• When to say NO

    When to say NO

    In my early adult years, I had become something of a people pleaser. I was (am) an extroverted introvert who loves being friends with everyone. As I got older, I quickly learned that you cannot please everyone, no matter how hard you try, and it’s not your fault for this. You can’t be everyone’s friend,…

  • Crossing the border to Windsor!

    Crossing the border to Windsor!

    My French Meetup, The Wandering Francophones, has recently been enjoying meeting up with our Canadian members by finding restaurants just across the Michigan-Windsor border and meeting in Windsor for our meetup. This allows our Canadian bilingual friends to join us more easily than asking them to come to us (which they often do!). Crossing the…

  • The Litter Robot 4: Is it worth the money?

    The Litter Robot 4: Is it worth the money?

    A few years back, I decided to invest some of the money I got from my bonus at work into into a better solution to manage our cat litter cleaning situation. With four cats in a small house, including two senior kitties, I needed a solution that would help keep the boxes clean on a…

  • How to meditate

    How to meditate

    One of the healthy habits I adopted since going to a therapist was learning how to meditate. With grounding, this is a tool you can use to help find calm from anxiety, panic, spiraling thoughts, and stress. There are many different ways to meditate. You can choose to follow a guide (you can easily find…

  • Running slowly, but consistently.

    Running slowly, but consistently.

    I have taken to running every day, from 45 minutes to an hour, on my treadmill or outside, because of the endorphin boost and the satisfaction after finishing a run. I am not a fast runner, but I typically will run between 3-4 miles most days. I recently learned that it is not ideal to run every…

  • Running gear I’m into

    Running gear I’m into

    A few years back, I got into running daily. I don’t run fast, or very long, even (on average I run for either an hour on my treadmill with 40 minutes walking and 20 actually running or just over 5 kilometers if I run outside), but it just feels so good after – my head is clear,…

  • My favorite blogging podcasts

    My favorite blogging podcasts

    Since I decided to pick blogging back up after quite some time away from it, I have been deep diving into the various podcasts and articles out there to help me get a better footing and to help me reach the right people who will benefit the most from my content.  I’ve learned so much…

  • How to run a successful language meetup

    How to run a successful language meetup

    Since 2013, I have been running my French Language Meetup, The Wandering Francophones, and we have met twice a month in person at local cafes and restaurants, speaking French for two hours about any random topic that came to mind. We would discuss current events, how to build your French vocabulary, trips to France and…

  • My top 5 teas for Anxiety and Stress Relief

    My top 5 teas for Anxiety and Stress Relief

    This is a subject I’ve been wanting to write about for a while, because I am a near-daily tea drinker and I so enjoy the benefits that it feels like a crime to keep this knowledge all to myself!I have battled anxiety for most of my life, and drinking tea before/during/after a stressful event is…

  • My early journey learning French

    My early journey learning French

    Over the years, I have had a lot of folks inquire as to how I learned to speak French. Now at a fluent level, I can proudly say I put a lot of effort into getting my level to where it is today, and it started around middle school for me. I would go to Borders…