Searching for Happiness – Self Love Books

I have been reading like a madwoman this year. My reading adventures have consisted of biographies, fiction, non-fiction, and self-help. One thing I have discovered on my reading adventures is that there are a lot of really, really bad self-help books out there. Seriously… In fact, it is no wonder why more people don’t read these types of books. Many can be overwhelming and unmotivating, leaving you feeling confused and discouraged. Don’t let those bad books discourage you from gaining the benefits of the good self-help books that are out there…

Searching for Happiness – Happiness is a Choice

Human beings are such interesting creatures. We are the only creatures that place personal desire above safety and health. For thousands of years, humans have walked this earth like nomads of the soul, searching for happiness. Happiness is this way. No, this way. If you do this you will be happy. No, wait, this is what really makes you happy. Did you hear about this car? This job? This brand? If you look like this you will be happy forever. If only I was younger I would be happier, if only I was older. Humans roam all corners of the…

10 Reasons to Travel Airbnb

If you are a traveler and are not using Airbnb yet then you are seriously missing out! Whether traveling solo, as a couple or with a group of friends or family,  Airbnb is perfect for just about everyone. I have been using it since the travel bug bit me some years ago, and I have had nothing but amazing experiences. As a result, I’m now a self-certified Airbnb enthusiast and have happily converted many friends to the not so dark side. Now I want to share with you wonderful people the amazing benefits of travel through Airbnb…

Searching for Happiness – Goals

Welcome to my new series… Searching for happiness. Everyone I speak to, everywhere I look, there seems to be a worldly fascination with the elusive word happiness. What is it? Where is it? It sounds too wonderful and perfectly complete to ever really be obtained. I want some, you want some. It seems that everyone out there is searching high and low for this 9 letter word. I am among the happiness hunters of the modern age. I’m among the young, inspired, wide-eyed optimistically driven hopeful generation that is destined to finally find what eluded our…

12 Tips From my First Year of Blogging

It has been almost a full year of blogging life. There goes time. Flying. Blogging has enriched my life. I have found my outlet to write. I enjoy sharing my thoughts and I love that I now have a little community of people who are like-minded in their passions. It has been fun and has kept my creative juices flowing. If you are thinking of starting a blog for whatever reason, I strongly suggest trying it out. There is no right or wrong way to do it. Just do it! Take the plunge! I have learned a lot in…

3 Ghent Highlights you Need to Explore

An ancient hidden gem left much unnoticed in the European tourism ads. Ghent is a city that is so rich in history, art, culture and preserved medieval and modern architecture that it can be a little hard to understand why it is not as popular as places like Bruges as a place to visit. (Check out my 10 Things to do in Bruges post here.)  While in the research phase of our European trip planning it was difficult to decide where to set up a home base. We both agreed we wanted to stay in Belgium for a full week…

5 Ways to Spot a Toxic Friendship

I recently ended a very toxic relationship with a life-long friend of mine… deep breath. It is hard to walk away from any relationship after so much time spent together.  When it comes to friendships, I often feel a great sense of duty towards those I call friends, mainly because I do not throw that term around lightly and it takes a long time for friend status of deep meaning to be attained. That’s just how I roll. Regardless, I ended it. The most shocking part about this relationship ending was not the end but perhaps…

The Truth I Discovered About Gratefulness

  I am feeling rather grateful and optimistic today. Monday marking the beginning of a beautiful week ahead and the first day of summer! Oh, and the sun is shining! How often does that happen here in Newfoundland? Not often enough let me tell you. But it is today! I wanted to talk a little about gratitude today. The importance of being grateful in life for my health, family and friends were instilled in me from a young age. However, the real truth is… until recently I felt that gratefulness was some sort of obligation. A feeling expressed as…

My Monday Motivation Through Change

What gets you motivated for the week ahead? Do you like to have a plan in place, or a goal to accomplish? Do you like to fill your thoughts with positive vibes? Or have your cup of strong coffee? I like to do a bit of it all, but I think it is extra important to keep yourself motivated all week long, grabbing inspiration from wherever suits your goals at the time. This Monday I find myself overwhelmed by change. Change is an interesting concept, and in the middle of a transformation, it can be both beautiful and terrifying. Change…

8 Ways Best Friends Enrich our Lives

Everyone needs a best friend, and being a best friend to someone makes you a better person in return. Without them, many of us would be missing out on our full potential and with them, we are able to live a more fulfilling life. Best friends come in all shapes and sizes. Some are childhood friends that we have known for as long as we can remember, some are new entering, our lives by surprise. There is no textbook type of best friend, they can be a lot like you or completely opposite, they could be a spouse, a parent…