Shopping Haul: Indigo Books vs. Three Gift Cards

Shopping Haul: Indigo Books vs. Three Gift Cards

I live in Canada, which means that instead of Barnes & Nobles, we have Indigo/Coles/Chapters book stores which are all owned by the same company. Lately, they’ve been converting all stores to Indigo, meaning that a lot of merchandise is beginning to focus on home and lifestyle products, like candles, Matt & Nat handbags, alphabet lightboxes, and the like. Continue reading “Shopping Haul: Indigo Books vs. Three Gift Cards”

Happy Mother’s Day: 22 Things I’m Grateful For During the 22 Years My Mom has been a Mom

Happy Mother’s Day: 22 Things I’m Grateful For During the 22 Years My Mom has been a Mom

Happy Mother’s Day!

I love my mom, and I know this sounds cheesy, but she is fearless, brave, and strong in ways I haven’t yet experienced. To recognize how much I love my mom on this day of mom-indulgence and mom-happiness, I wrote down twenty two things I’m grateful for during the twenty two years my mom has been a mom. Continue reading “Happy Mother’s Day: 22 Things I’m Grateful For During the 22 Years My Mom has been a Mom”

Why I shouldn’t be a Food Blogger and Why I am One

Why I shouldn’t be a Food Blogger and Why I am One

I really, really shouldn’t be a food blogger, and here’s why: I have absolutely no authority on what is good food and what isn’t. Whenever I walk into a restaurant and start talking about the quality of the food, I feel like I have the same level of expertise as my dog who will eat a week-old charred chickpea off the kitchen floor. Continue reading “Why I shouldn’t be a Food Blogger and Why I am One”

An Update on Joanne

An Update on Joanne

This blog post is a quick one because I need this weekend to completely relax. With late nights at school/work, one all-nighter, and tears nearly every day, this blog post is a reflection of my current mental state: utter relief. For the first time in months, I’ve been able to truly, fully relax. Yesterday, I read a book just for my personal enjoyment. Continue reading “An Update on Joanne”

Mental Health and Self Care

Mental Health and Self Care

I wanted to write a blog post about photography tips from an amateur, but that will have to wait. Over the past couple weeks, I’ve been stressed, anxious, and nervous about the personal, professional, and academic portions of my life. It’s that time of the year when assignments are due, finals are coming up, and for me, my work term with the best workplace I’ve ever been in is ending. Continue reading “Mental Health and Self Care”

The Beauty of Humanity Movement -Review

The Beauty of Humanity Movement -Review

Though my father was born and raised in Vietnam, I never knew much about Vietnamese culture. I understood the basics of pho, and knew it was the land of women in ao dais and water buffalos – all images I had been exposed to while eating in Calgary’s Vietnamese restaurants. Picturesque and romantic, artwork related to Vietnam has generally evoked the same feelings of nostalgia and simple, country life. It was what I looked at every time I sat down with a bowl of pho, sipping sweet broth and listening to the restaurant’s intense volume of voices. Continue reading “The Beauty of Humanity Movement -Review”

Six Promises I Made to My Blog

Six Promises I Made to My Blog

Blogging was always an unattainable dream for me. Not because it isn’t easy to create a blog – literally anyone can sit down and start writing posts. But for me, blogging has and always will be an act motivated by a desire to write content that compels, inspires, and catches the delicate webbing of one’s soul. My writing has always been grounded in a desire for perfectionism, for my words to interlock in sounds and imagery. Continue reading “Six Promises I Made to My Blog”

An English Major’s Quarter Life Crisis

An English Major’s Quarter Life Crisis

What is it about the twenties that makes you want watch an entire season of X-Files with a cup of hot cocoa while also wanting to go out with your friends until your legs give way. It’s like your mind is hesitant to go any direction, yet at the same time, wants to gallop ahead and arrive at a destination. Any destination. Continue reading “An English Major’s Quarter Life Crisis”