The Blueprint Project Month Two: Celebrate

For the second month of the Blueprint Project, my focus will be on celebration. There are some notable holidays and personal special occasions that I will be commemorating. Some of these include:

  • My roommate’s birthday
  • Mother’s Day
  • Victoria Day
  • Theo’s first birthday
  • My one year anniversary at my company
  • My one year anniversary with Alec

In addition to these larger holidays, I am hoping to experience an overall sense of celebration and gratitude for the little things in life as well.

What do you do to celebrate life each day?


Things I Love Thursday

♥ weekends in Bobcaygeon ♥ (many) birthday dinners- Kalendar pork medallions with Alec and steak at the Keg with Salinna ♥ splurging on new shoes ♥ sunny warm days…finally ♥ surprise birthday pie at work ♥ informative conferences ♥

What is on your Things I Love Thursday list this week?

Movie List: 15 Additions

Recently in a post-Oscar daze I compiled a list of movies I’ve been meaning to see. I have slowly been working away at the list and thus far have watched 8 out of the 50.

After further Netflix browsing, I have started an additional list of 15 more:

  • Water for Elephants
  • Winter’s Bone
  • Frida
  • Kramer vs Kramer
  • Midnight Cowboy
  • The Last Station
  • De-Lovely
  • Seven Psychopaths
  • Midnight in Paris
  • To Rome with Love
  • Jack goes Boating
  • Nine to Five
  • Valley of the Dolls
  • Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (only after I read the book)
  • Manhattan Murder Mystery


What is on your to watch list?

What great movies have you seen lately?


Things I Love Thursday

♥ Running my first 10k. I wrote about it here ♥ Seeing the Mirvish production of The Wizard of Oz ♥ Dinner with mom ♥ Pre-run beet juice ♥

♥ work trips to Hamilton ♥ sushi dates with Salinna ♥ signing up for marketing conferences ♥ short work weeks ♥


How was your week?

What made you smile?




Blueprint Project: Week Four

Today has been amazing. I completed my first 10k and couldn’t be happier! Running the Toronto Yonge Street 10k was such a great experience. It had a great route with great people running it. Overall, it was fantastic!

  • The week leading up to the run, I limited my soft drink and alcohol consumption. From Monday-Friday, I had one alcoholic beverage and two sodas. It felt great, however I did find myself craving sugar.
  • I also tried to swap some unhealthy choices with more nutritional or lower calorie alternatives. For example, I often order sushi laden with spicy mayo and deep fried shrimp. I swapped this for simple avocado and salmon maki. I felt as though it was a cleaner alternative.
  • I’ve been striving to incorporate new foods into my diet as well. I have been using more coconut oil (rather than my usual standby, olive oil) and even grew my own sprouts this week!
  • My other goal this week was to not skip breakfast. Success! I ate a breakfast- usually consisting of Yves Canadian bacon and an egg/veggie scramble- everyday.


Now, onto the goals and guidelines for this week:

  • start practicing yoga again
  • go on more walks
  • work on toning
  • take Epsom salt baths to aid muscle recovery
  • rest and relax after a month of training!

Things I Love Thursday

getting my piece about the Boston Marathon attack published ♥ a busy, exciting weekend ahead ♥ watching a wonderful documentary, Craigslist Joe ♥ early morning runs in High Park ♥ getting to see my mom this weekend ♥ 



What are you thankful for this week?

Any last minute 10k running tips?