The Power of Change

This week a powerful message I heard really stuck with me: if you don't create change, you will always stay in the same place. Like many valuable pieces of advice, it sounds so simple, but has a huge effect if you take the time to apply it to your life. Whenever we are faced with something we don't like, or a difficult situation, all we wish is that things were different. But how many of us spend as much time trying to fix these situations as we do dwelling on them? I myself am guilty of getting trapped into the latter from time to time, but I like to think that over the last few years I've gotten a lot better at letting things go, and solving my problems in a practical way.

Have you ever heard Albert Einstein's definition of insanity? He literally says "insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result." I fully agree with this, and I try to keep this quote in mind when I find myself in a funk. You can apply this to any aspect of your life. Think about that girl who always goes for the same type of guy, and is surprised every time he cheats on her. Think about people who always say they want to lose weight, but never actually work out or eat healthy. Think about that person you know who complain about his job, but never actually looks for anything else. I've got news for you: if you don't do things differently, nothing is going to change.

Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes

If you follow me on Instagram, then you probably noticed yesterday's post where I talked about my latest source of inspiration - blogger and Youtuber Mimi Bouchard. I was following Mimi because she just joined one of my favourite TV shows, Made in Chelsea. She's originally from Toronto, and the first Canadian to join this British series. While looking at her Instagram story last week, I noticed she had posted a video on why people judge, and how to deal with online bullying. At the time, I wasn't even aware she had a Youtube channel, so I was instantly intrigued. After watching some of her videos on changing your mind, keeping your health on track, and training tips, I felt this wave of motivation take over my body - something I had recently been lacking.

As a blogger (and just a human being in general), I go through ups and downs of motivation boosts. Over the last couple of weeks, I started to get into a slump where I wasn't as motivated as I wanted myself to be. But I wasn't unhappy. In fact, that was the problem - I was just a little too comfortable with everything in my life as it was. You know when you hear something and you realize that it's exactly what you needed to hear at that exact moment? That's what happened to me when I watched Mimi's videos. Best of all, it was so unexpected. I definitely didn't think I would come across something so deep from someone I discovered through what I would call the British version of The Hills (on that note, if you loved The Hills and haven't watched Made in Chelsea you definitely have to check it out.)

One of my favourite motivational Mimi videos.

Sweet Hart Kitchen

As a blogger and Instagrammer, one of the biggest challenges I face is trying to maintain a clean and healthy diet, while also wanting to experience the many desserts Toronto has to offer. In a city like Toronto, we are blessed to have so many options to satisfy our cravings. Having said that, I've always thought that this city is lacking when it comes to finding healthy, yet aesthetically pleasing treats. With places like Greenhouse Juice and Planta becoming increasingly popular (seriously - have you seen the wait for brunch at Planta?) it's evident that this is a market popular enough to thrive in Toronto.

When I heard about Sweet Hart Kitchen on social media, my first thought was "my how those donuts look good!" After taking a closer look, I realized that they were not just a beautiful dessert, but a healthy one too. The donuts at Sweet Hart are plant-based, gluten free, and raw. Talk about a guilt-free dessert! After visiting this adorable little bakery and sampling some of their treats, I can say that they taste as good as they look.

Rain to Shine

My favourite time of year is when it's not too hot for pants and a jacket, but not too cold to show off the outfit you have on underneath. I hate sweaty, muggy summers, but I also don't like freezing cold winters. By process of elimination, it's safe to say that spring and fall are definitely my favourite seasons when it comes to both fashion and comfort.

This coat was a spring gift to myself, and I am so happy I splurged on the classic Burberry trench. When I bought it, I was confident that it would not only last forever, but would also never go out of style. To me, when it comes to making big purchases, a good investment is something that you can wear multiple seasons for years to come. The cost per wear of this coat makes the purchase even more reasonable when you think about how much use you will get out of such a timeless, durable piece.


"You're always so happy!"
"You're never in a bad mood!"
"I don't think I've ever seen you without a smile on your face."

Time after time I have heard people from all the corners of my world express this to me. I have a natural happy-go-lucky personality, and over the years I have learned that this is something to be grateful for. Being so stress-free and positive, I even find it hard to relate to people who are consistently in bad moods or who are easily stressed. I like to think of myself as a pretty humble person, but if there's one thing I'll brag about, it's my attitude.

I remember it being brought to my attention and really sinking in for the first time when I was in high school. When I went away to boarding school in grade 10 (something I promise I'll elaborate on in a future post) I remember my house mom constantly expressing how she couldn't believe how immune I was to stress. Ever since then, I became aware of my behaviour and began to realize how lucky I was. It's hard to step back and assess why we are the way we are, but if I had to take a guess at it, I would say this: I find it a lot easier to lead a happy, stress-free life than I do to be angry and negative.

My philosophy in life is simple. If something doesn't make me happy, I eliminate it. Now, this is obviously easier said than done, but it's also not as hard as people make it out to be. Minimizing stress in your life can be done in a multitude of ways, and I've decided to share a few of mine with you. I was going through old albums the other day, and found some old pictures that brought a smile to my face. Since this post is all about how I've always been happy and positive, I thought that this would be the perfect post to share a few of them. So with the help of some of my embarrassing childhood photos, here are a few tips I like to apply to my own life when it comes to being stress-free and positive.

Lemon Blueberry Pop Tarts

In my household growing up, you would never find Fruit Loops, Pop-Tarts, Dunkaroos, or any popular junk food snacks. My mom was (and still is) a health nut. In retrospect, this was a great thing, but as a child I constantly yearned for those sweet treats that the other kids had in their lunches.  When I was finally old enough to buy my own snacks in high school and college, I went crazy with the convenient store hauls. It wasn't until I learned to bake that I realized all the chemicals those processed junk foods contain.

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