Chasing the Scream by Johann Hari is Amazing.

22780663_10154930606996190_4544553749171689396_n“We all know the script: it is etched onto your subconscious, like the correct direction to look when you cross the street. Treat drug users and addicts as criminals. Repress them. Shame them. Coerce them into stopping. This is the prevailing view in almost every country in the world…punishing and shaming drug users only makes them worse-and creates a blizzard of other problems for the society. I argued instead for a second strategy-legalize drugs stage by stage, and use the money we currently spend on punishing addicts to fund compassionate care instead.” Johann Hari from the book Chasing the Scream.

This is one of the best books I’ve ever read and, whatever your stance on drug use, addiction, legalization, criminalization, etc. you may find yourself challenged or possibly supported after reading the views and experiences of various individuals mentioned in this book along with the comparisons of countries who do legalize (Portugal) and those that punish. This book offers some really interesting looks into the lives of those who use, sell, work at the policy creation level, and how all individuals impact the other. Definitely recommended!


Excerpt from Blink by Malcolm Gladwell


“Our world requires that decisions be sourced and footnoted, and if we say how we feel, we must also be prepared to elaborate on why we feel that way…We need to respect the fact that it is possible to know without knowing why we know and accept that – sometimes – we’re better off that way.” From Blink by Malcolm Gladwell, one of my favourites ever.

Sometimes we “just know” things and I love how Blink explains thin-slicing, hunches, etc. If you’re interested in reading more about accurate snap judgements, hints of “just knowing,” etc. From the position of a brilliant mind and the people he’s included in his work, this is definitely recommended.

Mynx Beauty Bar Amazingness

I am so happy with my experiences with my amazing friend Nicole. When I first experienced Micro-blading, I had no idea what it even meant, lol.

Nicole asked me to be one of her individuals to work on for her certification (months back, she needed a certain amount of people to show “up to standard” before and afters to receive her certification).

I may not have known anything about micro-blading, but, I did (and do) know Nicole. I also know how conscientious and hardworking she is, and know that whatever she undertakes, it will be a great thing. And so I agreed; and LOVED it.

I have just now had my fourth experience with her for artistic cosmetic awesomeness and I couldn’t be happier with what we’ve done.

She has done 1) first micro-blading to finish her micro-blading certification 2) a touch up (which she includes with the first micro-blading appointment) 3) lashes to finish her lash certification (separate from micro-blading), and 4) a micro-blading reshape and total renewal for me.

Below is the pre-first visit to Mynx brow bar (with my minimal brows that just wouldn’t grow from going overboard in high school! (which, ahem, high school was only “a few” years ago for me :)) To after the brows her shaped and created the first time.

The eye lashes can be seen in a previous post if you’d like to scroll through! Those were amazing to experience, too. But I need most help with the brows.

Below is the brow shape we gradually worked up to. I likely would have just gone with this the first time, if I was braver, haha 🙂
I am so freaking happy with them! Thank you Nicole for your artistic genius amazingness. I am super happy with this and will absolutely be going back for fill-ins.

I don’t really know what areas any potential readers may be from, but if you’re reading this, are local (London, Ontario Canada or surrounding area), and are interested, check out her site: Mynx Beauty Bar and her facebook page: Mynx facebook page AND Instagram handle: Mynx Instagram

I don’t post things on here unless I believe in them and there is no kick back for me; I just really love what she’s done for me and others and, friend or not, would want to share as much as I could. So, if you want to check her work and services out, I definitely recommend it!

❤ You, Nicole.

Strength-based Changes

A favourite excerpt from Daniel Goleman’s book Focus: “A conversation that starts with a person’s dreams and hopes can lead to a learning path yielding that vision. This conversation might extract some concrete goals from the general vision, then look at what it would take to accomplish those goals-and what capacities we might want to work on improving to get there.”


By focusing on and highlighting the strengths and the individual’s vision over weaknesses and shortcomings, we can help others (and ourselves) blast past limiting factors and set backs to make meaningful, strength-based changes.