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Book review – The Crossroads of Should and Must by Elle Luna

I read The Crossroads of Should and Must back in April, took loads of notes, had many thoughts, and then couldn’t seem to bring myself to write a review because it required doing some hard thinking about my “crossroads” and … Continue reading

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Book review – Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Big Magic has been incredibly inspirational, even “life changing,” to a lot of people, but I’m not sold. Throughout the book, I underlined a lot of good ideas and thoughts that I felt were relevant to me. But, I also … Continue reading

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Plastic Free July – plastics I still own

I’ve been doing a lot of reading and lurking on zero waste and eco-living websites lately. One of my favourite resources is the Green Indy Blog, run by Polly who’s a zero-waster with a realistic view of life. She is … Continue reading

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Book review – Reasons to stay alive by Matt Haig

Everyone should consider reading Reasons to Be Alive, whether you have depression, know someone who has depression, are curious about depression or might, at some point in your life, encounter depression in yourself, in a loved one, in a stranger, … Continue reading

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Reading update – June 2018

I hardly read at all this month because I’ve been keeping busy with a watercolour challenge and other things. Also, it’s summer. I get tired of noise when my windows are open 24/7, so I stop listening to as many … Continue reading

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Plastic Free July – what I’m giving up

I’m giving up garbage bags this month, and that’s actually freaking me out a little bit I’m participating in Plastic Free July. I wrote a bit about it and zero waste in my last post, but as a quick summary, … Continue reading

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Plastic Free July challenge

I’m participating in Plastic Free July, which is a challenge created to encourage people to reduce their use of plastics, especially single-use plastics. I’m not plastic free or zero waste, but I would like to be, as much as possible. … Continue reading

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“Slow” mid-year update

I’m doing an OK job of being slow and intentional in many areas of my life, but I’ve also completely dropped the ball in many other areas. Such is life, I guess. Work has been sporadically high stress for several … Continue reading

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30×30 direct watercolour challenge – week three

I’ve been participating in Marc Taro Holmes’ 30×30 direct watercolour challenge. This a round-up of the paintings I did for days 8-14 (you can see 1-7 here and 8-14 here). This week involved a lot of quick and simple paintings. … Continue reading

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Book review – Life Reimagined by Barbara Bradley Hagerty

To be completely honest, when I first started listening to Life Reimagined, I was filled with dread and regret: I’m going to die alone, immobile and demented! It’s a hard book to read when you’re in the middle of questioning … Continue reading

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