About

About - October 2013

Welcome to Life In Limbo!

This blog is my cozy little corner of the internet, and it’s where I share thoughts, travel tips, recipes, photos, books I’ve loved, ideas, and inspiration.

About Me

My name is Stephanie. I’m 25 years old, trilingual (English, French + Spanish), and vegetarian. I live in Toronto, Canada and work from home as a virtual assistant.

Over the past few years I’ve been lucky enough to have several different adventures. I went to McGill University in Montreal for my Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and Women’s Studies, and worked at a sweet restaurant in the heart of the city. Right after graduating, I took a 3 month solo backpacking trip through Europe – you can see all my travel posts from that time here.

Then, starting in the March of 2014, I spent a year living abroad in Busan, Korea, teaching English to children. After my year of teaching, I travelled through Southeast Asia for 2 months and then did my 200 hour yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, India. In India, I met a great guy and decided to pursue a relationship with him by moving to Quito, Ecuador. While ultimately that relationship didn’t work out, it was a beautiful experience and I feel so blessed to have gotten to live in such a vibrant country (and to learn Spanish!).

What else? Well, I host a fun podcast called Guinea Pigging Green where my co-host and I talk about all things health & wellness in a fun, down-to-earth way.

I’m an Aries, an INFJ, and an eldest child. I love big ideas & positivity. I think creating is more important than criticizing. I spend most of my money on books and going out to eat. I’m an old soul and I adore meeting kindred spirits. Right now, I’m taking a lot of photos of beautiful places, eating delicious food, and thinking about the next steps in my life.

Have a question? Check out my FAQ page first.

Contact

email: stephanie @ lifeinlimbo.org

follow me: instagram | pinterestvimeo

Don’t hesitate to reach out – really! I have met so many incredible people through my blog, and it has been a huge blessing to my life. So if you have a question, or a link I should read, or a book recommendation, send me an email. I would love to hear from you.

All my love,

  • Rin

    So I didn’t realize before that you live in Montreal. I am super-de-duper jealous. I’ve only visited Montreal once (poo) but plan on getting up there again. The city is so beautiful and I loved every minute of it. Plus, going to Montreal gives me a chance to practice my mad (read: diminishing) French skillz. Yes, skillz.

    Are you from Montreal or go to school in Montreal? Or both?

    • effieboo

      Hi Rin! I only live in Montreal, I’m originally from near Toronto. I love it too! It’s gorgeous and there’s so much to explore. And yes, it gives me a chance to practice my French skillz (I like that ;) )!! You should definitely visit again, there’s way too much to see in just one visit. :)

  • Hi Effiboo,

    I commented on your page about a year ago, praising your lovely blog.
    I wanted to congratulate you on keeping up such an interesting blog, I visit everyday!!
    Keep it up chica!

    Akire.

    http://www.poeartist.wordpress.com

    • effieboo

      Thank you Akire! I’m so flattered. So glad you find it interesting enough to keep visiting. :)

  • pinny

    thanks for the nice comment on the Mcgill tedx it means a lot to me that people gained something from what I shared

    • Stephanie

      You’re so welcome! Thanks for sharing your story – it’s inspiring how much you’ve accomplished in all the areas of your life. I’m glad I could hear your talk.

  • Stephanie,

    Your blog is truly a pleasure to read, and I know i have mentioned it before to you, but I find your blog so deliciously cozy!

    I have to say is that what I admire most about you is your ability to not just talk the talk but to also walk the walk. Your posts are so “every day” which is what I love the most. It’s your life, and your living it. It’s not like you’re preaching to your readers, on concepts that are too difficult to grasp. I like following your life and your successes, as they collect, one after another. It inspires me and makes me feel good! I like that you have an exclusive list of sizable goals that you achieve slowly and confidently.

    I think that is what truly inspires me. It’s easy for me to get in over my head, and feel overwhelmed with what I have set myself up to do. When I get overwhelmed like that, it’s easy not to achieve anything at all.

    What I like the most is how real you are. And you have great positive energy. I can tell you care about people, because I can tell that you care about yourself.

    I believe you are going to go very far in your life, because of your nature. I believe you will go far in life because you are conscious, and you enjoy the simple things. You are going to go far in your life because you take things one step at a time, and everything you say, you do.

    I think the greatest way to be an inspiration to others is not by talking inspiration, or writing inspiration, but by living your life as if it was an example. And I believe yours is :)

    Love,
    Malavika

    ps. If only we lived in the same city.

    • Stephanie

      Hi Malavika!

      First off – sorry it’s taken me so long to reply to your incredibly sweet comment. I took a blog hiatus over the long weekend and haven’t had a chance to sit down and reply until now.

      Next: thank you. It was my birthday on Saturday (when I woke up, your comment was one of the first things I saw) and I don’t think you knew it was my birthday but in all seriousness reading your comment was one of the most special parts of my whole day. I am floored by your kind words, seriously. I am not even quite sure how to respond! Most of the time, I go about my bloggy business without thinking too much about who is reading, or what they’re thinking, and without getting much feedback. I would probably still be writing this blog even if nobody read it, but it’s comments like the one you wrote that make it all worthwhile.

      I’m honoured that you feel inspired by me, especially since I know from reading your blog that you’re in med school in Ireland, which is just so inspiring to me as well. I totally agree with your final comment – I think we would get along really well!

      I won’t address everything you wrote (because I might get overwhelmed, and cry or something – ha!) but I just want you to know that your words really touched me. It may seem from my blog that I have things together, but I have my fair share of bad days when I feel awful about myself. I’m saving your comment so that I can look at it whenever I feel down. Thank you so much for sharing your kind, kind words with me!

      xoxoxo, Steph :D

  • Veronica

    Hey Steph, You are such an inspiration for a young woman looking to the future and I found that you have helped me through your words of wisdom about my first year at University, as I am terrified about what the experience will bring. I was just wondering before you went to Uni did you ever worry that you weren’t good enough or that you might fail one of their exams and be kicked out or am I just being really pessimistic about myself ?

    • Stephanie Pellett

      Hi Veronica! Thanks for your kind words, I’m glad you found some helpful information on the blog. As for your question: OF COURSE. Everyone has those thoughts and feelings at some point, and everyone is afraid they won’t be able to find a balance and succeed at university. Going away to school is challenging both in terms of the academics and also in learning life skills. But as long as you try your best and work hard, you will be okay. I had times when I cried over my physics and calculus textbooks because I was sure I was going to fail. You have to remember that you’re not alone in having these thoughts, no matter how pulled-together and perfect the lives of those around you seem. Remember also to ask for help if you need it. Also, failing a class isn’t the end of the world! I know lots of people who failed a class and had to retake it. You’ll be okay. Just stay positive and try to reach out to others (like you did with your comment!) and you’ll find there are lots of people in the same boat with you.

      Hope that helps! Don’t hesitate to ask me more questions and I’ll try my best to help. Good luck and have fun!

      Steph

  • Tracey Corenman

    I just stumbled upon your blog as I was looking for ways to pack for Europe and you are a genius! I love how little you were able to take with you and can only hope I can get my items down like you did. Your Flickr photos are amazing and you are absolutely adorable. I can’t wait to look through more of your posts!

    • stephaniepellett

      Hi Tracey, thank you so much for your sweet comment! I really appreciate it. I am so glad you like my blog and I hope that my packing post was helpful. Have tons of fun on your trip to Europe, I would love to hear how it goes, especially re: packing! Thanks again for reading. :)

  • Sarah Struthers

    Hi Stephanie! I’m sure you’ve noticed, but I’ve been pouring through your blog the last couple of days, there is SO much helpful information! And you and I are almost living the same lives! Do you mind if I email you with a few questions? I can introduce myself a little better too! :)
    ♥Sarah

    • stephaniepellett

      Hi Sarah! I have noticed, it’s awesome you like my blog! I am so happy to be helpful. Definitely, please email me at stephanie@lifeinlimbo.org! I’d be happy to answer any questions I can.

  • Rachel Shin

    Hi Stephanie! I’m visiting your blog by chance and it is really impressive for me and helpful too!. like travel especially how to pack for Europe, healthy food, and DIY. Actually,I’ve been in Vancouver almost 10 month to study English and work, making healthy green smoothies and gonna travel in Europe next month for 20 days and then go back to Korea! So I wanna share some information.
    If you have any questions about life in Korea or green smoothies, anytime I can respond to you!
    Anyway, thank a lot! I will visit your blog again soon :-D

    • stephaniepellett

      Hi Rachel! I’m so glad my blog could be helpful to you!! I am very jealous that you live in Vancouver, I really love that city, although Busan is pretty awesome too! Thank you so much for your comment. Actually I do have a question – if you have any recommendations for things to do on Jeju island, I’d love to hear them! I am going to be visiting in a couple month’s time. Thanks so much Rachel! Hope to talk to you soon.

  • catherinetatum

    Thanks so much for these awesome tips. I had no idea why my hash tags were not working today! It was the word photography with a hash tag! I’m passing this information along to others…..and now I’m following you on Instagram!

    • stephaniepellett

      You’re welcome! Glad it helped.

  • Jane Ding

    Hey Stephanie! I just wanted to give you a big thank you – I found your blog a few weeks ago while I was feverishly looking up advice for university. I ended up finding your post on the 20 things you wished you knew, and I can’t put into words how much comfort it gave me, especially when I realized you also went to McGill! I’m actually moving in tomorrow, and I hope my experience with McGill will be as much fun as yours! This is a great blog, I very much admire your dedication and wisdom. Once again: thank you so much, more than you know!

    • stephaniepellett

      Hi Jane!! Thank you so much for your comment, I really appreciate it. I’m so glad it was a comfort to you especially at this crazy time! Hopefully the first few weeks have been okay – overwhelming, probably, but hopefully fun and exciting too!! I hope you love McGill – it was an amazing time for me and I loved it very much. In fact, I miss it now. Enjoy!

  • Lazysnake

    i just found ur blog,and i am enjoying it, we have a lot in common. i love traveling, i wanna go everywhere to see the world,i plan to backpack in europe too, i speak chinese and english, and i am learning spanish, i am a vegetarian who care so much about healthy eating, lol

    • Hey lazysnake that’s awesome we have so much in common! I wish I spoke more languages – I’m hoping to get back to learning my Spanish again soon too! Thanks for reading.

  • TheUnfunnyGirl

    Hi Stephanie! :D
    I happened to stumble across your blog when I was looking for study break ideas, and came across your article “101 things to do during study breaks”. And I loved it! I also love the idea of this blog in general, and your “Inspiration” articles in particular(I look forward to them regularly now). I find that we have a lot of similar interests, so I find almost all of your articles helpful.
    But, above all, I love your blog because I find that you try your best to be transparent. You don’t have this pretense of having everything figured out, and I really appreciate that.
    Anyways, great work. Keep it up :D
    With love, from India ^_^

    • Hi!!

      It was so nice to get your comment, thank you for all your kind words. I absolutely do not have everything figured out, far from it! I struggle with figuring things out almost every day. I try to stay positive on the blog, and in my life, but I’m glad that the transparency comes through. I am so glad you like the blog and thank you for writing to me. I appreciate it very much. xoxox