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21 Day Anxiety Challenge

When I think back over the years of my life, I know that I’ve always been an anxious person. I tend to worry and overthink everything. Even before I’d ever heard of anxiety I recall having these nervous feelings. However it wasn’t until I entered high school and was diagnosed with heart disease, that it began to get worse. I wasn’t actually diagnosed until about 7 years and a half years ago when I had the emergency open heart surgery, that would save my life. Combined with depression and PTSD, there were many days where I couldn’t even leave my apartment. There were times when I would panic so bad that I had a hard time breathing.

I’m very lucky to have a strong support team around me, who I can rely on, along with good doctors. I’ve come a long way since then and have learned several coping strategies, however there are still times when the panic sets in all over again.

Recently my cousin came across a 21 Day Anxiety Challenge which was shared on the blog Love + Marriage and a Baby Carriage and we decided to give it a try together. It is a great lead in to a second challenge from the same blogger called The Happiness Challenge.

Even though my cousin and I live in different provinces, we thought that participating in this challenge together would be a great way to motivate each other. And to further ensure that I stick to the 21 days, I decided to share my progress here on my blog.

As you will see from the list of tasks below, it really is quite easy. Just one simple activity a day is aimed at improving your state of mind and relaxation by spending a short amount of time on yourself. Considering that we are both mom’s with young children, finding time for ourselves can be tricky, but it is definitely important.

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Only time will tell if this challenge will bring any positive changes, but I am looking forward to finding out. Our starting date is Monday February 26.

Would you like to join us in this challenge? If so let me know so I can follow your progress.


A Day in the Life of a Digital Media Publisher

Last month a good friend of mine was featured in an article on the blog State of Digital Publishing, written by Vahe Arabian.

In the article, Tammy gives some good advice for those who are just starting out in the industry. Although her focus is on travel writing the tips she gave can also be applied to small blogs like mine as well.

Click the link below to read the article.

Tammy Burns; Urban Adventures by Vahe Arabian

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For Fans of Gilmore Girls..

Source: Gilmore News

If you are anything like me, you were super sad to see the Gilmore Girls end in 2007 after 7 seasons. And likewise you were super excited for its revival Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, that was released last year on Netflix.

But now you are back to missing our favourite mom and daughter duo, right? Me too!

Well I recently stumbled across a 2016 article by Johanna Golden (from Book Bub Blog) entitled:

14 Books to Read if You Love ‘Gilmore Girls’

And while these books may not replace our favourite show, it may provide us with some great reading.

Several of these books I’ve had on my TBR for a while including: Where’d You Go Bernadette? by Maria Semple and Empire Falls by Richard Russo. Now, with this list of recommendations my TBR has grown again.

I can’t wait to read some of these books and see how they compare to Gilmore Girls.

Have you read any of the books from the article? Which were your favourite and did they compare to the show? I’d love to hear from you. Please leave me a message in the comments. 


My Dream Reading Space

I recently came across Arhaus, an American based home furniture company and I wanted share my dream reading space. This got the wheels turning inside my head. What if I could create my own special spot to just unwind and curl up with a great book? What if I had no limits or restrictions and was free to do whatever I wanted? Well here is my own vision of my dream reading space..

My dream reading room must be warm and cozy. A spot that can be my refuge, my escape from reality. It doesn’t have to be a large room. Yet big enough to house my ever expanding book collection.

Colour Inspiration

I love this nature inspired theme with rich browns, leafy greens and crisp white. These colours will be represented in the furniture, the wall colour and seating.


No reading room would be complete without a place to showcase your collection of tomes. This Athens Modular Library (in Cigar Brown) has plenty of storage and even comes with a ladder! Keeping with the same dark wood style I would also include a Toulon Rectangle Coffee Table and two Toulon Square End Tables. To see more tables from Arhaus click here.


Not only will I represent this snowy white landscape in the trim of molding around my reading room, but in the seating a well. This plush Baldwin Queen Slipcovered Sofa (in Deso Snow) looks like a comfy spot to get lost in a good story and I’d love to sink into this Emory Deep Slipcovered Chair (also in Deso Snow).


The green of the leaves will be represented in the wall colour with this Meadow Paint (also from Arhaus). And in the decor including lots of throw pillows and warm blankets.

All that is missing now is a crackling fire and a window with a view like in my own Red House on the Rock.

What would you include in your dream reading room? I’d love to hear your thoughts so leave me a comment below.