a planes, trains, and automobiles holiday

Right now, I am sitting in the Ottawa train station waiting for my 5pm train home to Toronto. This is the final leg of nine busy days of travel all over Canada, using essentially all methods of transportation. The trip included a massive surprise, some French practice, and a whole lot of coffee. I'm exhausted, but I am oh so grateful. 

joyful with minted

In 24 years I hadn't missed a dinner - this includes a Christmas I had pneumonia and I should have missed the dinner. But with 4,365 KM between us, it's just not feasible to go home this year, and I know that's got to be tough on my loved ones back in BC. So I knew I had to do something special to let them all know how much they mean to me. 

mindful gift guide

It's that time of year again! But for me, this will be the strangest Christmas ever. I won't be going back to Vancouver for the holidays so I plan on spending Christmas night at the movies followed by wine at home. But that's not stopping me from holiday shopping and so for the third year I present the In A Sequoia Mindful Holiday Gift Guide! 

must visit vancouver gems

Before I left Vancouver, I made sure to visit all my favourite spots to take it all in. I acted like a tourist in my own city for two days before hopping on the plane. So I thought I would share with you the places I had to see within a 48-hour time period when in #Vancity. 

an ode to new west

Before I flew off, I had intended to write a really special and loving post to my New Westminster community. But packing craziness ensued and here I am, 100 hours into the T.O. life, and the blog has been quiet. So here is the quick version!