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Finding a Mantra

less sleep….

I’m not one for lengthy cheesy quotes so when I find this baby I knew I had to share. Plus, anything that tells me to have more coffee, rocks – (I’m ignoring the ‘less sleep’ part, though… that’s just silly). As the holiday season approaches, it’s important to remember what it’s truly all about and not get caught up in the commercial side of the festivities. Spend time, not money.

xo Ali

PS. I’m in a bit of an inspiration funk and so the blog posts tend to stop. It happens.

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Happy New Year to you and yours!

December has been a busy one for me and for the past week I’ve been doing absolutely nothing but reading, eating, drinking, and beaching (emphasis on the drinking – WHAT? I’m on vacation!) As I type this I can hear the waves crashing against the sand – such a soothing sound. Okay, I’m done bragging.

Srsly though, 2012 brought about a University Degree, a family wedding, a cute boy, and many, many other wonderful things. But I just have this feeling 2013 is going to be a good one.

I have never been a resolution kind of gal. I figure if you want to change, then do it. Our time on this earth should not be wasted so GET TO IT. I’ve already mentioned my 1/2 marathon that I will run in May of this year, but 2013 will also bring about some travel which I’m very much looking forward to, but duh, who wouldn’t be.

Anyway, I hope your holidays were relaxing and full of fun, family, and good eats (and drinks) and that this year is even better for you than the last!

xo A

*Photo found .

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What? You thought I would avoid cliche Holiday blog post titles? I am above nothing, people.

It is no secret that I love the holidays. Honestly, I love absolutely everything about this time of year, including the busy streets and stressed out travellers at airports.

My parents have always made Christmas special for my Brothers and I. Now that we are in our 20′s we do the holidays a little differently, and by a little, I mean a lot: we head south for a much, much warmer Christmas. At first, a non-Canadian Christmas kind of threw me, but I’ve grown to love our exclusive family time in the sun and sand. I know that very soon we won’t be able to get together as easily over the holidays, which has totally changed my perspective on what Christmas is about. Since our first sunny Christmas, we have ditched the Christmas gifts and my goodness this is the most wonderful thing. No more spending money on, let’s face it, crap that we don’t need. Even if you aren’t religious and don’t celebrate a specific holiday, you can still enjoy the cozy goodness.

As we I was setting up our pint sized Christmas tree, my Mom said to me “It’s nice to see you so excited about Christmas even though we haven’t exchanged presents in years.” First I gave myself a pat on the back because duh, who wouldn’t? And then I thought, when did that transition even happen? Whenever it was, I’m okay with it. Sure, Christmas will be a little different in the future with boyfriends, girlfriends, husbands, wives, and rugrats, but for now… I’m going to enjoy my ridiculously stress-free Christmas while I can.

ABOVE: Trees at Lonsdale Quay

ABOVE: Our condo sized Christmas Tree!

Thank you for your wonderful comments and ‘likes’ on my lil’ blog. I’m sure most people on my Facebook couldn’t care less about what I have to say, but I appreciate those who do.


xo A

PS. You best believe I’ll be bloggin’ while enjoying heat rash the sun!

PPS. Have you checked out my YouTube Channel yet? I tell embarrassing stories!

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