An Autumn Getaway in Vancouver

12 Inspirational Quotes to Start the New Year Off Right

Many people think it’s a good idea to make New Year’s Resolutions. I quit doing that years ago. Why make a resolution that I’m only going to break and feel bad about in a month or two? Instead, I pick some words of inspiration and encouragement that will hep me in the New Year. I love to collect inspirational quotes. I put them on my bathroom mirror and fill Pinterest boards with them. As an avid bullet journal fan, I write them on my weekly and daily pages for encouragement. I recently discovered Canva.com, where I can dress up my favorite quotes Read More

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Did You Remember to Say Thank You?

December 26th is National Thank You Note Day. That shouldn’t really surprise anyone, should it?  I mean, we just got through the biggest gift exchange of the year. Sending out a few thank yous is the logical next step. Most etiquette experts agree that the sooner you write those notes, the better. My mother was never a stickler for thank you notes, but my grandmother was. I have my own kids write notes for their birthday gifts before they can play with them. That guarantees they’ll get done quickly. Who hasn’t reminded a child to use the “magic” words of Read More

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Recovering Perfectionist: Being Okay With Okay

My name is Leah, and I am a recovering perfectionist. It has taken me over 20 years to get comfortable with the fact that nothing I do or say is going to be perfect. I used to worry about offending people by saying the wrong thing, stress out over my house not being perfectly clean for visitors, and I never wanted to accept help from others because they might not “do it right.” In recent years, I have made a persistent and dedicated effort to let things go. And it’s paying off. Most of the time, I can honestly say Read More

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10 Favorite Books from 2016

I am an avid reader and I’m always excited to share my favorite books. I set a goal for myself each year to read 50 books. This year I reached 75 (so far…still have a few days left!). Goodreads.com is what I use to keep track of what I’ve read, how much I liked it, and what I want to read next. If you haven’t joined Goodreads, I highly recommend it. I’ve been a member for 10 years now. You can share recommendations with your friends, read reviews from other readers, and even enter book giveaways. Who doesn’t love a Read More