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Day 83: New Ways, New Mask, New Look

Biked around early in the morning and met April for a social distance hang with coffee in her backyard around 8 am. We talked about life, everything going on in the world, things outside us, feelings inside us, it was really nice. She always has good advice, makes me laugh, and is there with a compliment or to a reminder when I need it the most.

It’s crazy to think back to a few months ago when everything was different and we had no idea what was coming. Things will never be the same, this is a new way of life, of living, of thinking, of feeling.

In the afternoon I walked to Danica’s Bathing Belle shop in Roncy to pick up my mask and see her new mural being painted. It looks so nice and the art is done by @Viszla_Bacon on IG. He has a couple other in the area, you might recognize his work!

Bathing Belle will be opening up soon to take appointments at the shop. I ordered the Rasta Lion mask to match my suit and scrunchie. I love it! Her suits are the best bathing suits I’ve ever owned, she makes them herself, and the fabric so nice. Highly recommend.

It was a full moon last night, I sat out and read my book for a bit. I placed my crystals out under the moonlight and made my wishes on the moon. Even though I couldn’t’ see it through the clouds, I knew it was there. I got this yellow bowl two summer’s ago from a shop in the LXMarket, Lisbon. I was hesitant to buy it but I’m so glad to have it now.

This orange outfit is my most favourite thing right now, I copped the crop/shorts from Sasha Exeter‘s post and used her 25% off discount at Joe Fresh (SASHA25). In other news, my roots are so long my hair looks brown when it’s tied back.

On the way home from Roncy, I grabbed a TOGO Margarita from a little bar. These are certainly weird times. ?

Day 82: Change The Way You Think

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blackout tuesday is over, so what happens now? we’ve put together some really simple ways non-black people can positively exercise their white privilege in their everyday lives. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⁣ it’s all well and good signing a petition, posting a black square, going out to protest or even giving a donation BUT what now? the work can’t stop their. non-black people need to make a conscious daily decision to be anti-racist and exercise their white privilege to help POC around them! the only way change can come is through a change of mindset and small actions. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⁣ ⁣ why deny the existence of white privilege when you could use it to expose injustices and actually use it for good? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⁣ ⁣ ⭐️please note there are so many other ways you can exercise white privilege to stop racism but these are just a few suggestions that you can implement immediately in your daily life ❤️⁣ ⁣ ⭐️ ⭐️this post is not intended to glorifying tokenism and isn’t telling you to make ‘black friends’. if you notice your circle isn’t as diverse as you would like and you have an open heart and genuinely want to get to know new people and experience new cultures then you can look to diversify ing your circle. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ words and creation by: @vibesofablackgirl ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⁣ Vibes of a Black Girl Ⓒ

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Day 81: Nature Break

Day 80: Sending Flowers

Today has been heavy. It’s hard to watch what’s going on in the world right now and not take action. I’ve hit pause on posting my own content to continue making space for POC creators and resources. If you are looking for resources on how you can help or show support see here.

I’m still keeping my daily diary, it’s my way to remember, and a time capsule to look back on in the future. I hope that by sharing a little bit of sunshine here on the blog it can bring a smile to at least one person. ?

We went to Beaverton in the afternoon and while Sean had a meeting, I got some groceries and called a friend. Today I made a delicious beet salad with leftover beets Sean BBQ’d the other day. I really love beets.

The afternoon was really nice, I took some time to plant the flowers we got for Sean’s mum. She’s not planning to be up here for a while but we wanted to fill her flower pots and tidy the garden. Tomorrow we’re putting up the hummingbird feeder, we’ve seen a bunch of the beautiful little birds buzzing around.

I think Sean’s parents have been keeping up with the blog so, “HI LORNA & KEITH, WE MISS YOU!”. ?

Sean got a new power washer last week and it was quite therapeutic to blast the stairs and wash outside. This thing is a beast, so powerful! I power washed my paddleboard and Sean’s mum’s kayak, can’t wait to get out on the water.

In other news, I beat yesterday’s 5K record on my run for Global Running Day. ?

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Day 79: Take a Minute, Meditate

This morning I felt like I needed meditation to start my day. To stop, pause. Think. Take a minute. I took a break from posting sunshiney selfies and cottage life to share content by black creators, friends, and use my platform to share their voices.

I did a morning meditation by Elaisha Jade and signed up for her 30-day daily course. I love her voice, it’s so soothing and you can head her smile. Elaisha started her company after working in tech for years and feeling the burn out all often go through. At Your Mindful, she focusses on bringing mindfulness and meditation in-person or online to people around the world. Thank you Elaisha!

If you want to book a private online session with her, book it here. She also has a self-guided silent retreat you can sign up for here. To sign up and join me for 30-days of meditation for free, scroll down!

Your Mindful was founded by Elaisha Jade, a 3 times certified Dynamic Meditation teacher. Her meditation practice began after almost 5-years in the Toronto start-up tech scene left her overworked and ill. By studying and applying meditation and mindfulness teachings she was able to find purpose and productivity in her work again. She felt called to bring this life-changing practice to other managers and workers in the workplace. She now leads retreats, workshops and sessions in studios and offices in Toronto and around the world. 

30 Days of Meditation: Sign Up Here!

In other news, I broke my personal 5K record on Nike Training and have been officially running for 6 months! Extremely grateful to Amy Shio aka @lesbest for her monthly challenges, she’s really motivated me to get off my booty and hit the pavement. I ran 100Km last month!

P.S. If you are looking for anti-racism links, check this document or see these resources in Canada. You can also check the link in my Instagram bio here for a list of resources, places to donate, and petitions to sign! ?

Day 78: Black Lives Matter

This weekend I watched, I listened, I had conversations that were heartbreaking. This is a human issue and I can’t sit by and not say something. I acknowledge my privilege, I can speak up, I can do better. We all can do better.

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A post & illustration by @mimimoffie has been running through my mind, “if you’re tired of hearing about racism, imagine how fucking exhausting it is living it”. BIPOC friends & I love you, I stand with you, I support you.

White friends, do your research, educate yourself, talk to the people you love. Acknowledge the role white privilege plays in racism.