Yesterday I was rushing around after being in ‘cottage mode’ for the last few days. I have a bunch of work to get done and will be hustling into the night to get things done by tomorrow. Today is crunch time before Thursday. Tomorrow,  Embot and I are going to Vancouver for a shoot on Friday, then home Saturday. Next week I’ve got a big client presentation w/ 1188 and a speaking gig. Safe to say, I’ll be spending a lot of time at my computer until then.


I think one of the most important things I’ve learned to manage over the past few years of not having a ‘regular‘ full-time job is BALANCE. You can easily get caught up in doing all the work and/or going to all the things.

Before the start of this year, I knew I needed to make a change. I was feeling uninspired, unhealthy, and my brain was dull and clouded. I considered quitting my blog and whenever that happens, I KNOW it’s time for change. After my solo trip to LA in January, I came back feeling renewed and inspired. I mentioned the sound bath I went to and how it really made an impact on me. I started back at yoga end of January and have been averaging 3-4 times a week since. I book my classes at the start of the week and in order for me to miss a class, it has to be work or something I really want to go to.

I used to spend so much time going to events, sometimes more than 2  night but those days are few and far between lately. I’ve had to prioritize my time and that involves staying home, going to yoga, cooking, sitting on the couch, reading, drinking less, getting sleep. I think I’d tuckered myself out by the end of last year and it really got me down. Since January I’ve made planning my me-time a priority.

My happy place is laying here on my mat after a great yoga class.

BALANCE is getting ice cream after yoga!


I biked to yoga again this morning and feel super energized to kick some a$$ today. I’m really excited to take Emily to Vancouver tomorrow. It’s our first solo girls trip together. First, of many hopefully!

Remember to make time for yourself, you can’t just do work or else you won’t have room for inspiration.

Take a deep breath. Smile. Do something for YOU.

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Hello & happy Monday, here are a few good things to start your day. ☀️

On Sunday I went to detox yoga at noon and it was a really good class. Sean picked me up after and we got groceries and other stuff. Lately I’ve been more conscious of things I’m doing and why. I think it goes back to that sound bath I went to in LA. I swear something happened that day. So, instead of laying the couch and scrolling I’m sitting on the bed writing. I promised to write more.

Although, one of my favourite things is sitting and scrolling. I love reading Steph’s The Catch Up or Weekly Enabler Posts on her blog LEOPARD is a NEUTRAL. I also love Gracie’s recipes, yesterday I tried to make cauliflower rice but it ended up being mash. Which was still good.

I tried to do a newsletter but I failed miserably, despite ‘wanting‘ to do it I only sent it once. Sorry subscribers. 🙈 Maybe one day I will get there but baby steps are ok.

Here are five things I think you might like too.


ONE: TRAVEL & LIFE TIPS FROM ONE OF MY FAV BLOGGER/YOUTUBERS

Kristen Sarah created Hopscotch The Globe and has been travelling for 13 years with her husband. They’re also moving into an AIRSTREAM. If you haven’t read noticed, is one of my travel goals.


TWO: VICE + OCCUPIED VR + CREATORS PROJECT

OCCUPIED VR (Sean, my bf’s company) is featured on the VICE Creators Project right now. Watch it here or check out my behind the scenes experience at the shoot in yesterday’s blog post.


THREE – THE BANKSY HOTEL 

This place is all over headlines with it’s “worst view in the world”. The ‘Walled Off Hotel’ (a play on Waldorf?) is in Bethlehem and looks right out to the concrete wall around the West Bank.The decor inside is crazy/awesome, every room is decorated  by Banksy. It’s about £30 a night and reservations open March 11th March.  BBC has a set of photos but the website is better.

“Walls are hot right now,” the press statement quoted Banksy saying, “but I was into them long before Trump made it cool.”

Exit through the gift shop…this is his store 👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼


FOUR – FOUND SOME STYLE INSPIRATION, GONNA TRY IT OUT

Hawley from Sidewalk Hustle posted a TON of street style from Paris Fashion Week and this is my style inspiration for the week. I will try to not wear all black (and leggings) to at least one thing over the next 7 days. Honestly, that’s like all I’ve been wearing. When is spring?

45 STREET STYLE PHOTOS FROM PARIS FASHION WEEK, sidewalk hustle


FIVE – LET’S CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY TOGETHER

Wednesday is International Women’s Day and I would like to invite you to come to an event called SHE WENT FOR IT hosted by DITTO. It’s at King & Spadina (Rangle.io), tickets are $5. Last year for IWD I spoke for the United Nations Association of Canada. It was pretty cool. This year’s event has food and drinks, we can totally hang out and celebrate each other.

I would be happy to buy a couple tickets for some of you. If you leave a comment with your thoughts on this post, I’ll pick a few people!


Thank you for reading. You have the opportunity to make today great, DO IT! 

casie stewart, autograph, famous, blogger, canada, toronto

 

 

 

 

 

P.S. Here are two more things I couldn’t resist adding! 

ON BLOGGING:

My fav UK blogger – BANGS–  is feeling the same vibes about blogging that I have been feeling. GOOD READ. I love her writing. [read more]

ALL THE PLANTS:

This co-working place is FULL of plants, talk about office goals. I love it. The air in there must be so great. [Fast Company]

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Earlier this month, I was in LA and it was the first time in a long time, since I went on a trip without an itinerary. It was so freeing to be on my own, open road, and do whatever want.

On my first night I went to a sound bath + breath workshop. I made a new friend in Vegas who invited me to go that night and even though I didn’t know what it really was, I went. It was really great.

It’s important to step out of your comfort zone. You have to open yourself to new experiences in order to let the light in. 

I feel like the experience changed me a bit. That night I set an intention for the week of my trip and I carried those thoughts around. I’m still carrying them tbh!

I feel calmer, more focussed.


👆🏼 This photo was me picking up my rental car from the airport. I picked a car I really wanted to drive. [Mini Convertable via Turo, they gave me a couple credits to go towards it!]  LA is so huge and it’s always rush hour so why not make the most of it?

I was driving Hollywood Blvd. when I saw a vintage store and a meat pie shop. I love both those things and was hungry. Made my next left, parked, and gave mum a ring. We chatted on the phone for 45min while I scrolled racks talking about life and random things I saw.

It made me feel so free. I had nowhere to be and nothing to do and I was hanging out in Hollywood, honeyyyyyy. I got a meat pie after that and stared out the window watching people walk by. It’s not very glamorous but it was totally stress free and just what I needed.

This trip was a good reminder to do what I want.
Stick to my gut feelings.
And try new things. 

It wasn’t all sunshine… Beaides it raining for a bit each day I had serious breakdown one night, sitting in my car, parked outside a last minute airbnb that wasn’t confirmed. [My mum will lose it when she reads this but I was ok.] I had a backup place but I wanted to be on my own and close to my activity the next day.

Everything worked out as soon as I wiped the tears and started to drive away. Of course! I got a text with the door code and turned around. I found street parking which I found out later was a no parking ‘red zone’. but the car was safe thank gawd.


On my last night I stayed at a really cute airbnb where I had the master bedroom w/ ensuite of an alley house. The host was cool and they were about to watch Black Mirror when I arrived.

I took myself out for a fancy sushi dinner that night and thought about the last few days. In the morning I went out to the car and there was a red maple leaf on the roof.

A sign it was time to come home. 🇨🇦


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💭 This week in LA was a relaxing, reset, recharge. It started w/ a Sunday sound bath & breath workshop where I set my intention for the next few days. 🙏🏼I spent a lot of time alone this trip, driving a convertible all over LA, one-on-one visits w/ old friends, discovering new things, random shopping, last minute airbnbs, and a fancy 🍣 dinner by myself before flying home.


Today we hosted Emily’s 9th birthday party 🎈 (whoa kids!! 😴) and after I started thinking about work. And it made me feel good! I love Sunday cooking and tomorrow I’m making a soup for my job. Sometimes I think to myself ‘this is my life?’ and I’m *finally* starting to (hello 2017) say ‘YEAH GIRL IT IS YOUR LIFE, YOU CREATED IT‘.


I’m feeling energized and inspired by everything around me right now, similar to when I started my blog almost 12 years ago. Whoa dinosaur, April 2017 is 12! 😮

I’m really exited for 2017, to try new things, and put even more action into stuff that brings me pure joy.

Feeling a fire in my soul and warmth in my heart and what is another word for #blessed bc, well y’know what I mean. Here’s to making every single day feel like vacation. 🖤

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When I was a kid my grandpa Doug converted an old school bus into the ultimate traveller complete w/ stove, bbq, and a few beds. We would drive about 2hrs to the Down Under Summer Games with heaps of Kiwis and Aussies. It was so much fun, we would sing, dance, have a a hangi, go fishing, and watch the dads do a gumboot toss. It’s a down under thing haha.

This summer I’m planning to live out one of my dreams and so an RV adventure. GoRVing Canada has invited me and I’ve not set out the details but it’s going down. 🤗 Or East, West, who knows!

GoRVing.ca helps RVers in Canada with information about RV dealers, RV rentals, RV parks and campgrounds. Find all kinds of info at gorving.ca.  🌲🚌☀️

The airstream section was my favourite. It’s totally hipster of me but I love the hyyge, cozy, retro of it all. I think I could do a summer living in one of these as long as I had wifi and fresh water. I’ve learned to need way less things over the last few years.

There’s so many different kitchen/sleep/bathroom options, sizes ,and pries in RVs. I was impressed by the luxe of some, full kitchens, big fridge, queen beds.

Overheard a conversation of a few people talking about how they used to live on their boat and now are looking for a nice RV to travel land on. So cool! A few years back my mum & her bf lived on their boat for a year and sailed to the Bahamas. I’ve always admired the planning they put into that trip and that life.

Not sure where the RV adventure will take us this summer but I deff want to check out some of our the great parks and explore Canada. Parks Canada has waived all fees for 2017 in honour of Canada 150 and you can still get them here. I ordered one for Sean, Em, and I.  The last time I went camping was to SandHill Park as  kid with my parents. I am not really into the idea of camping now, but airstream or RV sounds like so much fun.

I’ve been looking at travel bloggers who’ve gone on RV adventures and there’s so many great photos. Love stories of people who decided to ditch city living, their house, and work remotely with their RVs & travel (LiveSmallRideFree, Aluminarium,  Campendium). Lynne Knowlton also has a pretty amazing airstream for rent along with her treehouse.

The top image in this post is from Airstream Family in Australia and the one below is from blogger @ariellevy and edited w/ Color Story one of my fav apps.

I posted a short Facebook Live video from the RV show you can watch below. I had a bunch replies of people who are interested in this trip so I’ll be sure to keep you updated. Summer is a few months away but it warms my heart thinking about cottage life and this adventure.

 

When you think about you want to something for a long time and then it happens…

Posted by Casie Stewart on Friday, January 20, 2017

I’ve talked about this to my friends so many times it’s so exciting to be making it a reality! Weeeee!

🌲🚌☀️

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Loving this remix of Tove Lo’s ‘Stay High. I put all the recent songs from my Shazam (music discovery app) and put them in an Rdio playlist. You can check it out here.

“I eat my dinner in my bathtub, Then I go to sex clubs, Watching freaky people gettin’ it on, It doesn’t make me nervous, If anything I’m restless, Yeah, I’ve been around and I’ve seen it all”

Next weekend I’m going to The Everything To Do With Sex Show for my first time even thought it’s been in Toronto for 15 years. The three day event runs October 24th-26th at The Direct Energy Centre and features all kinds of seminars, art, wellness, celebrities, and other fun stuff to do with sex and romance.

It’s a great time of year for this show because we’re about to start hibernation and if we have a winter like last year, we’ll all be spending heaps of time at home. And hopefully not alone!

I creeped the event website and found this group of cool peeps I can vouch for that are worth checking out at the show:

sexshow_2014celebs

Other things I reco checking out are burlesque, the leather, latex, and the exhibitor floor. I’m not sure if you have ever worn a latex outfit but if you have you know how amazing it is. I used to have a gorgeous long latex shirt but it ripped. These are a few of my fav Gaga latex outfits.

Tickets to attend the show are available online or at the door and range from $20-$35. Show sponsors include Cupid Boutique, Lovedreamer.com, Love Shop, We-Vibe, Blow Vapor, Club Pro A.E., Cam4, and Monde Osé.

Wanna go? I’ve got two tickets up for grabs. I reckon it’d be a great date, fun afternoon w/ your bff, or a way to spice up your relationship. There’s always new things out there!

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Contest closes Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. Winner will be notified by email. Good luck and maybe I will see you there!

<3 CASIE

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