Bursting the Bubble [Week 3 – Part One]

Bursting the Bubble, Lifestyle/Personal, Toronto Adventures

This week, Bursting the Bubble will be split into two sections, one I will post tonight and the other tomorrow morning – I think you’ll understand why once you’ve read both posts. I don’t think this whole Bursting the Bubble thing could be complete or as effective without an attempt to understand and learn about the world around me, not just the beautiful block where my office is located. The day after the Boston Marathon bombings, I picked up a copy of the local paper and commandeered a copy of The Globe and Mail from the office. I poured over them, devoured information, details, and photographs. I then Youtubed, searched Twitter hashtags, and went through various News photos and reports.

I became a collector of stories, real stories (or as real as any outlet of media allow them to be). I’m not going to sit here and hash out a week’s worth of news but I will say that whatever bubble I’ve been living in over the years has made me blind and naive. However, I’m proud of the fact that I’m not desensitized by all that is going on around the world. Some stories brought me to tears, others tugged at my heart, some made me fear for my own safety, and others made me wonder why certain things happen. I know we can’t stop our lives or live in fear when bad things occur close to home or even far away but I think it’s important to be aware of them – they are someone else’s reality.

I now understand the importance of knowing even just a little bit about what’s going on in the world and although I may not get a chance to read the paper every day, with the dawn of social media there is no excuse good enough to walk around in a cloud of ignorance, in naive bliss. I might not be able to change the world by reading the paper but there are ways to help – sometimes bringing attention to a subject is enough.

Sometimes it’s just the spark that’s needed…

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Love Always

Vanessa Xo


Darling, you’re très Chic

Lifestyle/Personal, Toronto Adventures, Uncategorized

I’d like to draw your attention to a few NEW things on My Pen, My Voice.;* Firstly take a look at my new “selfie”…


My wonderfully talented and creative cousin, Ashley, drew this for me. She’s the one who is always giving me thoughtful gifts and touching cards. She not only believes in me, she supports me, and she inspires me to keep going. She’s one of my best friends and I wish nothing but great things for her! THANKS ASH!

Secondly, you’ll notice a few new tabs above. Check them out!

Chic Darling is a lovely website that has taken me on as a contributing Writer (Writer deserves a capital W)! Woooohooo! I will be contributing some Lifestyle posts, Book Reviews, and perhaps some Music or Film Reviews! I’m looking forward to it! I’ll be sure to post links in the new tab!


My first post will hopefully give you some Valentine’s Day ideas and my second post will be a recap of an event at Minling Pan Studio! As for My Pen, My Voice — look forward to a new Buytopia deal that I get to try out tomorrow, a review of The Wizard of Oz and the Pantages Hotel, a review of Proof of Guilt by Charles Todd, my usual endless yapping, AND a bookish contest coming to YOU from myself and Random House Canada at end of January, beginning of February!

Lots to look forward to over here!

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Love Always

Vanessa Xo