I must become the lion hearted girl

I am officially in my 28th year of life and birthdays, for me, have always been a perfect time of reflection. Where am I currently? Am I happy? Do I wake up feeling fulfilled? What am I looking forward to? It can become very stressful to ask yourself these questions but without discomfort there can be no growth.

I set out so many goals for this year that I quickly became overwhelmed. It’s only January and I already feel like I’m falling behind. I sat with myself for a while after and decided that it’s also important to have a goal to live in the moment and goals are just that, goals. They are set to be something to strive for and not a certainty.

I wake up everyday and make my bed. That is enough to be proud of right now. (Thank you Mari Kondo, but I am not throwing out my books)

2019 🥂

Another trip around the sun has come and gone. 2018 had many ups and many downs, but most of all it had a lot of new beginnings. New cities, new friends, new books, new adventures. I’m grateful for the experiences I’ve had and I look forward to an eventful 2019!

New year resolutions

  1. Sew 5 *wearable items of clothing
  2. Learn how to knit and complete a project that isn’t a scarf.
  3. Read 100 books
  4. Open an Etsy shop
  5. Become debt free
  6. Incorporate more exercise into my routine
  7. Less waste, more reusable items.
  8. Become more minimalistic in my spending habits
  9. Make my bed every single day
  10. Learn how to quilt

Fall Essentials

Autumn is my favourite season and October is the greatest month to ever exist.. so I’ve compiled a list of all things fall-ish that help me to enjoy this wonderful season. What would you add to it?

1. Blanket scarves

2. Cute boots

3. Dark lipstick

4. Horror movies

5. Long books

6. Pumpkin spice EVERYTHING

7. The Halloween Town movies

8. Oversized sweaters

9. Red nail polish

10. Pumpkins

The Saturday Night Ghost Club: Review

5/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I LOVED this. I started it yesterday and became totally engrossed in the story that before I knew it, I hadn’t slept after my night shift and it was almost 6 pm.

This story is told from neurosurgeon Jake’s perspective of his twelfth year of life. The year his crazy uncle Calvin started The Saturday Night Ghost Club. Uncle Calvin owns the Occultatorium on Clifton Hill, where he possesses all things strange and macabre. We go back and forth between present day Jake and childhood Jake without missing a beat but with an intense amount of feeling. This book made me laugh out loud and got me close to sobbing at the end. I wouldn’t necessarily call it a horror novel, though there are some horror elements involved. For me, this was more of a coming of age story, with the only horror being the reality of life and death itself.

This book meant a lot to me because of its location. It’s based in Niagara Falls, Canada. A place I grew up near and have frequented often throughout my 27 years. The streets he mentions, the shops he goes in, the Ripleys museum he loves so much – I love those places too. Lundy’s Lane graveyard is a historically beautiful place, one I have visited and where my grandparents are buried. This book is an easy, easy 5 star read, even without the intense nostalgia that I felt throughout. I recommended this to EVERYONE.

October Goddess Provisions Unboxing

A monthly Box that Lights up your Soul * 

Box Highlights

  • 5-7 full size products per box
  • Great value, typically $60-$90 of goddess goodies
  • Free shipping to the U.S.
  • Ships Worldwide
  • $33 per month or as low as $27.75 with 12 month prepay
  • Always cruelty-free & vegan


Another month, another Goddess Provisions box. I am so happy to have discovered this subscription box! This is my third month of receiving it and I do not have a single complaint. The box is worth WAY more than you actually pay for it and every single item is hand picked by the creators to provide wellness and sanctity in our every day lives. Octobers theme was “Self Care Rituals” and what a perfect time for a theme like this. Winter is coming and with it comes months of darkness for us Canadians. It’s especially difficult in the months without sunshine to get out of bed and progress through our daily lives. For me especially, as I work 12 hour shifts and most of the time I leave when it’s dark and get off work when it’s dark.. only seeing glimpses of sunshine through the break room window.

Okay, let’s get to what is actually in the box!

  1. Balanced Guru Purify Me Spot Treatment
    – “Treat your face to this soothing serum that’s forumulated with probiotics, active ferments, willow bark, and tea tree oil  to help heal and balance stressed out skin”
  2. Lutska Dawn Roll-On
    – https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/LutskaBotanica
    – “Roll this blend of lavender, spearmint, peppermint, eucalytus, tea tree and geranium on your palms, rub them together and inhale deeply for an uplifting self care morning ritual”
  3. Soapylayne Sacred Space Spray
    – https://www.etsy.com/shop/SoapyLayne
    – “Sage Hydrosol that’s infused with clear quartz. Use it throughout your home, on your body and over your crystals to cleanse, refresh and protect your energy.”

4. Goddess Provisions Self Care Rituals Oracle Deck
– illustrated by @rainbowforester 

5. Orange Calcite
– “Meditate with this energizing stone to help boost your positivity, feelings of self worth, creativity and to support your physical, mental and spiritual development”

anddddd my personal favourite because I’m tea obsessed..

7. Lee Provisions Pink Chai Tea
– https://leesprovisions.com/

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Down the TBR Hole #1

Down The TBR Hole is a meme created by lost in a story that revolves around cleansing your TBR of all those books you’re never going to read and sort through it all to know what’s actually on there.

How does it work?

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go
  1. A Clockwork Orange ✔️
  2. Shadow and Bone (Grisha #1) ✔️
  3. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn✔️
  4. The Light Between Oceans✔️
  5. Girl, Interrupted✔️
    I thought I did read this.. but maybe I’m just confusing it with the movie? Regardless, this one is a definite yes to keeping.
  6. One flew over the cuckoos nest✔️
  7. The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls✔️
  8. Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness✔️
  9. The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry✔️
  10. A Beautiful Mind✔️

Hooray! I’m keeping all of them. This has been an exciting start. I also own a couple of these already!

TTT: Top 10 longest reads

Top Ten Tuesdays are some of my favorite blog posts to create! Hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week the prompt is the top 10 longest books I’ve ever read!

1. The Stand 823

5/5 ⭐️

2. IT 1138

5/5 ⭐️

3. Order of the Phoenix 870

5/5 ⭐️

4. A Dance with Dragons 1056

5/5 ⭐️

5. Outlander 858

4/5 ⭐️

6. Goblet of Fire 636


7. The Eye of the World 814

I actually didn’t like this book at all. I haven’t even considered picking up the rest of the series because of it .. even though I hear it’s one of the greatest epics of all time. What do you think? Should I revisit it again?

8. A court of mist and fury 626

5/5 ⭐️

9. 11/22/63 849

5/5 ⭐️

10. The Wise Mans Fear 994

5/5 ⭐️

mornings are for coffee and contemplation

Long weekends are for pyjamas and reading.

But most importantly long weekends are for spending time with family. Thanksgiving to me means being with those you love and sharing a meal. Remembering how lucky you are to be alive and to breathe fresh air. To find happiness in whatever your circumstances may be.

This thanksgiving I decided to test my baking skills and make this cake! It’s a spice cake with vanilla buttercream frosting.

What are you thankful for?

give thanks

I am forever grateful for books. I never knew such a love affair could exist. I didn’t realize the friends and heroes I needed always existed in the pages surrounding me. The comforting shoulders and the belly laughs, the great adventures and the heartbreaking romances, the forever and the now. I will always be grateful to the authors for giving me an escape from my sometimes harsh reality.

I am also grateful for the house I live in, the love I have in my heart, the caring partner I share my life with, the career that gives more than it takes, the health I have, the family I love and the adventures I’ve experienced.

we are the reckless, we are the wild youth

You are the books you read, the films you watch, the music you listen to, the people you meet, the dreams you have, and the conversations you engage in. You are what you take from these. You are the sound of the ocean, breath of the fresh air, the brightest light and the darkest corner. You are a collective of every experience you have had in your life. You are every single second of every day.

So drown yourself in a sea of knowledge and existence. Let the words run through your veins and the colors fill your mind until there is nothing left to do but explode. There are no wrong answers. Inspiration is everything. Sit back, relax, and take it all in.

– J. Vanek