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Monday, May 9, 2016

Lighthouse Park

As I sit here and write this it is pouring torrential rain.  Like seriously the sky opened up and you could not pay me to go outside right now.  So, naturally, I'm dreaming of warmer days and of the next time I can make it out to Lighthouse Park in Vancouver.



Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Q&A with Madeline Merlo




It seems to me that you can't really live in Maple Ridge (or the surrounding areas) without having at least the occasional run in with country music. Love it or hate it, it seems to be an inescapable part of our community (Roosters anyone?) but for the haters I challenge you to listen to Madeline Merlo's new song "Whatcha Wanna Do About It" and not be singing along by the end. And with the release of her new album, Free Soul, on Friday as well as a live performance for JRFM it seemed like the perfect time to do a little Q&A with the musician herself.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Riley's Reflections-My Month Without Buying Clothes


I am a shopping addict.  Like hardcore, my favourite hobby is buying clothes and I participate in this hobby at least once a week.  My wardrobe has grown furiously over the last year, much to my delight, and I can go week without wearing the same thing twice.

So what's the problem, you ask?  Seems like a pretty first world problem to have, and I'll agree it is, but it's a problem all the same and I'll tell you why. First off, I have yet to win the lottery. Which is really just a shame because I believe I would make a very good millionaire.  But, alas, I have yet to win the lottery and so a (surprisingly) large amount of my income goes into funding this hobby, and because it's only a little bit each time I go out, it doesn't feel like a lot but it adds up quickly.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Monday Mantra



This week's Monday Mantra is...

Complain Less

What do many of us, myself included, do after a long day at work?  We complain.  We call it venting, but it's really complaining.  We tell our loved ones everything that went wrong, every mean thing that was said, every customer or co worker who was less than agreeable (and something about working in a restaurant seems to greatly increase this hobby).  

Friday, April 8, 2016

Friday Finds Netflix Edition



Obviously none of us are new to the heaven that is Netflix but I consider myself an expert binge watcher (pictured above are my Netflix watching necessities) and in my marathoning days I have gathered some knowledge about which shows to watch when that I would like to share with you.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Riley's Reflections- How to be a Better Listener



I like to think that I'm a good listener.  I remind people that they can always talk to me no matter what and I like to think that when I'm called on to cash in that offer that I will be the kind, thoughtful listener that they need in that moment.

I am totally kidding myself.  I am an awful listener.  I interrupt people, constantly.  I used to think that if I finished someone's sentence for them it showed that I was listening and that I totally understood what they were trying to say.  I was wrong, it's rude.  It's rude, and I've tried really hard to stop myself from doing it.  My track record is not great.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Monday Mantra

Mondays can be awful.  Like seriously, is it here already, never been more annoyed with waking up, is it nap time yet, awful.  Which is a shame because the start of a new week should be exciting. It's full of new opportunities and hopefully some activities or events you're looking forward to, yet these things rarely occur on a Monday causing the start of your week to be less than enjoyable instead of the inspiring jump off to the next seven days that it should be.

Well I am here to help! I'll be choosing Monday Mantras to set up my intentions for the following week and I am inviting you to join me.  Whether thinking about my Monday Mantra when the Monday blues get you down or choosing your own mantra, that will be up to you.

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