Gratitude

Love

 Our bed, that is always so soothing with perfect layers of pillows duvets and a cat 


Healthy food and a sweet person to share it with. 


iPhone airplay: and the fact that when I’m hanging around the house my wife’s photo gallery is projected as a screensaver on to our TV, reminding me of all the fun we’ve had. 


This Chester cat


Getting pampered and taking some me time

Ridiculous make up tutorials. Which I actually quite enjoy trying to replicate.


Self-care, patience and allowing myself room for error. This first week of the new year has been about unwinding, winding up, indulging and starting the first steps of our new journey. Stay tuned for more. 

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Hello, Goodbye 

Love, Open Letters

It has been an amazing year, undoubtedly. On the horizon there are so many things to look forward to. But, in retrospect, it has been a pretty tough year.

With some miscarriages and struggles to make our own family grow, the death of one of my students, and having to put our lovely boy, Felix, to sleep, I’m a little relieved to say goodbye 2016. So, this year will be all about appreciating. 


This is our little family, with Chester, who doesn’t mind being the only cat in the house. 

Looking forward, though I don’t believe in ultimatum-style resolutions, I certainty think that there are lots of things to lay out as a plan that might make the year amazing.

First, gratitude. Every day I will try to find one thing I am sincerely grateful for. Today, it’s on the homefront: I have a bed that I get to sleep in with my wife each night. It has clean, beautiful sheets, a warm duvet, it feels like heaven every time we lie down. 

And, second, I’ll be embracing acting like a grown-up:

  1. I’ll invest in myself. More sleep. More downtime. Going to the gym. Keep doing my awesome pole fit classes. I’m getting stronger by the day, and it feels good. Eating well. All the foods I love, all in moderation. 
  2.  Learn more. Try new recipes. Read more books. Write things down that I’d like to try or do, right away, and then make an effort to do them. For example, I’d like to make my own textile wallhangings. I’m also going to keep up with the fantastic app, meal lime, which has us eating such tasty, easy meals.
  3. Communicate with the people I love. Send cards. And keep up my habit of calling as soon as it occurs to me that I’d like to talk to someone…instead of calling them later. My granny just celebrated her 100th.  She loves me, despite what her face is telling you. 
  4. Shop less.
  5. Be a grown-up. Or at least look like one. Wear beautiful pajamas, while avoiding clothes that encourage me to feel lazy. No bumming around clothes. The better I feel, the happier I will be. This doesn’t mean no comfortable clothes, it just means getting rid of the stuff that doesn’t look or feel good. This is the perfect excuse for a clothing swap. This includes decluttering and paring down on ‘stuff’. 
  6. Stop procrastinating. See list above. And this especially goes for schoolwork and marking. Divide and conquer it.
  7. Plan better so that we can use our money on cool experiences. This year I’m going to try the money challenge.
  8. Keep doing the things that make me feel youthful. Even if I feel tired the next day… work hard, play hard. 
  9. Shower my friends and family with love. 
  10. Remember to be less critical of myself. I will never be more young, with more of my life ahead of me than I am today. That’s a message I wish I could go back and tell myself at 15. Twenty years later, I’m more confident than ever and capable of making life exactly what I want it to be – and what I can’t change, I’m strong enough to handle. I may be two decades older. But from where I’m sitting…life is pretty sweet. No filter needed. 

Day 308. – a day for…

Love

Lying on the floor.  


Aka. Working on our dance moves to Whitney Houston. 


Making yummy fajitas. 


Looking through old photo albums. 


Reminiscing about high school. 


And how cool we all looked in the early 200os. 

This time of year makes me feel so grateful. So grateful. I’m surrounded by love, support, opportunity and freedom. 

Make sure there people in your life know how much you love them. 

GRATITUDE. 

Portugal in Moving Pictures

Indulge, Love

Is it too late for a #tbt? It’s Thursday, and it’s not so far back, after all… Here is a taste of our delicious Portugal trip. A sweet little movie that captures just the cherry of what it’s like to travel with a lovely lady like Allia (@buttonsmcleod  if you’d like to catch more from her on Insta). Feel free to check out the pictures from each day of our journey here (Day 1-15 of our Portugal journey!). It really is a place that you have to see to believe. Around every turn there was something breathtaking, adorable or hilarious.

I hope that voce gosta muito this little vid. I present: a peek into Portugal, from the perspective of two lesbians in love. Tchau and beijos!

 

TBT – Toronto Pride 

Love, Open Letters

In Toronto we love our pride. We live it. I’ve been attending pride for 15 years, only missing one year because I was celebrating a friend’s marriage in Greece. 

Highlight time: 

   
 Orange is The New Black was making dreams come true. On a parade float    

    
  From start to finish the weekend was full of love and firsts…  
Shout it from the rooftop. 
    
    
    
    
   
    
    
Vag Halen performs. And sends a powerful message to people about First Nations rights, trans rights and  Black Lives Matter.    
    
Pride is about being together. With friends and loves. 
    
    
 Canada Day grilling. 

  
    
Brewery time with a glass raised to Canada’s birthday. 

  
The Drake party.     
    
    
When the P gets away. 

 

A Sitdown with Wedding Photographer, Kate O’Connor of Sweetheart Empire

Love, style, Wedding

Just a week after my own article, about how wonderful it was to work with Kate O’Connor, a fabulous photographer, for our wedding images, the venue where we were married (Berkeley Church) contacted Kate to interview her; they also asked to feature our photos on their own blog.

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They asked:

When approaching this lovely Berkeley Church wedding what were your considerations and aspirations?

I have three goals for every wedding:

  1. To see my subjects for who they truly are – loving, amazing humans taking a leap of faith;
  2. To make sure they feel comfortable, so that they can be themselves and enjoy themselves;
  3. To capture the wedding day FEELS with love and realness – both how people are feeling (emotionally), and the atmosphere of the day overall.

I wanted the brides and their folks to look back at the images and remember how it felt that day – the anticipation, the emotions, and of course the immense loving energy that happens when you are in a room surrounded by your loved ones.berkeley-church-toronto-wedding-ceremoney-weddin-alter.jpgberkeley-church-toronto-wedding-wedding-pritraits.jpgtoronto-weding-berkeley-church-toronto-venue.jpg

For the whole article, follow the link here.

Stylin’ Shower

Love

today was full of showers- literal and figurative. Our friends are due very soon and their wonderful web developer friend hosted a shower at her sleek studio. Though the weather was rainy, we were all smiles inside.  

 It was family friendly and there were loot bags for little ones, with a whole room of toys and activities. 

Mum-to-be, K, looks radiant as ever!  
  

Food was plentiful and a gourmande’s delight. 
 The studio is full of places to hang out and look cool – and do amazing work, so I suspect. 

  
    
  Our nieces were totally entertained. We were treated to great conversation and libations.   And we discovered that our niece is. Budding photographer. She even knows how to change filters.  She isnt even three. 
    
    
  These are the highlights from her hundred-photo burst. It makes me feel lucky that I have such awesome friend and family’s- and that an event many people dread is a complete pleasure.    

 Our hostess just happens to be a T.Swift doppelgänger. Just sayin.  Cheers to all the folks expecting wonderful bundles.