Could you go an entire year without buying anything besides food? In the book, My Year of Buying Nothing, Lee Simpson sets out to do just that. Lee is a former publisher of Chatelaine magazine, so she has an interesting take on the world of consumerism and advertising. This book looks into the trials, errors and joys of cutting back on material things for a year.
Rachel (AKA RachhLoves) is a Canadian YouTuber, and she is one of my absolute favourites. I don’t remember how exactly I came across her channel, but in the last two years I have become obsessed with YouTube, so it was only a matter of time. Rachel mostly makes makeup videos and Pinterest hack videos. What I love about her is her humour and her honesty. Watching her feels like you’re chatting to your best friend.
So when she announced she was coming out with a beauty box, I was super excited! I had never ordered a subscription box before, and I figured this was a good place to start.
I have always loved writing. When I was seven years old, my parents gave me a book that was full of writing prompts and blank pages, and I used to spend hours creating characters and filling the pages with stories. Looking through that book brings back so many good memories of that time in my life. I wasn’t writing for anyone or for any purpose other than I loved it!
My dream as a child was always to become a published author, and that remained at the forefront of my mind until I was in high school, when the pressure of choosing a college major and a career path pushed those thoughts to the back burner.
Books have such an incredible ability to take us away from our current lives and transport us to a faraway land, immersed in characters we grow to love and places we want to go. I have not done much traveling in my life, but I do love to read about adventures other people have had.
The Lost Girls is about three women (Jennifer Baggett, Holly Corbett and Amanda Pressner) from New York City who decide to escape reality for a year and go on an around-the-world trip.
Summer is upon us, friends! Although the calendar says summer doesn’t officially begin until June 20, the weather outside begs to differ. The last few days were over 33 degrees (Celsius), which is insane! My husband and I went to the beach on Sunday, and it was so nice to see so many people out and about enjoying the sun. The water isn’t warm enough to swim in yet though in my opinion! (Although I did see a few people braving the water) I think we need a few more 30+ degree days to warm it up before I’ll be willing to jump in.
I love summer, and I love lists, so I thought I would combine the two into the ultimate summer to-do list/summer bucket list post.
I have been thinking a lot about this blog and the direction I want to take it. I haven’t blogged in a few weeks, but it isn’t because I’ve forgotten about it or because I haven’t had any ideas of what to write about. I could say it’s because I’ve been busy, but the truth is I just haven’t made time for it, and I want to change that!
Although I haven’t been writing as much, I have been reading loads, especially other blogs. Yesterday I rediscovered my love for Chelsea’s blog The Girl Who Loved to Write, and I realized that what draws me to a blog is authenticity and feeling like I could be best friends with the writer. Bloggers (and people in general!) who are true to themselves are the most relatable are the most fun to read.
I am sitting on my patio looking out at the backyard watching birds fly by, with only the sound of wind chimes above me and traffic off in the distance. This is the first time in at least a week that I have stopped to think. And I don’t mean the type of thinking where you’re imagining a bunch of different scenarios, wondering what to do, feeling like you’re drowning in the stress of the world around you. I mean stopping to think about my identity in Christ and the importance of seeking Him every single day.
I find the moments I am the most stressed are the moments where I seem to have “forgotten” about God or where my focus has shifted away from Him.
The Book of Matthew in the Bible tells the story of Jesus walking on water and the disciples being terrified at the sight of Him. Peter asks Jesus if he too can walk on water, and Jesus tells Peter to come toward Him. Peter steps out of the boat in faith, with his eyes fixed on Jesus and walks on the water! Remember, this was no calm lake on a sunny morning, this was in the midst of a storm, with waves crashing against the boat. Moments later, we see what happens when you shift your focus away from Jesus…
April was an excellent month of reading for me. I discovered a non-fiction book, a memoir and a fiction story. I love reading, and the weather has been so nice lately that I have started reading outside on my patio. There’s nothing quite like sitting outside drinking iced tea, eating watermelon and reading a book. Yes please!
Keep reading for my thoughts on They Left us Everything, The Power of Habit and Someday, Someday Maybe.
Last week, I won a national award in my field of work, and I was over the moon! I definitely had my 15 minutes of “fame” with friends, family and co-workers congratulating me. I am not normally one for the spotlight, but getting attention for something you worked so hard for feels pretty good!
One year ago, I was in a major transition period in my life. My husband and I were about to move to a new city in a new province where I would start a new job. Just over a month later, I learned more about God’s perfect timing than ever before. It’s so amazing what can happen when you let Him lead you!
April has been such a lovely month. The weather has been breaking 100-year-old records, and I even wore shorts once or twice this month! Although it seems to be cooling back down to regular spring temperatures for now, the hot weather has made me so excited for swimming in the lake this summer.
The majority of my favourites this month are hair-related, because I went on a quest a few weeks ago to find some better quality, colour-friendly products. I’ve been colouring my hair for the last three years, and I’ve been using the shampoos that say “for colour-treated hair,” but I recently discovered that most of those shampoos still have sulfate in them, which is apparently not good for your hair.
So let’s get into the favourites!