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Why I Quit My Job

“Work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship,…

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Fastidious or Controlling?: That Moment You Realize You Have Food Issues

Approaching eight weeks on my Eat Pray Sweat Challenge, I’ve had good days and bad. Which is to be expected, I guess. But in the span of eight weeks – which feels like an eternity right now – I’ve learned a few things about myself that I wasn’t quite expecting. When I set out to do this challenge, I did so with the belief that if I took care of…

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Eat Pray Sweat: Beating Anxiety and Depression with Food, Meditation and Exercise

For the past four months I’ve been suffering from anxiety and depression. I know this because I’ve been here before. I’m adept at recognizing the signs: Trouble getting out of bed, frequent and volatile mood swings, and an overwhelming sense of dread. I’ve been worrying about the future and my purpose in life, and every challenge that comes my way has been met with resistance and turmoil. Sometimes I’m fine,…

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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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