10 Things I Learned Since I Quit My Job 1 Year Ago

March 21, 2019

10 Things I Learned Since I Quit My Job 1 Year Ago

Bodysuit – Thistle & Spire / Denim – Sanctuary (similar here, and here) / Bag – Prada / Boots – Zara (similar here) / Necklaces (1, 2) – Wanderlust & Co.

Wow, it has been quite a little while since I last posted on my blog! This is probably by far the longest that I’ve ever been away from the blog, and it was completely unplanned. I wish that I could say that I scheduled this little hiatus into my life, but it happened all on its own and I’m a little bit happy about it. Early last year (end of January 2018 to be specific), I quit my full-time job as a marketer at a start-up to pursue my blog full time, and it’s safe to say that things worked out because I’m still here, and not currently hunting for a new job! We can all let out a collective sigh of relief—I know that I definitely did.

Making that decision was probably one of the hardest ones that I’ve ever had to make in my life (excluding the decision to uproot my life in Ottawa and to begin anew in Toronto many years ago), and it’s another one where I have zero regrets. Little did I realize that becoming completely dependent on myself would be one of the most difficult tasks that I would ever undertake. In the past year alone, I’ve worn more hats than I ever had (ie. accountant, debt collection, photographer, art director, consultant, project manager, sales, the list could go on) and it has really worn me down. I massively underestimated how much work would go into running my own business (successfully) and ended up being very burnt out towards the end of the year. These past few months of the new year have truly been a time of reflection for myself, and I’ve also taken the downtime from work to allow myself to relax, recuperate, and to strategize for the next year to come. It’s safe to say that I’ve learned quite a bit about both myself and the business within the past year since I quit my full-time job and I want to share some of these lessons with you in case you’re also in the same boat and thinking of making the leap.

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Belize Travel Diaries: #MDVPHoliday18 AWAY

December 27, 2018

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Belize Travel Diaries: #MDVPHoliday18 AWAY

It is officially everyone’s favourite time of the year again—the holidays! And of course, time for another rendition of #MDVPHoliday. But this year we decided to change things up a little and to escape the cold by booking a trip to the tropics to enjoy some sun, sand and well-deserved time off for #MDVPHoliday18. It’s safe to say that the holidays tend to be one of the busiest times of the year for us, so a little bit of pre-emptive R&R was much needed.

I’ve already done a complete Travel Diaries recap of our experience in Belize and 10 things to do, so if you’re interested in learning more about what there is to do in Belize, make sure to give it a read!

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Kitchen Play: Veggie Charcuterie Board

December 25, 2018

Kitchen Play Veggie Charcuterie Board

And there goes Christmas, just like that! If you’re anything like me, and love to spend the holiday with your family and friends, then you’ll definitely have at least one or two get togethers that you’ll be hosting this season. And as much as I’d love to put together an entire dinner with all of the fixings, from appetizers all the way to desserts, I honestly have no time for that anymore. Peter and I make the 5 hour trek back home each year, and the majority of our two weeks in Ottawa is often spent visiting family and friends that we haven’t seen in months. That doesn’t leave me with much alone at home time to prep for a fully planned dinner from start to finish! Thankfully, my friends are all a fans of potlucks, and/or have families of their own (literally, so many of our friends now have their own kids) that many of them don’t often have time for entire dinner, so that we can often get away with hosting a quick wine and snack get together.

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Holiday Gift Guide: #MDVPHoliday18 STAY

December 23, 2018

Belize Travel Diaries: #MDVPHoliday18 STAY

I can’t believe that we’re already nearing the end of the year! It sure seems like time flies when whenever it gets closer to the holidays and you look back at everything that you’ve done within the past year. I particularly love this time of the year because the emphasis of spending time with family and friends really forces me to decrease my workload which in turn decreases my overall stress levels. Peter complains that I’m too much of a workaholic, and I couldn’t agree more—the holidays are the only real time that I can truly relax and enjoy the festive season. My justification? Everyone else is on holiday, so I should be too!

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Cranberry Dreams

December 18, 2018

Cranberry Dreams

Sweater, Skirt, Blazer, Boots – Dynamite

I recently purchased a brand new PAX wardrobe during the Black Friday sales and finally received and put it together this past week—totally time-lapsed the documented the entire process and you should definitely watch it on my #VLOGMAS if you haven’t already! Oh yes, I’ve revived my YouTube channel if you didn’t already know (have you not been keeping up with my Instagram stories?!), and you should definitely check it out because I’m vlogging everyday leading up until Christmas! It was so much fun putting it together with Peter, and I’m so glad that I finally have been able to create more space in my closet to make way for some new seasonal additions, particularly everything red/burgundy/oxblood/cranberry that I’ve been picking up lately!

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