Daily Life

Time To Heal

Time To Heal

It’s amazing how the human body works. My body has been tested this year and I’m determined to turn this experience into a positive one. No one wants to hear they have cancer but when it comes down to it cancer doesn’t care who you are. Being told you have it sends an odd wave of fear over your body. It’s a fear unlike anything else and unless you’ve had a doctor tell you the horrible news you don’t know what that feels like.  Continue Reading


This week is guaranteed to be a stressful one. On Friday I go under to have a total thyroidectomy to hopefully eliminate the thyroid cancer I have. It’s been a really, really odd year. Since finding out about the cancer in March I really haven’t known how to feel. Some days I feel relieved and happy knowing it could be worse and this will hopefully all be over with soon. I’m happy I don’t have a cancer that requires chemo, and I shouldn’t complain about my minimal hair loss when I could have lost it all if I had to go through chemo. I’m happy I don’t have to litter my body with the poison to kill it and instead I get a pretty simple surgery. When I look at it that way I feel almost bad for telling people I have cancer because so many others have it way worse.

On the other hand cancer is cancer. I’m losing a pretty big organ that controls so much. I’m scared I’ll feel even worse after the surgery. I’m scared I’ll always be tired and unmotivated. I’m scared I’ll gain weight and my metabolism will never be the same. I’m scared of having to take a pill for the rest of my life. The cancer will always hang over my head even if it’s technically gone. I’ll forever have to have tests to confirm the cancer hasn’t come back. I’ll be put on Synthroid and hair loss is one of the side effects. I just want my hair to grow back. I just want to go back and have this not happen to me. I’m scared.

My plans this week include:

01- Putting my Etsy shops on vacation so I don’t have to worry about filling orders and messaging people back and forth.
02- Get out as much as possible during the day. Even if I have to walk around the whole city, I just don’t want to be inside my apartment alone and stressed.
03- Get a good workout in the morning. It really does wonders for your body and mind.
04- Try meditating. I found some good, free videos on youtube. Lord knows I could use all the calmness this week.
05- Client work at night. This should keep me distracted and feeling creative since nights are usually the time when my mind wonders the most.
06- Drink lots of water and fresh juice. All bad foods, sugars, and drinks won’t exist this week.
07- Wake up everyday thankful for being alive and having the support from friends and family who have made me feel really good lately. I don’t have time for people who you thought were friends but when hard times come about they disappear and avoid you. It’s sad that it takes a shitty situation to find out true friends.
08-Read Kris Carr’s ‘Cancer Survivor’ book. I read her first one ‘Cancer Tips’ and it was really helpful. It will be nice to have one of her books to read as the day gets closer.

I’m really (excuse the language) fucking scared for Friday. It doesn’t feel real. I don’t plan on sleeping much this week mainly because I can’t. I’m hoping the meditation helps. Tomorrow is my pre-admission appointment where they will go over the surgery with me. I’m going into this appointment alone but it will make me stronger. I’ll have questions to ask and come out ready for Friday.

This blog post has turned out to be a lot longer than I originally planned it to be. I mainly wanted to say that until I am feeling good enough to write again I’ll be taking a blog break. Thanks to everyone who reads my blog, comments on my posts and the amazing friends I’ve made on this journey. Your presence on this blog means the world to me and I can’t wait to get back at it again.

In the meantime if you want to keep up-to-date you can follow my thyca blog here. I’m sure I’ll be very active there this week as the day gets closer. Also, if you have any surgery advice/tips I’m all ears.

M.

Studio Mix

Studio Mix: Vol. 5

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Hi, friends! I haven’t done a studio mix post in awhile so here we go.

Listen here on Spotify:

01- National Anthem – Lana Del Rey
02- Push Pull – Purity Ring
03- Stolen Dance – Milky Chance
04- This is The Last Time – The National
05- Goddess – Banks
06- Good Luck – Lenachka
07- 1998 – Chet Faker
08- No Rest For The Weekend – Lykke Li

M.

Inspiration

Inspiration: Desert

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Happy Sunday, friends! I don’t normally post on the weekends but I’m bored and feeling really inspired. Below I have posted some of my favourite desert inspiration. I can’t waaaait for Palm Springs and Vegas this summer.  Continue Reading


 

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This Vegas wedding looks insane and I’m obsessed. Who doesn’t want Elvis marrying them? If marriage is in my future then I’d be totally happy with this type of wedding.

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I love this photo shoot from, The Fresh Exchange. Joshua tree is on my list of places to visit while in Palm Springs.

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I love the colours of Jordan Sullivan’s Death Valley photo series.

I discovered this song by Augustana years ago. Not only is the song great but the setting of the video is the best part. I love watching it.

And finally, Lana. This video is 10 minutes long but I love how she incorporates such a deep story into it. It’s powerful and beautiful. Plus it takes place in the desert so it wins in my books.

Have a nice rest of the weekend :)

M.

Snippets

Snippets // 6

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Hey friends! It’s almoooost the weekend, yay! I haven’t done a snippets post in awhile and so much has happened this year.

01- I’ve become OBSESSED with juicing this year. I love checking out all the juice places around Toronto. It’s an expensive habit, but at least it’s a healthy habit. I’ve been considering just buying a juicer but it’s just so much easier to buy it and drink it right then and there. Anyone have any good juicer recommendations?

02- A couple months ago I decided it was time to get some new business cards to go with my new business. I’m so happy I decided to go with the square cards, they are so fun and small.

03- I’ve made it a goal to check out more cafes around Toronto. If you’re ever in Toronto you should check out, Little Nicky’s they have the BEST mini donuts. Their coffee is also pretty delicious.

04- I designed a few motivational posters last week. You can download them for free here. Enjoy!

M.

Creative Insights

Creative Insights: Brooke Fiorillo

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Happy Wednesday, friends! Today I’m so happy to have Brooke from honestly, b on the blog. I love the work she did for, The Safari Collective, and her lettering is my favourite. When she’s not designing you can find her creating some great content for her blog including fashion, travel, recipes, freebies, and more. I can wait to make this Continue Reading


 

Tell us a little bit about your business and what it means to you?

I’m a freelance graphic designer, letterer and blogger. I recently went freelance full time after dreaming about it and working my way to it for a while! I’m running the business out of my blog name, “honestly, b.” since I had already established that as my brand.

What is one daily ritual you can’t live without?

Definitely a slow and relaxing morning. I don’t like to start working as soon as I wake up. I like to ease into my day with a good breakfast and some hot lemon water. I feel like that sets me up for a positive day! Also, I always take a break for a walk or yoga class.

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When you’re not creating where can we find you?

Probably outside! I love spending time hiking or walking along the beach with my husband any time of year.

What do you struggle with most when it comes to running your own business?

Probably with trying not to compare myself with others. I try my best to stay focused on my own tasks and remind myself that with hard work I will get to where I want to be. It’s not a competition or a race.

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What’s one business goal you hope to achieve in 2015?

Opening my online shop! It’s been in the works for a couple months now. There’s so many little things that go into making it happen, so I’ve had to be patient! Hopefully it will be up and running in a month or so.

How do you treat yourself?

I love treating myself to a hot beverage in the afternoon. I opt for a chai tea latte, a vanilla steamer or my homemade hot cacao.

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Any tips for staying organized? Do you have any project management tools you can’t live without?

Just be on top of your finances! I really love QuickBooks. As soon as I make a business purchase or receive a payment I enter it in. During tax time it’s so easy to print a one sheet recap and bring it to your meeting.

Favourite part of living in Southport, Connecticut? Any favourite coffee shops / restaurants?

I feel so blessed every single day to live where I do. We have 5 beaches in our town alone and a bunch of fun restaurants and bars. I have great shops all around me. I’d say my favorite place is Terrain. We go there for coffee, dinner or brunch and they have the most beautiful home and garden items!

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A genie grants you 3 wishes for your business, what are they?

01- That my business inspires others.
02- Part of the money I make from my business can go to helping others.
03- That I never lose sight of who I am and my business remains an honest representation of myself.

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Do you have any tips for someone wanting to get into graphic design?

Practice! Take classes, do online courses from sites such as Skillshare and create your own style. There is nothing wrong with being self-taught, especially when there are so many online tools to help guide you

Make sure to check out her links below!

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Daily Life

5 Ways to Relieve Stress and Anxiety

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2015 goes down as one of the most stressful years so far. I’ve never been a patient person but my goodness, this year has taught me how to go with the flow and accept what is in front of you. With that came a lot of stress and anxiety which are the two worst things for your body. I’ve learned a few tricks to help make things just a little better and I’ll share them below.  Continue Reading


 WALK OR RUN

Anytime I feel myself getting stressed out or anxious, especially when I’m home alone I’ll get up and go for a walk. I don’t really have a destination. I’ll walk around my neighbourhood, visit a favourite store, or go get a tea. My mind can go in so many directions if i’m sitting on the couch or at my desk thinking of all the bad or stressful things in my life. Walking or running not only distracts you but the endorphins from getting exercise will make you happy and boost your mood.

SOAK IN THE TUB

I’ve never been a bath person, not sure why, just haven’t. That is until I recently decided to use my Lush bath bomb that I bought a year ago and let me tell you, I am now a bath person. You can maximize this by turning the lights off, lighting some candles and just zoning out. As soon as I got out I felt calm, more relaxed, and I smelt great thanks to the bath bomb! Definitely going to take advantage of this more often.

CONTROLLED BREATHING

With all the stress lately I find myself very panicky and my heart racing. It’s the worst feeling and it’s definitely scary. I find the only way to really fix this is by controlled breathing. If I’m at home I’ll lay down, close my eyes and take deep breaths. I’ll do this until my pulse has slowed down and I feel normal again. This isn’t easy though, sometimes it’s really hard to just stop what you’re doing and control your body.

RESCUE REMEDY

I came across this stuff at the drug store. I read reviews online and for the most part they were all good and seemed to help people relieve their anxiety. It’s a natural product so I thought I’d give it a go. I bought it in the drop form and mixed some into water. Almost instantly I could feel myself becoming relaxed and calm. I used to use this a lot before doctors appointments and it seemed to help.

CONNECT

Some situations you just want to keep to yourself but sometimes sharing your story or having a close friend or two to talk to makes a world of a difference. For me writing and sharing my story relives a lot of stress. Instead of keeping everything inside of me I like to write it all out and get it out of me. I was a little worried to hit the share button but the response I’ve had from it lets me know that I have some really good friends which in return calms my nerves and reassures me everything will be okay.

M.

Freebies

Freebies: Motivational Posters

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Hey friends! I hope your week is going awesome. Not only is tomorrow Friday but it’s officially SPRING!! Peace out winter, you’ve been awful and I hate you. So let’s celebrate with some freebies. Click the link under the image to take you to the site where you can download them. I originally was only going to share them on my thyca blog but I like you so have some wall art.  Continue Reading

Creative Insights

Creative Insights: Kate Baird

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Happy Wednesday, friends! I’m back with another Creative Insights and today I’m featuring the talented Kate Baird. When I came across her Instagram I fell in love with her creative posts and lettering shots, she is definitely an inspiration. Make sure to check out her portfolio, the websites she designs are beautiful.
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Tell us a little bit about your business and what it means to you?

I started my business after graduating from college, getting married, and moving to a small town over the course of about six months. It’s evolved a lot over time, but these days I primarily build WordPress sites for women with creative businesses. Doing what I do and how I do it isn’t something that I really even knew was possible until I dove in, so ultimately I’m really grateful to be able to do what I do from home as my own boss.

What is one daily ritual you can’t live without?

I’m honestly not very good at the whole ritual thing- I tend to change things up a lot. But the one thing that I have a hard time giving up these days is going on a walk with the dog. I’ve always been the one to walk him and obviously I want him to be healthy, but I’ve become addicted myself- it’s the one time of day that I really can’t look at a screen and am left with only my own thoughts.

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When you’re not creating where can we find you?

I love to run and do yoga. Watching TV with my husband is another big one for me.

What do you struggle with most when it comes to running your own business?

Managing projects long term so that there is enough overlap but not too much is always a constant struggle for me.

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What’s one business goal you hope to achieve in 2015?

I ran my first ecourse last year and really enjoyed it, I’d love to try some new offerings like that again this year!

How do you treat yourself?

Any time spent away from my computer during the work week feels like a treat- I love my job, but my inspiration really comes from off of the screen. I love going for a long run and then walking the dog on a nice day. During the winter I’ve been trying to spend some more time drawing or writing by hand during my screen breaks.

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Any tips for staying organized? Do you have any project management tools you can’t live without?

I actually have gone through so many phases of my to-do list that I wrote a blog post about it! These days I’m all about Basecamp and my Day Designer.

Favourite part of living in Washington D.C? Any favourite coffee shops / restaurants?

I live in the suburbs of Washington D.C., in the town where I grew up. Being close to my family is my favorite, but I like that a short drive east takes you to the city, and a short drive west takes you to lots of vineyards and beautiful scenery!

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A genie grants you 3 wishes for your business, what are they?

01-  to travel to 3 or 4 conferences each year to connect with other creatives!
02-  to have a happy little office of my own (in my home) with a door that shuts! I think this is coming, but I still have a ways to go!
03- more opportunities to expand my income streams- I’ve been thinking a lot about collaborating with brands on my blog lately, but it’s such a shift for me that it’s hard to wrap my mind around.
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Do you have any tips for someone wanting to get into graphic design?

Practice as much as you can, however you want! Designing whatever you want, especially at the beginning, is so important. It helps you learn what kind of design you enjoy and hone your personal style.

Make sure to check out Kate’s links below:

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