Inspiration: September 15

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Inspiration: September 15 >> Life In Limbo

The best thing I experienced this week was the new documentary about The Avett Brothers, May It Last. It’s hard to put into words how beautiful this portrait was, but my favourite aspect was the exploration of humility, dedication to craft, and tolerance of the uncertainty that comes with an unfolding journey. I was lucky enough to see it in theatres (thank you Sonja!) but you can learn more here.

This post about the emotional labour of female travel bloggers has much broader implications beyond just travel blogging. I see this kind of thinking and behaviour with women in many of areas of life. Her specific examples are particularly clarifying and were a good reminder to me of what I can choose to opt out of.

10Q is coming up soon! The idea is simple: once a day, you answer a reflective question about the past year. Then after the 10 days are up, the vault is closed for another year. Last year I only did 3 out of the 10 questions, but reading those answers when they landed in my inbox this week was surprisingly emotional. You can learn more here.

Even just reading the words, “that’s enough,” felt so calming to me. Maybe you need to hear this message too? “You’ve done your piece, wholeheartedly. And truly, that is plenty.”

I started a free course this week called Building Your Business Blueprint, and have been completely blown away by the depth of the content so far. I haven’t even put in my email anywhere! Just quality content, available to anyone, and tiered into 3 levels depending on what kind of business you currently have. Highly, highly recommend, especially since Caroline and Jason are the kind of entrepreneurs I admire most: very successful, but very thoughtful. Also, all their websites are so beautifully designed.

Speaking of amazingly thoughtful entrepreneurs, my friend Rebecca ran a free 5 day Ignite Your Style Challenge this week, and I can safely say it was transformational. I created outfits I didn’t even know I had and (even better) felt so cute/fun/flirty all week. As someone who regularly doesn’t feel like I know anything about style, it was a big shift for me. You can learn more about the challenge here or sign up for her course here.


Wow. Talk about an inspirational week! I love those weeks when it feels like the juices are flowing and things are happening both internally and in my community. I feel unbelievably grateful to have such interesting people in my life who inspire me on the daily and push me to dream about what’s possible. (Speaking of which: this is your weekly reminder to find your local chapter of Tuesdays Together!! Lol.) This weekend is the yearly (enormous) Polish festival in my neighbourhood, my book club is meeting to discuss this great read, and I’m going home for a family reunion lunch. I hope you have a wonderful weekend too! xo.

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Inspiration: September 8

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Inspiration September 8 >> Life In Limbo

I love this writing advice: “Write to find out what you think, or find the story you need to tell”.

Anyone in the market for business tools or services? I loved reading Sarah’s list of what she uses to run her business.

Liz Gilbert doesn’t stop dropping truth bombs, ever. Her article on the Dreamers is so moving & energizing.

This dance was so fun! But nothing tops Lin-Manuel’s wedding surprise for me.

Yooooo this article is so on point. Amazing advice on budgeting, spending on yourself, and fully fleshed out scripts to use when family members or friends make inappropriate comments. No big surprise, got this gem from the Money & Happy Facebook Group.

I’ve been very into Kesha’s new music this week. I (like many others) was horrified by her legal struggles with her abusive producer, and I think her new stuff shows her soul and her strength. Especially Praying.

This blog is so cool and gets my brain buzzing about things I could do.


I gave myself Monday off for Labour Day, so it’s been a fast week! Lots of work, lots of creative projects, lots of reading (I can’t put this one down). This weekend I’m volunteering at an entrepreneurship conference and spending some time with my Dad’s new puppy! Yay! I hope you have a wonderful weekend too. xo.

Inspiration: September 1

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Inspiration: September 1 >> Life In Limbo

A friend of mine told me about the existence of Mail Merge last week and my eyeballs almost fell out of my head. I am now actively looking for places where I can use this ingenious system in my life.

I am happily using Todoist lately to keep track of my to-do list, but I’m experimenting with adding Google Keep to the mix because I learned it lets you easily collaborate on notes with friends. I am also trying to use Google Photos more, because their search function is amazing (ie. Search “beach” and all the photos from the beach come up without you having needed to tag anything! Ahh!) What do you guys use for your to-do lists?

I haven’t been listening to The Lively Show much lately, but I enjoyed the most recent episode about the Law of Attraction.

Lots of great suggestions in Elise’s recent episode on getting out of a creative rut.

This week I finished the book Intuitive Eating, which I loved. Whether or not you struggle with eating, I think there are some awesome tips in here that relate to mindfulness and presence. There’s a quick rundown of the myths about this way of eating on Refinery 29 here if you’re curious!

Have you ever wished you knew just the right thing to write to shut down someone saying bigoted things on Facebook? If you tag White Nonsense Roundup in the comments, they’ll help you out!

Related: This week I did a big cleanup of my Facebook friends list and I highly recommend this. I had been ‘friends’ with so many people I didn’t even know or recognize. Byeee!


This week has flown by. On Tuesday, I went to the CNE and the John Mayer concert with my friend Sonja, who had kindly gotten me tickets for my birthday! That was a super fun day. One of my favourite parts was riding the Sky Ride and looking out over the fairgrounds and the city beyond. Plus, John was incredible – I have naturally been listening to this playlist all week. I am looking forward to a weekend spent relaxing, reading, and doing nothing, to recharge. I hope you have a wonderful weekend too! xo.

Inspiration: August 25

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Inspiration: August 25 >> Life In Limbo

A.J. Jacobs has some great thoughts for his students (and all of us, really) for the back-to-school season. He’s so cool.

One idea about how we can resist with a sense of humour and zero violence. This gives me hope.

Still feeling hopeless? Here’s an enormous list of tangible ways we can support people of colour and combat white supremacy. I have barely begun reading it but there are so many good ideas here.

Let’s celebrate the back to school season by buying some cool school supplies like other creative people!

The Incredible Jessica James was super good, but warning: it is not a TV show! It is a movie! Do not be heartbroken like I was when I sat down to watch the “next episode”!

Oprah is so interesting and inspiring to me, for a million reasons. This interview was really good. I also endorse Making Oprah and the Super Soul Conversations podcast.

Seth’s post on behaviour addiction is #relevant to me. If you missed it, I wrote about dimming the volume (especially on technology) earlier this week.


The week has flown, friends! It’s definitely getting cooler here in Toronto, especially in the evenings, which is making me feel all that back to school excitement, even though I’m not in school. What a great time of year for a fresh start, for establishing some great routines, for buying more plants for your house, for pulling out your cozy clothes. This weekend I’m planning to watch one more outdoor movie and hang out at my mom’s with the puppy. I hope you have a wonderful weekend too! xo.