Belief in A Family’s Dream

Sometimes all it takes is one special person to see you through the hard times and believe in you so that you can make a difference in the world.

Karin Kolb is doing just that for a very special family in Barbados.

Karin met the family in 2013/14 when she lived in Barbados with her family.  She has seen this family through some really tough times, with various health issues.  Now she is (more…)

My Florida March Break circa the 70’s!

As soon as March hits, my mind is flooded with memories of family trips to Florida.  What a lucky kid I was!  I still remember my Dad driving the whole way.  My Mom would sit in the front and cut up fruit for everyone, feeding my Dad as he drove and my brother and I would be squished in the back seat with our Oma while she puffed on her Matinee Extra Mild cigarettes.  Oh, those were the days.

If you grew up during this time I’m sure you have some pretty fond memories as well.  Perhaps we even share some! I hope so. XO

1)      Music for the car ride – My Dad was in control of what was played in the car, he was the driver so that was his decision.  He always enjoyed relaxing music with simple lyrics that he could sing along to.  You guessed it – “Yacht Rock” is what we listened to.  Some of my favourite songs are from many of the One or Two Hit Wonder Bands that monopolized the air waves back in those days.  Songs like “How Long” by Ace, “I Love You” by The Climax Blues Band, “Him, Him, Him” by Rupert Holmes and “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” by Elvin Bishop. (more…)

Jully Black . . . Our Canadian Change Maven

On this Valentine’s/Family Day weekend I had the pleasure of spending some quality time in Toronto with my beautiful Mama.

We arrived in the city just after 11, found the perfect parking spot and took a chilly walk over to Milestones where we sat high in the air overlooking Dundas Square.  We made a decision that ordering a glass of wine with our early lunch was a great way to start our day.  Our crisp and refreshing glasses of Inniskillin Sauvignon Blanc arrived at the table along with some delicious Calamari to share.  We talked about Yonge Street and all of the changes my Mom had seen since the 50’s when she and my Dad would come down to buy their (more…)

2020 Is Going To Be Different!

If you want to make a change in your life you need to do things differently?  Am I right?

My year kicked off with something I have never done before.  Instead of locking myself inside my cozy studio and working day in and day out on my business plans I decided to dedicate the month of January to trying new things that would feed my soul.

On January the 9th I got on an airplane with 12 other women and headed to (more…)

Kate Fraser’s Story

Kate Fraser, a Mom and longtime Disney on Ice figure skater was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer at the age of 37.

Kate accepted her cancer diagnosis and teamed up with her friend Christa Wilkin, also a Mom living with cancer.  Together they call themselves (more…)

How To Wear More Sparkle!

Marilyn Monroe wore them in Gentleman Prefer Blondes, Madonna repeated them again in her video for Material Girl , Audrey Hepburn invented such a classic and timeless look with the way she adorned them in Breakfast at Tiffany’s and let’s not forget how many Bond girls sparkled up the big screen in them.

I’m talking about (more…)

It’s Time To Thank Yourself

This Thanksgiving I am thankful for many things.  We all have so much to be thankful for, but have you ever thought about making a list of things to thank yourself for?

It really is important to be kind to yourself and thank yourself for all of your super powers.

I’m talking about re-training your brain so that you no longer take yourself (more…)

If The Shoe Fits, Wear It!

Today I have a special treat for you.  I want to introduce you to Roxana, owner and designer at Barcelona Collective.

I met Roxana through my amazing friend Nancy McMillan (Chair of the Bright Run).  That Nancy just knows how to bring the right people together.

Roxana and I had our first conversation over the phone.  We quickly realized we (more…)

Taking the Time & Making the Time

Sometimes all I have on my mind is work.  It’s not a bad thing, I love it, like a lot.  I love it so much that I can create more and more work for myself as I see everything as an opportunity to learn and grow and push myself to do better and better.

I was kinda born this way.  I am unable to sit still and do nothing.  I get bored fast.  I remember, as a kid, boredom felt like it was killing me.  It was torture, to the point where (more…)

Dear Summer, Is Our Time Up So Soon?

Friday I was on the road, the sky was dark and cloudy and I felt like a close friend had died.  Perhaps somewhat dramatic but a feeling I think many of us have shared in the last few days.  I am definitely grieving the inevitable loss of summer.

I remember, when I was a teenager, as soon as my birthday came at the end of August I was ready for fall.  I wanted to wear my (more…)