Today I Weighed Myself

Today I weighed myself... I haven't weighed myself in probably over two years. It's not something I take part in. From years of self-worth found in being skinny and continually telling the joke that "being skinny is all I had going for me" since I always felt there were always a million other girls a million times more beautiful than I, I came to a breaking moment where I knew the scale had to go. Not that I ever owned one, but when the temptation was around-- at a friends house or my parents-- I'd have to fight hard to stay away. You see, for some strange reason, I always had this mentality that if I weighed over a certain weight, that was it! The one thing I had going for me would be gone and who was I to be then? As I became an adult, and metabolism [...]

2018-01-02T01:41:39+00:00

Social Media Detox

Social Media. I absolutely love the endless potential and inspiration provided by social media-- the ability to scroll through a feed and see images of beautiful styling, informative posts on any topic you find value in, and inspirational quotes reminding you that you are enough. Instagram, especially, has allowed a whole new genre of creative to take focus and find a creative outlet that can also put food on the table. If you’re someone who has a flair for colour palettes, a keen eye for detail, and a love for pleasing aesthetic, Instagram has provided endless creative opportunities. For me, especially, the beauty found on Instagram has fueled my creativity and allowed me to express and share my outlet with those around me-- from photo styling to my blog.   The downside of social media is how addictive it can be. How we flawlessly reach for our phones every morning [...]

2017-09-26T02:06:05+00:00

Voir

VOIR - TO SEE Transparency is a beautiful thing. It’s something we search for and it’s rooted in our deepest desire to be fully known. Transparency is being honest, and vulnerable, and just totally you, and when you take the leap into transparency, you freely say you are who you are—no apologies, no take-backs, no regrets. This is it. Transparency is something I long to see everywhere I go—from the people I interact with to the companies I choose to support. Lately, my quest for transparency has shifted from clothing companies to beauty products and I’ve been so pleased to see what I’ve found. One of my favourites so far is Voir Haircare.   Voir is a Canadian-based company who curated a collection of premium haircare essentials designed to inspire your beauty routine through art. Voir is the medium. You are the canvas.   Aside from being totally in love [...]

2017-07-20T02:00:53+00:00

Reclaiming Faith + Self-Care

I am beginning to dabble in the idea that my immature faith has caused me to deny myself self-love. That the continued message of living as a servant to others has led me to deny that I need time for me and that my time is only valuable when put towards the greater good-- that my value and worthiness comes strictly from my pursuit to put myself last and everything else first. While at first, this sounds heroic and humble, like things we are continually told to do, there's a piece of the message being preached that is missing... like the last page fell from the pile of carefully assembled notes and no one ever cared to pick it up. I'm starting to realize that if God loves us as His children, that if we have immeasurable value to Him, then, yes, He wants us to serve others, serve Him, [...]

2017-07-02T22:44:27+00:00

Join Me: 30 Day Challenge

I invite you along a journey that will positively impact your life and will change the way you view the world around you. It's 30 days of gratitude and doing ONE thing that will move your life the direction you aspire to go. It sounds simple, but it will come with its own set of unique challenges; you will overcome procrastination, self-doubt, and will come out the other side of these 3o days feeling lighter, happier, and ready to continue on past the 30-day marker as the challenge will have transitioned from a timeline to a lifestyle. What you'll need: A notebook or your phone (I'm old school and love a real notebook and pencil) A willing heart ready to be changed. Oh, and an idea of what you want to do for 3o days.... The challenge has 3 parts: 1. Each day, for 30 days, you will write down in [...]

2017-03-17T01:27:58+00:00

GIVEAWAY: Inspiring Spaces

  I am passionate about being inspired. When you're inspired, you are limitless. All the possibilities of the world are open, and you find ways to relish in the daydreams of endless potential. Creating inspiring spaces cultivates a little piece of possibility in your own home, which is valuable beyond measure. Creating a space that inspires you means you believe you can change the world, you can take on anything that comes your way, and you feel welcome, happy and your heart radiates. I've made a point to surround myself with items that inspire. I've even had people comment on my Instagram photos, sharing sentiments of how they enjoy the environment I intentionally put myself in. I encourage people to do the same-- a candle in a little corner, a plant whose shadows dance in the sunlight, or a favourite saying framed in calligraphy to encourage you in moments you feel [...]

2017-02-10T01:22:10+00:00

How Cupcakes Can Change The World

  Cupcakes can change the world. "It sounds pretty bizarre, and I don't blame you for thinking I'm a little wacko for making such a bold statement, but it doesn't change that the statement is true. What if I told you that YOU, as one person in this massive world, can use something you are passionate about to implement and create a lasting global impact and help end slavery? That's what I did, this is what I am doing, and it all started with cupcakes..." This weekend I am headed to Ohio to be part of a Social Justice Summit where my talk, titled Cupcakes Can Change The World, aims to encourage individuals to implement two key pieces of activism to see modern-day slavery and human trafficking come to an end. These two crucial parts of the activism puzzle are: 1- Purchasing Power 2- Open Source Activism These two concepts [...]

2017-01-26T03:39:52+00:00

Prairie Yogi

Rachelle is one the sweetest people I've met since I started attending Yoga Public in the late summer of 2015. It's kinda funny-- I've made more meaningful relationships with yoga instructors than other students I attend class with. I guess after seeing faces again and again, and after the easy conversation starter of 'hey, you work at Jenna Rae Cakes', it's easier to connect with teachers than students. Rachelle is the inventor of Prairie Yogi. As defined on their website: We are inspired by the big skies of our geography and the big hearts of our people, and believe that by sharing the stories of our community and bringing together that community by creating inspiring experiences, we are making the prairies a bit brighter of a place. I resonate with this. The longing for community, of people to truly share life with, is something I find woven into my being. [...]

2017-01-17T02:03:39+00:00

4 am Beauty

My favourite time of day is the early morning. Not 8 am early morning, Not 6 am early morning, 4 am early morning. Photo (from quite a few years back in Hamilton, Ontario) by the lovely and talented Krysten Cathleen Photography When I happen to wake up around this time of the morning, I relish in the quiet joy of stillness that surrounds me. A sleeping husband to my left, a sleeping cat to my right. The freshly fallen snow or leaves, the freshly sprouted grass or flowers, all untouched but ready for the natural sun stage-light to cast its beams for their stage call so they can show off their beauty, stillness & overnight transformation. In scripture, we read about how tomorrow is a new day. Sorrows may come, hardships, moments of weakness; but the light and love of a new day will come. Each morning, beginning [...]

2017-01-03T00:00:42+00:00

Balance

At the beginning of each year I choose a 'word' as my intention for the 365 days ahead. Sometimes it is a phrase, sometimes nothing more than a simple word that may receive nothing more than a passing glance to some, but for me it holds significance. My word for 2016 was Brave.   My life centred around the theme of stepping out, trying new things, finding my voice, and really embodying what it means to find strength and not be afraid to shine. Brave was what this past year needed. But being brave; with all its positives leaving me feeling accomplished, like I achieved personal growth and like I truly pushed my own limitations, often left me exhausted.   When I look back at all the things I wanted to accomplish this year, I am left with lists written in beautiful gold ink with barely any stroke marks of [...]

2016-12-29T18:25:30+00:00