This Week’s Best Reasons to Smile

12 Sep


1. My current “office” situation. Yah man, I’m totally a brat. Apologies for those dealing with September snow in friggin’ Calgary this week.

2. Unexpected Bocce dinner dates with Rich. Just love when his work sends him to Cowtown.

3. Leather party shorts. They really do make for a good party.

4. That moment when one very serious editorial type says, “Holy shit, this is good!” You know who you are and you’re totally reading this. HERE‘s what he was talking about: today’s cover story for Swerve magazine. Never felt more like an actual writer in my entire life.

5. Acquired efficiency. Sometimes you just get really good at things. Only sometimes, but when it happens…Good stuff.

6. Making the most of my ten hour layover in NYC. Could have easily just crashers in my lovely hotel room, but instead hit up the town (Eataly and Milk & Honey) and had a boozy blast. Gotta love meeting Canadians everywhere I go. We must gravitate towards each other.

7. Saint Lucian bananas. Are You Kidding Me???? Unreal flavour, like nothing I’ve ever tried before.

8. Long wine-soaked dinners. Wine-soaked anything really, but if there’s a delicious dinner attached to it, all the better.

9. That moment when it’s clear someone was really listening. Tell them your favourite Champagne brand and they show up with it? Come on, that’s awesomeness right there.

10. .99 cent turquoise eyeliner. #gamechanger

Do You Believe In Magic?

8 Sep


“This is when the magic happens: right when you feel like everything is going wrong, shift your attitude to accept that it’s actually going right.

If you’re going through a storm, hold the belief that it’s the perfect storm for you.

You are always taken care of, exactly where you need to be and your efforts are rewarded exactly when they need to be.”
~Jackson Kiddard

Things Currently Worth Smiling About

5 Sep


1. This chick. My bud Carolynne. She is a wild gypsy soul and I love her. So glad we were able to spend a few solid days together this summer—they were sheer awesomeness.

2. Those rare and fleeting moments when one actually feels like a writer. I tackled a daunting subject matter for next week’s Swerve magazine cover feature—much more serious and writerly than I normally go for. It’s an amazing feeling when you file a first draft that you really sunk your teeth into and worked on, though. Even though I know it will be ripped to shreds in the editorial process, I put myself on those pages and it’s something to be proud of.

3. Being G-ma’s plus one.

4. Getting up and working my arse off to much monetary gain the morning after being G-ma’s plus one. I impressed myself with my drive and determination on that one.

5. Figuring it out for myself. And shaking my fist at those who have dropped the ball.

6. Lady friend birthday parties. Ten days crammed full of work in between trips means I have actually earned my wine for one. And I feel truly privileged to have people in YYC who care enough to throw me a little celebratory soiree long after the actual day.

7. Firsts. In this instance, my very first television segment! Loved it, must do more immediately.

8. Manifestation. You never really expect it to happen so fast, but then BOOM! Problem solved. Love that.

9. Summer colds. I’m not happy about the cold, it sucks big time. I’m happy that it (hopefully) means I will have quickly gotten this out of my system and can be good for another year. Buckley’s to the rescue!

10. I’m leaving for Saint Lucia on Sunday morning. For work. Yah, I’m a brat…but a smiley one.

Recent Reasons to Smile

29 Aug


boom1. Absolutely outrageously fun and extravagantly spoiled birthday celebrations. I won’t lie, birthdays are often a let down for me, but this one, ringing in the big 3-0 at “home” with the people who have known me the longest and still like to hangout with me, it was the most fun I’ve had in, well, possibly ever. One lucky chick right here.

2. That moment when you remove the elastic band that permanently occupies your right wrist and realize you, my friend, have gotten a pretty serious tan over the summer.

3. The odds being 90 percent that my upcoming week I spend in St. Lucia are going to involve buckets and buckets of rain. Nice one.

4. Ed Sheernan rapping. Live. Yah, that happened.

5. Birthday raps. Those which I send and those which I receive.

6. Afternoons spent patio hopping with the Vancouver crew.

7. Plentiful, plentiful assignments. Keep ‘em coming brain (and editors), I like what’s happening here.

8. That realization that 30 feels pretty much exactly like 29, except maybe even a little bit hotter? Yah, I said it. HOTTER. Lol.

9. The first read maple leaf on the ground. Ok, for many reasons that doesn’t actually make me all that happy, but there is something kind of lovely about fall. When it lasts longer than a week before the blizzards arrive, that is.

10. That moment when you just wanna quit your workout. Like lay down on the floor and cry quit (this seems to only happen after extended vacations, I might note). But you don’t. You pull up your metaphorical socks and you just keep going. Cause you are a mother fucking beast.

11. Yah, man, there’s a bonus one this week! I’m doing my very first television segment this Tuesday! So if you read this, please feel free to tune into Breakfast Television at 8:40 this Tuesday, September 2nd to see me chatting about hall the hippest health and wellness trends in YYC. It will go one of two ways: smiles or tears. But for now, I’m excited!

Embracing the 3.0

26 Aug


“May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art—write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.” ~Neil Gaiman

I always did like a birthday party. Good thing too, since a couple days ago I celebrated a big one. It’s now been officially 29 years since this photo was taken. Welcome to version 3.0, MJ. Yah, I talk to myself. Anyway, while it would have been easy to be all broody and moody about entering my third decade on this planet, I decided instead to be pumped about it. I think the real problem a lot of peeps have about turning 30 is that they get caught up in all the things the “should have” accomplished or accumulated already. Of course there are things that I wouldn’t mind having more of in my life (piles of money, piles of quality dudes, piles of quality dudes who want to give me piles of their money, these kinds of things), but to be frank, I’m doing pretty fucking great. Writers man, we’re never going to be rich, but I spent the last couple weeks “working” when I felt like it on the backdrop of beautiful British Columbia, got treated to a truly sensational media trip in Whistler, caught up with a number of my oldest dearest friends and had an absolutely kick-ass three-day birthday celebration. I am one lucky biotch. One lucky, spoiled biotech, to be exact. So to the Universe, my awesome tribe of people and to myself, I express immense gratitude for everything that has happened so far and everything that’s just around the corner. It’s been a hell of a ride and it’s only really just begun. Hello 30’s, you are looking mighty fine.

Recently in Smiles

22 Aug


1. A dream three years (literally) in the making coming true. I made a pie people! A peach one. And it was friggin’ delicious. Maybe in three more years I might make another one.

2. Cabin time. Can’t beat it. It’s my Disneyland.

3. Mrs. Doubtfire. On VHS, I might add. All these years later and it still holds up.

4. My Triangl bikinis all the way from the land down under. We all know I have a bathing suit addiction problem, so It was really only a matter of time until I gave in and ordered up a couple of these neoprene wonders that are EVERYWHERE in Australia. They are a damn good thing.

5. The arrival of my plane ticket to St. Lucia. Probably the best assignment of my life (so far).

6. Bench 1775 Sauvignon Blanc. Just delightful. Wish we had had a case, but then again, you stop tasting it past a certain point, don’t you?

7. A nostalgic trip up to Whistler 10 years later (with the same girlfriends). We may have stepped up the class a few notches thanks to an incredible night at Barefoot Bistro, but we’re still just the same crazy gals when we’re together.

8. Taking the class level right back down a few notches right after that fine dining experience when it turned out the bar we selected was having an underwear affair that very quickly escalated into a no pants parts. Oh my. We did not stay long. And that is all I will say about that.

9. Sunshiny pool days in B.C. while it’s stormy misery at home in Alberta. It’s mean, but I’m still smiling about it. Sorry friends.

10. The Gluten-free Green Pancakes at Nita Lake Lodge. Actually, in all honesty, pretty much everything I ate and drank at the Lodge this week was mind blasting, but I’ll get into that another time.

This Week’s Best Reasons to Smile

15 Aug


1. Orange lipstick. Unexpected and delightful. #LemmeTakeASelfie (P.S. It’s a cheapy from Joe Fresh, so that’s just a bonus reason, really).

2. First TV segment booked. Boom! September 2nd, 8:10am, tune in to City TV to see me chatting about Calgary’s freshest fitness and wellness trends on Breakfast Television.

3. Catching up with gal pals. Gosh I’ve got some good ladies in my life.

4. Interviews that just blow your mind. Doesn’t happen all that often, but sometimes a project comes along that introduces you to amazing, awe-inspiring people. I feel honoured to even get to attempt to tell their stories.

5. Workouts that leave you just dripping in sweat. I’m not talking about like a little lady-like sweat. This was like dripping off of my pants down  my legs and collecting in my shoes and socks. New level ish.

6. Fresh, perfect shellack nails. Just love ‘em. And they stop me from making a mess of mine from biting them.

7. Road trips out to the countryside. Complete with being forced to buy a CD at a gas station when the radio gives out. Bonus points for the outstanding CD selection at said gas station. I didn’t even know Ed Sheeran had a new album out!

8. My Birthday Beat Down. Also known as the last training session of my 20s. It’s become a bit of a tradition that I get the crap kicked out of me the last session before my birthday festivities and heading into MJ 3.0 was no exception. It’s sounds terrible, but it’s occasionally strangely fun to be forced to give it everything you  have.

9. Getting caught in an apocalyptic storm in cutoffs, flip-flops and a tank top. What else can you do, but laugh?

10. Coffee dates with my FGM (fairy god mother). Time just flies when we are together. Never long enough.


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