Backyard detox through design – on a budget or not so much…

Get your detox before the winter with a bit of design therapy. With so little of the summer left, it is high time you do two things: try and enjoy your backyard more if you did not and, plan for its improvement for next year. Renovations are still surging as many Torontonians have opted to…

The three things that we should not give up any one day of the year

Ever wondered how some people are able to keep a schedule and repeat the same rituals every day? The kind of rituals that are poster-ready, the kind that you would want to have because through some weird and magical connections if you do that, you will achieve some elevated sense of self and accomplishment? Well,…

Why is your home able to boost or kill your mood

You know that scene in America’s Sweethearts when John Cusack complains about Catherine Zeta-Jones taking her new beau to “their restaurant”? As if by doing that, she’s poisoned all the dinners he had with her there in the past. Have you’ve experienced that? Did you ever wonder why that is? This is happening because we…

What is health and what does it have to do with disease

Health is a hot topic in any day and age, especially now. As a species, our primary instinct and goal is survival and health helps yield high survival rates. But what is health anyway and what does it do for me? Here is what health is not: it is not the absence of disease. Disease…

New Year’s resolutions // Two ingredients needed to make them happen

What I’ve learned from the design process is that the word of the day is… HIERARCHY Why the hierarchy is important is that it divides the items you want to do into categories that are broader than “done” and “not done”.   The done // not done categorization is doomsday for even the healthiest of…

Why constant learning is important and what it does to your brain

We typically think of school age as learning and all that follows, as something else. That ‘something else’ is the honing of more or less repetitive tasks that make up our lives. And as we increasingly enjoy the pleasure of getting better at them, we tend to spend less and less time acquiring new activities,…

Living through a pandemic and how a laid back attitude can take you through it

As someone living in the first world, I’m not accustomed to having my movements restricted, or my social appearance directed by the use of masks, nor am I accustomed to the sparsity of activities that I so cherished to do around my own city, Toronto. But not being a lingering pessimist, this type of thought does not last long; so I figured that instead, I would get a little perspective and look at where some of this has been imposed in much more nefarious circumstances. That ought to perk me up!

My 5 favourite December treats

I am one of those people that never makes it to the hair salon because I don’t seem to ever be able to book an appointment. These hairdressers are so busy that it takes too much of compromising my own schedule in order to make anything work.