“couldn’t stay away, I coudn’t fight it”

Fingers dance across ivory keys and break the silence
words join in quietly and find momentum.
Truths are revealed and questions are asked
promises are made and the tempo slows.
White noise.
Adele’s ‘Someone Like You’ has been on repeat for the last 30 minutes. The longer I sit here, the more convinced I am that given the opportunity to collaborate, we could not have produced a song more indicative of my present mindset.
Music is a powerful force, it connects fragmented emotions and pacifies tough conversations with oneself.

 I have always envied those able to dress an everyday emotion up.

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find comfort in discomfort

January 26th @ the ROM
A collection of letters arranged together.
Instead of understanding them just the way they are, I look in, between and beneath them as they dance around and around my head.

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I will

do one thing that scares you daily. breathe deeply. sweat once a day. dance, sing, floss and travel.
These antidotes, among others, comprise the lululemon athletica manifesto. Simple phrases that are intended to inspire healthy living, balance, unite communities and entrench feelings of genuine happiness within us all.

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forget regret or life is yours to miss

Today was a strange sort of day.

Walking home from the subway I got to thinking about how all too often we define ourselves by what we aren’t/don’t have/can’t afford/can’t fit – whatever. This veil of negativity (likely brought on by the driver that made me get off the 44 South when I failed to present my student ID card with my metro pass… HELLO I AM ON CAMPUS NOW, CLEARLY I AM A STUDENT), like those before it, it managed to overshadow the great elements of my day. Why is that and what can I do to quell future rage blackouts? Be SMART.

girl power

Development can wear many different hats. From immediate relief, to long term education…one aspect that is consistent is the hope to facilitate positive and sustainable change among communities in need. Perhaps the most important thing to understand before launching any development campaign is the issue. Although seemingly obvious, misdiagnosing the problem will undermine the projects success from day one. Therefore, as outsiders, we should seek to empower and utilize existing capacities and then teach the practical skills to curb the poverty cycle.

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checks and balances

For me, feeling settled involves a routine (and it has taken a month for me to establish one that suits me in Toronto). Between juggling my post grad studies, a part time job and reconnecting with friends and family…catching enough shut eye is the least of my concerns. I’m sure like most of you, my mind rarely turns off. Many a night, I find myself hunkering through my mental to do list. Unfortunately my bedside goodie drawer holds a stack of post its and a pen to capture my midnight brainwaves…

keeping the faith

chin up, forge on

I have been a self proclaimed nomad for the last five years and now with my latest adventure complete, it is starting to hit me, that this is it. Among other things, it has been quite a challenge to move back in with my folks.

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here I go again on my own

No, I don’t no where I’m going
But I know where I’ve been
Hanging on the promises
In songs of yesterday
And I’ve made up my mind
I ain’t waisting no more time.

Bonne chance mon petite frere.

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