The downtown transition

So it’s nearly the end of August and with the end of summer often comes a period of transition – for me that includes moving to Downtown Kitchener and leaving the City of Waterloo for the first time in a decade.  You learn a lot in 10 years. Things like why it’s a bad idea…

An #IONbiz birthday 

It was my best pal’s birthday this past week. Since he’s as much of a community builder as I am, and a rapid transit enthusiast, I decided to take an #IONbiz approach to gift purchases to complement both the fact that everything is within walking distance to my house, and our mutual love for good…

Hello, June. Let’s get down to “business”

My May #31DaysOfMe project wrapped up last Sunday. It was exactly what I needed to keep tabs and checks on how I was letting both good and bad things into my life and how I let them influence me and my decision making. Now that I’m feeling way more on track, it’s time to get…

Puppies, projects, and pampering. 

Last weekend was one of those weekends where I just needed to breathe. I’ve been bogged down lately, feeling heavy, unwanted, and unsure of myself. No one wants to feel that. As a result I decided to do what I figured was best for me – surround myself with beautiful loving things. I put a…

Spring cleaning and surviving a seasonal change. 

This weekend has been the best treat after a long, cold winter. With highs of 23 both yesterday and today, it’s a welcome surprise that I’ve survived the sun unscathed. Being the colour of alabaster and 50’s style noxema cold cream means that the sun is a tough battle. Being Sunday and all I decided…

Hello, May.

Dear May day, Remember all those mornings we spent together where Ami and I would run outside and put dew on our faces as Mama laughed from inside the kitchen? Who knew I’d grow to love my freckles so much that I’d never want to wash them away. It’s been a while since I’ve spent…

It’s been a long year… well, 8 months.

Listen to me while you read! I have not written on my blog for a long time. 8 months goes by so incredibly quickly when your mind is preoccupied with other things – daily happenings, heart pangs, thoughts of financial freedom, etc. I kind of got lost a bit towards the end of last summer and…

Reclaiming Urban Spaces

Making something new again, fighting demons, putting your mark on the world – content creators turn to art for a variety of different reasons. For Kitchener visual artist, Chris Austin, reclaiming lost environments just comes naturally. “I started painting when I was 15, it was an escape from my struggles growing up. I was always…

Why Fife’s NDP is an approaching cloud for Kitchener-Waterloo’s economy

A Toronto Star poll last week of 604 Kitchener-Waterloo residents was not shocking for showing the PCs at a distant third with 24% support, but for showing that NDP incumbent Catherine Fife closely trails the only newcomer in this election — Liberal challenger Jamie Burton — 33% to 35%, respectively. These results are surprising considering our unique riding.Local insurance companies…

“Can you run in those shoes?”

That’s what two men said to me in reference to my Mary Jane wedges, as I walked alone down a street in uptown at 10 or so p.m. yesterday. I face the challenge of having little fight instinct. I’m not aggressive and pretty weak. I also would put a large sum of money on my…

So, you want to live alone hmm?

I’m 27 this November. It’s far from now, being a whopping 8 months or so away but, nonetheless I’m thinking about it. I’m thinking about all the milestones I’ve wanted to hit before turning 27. I’ve not hit many. When I was 13 I made a list of accomplishments, with corresponding ages. Finished university by…