November & December: In My Secret Life
I hope everyone who celebrates Christmas has been having a nice holiday, and that everyone who doesn't is having a nice time as well! My boyfriend and I had our first white Christmas, and because we don't have any family over here and didn't have anything planned, we had a really relaxed day. We found a list of restaurants that were open and went out for breakfast and then walked home through Trinity Bellwoods Park, which looked really pretty all covered in snow. We Skyped our families and took it easy for the rest of the day and then went to an Aussie/NZ pub called Hemingway's for dinner. They have Pavlova on the menu so naturally we had to have it for dessert since it's such an Aussie summer staple.
October: In My Secret Life
I hate making a fuss of it or even really giving it much thought at all, but it was my birthday recently and it fell on the Friday of the Thanksgiving long weekend, which was a nice bonus. To celebrate, my boyfriend and I had dinner at Fring’s which is supposed to be part-owned by Drake. Drake must have been held up with something really important because he wasn’t there to wish me a happy birthday, but I’ve still got my fingers crossed that we’ll be friends soon. Rather than worry about surprises, we decided my present would be for us to go to Montreal at the start of November because there’s a Leonard Cohen tribute happening and I’m going to cry my little heart out. If you’ve ever been to Montreal and have any hot tips I’d love to hear them!
On Being a Slow Blogger
This post has been in the works for probably something like two years now. I'd come back to it every so often, think I had it perfect, and then completely rewrite it. But I think I've finally managed to express myself the way that I want to, so it's seeing the light of day. Blogging has changed immeasurably since I first started using livejournal back in high school in the early 2000s. Whether you’ve had an online space for literally half your life(!) like I have, or if you’ve always been a silent reader, I feel like blogging has enriched my life in so many ways and I know I wouldn’t be the same person without it.
But in all the ways it’s changed, so has my relationship with it, and I want to talk a bit more about that. Of course I only have my own experiences as a frame of reference, and I don’t claim to be an authority on the matter, but I have a lot of thoughts about the way blogging has become an industry and how these changes have influenced me and my blog, and I think it’s important to talk about it. Side note: I went on a helicopter ride to the Grand Canyon earlier this year which is where these photos are from – but back to business!
A Curated Wardrobe: My Way
The notion of having a curated wardrobe, decluttering your possessions, and adopting a minimalist lifestyle is getting more and more popular in the online world these days, and for a long time I didn't pay much attention because I thought it wasn't for me. Although I agreed with it all in theory and I can appreciate it on an aesthetic level, I also love displaying sentimental bits and pieces on my walls and in my living space, and I have never once found myself daydreaming about a monochrome capsule wardrobe made up of 30 pieces of clothing. It always seemed like there were too many rules you had to follow that don't fit with my lifestyle or personal tastes.
But after looking into it in greater depth and following some great bloggers and YouTubers for a while, I can see that actually, there are no rules, and that it's up to you to adapt the principals of minimalism to your life in a way that works for you, not the other way around. You don't have to be come a hardcore minimalist who counts everything they own and turns it into their whole life. You don't even have to feel comfortable with calling yourself a minimalist, but you can incorporate elements of the lifestyle at your own pace and see where it takes you.
July: In My Secret Life
More news from Toronto! So much has been happening lately but we've finally settled in to our new place and are slowly sorting out some finishing touches. I might do some sort of apartment tour in the future if that sounds interesting to you guys? We also squeezed in a trip to Niagara Falls which was awesome. We're hoping to do lots of travelling while we're here but we figured our priority should be getting settled in before we worry about where else we want to go just yet.
On Blogging & Consumerism
I'd like to preface this by saying most people probably wouldn't look at the amount of stuff I own and call me a minimalist, but over the last couple of years I'd like to think I've become a lot more careful with my purchases and that I'm heading in that direction more and more. I now feel a lot happier letting go of things that I know someone else will enjoy more than me. This goes across both my beauty stash as well as clothes and most things that I used to buy a lot of. I'm really not trying to be preachy in this post and I hope it doesn't read that way, but I just want to share my experience and some of my thoughts in case it resonates with any of you.
In My Secret Life
At the risk of sounding like Debbie Downer, life sure is challenging at the moment. I'm very, very grateful for the fact that part of what's on my plate is planning an overseas holiday which my boyfriend and I leave for at the end of this week, but outside of that things haven't been great. I have never planned my own holiday with so little build up time before, and I feel like life doesn't often just hand you these wonderful things without putting you through some difficult shit first, so that's just where I'm at right now. But there's just a few more days to go and then it's holiday time!
I'm Moving to Toronto!
That's right, my boyfriend and I are moving to the home of baby angel Drake so we can run through the 6 with our woes! Actually, believe it not, Drake isn't the only reason we're going. But when it came down to it, the main reason for us was pretty simple - why not? I've always wanted to live overseas but it seemed like such a far off, unattainable thing. But really all you have to do is decide you want to do it and then suddenly it becomes a possibility. Of course there's a lot of work that follows, but step one is changing your mindset because it's definitely not going to happen until you do that.
In My Secret Life
There have been some ups and downs recently, but one of the biggest ups has been going to Melbourne for a girls' weekend in November. Tahlia and I went to visit Elly and Tenneil (who live together) and we had a great time eating and shopping and staying up til the early hours of the morning with Elly giving a dramatic reading of her pre-teen diary about all the boys she had crushes on. Tahlia, Elly & I relived our glory days by driving around listing to pop punk and Tenneil and I did our makeup together in the mornings like an IRL Get Ready With Me. I shot a roll of 35mm film so whenever I get that developed I might post some photos, but rest assured that even without visual evidence, I had a great time.