Things I Learned in 2017

Welcome to this year’s Things I Learned in post. These posts have become a bit of a tradition for me; a thing I keep in the back of my mind as I work through the year. This year featured quite a lot of change for me, as well as quite a lot of travel. I explored parts of Canada I’ve never seen, and revisited London and New Zealand. I got a dog; started preparing to move; and strengthened, started, and re-kindled relationships. I took up running again and ran my first 10km race, and I lived a lot of rather dull yet enjoyable days. I also learned a lot; here’s a selection of those lessons.

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Don’t Tell Me I “Don’t Need” Makeup

A friend of mine recently posted on Facebook asking for resources to learn how to better apply her makeup. This friend is a lovely, radiant, confident young woman, so I was pretty irked when I saw over half the replies were some variation on “you look so much better without makeup!” and “you don’t need it! You’re beautiful without it!”. I assume these remarks were made with good intentions, but as somebody who has devoted a pretty large part of her recent life to cosmetics, I hear these sorts of things a lot, and I’m sick of it. Here’s why.

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Things I Learned in 2016

With a bare handful of days left in 2016, it’s time for my annual “Things I Learned” post. I love this little tradition; I’ll usually start this entry mid-January of the year, and constantly come back to it throughout the year to read through it, add a new paragraph, revise, and reflect. I don’t talk about myself a whole lot on this blog, so it’s nice to have one entry a year that’s dedicated to a bit of introspection. This year has been a doozy—twelve months packed with change, growth, learning, and some pretty serious rug-out-from-under-my-feet moments. I made new friends and lost some, started some new relationships, and walked away from others. I woke up in the middle of the night panicking about lipstick and eye primer, traveled Europe for a month, and made a lot of things. It’s been great, with a bit of awful, and a lot of everything in between. It’s been 2016. Let’s dive in:

Things I Learned in 2016

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My Winter Survival Guide for Skin & Hair

This winter survival guide is coming to you from a Canadian girl who is not exactly one with winter. People constantly tell me that I’m the coldest person I know. I live in long underwear for eight months of the year (at a minimum). Most of my clothes are wool. I shiver in situations most humans consider perfectly comfortable. My coworkers gasp when they see my bare arms, and air conditioning is the enemy. I also live in a very dry climate—waking up parched in the middle of the night is not an uncommon occurrence, and my humidifier more than earns its keep. My soaps may age quickly, but my skin, lips, and body are in constant need of hydration. So, how do I survive winter? Here are my top tips and recipes 🙂

My Winter Survival Guide for Skin & Hair

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Things I Learned in 2015

I can scarcely believe it’s already time for my annual “Things I Learned” blog entry. I started writing these back in 2012, and I’ve written them every year since (2013 & 2014). These posts are definitely a bit of a departure from what I usually write about, but I really enjoy the reflection involved in the writing of them, and the discussion the comes from them is fantastic. So, without further ado—what I learned in 2015:

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