Bringing It Back to Basics.

Hello lovelies.

I realized I haven’t written here in months and I apologize. I’ve been trying to figure out why all the tasks have seemed SO big and where all my enjoyment in telling stories and interviewing people went. Between Local Ladies, and a new website, a second year of school, and work, everything just started to seem way to big to conquer and as a result, I was discouraged before I even started. So, I’m bringing it back to basics. Back to the good ol’ blog, where I’ll be posting everything. Regardless of what people may think, regardless of it’s “professional”, I’m going to tell my stories and the stories of those around me who inspire.

So, now that that’s out of the way. What’s new? 

Local Ladies had its premiere screening in September, selling out the atrium of Innovation Guelph and raising almost $400 for Women in Crisis. Local Ladies has also made the jump to being year round instead of just one month. I’ll be interviewing women who inspire me and posting the interviews all year long. So, keep your eyes peeled here for those videos.

I started second year of school, but now we’re on strike…so I’m just trying to get all of my work done despite the strike. It’s a whole stressful thing! But hey, such is life. I’ve taken many naps and I am READY to hustle. Well, like half ready. I did just add a bunch of new movies to my Netflix queue too…

(Psst…it’s almost Oscars season too.)

Talk soon, ok?

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21 Things I Learned Before 21.

14305334_10153991161502711_8692433340450530779_o.jpgHello lovelies. Yesterday was my birthday! The only day (well, week) of the year where I can be a total self centered diva, so naturally it is my favourite week of the year! This year I turn 21, old enough to drink in the United States, which really doesn’t mean all that much to me. But hey, if I ever feel like recreating the Hangover and losing a friend on the roof of a hotel, NOW I CAN! But to be honest, all I wanted for my birthday was to drink a beer and watch Blair Witch, which I ended up getting (as you can see on the left). What can I say? I’m low maintenance.

Just like last year, I wanted to write about the funny (and not so funny) little lessons I’ve learned in the past year. Except last year I only wrote ten, this year I am going for the big 21. So, here’s what I learned in the past 365 days of being 20 years old.

  1. Blue hair was (and still is) an amazing idea. However, it is a bitch to maintain.
  2. Being an aunt is awesome.
  3. Don’t go see the male strippers when you have a terrible cold, you will hate it.
  4. You will never look like Rachel McAdams from The Notebook when you walk in the rain, you will always look like a drowned rat.
  5. You should vote! It is your right and you should DO IT.
  6. Put yourself out there and amazing things can happen.
  7. Getting into college is even more awesome when you get the email at a family party and can share it with everyone.
  8. Drink as much wine as you want. Life is crazy, but wine makes it better.
  9. Losing a bunch of weight won’t make people treat you better, and it won’t upgrade your life. The way you think about yourself is what can change your life.
  10. Step outside of your comfort zone, that’s where all the magic happens!
  11. The Academy Awards are not just a show, they are a month-long journey.
  12. Cherish the people in your life, they won’t be around forever.
  13. Toronto ComiCon is a place you need to go every year.
  14. The Office finale will ruin you. RUIN YOU!
  15. Sometimes you don’t feel good enough. It happens to all of us.
  16. Coffee with Faith and Chelsey is always a good idea.
  17. Watch some films directed by women, they’re fucking awesome.
  18. Take a social media detox, it’s good for you.
  19. Blue lipstick is fucking cool. No matter what anyone says.
  20. Change is scary, but it is necessary for growth.
  21. Interview and collaborate with as many inspiring women as you can, it’s a complete game-changer. It’s the best thing I’ve done all year.

There you have it, folks. The 21 lessons I have learned in 21 years of living, the good and the bad. I can’t wait to see what I have to write about next year, but only time can tell. That’s my favourite part of writing posts like these, is knowing that one year ago I had no idea any of these amazing things would happen to me. Life is full of tiny surprises and victories, and if you choose to celebrate those instead of life’s failures and tragedies, you will be just fine.

Welcome to Local Ladies.

We need to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves. We have to step up as women and take the lead. – Beyonce Knowles

Hi lovelies.

Yeah, I started the series off with a Beyonce quote. THAT is how much fun we are going to have this month, a BEYONCE level of fun.  If you are following me on Twitter, you may have seen a sneak peek at the series I have been working on for the majority of the summer. It has been a large project of mine, but I could not be happier to finally be sharing it with all of you, starting September 1st.

The series is called Local Ladies, and it is a full of interviews with Guelph women on topics such as; turning your ideas into reality, the power of vulnerability, women supporting women, and the importance of self care. There will be a video on each of these topics released every Sunday afternoon (beginning September 4th), with other full interviews released sporadically throughout the month. I’m extremely pleased to present the Local Ladies of 2016, a group of extremely talented creatives and business owners.

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From left to right; Erinn White, Charlene ‘Chuck’ LeBlanc, Beth Timlin, Julia Busato, Jennifer Hunt, Whitney Douglas and Amanda Woodhouse, Erin Doherty, Faith Cameletti, Hayley Kellett.

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Sometimes I Feel Ugly. But Who Doesn’t?

Hey lovelies.

So, here’s the thing. I felt really crappy about myself this past weekend, which was especially inconvenient since I had the Guelph Blogger meetup and Book Exchange on Sunday. If there’s anywhere I don’t want to feel like an ugly potato, it’s around my friends. I want to have fun, and not be worried about my chubby arms or a potential double chin in photos. Why am I telling you this? Why am I sharing my weekend body struggle with you? I’m not looking for pity or compliments, I’m looking to start the conversation of “hey, this happens, it’s okay”. Because everyone deals with body insecurities at some point, and I think it’s important to talk about. 

So imagine my annoyance the day before, trying to pick out an outfit. In my eyes, everything looks awful. Clothes I loved two days prior were suddenly the ugliest things I had ever seen. I settled on a green polka dot dress, which was super comfy, and went ‘fuck it, I’ll look the same no matter what I put on’. Headed out to the blogger meetup, which ended up just being a really great coffee date with my friend Katherine. Amazing conversation, and she is so supportive of everything I work on. After coffee, I ran across the street to pick up a lip balm from the new Truth Beauty Company in Guelph. Upon entering the store, the sales associate says to me “WHERE did you get your dress? I was admiring it from across the street!” which was super sweet, and brightened my day just a tad bit more. Then on my way home, a man said he liked my necklace. Finally, I spent my afternoon with the book exchange group. The greatest group of ladies I know, and some of my favorite people to spend time with. My hair and makeup were complimented multiple times throughout the exchange. Clearly no one else thought I was a horrendous looking monster, so why did I feel this way?

But it wasn’t all of this that changed my attitude, it was when a friend said she didn’t see herself as attractive. And I’m looking at her going ‘this girl is freaking gorgeous, how is she missing that?’. Why was I so apt to tell my friend she was beautiful and encourage her to be kind to herself, but when I say awful things to myself (the one person I am stuck with for my entire life), I allow it to be the truth? You see, we all have that stupid little voice in the back of our head that tells us we are not beautiful or worthy. It’s our job to protect ourselves from that voice, teach our brain that talking to yourself that way is toxic and unacceptable.

Self-love doesn’t happen overnight, and it something you have to work at every damn day. You have to train yourself to catch those negative thoughts and stop them in their tracks. One of my tricks for doing this (and Loey Lane taught me this), is whenever I catch myself saying something mean about my body, I talk to myself about it like a small child. Checking in and saying “hey, that’s not okay, I like Katie.” can act as a reminder to be kind to myself the same way I would be kind to a friend. It sounds silly, but it works. 

I may feel fat and ugly some days. But I still feel funny, smart, strong, sexy, and awesome most days. Here’s to making that an every day occurrence, one positive thought at a time.

*Also, huge thank you to Denice Charles for taking these pictures and letting me use them. She is amazing.