Audible Book Review: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

A few days ago, my family and I drove for 16 hours straight, from Ontario to New Brunswick. Personally, I get very antsy when I am not being productive over a long period of time, so I knew I wanted to keep myself busy during the drive. Unfortunately, I do get a little bit car-sick when reading a paper-back or e-book in a moving vehicle. For this reason, I decided that listening to an audio book from Audible would be my best bet. The book I chose on Audible.com was “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens.

When searching for a book I might like to read, I knew I was in the mood for a mystery/thriller, similar to “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn, or “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins. When I first came across “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens, I had never heard of it, but I noticed it has been at the very top of the New York Times Best-Seller list for 21 weeks in 2019, and that is a pretty impressive statistic. The genre of the book also seemed to match the kind of book I was looking for, so I purchased it with my monthly free credit on audible.com.

For those of you who like to multi-task, like me, Audible is perfect because you can listen to a book while doing chores, driving, or even in the bath! I like to change the speed of the reader to 1.5x so I can finish the book even faster. I also love that they give you a free sample of every book, so you can decide whether you enjoy listening to that particular narrator.

The narrator for “Where the Crawdads Sing” was excellent, and a joy to listen to. She differentiated the characters nicely by using various accents and voices, so it wasn’t confusing at all.

I won’t tell you too much about this novel, because I encourage you to read it (or listen to it) yourself. However, the premise of the book is based around a little girl named Kya, who is abandoned by her family and then grows up on her own in a little shack outside of the town. People call her “The Marsh Girl” and most want nothing to do with her. Then, a young man in town dies and locals point to Kya for someone to blame. This book has romance, hope, mystery and focuses on Kya’s love for nature and her yearning for acceptance and somebody to call home.

Since this book was narrated in 12 hours, I wasn’t sure if I would want to spend that much of my drive listening to it, however once I started the book I didn’t stop until I finished it. I really did enjoy it and highly recommend it.

If you, too, want to try out Audible.com and get this book for free, here is the link to the audio book:

AUDIO BOOK of Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Where the Crawdads sing by Delia Owens

 

If you want the paper version of this book (which I may in fact purchase myself to have in my library, here is the link to purchase the paperback:

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HARDCOVER NOVEL of Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Where the Crawdads sing by Delia Owens

If you, too, like books with a female lead and a bit of mystery, here are the other two books that I mentioned in this post, which I really enjoyed reading:

GONE GIRL by GILLIAN FLYNN             THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN by PAULA HAWKINS

I am always looking for new books to read, so comment your favourite down below and I will be certain to check it out!

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Selling My Art on RedBubble

About a month ago, I decided to upload my digital artwork to a “Print-On-Demand” shop, Redbubble.com. This means, that I essentially opened my own little online store and am now selling my art on redbubble!

Now, as you may know, I have recently become addicted to creating art, both digitally and traditionally. Since I enjoy it so much, I figured it couldn’t hurt to upload my work and test the waters, to see if anyone might be interested in purchasing my original artwork.

Much to my surprise, I got 3 sales within 2 weeks, all from people in other parts of the world!

This, of course has been greatly encouraging and I feel so blessed for even these 3 small sales.

This week, I am excited to be working on a custom order of 5 t-shirts for a special occasion!

Redbubble is awesome because once I upload my artwork, I no longer have to worry about anything. When I make a sale, RedBubble is in charge of manufacturing the products, and shipping to the buyer! I just collect my royalties.

Hopefully, I continue to have some success selling my art on redbubble, because it would be so amazing to be able to earn an income by doing what I love. That’s the dream!

I would love for you to check out my online shop, and if you want to discuss a custom order, please feel free to contact me!

To keep up to date on my artwork,

feel free to follow me on my Art Instagram.

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Thank you for reading 🙂

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Words To Slay By: Re-Post

Hey friends!

I hope you are all having an amazing summer. I posted these quotes last year, but when I re-designed my website a while back, there were some technical difficulties that caused this post to disappear.

Because I love inspirational quotes so much, and because I spent so much time scavenging the web for these particular quotes (and making cute insta-worthy images for each of them), I thought I would re-share!

I hope you love reading these “words to slay by” as much as I do!

Comment your favourite quote below, I would love to hear them. As always, feel free to reach out to me on Social Media as well:

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Love, Satisfy Her Soul xo

Boss Lady Buzz: Brittney Toner – Weddings Atlantic

brittney tonerAs you can see from this picture, I’ve known Brittney Toner literally since I was born (thanks for the garland crown, Britt! hehe). Her and her sister, Ashley, are like family to me and I’ve always looked up to them; They are both amazing individuals. It’s been 25 years since this picture, and Brittney is now a successful and inspiring entrepreneur – the Founder and Editor in Chief of Weddings Atlantic, and the Business Owner of Panoramic Events Inc. A perfect fit for a Boss Lady Buzz interview!

Before I get into her fabulous businesses, let me give you a little history on Mrs. Brittney Toner!

Brittney Toner

Brittney was proudly born and raised in Moncton, NB. After graduating high school, Brittney attended Acadia University, where she says she learned so many valuable lessons. While in university, Brittney had her first entrepreneurial experience when she opened her own ice cream shop called “What’s the Scoop”!

Shortly after graduating Acadia, Brittney fearlessly moved to South Korea, to teach English abroad for one year. Brittney “loved every second of it!”

She highly recommends traveling after university:

 

It’s liberating, and you learn so much about yourself and the world around you.

When Brittney returned to New Brunswick from South Korea, she moved to Woodstock NB to be with her boyfriend (who is now her husband, and the father of her two beautiful children.) At this time, she went back to school at NBCC and graduated from the Early Childhood Education program. Upon graduating, the college reached out to Brittney and offered her a job as the Student Life Coordinator, which she gladly accepted. While loving this job at NBCC, Brittney took the opportunity to continue her studies and thus took the college’s Event Management program online.

We haven’t even gotten to her businesses yet, but her dedication to learning, growing and bettering herself is already exceptionally inspiring!

Panoramic Events Inc, Weddings New Brunswick & Weddings Atlantic

Not long after finishing the Events Management course, Brittney started her own weddings and events business, called Panoramic Events Inc. It didn’t take long for Brittney to see that there was a gap in the industry when it came to wedding resources in New Brunswick and Atlantic Canada. After recognizing this need, Brittney took it upon herself to become the Editor in Chief of Weddings New Brunswick, which has now expanded to Weddings Atlantic!

Brittney Toner Weddings Atlantic

Weddings Atlantic is an online & printed magazine that was “created to be the ultimate ‘go-to’ guide for Brides and Grooms planning their weddings.”

Weddings Atlantic’s mission is to showcase high quality, local talent and services as we share the love stories of Atlantic Canada.

Brittney’s next big goal for her company is to create an “App” for the Atlantic wedding industry. She is also planning to create the little sister magazine “Prom Atlantic“. Someday, Brittney hopes to host a Weddings Atlantic Awards Night! (No doubt in my mind that she will accomplish all of these goals!)

So, how did Brittney do it? Boss Lady Buzz Secrets:

Brittney Toner - Weddings Atlantic

When asked how how she did it, her answer was:

Taking the steps to make it happen. It’s really that easy. If you want something – get your feet moving and do it. Ask questions, do research, take the leap! It’s so worth it!

Brittney says there are many perks, as well as challenges of being your own boss:

As a working Mom, I don’t miss any event happening in my child’s life. That is the biggest perk a mother could have. Challenges include paying the bills, chasing the money, I don’t have a business degree, so a lot of self-education happens in workshops and online courses.

Brittney’s advice for aspiring entrepreneurs:

Do NOT give up. There will be obstacles, but there are resources. Try not to be so set in stone with an idea, that you don’t let it evolve how it should. It might not be exactly what you sought out to do, but it will be exactly what it was meant to become. Enjoy all of the learning curves, you are going to learn so much about yourself and how you handle situations- reach out for help when you need to. Join groups on Facebook or in your area. REACH OUT!

My favourite part of Brittney’s interview, was her advice that when looking at your team, you should always have at least one dreamer, and one realist. For Brittney, she is the dreamer, and her Creative Director is the realist. She says that all of her team members have different skills and knowledge to lend, which makes for a great team!

Would you be the dreamer or the realist on your team? I would definitely be the dreamer, just like Brittney!

Brittney and her team at Weddings Atlantic are working really hard to send issue 2 to print! Keep an eye out for the magazine on newsstands in August!

To keep up with Weddings Atlantic, and to hear all of the adorable, humorous and interesting articles about weddings, engagements, and more, follow them on Instagram or Facebook, and check out the Weddings Atlantic website!


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I Speed-Read A Novel In 60 Minutes

Do you ever challenge yourself to something completely random, just to see if you can do it? Yea, maybe that’s just me. Well, anyway, my latest challenge for myself was to see how quickly I could speed-read a novel.

If you have seen some of my other “Challenge Posts”, you probably know this is pretty typical for me. For example, my “I Only Drank Water For One Week” challenge, or  my “No Technology After 10pm” challenge or my “Waking Up Early for One Week” challenge. Check those out if you’re interested.

For this challenge, I decided to go to my bookshelf, choose a book I had never read, and speed-read the novel as quick as I possibly could in one sitting.

The book I ended up choosing was a classic that I’ve been wanting to read for a while called “The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Since this book is young adult fiction, it is made to be an easy read, and even though it has 178 pages, the font is fairly large.

As I was home for a visit at the time, I told my parents (kindly) not to bother me because I was speed-reading a novel as fast as I could. They are used to me doing such things, so they left me to my own devices and off I went to read The Secret Garden.

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speed-read a novel - The Secret Garden

Before I started, I got the book ready and set my timer on my phone as I opened to the first page. I proceeded to speed-read the novel as fast as I could.

I still don’t really know why I’m telling you this, but alas, I digress.

I managed to finish The Secret Garden from start to finish in EXACTLY one hour. Not a minute more, or less. Which I thought was pretty darn neat.

Now, usually it takes me a really long time to read a book because I take time to contemplate every line and paragraph. I am quite the dreamer so usually I end up re-reading sections multiple times, squeezing out every bit of nuance I can find.

So, I figured I would test to see if when I speed-read a novel, I can still get the whole story out of it, and do all my contemplating after the fact. I will say, it went better than expected, and I think in the future I will try to read a bit faster to be more efficient, and do my dreaming later.


Have you ever tried to speed-read a novel? If so, what did you think of the experience and did you get everything out of the book you wanted? Do you prefer to read slowly and stew on every paragraph, like I am used to doing? Let me know in the comments below!

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You Don’t Have To Choose

Growing up, I was always an extremely busy child, who wanted to be involved in everything. Gymnastics, hockey, baseball, swimming – (I’m still a terrible swimmer), dance, various music lessons, after school programs like drama, choir and track & field, and – Get This – I even asked my teachers for extra homework. So, I think it’s safe to say I have always spread myself a little too thin, but I’ve always enjoyed it.  I also asked my parents to put me in figure skating, horseback riding – you name it, I wanted to try it. Of course, there is only so much time in a day, and only so much money to go around (especially with my brother being equally active). So, it makes total sense that my parents told me I have to choose which activities I wanted to do most. PS – Thanks Mom & Dad-I am so grateful.

So, active childhood of choices aside, I graduated high school and was then faced with a new choice. I had to choose whether I wanted to pursue a career in musical theatre, singer-songwriter, or classical music. I was told I have to choose, because people said it’s impossible to get anywhere when you are torn between different directions. *Thank you Kristin Chenoweth for doing it all and giving me hope*

All the while, within my songwriting, I was writing songs in many different genres, and then I was told I have to choose one, because singers who don’t have a “defined style” won’t get very far.

As I’ve entered my twenties, I have been experimenting with the different facets of creativity. My focus has been split between music (of all sorts), theatre, blogging and visual art. I love them all so much. They bring me such joy every single day.

When I started my blog, I was told if I didn’t choose a distinctive niche, my blog would not be successful. (If you have read my other posts- you can probably tell I never chose a very specific niche- lol). I hope you don’t mind.

you don't have to chooseWithin visual art, I have read that you have to choose between digital and traditional art in order to establish yourself as an artist, so people know what to expect from you. But I love creating all types of art!

All that being said, although I respect that advice, I don’t believe I have to choose between anything in terms of what I am pursuing. And I don’t want to choose.

I truly believe that everyone should do what makes them happy, what makes their soul shine, as long as they possibly can. Even if what makes you happy changes from week to week, or year to year. That’s okay! Don’t box yourself into one thing (unless you want to – or have to).

Pursuing other avenues does not mean that I am giving up on anything else I’ve been pursuing. I’m just a very all-over-the-place kind of girl who likes to learn and grow and try new things all the time and I’ve decided I’m not going to feel guilty about it.

The most important thing, I think, if you maintain multiple outlets like me, is to schedule your time effectively and productively. To-do lists are my best friend, and I try my best to keep up with all my different passions. Unless I don’t want to – in which case I don’t lol.

Of course, I always keep commitments I have made to others, and I take my responsibilities very seriously. However, when it comes to my freelancing and my own pursuits, I’m just kind of winging it, doing whatever makes me happy. And that’s okay with me.


I want to know, have you ever been told you have to choose? If you wish, share your experience with me in the comments below. I would truly love to hear your thoughts on this subject.

And if you, too, are being told this, over and over, let me be the person who says maybe you don’t have to choose. Why not do it all? Why not try something new?

Love, Satisfy Her Soul xo

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Discover Your Dosha (Mind-Body Type)

Over the past few months, I have been fascinated with learning about holistic healing and Ayurvedic Medicine. Originating in India, this health system has been around for thousands of years. In Ayurveda, your health is determined by the balance between your mind, body and spirit. My friend Nicole introduced me to the idea of living in accordance to your Mind-Body Type (also called your Dosha). I was not even aware that everyone had a Mind-Body Type, so I was very intrigued when she showed me the online quiz where you could discover your dosha.

Indian born, Doctor and Author Deepak Chopra, is one of the leading Gurus in natural health, alternative medicine and mind-body-spirit healing. His website, The Chopra Center, is where I learned all about the various Mind-Body Types and where you can find the quiz: Discover Your Dosha.

If you want to learn more about this type of healing, I highly recommend visiting this website, as I believe it is an excellent source of information.

The 3 Doshas

There are 3 Doshas, or Mind-Body Types that exist; Vata, Pitta and Kapha.

Once you learn which of the 3 Doshas you are, Ayurvedic Medicine suggests that you use that information to inform your decisions on various lifestyle choices. For example, there are numerous articles that recommend what to eat, how to exercise, and even how to manage your stress and energy, all dependant on your dosha.

In order to understand the defining characteristics of each Dosha, I used the information from Chopra.com to create an infographic! Feel free to save this, share it, or even pin it on Pinterest.

Discover Your Dosha

Did you do the Discover your Dosha Quiz? Let me know which Mind-Body Type you are in the comments below! Do the characteristics of your Dosha listed above match your personality and appearance?

Through the Discover your Dosha quiz, I learned that I am “Tri-Doshic” which means I have an evenly balanced ratio of Vata, Pitta and Kapha Doshas. I was excited when the results said that this constitution is “extremely rare” and should be considered a gift! Let me know if you, too, get a Tri-Doshic result!

Hopefully this information will help us all to maintain balance, bringing us health and happiness for years to come!

If you enjoy these types of quizzes and self-discovery, you might like to check out my post on The Four Temperaments.

Thank you for reading! xo Satisfy Her Soul

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Boss Lady Buzz: Artist Emilia Becker

If you happened to see my recent post Becoming A Beginner Artist in 2019, you will know that I have recently dove head-first into the art community, and I have been loving it. One of my favourite places to go online to be inspired is Instagram! Of all the art Instagram accounts I follow, fellow Canadian, Emilia Becker’s account is among my favourites. In addition to her creative, bright and beautiful artwork, I love that her personality shines through in her posts, and I knew I wanted to learn more about her. Emilia was kind enough to agree to being interviewed for my Boss Lady Buzz series and I can’t wait to share her story with all of you!

Boss Lady Buzz : Artist Emilia Becker

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Emilia Becker is a 24 year old artist from Regina, Saskatchewan. She is currently finishing her bachelor of arts degree at the University of Regina, where she is studying Sociology. Emilia has worked many part-time jobs during her degree, but her favourite is as a self-employed artist.

Growing up, Emilia always took an interest in arts, crafts and photography. In summer 2017, she became more serious about her painting, and soon after, she began receiving requests for commissions. Emilia has created commissions of people’s houses, landscapes, pets and people.

“It officially felt like a job when I began making as much money painting as I did with my part-time job. One semester, I paid for my tuition using only scholarships and art money!” – Emilia Becker

 

Although acrylic paint is Emilia’s main medium, she loves combining methods and changing it up from time to time. She tries not to use mediums with toxic chemicals, such as oil paints, as she shares her space with her dog and bearded dragon. Emilia does not have a favourite brand to work with, as she believes both cheap & expensive materials have their own valuable uses.

“I LOVE using Sharpies on thin layers of paint to create illustrations with bold lines and messy colours.” – Emilia Becker

 

Emilia draws inspiration from many places, including other local makers at craft shows, and her friends, family and social media followers.

“It’s really rewarding and uplifting to realize how much my art can influence someone.” – Emilia Becker

Some of Emilia’s favourite artists include Bob Ross for his amazing attitude, Brooke Cormier as a fellow young Canadian artist, Indigo Impressions (Briana Cole) because she shares her process and shows others that everyone can create, love and share art, and MessyEverAfter (Mea Kelly Marie) for her incredible personality that shines through her artwork and social media. Another local maker that Emilia admires is Wallflower Designs (Nicole Wall) for her dedication to sustainability, kindness and community over competition, in addition to her “beautiful and unique creations.”

“My art is all about optimism, love, and comfort. I know life can be difficult, but it’s what we do with the challenges that help us grow into beautiful human “beans”. Therefore, I like creating paintings that acknowledge life’s hardships with a nod, and move along with grit and happiness.” – Emilia Becker

 

One of Emilia’s main goals for this year is to create some really big paintings, as her favourite size canvas to work on in the past has been 4×4″. * PS: As a follower of her art accounts, I can verify that she has been doing an excellent job at crushing this goal!

Emilia’s advice to those wishing to begin an art career:

“I would tell them to do a little bit every day. That’s honestly the only thing I could suggest because I believe everyone’s journey is different! You don’t even have to share your art with others. It doesn’t have to be “good”, it doesn’t have to have a purpose, it doesn’t have to sell. Eventually, those are goals you can aim for and achieve, but I think the best work comes from enjoying the process. The rest will follow.”

“Another one of my favourite artists, Jess Swan in Australia, said in a post once that there’s no education like experience. You can take classes, watch videos, and listen to others, but really the best way to learn such a tangible thing as art, is to do it yourself. Play, have fun with it, explore! That’s the best way to learn! ”

 

Just for fun – Emilia’s favourites:

Movie: The Princess Bride

TV Show: The Office

Books: Anything by Shannon Hale

Click here for links to Emilia’s Instagram, Facebook, Etsy & Redbubble accounts.

Thank you Emilia for taking the time to share your thoughts and artwork with Satisfy Her Soul readers here on Boss Lady Buzz! I look forward to following and supporting your art for years to come!

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Toronto Women in Music: Volume 5

It’s been a hot minute since the last time I featured some amazing new tunes from Toronto Women in Music! If you are new to my blog, welcome! Satisfy Her Soul is a lifestyle, empowerment and inspiration blog, and because I am a part-time musician, I often sneak in music posts, here and there.

I love hearing the new works of fellow female artists in the Greater Toronto Area! I have gotten into the habit of reaching out a few times a year and having a little listening session to add new tunes to my playlists.

Here are a few of my (many) favourites from the submissions I got this time around! Please give these amazing songs a listen, and feel free to follow their artist socials, save them to your playlists, and share the music with your friends! 🙂

 Toronto Women in Music – Volume 5

Angela Saini – Black Sheep

I have been a fan of Angela’s music and amazing music business skills for quite some time. Her newest album “Hope on the Stereo” was released just over a week ago and after giving it a listen, I have decided that “Black Sheep” and “Handrail” are my two favourites. I decided to feature “Black Sheep” in this post because Satisfy Her Soul is primarily focused around empowerment, and this song embodies such a positive message. If you are looking for an inspiring song that will put you in a great mood, “Black Sheep” is perfect! I can’t wait to blast it in the car with the windows down this summer.

Toronto Women in Music


Lydia Persaud – More of Me

This musician blows me away! The first time I heard Lydia was her song “Turning In” and it filled me with so much emotion- not to mention her musicianship was just – WOW. So when I heard that Lydia released her first single “More of Me” off her upcoming release, I knew it was going to be a good one. “More of Me” is a bit bluesy, full of soul and has an old-school rock kind of vibe. The electric guitar solo in the bridge gives me life. I can’t wait to hear the rest of her album!

Toronto Women in Music


Michelle Thibodeau – Easy Target

Shameless self-promotion here – “Easy Target” is the first single off of my newest album! It is a dancey, pop track with some sass, and the music video was made to match. This song really represents my new direction: a little less folky/young sounding, and a little more pop/mature.  If you like this track, definitely check out the rest of my album at michellethibodeau.ca!Toronto Women in Music


Malak Sound – Hard Pill

“Hard Pill” begins with a sweet, yet powerful voice in the verse. Then, the chorus hits and the vocals and beat become much more dark, moody and haunting. The versatility in this song was such a pleasant surprise. “Hard Pill” balances perfectly between indie & mainstream and has both electronic and acoustic influences. It reminds me a little bit of an edgier version of “Extraterrestrial” by Katy Perry. I really dig this track! Definitely worth watching the music video as well.

Toronto Women in Music


Tessa – Honesty

Tessa’s “Honesty” has a super cool late 70’s disco vibe, like Donna Summer – Bad Girls era.  I could see myself with a glass of wine hanging out with my girls blasting this song, dancing and singing “he’s not who you thought he was.” It might even warrant some Michael Jackson dance moves. It’s a pretty groovy song that you should definitely give a listen. This is a great bop for 2019!

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I hope you enjoyed these songs as much as I did, it definitely reminded me why I love the Toronto Women in Music series so much!

Make sure to reach out to these lovely ladies and show your support if you loved their songs! Follow their social media, and add their tunes to your playlists.

If you are itching for more amazing Toronto musicians, please feel free to check out the previous posts from this series:

Toronto Women In Music: Volume 1

Toronto Women In Music: Volume 2

Toronto Women In Music: Volume 3

Toronto Women in Music: Volume 4

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5 New Things I Do (Now That I Work at a Health Store)

As previously mentioned in a recent blog post, my part-time job is currently at a health & nutrition store, working in the supplements department. I am really enjoying all of the training, and deciding which products I wish to incorporate into my daily routine. Even though I haven’t really made a conscious effort to change, this environment has positively influenced many aspects of my day to day. When I realized this, I decided to share a few of these in this “5 new things I do” blog post! Thanks for reading!

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5 New Things I Do

(Now That I Work at a Health Store)

1 – Drinking protein shakes

Before I worked at the health store, I was under a misconception that protein powders would make me gain weight, and become bulkier. I thought they were only for people who heavily exercised. Now I think of them as an excellent way to get an amazing serving of nutrients – like a nutrition shake.

I have tried my fair share of protein powders now, and have both loved and hated certain brands.new things I do

My absolute FAVOURITE so far has been the Chocolate Peanut Butter protein superfood powder by Amazing Grass. It is an “All-In-One” nutrition shake with 20g of protein, 7 alkalizing greens and 9 fruits & veggies in every scoop! AND IT TASTES LIKE PEANUT BUTTER AND CHOCOLATE. Need I say more? I have gone through so much of this already. I also have tried the chocolate protein by the same brand and liked it almost just as much.

2 – Taking multi-vitamins

I have learned SO much about vitamins at this job. A great, quality, WHOLE FOOD multi-vitamin can be life-changing. Many of us are deficient in things and may not even know it. This can interfere with our hormones, mood, immunity, and other issues as we age.

I love vitamins that read like a grocery list- the ingredients are from food and not synthesized. The ones I have in my cupboard right now are from “Pranin” and “Megafood” and they make me feel amazing.

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3 – Drinking water regularly

As you may know from a previous post – The Week of Drinking Only Water, I used to be TERRIBLE at drinking enough water (or any water, to be honest). Now, I easily finish my stainless steel water bottle twice every day.

I crave water every morning and before I go to bed. Such a huge change for me and I love it!

4 – Fighting off seasonal cold & flu

new things I doI did a whole separate post about my favourite ways to fight off the seasonal cold (which I haven’t had the entire season, despite being constantly around sick customers at the health store). My favourite product I have tried is Oregano-8 by Platinum Naturals, it definitely does the trick whenever I feel something coming on.

5 – Switching out my chemical-filled beauty products

Switching out the majority of my beauty products is possibly the most drastic of the new things I do since working at the health store. I have learned so much about how most of the products we own build up toxins in our bodies and ultimately wreak havoc on our organs. Our liver can only clear out so much, and many of the chemicals cannot be completely removed.

This being said, I have been trying to use up my old, chemical filled products, and as I do, I replace them with better options. It’s not something that I can change overnight, but it is a work in progress.

I have switched out some of my make-up, body wash, toothpaste, kleenex, deodorant, sunscreen, hair products, candles and bath soaks.


These are just 5 of the new things I do since I began working at the health store, but there are so many more. These subtle changes have made me a happier & healthier me! Every tiny change is a step in the right direction and I know many of them are helping the environment as well!

Let me know what you do on a daily basis to keep happy & healthy in the comments below, I would love to hear.

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