28 Favourite Things

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Another year has gone by, which means it’s time for my annual accounting of what I’ve been up to and what I’ve loved over the past year of my life. I have to say that this year was by far my weirdest birthday, because I was social distancing from the people I love and the world as we know it was closed down. It was still special and definitely memorable, but strange for sure.

But as much as the world feels surreal right now, some traditions remain the same. No matter what, I know I’ll be happy to have this time capsule of memories someday. So without further ado, here are 28 things I loved when I was 28.


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TikTokThis is a recent addition to my life, but such a wonderful one. I resisted downloading it for a long time! Little did I know just how hilarious I would find it, or how much I would love learning dance choreography again, or how much joy it would bring me during a global pandemic. Bless TikTok and its weird, hilarious ways.

Sheertex TightsWatch out, these tights are no joke. They are essentially indestructible by human hands and yet very comfortable, which makes them the best tights I’ve ever owned. They *can* snag on a sharp point or toenail, so you still have to be careful, but even if they get a snag they won’t tear or run the same way regular tights do. These were expensive, but very worth it.

The DailyOver the last few years, whenever I’d go to New York to visit Katie, we’d listen to The Daily in the car and I always loved it. But it wasn’t until this year that I listened to it religiously at home as well because of the impeachment trial, the democratic primaries, and now the coronavirus. This is the only way I consume the news now and I am eternally impressed at the professionalism and the coverage they bring to tough issues. (My favourites are the episodes with smart kids.)

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Essie Gel CoutureThe only nail polish I’ve ever found that even comes close to mimicking the look of shellac manicures at home. I get compliments on my nails all the time because of this stuff! Make sure to get the top coat too, because it makes a huge difference.

Dymo Label BuddyI found mine at a Salvation Army in Hamilton for 99 cents, but you can get one on Amazon for less than $20. These are SO MUCH FUN and are the perfect way to label things in a cool-looking way instead of a dorky-looking way (which, for the record, I’m still fully on board for). I bought black embossing tape to go with mine and now all my bottles look very chic.

Bon Appetit | I figured out how to download my favourite magazine for free onto my iPad (using the app RB Digital and my Toronto library card!) and it’s been so fun to get back into reading the issues each month even without a subscription. I adore the subculture of Bon Appetit and am also recently loving their YouTube channel too.

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Glasslock ContainersWhen I successfully started doing meal prep (inspired by this YouTube channel), I bought myself these as a ‘reward’ for having done my meal prep for a month straight. They keep things fresh for me longer than my (also beloved) Pyrex containers, and are so satisfying to open and close.

Tiny SpellsThis email newsletter is such a delight. Little self-care prompts, with a bit of witchiness thrown in for good measure. I rarely do all (or any) of the things she suggests, but just reading it helps me feel calmer and happier. It’s fun, and thoughtful, and there are a lot of emojis.

Wild Woven Shower Curtain | I have this gorgeous hand-painted and botanically dyed shower curtain hanging in my bathroom and it makes me happy every time I see it. Pink polka dots make everything better.

Uniball Jetstream 1.0mmI have been a fan of the uniball jetstream pens for years now, but I’ve always bought the retractable ones. This year, I was introduced to the regular version by my friend Priyanka, and I have been hooked ever since. I still absolutely love both, but taking the caps on and off these ones is pretty darn satisfying. And if you haven’t written with either of these pens: you are in for a treat!

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The Introspective RetrospectiveThis was such a fun project to work on with my friends. To reflect on 2019, we each came up with two deep & meaningful questions to ask the other women in our coven, and I packaged them together in a fun PDF with lots of emojis. Then we made it available to anyone who was interested, and were blown away by the response! So delightful.

WhatsappAfter YEARS of resisting, I am now a Whatsapp convert. The ability to quote texts is killer, and searching in a conversation is so easy. (With iMessage, the search function NEVER works properly and it’s impossible to find what I need.) I’m obsessed and trying to convince my bestie to move our text convo over to Whatsapp so we can search & quote to our hearts’ content.

Airpods ProAnother thing I resisted for a long time, mostly because I really don’t like the look of the first-generation Airpods (I can’t unsee this meme 😂). But after a lot of research and my regular headphones glitching on me one too many times, I finally bit the expensive bullet and got these. I have never once regretted it and in fact am totally obsessed with them. They make it so much easier to have calls, to do chores, to go for walks, etc, especially in winter when I had to wear mountains of hats & scarves that have a tendency to get tangled.

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Knix | I had big love for Knix this year! I now have several pairs of their extremely comfortable underwear, a few of their amazing bras, and this super-cute, very comfy pyjama set. Their fabrics are amazing and so is their customer service. Big fan!

iPhone HolderSuch a simple device, but it comes in handy a lot more than I expected. I can use it for filming Instagram stories and TikTok dances, but it’s also helpful if I’m FaceTiming! This was an excellent use of $22.

Alexandra Gater’s YouTube ChannelI am totally obsessed with Alexandra’s style and makeovers. She specializes in renter-friendly updates, and her suggestions are always fun, colourful, and inspiring. She’s taught me a lot about home decor and watching her videos always makes me want to improve my own living space in ways big and small.

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My Blue Coat | By some miracle, I found a mint-condition cashmere & wool coat (this $500 coat, to be exact), in royal blue (a great colour for my skin tone), at Value Village for a grand total of $21.99. I still don’t understand how it happened (Sonja helped), but I do know that this coat has been such a joy for me. I love the shape of it, and it’s so stylish and warm. Praise be!

Maker’s Clean Cloths | For years I used crappy cloths and paper towels to clean my house, but this year I finally upgraded! I have the Small Space Kit from Maker’s Clean and it’s amazing. My favourite is the glass cleaner cloth, because it leaves my mirror so clear and shiny, but all of them are great.

Human DesignLet it be known that this was the year I became interested in the quirky, odd, but helpful concept of Human Design. It’s kind of like astrology, but weirder somehow. And yet, I’ve found it so helpful and interesting to learn more about the framework – it’s really helped me inform how I live in the world. If you’re curious, start here or here.

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East RoomMy friend Kate is a member at this coworking space, and has been good enough to let our mastermind group meet in the space each month! I could not be more obsessed with their aesthetic, attention to detail, branding and vibe. It feels so good to be there, especially when I’m so used to working from home. So much light, so many plants, so many people up to interesting things. I love.

Value VillageThis was the year I really became obsessed with the glory that is thrifting at Value Village. Up until this pandemic hit, it had really become one of my favourite pastimes to head to the big store near me and putter around while listening to podcasts. I have found so many beautiful, unique things to make my apartment feel more special! I can’t wait to get back there.

Radford FaceThis year I did some work with Victoria Radford and her management team, and was given their beautiful moisturizer as a gift. I adore how it smells and how it feels on my skin – it’s a dream. I’m also a big fan of their lip tint glow!

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Wandering AimfullyAfter many years of admiring their work, I finally joined the Wandering Aimfully program this year and have been completely blown away ever since. Jason and Caroline are consistently delivering value, and doing so with heart and empathy and intelligence. I love being a part of the community, I love their coaching style, and I love all the resources I haven’t even had a chance to dive into yet. Such a great investment.

Burberry BritUntil this year, I hadn’t worn perfume consistently since high school. But I was so thrilled to find my new signature scent (or one of them!) this year with Burberry Brit. I’m so obsessed that I get excited when I re-wear a shirt that I’ve previously worn while wearing perfume. Is that weird? I just love the way it smells and it makes me feel so polished.

Romance novels | While this technically made this list last year, I have to put it down here again because this was really the year of romance for me. I now have a romance novel book club (!) with two friends, plus a spreadsheet of all our favourites. I also listened to this amazing podcast about why reading and writing romance novels can actually be a sacred practice. It’s become a feminist issue for me! Romance novels are disparaged because they are an art form by and for women, and hence in our culture, they must be “stupid”. I’ve had a very enjoyable time proving that belief wrong this year.

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JoyfulI absolutely adored reading this book, which is all about the biological factors that bring humans joy: colour, surprise, abundance, and more. Her explanations of each of these elements was such a delight, and I’ve been thinking about the content ever since. Her Instagram account is very wonderful too.

Amazon Alexa | I have the Echo Dot, and while I am only scratching the surface of what this technology could probably do, it’s brought me a lot of joy this year. I love being able to ask for a song at any time, and have definitely listened to a lot more music as a result. I also like waking up knowing what the temperature is outside, or being able to get reminders about what’s on my calendar. Simple but helpful.

Zoom | Last but not least, this was the year I was most grateful for my Pro Zoom account. Thank goodness for stable video calls that don’t glitch (much) and can have practically unlimited participants. I don’t think I’d be getting through this pandemic without it.


And there you have it! 28 things I loved while I was 28. It is always so much fun putting these lists together. I mostly do it for myself, so that I can remember my life in more detail, but I also hope that something on this list can bring you some joy or delight as well. These days, we need all the lovely things that we can get.

If you’re curious, you can also see my favourite things from when I was 27, 25242322, and 21.

Inspiration: March 27

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This feels particularly relevant right now: What are the minority of my actions that drive the majority of my results? (I love this newsletter)

A big list of meaningful things you could do during this pandemic. When I first saw this list I felt overwhelmed, so don’t take it as a to-do list! Just a list of gentle suggestions, should you want some ideas.

If you are feeling like you need a moment of calm and presence, this app for guiding you through breathwork could be helpful. It looks friendly & intuitive.

Tips, guidance & resources for small business owners who may be really struggling during this pandemic.

20 powerful journalling prompts to help get you out of your head right now, if you need some guidance.

All of Brit + Co’s online classes are free this month with the code SELFCARE! They all look so fun & interesting, if you’re looking for something to do right now.

I was incredibly charmed and moved by this episode of The Tonight Show at Home. It’s so inspiring and beautiful to see all the ways that our world is adapting during this crisis.

I have friends dating digitally right now and it’s a fascinating concept! Loved this article from GQ about those unique experiences.


Woof, it’s been a week! Like most people, I am slowly adapting to this new normal and figuring out how to cope. It’s hard, and still scary sometimes, but I’m trying to expose myself to the absolute minimum of fear-mongering news and stay as present as I can. Being able to show up for my clients during this time has been important and meaningful for me, and the rest of the time I’m trying to “keep busy” by setting up lots of phone calls and video chats. None of this is easy, and I’m worried about my loved ones, but I am okay. We are getting through this. I hope you’re staying well and that you have a good weekend. xo.

Inspiration: March 20

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The Life Coach School Podcast’s series on Handling Chaos has been really helping me manage my mindset during this wild time we’re living in.

Good advice here about how to be happier – for now, or for anytime.

A series of hopeful facts about the coronavirus that brought my blood pressure down as I read through it.

How to set boundaries around coronavirus, if you need to.

If you’re looking for a good free alternative for the increased video calling you have to do now, I just discovered Whereby and it looks great. Up to 4 people on a call on their free plan.

Alternatively, I have a paid Zoom account and have been using it constantly for hangouts with friends and for work. If I didn’t already pay for it, I would have started this month, since it’s only $20 per month and I find it to be such a good investment during this social distancing time.

I loved this beautiful poem written by my friend Priyanka, which is giving me a boost right now. I also found solace in Wild Geese by Mary Oliver, which I shared part of here.

If you’re working from home now, I put together a list of my 10 best tips for handling that lifestyle change and staying productive at home.

I’m also sharing a lot of resources & ideas for this challenging time to my Instagram stories – you can see all the saved ones right here.


How are you doing? I’m okay. Things feel surreal and confusing, but I’m just trying to take it day by day. It’s lonely living alone and being in social distancing mode, but I’m making sure to talk to people by phone, set up video calls, and take lots of time for reading and walking outside. Not knowing what’s going to happen is overwhelming, but all we can do is try to stay present and manage our minds. I hope you’re staying well and telling your loved ones that you love them. xo.

Inspiration: March 13

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A lot of my inspiration this week was in-person, rather than online. Starting with the SheEO Global Summit, which I attended Monday. I was floored especially by CV Harquail‘s talk on the feminist economy and Denise Hearn‘s talk on emergence.

I also went to see the ballet thanks to a generous invite from Sonja. It was three pieces (learn more here) and was completely stunning. It was also my first time at a professional ballet! If you have a ballet company in your city, I’d highly recommend. And if you’re in Toronto and are under 29, check out DanceBreak.

I read Mira Jacobs’ book Good Talk in one sitting this week. It’s interesting, impactful, and so beautifully written and designed. She tackles a lot of important topics with grace and humour.

When astrology and Harry Potter mix. Ha!

It was a real joy & honour to get to take part in the Kumvana Fellowship Program through Engineers Without Borders, and work for the day with two Ghanian women entrepreneurs. We got to strategize about some elements of their businesses, and also share about our lives. So powerful & very rewarding. Check out Cecilia’s (new!) website here!

I loved the first episode of Go and See, a new show about Japanese car design from Malcolm Gladwell. If you know me, you know I’m not into cars. It’s just fascinating to learn more about the beautiful complexities of Japanese culture and how those values are worked into the design of a vehicle.


It’s been a BUSY week as you can probably tell. So many things to do, so little time. I’m feeling pretty tired and haven’t been sleeping great, so I’m looking forward to a weekend away in the country! A group of friends and I have rented a little adorable cabin and are going to be reading, talking, and eating delicious food all weekend long. I hope you have a wonderful weekend too! xo.