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10 Self-care Ideas for 2016

Looking for some self-care ideas to get you through 2016? Here are 10 to get you started! Welcome to January, my friends. January is a loaded month for me. First of all, we have the inevitable come down from the holiday season. Then, we have the expectations and pressure of a new year and the resolutions that come with it. Finally, I have a birthday. Whoo boy, it’s a lot. I’ve long abandoned the tradition of making New Year’s resolutions in favour of setting an overarching theme for the year. I hereby declare 2016 as “The Year of Connection”. This year, my intention is to connect to my work, my friends, my family, my community and my body. This may sound simple, but I’m a true introvert and sometimes connecting is draining. So, the challenge here is to connect without depleting myself. This is where self-care becomes very important. With that in mind, here is a list of 10 self-care ideas for 2016: 1. Replace all your hole-y socks Socks with holes make you feel …


Get into Wine!

Wine can be so intimidating. There are so many choices it is hard to know where to start. In my younger days, we drank whatever was cheapest and came in the largest bottle. That resulted in many a headache and plenty of regrets. Fast forward to adulthood, I no longer base my wine selection on a volume to cost ratio. I do consider prices, but now I’m looking for quality and at a good price. This transition of values did not happen overnight. It took several years of trial and error to learn my likes and dislikes. I am not a wine expert but I no longer fear the wine list. Perhaps you are a little earlier along in your wine appreciation journey. You want to get into wine, but you don’t know where to start. Here are some tips to help!


The $13 Chocolate Bar

A decade ago I was living in Toronto, working in a fancy boutique in a fancy neighbourhood. I’d often treat myself to lunch at Pusateri’s Fine Foods, a fancy gourmet grocery. I hit up the deli counter for some balsamic chicken breast and roasted vegetables and made a beeline for the cashier. You had to move quickly in this place if you wanted to avoid impulse shopping. Just when I thought I was safe, something caught my eye while I waited in line. It was a bar of chocolate by a brand I’d never heard of. It was clearly an Italian brand. The packaging was grown-up. This was no Dairy Milk. It was my turn at the cashier so I grabbed the bar and added it to my pile. When in Rome, right?