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Month: June 2015

If I died tomorrow know this

This weekend was a difficult one for me. It’s always tough when I return to London after spending two weeks with my family and friends back home. The distance it takes me to get there, and the six or so months I have to wait to see them again, sometimes makes my first few days back a bit emotional. There’s usually a week of adjustment that I have to endure. And during this time I usually question what I’m doing with my life. Why do I wish to live here so far away from my family? What’s my life purpose? What lies ahead for the next six months? Am I really where I want to be in life? You get the drift.

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Cook with Brooke: Lobster Cottage Special

My mom’s side of the family is from Nova Scotia, Canada. They are what we call Maritimers. And they have profound love of lobster. Every summer, my grandparents would come back from their holidays in Atlantic Canada, and bring with them a load of fresh lobsters. They would gather around the table and ravage these poor crustaceans like savages, leaving no shell untouched. Needless to say, we still consider lobster a…

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Marginalia: How I survive

I learned a new word today: Marginalia. By definition this word refers to the notes, comments, asterisks, highlights, etc. that you make in the margins of a text. I’ve based my education and career survival on marginalia, and now I finally know its name. Hallelujah! This must be what validation feels like…. Originally, I discovered the word from an article written by Ryan Holiday called Strategies that helped me write…

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PTD: Post-travel depression

That moment when you return home from your holidays and find yourself overwhelmed by simple, small tasks, and underwhelmed by your everyday life that you left behind. That, my friend, is called post-travel depression, or the post-holiday blues. Dr. Gerhard Strauss-Blasche from the University of Vienna’s Department of Physiology identifies the post-travel depression as a result of the “contrast effect.” Meaning, holiday-goers who experience a short period of little to…

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When I grow up I want to be a graphic designer

In my high school art class, I was given this pattern design assignment. On a basic sheet of paper, I had to draw six equal size boxes. Within these boxes, I had to come up with six separate geometrical patterns. I don’t recall what the end designs looked like. But I do recall the creative process being a really enjoyable experience. Which basically consisted of me sitting in front of…

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I’m on a boat

Today I drove the boat. Which is kind of a big deal, because I never drive the boat. In fact, I’m afraid of driving the boat. But today I said “screw you” to fear and I drove it. And that’s about as anti-climatic as it gets. But thankfully Mark was on hand to capture the calm.com-esque moment of the experience on my iPhone 6. Check it out.

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Why I need four weeks of summer

Mark and I set a new life goal today. We’ve decided that two weeks of summer holiday is just not enough. Nope. We need four. Just like the French, Italian, and Spanish families that go away for the entire month of July and/or August. I know it’s not ideal to take all your holiday at once. But there’s something to be said for having four weeks off (consecutively) during the…

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What it feels like to fail a 30-day blogging challenge

  On May 17th I silently embarked on a 30-day blogging challenge. I blogged for 24 days straight. But then stopped after we arrived in Canada last week. I was six days shy of completing the challenge. This was my second attempt, too. I first tried to blog for 30 days straight on March 23rd, and only lasted 11 days. In other words, I failed. Twice. They say that in…

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Sitting on the dock of the bay wastin’ time

Cottage life is a different kind of existence. Life slows to a standstill here. Scheduled meal times are forgotten. Traditional breakfast, lunch and dinner is swapped out for coffee, cake, and ice cream. Cottage life consists of sitting around, drinking margaritas or coronas and contemplating life. It consists of rituals like walking on the beach, going out in the boat, or jumping in the river. (Well…for Mark at least.) Cottage life…

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How to be a freelancer.com

I’ve always been interested in freelance-type marketplaces, as I’ve always been interested in going freelance. But also because I love the peer-to-peer economy. We all know my affinity for Airbnb, but I also use Task Rabbit, Uber, and Bizzby on a regular basis, too. There’s something very empowering about cutting out the middleman and going direct to service provider or client. It’s empowering everyday people to be entrepreneurs, and run their own…

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