It’s been a minute since I put together a Shark Week Round-Up. I’d like to say I’m sorry, but I’m not since I’ve been very busy enjoying summer. And by enjoying summer I mean hanging at the splash pad, reading borderline trashy novels, working hard on a new project and, like always, eating chips and drinking wine. Also, reading the internet. Here’s what’s good this week.
Current mood and some Friday reading after a week that felt too long and too short all at the same time. If you need me, I’ll be eating chips and drinking wine.
This week I have been feeling very breezy, with the long weekend summer vibes lasting right through to Friday! I spent a lot of time eating tacos and sitting in the park and reading fluffy YA novels before starting work this week. A top-secret project is coming together and I am so excited to share it with you soon. Here are a few things I liked and listened to on the internet this week to help you look busy until 5pm.
A few good things about this upcoming weekend that includes a lot of celebrating: Canada Day long weekend. I am helping my sister move into her first apartment two blocks away from me and I’ve got a very special bottle of sparkling wine and a family-sized bag of chips to celebrate the occasion. My mom requested a pizza party for her birthday and I am happy to oblige. But before we get to all that, a few good things from the internet this week.
On the chalkboard wall in our kitchen, my family wrote out a bucket list for the summer. It includes the usual summer in Toronto things like going to the CNE and hiking in Rouge Valley and pretending we’re on vacation at Harbourfront.
And then there’s one thing on there that’s just for me: no self-improvement.
Welcome to the first instalment of Shark Week: your weekly round-up of period stuff, female wellness and whatever else I thought was cool on the internet this week!
Last weekend I attended a workshop with Dianne Bondy, yoga teacher, social justice activist and leading voice of the Yoga For All movement (and also my new bff), hosted by the New Leaf Foundation. The workshop was titled “The Path to Empowerment, Self-Love and Body Acceptance” and I signed up as I have personally been struggling with these three things since the birth of my daughter in 2015. Going into the workshop I assumed that I would leave with some tools to help me learn to love this post-partum body that I’m still getting used to – and I certainly did. And perhaps more importantly, I also left with a new perspective on the wellness industry and the real issues it has with inclusion and accessibility.
When I was pregnant I found myself in the feminine hygiene aisle at the drugstore, looking for panty liners. I grabbed a box off the shelf and headed to the checkout. Waiting in line I started reading the box and noticed that “fragrance” was listed as one of the ingredients in the liners
Fragrance? WTF is fragrance doing in a panty liner?
A few weeks ago I had my first session with a new client. At the end of our time together I asked her how she felt about my recommendations and she replied, “Good. Really good, actually. I was afraid that you were going to tell me I had to stop eating meat!”