31 Life Lessons I Learned By 31

If you believe that life is an educational experience, then everyone you meet has the potential to be a teacher and every moment may reveal a lesson. To this end, I have been blessed with more lessons than I can count – so in honour of my 31st birthday, I thought I’d share the 31 most important things I’ve learned, divided into two posts (you’ll find the first 15 below). Perhaps some of them will serve you – or have served you – as they have served me. Fly to Berlin, though your flowers may be wilted. When we graduated from Marianopolis College’s Liberal…

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My Shitty Christmas in Asia

“It’s the most, wonderful time, of the year…” Andy Williams sang sweet lies to me as my visibly bored students crafted Dear Santa letters. It was rounding 10 pm on Christmas Eve. At 10:05, I wished my students and co-workers happy holidays and jumped in a cab to finish packing for my trip to Malaysia the next day. The next morning, I checked in and bought myself a green juice while I waited to board my flight to Bali, with a two day stopover in Kuala Lumpur. I gazed over at the only other white girl around. She was sipping on…

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Why I Cancelled My Trip to the Maldives

For some of you who follow my social media channels, you might recall my gleeful announcements a few months back that I had been invited on a press trip to the Maldives. What was truly unbelievable about the invitation was that I had only been blogging for three months – with only a few thousand followers on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest combined. Like I said: UN. FUCKING. BELIEVABLE. And, sure enough – it was. In reality, my invitation was based on unsavoury motives, from a man targeting impressionable, attractive, young bikini-clad newbie travel bloggers. Here’s how it all went down. January 8th,…

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Me, moments before sending an e-mail turning down a job with a six figure salary

10 Times “No” Changed My Life for the Better

As a naturally curious person, I would define myself as being a yes person. Yes to trying new (vegan) foods! Yes to speed dating! Yes to world travel, and yes to joining the student council! I’m all about yes, because yes invites love, opportunity, and growth. Except when it doesn’t. Here are the few occasions that made me grateful for no. The time the McGill Faculty of Law said no to me I had been putting off my law school applications for years. I had already earned two degrees  – a Bachelor’s degree in Communications, and a Master’s degree in International Affairs. The…

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Take On The World Playlist

So much opportunity lies in a given day –  but some days, you need a little reminding that you CAN take on the world and make the impossible possible. Here are a few tunes to help kick your fabulous tush into gear! “If you’re chasing your dreams, you’re not running fast enough.” – P. Diddy

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My Wanderlust Playlist

My current musical picks to give y’all some wanderlust (with a few Easter eggs tossed in ’cause I love ’em and they make me happy). What songs inspire you to take flight? Share your love or haterade below!  

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My World Travel Bucket List

You’ll notice there aren’t any Asian destinations on this list; due to the much lengthier period of time that I’ll be working and travelling through Asia, I’ve created a special, separate bucket list for one my all-time fave parts of the world. You can check that out here! Drink Absinthe in Prague, Czech Republic Dance the night away in Ibiza, Spain Learn how to play a local instrument Get mistaken for a local Make a call from a London phone booth, England See the Big Five in South Africa Become fluent in Spanish Celebrate my birthday at the the Saint Patrick’s Day festival…

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The 17 Spots for Every Kind of Night Out in Montreal

  Whether you’re a hipster, bro, barfly or otherwise, Montreal has clubs, bars and hotspots for every whimsy. The eclectic and quirky urban tapestry that makes Montreal second only to New York City for the best nightlife in North America has been by stomping ground for more than a few years, so take it from a local, seasoned party girl and take your pick of my current favourite go-to’s for a night out on the town. Best Bar for Bachelorette/Bachelor Parties Rouge 7 Rue Prince Arthur O, Montréal, QC H2X 1S4 Rouge has been a Montreal mainstay for raunchy nights out…

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How I Can Afford to Travel…And How You Can, Too!

  One of the most frequent reactions I get when I tell people that I’m about to travel the world is:   “I would love to do that too…but I can’t afford it”.   Well, I’ll let you in on a little secret. By the standards of the first world society I currently live in– I am pretty much broke. Yes, I have property – but a condominium with a mortgage, taxes and condo fees contributes towards a debt that far outweighs my liquid assets. That said, I ain’t never let a lack of dead prime ministers get in my…

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The Top Excuses That Prevent You From Travelling

One of the best things about my decision to travel the world has been the number of people that have approached me to tell me they want to do the same thing. Unfortunately, it’s usually followed by a bunch of typical first world excuses, including: I don’t have the money. I can’t afford it. It’s too expensive. Lack of funds is the predominant excuse people use to quash their travel dreams (or any dream, for that matter). Well to this I say – no more, my friends. Below, you will find some solutions to all the nagging financial hindrances that…

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