Listen, living through these dark cold winters is no joke. Thank goodness for friends that make you laugh til you cry, Rupaul’s Drag Race, and light therapy at @mocatoronto. 🙏🏽💡
These beauties stopped me in my tracks on my way home today, reminding me that there are literal bright (orange) spots amidst dreary grey days, cold winds, heartbreaking news, tough conversations, sad stories, big decisions, hard work, and life lessons. Literally! Bright orange. Here for us. We can do hard things, together. Eternally grateful for my community and my family, the brightest of orange spots, who lift me up and cheer me on. Big love 🧡🎃🦁🍁🔥💥🍊🥕🏀🏺📙
No surprise, this lovely mantra, picked for me by @nurtureretreats and lettered by @laurafraserlettering, is exactly what I need to read, now and always. This week, unwinding looks like reading beach books, having a bath, making nachos, having a witchy gathering, buying myself the world’s cutest rubber plant in the world’s cutest pot, talking to my mom, and having a cozy-but-powerful narrative healing session with the wonderfully wise @bradenalexander, who I will miss greatly while he’s in Mexico. Unwinding freely hasn’t always felt easy lately, but I think that changes now. PS. In case you need to hear it: you can unwind freely too. #stephlovestoread
This is the most beautiful thing I’ve ever made with my own two hands, no question. During this workshop led by the genius @goldenagebotanicals, I cried, because I was so humbled at the sheer artistry and humility and backbreaking work that goes into every single one of her creations. I experienced the magic and the discipline of her craft firsthand, and it made me wonder how I can show up more in my own work, in my own life. Last weekend I was also lucky enough to be floored by @sundayscompany’s passion and love for plant medicine, her profound knowledge, her generosity. I left her workshop wanting to tune in more to my deep love of nature, spend more time outdoors, and take better care of my body. And by @la.jolee, whose soul is so kind and compassionate, who makes such beauty with her hands, and who has such a generous spirit in how she connects to others. I left her workshop feeling surprised and delighted by the beauty I can create and the peace I can feel if I turn off my inner critic and just play. And by @jodianne.beckford, who brought her warm energy, her laugh, her openness and her hilarity to capturing all the in between moments of the retreat. I left our conversations with a deep respect for her ambition, and for how hard she works on @the.e.project and her business as a whole. And of course by @sonjakseiler, Queen of it all, whose vision brought us all together and created this miracle of an experience. We can’t talk about each other without crying, but when I think about how she cooks for people, holds space for people, welcomes people, LOVES people with all her heart, it always makes me want to be better. And that’s how it always goes at @nurtureretreats: I leave feeling just a little bit closer to the best version of myself. I wish everyone could experience the wonder and magic for themselves. I wish I could be there all the time. It’s truly my honour to get to learn from these women, and from all the women who joined us this weekend. ❤️ #nurturefall2018
How do I find the words to describe what it’s like to have friends like these? Who, when you’re going through a weird couple of days, will give you beer, listen to you be sad and mad, read all your drafts and feed you curry (@sonjakseiler), will send you angry Slack messages in solidarity and get more friends engaged to help you out (@erin.klassen), will be level-headed, ask good questions, share the processing, and make game plans (@lfrae), will stop everything on the eve of an important work day to talk to you for an hour (@salimahye), will bring you their baby to cuddle (@yourfriendrobyn), will forgive you when you forget to respond to their texts (@deannevincent), and will share with empathy because they’re going through something too (@kateesmalley)? And that’s not even including the incredible women I didn’t have the energy to text the full story to, but who I know would have been there for me if I had (including but not limited to: @k8iewhelan @creweler @orhargil @kim_aw_sedgwick) There aren’t words, not really, not anything other than: Thank you. I wish everyone could have friends like these. I am so grateful to have friends like these. Oh, and women rule the world. Photo from #nurturespring2017 by @laurenkolyn ❤️ PS.There are also no words to describe how excited I am for Nurture Fall 2018, which starts TOMORROW. I am going to be all the way offline for all of it, but I’ll see ya on the other side. xo.
Throwback to reading this important, heartbreaking, incredibly relevant book by @vivekshraya. Must-read. #stephlovestoread #imafraidofmen
So grateful for a weekend full of throwing my head back laughing seemingly every ten minutes with my long-distance bestie @k8iewhelan, absolutely zero time on my computer, plenty of wine and delicious food, excellent intention-setting, and lots of time with so many of the loves of my life. I’m a lucky girl. Katie, I miss you already! Now for some serious introvert time in advance of next weekend’s sure-to-be magic beyond belief @nurtureretreats: Fall 2018. Bring it on. #nurturefall2018 #thehashtagstartsnow #thosehighparkgates
This week, I went to @togetherliveevents with my wonderful friend @lfrae, who bought the tickets for us, got us the best seats, called Ticketmaster when they changed the venue, and made us a reservation in the world’s cutest booth at the new @freshrestaurants on Front. During the event, @glennondoyle said “Every woman needs a wife,” and we all laughed. Because I think what she’s getting at is that no matter what your sexual orientation, we all need women around us to help us share the emotional labour of our lives and take turns helping out with the hard, logistical things we can’t always do on our own. In this case, Laura planned our entire night and for that I am so grateful, because it was a super fun night that she relieved me of the burden of planning. Hopefully next time I can return the favour and do the same for her. And I am grateful for ALL the women who help me do life every single day, in situations big and small. I could not do it without you.