Something new

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A few weeks ago I decided to try something new. Something I had been dying to do for quite some time but, for some reason, I  let that little anxiety gremlin inside of me (we all have that right?) convince me that it was too difficult for me to learn something so complex this late in life (ha! quarter life crisis), that even if I could learn it, it’s just not the “type” of stuff I’m into and also not the type of stuff regular people do as a hobby .

Then, a few weeks ago I told the little gremlin to shut it and started searching for a beginners coding class. I wasn’t quite sure what the most prestigious place to learn code in Toronto was but I knew that I wanted to find a course that wouldn’t only teach me the know-how but a place that would make me feel comfortable enough to ask a gallilion silly questions – because that’s really how I learn – by asking lots of “Why?” questions – like a two year old 😉

I  then remembered that a friend volunteers at Ladies Learning Code and after poking around their site I signed up for a Saturday workshop.

To say that the workshop was fast paced would be the understatement of the year but they had plenty of coffee and coaches offering help & answering questions. Somewhere between the caffeine high and the beautiful exposed bricks, I fell so very deeply in love with coding.

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 {Not only did they have endless amounts of coffee but they served it in those amazing mugs!}

Afterwards  I was literally buzzing for the rest of the day and well into the evening – and it wasn’t just the caffeine! I was SO thrilled to have learned how to make a website from scratch. Sure I’ve got a TON to learn. Sure it is going to be very difficult and I have basically a whole new language to master but my goodness, am I excited for the challenge! I want to CREATE. To DESIGN. To MAKE THINGS! And this workshop reminded me of that.

I’ve got a long way to go before I am able to call myself a coder but I took the plunge.

So, with that I want to challenge you to try something new in January. Push yourself outside of your comfort zone and quiet down that little anxiety gremlin inside of you because that buzzing feeling you get when you try something new is so incredibly worth it!

 

Something new

Friday Favourites

Humber River{Ernie & I took advantage of the beautiful weather this week… can you spot him?}

Can someone please tell me where October went? I mean, I know everyone tends to say that at one point or another but I actually caught myself the other day thinking about Halloween and it took me a few seconds to realize that not only has Halloween already come and gone but Christmas spirit is upon us full throttle. Maybe my confusion had to do with the phenomenal weather we had in Toronto this past week; the weather was well above seasonal temperatures and it was quite glorious! The real beauty of it, though, was that since we all know winter is coming, there was an abundant amount of happy people basking in the sunshine.  It was truly good but is anyone else just ready to deck the halls and let it snow?!

Hope you all have the loveliest of weekends! xo

Carrots for everyone!{In absolute shock at the size of the carrots we got with our Mama Earth Organics box this week}

unnamed{My dream home}

Christmas decorations {Coziest Christmas decor}

Friday Favourites

What I Read in October

OctoberBooksI am really thankful that one of the last surviving Indigo stores is close to my office. One of my favourite things to do when I need a break is to walk to the store and browse around for new books. Sure, books are way cheaper on Amazon but I just love casually walking up and down the aisles in a book store until a cover, or title jumps out. This past month, that book for me was Ripper. I truly admire Isabelle Allende as an author and a feminist ( have you seen this TED Talk of hers?!) so when I saw her new book sitting on the shelf at the store I didn’t even think twice.

Ripper, is, as far as I am aware, Allende’s first venture into the murder mystery genre and she did a brilliant job. The story telling was so captivating that I was quite literally glued to this book – I just needed to find out who was committing all the murders and how they connected with the main character, Indiana!

Not only will this book will transport you to beautiful current day San Francisco, it will introduce you to four of the most compelling characters in any murder mystery novel. Allende is one of the most talented story tellers of this century and part of the reason why is because she has the ability to create incredible characters and in this case, the characters are what makes the novel truly memorable. After having finished this book, I felt like Indiana, her spunky daughter Amanda and her father were close family friends.

The Blackthorn Key was October’s pick for the #IndigoBookClub. I had never participated in this Twitter chat but figured since I devoured Ripper (finished it in just over a week) I had some time to catch up and finish the book before the chat. The book had potential – London in the 1600’s, a young apothecary apprentice, murder mystery ( this was apparently the theme for the month) –  but it turned out to be just all-right. The story was definitely entertaining but I found the characters lacked in complexity. I also didn’t try to solve the code puzzle that the main character is working to decipher but many on the #IndigoBookClub admitted that that was their favourite thing. It was an easy, entertaining read that one who loves solving puzzles might enjoy.

Have you read either of these books? What did you think?

Also, I’m always looking for new book to read so I’d love to know what you have been reading!

What I Read in October

It’s all in the details

fireplace{A fireplace! Even out of commission it makes our living room so cozy }

We recently moved from our high rise on Roncesvalles and while we really miss the incredible view and the waterfront, I must admit I am completely infatuated with our current place. Not only is the neighbourhood fantastic, our neighbours lovely and my commute half what it used to be, but our new little home has an incredible amount of character, something I thought we’d only get after we became home owners.That being said, not everything is perfect and there are a few things I would love to change {the subways runs right below us so we can hear & feel a slow rumble every 5 minutes or so} but I really have been making an effort to focus and be thankful for the good {or great in this case} . We aren’t fully settled in yet but I wanted to share a few of those details that make our new space feel like home.

Office{Our new office aka a bedroom for all my books…yay!}

Bedside Table{The softest light comes in our bedroom windows and makes my bedside table a beautiful sight every morning}

Bathroom tile{Pretty sure this tile is the reason we chose this apartment and it’s by far, my favourite detail}

It’s all in the details