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When Quitting Is the Right Choice

"Never give up!" "Work at it." "Pick yourself up, try again." We give such pep talks to encourage each other to overcome failure. On the other hand, sometimes the most liberating and empowering thing we can do is allow ourselves to give up on something that's simply not working. Quitting isn't always a negative thing.

Three of My New Beauty Obsessions

When it comes to beauty products, it seems like we're inundated with new innovations and ingredients and -- frankly -- it can be difficult to keep up, and to know what's real and what's a lot of spin. I thought I'd share some of my own top picks that have made it into my medicine cabinet as trusted additions to my regimen!
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My Favourite Inspirational Quotations

I often look to quotations for affirmation or comfort or inspiration. So, with that, I thought I'd share some of my favourite quotes! I hope they move and inspire you, as they do me every day. For example, "Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending."

Stretching My "Uniform" With Must-Haves for Spring

It's no secret that I have built my wardrobe on renewed and renewable staples and a mostly monochromatic palette. The truth is that no matter how much you have got your style figured, it simply can't stay the same... even the most basic basics evolve over time and you could very quickly look outdated if you didn't adopt new cuts, materials, hemlines, heel height. So what's on my radar for Spring?
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How to Travel With Only Your Carry-On

I travel a lot for work. One of the ways I've lessened the stress of all this flying is by only travelling with carry-on when I'm travelling for work or short trips. It takes discipline and, of course, there are rules and restrictions to follow, but it is doable! Here's how I pull it off.

A Year Older, and Wiser? My Birthday Reflections

It seems like the New Year and its associated resolutions are ruled by my head -- all the things I know I should be doing, whether they're external or internal changes. But my birthday is ruled by my heart -- I feel my way through it -- a whole year's worth of gratitude, support, optimism, love and friendship.
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Think Big and Let the Small Stuff Fall into Place

We traditionally associate the New Year with a fresh start. Many of us have bad habits we want to reform, or changes we found difficult to make in the normal course of our days. My own resolutions this year aren't about eating more protein or taking more spinning classes, they're about nurturing my very soul and being, and about creating a state of mind where I'll make better choices about everything.
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No Holiday Is Complete Without These Songs and Movies

The holidays are a time for many kinds of traditions. Whether it's the lighting of the menorah or the trimming of the tree or reuniting with friends too long unseen. And, of course, this is a time of year for watching movies and singing songs. And while we spend a lot of the rest of the year chasing the next "new thing," around the holidays, most of us revisit our old favourites... watching movies that take us back to our childhood.
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How Often Do You Appreciate Your Girlfriends?

In stories and movies, in our own lives too, we make a big deal of romance. But while romance can ebb and flow, friendship is constant. I think as we get older we really grow to appreciate the qualities of good friends as something truly special. And yet, how often do we pause to really appreciate our friendships?