pile of wellness, design, and technology books to read in 2016

2016 Goal Setting

Holidays, Personal, Wellbeing

Happy New Year, my lovelies! I hope your 2016 is off to a wonderful start. To kick off a new year of blogging, sharing, and community, here is a breakdown of some goals and projects that I want to tackle in the upcoming year.


My intention around decluttering is to minimize the distractions in my life that come from feeling disorganized and messy. I already try to do this regularly, whether it’s donating books that I’m no longer interested in, or culling ill-fitting dress pants from my closet. But there have been some things that are harder to get rid of than others. For example, I have a pretty extensive t-shirt collection. Many of these t-shirts have a special meaning connected to them because I picked them up at a really great concert, or they were given to me by somebody I love. The truth about me and t-shirts though is that I have way too many of them. And worse, they don’t usually make me feel like my most confident self; the ones that I have don’t fit quite how I’d like them to, and don’t feel like quite my style any more. But all of the memories! I have other plans for them though, and I won’t let them die in vain.

Blog regularly

I’ve totally mentioned this before — blogging came a lot more easily to me when my sweet world travelling bestie, Saar, was still in Ontario. I could bounce ideas off of her, and we would go on cool healthy outings to restaurants and festivals. In her absence, I’ve kind of been slacking off a bit. Okay, a lot.

The odd thing is that I have a backlog of blogs that just need to be edited and photographed, so I really have no excuses. Nose to the grindstone, Anne. Nose to the grindstone.

Practice positive self-talk

Self-confidence has been a big issue for me my whole life. I’ve had a weird relationship with myself for as long as I can remember, which tends to make itself seen in many other areas of my life. My sense of humour, for instance: Self-deprecating AF. Thus, a very important goal for me this year is to practice self-love, self-care, and self-kindness, and to tackle life with these three principles in mind.

One exciting thing that has happened over the last year to help change this is that I started teaching yoga classes. This has been a huge life change for me. You can read a bit about my first class here. But to summaraize, teaching has really helped me become more comfortable with myself. I’m learning to be more okay with my mistakes; sure I’ll feel horribly embarrassed for a moment, but it passes and I’m able to move on with teaching the rest of my class.

I also want to try to take more pictures of people, whether or not I’m in them. Erik and I went to a concert together last month, and he pointed out that the bulk of the photos I take are of food, with very few photos of us in between. When we look back on them, I’m sure I’ll remember the yummy food I ate, but what about the people eating the food? This, I feel, is also confidence related. I’ve trained myself to focus on inanimate objects, and I want to start connecting more with life. To people.

Reset my sleep schedule

Ever since I left my day job, I’m annoyed to report that I’ve become a total night owl. And I definitely experience a massive dip in energy during the winter months, which isn’t helped by being wide awake at odd hours of the night. I’m slowly developing a bedtime routine for myself that I hope will help me feel more restful at night, leaving me more energized during the day! 

Curate my media

This goes along with the first goal I listed, to declutter, but rather than decluttering my physical space, I want to declutter (my digital one) the media I consume. Going over the books that I’ve read in the last year, and the movies or shows that I’ve watched, I found that a lot of the media I was consuming felt meaningless and empty. They hadn’t made me a better person, or improved my quality of life.

For 2016, I put together a list of books that I want to prioritize reading. A lot of it is non-fiction. I want to focus on learning and growing. And while fiction is a hugely important part of my life, I think it’s time to branch out a bit more.

That’s all for now. Wish me luck!

What are some of your goals for the upcoming year? Please share in the comments below! If you missed it the first time around, here is a link to more New Year’s inspiration!

One Bright Winter Day

Holidays, Personal, Photo Diary

Happy New Year! I hope you’re all off to an amazing start to a brand new year. As I mentioned in my last post, I recently spent a week in Muskoka, doing some relaxing with Erik and his family, and generally having a grand old time. It might even be safe to say that I am now something of a winter person. It’s hard not to be when you get to experience the season in the form of picturesque views through giant windows, stunning sunsets, from atop snowshoes, while gorging yourself on gargantuan pots of soup, and curling up in front of a roaring wood fire with a book and some of your favourite people. Now that I’m home again, let’s hope I can keep this peppy new attitude towards winter going!

While I was away, I had a lot of fun playing with my camera and here are some of my favourite shots. There may even be a recipe on its way!

snow-dusted woodpile against a cottage in Muskoka

quintessential view of a winter wonderland forest

holiday ornaments hung on a Christmas tree

Anthropologie mug in front of the cottage fireplace

decorative Anthropologie measuring cups arranged in a line on a firelog

decadent and delicious mixed berry parfait covered in kefir, cinnamon, and almond butter, recipe to come