Toronto is a great city and there are no end to the fun, festive and free things to do around the city during the holiday season! Be sure to bundle up and be sure to check out the list below on some ideas on how to enjoy the season (on a budget)!
*NOTE* images are not mine and have been referenced below.
The last time I went to the Winter Village was 2019, and the photographer in me wants to re-create this magic through my lens! This place is full of beautiful sights (every corner is perfect for a selfie) and tastes (thank you coffee and chocolate)! Entrance is free on weeknights before Dec 27th + children under 9 are free of charge!
Holiday Yorkville Village
Yorkville is beautiful any time of year, but having it all lit up makes it amazing. The best photo op would be in the light tunnel! And the christmas tree totally gives Rockefeller Center vibes!
Skating at Nathan Phillips Square
This rink is ALWAYS jam packed so keep the little ones close to you and on the edge of the rink. The best part about skating here (other than – it’s FREE as long as you bring your own skates and snacks) is the MUSIC. Whether it’s 90s christmas pop or top 40, you’ll have a great time whipping across :)
Hudson’s Bay & Fairmount Royal York Hotel Windows
Miniature displays and twinkling lights? Sign me up! I’ve yet to check our the Royal York windows but I’ve heard that they are enchanting. Grab your mocha or hot chocolate and enjoy the stroll past these beautiful displays!
I love reading productivity and lifestyle hacks! But when they are written in the form of lists – they make it easier to follow! It’s almost like a mental checklist that I can create in my head and tick off the things that I am already doing and then plan for the things I want to try.
Sharing a list of 50 ways to LEVEL UP. From accessorizing your outfits to planning your week, this list includes tons of ways to do and be better. And even though it’s not in your face obvious, all of these activities help to nourish your mind and soul so you can show up and be your best self!
Would love to hear if you try any of these out! Or maybe what you’d add to the list?
Invest in quality, not quantity
Read 1 book a month
Develop a skin care routine that works for you
Dress well, always! (even at home)
Pick and use a signature scent
Learning everyday is a must
Focus on your mental health
Plan your day, week, month & year to focus on your goals
Listen to podcasts or Ted Talks
Pamper yourself regularly
Make your home cozy
Prioritize your friendships
Wear clean shoes (whitest whites, polished or stained)
Use a silk pillow case
Clean your makeup brushes regularly
Create > Consume
Regular face massages
Cut out toxic people and activities
Take yourself out on a date, be comfy being on your own (without feeling alone)
Have a hair care routine
Get 6-8 hours of sleep
Habit stack, time block and batch create
Work on building your confidence & self-esteem
Organize your home
Watch TV shows/movies that inspire your sense of style/fashion
Build your online brand (personal & professional)
Buy yourself some flowers
Be your own stylist with what you have in your closet (take pictures and create outfits)
Maintain good posture
Don’t think about other people’s opinion of you (it is their own reflection)
Wear a natural make up look
Elevate any outfit with 1 luxury handbag
Do things that you are afraid of
Schedule in “self care days”
Exfoliate your skin
Try one extravagant accessory (gloves, channel broach, beret)
I know spirituality (ie: not religion) is becoming more main stream and I love that for the collective human experience. Below sharing a few interesting things about spirituality (and life!) that are really worth knowing.
We are merely reflections of each other
Love is the only emotion that vibrates from the soul
I know I’ve stumbled upon these quotes multiple times, but just recently they hit different.
It made me reflect on my purpose, direction and priorities. And also gave me more motivation. Though, I must say, quotes are flaky and can’t always provide inspiration. On occasion they can make you stand up, re-evaluate and take action.
So please feel free to reflect on the words and enjoy the sunflower pics I took at Robintide Farms
What we fear of doing most is usually what we most need to do.
We cannot become what we want by remaining what we are.
It’s Never Too Late To Be What You Might Have Been
If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.
We all have those days (heck maybe weeks) where productivity wains and we feel less than stellar about the work we aren’t getting done. I have a few thoughts on that, one being that productivity ebbs & flows – it’s all part of the process. Secondly, I ALWAYS say no to hustle culture. I mean, like the rest of us …I want it all (progressive career, great marriage, be a loving mother, hang with my friends, drink 3L of water and workout daily) – but I remember that REST will help me accomplish all the things.
Take a break from your workplace Essentially you want to remove yourself from you current situation. Whether that means taking a walk, going to a coffee shop or sitting on your deck. Changing your environment (and in short order) will provide a new perspective as well as a break so you can come back with a fresh mind.
Put your phone in another room: Staying off your socials, not constantly checking chat/emails or other apps will help to eliminate distractions (which when providing a false/high dopamine fix will further prevent one from getting work done). I’m yet to master this …let alone try it… But we all know mindless doom scrolling and social media comparisons, can put you in a funk. So an easy way to remove distractions is to time block your phone breaks.
Complete the smallest – easiest task: What is important here is create the impression of progress on our minds. One small task could be finishing a bottle of water or sending an email you are dreading. Once you complete that task, and mark it off your list – it will create an automatic momentum and willingness to keep going!
Use the momentum and a focused playlist to keep going: Once you’ve completed one task, use the that feeling to keep you going on to something else. Sometimes it helps to play your favourite music or a brown noise playlist. Keep on single tasking till you get three of your top priorities completed.