We took a class on knife skills and left with lessons on life

We took a class on knife skills and left with lessons on life

When we started talking about self-fulfillment as our Self-Care theme of the year, we couldn’t help but start dreaming of all the things we’ve wanted to do forever. Things we’ve wondered about, but just haven’t made a priority. Things that would give us a feeling of accomplishment, the satisfaction of learning something new that feels somehow a bit greater or more, you know, sophisticated and maybe even…daring.

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Our Top Life Hacks to Restore Harmony this Holiday Season

Our Top Life Hacks to Restore Harmony this Holiday Season

We don’t know about you, but when we turn the page on our sassy Anne Taintor calendar to December there’s an automatic catch in our throats. Anxiety, panic, perhaps the sliiiiightest twinge of concern about how to get it all done – without getting done in…

Who isn’t trying to negotiate obligations with work, friends, family? The holiday work/life balance struggle is real.  

If only there were more hours in the day…

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How to Handle the Holidays When You Don’t Feel Merry or Bright

How to Handle the Holidays When You Don’t Feel Merry or Bright

We’re now into December which means the music in the malls is on perpetually looped holiday jazz standards and everything’s being draped in the ole red, white, and green (and if we’re really lucky, silver and gold, too). For some of us, there’s no better time of year!

For many others, the holiday season marks a particularly slippery emotional slope marked by dread, anxiety, and depression. Not to be a downer, but sometimes even for those who normally look forward to the holidays, the sheer intensity of it all can result in exhaustion, resentment, and obligation. Continue reading “How to Handle the Holidays When You Don’t Feel Merry or Bright”

A year of Handled

A year of Handled

Raquel and Laura reporting to duty from our favourite little Queen Street East cafe, Sweat and Soda. We are sitting here with our fearless leader, Shira Yoskovitch. In case you hadn’t heard, she is the Founder and CEO of Handled Concierge Services. We had a lovely chat leading up to Handled’s one year anniversary, turning the tables on our vibrant leader by putting her in the hot seat for a series of questions. Read below, you know you want to. Continue reading “A year of Handled”

Azadeh Boroumand is a Boss that’s got your back

Azadeh Boroumand is a Boss that’s got your back

It’s so much fun when you meet a *true* badass.  A Boss.  There, I said it.  Because they make us better people. They get it– what it takes to achieve your goals, how you can make things better for the world around you, that you can have a good, solid, full body laugh at yourself in the process.  They are completely unapologetic for who they are and how they got there.  And they bring the rest of us along for the ride.

That’s Azadeh Boroumand in a nutshell.  She’s a mom, a wife, a role model, a Personal Trainer, a CrossFit Games competitor, a tireless advocate for true wellness.  Yup, a Boss. Continue reading “Azadeh Boroumand is a Boss that’s got your back”

The Self-Care Experiment Wrap-up: And the winners are…

The Self-Care Experiment Wrap-up: And the winners are…

When we started The Self-Care Experiment we wanted to give all of us the opportunity to see what could happen if we truly prioritized self-care. Not just the physical stuff and certainly not the quick-fix spa day or mini-break types (although sign us up because nobody’s saying no to that!), but the more every day, routine kinds of things that we thought might have an impact on our day-to-day lives. Things we felt were feasible to accomplish for the mind, body, and spirit. Continue reading “The Self-Care Experiment Wrap-up: And the winners are…”

The Self-Care Experiment Week 6: Floating your cares away

The Self-Care Experiment Week 6: Floating your cares away

We couldn’t agree more that the benefits of meditating are boundless for the mind and spirit. But, the level of practice and discipline that meditation requires to quiet that ‘monkey mind’ can be daunting. It’s not like we haven’t tried. As kids we were naturally drawn to it – albeit unknowingly – and created made up guided visualizations that we would solemnly lead each other through before bedtime at overnight camp (remember listening to your cabin-mate as they led the rest of the kids through relaxing each body part from toes to head? Surprise, that was guided meditation). Continue reading “The Self-Care Experiment Week 6: Floating your cares away”

The Self-Care Experiment Week 5: Handling meal prep

The Self-Care Experiment Week 5: Handling meal prep

With our crazy schedules we don’t always have time to plan meals – or when we finally get home after a super long work day (we’re talking days that end around midnight and then out the door again by 7am), the last thing we want to do is spend an hour preparing and cooking meals we’re too tired to eat anyway. Continue reading “The Self-Care Experiment Week 5: Handling meal prep”

The Self-Care Experiment Week 4: The power of the friend date

The Self-Care Experiment Week 4: The power of the friend date

Everyone’s heard it: “It takes a Village.” I mean, mostly that statement crops up when we talk about child rearing but I think it applies to life in general. Whether we prefer to have few, very close friends or a large broader group of friends, we’re all built to need connection. Continue reading “The Self-Care Experiment Week 4: The power of the friend date”