Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
If you are in the greater Toronto area, make sure to check this event out!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
This HIGHLY ANTICIPATED party features the following:
*HOT performances from Flirty Girl instructors
*Appetizers from Marben Restaurant
*Hair Styling from Blonde Salon
*Make-up touch ups by Dalish Cosmetics
*Flirty Girl Gift Bag
*Free access to an afterparty at one of Toronto's HOTTEST night clubs and so much more!
Cost: $25 in advance, limited tickets available
This event is FREE for Flirty Girl Fitness members.
RSVP is a MUST please call 416-920-1400
The last party had OVER 375 girls - don't miss out!
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Like any relationship, there needs to be give and take and there comes a point where you want to preserve the friendship rather than always get your way. Is it always her way or the highway? If you find your friend always makes everything about her, then perhaps you should rethink the friendship. If she always waits for you to crawl back and apologize you may want to break this pattern in keeping with the theme that you teach people how to treat you and not indulge the outburst.
You can’t count on her.
Part of being a good friend is being there for your friends when they need you and vice versa. When you are in need of a friend is your friend around or is she frequently otherwise disposed? You should be able to count on your friend being there for you and likewise she should be able to count on you.
She isn’t trustworthy.
Can you tell her something in confidence and know that it will go no further. Friends should be able to share intimate details of their lives with each other with an expectation of privacy, especially if you both have the understanding that it is private information. If you tell your friend something confidential then overhear gossip about yourself that only she and you knew, then you may want to rethink the friendship.
You’ve grown apart.
Some friendships can survive growth in different directions and others cannot. If you have a mutual respect for each other and genuinely want each other to do what makes them happiest, then you should be able to remain friends. If one friend still likes to go out and party and the other friend wants to settle down and start a family, you may not hang out as much but you should be able to remain friends because you recognize that you are just on divergent paths that may cross once again. Some friendships though are based more on the hanging out frequently and doing the same things. These friendships often alter and sometimes end once one friend opts to take a different route.
Keep in mind that when you do ‘dump’ a friend you want to be at a level so that if you see each other in public it is not awkward but there is a mutual respect for one another. Be clear with yourself and your feelings and try to avoid saying anything you could regret. Sometimes misunderstandings can just be cleared up with a simple and honest conversation. There are also times where you can just discreetly go about your life and let the friendship fade or fizzle on its own without a long talk. In the end it is all about being happy and content with your life and those around. If someone has you stressed or upset more than they have you smiling, it is probably best to move on.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Do one thing at a time.
If your focus is divided into too many points, it is hard to accel at one thing. When feeling overwhelmed, it is best to concentrate on one task at a time. If you immerse yourself in dealing with the here and now, you will accomplish some of what you set out to do and therefore feel as though are not just spinning your wheels in the mud.
Keep what is important to you around.
Life is too important to spend it worrying about things that end up being irrelevant to you in the end. Only keep those things in your life that are important to you. Spend time partaking in those things that you deem a priority.
Enjoy what you have.
This means that you are grateful for what you have in your life and that you truly relish its presence. You may not have everything that you want in life but it is rare that people have it all, even peoples definitions of having it all is different from one person to the next.
Clear the clutter.
Try to get rid of belongings that you do not really need. It's amazing how little we actually need. Once you clean out your closets and get rid of those excess material possessions, we are more able to appreciate the things that we do have.
Be in the moment.
Being present is one of the hardest things for people to do. Many people are focused on the next steps and what they need to do now to get there. There is nothing wrong with goals and setting yourself up in a position to achieve them but you also have to spend time in the here and now to obtain simple life satisfaction. If your idea of relaxation is a hot bubble bath, take one. Focus on your breathing, taking in the fresh air of the outdoors and the beauty that surrounds you.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:
When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy.
Stretch before rising.
Run, romp, and play daily.
Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.
On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
Never pretend to be something you're not.
If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.
ENJOY EVERY MOMENT OF EVERY DAY!
Friday, August 7, 2009
Often times women are left trying to decipher whether they have found 'the One'. There are a few ways to tell if you have a keeper or a sport fish that you should return back to the ocean.
1. He listens to you.
Any man with an interest in pursuing a future or a serious relationship with you, will listen to what you have to say when you need him to. The problem will never be too big, out of genuine concern he will want to help you and try to guide you to a solution to the problem.
2. You trust him.
You trust that he has your best interest at heart. Without trust a relationship is doomed. Your expectations should be managed and realistic. It is violated expectations that can ruin a relationship.
3. You would be his friend even if he were not your boyfriend.
He is good person, someone you would want to be around, even if it were not in the romantic sense. Partners require the same amount of nurturing that a friendship does. You should hold him to the same standard that you hold your friends to. If your friend constantly let you down, you would likely not want to be their friend anymore. If your friend needed you, you would be there for them etc.
4. You share common ground.
Your moral compasses should be similar. Your values and beliefs as well as desires for the future should share common ground so that you can grow together as a couple.
5. It feels right.
Every relationship has its ups and downs but you should not feel like you are a square trying to fit through a round hole. When things are going well, it feels almost effortless, as though things are meant to be. You don't feel like you are constantly trying to be someone you are not.
6. He enriches your life.
As the old saying goes "love gives you wings". You should feel as though he supports you and stimulates your desires and stretches your imagination further.
7. He sacrifices for you.
The right man will consider sacrificing for you an honour. He will gladly give as it means that he is not giving up something himself but investing in a future for the both of you. It does not need to be a monetary sacrifice but can be as easy as spending quality time with you.
Be careful of the kind of packages you seek the One in. I once had a girlfriend who would only date men that were a certain height, had a certain eye color etc. Open your mind and your heart and see what there is around you and you may just find that the One was there all along or right around the corner.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Sephora opened up shop at the Pacific Centre and Coquitlam Centre on July 10. It is a playground of beauty... each store includes thousands of shiny lip glosses, colorful nail polish, perfumes, beauty creams and products galore. The range is enormous, you can buy eye cream for $15 or you can buy eye cream for close to $250! Much of Sephora's success comes from arranging their cosmetics by category as opposed to individual makeup counters you would see in a department store. Sephora Vancouver promises to be THE beauty product destination in the greater Vancouver area. I can't wait to personally check it out and spend an afternoon in the store. I have waited 9 months for this!
Friday, July 17, 2009
As I have gotten older there have been more than a few people in my every day life that have been directly affected with cancer. The Canadian Cancer Society estimates that approximately 31,100 women will be affected by breast, uterine, ovarian or cervical cancer in 2009. With its increasing prevalence, it is important that fundraising initiatives be put into place so that important research can be done.
Along with the Girls Night In fundraising idea, a new website www.GirlsNightInForCancer.ca makes it easy to host a Girls Night In. This website includes: online event registration, a downloadable host kit, party theme ideas and evites. By supporting Girls Night In you are helping the Canadian Cancer Society fund leading-edge research for women’s cancers, specifically breast, cervical, ovarian and uterine cancer. Money raised goes toward funding important women's cancer research. In 2008, the Canadian Cancer Society funded more that $5.5 million to research women's cancers, including a dozen research grants and awards to researchers in the province of Ontario. Money raised also goes toward cancer clinical trial research that tests new and better ways to prevent, treat and diagnose cancer.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
To RSVP, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Friday, July 17, 2009
Time: 3:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Throughout Yaletown, centered within the heritage district.
Hope to see you there!
Thursday, July 2, 2009
On June 6th exactly 1,623 people gathered in Yonge-Dundas Square to play Neil Young’s Helpless, setting the new Canadian regard for largest guitar ensemble. Unfortunately it was just shy of the Guinness World Record of 1,802 which was set in 2007 in Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Germany.
Luminato 2009 - Neil Young Helpless Guitar Ensemble
On July 1st, DJ Starting from Scratch and Manifesto Festival held an event called: Michael Jackson: A Toronto Tribute & Canada Day Celebration.
Michael Jackson Toronto Tribute / Canada Day Celebration
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
What is a Recessionista? A Recessionista is the fashionista on a budget. She’s chic, uber cool, most definitely not cheap and yes, her wallet is always happy. She is someone who seeks out the hottest trends and the latest fashions. A Recessionista won’t let a poor economy stand in the way of making a fashion statement!
The Recessionista Shopping Series boasted Fabulous Clothing and Accessories for $25 or less. It was held at Heritage Hall, 3102 Main St in Vancouver. The Recessionista Shopping Series are one day shopping events geared towards people who love clothing, accessories and beauty products on a budget. On Sunday June 21 from 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., the first shopping series featured 40 local designers and stores selling their fabulous items for $25 or less! Along with shopping enjoy services such as eyebrow threading, manicures, eyelash extensions and facials at four pampering tables. Admission was only $2 and the first 150 people received a goody bag along with 3 free tans by Fabutan or free hot yoga classes valid for you and a friend from Westcoast Hot Yoga.
Meeting up with friends at the Glam City Girls table
It was not like the Shop Crawls that I attended in Toronto but I did have a good time! This felt more like a trade show with booths set up. There were very little clothing vendors and more jewellery and esthetics vendors. My favourite part was the girls social network table set up by Glam City Girls. Overall I would say that the event was a success and well worth the $2 admission. I would definitely attend this type of event again.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Taz mentally preparing for the wake skate
Forgive the sideways video, it was the way I was holding the camera, I will flip it shortly and reload it on the post but I thought it was too priceless to not put up right away. I was also thrilled and how the audio editting matched the length of the video perfectly.
As you can tell, he thought he was on top of the world after his first wake skate. I figure since my dog can do it, I should be next to try it out.
Feeling on top of the world
I guess it just goes to show you should never fear trying something new!
Thursday, June 11, 2009
One key approach to remedy this situation is to overcome traditional gender roles to achieve a balance of household responsibilities. Breaking the pattern of viewing housework and taking care of the kids as women’s work will help to split up these duties more evenly.
Patterns also develop in any relationship and once they are there, they are hard to break. Just because you were always comfortable doing the cooking before your job got increasingly demanding does not mean that cooking should always be your responsibility. The unwritten expectations of your arrangement should be renegotiated as life events come up and the situation changes. Each partner should be willing to renegotiate expectations and reach a compromise that will keep you both happy.
Focus on tasks individually rather than the whole picture. Instead of looking at your entire home as a mess that needs to be cleaned, break it down into small achievable tasks such as making dinner, taking out the garbage, vacuuming the floor and cleaning the toilet. Once the tasks are listed you can start to decide who will be responsible for which task and when.
Delegate effectively and reciprocate when your help is needed. Once you have decided which tasks belong to each of you, both of you have a great starting point but life changes at the drop of a dime and has a way of getting in the way of plans that we set out for ourselves. Be flexible enough to delegate things that you cannot do because something has come up and equally be willing to reciprocate and accept a task when your help is needed.
Acknowledge each other’s feeling and show your appreciation. When discussions start make sure to listen to your partner and what they have to say. Make sure to show appreciation for the things around the house that they already do and show appreciation when they get their tasks done.
Most importantly, keep communication open. Through open and continuous communication you will eventually find a balance that feels right. Living together can be a very trying time in any relationship but finding a way to strike a balance between household responsibilities can be a great help. Remember that it is when expectations are not being met that problems arise so if you both enter into the situation with an open mind and an attitude of compromise, smoother sailing lies ahead!
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Remember to acknowledge your reactions. It is normal to fear the unknown and question what you will do and how you will manage if worse comes to worst. Be true to yourself regarding your feelings, this will help you to cope with them.
Ignore the rumours floating around. Many people will worry about something that could happen and then worry again when it does happen. It is much more effective to disengage from rumours that are going around and only deal with the reality of the situation when it presents itself.
Try to remember that work is not your entire life. Work is what you do, not who you are. Your roles as a parent, spouse, friend and family member are just as important. Try to remain connected as much as possible to your other roles and not let the uncertainty at work consume you. Staying active can help; go for walks, hikes or a swim. This can help you burn off nervous energy as well.
Try to remain positive and remember how you have overcome struggles in the past. Remind yourself that up to this point you have overcome the curve balls that life has thrown you and if you do lose your job, you will overcome that obstacle as well.
Self care is also very important. Make sure that you are getting an adequate amount of sleep and exercise. Ensure that you eat well and keep the commitments outside of work that you have. Develop a relaxation routine and know that whatever comes your way, you will move past it onto brighter times.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Give yourself permission to feel.
We live in a society where people think there is a problem when you feel sad. You must allow yourself permission to feel. Feelings of happiness and joy flow along the same pathways as feelings of sadness and anxiety. Once you accept that everyone has their ups and downs, it is easier to deal with those downs. Feeling is never a bad thing, it is coping with those feelings and knowing that they will pass, that is the difference between being sad and debilitating depression.
Time affluence is a bigger predictor of happiness than material affluence. It has been shown that once you have enough time to do the things that you enjoy, people are happier than are those with countless material possessions. Time affluence means feeling that you have the time to pursue those things that you find personally meaningful. This includes giving yourself time for leisure or to reflect on those things that are important to you. Taking a few moments a day to meditate and centre yourself can help with this, as can cutting out the things in your life that do not serve to make you feel good about yourself.
The mind-body connection
Time and time again you have probably been told that a moderate amount of physical activity can make you happier; this is not a myth but a reality. Exercise helps the body create serotonin which elevates mood. Don't think of exercising as taking a happy pill but rather as giving the body and mind the fuel it needs to keep running smoothly. Humans were not meant to be sedentary creatures therefore not exercising is like going against nature and can cause health issues as well as depression.
Awhile back while watching Oprah, I caught the episode on "the Secret" and it was the first time I had heard the concept of gratitude journaling. Since then, I have seen this concept in several other places. The concept is simple: take notice of those things that you are currently grateful for and write them down daily. To simplify this practive, you can start by keeping this list short and include only five to ten things. Once you take time to recognize what you are grateful for in your life, you become conscious of how blessed you are and can focus on the glass being half full and not half empty.
Happiness should be the goal being saught after by most people. This can be achieved by being true to yourself. Look at the present and appreciate what you have. Drop the future worry because the future is yet to come. Forget the past regret because it has already passed and has brought you to the place you are today. Be thankful and the rest will follow.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Chic Chicas Cocktail Party at Opus
Chic Chicas is a group of like-minded, elegant, fashionable and fun-loving women who are eager to meet new friends and discover what Vancouver has to offer. Events include chic restaurants, chick flicks, party themed nights and outdoor adventures such as hiking, biking, kayaking etc. Many members are either new to the Vancouver area or are just looking to expand their social circle and get out there and have some fun.
The Chic Chicas's cocktail party included a VIP room along with an exclusive Chic Chica martini and Chic Chica shot that were created for the event. The cocktail party at Opus was attended by 19 chic chicas from all over the greater Vancouver area and even included professional photos of the event that were captured by Pogoda Studio. The party was a great success where women gathered for a night of drinks, dining, conversation and laughter.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Beauty services included manicures by Soul Indulgence, brow grooming by Wink Beauty Lounge, face mapping skin analysis by Dermalogica’s Skin Bar, mobile hair styling by Emily Sarah Style, makeup applications by New Image College of Fine Arts, henna by Exotic Touch and tarot card readings by Cat Beings.
Fashion designer and model Anelore Popa’s hot bikini line entitled Anelore made a very successful debut and the line included many bright vibrant colors with very flattering cuts.
Here are a couple pictures from her line:
Anelore by Anelore Popa
Anelore Swimwear line with Anelore Popa on the left.
Overall the event was a great success and I look forward to the next one in Vancouver!
It wasn't a carefully thought out plan, leaving the city, but rather an opportunity that came up that I did not want to turn down. In September of last year I left the big metropolis of Toronto and moved to BC to live in the mountains in a town of less than 15,000 people.