changes: both subtle and honest

Just for Fun, Lifestyle/Personal

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Last weekend the fiancé and I drove up to his aunt’s cottage in Lindsay. As he searched for old music to sing along with (think Ja Rule featuring J.Lo), I put my feet up on the dashboard and exhaled loudly. I had a lot on my mind and a long drive was exactly what I needed. 

Did I tell you that I’ve been working on turning my blog into a books? Well I am. When I look back and read old blog posts my memories fade to black-and-white; showing with subtle honesty how much I’ve changed, how much life has changed. I’ve grown immensely as a writer and a person in the last five years. Many of my relationships have either tarnished or strengthened. I’ve experienced love and pain in many different forms. I’ve failed, tried, and dreamt without limitation. I’ve welcomed change for the most part and when I wasn’t too fond of it, I wrote it out. 

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In mere weeks my living arrangements are going to alter slightly, by September I will have another little niece or nephew running around, in year-and-a-half I’ll be married, in two years I’ll be living with my husband in our condo, and who knows what else! So much to document! Here’s to looking bright, bold, and colourful future. Here’s to accepting new challenges with determination and passion. Here’s to growth and change. 

Love Always,

Vanessa Xo

You can’t predict the weather but you can weather the storm.

Just for Fun, Lifestyle/Personal

I cannot believe how quickly this weekend flew by! I spent my weekend about three hours away from home with a few fantastic ladies to celebrate my bestie’s bachelorette. I packed my bikini and sunscreen in hopes that I would soak up some sun and FINALLY get a tan this summer. Sadly, even after a little sun-dance, it stayed hidden behind the clouds.

A cool wind and constant rain kept us inside but we made the most of the weekend. Eating, sleeping, drinking the most delicious coffee I’ve ever had, watching Bridesmaids, gossiping, and relaxing in my sweats turned out to be exactly what I needed. You never know what can happen when you bring together a group of women (some of which don’t know each other). I’m thankful that well all got along, got to know each other better, and made a few memories over the weekend too.

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You wouldn’t think that a Bachelorette would bring about some intense thoughts but as I sat around and observed the conversations being had, I learned more about myself than I bargained for. In order to be successful I need to be as confident as the girls I was surrounded by this weekend. In larger groups I gravitate to the background or stick to the only person in the room that I know and that has to stop. The only one judging me is myself and I need to get over my self-consciousness in order to change and grow as a person and a professional. To be a #GIRLBOSS (although no one used that term this weekend) I need to stop making excuses for myself and to try harder. I need to know that I am doing everything I possibly can to live the life I want and I cannot give up. I also have to learn when to let something go and just have FUN.

Thanks to the Real Party Girls of Kathryn’s Bachelorette for teaching me all of this and so much more!

ENJOY LIFE AND KICK ASS, 
VANESSA XX

NO BOYS ALLOWED

Lifestyle/Personal

Girls weekend

Headed up to a cottage tonight for the entire weekend to celebrate my bestie’s stagette. I cannot wait for some tanning on the dock, girl-talk, a few drinks, and some intense relaxation! I’m using this weekend to unplug from my thoughts (and hopefully my phone) and simply enjoy everything that cottaging has to offer. I’m looking forward sleeping in, lounging in my sweats, reading, and not having to think so much about a schedule or which jobs I should be applying for next. Wait, that sounds a lot like what I’ve been doing since leaving the pizza place and freelancing a bit… oh well, might as well enjoy it while I can!

ENJOY LIFE AND KICK ASS, 
VANESSA XX

Leave it to me..

Family Time, Just for Fun, Lifestyle/Personal

Leave it to me to feel aggravated, stressed out, and overwhelmed on a long weekend at the cottage.

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With such a beautiful cottage, incredible view, and great family – why did I waste my time thinking about other things?

Leave it to me to ruin my own weekend..


Love Always
Vanessa Xo