My Better Life

Living My Best Life and Wanting the Same for You.

While I was laying in a few weeks ago, I binged watched the TLC show Extreme Cheapskates. It’s an American reality tv series that profiles the lives of those who take frugality to an extreme. Now, let’s all be real here and accept that a lot of it appears to be staged and scripted.  It may be …

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𝕄𝕪 𝕓𝕝𝕠𝕘 𝕙𝕒𝕤 𝕓𝕖𝕖𝕟 𝕓𝕝𝕠𝕨𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕦𝕡 𝕗𝕠𝕣 𝕒 𝕣𝕖𝕒𝕤𝕠𝕟 𝕀 𝕒𝕞 𝕟𝕠𝕥 𝕪𝕖𝕥 𝕨𝕚𝕝𝕝𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕥𝕠 𝕒𝕔𝕔𝕖𝕡𝕥! In 2018 I posted a blog on an up and coming Toronto rapper – who since, has gained the love and respect of many a fan … to the tune of nearly 20,000,000 downloads on Spotify ALONE!  He was chosen …

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DID THE COOLEST THING YESTERDAY!!! I explored the BC Copper Company Smelter Ruins in Greenwood, British Columbia (BC). IT’S BEEN ABANDONED FOR 102 YEARS! The weather on Big White (Mountain) called for rain all day, that was the perfect opportunity for a day trip! Initially planned to head to Penticton, BC and the weather was …

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COVID-19 social distancing walk and I’m out and about in the great city of Kelowna, British Columbia (BC). Whilst living up on Big White, a trip down to Kelowna would not be complete without taking the time to search for the legendary Ogopogo who reputedly resides in Okanagan Lake. Lake Okanagan is about 250 miles (400 kms) …

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In the words of sexy hotness, Matthew McConaughey, “alright alright alright”. It’s been a hot minute since I’ve posted … so I just want to bring you all up to date on the current lay of the land – my year long adventure to South East Asia, COVID-19 and social distancing. What a crazy time …

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I’ve been nursing a flu/cold since last Thursday. And, while I feel much better than I did at the onset, I leave on my 12 month adventure in 2.5 months and my health is one of the only things that matter to me at the moment.  I need to be in top health before I …

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Happy Super Soul Sunday peeps! Briefly chatting today about the importance of vibes, ju ju, energy — or whichever word you use to describe the energy you allow into and around your space as well as the energy you put out into the world/universe. A friend and I were chatting a few years ago about …

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Ugh, I’ve been dragging my butt so hard lately *again* and if I’m being honest, it’s been a lot of months, like 6-7 or so!  I just thought I was exhausted and burning the candles at both ends and that it would pass (I need to learn to listen to myself better). If you’re reading …

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Consider that: “You have the life you’re willing to put up with. Think about it, what are the problems of those heinous dark shadows currently spoiling the warmth and happiness of your otherwise blissful life? 🎯 Do you hate your job? 🎯 Are you in a bad relationship? 🎯 Is there something wrong with your health? Fine! Get …

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So, you think you can’t do something? You’re too scared? 😱. You can, you are scared AND do it anyway! Anyone who knows me knows I’m deathly afraid of heights. Ask my kids how I am when we take off on a plane.  Ask them which one’s hand used to hurt worse from the nail marks …

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It’s been a hot minute since my last blog.  I’ve been working a lot the last few weeks (Summer is always super busy in my line of work), I’m also working on growing my Life Coaching business (My Better Life Coach), manning my Arbonne business (pure, safe and beneficial health and wellness products) and still managing …

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Isn’t that the truth?!?   How many times do you hear or say “I don’t have time” or “I’m too busy”❓ The fact of the matter is, we ALL have the same 24 hours in a day, and we choose how to spend that time, and with whom. How do you spend your time? Are …

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Hi lovelies,  Happy Labour Day Long Weekend! I have the best news to share with you … I’ve finally launched my Life Coaching business. A life coach’s invaluable services have the potential to harmonize and balance people’s lives. As we grow as individuals, we may experience a range of negative emotions, such as guilt, resentment, …

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I have tons of obsessions — an obsession with lip chap, an obsession with recycling, an obsession with traveling, with being right (kidding) and an obsession with True Crime. What is it about serial killers that fascinate huge swaths of the population? What really happened to JonBenét Ramsay? Where is Madeline McCann?  Did Michael Peterson …

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How often are you offered the opportunity to make money, make a difference, and have fun all on your terms? A few years ago, I became an Independent Consultant with an organization that I fell in love with.  I was hard yes to everything they stood for – their stance on the environment, the safety …

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One of the best things about creating something from nothing is exactly THAT!  Creating something that is POSSIBLE in a space where there is NOTHING (in the way but to create). Last night, my awesome friend, and group member Timothy Holmes and I got to chatting about one of the homework assignments in a course …

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Hello all, happy Sunday!  Time for some more environment mini posts – brought to you by us @ECOtionally …. Are you up to date with the following? Starbucks Sucks (at plastic free) Did some ECOtionally work today on our next project (stay tuned for more deets!) and decided to work from Starbucks today ☕️. Safe …

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#HappySuperSoulSunday everyone ☀️ Today I’m doing some more high level planning for my departure in 8 months, if you’ve been following along with my blog, you’ll know I’m moving to South East Asia in 8 months time!!!!  I’m so excited, it seems so far away still and I know it’s just gonna fly by at …

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These egg muffins are loaded with all your breakfast favourites! Perfect for busy mornings and quick on the go snacks … I’ve been eating a lot of eggs lately and was looking for a way to change up the ways I’m cooking them, and decided to go back to an old fan favourite. Recipe makes …

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High Tea With Her Royal Highness? Ditch the tea bag …. Did you know that several tea ☕️ bag brands use polypropylene, a sealing plastic, to keep the tea bags from falling apart❓ If you’re eco-conscious ♻️ or even health conscious 💪🏻 and trying to cut down on single-use, man-made materials, you may not be …

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Here at ECOtionally we have an upcoming 1️⃣ week recycling challenge ♻️ (the week of July 7 to July 14 2019). For the time being it’s limited to our local community,  However, depending on its success, we will be looking at expanding it in the future (of course there’s loot for the lucky participant whose …

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Welcome to ECOtionally! My name is Tina Cassidy and I’m the Founder and Leader of ECOtionally, where we are committed to preserving and protecting our environment – one hand – one person at a time. Born of the notion that no matter how small or insignificant your actions may seem, they matter. We believe that …

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It’s Monday night – I just competed my coaching call, did some promo work, just finished some research on a new project I’m working on …. and about 5 days ago I finished a 3 day JUICE CLEANSE … I’ve done juice cleanses in the past, but, honestly it’s been a hot minute since I …

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#HappyMothersDay to all the mom’s out there – including the step-moms, fur baby moms 🐶 🐈 , moms up in heaven 👼 and to those dads 👨 out there pulling double duty as both mom and dad 💘 Whether it’s your 1st Mother’s Day or your 25th like me – enjoy your day, you deserve …

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Hi All – Happy Saturday‼️ It’s late as I write this.  I have my second wind – I have been suffering from the wickedest of headaches the last two days (due to the weather) and spent most of yesterday and today sleeping and laying in bed with an ice pack on my noggin’ 🤕. So, today …

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Dating in 2019, wow, what a scary place!  Especially on the heels of watching Dirty John! Didn’t that podcast and Netflix series freak you the f@ck out?  Seriously, parts of Eric Bana’s character in Dirty John reminded me of my ex, parts had me scared sh*tless of dating ever again without doing a full background …

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Welcome to day 2 of practicing gratitude … Thanks for joining me along my gratitude journey.  It always feels more productive for me to put pen to paper (or fingers to keys in this case).  There’s obviously a reason counsellors will suggest journalling, it just feels good to get it out there!  I’ve been practicing …

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Today I unveiled that I made a significant life decision – I plan on moving to Vietnam next year! A couple of years ago I became an empty nester. Parents want to encourage their children to grow into independent adults – there was a time that I would count down the years until I turned 42! …

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I’ve been back from Vietnam for about 2 weeks now.  I have to admit it’s been tough being back – to the cold, the snow, back to working 9-5, not traveling … Today I want to share a little about my overall experience in Vietnam.  What I loved, things I wished I had done and …

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As I write this, I’m home, in bed – it’s 3:00 AM and I cannot sleep – my body still thinks it’s 3:00 PM – jet lag sucks!  So I thought, what better time than to start my layover in China 🇨🇳 blog. The process was a lot easier than I imagined, so I thought …

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tạm biệt Việt Nam Today, I left Vietnam.  The country I have come to love over the last 3.5 weeks  It’s a mix of emotions having to go back to Canada.  I’ll miss it there, I’ll miss exploring, the food,  the culture, the adventuring and of course, my eldest daughter.   On the other hand, I’m …

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Xin chào!   I hope all is WELL with all of you —- I’m continuing my travels through Vietnam this week – in Đà Nẵng and the ancient city of Hội An. I am more than pleased with my trip to Vietnam to date.  It’s truly a beautiful country, steeped in a long difficult history …

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I’d been planning this trip for 4 months – months of research, YouTube vlogs, booking hotels, finding places to sightsee- which cities did I want to visit?  What did I wanna see while I was there? Did I want to start in the North and travel South or vice versa? I decided to fly into …

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#dryjanuary, have you heard of it? Dry January is a public health campaign urging people to abstain from alcohol for the month of January.  I just heard about it in December and thought “why not!” So, Why Ditch The Alcohol? Millions of people pledge to ditch the booze every January! Participants testify to how great …

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I published Part 1/2 of this series a few days ago.  Thank you for taking in an interest in the story of my personal journey on loving an addict.  Writing this series is a form of healing for me and is also very cathartic.  I hope that in sharing my pain  I can help someone …

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I’m not an addict.  But, I’ve loved one!  I’ve been sitting on this post since I wrote it 14 months ago.  I hummed and I hawed on whether or not to post it.  It reveals a vulnerable side of my life, one of which I tried to hide for many many years,  On the other …

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Happy Super Soul Sunday! Did you wake up this morning and choose to be happy? Life can be complicated sometimes, can’t it?  Things don’t always go the way we hope. Work is stressful. Relationships have their ups and downs. Our expectations are not met. And, each day we have a choice on how we go …

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UPDATED: Originally posted on June 22 2017 HELLO ALL!  HAPPY THURSDAY!  IT’S A SOGGY, DREARY AND WET ONE OUT THERE AS I WRITE TODAY … EVER SO FITTING AS TODAY’S BLOG ENTRY #6 FOCUSSES ON MY ENGLISH ROOTS AND FOLLOWS MY PATERNAL GRAND MOTHER’S, FATHER’S SIDE.  I HAVEN’T WRITTEN EXCLUSIVELY ABOUT THEM YET, BUT, I …

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I remember a time long before Netflix, Amazon Red, Zulu, YouTube Channels and Android Boxes when Summer was the worst time of the year for TV – months of repeats until the Fall schedule started … Then again, I also remember a time that your cable box was connected to your TV by a cable …

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One hundred years ago – on November 11 1918, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month – millions of men laid down their guns. This was Armistice Day, the end of the first world war. Germany, the last belligerent standing among the Central Powers, had collapsed militarily, economically and politically. …

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I wanted to share authentically with you today for #supersoulsunday I’m often told by people “you’re so strong” , “you’ve been through so much, and have come through the other side better”, “I wish I had your strength”, “you look great for your age” (and thank you, I think I do too – for any …

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Originally posted on December 31, 2017 UPDATE: Sooooo,  I’m finally finished Season 11 and I was able to watch the episode that was shot down the street from me in September of 2017. I’ll explain a bit the scene I was there for.  By the point that I arrived Yannick’s scene had already been shot …

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Good afternoon, good morning or good evening folks – wherever you’re reading this from.  I’m writing this today from beautiful British Columbia (BC) – it’s so true that they immortalize it on their license plates.   I’m out here visiting my youngest daughter who moved here a few months ago to enjoy a less chaotic …

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A bit ago I posted a blog called On Health: My 30 Day Trial of the Whole Food Plant Based Diet, I’ve long since completed my 30 day trial of a whole food, plant based (WFPB) diet. I promised you all an update …. So, here are a few of my take aways from that …

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HELLOOOOOOO followers …. I’m super excited about today’s blog on HOUDINI  — a rapper from Toronto, Ontario (The 6). I came across his music earlier this year, this kid’s got something special.  That’s why I was so f*cking ecstatic when he agreed to let me interview him for my blog. Houdini started rapping at the age …

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It’s been a while since my last blog entry, I’ve been feeling so many different things lately, and as I started to type I thought I was actually going to talk about empty nest syndrome, or my plans to move to South East Asia in a few years … but as I started – I …

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Last week myself along with about 19 other colleagues started a trial whole food, plant based (WFPB) diet.  The trial is for one month, and we are to stick to the diet with a rule of 80/20. 8 days in and I am starting to believe more than ever that so much of what we …

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I took a bit of a break from my close relatives because I found another interesting leaf hint and decided to follow it.  I saw this one before, but, I felt I would have to do a lot of research so I passed.  Then I came across something else on the same person and decided …

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This line continues down my maternal grand-mother side.  This is the story of my great great gramma and grampa on my grandma’s dad’s side. This is the story of Louis Napoléon Allard and Eva Beaulieu. Louis’ Birth Louis Napoléon Allard was born on/about November 24, 1874, in Curran, Ontario to Marie Louise Gariepy, age 20, and …

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I’ve been trying to determine where next to follow my ancestry line to and which line to write about.   Instead of writing about some distant relative, I thought I’d start writing with those a bit closer to me and write backward.   I am going to start with my great grand parents on my …

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My first blog of 2018 …. and it’s a recipe.  I’m in crunch mode – I’m taking the kids and I to Cuba in no less than 5 weeks ….. The other day, I had the sweetest tooth after dinner and immediately after eating a yummy healthy dinner, I dug right into a Caramel Sea Salt …

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Most Canadians are familiar with the King’s Daugther’s/Filles du roi.  The Filles du roi, were some 770 women who arrived in the colony of New France (Canada) between 1663 and 1673, under the financial sponsorship of King Louis XIV of France. Most were single French women, many were orphans. Their transportation to Canada and settlement …

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Rev. Obadiah Holmes definitely has some Famous Kin.  I’ve covered Abe Lincoln & Amelia Earhart and now I’m covering my connection to comedic legend,  John Ritter. Another descendant of Rev. Holmes, is Willis Carrier – the inventor of air conditioning (I really love this guy on hot, sticky, humid days!) – Carrier is his 8th great …

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Aviation, this young modern giant, exemplifies the possible relationship of women and the creations of science. Although women have not taken full advantage of its use and benefits, air travel is as available to them as to men ~ Amelia Earhart My lineage just gets better and better!  To date I have discovered a relation …

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Ok, I’m all over the place with this ancestry stuff.  I just moved, am sick in bed but can’t stop researching.  Each line steers me to something new and exciting – I’m honestly just just jumping around when I find a new cool hint – I follow it and away I go – on a …

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So this was the MOST EXCITING ancestral find to date!  The connection, albeit distant – with the most impressive US Presidents of all time – Honest Abe is my 6th cousin 5x removed. I posted yesterday on my connection to Obadiah Holmes – the important member of the Baptist church who was whipped for his …

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Ok, it’s safe to say we all know that I’m a genealogy NUT, I won’t even try to deny it.  I love learning and I love history, especially when it comes to MY OWN.  They say to know where you’re going, you’ve got to know where you’ve been.  I believe in knowing the trials, tribulations …

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Late last night, I couldn’t sleep, I decided to do a bit of digging on some hew “hints” on my Ancestry.ca site and take closer look into my DNA profile. A while back I posted a blog called “On Genealogy: My Quaker Connection; Descendant of John Milk, British Colonial America, 1662” which traced my roots …

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I actually wrote this last year ago but didn’t post cause I wanted to respect my brother’s privacy.  I’m really trying to do is show how strong he is.  This is a tribute to his grit and will power.   We’ve all had a time in our lives that are beyond difficult to cope. When …

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‘We Are Less As A Country Without Gord Downie In It’ – Prime Minister Trudeau I had to wait a few days to write this, I just watched the documentary Long Time Running two days ago … so I needed to collect my thoughts and emotions before I got to it. I want the WORLD …

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🎶 “In West Philadelphia not born nor raised, in Kdub is where I spent most of my days 🎶” — which is why I decided to take my next  trip to Philly.  I love to travel, I love history – all kinds of history and Philadelphia is steeped deep in American history. The primary reason for our trip …

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A few weeks ago I wrote a blog called Wisdom Warrior: My Journey Toward Authenticy wherein I talked about perception, about reframing your mindset. “Perspective is a powerful thing isn’t it? When you can reframe an experience, you can often change what happens as a result”.   Have you ever wondered about how you perceive yourself …

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