Monthly Musings: June

Before you know it, the flowers are blooming, the sun’s out to stay, and the boots in the shoe closet are being traded for sandals and flip-flops again. I feel as if the arrival of June surprised everybody, mostly because of the weird weather we’ve been having. It’s hard to believe it’s already June considering there was an ice storm in Toronto about a month back. But obviously, nobody is complaining about this change we’re seeing. June is always an exciting time of year. It’s when the weather is nice and warm, but still not scorching hot to the point where you’re afraid to leave the comfort of your air conditioner at home. There’s all this energy in the air – anticipation for the summer ahead, a longing for weekends spent at the cottage. I view June as a transition period. The precursor to the summer months. The precursor to…

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Just Say “Om”

I’m sure you have all heard about the perks of meditation from countless blogs, dedicated meditators who seem to never leave a state of ‘zen’, and maybe even your shrink. There are so many scientifically proven benefits to meditation and here are just a few: Meditation reduces stress/anxiety Meditation improves concentration Helps you feel more connected Leaves you feeling happier Improves functioning of your brain Helps you have a good night’s sleep Increases serotonin production which improves mood and behaviour Lowers high blood pressure Meditation, recently, has really picked up and it’s become much more popular in the Western culture. People have started to realize the benefits to keeping the mind still for just a few moments during the day. Sure, you can go for a run, invest yourself in your art, or take a nap, but I feel like that meditation offers something different that the others don’t. So,…

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Discover Yoga: A Road to Self-Discovery

yoga (noun): a Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practiced for health and relaxation Now that summer is underway, I’ve had a lot more free time for myself recently and I’ve decided to devote all that free time to improving my well-being and really finding myself. It’s all about self-discovery and both spiritual and physical health. Throughout the year, we are so focused on work, and on checking all our “to-dos” off on the list. We spend hours seated at the desk, hunched over a computer, as we move from task to task, trying to force ourselves to work as quickly as we can. We rush off to meetings, or to run daily errands, rarely having a chance to really stop and take a breather. Discovering yoga was like discovering myself again, and…

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The 5-Year Journal

Hey everybody! Hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and New Year’s! I rang in 2016 on my cruise to the Panama Canal so stay tuned for those blog posts coming up! For Christmas, my friend got me the Q&A a day Five Year Journal and I couldn’t be happier to share this with you guys. Last year, in February, I had my eye on this journal in the bookstore but I didn’t purchase it at the time because a month had already passed and I wanted to wait a year. I was ecstatic when I got it for a gift. If you feel like you’ve always wanted to keep a journal or just really love to write and reflect, this is perfect for you. How it works basically is that for every day of the year, (they even include February 29th for leap years!) they pose a question. It…

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FALLING FOR FALL

Can you smell that? It’s the smell of fall. It’s finally fall and I’m so excited. The crisp fall air. Sweater weather. Lattes and cups of tea. The changing of the leaves. Warm, fuzzy blankets. Cozy candles. Pumpkin picking. Halloween. Everything is just perfect. My favourite part about fall is the weather. It’s not hot, but it’s not freezing like it is in the winter. You can sit outside wearing sweatpants and a sweater and feel just right. I don’t know how the fall season is where you guys are, but here in Toronto, Canada, the leaves are the best part. They’re a rainbow of leaves: red, brown, yellow, green. If you’re ever thinking of coming to Canada for a visit, come in the fall. You’ll love it. You’ll love it so much, you won’t want to go back haha. The above pictures were taken around Muskoka and the Algonquin Lakes…

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