Happy National Indigenous Peoples Day!

Celebrating National Aboriginal Day in Whitehorse
A Tlingit group in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory National Aboriginal Day celebration.

Today is National Aboriginal Day in Canada or National Indigenous Peoples Day as it was newly renamed. Boy do I feel reflective. For more than a decade I’ve had the privilege to work with and for a variety of organizations that work with Canada’s Indigenous peoples. I’ve traveled from the inland prairies of British Columbia’s Peace country to learn about caribou. I’ve sailed through parts of Great Bear Rainforest to hear about the importance of old growth trees, wolves and bears. I’ve learned about ranching and birds in the desert of the South Okanagan.

The entire time, I count my lucky stars that I get to travel to these places, learn about their original people and come back with new perspectives on Canada. Whether I’m in the Yukon for solstice or attending a Tsawout seafood feast in Saanich, in each Indigenous community I’ve visited my welcome has included open arms, ready smiles, a cup of coffee and very real conversations…  Read more

Exploring Greek Nature: Your Guide

Sunset in Halkidiki, Greece
A sunset in the Halkidiki region. Photo credit: Unsplash/Jason Briscoe

For many of us, travel is so much more than lying on a beach and sampling cocktails. We want to experience the culture of the location that we are visiting and, above all, we want to explore the natural world.

There are so many stunning natural habitats around the world but one of the prettiest in spring and early summer is Greece. Here are some ideas for making the most of the wonderful Grecian countryside.  Read more

Anthology ~ April 2017 ~ Mama Earth Edition

April Link Round up: Mama Earth edition

Do you remember your first Earth Day celebration?

My recollections are a bit fuzzy, but I can remember what I looked like when my Earth Day awareness started. Braces, spiral perm, high wasted pants and GIANT gold rimmed glasses. (I know this because I recently found some very awkward grade seven photos – ermagawd).

I think my first Earth Day celebration had something to do with recycling. I was on my elementary school’s recycling committee and we were very passionate about getting paper recycling set up in our early 90s classrooms. Fast forward to young adulthood – there were marches, drum circles, hikes, waitressing shifts, exams, camping trips. This year we tried to spend a good chunk of out time upping our biophilia on a little hike down about half of the Petsuta Trail in Naikoon Provinvial Park. It was a successful hike by toddler parent standards. We wandered about five kilometres round trip through a rainforest, along the banks of a river and then back through the forest. The kiddo was a champ and I’m pretty sure he equates outside time with feeling healthy and happy. So… parenting win?

This month’s anthology focuses on Earth Day and Mother Nature – from earthy drinks to some sweet videos, I hope you enjoy this little link round up.  Read more

How did you get that F*#king Awesome Job Gardenia Woodhams-Roberts?

Grandmas are the best. They help us learn about our family’s past and share advice on where to steer our family’s future. Mine help me define my style, find my voice and dig out my strength. Last year I discovered a fellow creative, whose grandmothers mean the world to her too.

This month’s f*#king awesome jobber has a healthy respect for her two Abuelitas. Lola y Tula owner Gardenia Woodhams-Roberts, an LA native who imports the most gorgeous Mexican textiles, garments and accessories loves her grannies so much she named her company after them.

“It is their model of integrity and pride I would like to mirror with the beautiful items featured on ‘Lola y Tula’. Just like them, each item is extraordinary and exemplifies the highest standard of quality, traditions, artistry and the story of generations carrying out the customs of the people of Mexico,” notes Woodhams-Roberts.

I first discovered Lola y Tula and #girlboss Gardenia via her mega vibrant Instagram feed. She’s chums with former Vancouverite Jaime Kowal and her textiles and wares adorn many California abodes, including one of my favourite Palm Springs hotels: The Junipero.  Her snaps are filled with the colours of the rainbow and traditional Mexican weavings and patterns from a number of regions. Last year I asked Woodhams-Roberts to share her story and tips on being the CEO/CFO/CAO of a beautiful textile company built on lady power and granny love.   Read more