#VANCOUVERTOVEGAS West Coast Road Trip

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The last time I went on vacation was 6 years ago so to say I’m excited for this upcoming trip is an understatement. I can’t wait to experience 8 different cities with some great people while taking in the beauty of the West Coast. I’ve been to SF, LA, and Vegas before and can’t wait to go back. I remember the drive from LA to Vegas being unreal. The desert and mountains had me in awe the whole way there. 

Our timeline is:

Vancouver – July 27th
Seattle – July 28th – 29th
Portland – July 30th – 31st
San Francisco – August 1st -3rd
Monterey – August 4th
Los Angeles – August 5th – August 6th
Palm Springs – August 7th
Las Vegas – August 8th – 11th

The real challenge will be taking in as much as we can in each city since our time is pretty limited.

Some sights we have in our Evernote ‘West Coast Road Trip’ notebook include:

Vancouver
Gastown
Granville Market/Island
Stanley Park

Seattle
Pike Place Market
The original Starbucks
The Fremont Troll

Portland
Voodoo Doughnuts
Stumptown Coffee
Cathedral Park
Columbia River Gorge

San Francisco
Union Square
Redwood Forest
Coit Tower
Mr Holmes Bakehouse
Chinatown
Golden Gate

Monterey
The Big Sur
Pebble Beach
Monterey Aquarium

Los Angeles
Hollywood
Griffith Park
Santa Monica Pier

Palm Springs
Salton Sea
Joshua Tree
Slab City
Visit the big dinosaur
Cheeky’s

Las Vegas
See a show
Visit the Grand Canyon
Neon Museum

This is just a small taste of what our options are. If anyone has any must see attractions for any of the cities above please let us know :) I can’t wait to document our trip and share our experiences with you.

M.

P.S Salton Sea looks unreal.

Inspiration: Favourite Colouring Books

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Colouring books seem to be all the rage these days, topping bestseller lists. A week before my surgery in April I bought my first colouring book to try to relieve some stress and take my mind off of things, and guess what? It worked! There’s something about diving into a new page, putting on some music and zoning out that totally relaxes the mind and takes away stress.

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I’ve listed some of my favourite colouring books that you can buy online:

01- Enchanted Forest
02- Outside The Lines
03- Color Me Calm
04- Splendid Cities

Do you have any favourite colouring books? I’d love to hear them!

Freelance: Rejected Logos

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I hope everyone had a nice, relaxing weekend! Toronto was cold, windy and very rainy, summer where are youuuuu? We live right next to where they hold the Pride festivities so all weekend was filled with excitement and loud music from the streets.

Today I’m sharing some rejected logos from one of the clients I’m working with. You might remember this moodboard I shared last week. We just settled on her final logo so I thought I’d share some of the one’s that didn’t make the cut. Her blog name is long so it was a bit of a challenge to find the right placement of words while still making it look good. We are both really happy with the final logo and I can’t wait to show you. This week we are moving on to her blog design and I’m excited to see it come to life! I’ll be sure to share all the final elements once they’re complete.

M.

Freelance: Fashion Moodboard

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Happy Monday, friends! Today I’m sharing a moodboard for a client who runs her own popular fashion blog. She reached out to me looking for a new logo and blog design. After talking to her through email and going over the survey she filled out I knew right away we would be a perfect match. Her design goals are to have a fresh, clean, modern look and I’m so excited to help her bring it to life. Stay tuned for some rejected logos and the final artwork.

M.

Snippets // 7

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Hi friends! Life has been pretty hectic lately, in a good way. Lots of travel adventures and client work have come my way and I’m in a good place right now. I’m thankful for all of it so I thought I’d share a Snippets post.

01– A few weeks back I launched a new blog design. I had my old theme for awhile and decided I needed a new look. My main goal was to make it functional and branded to look a little more like my portfolio site.

02– This past month and a half I’ve been on a work out binge. I usually incorporate a workout in the morning and one in the evening. I’m on week 4 of Ripped in 30 and so proud of how far I’ve come. I haven’t been looking at the scale but I can see progress and that’s all that matters.

03– This past weekend I went camping at Sandbanks Provincial Park with some friends. The nights were really cold which made sleeping almost impossible but the days were filled with fun and adventure. I’m so glad I decided to go and can’t wait for our next camping adventure at the end of June in Grand Bend.

04– June is shaping up to be a crazy month. With client emails coming in, putting the final touches on our road trip, and enjoying the warm weather I couldn’t ask for a better summer.

P.S If you’re looking for a brand makeover I’m currently booking clients for early July and August. You can contact me here.

M.

Fitness: My Workout Plan

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Happy Monday, friends!

I thought I’d get a little personal on the blog today and share something I’ve been struggling with for a few years now. So far 2015 has been a year of change and growth, probably one of the wildest years yet. I’ve been planning on writing this post for a month now but yesterday I read Bri’s post about getting healthy and taking the challenge to make positive lifestyle changes, so I thought now is the right time.

The Struggle:

Working out for me has always been a struggle. I hated everything about it. I hated the pain, I hated the feeling after finishing a workout, I hated sweating, I hated waking up the next day and barely being able to move. There was more hate than love when it came to working out so it’s never been easy for me. That all seemed to change after going through the hardest thing I’ve had to do in my 29 years on this planet. Now it’s a bit different. I enjoy the feeling of my muscles getting stronger, I love waking up in pain but knowing it’s a good pain and it’s making me stronger and healthier, I love working up a big sweat, I enjoy the after workout showers, and I appreciate the fact that I am able to shape my body into something I’m proud of.

The Weight: (*Cringe*)

Heaviest – 5’9″ – 185 pounds

My weight has always fluctuated over the years but it wasn’t until about two years ago I really started to gain a lot of weight. I was at my heaviest and becoming really depressed. Working full-time at a desk and coming home exhausted everyday didn’t help at all and I got super lazy.

Skinniest – 5’9″ -135 pounds

My last few years in college is when I was at my skinniest. (2011-2013) I was a poor college student barely eating, hardly sleeping and not living a healthy lifestyle. Even though I wasn’t necessarily losing weight the healthy way I was so confident and proud of my weight. When you’re overweight a good portion of your day is thinking about how you wish you could be thin and in shape. Those thoughts were never in my head and I felt comfortable in my body.

May 4th, 2015 – 5’9″ – 176

The last time I was weighed was at my Endo appointment. This was before I started working out constantly so I’m considering this my start weight. I’m also hoping this number has gone down since.

The Routine:

Yesterday I started week 3 of Jillian Michael’s Ripped in 30. I’ve been doing it 5 days a week, so technically it will be 20 days for me, but that’s okay because in the evening I’ve been adding in a second workout. The second workout can range from running 1-2 miles in spot while watching tv, this video, or this video. Really it is whatever I’m feeling that day.

Today I’m starting Fitness Blender’s 8 week program and I still plan on finishing the Ripped in 30 as well. One workout in the morning and one in the evening. It’s going to be tough but I’m ready for the challenge. The 8 week program will end right before our vacation so it’s perfect timing to get in better shape before jetting off.

The Diet:

There is none! I hate diets and they don’t seem realistic to me at all. I cut back / avoid carbs when I can, I have cut back on sugar and have been eating healthier. However, some days require pizza and some days require ice cream and I won’t deny myself that.

The Goal:

I would love to reach the 140 mark as a start goal. I’m not aiming to be skinny, I am aiming to be fit, strong, and healthy. I want the flat stomach, and eventually be able to see those abs. I’m also running my first 5k on June 13 for Thyroid Cancer. Both excited and scared for it.

The Motivation:

I’ve been following Tara’s fitness journey for a month now and she is so inspiring. When I’m feeling blah about working out I’ll go through her Instagram feed and feel motivated. I’ve also been following Bri’s fitness journey as well using the #dlfgetfit hashtag.

What I Won’t Be Doing:

Looking at the scale! Last year when I went on a workout binge I was weighing myself EVERYDAY! When the scale wasn’t moving I would get so discouraged and want to give up. This time around I’m avoiding that evil thing. I’ve been taking progress shots every week and can already see a change. Maybe one day I will share those photos with you but for now not a chance :p I have a physical coming up in 2 weeks maybe then I will look at the scale when she weighs me.

Do you have any workout tips? Are you taking on any lifestyle challenges? Let’s motivate each other!

 

 

Studio Mix Vol. 6

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Happy Wednesday, friends! I hope your week is going well.

Today I’m sharing a new studio mix that has been on repeat lately.

Listen here on Spotfiy:

01– High – Zella Day
02– Cut Me Loose – Lyon
03– Lemonworld – The National
04– Make Out Party – Incubus
05– Free Fall – La+ch
06– Rebellion – Arcade Fire
07– Prayer in C – Lilly Wood
08– Headlights – Robin Schulz

Enjoy!

Client Work: Worley’s Lighting

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When Shelli from Worley’s Lighting reached out to me to design a new logo for their company I knew instantly I wanted to be a part of their brand makeover. The husband and wife duo handcraft beautiful / modern lighting and home accessories. Check out the branding below:

 

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Shelli was absolutely wonderful to work with and knew exactly what she wanted which made the whole process smooth.

They are launching a new line that is currently up on Kickstarter. If you’re looking to bring a little beauty into your home I highly suggest checking out their stuff.

I’m currently taking on new clients so if you are looking for a brand refresh feel free to contact me!

 

Wish List // Road Trip Essentials

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Hey friends! Today I thought I’d share my road trip wish list with you. My plan is to pack as light as possible (I say that now) but it’s my goal. There will be four of us in a Jeep Cherokee so space will be limited. Since we will be spending a lot of the time in the car, comfort is what I am aiming for. Lots of light weight shirts, pants, a few shorts, a few shoes, etc. You can shop the look below:

01The Twill Weekender
02Aviator Sunglasses
03The Cotton V
04Crisscross Sandal 
05Pull On Track Pants
06Passport Holder
07Oversized Chambray Boyshirt
08The Claremont
09Slub Crewneck

If you have any tips for long road trips, packing, etc I’d love to hear them!

M.

May Goals

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Hey friends, remember me!? It’s been about 3 weeks since I decided to take some time away from the blogging world to prepare, rest, and heal from my surgery. It’s been a crazy 3 weeks but I’m happy to say I’m feeling back to normal again. I’ve missed blogging and I’m excited to get back into it.

I thought I would use my first post back to go over some of my May Goals. I can’t believe it’s already May, seriously though, wasn’t it January like.. yesterday? Since having my surgery I feel like I have A LOT more energy during the day, I can actually focus and stay awake, it’s a complete 360. This month I want to:

Network

Since finding out about my thyca in January this whole year has kind of been blah and unmotivated. I haven’t really been putting 100% into networking my business and finding clients. I plan on working extra hard from here on out to make sure I can continue my freelance business and have a steady stream of money coming in from that.

Blogging

Aside from getting back into blogging regularly I want to introduce new columns to keep my blog new and exciting. I also plan on bringing back my “Creative Insights” feature. I love interviewing other creatives and getting to know them better.

Get in shape

I’ve been extra lazy this year, again mainly because of my health. My thyroid made me constantly tired which resulted in me giving up on working out. Now that I have energy and drive I plan on working out at least 5 days a week again.

Online Stores

I’ve put my Etsy shop and online shop on the back burner lately. I want to at least put a solid few hours a week into creating new stuff and listing more items.

I’d love to hear your May goals!

M.