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Feline Friendships

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AS Quote 300More than a few years ago I made a new best friend. We had just met and really had a lot in common and had a lot of fun together, so we kicked it as often as we could. I was pretty new to Toronto at the time, having moved away, and then moved back again. I needed some new peeps to hang out with outside of my university friends and she was cool, young, fun, Native and was showing me what Toronto had to offer culturally. It was awesome. Then this thing happened. She had another really close friend. … Continued

Top 12 of ’12

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tumblr_mfln5oidaw1r7ksqyo1_5001It’s that time where I take stock of the year that has just passed on figure out what the goals are moving forward. 2012 has been way less glamourous than my 2011 reflections round up as I have remained in Toronto for most of the year and have put in more time in my pyjamas than on planes … but alas that was my goal last year: I still have a few places that I want to go but decreasing work travel is really going to help me focus and spend last time in different time zones and more time in … Continued

New Directions

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Little Spirit Moon‘Little Spirit Moon’ by Lauralee K. Harris Tonight it’s a full moon. Not just any full moon, it’s an eclipse. It’s also the Little Spirit moon, according to Anishinaabe teachings … From ‘Thirteen Grandmother Moon Teachings‘ by Arlene Barry Today has been a day of transition for me. I’ve been shedding parts of my past. I am very excited for the month that lies ahead as I begin to focus on pursuing my dream completely, in a way that I haven’t had the opportunity to quite yet. Although I left my full-time job in February earlier this year to pursue … Continued

#SimplifyStreamline Take II

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il_570xN.337335222  It was over a year ago that I started this idea of #SimplifyStreamline, where I was going through all of my belongings and rethinking everything I own. I had the notion that I wanted everything I own to be able to fit into a car. Wanderlust much? Anyhow, I am definitely back on that tip. Clearly I haven’t taken off across the country (just yet) and I’m still in Toronto but that feeling of needing to get back to the basics has come upon me once again. It started this week. I was filming in Midland, ON for a … Continued

Farewell Fairweather Friends

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il_570xN.334102563Photo from Paolo Loves 2 Shop I have been thinking a lot about friendships lately. In the past year I have had a number of my close female friendships change drastically. I have found that people really enjoy when you stay static. That way they always know exactly what to expect from you all of the time. It’s when you change your life that people find it challenges their life and their perceptions of you. Once I decided I was no longer comfortable living my life in the same way it greatly affected all of my relationships. First of all … Continued

3 AM Posts.

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I’ve spent the last week almost offline. The first few days were totally forced as the internet was down at the villa I was staying at in Jamaica, but after I got used to living without it I was okay with not delving deep. While there were many moments where I felt the need to document and be online, I was happily (mildly) extricated from the situation. All this time offline gave me some time to think and spend time reflecting and pondering life’s direction. I have been stuck in a bit of a groundhog day and I felt the … Continued

Nat & Marie

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IMG_4062Clip from the Nat & Marie UStream channel Just before we started. Pretty ladies: Marie and Nat (in order). Rob Sarj on the decks and Tanya on the interdecks In case you missed it, I was LIVE on the Nat & Marie show on January 3rd. Yeah I know that was already almost two weeks ago now but it was the day after the show that I started eating gluten and my life went into hardcore slow-mo. The outfit: Sweater from Lavish & Squalor, Mary Jane Hunter  arrowhead necklace, Ksubi jeans, Manitobah Mukluks oh hey there  These ladies are all … Continued

Live in the sunshine

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tumblr_lwvj0lRTmN1r5suo5On my way to the New Years party I received some very sad news. A person I know has recently had a very major setback that will likely affect her for the rest of her life. I choked back my tears in the back of the car not wanting to cause a huge sob scene, but I felt such sadness for her, and those close to her. How precious this life is. I took that as a reminder of just that. I know we hear it all the time through quotes and various posts in our social media networks, but … Continued

Top 11 of ’11

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i-left-my-heart Truth. The past year has been full of travel and adventure. I have been to a ton of cities, four countries, and three continents. Talk about a whirlwind of a year, it has been a lot of fun. Truth be told that I actually exhausted myself. So in 2012 the idea is to travel in a more limited capacity. I still have a few places that I want to go but decreasing work travel is really going to help me focus and spend last time in different time zones and more time in the work flow zone. That is my … Continued

Connect Four

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FourApplique 4 by Fresh Vintage Designs Yesterday marked the 4th year of this blog. It’s interesting that I chose to start this blog on the day of solstice. It has been such a journey these past 4 years learning, living, writing and sharing all along the way. I started the blog simply because I wanted to write. I was getting very busy in school and lacked the sufficient time to pitch and write for periodicals yet I still greatly desired the opportunity to continue to write about all of the different things that appealed to me: Indigenous issues, fashion, films, … Continued

Circle of Life

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8c182f640fc111e1a87612313804ec91_7 Photo by Ray Auger (aka @ojibray)   Joseph Boyden at Circle of Light by iBo Last month Joseph Boyden spoke at the ‘Circle of Light‘ conference here in Toronto. Instead of promoting one of his books or speaking about his writing life, he chose to talk about suicide amongst Aboriginal youth. “After much soul-searching these last years I’ve decided I need to speak out in ways beyond my novels and short stories. I’ve decided in these last couple of years not to become a hermit but to instead become an advocate for myself and for people spread out across this … Continued

My xmas wish list

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Girl-IlloIllustration by LittleZ This is my 3rd year creating this wonderful little post here. I loves it because it really helps me visualize what I am truly lusting after. It works for me more of a “what do I really want” list for 2012 than a “what people should buy me” list. I look at it as setting intention. The first year I did it (in 2009), I got 67% of the items listed, and last year (in 2010), I got 50% of the items. Less as impressive, but I did put a condo and a car on that last … Continued

Bagua Boards

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vision-board1Earlier this year, I started my whole #SimplifyStreamline track where I’m minimizing the things in my life and simplify everything so I can focus on the things that are really important to me. I want to consistently push myself so that I can become the best person possible and live my life by design. I started a vision board back then and have had it clearly posted in my room so I can see it every day. I started with finding a really beautiful cork board in the size that suited me, I found it at Winners surprisingly. If you … Continued

Taking root not route

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il_570xN.229627576Photo from capow Etsy When I started my #SimplifyStreamline in early July I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect from the entire venture. I knew I needed change in my life and I knew that I needed to shake things up in order to shift directions. I wasn’t entirely sure what that direction was, which is why I spent a lot of time thinking about my goals and what I want in my life. It took a serious time investment, a lot of writing and reflecting, and some goal setting to get myself back on track. So now I have … Continued