| Life: The Riskiest Business |

For those of you who have followed along with my story for a while, or know me in person, you will have heard me mention the Rising Tide Society. Every month, ‘Creatives’ (entrepreneurs in any creative field) meet all over the world on the second or third Tuesday (whenever schedules permit) to discuss a common…

| Self-Love Series : Yoga |

I have to say, I’ve never been the athletic type. I wasn’t the LAST to be chosen for teams in school, instead just hovering around the middle somewhere. In University, I joined the rowing team thinking “hey- rowing’s in my blood (my dad is World Master Champion of the seven seas and beyond. No seriously….

| Depth of the Lowest |

I’m in the process of refocusing petalsuite to better reflect me, my life, and the things I have been going through. I started working at (name removed at request) back in September and through the immense pressure of the nature of Event Planning, plus the time I was required to dedicate to the position, combined…

| Reinvigorated |

re·in·vig·or·ate verb past tense: reinvigorated; past participle: reinvigorated give new energy or strength to. I find myself smiling this morning for a few reasons. Autumn has arrived and the air is crisp while the sun is still warm. I have released my sweaters from last season’s basement confinement. The leaves are turning, in various degrees…

| Reflection |

With a short 10 days remaining in 2016, time to reflect is upon us once more. Looking back at this year is painful, I admit. With everything from war-torn countries and messy (understatement) politics, to favourite actors passing (#Always), 2016 should dig it’s own grave and bury itself in it, never to be remembered. Closer…

| Raw |

So in a short 16 days, I will have lived in Canada for exactly a year. It’s really making me think about the past year of my life, what I have (and have not) accomplished, and where I want to go from here. It has not been an easy transition. I spent the first few months…

| And it Happened All at Once |

It’s been an absolutely wild ride here over the last few weeks. My work permit finally arrived on June 29th, much to both mine and Seb’s surprise. We certainly weren’t expecting it to just show up in the mail one day! After several minutes of frantic hugging and tears of joy, I thought Right. Time to…

| Fight or Flight |

Last weekend, I adopted a 7-week old kitten. We have a three year old furlady named Dixie already, but my husband and I have wanted to adopt a second cat for a while now, because as soon as my work permit comes through and I get a job, I won’t be around the house as much as…

| Productive Paranoia |

May is Mental Health Awareness month. This morning I’m anxious about a commitment I made for this evening to lead a discussion on Marketing and Public Relations for the monthly meetup of the Barrie chapter of the Rising Tide Society. A little recap- the Rising Tide Society was started last year by a group of photographers…

| Beginning |

  Yesterday I had the absolute pleasure and joy of spending a beautifully warm and sunny May day in Toronto with two of my girlfriends- Filipa Jackson, of Playing with Apparel, and Darlene Anderson of The New Girl blog. Yes, both of them, bloggers. I have to say, chatting with them about the process of…

| Take a Leap. |

Every four years, on years numerically divisible by four, and centuries divisible by 400, Leap Day occurs. We have one extra day in the year so that our calendar is synchronized with the solar year. Traditions have been created all over the world to help us take advantage of this extra time, or  challenge the…

| Breathe. |

We’re a week into 2016, and all I feel I’m seeing on the internet are articles that read: “Best blank of 2015!” Fill in the blank. Best hit song. Best dressed. Best wedding photo.  Best hair transformation. Best Instagram feed. Best former ping-pong-champion-turned-rodeo-cowboy. (OK, I made that last one up.) You get the idea though. What it makes…