope with rejection, finding the balance between working hard and letting go.

This past April, I got news that I was one of two actresses selected from all across Canada to test for the series Vikings. Within 24 hours I was flown halfway across the world to Ireland with no official date of return. (more…)

Resolutions Revisited

Resolutions Ferris Wheel

2015 was an interesting year.

I took a look back today at the new year’s resolutions I made last year and wanted to see if I actually did what I set out to do. I think 2015 was all about re-calibrating and adjusting to life after Toronto. I figure you can’t know where you’re going unless you know where you’ve been, so here’s how it all went:


Resolution #1 Schedule Downtime

What Actually Happened – I was really good until April, when I got really, really sick. I was scheduling in yoga, working out, took up barre classes and planning things to do on the weekend. I got a bad cold which turned into bronchitis for about 6 weeks and that just threw me off. I couldn’t get motivated after that.

I need to get back on the wagon again and start a consistent workout plan so I don’t get stressed out, angry or anxious. I want to make 2016 the healthiest I’ve ever been in my life. Is that even possible? Am I dreaming? I’m starting this year with a New Year’s 5K run and then I need plan. Any advice for me? This is one of the major resolutions I want to focus on this year. I want to see how hard and far I can push myself athletically. (more…)

How a Trip to Europe Changed My Life


The view from Positano, Italy

Hi Everyone + happy #TravelTuesday! I thought I would re-share this gem today because 5 years ago today, Paul and I went on a trip to Europe and it changed both of our lives. 

By: Lisa Ng

A trip to Europe changed my life.

Looking back, it was a definitive moment that got me off a conveyor belt I didn’t want to be on and changed my outlook on life.

I had been to Europe before – back in 2003 on a backpacking trip with Paul. That was also an eye-opening trip where I officially caught the travel bug. But when we returned to Italy and Germany in 2010, things were different. (more…)

Go For It: The Under 35 Work Holiday Visa


Blogging from our new home

Happy Labour Day! Feeling like you need a change this fall? I’m re-sharing my post on The Under 35 Work Holiday Visa to get you inspired if you’re thinking of making a big move. Enjoy!

If you’re feeling like you’re in a life rut or not doing anything you’re remotely passionate about – then maybe a year abroad is something that might be a fit for you.

Before I moved to LA, I seriously researched moving to Amsterdam last year with my husband. Until this point, I had been on some long vacations and backpacking trips, but nothing epic like a year abroad or moving to another country. Having lived in Toronto and Mississauga for most of my life, I couldn’t picture not trying something outside of my comfort zone before I reached the working holiday visa age limit of 35. So I did some research and came across the under 35 work holiday visa. (more…)

5 Life Questions to Ask Yourself


When was the last time you asked yourself a few good life questions and thought about your goals? Do you ever feel frazzled, cloudy and disorganized? Are you having a hard time seeing the big picture?

When I’m in the weeds, stressed out and knee-deep in work, it can be easy to lose sight of what it is that makes me happy and what exactly I’m doing this all for. I spent a lot of time running from one thing to another and didn’t feel like I was truly living in the moment.

So I did a little goal-writing exercise that gave me a bit of clarity on getting back to basics. Here are 5 life questions to ask yourself and a little insight on what is working and not working right now for me:


1) What Makes Me Happy?

Being outside, with nature and being active all make me very happy. If I could combine all three – even better! I realized in writing down my goals that I don’t need a lot of money or a lot of things to achieve my idea of bliss. Eating breakfast outside, while unplugged and savouring every bite is heavenly. Having the time to cook a healthy meal, spending time with close friends, family and Paul make me happy.

I travel a lot because I like to see new things and try new foods, even though I’m scared to fly, I won’t let my fear stop me from doing the things I want to do. Going to a yoga class, breathing deeply, getting a massage or going to the spa, beach or ocean also make me feel great.

I was a bit disorganized this past month and it made me crazy. I need my space to be clutter-free in order for me to think and be creative, so I have to add being organized, but not perfect makes me happy. It gives me a bit of zen knowing everything is not chaotic around the house. Am I the only one that feels this way? Ask yourself one of the major life questions – what are the things that make you happy? Sometimes having a list is a good reminder.