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Month: March 2015

Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit

I knew this day would come. I’ve been anticipating it, you see. Perhaps the novelty has worn off? Perhaps I’ve just run out of things to say on this blog. I literally couldn’t think of a thing to write. So instead I’m leaving you with a handful of my favourite quotes I’ve collected over the years. Some of these are famous, others less ubiquitous. But as Oscar Wilde always said, “Quotation…

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Tips on booking an Airbnb in Rome

**If you’re looking to book an airbnb for the first time, use this link to get £20 off your first trip Mark and I are heading to Rome this weekend to celebrate my 30th birthday. I’ve spent hours reading city guides and Google restaurant reviews, talking to friends about recommendations, and booking tours. So needless to say I’m pretty excited about it. And because we always use Airbnb when we travel,…

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1 week, 1,000 thousand views, 5 truths

I’ve blogged everyday now for a whole week. It might sound like an insignificant amount of time, but for someone who confessed a week ago to the inability to blog on account of fear, I think that’s pretty darn good. Here’s what I’ve learnt during this experience: Practice makes perfect It’s true that the more you do something, the easier it gets and the more confident you become. The hesitation…

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Write your dreams down…here are 22 of mine

I’m a firm believer in determination and the power of the mind – where there’s a will there’s a way. I also believe that by putting your dreams down on paper, you are committing your dreams to writing. This serves two purposes. First, it forces you to define what your true dreams are. (It’s one thing having them in your head, it’s quite another to articulate and structure them in…

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How to cook a filet mignon roast (with simple salad)

I’m trying something new today folks. Instead of my usual daily content, I decided it was time to test out the waters of YouTube. I couldn’t think of a better way than with homemade cooking videos.   I recorded this video back in January right after the holidays. And by “I” what I really mean is Mark. I’m lucky that he’s so supportive. Whenever I have an idea he jumps at the chance…

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Why I dislike ‘quick wins’

The first time I heard the term ‘quick wins’ was years ago when I first moved to the UK. I remember it like it was yesterday… My marketing director at the time kept insisting that we needed ‘quick winds.’ “Quick winds? Like a gust of wind? Passing wind? What does that even mean…?” Turns out she was saying ‘win.’ Ahhhhh, win! I couldn’t understand her request – which is never…

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Not all those who wander are lost

In the last six years I’ve lived in four different cities: Ottawa, Kingston, Montréal, and London. I’ve inhabited 12 homes: some with family, some with friends, some very stylish pads, and some not so stylish pads. I’ve had nine jobs in total, all of which I loved and was sad to leave. But the next opportunity came along and I unabashedly took it. The one constant in my life has been…

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Why I use Airbnb…and why you should too

**If you’re looking to book an airbnb for the first time, use this link to get £20 off your first trip Last spring, Mark and I made the decision to list our one bedroom flat on Airbnb. For those who don’t know, Airbnb is a peer-to-peer marketplace for renting out your space. The service is available on desktop and mobile and, according to Wikipedia, it has over 800,000 listings in 33,000…

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The secret to a happy life is a short commute 

Or so my boss said, in response to the news that I would be leaving the business to start a new role at Three UK (in Maidenhead, Berkshire – of all places). At the time, I fully agreed with him. That commute, after all, was not for the faint at heart. Least not for someone like me who had a habit of moving house just to be closer to work.…

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Despite how much you think you’ll earn…

It will never be enough to pay off your student loan. When I was a bright-eyed, bushy-tailed student, I believed that no matter what happened after school, everything would turn out ok. Surely with my degrees in hand I would find a proper job that would pay a hefty salary. I decided that I would worry about the debt then, as it wouldn’t be much of a worry at all.…

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