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August 2014

TGIF: Hello from Toronto!

August 29, 2014

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Hello again, friends! Sorry for the radio silence this week. I tried to write a post for Wednesday, but travel and jet lag left me unable to form words for a few days. (Seriously, I’m so glad I didn’t publish what I wrote on Tuesday night… it would’ve been embarrassing.) But I’m here now! And, after we look at my budgets next week, I have some great posts lined up for September.

Even though I’m in Toronto right now, and I love being here, I have to admit: I had an amazing time in Edmonton. For starters, can we talk about the food? Who knew Edmonton would have so many amazing restaurants!? Some of my favourite meals were: brunch at Urban Diner, lunch at Blue Plate Diner, dinners at Tres Carnales (the best Mexican food I’ve ever had) and Rostizado, and dessert and tea at Duchess. Have I ever told you guys that I’m obsessed with key lime pie? Well, the best key lime pie award goes to Duchess.

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TGIF: Hello from Edmonton!

August 22, 2014

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Hello, friends! I’m going to keep this post short and sweet, because it’s 11:30pm and I can barely keep my eyes open. As I think most of you know, Mom, Baby Bro and I drove from Vancouver to Edmonton this week. The drive is a little over 1,100 km (nearly 700 miles), which takes about 13 hours, because half of it is going through this little hilly area known as the Rocky Mountains! Even though I’m from BC, see mountains everywhere and have flown over the Rockies many times before, driving around them was an experience I’ll never forget. We often take these things for granted here, but I was seriously humbled by their size and beauty.

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Pushing Past the Clutter and Moving Forward

August 20, 2014

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As a follow-up to last week’s post re: the other ways I’m decluttering my life and mind, I need to tell you how this whole process of “embracing minimalism” has evolved over the past two months…

When I started this journey in July, I will admit, I was 100% focused on the physical objects in my life. I spent a few weeks decluttering every last inch of my home and removing a total of 43% of my belongings from it. Nearly one month later, I am happy (and somewhat surprised) to say I haven’t missed a single item that I removed. But beyond that – and beyond the few changes I’ve made to my electronics/online life – what I’m most surprised by is how removing a little (ok, a lot of) clutter ended up helping me find some focus in other areas of my life.

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