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I n this issue of D ote M agazine, we are reflec ting on and discussing resolutions. Why do we set them, why can they be hard to keep, and are they impor tant in the constant dr ive to better ourselves? The stor ies in these pages touch on some of the most common resolutions that people set and have a hard time seeing through. We have approached these topics in new and creative ways in hopes that they might inspire and motivate real and healthy change in all of us. We lead busy lives, and they seem to get busier and busier. We want to challenge you to slow down and be mindful of your day-to - day ac tivities. From what you are eating (page 50), to how you are dressing (page 32), to the money you are spending (page 26), let's take things a bit slower this season. Enjoy a creative gather ing (page 78), pen a thoughtful note (page 84), and send a beautifully curated gif t to a loved one (page 66). Let's take a moment. Let's take a breath. Let's p ause and be mindful of what's happening all around us. And then, let's resolve to make lasting resolutions and meaning ful changes to live ou r best lives.
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INTENTIONS/ VOWS/ RESOLUTIONS
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“WE ARE NOT TRYING TO FIND THE MEANING OF LIFE BUT RATHER A DEEP E X P E R I E N C E O F I T. ” – JOSEPH CAMPBELL
As humans, typically, we desire to be the best version of ourselves. In other words, there is a powerful longing to be aligned with our truest self. When we set a resolution, we establish a reference point based on personal aspirations; a type of blueprint that offers concise, well-defined imagery in our mind's eye. To then create the resolution, means for us to put the idea(s) into tangible action. Together, this pairing (definition + action) helps us to navigate both the what and the how. Breaking this down into parts is helpful for understanding how resolutions play out:
V A L U E + P U R P O S E + W O R T H / We need to value our resolution, see its purpose, and know its worth is beyond any immediate gratification. Our most fulfilling resolutions often require a delayed gratification strategy. Therefore, we must first break our conditioned, instant fulfillment approach. The most effective way to break this cycle/pattern is through well-defined, specific goals, rooted at the visceral level to want it so bad we can taste it, so to speak. “YES” /
Allow the resolution to be the most passionate, sought-after “yes” in life. The focus isn’t so much on what we are “giving up” or not doing; it remains fixated rather on what we ARE doing... what we are gaining, what we are moving towards.
V I S U A L I Z E / See it, taste it, feel it. We need to be able to envision ourselves having achieved what we want at the depth of sensory input, as though we already have it and are experiencing it. If we want to lose weight for example, we have to move beyond the scale and imagine the way we’ll feel in that size of pants we haven’t been able to fit into for years. We focus on accessing the depth/quality of the experience and the rich value that it possesses. We meditate on our sense of confidence, on our radiance, on rocking it. A W A R E N E S S / Identify the moments of choice, and leverage the discomfort that ensues when our immediate impulses run into our deeper aspirations. This point of internal conflict is the best tool we can use to help us recognize those critical moments of choice. S I M P L I F Y / “Does this move me closer to my goal or further away?” This is the question every action or decision hinges upon. B R E A K I T D O W N / Once the resolution becomes a specific, welldefined goal, reverse engineer it. Break the goal down into projects, and then break the projects down into specific actions. Each manageable action leads to completing a project, each project leads to accomplishing the overall goal. 20
PA C E / It’s not a race. Recognize the limits of time and energy, as we stay individually focused on what is reasonable and realistic, and pace accordingly.
SOME FRESH PERSPECTIVE SHARED BY YOU I t ’s a l ways a g o o d idea to want m o re f ro m yo ur self, to b et ter yo ur self. I t ’s a n awe s o m e fe e l i n g to ac hieve what yo u set o ut fo r yo ur self. A c lo se f r iend of mine s a i d th at i f yo u k e ep yo ur self b usy and fo c used, m any wo nder f ul t hi ngs happen m u ch e a s i e r th a n i f yo u just ex p ec t t hi ngs to f all i nto p lace. - Ana- M ar i a, 2 7
S e tti n g g o a l s o r re s o l ut io ns i s help f ul b ec ause i t fo rces yo u to st i c k to a p lan even w h e n te m p tati o n i s at it s hi ghest. I am def i nitely so m eo ne who is dr i ven by s etting g o a l s I s e t fo r mys elf. Fo r m e, t hat ’s m ade easi er by say ing i t o ut lo ud, wr iting it d ow n , o r te l l i n g a f r iend. That acco unt ab ilit y will fo rce m e to ac hi eve t hat g oa l. - H u nte r, 2 1
I th i n k i t i s i m p o r ta nt to regular ly set new i ntent io ns and c hec k in wit h yo ur self o n w h at yo u r co re va l ues are and what yo u desi re o ut o f li fe, as o p p o sed to se tting re s o l u ti o n s. R e s o l u ti o ns o f ten have a b ad rap. They already c reate a b ad vib rat ion a ro u n d yo u r g o a l a s i t i s u sually def ined as a p ro b lem t hat yo u need to so lve. G o i ng in w i th a n atti tu d e th at yo u are t r y ing to f i x a p ro b lem is already to o m uc h p ressure and a bi g re a s o n w hy s o m a ny p eo p le f ai l at keep i ng t hem . I sto p p ed m ak i ng reso lutions a l o n g ti m e a g o, a n d, instead, t wice a year I t ake t im e to ref lec t o n my co re valu es – joy, f re e d o m , and c reat ivi t y – and dec i de what p rac t i ces I need to c ultivate th e m . I wa nt to b e so m eo ne who i s f ree o f what i s ex p ec ted o f m e and i n s te a d l i ve a n i ntent io nal li fe t hat b r ings m e t he ut m o st joy and c reativ it y, s p e ci f i ca l l y my own needs and values. - J am ie, 27
I f s o m e th i n g feels o f f, I k now I need reali gni ng. No t necessar i ly set t i ng s p e ci f i c g o a l s fo r ac hi evem ent b ut get t i ng c lear o n how I wish to feel, s p e ci f i ca l l y a s i t relates to an overall feeling. - K ara, 35
I p e rs o n a l l y d o n’t s et reso lut io ns. As lo ng as I am t r uly p assio nate ab o ut wh atever i t i s th at I d o, g o o d t hings will co m e. I t ’s all ab o ut t he jo ur ney no t t he t ro phy. - An d re i , 1 9
I l i k e to s e t re s o l u ti o n s b ut no t wit h a due date. They ac t as a guide fo r p o sit ive chang es I h o p e to s e e w i th i n myself and my life. I b eli eve t hat if yo u p ut t hings o ut t here that yo u be l i e ve a re a ch i e vab le, t he uni ver se gi ves t hem b ac k to yo u! - K elsey, 28
As a m o m , my “new year ” always b egi ns i n S ep tem ber. I look at what I’ve overco m e, what I have gained, what I le a r ned and what I want to lear n i n t he year ahead. Call t hem re s olu tions, go als, ac hievem ent s, whatever suit s yo u, b ut t hey are im p o r t ant fo r all o f us to grow. - R o sey, 40
Par t o f t he b eaut y o f m oving i nto adult ho o d i s an inc reased sense o f self - awareness. A si gni f ic ant pa r t o f growing as an adult is reco gniz i ng t ho se asp ec ts of yo ur self t hat yo u c an b uild up o n and t ransfo r m . S etting reso lut io ns i s an im p o r t ant p ar t o f t his p er so nal growth. M y own success i n ac hi evi ng reso lut i o ns feels a b i t hit o r m iss. I have fo u n d t hat an essent ial p ar t o f my t im es o f success was t he i nclu s ion o f my co m m unit y. Co m m uni t y is suc h an im p o r t ant to o l i n p roviding a cco u nta bi l i t y and sup p o r t, whet her t hat inc ludes a ro m ant ic p ar t ner, family m e m b e rs, o r cl o se f r iends. - M ar i a, 29
I t ’s a l l a b o u t s ho r t- ter m go als. I li ke m ak ing t wo -year go als and t hen three m o nth go als. The key i s sho r t- ter m p er io dic c hec k- i ns so yo u’re on tra ck fo r what yo u want to ac hi eve. - S am , 24
S et t ing a p er so nal vow is a way to co m m it to yo ur self. I f ind t hat if I do n’t have t he vow wr i t ten down and t ho ught t hro ugh, I don’t hold myself to i t. The fo c us c an shi f t all to o qu ick ly to what ’s nex t, rat her t han t he ac t ual p roces s o f st ic k ing to and acco m p li shi ng a vow. G ive it t he celeb rat io n t im e i t deser ves, li ke t ime to ho no ur yo ur self fo r seeing so m et hi ng t h rou g h. I n c reat ing a vow, we get to ex p er i ence t he whole p ro cess o f what co m m it m ent m eans. Whe n we use a vow as a fo r m o f lear ni ng ab o ut o ur s elves and o ur deep est desi res, we get to ex p er i ence t he m eaning o f i t. Tr uly feel it. The vow i s t h e end, so m et hi ng I wo r k towards, b ut I have fou nd in do ing t hi s t he lesso ns are so m uc h r ic her and the o p p o r t unit y fo r growt h i s b lown o p en. I t i s t he jou r ney and t he p eaks and valleys t hat I b eli eve t he vow with self is t r uly ab o ut. - J ilai ne, 34
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Money. We spend our whole lives wanting it, figuring out how to get it, working hard to earn it, thoughtlessly spending it, wondering where it went, stressing out about not having enough of it, and worrying about not saving it for the future. Considering how important money is to living life, itâ€™s unfortunate most Canadians carry some form of debt primarily because they donâ€™t know enough about their finances. Christine Bobye, a Mutual Fund Licensed representative with World Financial Group Securities Inc., understands money. She knows lack of awareness and education about finances is typically what gets people into trouble over time. She knows this first hand because a friend working with World Financial Group Canada helped her family get back on track after facing financial struggles in 2010. As a result, within the first 60 days, the family was saving over $1,100 per month*!
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Since then, Christine has been helping people from all walks of life make sense of their financial situation. She provides valuable tools, resources, and recommendations in an effort to help individuals and families successfully reach their longterm financial goals.
Myths about money The first step to taking control of your financial situation is to have an honest conversation about money. Unfortunately, unless you’re an accountant or a stockbroker, money is not a subject most people feel comfortable talking about. In a group setting, discussions about money have been seen as inappropriate or taboo, which has led to misinformation and lack of education around finances. Much like the leprechaun chasing the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, we have come to believe certain myths about money that have led to our behaviours, including: • Finances are scary, • I will be judged because of my financial situation, • I must get out of debt (i.e., pay off my mortgage) completely before I can save money, • Life insurance is not worth the money, • It doesn’t take a lot of money to retire, • I can save later and still reach my financial goals. As a result of these beliefs, people can fall into one of two categories when it comes to mindset and choices about spending and saving money: "living in the now” or "retirement ready."
Living in the now As the name suggests, people who are living in the now make decisions in the present, with little regard for the future consequences of their actions. These people are motivated by instant gratification and use the money they have today to enjoy life in the moment. When it comes to being financially responsible, they: • Do not see the value in saving for the long term, • See budgets as being restrictive to their current lifestyle, • Are less likely to have set out a future financial goal.
Retirement ready On the flip side, people who are retirement ready make decisions thinking about their lives in the future, rather than living for today. They restrict spending in their early years to save for financial freedom and for the enjoyment expected later in life.
They are extremely financially responsible and: • • • •
Are very budget conscious, Avoid debt at all costs, Are strongly motivated by financial goals, Realize the power of time (i.e., the longer you save, the more money you can accumulate).
In the end, we all want to enjoy our lives (while managing to avoid unnecessary hardship). One personality type gets to enjoy life in the moment but faces financial struggle later in life. The other is more restricted now but enjoys financial freedom much later. Christine recommends a balanced approach to finances where one can enjoy living in the moment, yet still act responsibly and plan for a secure financial future.
Finding the right pro Although there are hundreds of books on personal finance in addition to a wide variety of tools available online for download, Christine recommends sitting down with a financial professional to get a clear picture of your unique financial situation, identify realistic ways to decrease your monthly costs, and outline ways to strategically save for the future. Before you go down that path, it’s important to find a financial professional you feel comfortable working with and who will continue to guide you from year to year. With so many variables to consider, like the economy, income and assets, expenses, unforeseen emergencies, new financial services, etc., financial health requires monitoring and someone to help you navigate through the years.
Some final thoughts Although it’s never too late to start saving, Christine cautions against waiting too long. She recommends taking time to carefully research the right financial professional if you choose to go down that path. It’s never too early to start saving for and investing in your future. Like Christine, you may be pleasantly surprised with the results! Christine has created a personal budget worksheet on the following pages that can be used to help you get a snapshot of your financial situation and help you with your monthly spending.
A bit about Christine Christine Bobye is a Mutual Fund and Life Insurance Licensed Representative with World Financial Group Canada World Financial Groups Securities Inc. and resides in Calgary. For more information, visit https://christinebobye.wfgopportunity.com/. *Individual results may vary depending on circumstances. The opinions expressed therein are those of the individual and do not necessarily represent the opinions of World Financial Group Canada Inc., or any of their respective affiliates or employees.
BUDGET FRIENDLY Fill out this personal budget worksheet and start taking steps to better financial health.
Monthly Take-Home Income
GOAL SETTING 1. What goals are the most important or of greatest value to you financially in the next one to three years? #01/ #02/ #03/ #04/ #05/ 2 .What goals are the most important or of greatest value to you financially in the next four or more years? #01/ #02/ #03/ #04/ #05/
MONTHLY EXPENSES Monthly Amount Housing Mortgage or rent Property taxes Home/renters insurance
$ $ $
Utilities Cable/internet Electric/gas/water Phone/cell phone
$ $ $
Transportation Fuel Insurance Car payment Public transit Maintainance
$ $ $ $ $
Food Groceries Dining out
MONTHLY EXPENSES Monthly Amount
Household Childcare Educational fees Alimony/child support Cleaning services Pet care Sports & lessons
$ $ $ $ $ $
Health Prescriptions Insurance premiums Other
$ $ $
Lifestyle Personal care (hair, nails, etc.) Clothing Gifts Memberships/subscriptions Tithe/charity Travel Entertainment
$ $ $ $ $ $ $
MONTHLY EXPENSES Monthly Amount Debt Payment Credit card Line of credit Personal loan Student loan
$ $ $ $
Savings Emergency fund Tax free savings Non registered RRSP Other
$ $ $ $ $
ADD IT UP! Total Expenses
Income Remaining (Monthly Take-Home - Total Expenses)
T H E C A P S U L E WA R D R O B E : A J O U R N E Y T O WA R D S A S T Y L I S H A N D MORE CONSCIOUS CLOSET WRIT TEN BY MORGAN HAMEL P H OTO G R A P H E D B Y S H A N N O N YAU
“Fashion fades, style is eternal.” – Yves Saint-Laurent
Much of the fashion world today is fast. It’s trendy and cheap, but buying this way comes with a cost. It takes time and money to make these purchases and effort to manage them. Often, we end up with closets full of clothes without anything we really love to wear or a true sense of our own style. Having a capsule wardrobe can offer a solution to this problem. It puts emphasis on quality over quantity and creates more space for other things that matter. It provides a structure within which anyone can find their style, and they can have a positive impact on the world while doing so. My introduction to the capsule movement began with a sewing class. To be honest, I don’t even know why I signed up. My mom and grandmothers had never sewn, and I’m not
especially crafty. But there was something about the process that appealed to me – the slowing down and yearning to make something for my daughter with my own two hands. I was struck by the effort required to craft a simple garment. Choosing the fabric, tracing the pattern, and sewing a tiny dress, stitch-by-stitch, were all much more time consuming than I expected. The process inspired me to think about what went into making my clothes. Just as the slow food movement links consumers and chefs with producers of sustainable food, the slow fashion movement links fashion with quality and responsibility. And here’s the best part – many of the garments being produced as part of this shift are both functional and remarkably beautiful.
A BRIEF HISTORY A capsule wardrobe is a small collection of clothing that doesn’t go out of fashion, such as skirts, pants, and shirts, which can then be augmented with seasonal pieces. Coined in London in the 1970s, the term was popularized by American designer Donna Karan, who, in 1985, released a collection of versatile women’s workwear that could be mixed and matched. The modern capsule wardrobe also includes outerwear and shoes. Living with a small, intentional wardrobe isn’t a new concept; in fact, people have done it for most of time. What is new are the forces one must contend with in order to build a thoughtful wardrobe and the intention required to keep it that way.
B U I L D I N G Y O U R O W N C A P S U L E WA R D R O B E PLAN
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Be clear about your goals in starting a capsule wardrobe, and write them down. This step is important, as the simple act of writing down a goal significantly increases your chance of success. My goals were to narrow down my personal style, spend less time and money shopping, and have a positive impact by buying more responsibly.
Pare down your wardrobe. Ask yourself the following questions: “Do I love it?”, “Does it fit?”, “Do I feel good in it?”, and “Does it work for my life?” Now, the paring step has a caveat – if you only have one pair of jeans, and the ones you have aren’t perfect, but your budget doesn’t allow for a new pair, don’t get rid of those jeans just yet. An amazing pair of jeans should then go at the top of your capsule wish list.
Choose a colour scheme. This matters because when your closet is small, it’s important the garments you have complement one another. To choose a colour scheme, think about colours you love to wear, then make a mood board. I did this with cut-outs from magazines, but a Pinterest board works just as well. While you’ll likely want the overall palette of your wardrobe to be relatively neutral, it’s okay to have a couple of outliers to keep things lively. For example, my fall wardrobe colour palette includes maroon, mauve, camel, cream, and black. Define your style in writing. Even though it felt kind of silly, I tried to capture my style in words: “casual polish with a laidback French vibe.” Invite a friend. Shopping is often a very social activity, and if we’re honest, it’s also about belonging; it’s about finding kinship with those around you. So find a friend or two interested in making the move to owning fewer, better quality things, and follow the capsule wardrobe guide together. These steps might be tempting to skip, especially if you’re eager to get started, but they’re a fun and integral part of the process. If you’re on your capsule journey and wondering whether a purchase is a “fit,” you can return to your visual and written statements to help guide your decision.
Next, place the items you love and want to use during other seasons in storage (I find a low profile clear plastic bin works best), and count how many pieces you have. I was ruthless and ended up with about 30 essential pieces and several more that I rotate seasonally. Now, step back and let go of what you don’t love. Do you want to donate your clothes to someone in need? Then take a little time to think about what person or non-profit organization will make the best use of them. Do you want to sell your offcuts to fund future capsule purchases? Do it! Realizing the value from surplus items in your closet is a beautiful way to fund new purchases.
PURCHASE Lastly, make slower choices. Take time to wear the items in your newly lean closet, while paying attention to any holes. When you identify something you need, be intentional about it. Return to your colour scheme and choose a fabric and style that works for your body and your life. Also, be mindful of who made your clothes and how they were constructed.
TIPS FOR BECOMING A MORE RESPONSIBLE CLOTHING CONSUMER: • • • • • • • •
Educate yourself. Buy less, but be willing to spend a bit more on individual, quality pieces. Pay attention to where your clothing is made, who made it, and what it's made of. Take time to think about your day-to-day clothing needs before purchasing items. Consider your budget, and plan accordingly (capsules can be created on any budget). Consider buying consignment or second hand. Learn about fabrics. Learn to sew your own clothes.
M O V I N G F O R WA R D I took steps to build a capsule wardrobe because I found I was spending too much time, money, and energy on clothes. Having gone through the process, I can say that it has been transformative. I’ve narrowed down my style to the point where I can get dressed in mere seconds and feel great walking out the door. My house is less cluttered, and I’ve discovered that it is possible to find quality items at reasonable prices. Perhaps most importantly, though, I’ve built lasting relationships with others who are interested in working and living this way.
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A ST YLED HOME
THE FITNESS NOOK W R I T T E N B Y L AU R A U R B A N P H OTO G R A P H E D B Y J A M I E H YAT T
Imagine you no longer drag yourself to w o r k o u t e a c h d a y. I n s t e a d , y o u a re d r a w n t o an at-home exercise studio that reflects your personal style and preferences. Enticed by the beauty of a space created for the sole purpose of strengthening your body and re f re s h i n g y o u r m i n d , o b s t a c l e s m e l t a w a y. No commute is needed. All the tools you need for a satisfying workout are already there, s t e p s a w a y. We spoke with Reena Sotropa of Corea Sotropa Interior Design about how to put together an at-home exercise space of your own. Whether you are into acro dance, aerobics, Pilates, or yoga, read on for simple principles that can be applied to maximize space, functionality, and, of course, style. Â This room, designed by Reena, is multi-purpose, serving as a yoga studio where her client works out every day and an occasional guest room. Since the yoga studio receives the most frequent use, the main feature of the guest bedroom is a Murphy bed tucked neatly into the wall, out of sight. The bed swings down easily and is mounted to the underside of the customframed gold mirror, which forms the focal point of the room. 39
If you are short on space, consider a similar approach: make your exercise room dual-purpose, or even multi-purpose. Versatility is key. Your studio could share space with a guest room, a study, or a crafting room. The important thing is to make both spaces fully functional, and be sure the room contains all the necessary elements. Built-in cabinets are an efficient way to create storage for essentials and to increase the functionality of a room. If you decide to convert a spare room into an exercise studio, as in the case of Reena’s client, use some built-ins to stow exercise equipment and others for extra blankets, towels, and sheets for overnight guests. Find a place for every item you need, and choose exercise equipment that folds up and breaks down easily. When all the tools for a satisfying workout are within reaching distance, there will be less to deter you from your workout. And when you have guests in town, there will be no need to scour the house for everything to make them comfortable. Floor space is an important consideration when putting together your home exercise studio. Consider the space you have available, and make sure that it will accommodate the kind of exercise you are in to. The studio pictured here is about 12 feet by 12 feet, which works for a yoga studio, but could be too small for a more dynamic form of exercise. 40
The aforementioned built-in cabinets will enable you to maximize the floor space you have available for movement. Part of the beauty of an at-home studio is that you are free to tailor each detail to satisfy your own personal style. Choose patterns, textures, and colours that please your eye and keep you coming back for more. What better way to enhance your exercise routine? Reena’s client knew she’d be gazing up often during yoga poses like savasana, so she made wallpaper for the ceiling a priority. The pattern she chose is delicate and graceful, with heart-shaped leaves that seem to fall slowly toward the earth. A faint trace of vintage appears in the map imprints on some of the leaves, and the colours are charcoal, gold, and a range of autumnal reds, oranges, and yellows. The wallpaper colour scheme is threaded throughout the room. Don’t be afraid to weave personal touches into the room and utilize natural elements. Reena’s client’s shelves are styled with care, featuring framed geodes, chunks of petrified wood, and green plants. “We like to put plants into a space any time a client will let us, since organic elements bring life to,” says Reena. Yoga-posed figurines, collected by the client over the years, stretch upon the shelves, and books about exercise add another thematic touch. The overall effect is natural, gracious, and invigorating.
THE AT- H O M E WORKOUT
Once you have cultivated an invigorating space to work out in at home, improve your home fitness routine with a few tips from our local experts, Michele Doucette and Stephanie Stahl. According to Michele Doucette, a personal trainer in Calgary, time is the biggest obstacle for most people. For that reason, she recommends scheduling exercise into daily life the same way you would any other important appointment. An at-home exercise space can make it easier to stick with your exercise schedule, as it saves time and simplifies the process. â€œHome exercise is one of the most important things when it comes to getting and staying fit,â€? Michele said. With a home studio, you can squeeze a work-out routine into your day, whenever you have free time. Even if you only have ten extra minutes, you can use that time for small chunks of exercise, which add up throughout the day and week. Michele recommends you have equipment on hand that can be stored easily. M O D E L : K A R L E E N S A M S O N VA L E N C I A // @ K A R L E E N S A M S O N WA R D R O B E : N O R D S T R O M // @ N O R D S T R O M Y YC
EXERCISES Pushup Ta r g e t m u s c l e g r o u p s :
Pectoral group Triceps Trapezius Posterior deltoid Benefits:
Core stabilizers, pectoral muscles, shoulders, back, glutes, and triceps Instructions:
From standing position, roll down one vertebrae at a time until hands are touching the floor. Walk hands out until you are in a high plank position with your hands directly beneath your shoulders. Draw abdominals toward your spine, and squeeze glutes and legs together while stretching out your heels. With your arms, lower your body to the floor, allowing your elbow to bend and your arms to remain alongside your torso. Remember to keep your neck long and relaxed. Push body upwards to high plank position.
Ta r g e t m u s c l e g r o u p s :
Ta r g e t m u s c l e g r o u p s :
Trapezius Posterior deltoids Medial deltoid Tricep brachii Teres minor
Tones and strengthens biceps Equipment needed:
Dumbbells (5-10 lbs) Instructions:
With a dumbbell in each hand in supine grip (palms up), stand upright with your feet hip-width apart. Your arms should be at the side of your body with a slight bend in the elbows. Curl dumbbells upward towards your shoulders while keeping your elbows at your sides.Â Lower dumbells. Repeat 12 to 15 times for three sets.
Strengthens upper back and shoulders Equipment needed:
Exercise ball DumbbellsÂ (5-10 lbs) Instructions:
Lie prone (on your front) on the exercise ball with your legs stretched out and your toes on the floor. Hold small hand weights in your hands in a neutral position. Start with your arms extended downwards while maintaining a slight bend in the elbows. Maintain a "set" shoulder position and keep your neck in a neutral position, as well. With your arms in a fixed position, lift them with your elbows just past shoulder level. Pause, then return weights back to starting position with the weights just above the floor. Do not allow your torso to move during the exercise or the weights to touch the floor. Repeat 12 to 15 times for three sets.
Wo o d c h o p
Ta r g e t m u s c l e g r o u p s :
Ta r g e t m u s c l e g r o u p s :
External and internal obliques Develops core strength, predominately in the obliques
Rectus abdominis Erector spinae Obliques Hip flexors
Dumbbells (5-10 lbs) or medicine ball
Stand in an upright position with your feet shoulderwidth apart.
Hold the medicine ball or dumbbell with both hands and extend your arms up to the left side of your head.
Start on your hands and knees. Extend one leg and place it on top of the exercise ball, then place your other leg on top, as well. You will be in a pushup position with your hands on the ground and your shins on the ball.
Contract your core and slowly twist to the right while lowering the medicine ball or dumbbell down to the outside of your right leg. Avoid twisting too aggressively as that could potentially cause strain on your back. Repeat 12 to 15 times then switch to the other side.
Set your core, bend your knees, and roll the ball towards your chest as far as you are able to do comfortably, then extend your legs back to starting position. Be sure to maintain a flat back. Repeat 15 to 20 times.
We i g h t e d s q u a t
Ta r g e t m u s c l e g r o u p s :
Ta r g e t m u s c l e g r o u p s :
Gluteus maximus Erector spinae Hamstrings
Quadriceps Glutes Hamstrings Calves
Improves lower body stability and flexibility Equipment needed:
Two dumbbells (5-10 lbs) or one medicine ball Instructions:
Stand in an upright position with your feet shoulderwidth apart. Slightly bend your knees and tilt forward in your pelvis. Set your shoulders and arms slightly in front of your thighs, holding a dumbbell in each hand or have two hands holding a medicine ball. While keeping a flat back, a straight neck, and extended arms, hinge at the hips and lower dumbbells or medicine ball to the floor while feeling a stretch in the back of your legs. Maintain a slight bend in your knees. Return to standing position in a controlled fashion while focusing on engaging your lower posterior chain (glutes, erector spinae, and hamstrings) to bring you back to upright position.
Builds strength in your quadriceps Equipment needed:
Dumbbell, medicine ball, or kettlebell Instructions:
In a standing position, hold a dumbell (or any of the equipment options) with both hands close to your chest. Position your legs slightly wider than shoulder-width apart, with your toes slightly pointed outwards. Lower into a squatted position with your thighs parallel to the floor and your elbows just above your thighs. Be sure to avoid extending your knees past your toes. To rise, push through your heels back to standing position, being sure to avoid locking your knees when standing. Repeat 12 to 15 times.
Repeat 12 to 15 times for three sets.
HOME STRETCHES For a fun, new, and more efficient way to stretch at home, try out acro dance. If you’ve ever seen Cirque du Soleil, you’ve watched in awe as the dancers flexed, folded, and flowed themselves across the stage in a seamless display of strength, beauty, and grace. That’s acro dance, and it is growing in popularity here in Calgary and worldwide. While the practice appeals most often to kids, as their bodies are more moldable, acro is also great for adults. Stephanie Stahl is a dance teacher who, after a back injury, was not able to dance for a time and tried out acro as a means to speed up her recovery and stay strong. She loved it and has been involved ever since. Increased flexibility is one of the major benefits, which leads to greater total body health. “Flexibility makes your body more easily adaptable to different sorts of activities and also helps prevent soreness,” says Stephanie.
Seated leg stretch sequence Ta r g e t m u s c l e g r o u p s :
Lower and upper back Shoulders/arms Hamstrings Core Ankles Instructions:
Start by sitting on the floor with your legs stretched out straight in front and your ankles/tops of feet pressed together. Sit up tall with your arms extended straight out from your shoulders, your shoulders pressed down, and your neck long. Modification: the entire sequence can be done with your back against a wall, creating a deeper stretch behind the knees, while relieving pressure from the lower back. With your feet pointed, extend your arms without bending them, to wrap around the outsides of your feet. Keep your back straight and stretch your head down to your legs while keeping your shoulders relaxed and not shrugging up to your ears. Release your feet and bring your body straight up with your arms still reaching forward, then back to the starting position. Repeat. In starting position, grab your right ankle with both hands and bend your leg into your body, then extend your leg straight in front of your body, maintaining your core strength throughout. Make circles clockwise and counterclockwise with the ankle, then flex and point your foot all the way through your ankle and toes. Give your leg a little pull towards your body, then release your hands and slowly float your leg back down to the floor. Repeat with your left leg.
Side extension sequence Ta r g e t m u s c l e g r o u p s :
Lower and upper back Shoulders/arms Hamstrings Instructions:
Start by standing with feet a little wider than hip-distance apart, arms extended straight out from shoulders, feet slightly turned out. Reach arms and body out and over to the right, creating a long line from your left fingertips to your left hip; hips push to the left. Modification: put right hand on right hip, waist, or lower back for more support. Bend over to the right and flatten your back, extend you arms out from your shoulders, and reach upper body long and away from hips. Bring your body down to your right leg, wrapping your hands around your right foot or ankle. Modification: reach your hands only as far as they can go, coming higher up on your right leg if needed. Wrap your hands around each foot or ankle, pulling your body as close to your legs as possible. Modification: reach hands only as far as they can go, coming higher up on your legs if needed. You can also bend your knees to put less strain on your knees and back. Letting your hands hang loose, roll your body up vertebrae by vertebrae to a standing position, your head coming up last. Repeat entire sequence on the left side.
Fitness nook essentials
From snacks to books to dry shampoo, having the right products stashed in your fitness nook can make all the difference in a workout space. We rounded up some of our favourite essentials to help make your at-home exercise routine a little prettier and a lot more productive.
BOSE QuietComfort 25 headphones in white, select BOSE stores Bumble and bumble. Prêt-à-powder dry shampoo, Hedkandi Salon S’well water bottle in Monaco Blue, The Livery Shop The Longevity Book by Cameron Diaz, Indigo Jogi yoga mat, The Real Canadian Superstore Jogi cork yoga block, The Real Canadian Superstore Moleskine notebook in white, Reid’s Stationers Lärabar, Planet Organic Market The Sprouted Kitchen Bowl and Spoon by Sara Forte, Indigo
THE STUDIO WORKOUT
W R I T T E N A N D E X P E R I E N C E D B Y L AU R A U R B A N
While the at-home workout is an easy and appropriate option for many people, it’s also important to get out and experience the social aspect of fitness. Our city has many fantastic fitness studio sessions to offer, and I ventured out to experience a few new ones. Read on for a glimpse into some of the local classes you won’t want to miss.
If you’ve ever wanted to try surfing, Studio Revolution Fitness (SRF) is a great way to get your feet wet. I dove into their Burn It and Build It class and was drenched in sweat instantly, wishing I could cool off in the surf scenes projected onto the wall in front of us. But hey, I was carried home on a wave of endorphins (a more than acceptable consolation prize).
Canada’s first and largest dedicated water-rowing studio. They offer a free course called INDO-Row 101, which introduces newbies to the INDO-row method. With little to no rowing experience of my own, I wondered if I’d be in over my head, but the class was swell.
Burn It and Build It
Burn It and Build It is one of six surf-inspired workouts available on the SURFSET board at SRF. The class blends high intensity cardio, strength training, core, and balance to get that surferstrong body. Throughout this interval-based workout, you’ll use kettlebells, hand weights, and resistance bands, as well as the resistance of your own body. It’s surf-inspired, of course, so much of the workout takes place on an unstable surfboard. Don’t worry, the instability of the board is adjustable, and while it will wobble as you bust out some burpees, planks, pushups, and pop-ups, I found I could handle the beginner setting swimmingly. Visit www.studiorevolution.ca.
Junction 9 Reformer L1
Junction 9 offers yoga classes with a holistic approach, soothing and strengthening both body and mind. What you might not know is that Junction 9 also offers a variety of Pilates Reformer classes and private Reformer sessions. The Reformer is a sleek piece of exercise equipment with straps, springs, and a carriage that moves back and forth to target the deepest abdominal muscles and strengthen and lengthen your entire frame. All new Reformer clients are required to take the Pilates Principles workshop offered at Junction 9, as it provides an overview of how to use the Reformer equipment. In this class you will also learn the foundational principles of Pilates and go through some basic exercises. I left the class excited to try out the next level: the Reformer L1 class. Every muscle group fires as you sit, stand, and plank upon the Reformer and, above all, engage core muscles to provide stability and build strength. The theory of Pilates is that, with a strong core and back, the rest of your body will be strong, too. After one session, I felt taller and more conscious of my posture. Walking to my car after the Reformer L1 class, I felt my legs quake and endorphins hum. I also felt a sense of calm, which I attribute to the slow, controlled movements that characterize the class, and the constant deep, methodical breathing that accompanies each movement. Visit www.junction9.ca.
INDO-Row 101 For another watersport inspired session, I headed to Row 17,
With blue lights set to a dim, warm glow, and mellow waves projected across the walls, the studio atmosphere was soothing and inviting. Every class at Row 17 takes a different format (depending on the instructor), but the INDO-Row method is always the foundation. In INDO-Row, you’ll work in teams, with partners, and as a whole crew, while using 84 percent of your muscle mass. It was a fun challenge to stay in sync with my teammates and to cheer each other on in good-natured competition with the other teams. There’s a digital monitor affixed to each machine, which tracks metres rowed throughout the session. Remember that number for next time and hit the waves hard to beat your own best score. It’s like Pac-Man but sweaty. Visit www.row17.com.
Barre Belle Barre X
Barre mixes ballet, yoga, and Pilates with isometric strength training to hold it all together. Isometric strength training involves contracting certain muscle groups while keeping the rest of your body still, doing high reps of small range movements. Barre Belle offers a variety of barre classes, including Barre X, which is a unique offering in the city, in that it incorporates barre principles into a boot camp-style routine. Using hand weights, a weighted ball, a stretchy band, and a step, we powered through a dynamic 55-minute workout. Imagine mountain climbing and jumping jacks thrown into a blender with pliés and Pilates (not to mention club music). The result is intense but satisfying. The class is high-energy, and you’ll sweat, a lot! That means it’s working! There was a bit of fun choreography mixed in, but it was simple and manageable, even for a non-dancer like me. With a positive, encouraging instructor who provided plenty of modifications, the workout was challenging but not intimidating. For a workout that sets the barre high, check it out.Visit www.barrebelle.ca.
A MINDFUL MORNING RITUAL WRIT TEN BY KAIT KUCY P H OTO G R A P H E D B Y J U S T I N E M I LTO N P H OTO G R A P H Y ST YLED BY ALEXANDRA WIG
“The practice of mindfulness begins in the small, remote cave of your unconscious mind and blossoms with the sunlight of your conscious life, reaching far beyond the people and places you can see.” -Earon Davis
omewhere in between waking up and checking our email, our endlessly busy culture has found it hard to implement hearty, healthy breakfasts from Monday to Friday. No - breakfast, or perhaps brunch, should be reserved for Saturdays and Sundays, where one can actually take the time to sip coffee slowly, and delve into a healthy (or notso-healthy) meal while concurrently catching up on magazine and newspaper reading. Clearly, this belief needs to change. As delicious as a mid-week breakfast smoothie is, the mission is to bring back the slow morning ritual of eating a balanced breakfast, making your own cup of coffee, and enjoying that early part of the day where things just seem clearer. Juice Because, Little Tucker, and Calgary Heritage Roasting Co. are three local companies that are doing their part to satiate and educate us all about enjoying that precious and delicious part of the day.
L i t t l e Tu c k e r For Little Tucker owner, Laura Incognito, breakfast has always been the most important part of the day. If it is fresh, innovative, and uses amazing ingredients, it is pretty much guaranteed she wants to eat it. Having moved from Australia to Calgary about two years ago, Laura realized how much she missed the incredible health-focused eats she had access to in her home country and wanted to bring that same excitement for eating well to the people of Calgary. Purveying healthy snacks, such as energy bites, parfaits, and chia puddings, Laura hopes to educate people that eating healthy can be enjoyable and delicious. “Basically, the premise behind Little Tucker is that I wanted to make energy bites that were as nourishing, satisfying, and filling as a small meal would be,” shares Laura. Since nutrition is incredibly important to Laura, she personally makes sure every product she creates is jam-packed with as many beneficial ingredients as possible. Starting your day off right with a breakfast that satisfies you will keep you full for longer. Incorporating ingredients like fibre, protein, Omega3s, and good fatty acids is the easiest way to make yourself feel great on a daily basis, which ultimately leads to more focus and concentration, increased physical stamina, and general well-being. “It does take people a while to realize how using plant-based ingredients can be very beneficial to their health. People are still surprised tasting the Little Tucker dairy-free cheesecakes and realizing that you don’t need eggs, flour, and sugar to create something absolutely delicious,” says Laura.
Juice Because When Elisa Boyd wanted to start juicing at home, she was left feeling exhausted and frustrated, with juice that didn’t taste as good as she had hoped. Wanting to create juices that not only tasted good but were packed with nutrients, she was inspired by the juicing companies she had seen in other big cities to create her own small-batch juice company. Co-founding Juice Because with her business partner, Leigh Gibney, was a dream come true for the two friends. “We just opened our retail space in January 2016, and since then, things have been busy and incredible,” shares Boyd. “We focus on cold-pressed juices made with fruits and
veggies, but we also do some great nut milks and seed milks. Everything from almonds and cashews can be made into milks. Not only are they simple to make, they are also very healthy and don’t contain all of the harmful ingredients that store-bought milks might have.” Rich and creamy, nut milks are the perfect addition to your daily breakfast routine. Excellent in coffee (including lattes and cappuccinos), they are also great for cereal and porridge, baking, and smoothies. Easy to make, as long as you have nuts, seeds, and any natural flavourings you might want to add, homemade nut milk is in your future.
Calgary Heritage Roasting Co. Founded by Jamie Parker and Mike Wenzlawe, the Calgary Heritage Roasting Co. began with their desire to combine a love of nature with their passion for freshly roasted craft coffee. They learned to roast coffee on the fireline as Wildland Firefighters. It not only taught them that roasting your own coffee is a rewarding and accessible skill, but it also ties you to memories. Mike shares, “Our coffee is comfortable, approachable, and more than some black stuff in a cup; it is a companion that desires active collaboration, great times, and unforgettable experiences.” The long-time friends formed Calgary Heritage Roasting Co. and are now purveyors of everything from single-roasted bags to at-home roasting equipment, educating the public one freshly roasted coffee at a time. While at-home coffee roasting might seem daunting to a beginner, with CHRC’s help you’ll be on your way to a delicious cup of coffee in no time. “There is little equipment needed when roasting your own coffee at home: a bag of green coffee beans, a heat source, something to stir the beans, something to put them in, and a great attitude. Not to mention, this can be an amazing date idea,” says Mike. Another benefit to roasting your own beans is that it is fast and economical. Roasted coffee beans tend to stale around the four-week mark, whereas green beans have a shelf life of approximately three years. It takes under 20 minutes to have your own freshly roasted coffee beans. Lastly, it is a great skill to have. Serving up freshly roasted cups of coffee to your friends and family is an experience you can be proud of. 53
Laura recommends topping your parfait with tons of fresh fruits, like figs and blackberries, for all of the added nutrients and flavour that plantâ€“based ingredients can add to an easy breakfast like this. C H I A S E E D S are a super healthy ingredient high in fibre, protein, Omega-3, and good fatty acids. Once the chia hits your stomach, it absorbs liquid and expands to be about ten times as big, which keeps you full and satisfied for longer. B U C K W H E A T is the second layer in the parfait. This flower-based ingredient is gluten free and has a nutty, crunchy texture that lends itself well to a porridge. It is full of dietary fibre and is a major source of rutin, an antioxidant that supports a healthy heart. M A C A is a vegetable that is used in powder form and can be added to smoothies and baking. It has a sweet, nutty flavour that increases energy levels. For women, it balances hormones, reduces menopause symptoms, increases fertility, and alleviates menstrual pains.
H E M P S E E D S are the perfect blend of complete digestible proteins and essential fats, such as Omega-3. P U M P K I N S E E D S have high levels of iron. Iron deficiency is one of the most common health issues in our society. Pumpkin seeds are the perfect snack to instantly bring up those energy levels.
BREAKFAST SUPERFOOD PARFAIT Recipe by Little Tucker
Makes 4 servings
⅓ cup chia seeds 2 cups nut milk (see page 57) or coconut milk 1 cup hulled buckwheat groats 2 peeled apples ½ cup fresh blackberries 1 tsp cinnamon 1 cup cashews (soaked for an hour) 2 tbsp lemon juice ½ tsp pure vanilla extract 3 tbsp coconut oil 1 tbsp maca powder Your choice of superfoods for toppings, I like hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, nuts, and fresh fruit.
Coconut Chia Pudding Base:
Soak your chia seeds in ⅔ cup of water for 10 minutes until all the liquid is absorbed and it becomes a jelly consistency. Blend or whisk this mixture into your nut milk. If you’d like it to be sweeter, now is your chance to add in honey (or your choice of natural sweetener).
Half fill your glasses or jars with this mixture. Put in the fridge for 20 minutes to set. Apple & Blackberry Cream Layer:
Sprinkle 3 tbsp of buckwheat groats into each glass to separate the base and top layer. This will add a yummy crunch halfway through your parfait. You can also add thin slices of fresh fruit to the side of your glass for an extra surprise. With a high-powered blender, blend apples, blackberries, cinnamon, cashews, lemon juice, vanilla, maca powder, and coconut oil together. Add this mixture on top of your bottom layer. Add your favourite toppings! Keep in the fridge for up to five days for easy breakfasts, snacks, or when you're craving something sweet!
F O L LO W L AU R A @ L I T T L E T U C K E R Y YC
The best options are to start making your own almond milk, or purchase cold pressed almond milk without carrageenan or any other health harming additives. A L M O N D S are very high in protein and calcium â€“ one cup of almonds boasts 600 mg of calcium, while one cup of whole milk contains only 288 mg of calcium. They are also high in vitamin E, a source of some B vitamins, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, magnesium, and manganese. Sodium content is low and selenium, a powerful antioxidant, is present. Almonds are also considered to be an anti-cancer nut, with the presence of a component known as laetrile. The fat contained is the polyunsaturated fat linoleic acid, the bodyâ€™s primary essential fatty acid.
HOMEMADE ALMOND MILK Recipe by Juice Because
To o l s :
Container for soaking and storing High-speed blender Nut milk bag or two layers of cheesecloth
Raw almonds For soaking - 4 cups of water For blending - 4 cups of water 1 tbsp coconut oil
Optional Ingredients: 1 date, pitted ½ tsp ground cinnamon ½ tsp sea salt ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
Directions: 1 . Soak the almonds for at least four hours, though
leaving them in water overnight is best. All Juice Because nut milks are described as “sprouted,” meaning the nuts and seeds have soaked. I recommend soaking your nuts and seeds in water first to release the enzymes that activate all of the powerful nutrients you want and need to drink.
2 . Once the almonds have soaked, rinse them. 3 . In a high-speed blender, add one cup of soaked almonds to one litre of water. Blend it up until completely smooth.
4 . Using a cheesecloth or nut milk strainer, pour the liquid
through to get rid of any pulp or chunks. (You can repurpose the pulp by making your own almond flour or almond meal, which you can use for baking, or add it to homemade granola. You’ll have zero waste.)
5 . Next, you’ll want to blend it with coconut oil, which will give your milk an amazing creamy texture.
6 . Lastly, you can add natural sweeteners to your milk,
like honey, maple syrup, blended dates, cinnamon, and vanilla to increase the flavours. Homemade nut milks can last in the fridge for about a week.
F O L LO W E L I S A + L E I G H @ J U I C E B E C AU S E
We couldn't call this the Baked column without Vicki, our food editor, baking something. In the vein of this slow morning meal, we are confident these muffins will give you a nutritious and health-conscious start to the day.
C H I C K P E A S are a source of protein as well as rich in dietary fibre, which can help keep your colon healthy and control your blood sugar levels. P E A R S make a great moistener and sweetener as well as provide an additional source of fibre, being one of the highest fibre fruits, with 6 grams per medium-sized fruit. Filling up on fibre can help keep you regular, prevent a bloated belly, and help prevent colon cancer. Fibre from fruit is also linked to reducing the risk of breast cancer, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes. Pears also contain a fair amount of vitamins C, K, B2, B3, and B6 and are a source of folate. C A R D A M O M offers a depth of flavour to this recipe while offering diuretic properties that can act as a cleansing agent for many stomach discomforts.
CHICKPEA & PEAR PROTEIN MUFFINS Recipe by Pretty Sweet
Makes 15 muffins
Ingredients: 19 oz can of chickpeas 4 eggs, beaten ¾ cup coconut sugar 1 tsp baking powder 2 tsp cinnamon ½ tsp cardamom 1 medium pear, peeled and grated 1 cup fresh raspberries ½ cup sliced almonds
Directions: Preheat oven to 350˚ F
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Drain and rinse chickpeas. Blend in a food processor to a paste. If the paste is too thick to blend, add up to 2 tbsp water. Place blended chickpeas, eggs, coconut sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, cardamom, and the grated pear into a mixing bowl. Mix on low speed until all ingredients are combined. Pour the batter into a lined muffin tin, filling each cup ¾ full. Top with raspberries and sliced almonds. Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool before taking out of the tin, as they will be quite soft when warm.
DIY COFFEE BEAN ROASTING Directions by Calgary Heritage Roasting Company
If you donâ€™t care for the oven, electric roaster, or just want to take your coffee roasting outside, then barbequeing is the method for you! This is a great way to get outdoors, use your barbeque on those chilly autumnal mornings, and truly take a moment to enjoy the things around you.
To o l s :
BBQ Deep pot/pan – we recommend cast-iron Wooden spoon Oven mitts Baking sheet
Green unroasted coffee beans (can be purchased from Calgary Heritage Roasting Co.)
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Turn on your BBQ and set all of the dials to the highest heat setting. Roasting time should be about 15 to 20 minutes. Place your deep cast iron pan on the grill and let it warm up. Don’t forget to wear your oven mitts, as the pan will get extremely hot. Pour desired quantity of green unroasted coffee beans into the warm pan and close the BBQ lid. If you have a temperature gauge on your BBQ you will want to maintain a temperature between 205 to 260°C/400 to 500°F. Stir the beans once every 45 seconds. Stirring the beans decreases the time they touch the surface of the pan, ensuring consistency and preventing the beans from scorching. At around the 10-minute mark, the beans should turn a dark yellow/light brown. This colour will continue to darken, turning to a deeper brown between the 10- to 15-minute mark. Make sure the coffee beans hit first crack (a light popping sound) before pulling them off of the grill. Continue roasting until your desired roast profile has been achieved. First crack can happen anywhere between 15 to 20 minutes, depending on BBQ temperatures. Once your desired roast profile is reached, pull the beans off of the heat and pour on to a second pan to cool. Allow the coffee beans to off-gas for a few hours before packaging, storing, and brewing.
Littles at the Table E M B R A C I N G U R B A N L I F E W I T H A B A B E I N TO W W R I T T E N A N D C U R AT E D B Y A L E X A N D R A W I G I L LU S T R AT E D B Y K AT E K L A S S E N
he Ca l ga r y d i n i n g s ce n e i s n o t s o m e th i n g to b e m i ssed, b ut as yo u int ro duce lit t les i nto yo ur wor l d, m ust yo u s ay g o o d bye to yo u r f avo ur i te weekend b r unc h sp o t and hello to m eals t hat come w i t h a toy?
I n our f a mi l y, we’ve m a d e i t a pr i o r i t y, s i n ce Clover ( now t hree) was b o r n, to inc lude her in o ur love for food a nd i n p a r ti cu l a r, th e fo o d s ce n e i n Calgar y. We aren’t wi lling to give up o ur regular t ravels to cof fe e shop s, ca fé s, a n d re s ta u ra nts, a n d are deter m ined to invo lve her in t his sp ec i al p ar t o f o u r li fe. We si m p l y wa nt to s h a re a n d ex p e r i e n ce go o d fo o d to get her. I t ’s not a l ways e a s y o r w i th o u t th e e l e m e nt o f c hao s t hat c hildren seem to co nt r i b ute, b ut st rate gi c a l l y c h o o s i n g a p p ro p r i ate p l a ce s and t im es to dine wit h yo ur k i ds, o r in o ur c ase a to ddler, w i l l m a ke a l l t h e d i f fe re n ce. We’ve round e d u p a h a n d f u l o f s o m e o f th e b est sp o t s i n t he c it y to co m fo r t ab ly t ake yo ur k i ddies out to e at, w he re yo u to o ca n e n joy g o o d foo d and a great at m o sp here. 62
BRUNCH B u t te r m i l k Fi n e Wa f f l es Thi s b r i ght a nd e n e rg e ti c wa f fl e s h o p o n 1 7t h Avenue S.W. is a si m p le co ncep t wi t h qui c k ser vi ce a nd f un b ut qu a l i t y fo o d. Th e atm o s ph e re is c asual and up b eat, t he p r ices are f r iendly, and t he f a mi l y d e t a i l s h ave be e n co n s i d e re d, l i k e s t y li sh hi ghc hair s and a help -yo ur self water st at i o n. The m e nu c a n be a s s o p h i s ti cate d a s l e m o n c urd and c r um b led go at c heese, o r as c lassic as sy r up, b ut te r, a nd f res h f ru i t. Wi th s o m a ny to pp i n gs and co m b o s, even t he p ic k iest eater wo n’t t ur n down a gol d e n wa f f l e s e r ve d u p o n a s h i ny co o k ie sheet. b ut te r m i l kf i ne wa ff l e s. co m @ b ut te r mi l k y yc
R i ve r Café S e r v i ng up b e a u ti f u l s e a s o n a l Ca n a d i a n cu i si ne, R iver Café i s a wo nder f ul sp o t fo r a sp ec ial o cc asi on w i t h t he f a mi l y. Af te r a q u i ck s tro l l e r wa l k t hro ugh Pr ince’s Island Par k , yo u ar r i ve at t his coz y have n w i t h t he b e s t o f atm o s ph e re a n d s e r vi ce. We sugge st we e k e n d b ru n ch a s a n a p p ro p r iate set t i ng i f yo u have li t t le o nes i n yo ur p ar t y. R i ver Ca fé a p p e a l s to a l l f i ve s e n s e s fo r a be a u ti ful, adult dining ex p er i ence, while rem em b er i ng k i ds by way of re se r vati o n s, h i g h ch a i rs, a n d a f a m ily b at hro o m . Whi le yo u wo n’t f i nd an o f f i c ial c hi ldren’s m e nu, you w i l l fi n d o rg a n i c yo g u r t, fre s h muf f ins and p ast r y, and a well- ro unded li st o f b reakf ast si d e s p e r fe c t to a cco m m o d ate yo u n g g u e s t s and growi ng t aste b uds. r i ve r- c a fé. com @ r i ve rc a fe y yc
LUNCH Th e B e l t l i n er You’ l l wa l k away fro m a m e a l at Th e B e l tl i ner wi t h new fo und co nf idence t hat dining o ut wit h lit t les is f ul l y e nj oya bl e. Th e pe r fe c t pl a ce fo r bru nc h o r lunc h, t hi s t reasure o n 12t h Avenue S.W. is a m od e r n t w i st o n a cl a s s i c d i n e r. The Frate l l o co ffe e i s fl ow i n g a n d a cco m m o dat i o ns fo r c hi ldren are readily availab le – a sp ac io us layout, p l e nt y o f h i g h ch a i rs, a f a m i l y b ath ro o m , k ids’ b o o ks and co lo ur ing sup p li es, and sm iling se r ve r s. N ot to m e nti o n th e $ 5 k i d ’s m e n u t hat inc ludes c ho co late c hip p anc akes, gr illed c heese, or a c he e se b urge r. I t ’s a p p ro a ch a b l e a n d fu n . t he b e l t l i ne r. co m @ t he b e l t l i ne r
S u ze t te B r i tta ny B i stro Thi s b r i ght a nd a i r y bi s tro i s a Fre n ch g e m in M issio n where st af f c heer ily welco m e and a ccomm od ate pe ti te d i n e rs. Wi th fre s h n a ut i c al déco r and a t ast y, ap p ro ac hab le m enu i nsp ired by t he N or t h of Fra n ce, th i s i s a f avo u r i te f a mily sp o t fo r a li ght lunc h. E nj oy a c up of ci d e r w h i l e yo u r l i ttl e s m u nc h o n savo ur y galet tes and sweet c rêp es. We suggest S uze t te for a m i d d ay m e a l i f yo u r ch i l d re n are in tow, and b e sure to b o o k a reser vat i o n fo r added conve ni e nce a n d e a s e. B o n a pp é ti te ! b i st rosuze t te. c a @ suze t te b i st ro
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Ci b o Li ve l y a n d l o u d, Ci bo o n 1 7 th Ave n ue S.W. is t he p er fec t sto p fo r an ear ly di nner. They a ccomm o d ate l a rg e p a r ti e s, ta k e re ser vat i o ns, and have a well- ro unded I t alian m enu wi t h plent y of c rowd p l e a s e rs fo r b o th p a re nts a n d m inis. O ur hotte s t ti p: Ci b o’s fi ve - d o l l a r- p i z z a hap py ho ur. S even days a week f ro m 3:00 p.m . to 5:0 0 p.m. e nj oy $5 p i z z a a n d $ 4 p i nts o f b e e r and glasses o f wi ne. Now t hat ’s a reaso n to eat a li t t le ear lier w i t h you r ba m b i n o s. c i b oc a l g a r y. co m @ c i b oc al g a r y
QUICK + CONVENIENT Co m mu n i t y N atu ra l Fo o ds C he c k g e tti n g gro ce r i e s o ff yo u r to - do li st at Co m m uni t y Nat ural Fo o ds and get a qui c k b i te while you’re at i t. Th e i r 1 0 th Ave n u e S. W. m ar ket lo c at i o n has a large c afé p er fec t fo r keep i ng yo u and your f a m i l y n o u r i s h e d. G ra b a n d g o i f yo u’re o n th e ru n , o r sit down and enjoy a c asual snac k o r lunc h wit h yo ur c rew. The re’s a gre at s e l e c ti o n o f h e a l thy o p t io ns f ro m f resh so up s and sm o o t hies, to ho t p iz z a and a sa l a d b a r. Wi th p l e nt y o f ca fé s e ati n g, highc hair s, and so m any m enu o p t io ns, er rands wi t h you r m unc hk i n s ju s t g o t a l i ttl e m o re co nvenient and t ast y. com m un i t y n atu ra l fo o d s. co m @ myc nf
I KE A R esta u ra nt I n a l l i t s we l l - d e s i gn e d a n d a f fo rd a ble glo r y, IK EA is yo ur o ne - sto p sho p fo r all t hings ho m e while a l so se r v i n g u p q u i ck a n d e a s y fo o d o p t io ns to keep sho p p er s o f all ages f ueled and hap py. I t s m od e r n ca fe te r i a s t y l e re s ta u ra nt i s ver y f am ily f r iendly wit h p lent y o f highc hair s, c ute d i sp osa b l e b i bs, pl a s ti c d i n n e r wa re, a p lay area, and o f co ur se a si m p le selec t io n o f c hildren’s meal op t i ons fo r o n l y $ 3 . Th e re’s e ve n a f ree b aby fo o d o f fer ing wi t h t he p urc hase o f an adult m eal, and w i t h a q u i ck wa l k d ow n th e h a l l yo u c an f i nd a nur sing ro o m and f am i ly washro o m . From f re e ra n g e ch i ck e n a n d re s p o nsi b ly so urced seafo o d, to veget ar ian and even vegan m e nu i te m s, I K E A i s s e tti n g a n e w s ta n d a rd fo r f ast fo o d. i ke a . com @ i ke a c a n a d a
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THE NEW GIFT BASKET WRIT TEN AND ST YLED BY ALEXANDRA WIG P H OTO G R A P H E D B Y G E N E V I E V E R E N E E P H OTO G R A P H I E MAKEUP BY CALE MAKEUP ARTISTRY
eâ€™ve come a long way from the large wicker baskets, cellophane, and big curly bows of the past, but thoughtful gifting will never go out of style. Creating a boxed gift is a beautiful way to celebrate special occasions and show someone youâ€™ve put extra effort and love into making something curated and personalized especially for them. We put together three concepts to help inspire you to construct your own version of a modern gift basket. To create your own, begin by determining the occasion, decide on an aesthetic, brainstorm a list of possible items to include, and start the hunt for those perfect pieces to build a one-of-a-kind gift.
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A stunning coffee table book with a handwritten note inside will be a lasting welcome for years to come. Make cleaning pretty with these beautiful yet functional household brushes from Guildhall Home.
H W OM E N E A Occasion
This basket is the loveliest way to welcome a new neighbour to your community or to take to a house warming party.
Bohemian, textural, and patterned.
Sources: Wicker basket, IKEA; Household brushes, Guildhall Home; Botanical print, Plant; The New Bohemians, Indigo; Q Tonic water, Bite; Napkins, IKEA; Air plant, Plant; Beeswax pillar candle, Beeland, Calgary Farmersâ€™ Market; Felted soap, Merge, Crafted; Copper sponges, Guildhall Home; Cloth napkins, Anthropologie; Things list, Wrinkle & Crease, Crafted.
HomeSense is a favourite spot to search high and low for unique box and basket options.
We canâ€™t get enough of these Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels in the cutest cubes from Sugarfina at Nordstrom.
Add a touch of whimsy and atmosphere to a movie night with Aurora Copper String Lights from Anthropologie.
NIGHT E I V
This basket is a perfect treat for a new roommate or for a friend who loves a good cozy night at home.
Aesthetic Cheery, cozy, and playful.
Sources: Brass basket, HomeSense; Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels, Sugarfina, Nordstrom; Aurora Copper String Lights, Anthropologie; Throw blanket, Anthropologie; Slippers, Joe Fresh; BOOMCHICKAPOP popcorn, The Real Canadian Superstore; Mugs, West Elm; Hot chocolate shavings, Bernard Callebaut; Nail polish, Urban Outfitters.
Wrap up some grocery store blooms in pretty wrapping paper for an inexpensive and fresh pop of colour.
Sip your way back to health with organic bone broth goodness from The Gut Lab.
Desire Mist from Pura Botanicals is the perfect all-natural body mist, made with immune boosting pure essential oils that heal and stimulate the heart centre.
ELL SO W T O E
This basket is sure to spoil someone who is feeling under the weather and needs a boost of love and encouragement.
Soothing, warm, and calming.
Sources: Felt box, Plant; Bone broth, The Gut Lab; Botanical print, Jill Weston Art; Kleenex, The Real Canadian Superstore; Chocolate bar, IKEA; Hand towel, Anthropologie; Desire Mist, Clarity Potion, and Petal Fudge, Pura Botanicals; Voluspa candle, Indigo; Reading socks, Indigo; Cinnamon Spice tea and tea press, Ollia Macarons & Tea; Ginger chews, Planet Organic Market.
THE BEST BOXED GIFTS WITHOUT THE DIY
If you love the idea of giving a modern gift b a s k e t , b u t d o n ’t h a v e a k n a c k f o r g a t h e r i n g a n d creating your own concept, there are some truly l o v e l y o p t i o n s w i t h i n C a l g a r y. T h e s e l a d i e s have you covered when it comes to taste and convenience. From fresh flowers, vintage items, and locally curated products, leave it to the pros t o p u t t o g e t h e r a g i f t b o x t h a t w i l l w o w.
No. 1 R
N FLORA Y S O H L
Rhosyn Floral specializes in curated gift boxes, wedding florals, and daily arrangements available at The Livery Shop in Inglewood. Their floral design focuses on presenting blooms in their wild and natural state, and their boxes feature the best of local products. We love this “Awaken” breakfast-in-bed gift box that features a fresh floral arrangement, a watercolour tea towel by Lindsay Rempel, muesli from Our Daily Brett, chamomile tea from Rosso Coffee Roasters, raw local honey from Drizzle, a honey stick, and a vintage mug.
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No. 2 B
O GIFT BO D A V X RA
Bravado Gift Box is a gifting service inspired by simplicity and luxury. They look to find balance between timeless and trendsetting by pairing vintage and modern items to create beautiful boxed gifts. Their “Hatch” gift box includes all the essentials for welcoming a new little one, with a few items for mama mixed in. This box is made up of all-Canadian products and includes an aromatherapy oil roll-on from Vitruvi, nursing and baby bottom balm from Natural Soul Skincare, leather moccasins by Vi and Jax, a bib, burp cloth, and pacifier clip by Small Potatoes Baby, a wooden rattle by Painted Turtle Wooden Toys, and a one-of-a-kind vintage treasure.
No. 3 CO
E LA FLE R U T U U
Couture La Fleur is an online luxury floral atelier that uses fresh flowers to handcraft premium boxed arrangements. This fresh boxed option is the perfect gift choice for a romantic gesture or for that someone with beautiful, classic taste. This simple beauty is the “Purete” box with two dozen imported cream or white roses, hand tied and delivered in a Couture La Fleur signature box to anywhere within the city limits.
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A J OYFUL H E A RT I S T H E NORMAL RESULT O F A H E A RT B U R N I NG WI T H L OVE. SH E G I V E S M O S T WHO GI VE S W ITH J OY. - M OTHER T E R E S A 76
B E AU T Y + B LO O M S
A H O M E M A D E G AT H E R I N G W R I T T E N B Y R E B E CC A B R U H J E L L P H OTO G R A P H E D B Y S A R A H VAU G H A N
rowing up in the country, it was always tradition in my home to decorate with fresh greenery. There is nothing more magical than being out in the woods in the crisp fall air or after a fresh snowfall - some of my favourite times to gather foliage. The fresh evergreens would fill my heart with glee and our house with the fragrance of the coming holidays. Hosting a wreath-making gathering is a perfect way to nourish your creative spirit and keep in touch throughout the cooler seasons. Assemble your friends on a snowy day, sip on some mulled wine, and create a new favourite tradition.
H o m e m a d e G a t h e r i n g Ti p s Involve:
Ask your guests to bring different greenery or branches for the wreaths. Assign guests an item to bring from the Essentials list. Depending on the length of the branches and the size of the wreath, plan for three to six branches per guest.
Plan to supply your guests with a wreath frame. Wire frames are the most versatile supports for wreaths. They are widely available in a variety of shapes and sizes and are sturdy enough for heavy evergreen boughs and berries.
You will need to provide a work space for guests, so plan to gather around a large table or anything equivalent. It’s always a good idea to lay down a paper tablecloth (or sheet) to make clean-up easier.
Essentials Metal wreath form Floral stem wire – cut into 4- to 5-inch pieces 22- to 24-gauge paddle wire Flower shears Wire cutter Glue gun Yarn or ribbon for wrapping and hanging
Wre a t h I n g re d i e n t s • • • • • • • • • • •
Italian ruscus Carolina sapphire Pepper berry Silver dollar eucalyptus Olive Alder Privet berry Cedar Brunia Seeded eucalyptus Bay leaf
Wre a t h R e c i p e For more uniform wreaths, use smaller, tighter bundles of similar greens. If you are looking for a more natural look, use longer, looser varied bundles. A single wire frame is great for a thin, more delicate wreath. But if you are wanting your wreath lush and full, choose a double- or triple-wire frame. Donâ€™t feel confined by this combination of foliage. A wreath with a single type of greenery looks just as lovely as one with four different varieties.
Gather your greenery. Bundle up and head outside with your shears. Take a walk in the woods or find ingredients in your own backyard. If foraging isnâ€™t an option, spruce, cedar, juniper, fir, and pine boughs are usually available anywhere Christmas trees are sold and at your local flower markets.
Cut apart a traditional wire wreath form at the seams to provide you with three single-wire wreath rings. Give your wreath a unique look by stretching the round shape to create an oval.
Cut pieces of greenery using your flower shears, and group them by type. These pieces should be about 3 to 8 inches long, depending on the look you want to achieve.
Combine the variety of greens and berries to create little bundles. Wrap the stems of each bundle a little more than halfway down each bundle with floral wire, as tightly as possible. Be sure to remove any leaves at the bottom, keeping the ends uniform. Create eight to ten small bunches, making each bundle a little different.
Add the first bundle on the frame and wrap the paddle wire a few times around the bottom of the bundle and the wreath frame as tightly as you can to keep it in place. Do not cut the wire!
A d d i t i o n a l Ti p s 6.
Add the second bundle on top of the first so that its loose stems cover the paddle wire and the wreath frame from beneath. Wrap the wire around the bundle and frame a few times. Continue adding bundles (leaving the paddle wire uncut), varying them if you are using multiple types. As you work your way around the oval or circle, make sure none of the paddle wire or frame is visible.
Once you get to your last bundle, secure it tightly and cut the paddle wire. When the greenery is to the length of your liking, check for any gaps and adjust as needed. Depending how wild you want your wreath to look, you can prune any excess stems or foliage.
For the finishing touch, wrap yarn around the remaining wreath frame. Start by adding a small patch of glue on to your wreath (on the last bundle ends), and wrap the yarn around it very tightly until you cover the remaining wire. Try to keep the yarn or twine really tight as you wrap, adding a dab of glue every so often to keep it secure. Try to keep a short distance between your wreath and yarn so you don’t get any accidental tangles.
Hang your completed wreath with ribbon, twine, or yarn. Keep in mind that the wreath is delicate, so make sure it’s carefully secured. These wreaths will stay fresh for about a week, but it will slowly dry and last one to two months as a dried wreath. You can change out the greens as the holidays near to keep the wreath looking fresh!
• Buy or harvest the greenery as close to when you plan to use it as possible. • Soak your greens in a bath with cold water for about 24 hours before using them. Trim the end off each bough in the water (cut on a 45 degree angle). By soaking the boughs prior to arranging, the branches will drink the water and help prevent the needles from falling off too quickly. Just before use, shake the boughs dry. • To keep your wreath looking beautiful longer, keep it away from fireplaces and heating vents. If possible, also keep the wreath out of direct sunlight. • Mist the wreath every couple of days to keep your greenery fresh. • If you have children or pets, be sure to not use poisonous berries, such as holly or mistletoe.
The Unknown Sea:
The Art of Letter Writing WRIT TEN BY AMY LIN P H OTO G R A P H E D B Y T H E J A R P H OTO G R A P H Y & F I L M S ST YLED BY ALEXANDRA WIG
t was a long day. My dog had an accident, so I was late for work where I missed an important meeting. I spent the rest of the workday attempting to catch up but never succeeding. By the time I struggled home, grocery bags hanging off my arms, and discovered that I had left my keys in the car, I was finished. I dropped the bags onto the porch trying not to cry. That was when I noticed a cream-coloured piece of mail flapping in the mouth of my mailbox. I pulled out an envelope. Something sparked in me. I brushed my hands over the surface of the paper and tried to guess who had handwritten my name and address on the paper. Groceries and keys forgotten, I sat down on the steps. Unable to be minimized or clicked away from, there was undeniable magic in unfolding this slim package of paper that had my name inscribed on its heart – flown all this way just for me. It was a moment of singularity. The world dropped away; I read. The letter was from my oldest friend, who lived what seemed like an infinite distance from me. A simple, thinking-of-you note, it was as if my friend had appeared on my doorstep. Her handwriting, as personal to her as a fingerprint, swirled on the page – physical evidence of her presence, time, and effort. The paper creased sharply where her fingers had folded the page into thirds. Sent weeks ago, my friend could never have known how perfectly timed her words would be or how much comfort they would bring. Could my friend have sent me a text? Yes. Could she have emailed me? Yes. Could she have messaged me on Facebook or Instagram or Snapchat? Yes, yes, and yes. Instead, she wrote me a letter, and that made all the difference. Certainly, email and other forms of instant, electronic communication are incredible inventions. They connect people all over the world – at once crossing the dark quiet that geographic distance drops over letter mail. Still, when I receive an email, a direct message, or a text, I do not unfurl in excitement. Amid bytes of emails and a sea of emoticons, a good, handwritten letter shows the writer’s emotion lives not only in the content but also the form of a communication.
For Kayley Stenger, of Calgary-based brand Wrinkle & Crease, creating products that continue the art of letter writing is a labour of great love. She hopes her work – elegant cards and stationary in refined neutral tones – will inspire others to write more letters. Kayley says, “One of my favourite customers thanked me for creating cards that would carry on letter writing. As she thanked me, she teared up. She said this was the first Valentine’s Day that she wouldn’t receive a Valentine’s card from her best friend of thirty years, who passed away that fall. But then, my customer looked at me and said, ‘You know, I have thirty cards from all those other years that I can go back to and look at and remember her by.’” This, Kayley explains, is why handwritten notes are important; they connect people in an essential, enduring, and emotional way. After all, when you write a letter to someone, you first write yourself onto the paper, and then you choose to share that self with another. Whether the recipient keeps or recycles the letter after reading, Kayley believes what’s essential to the continued vitality of letter writing is its unique blend of the visual, tactile, and emotionally vulnerable. Certainly, a large part of the connection letter writing can form between writer and recipient is rooted in the materials of writing. In a letter, there’s not only the words, which can be reproduced in an email or text; there’s also the paper, the ink, the handwriting, and the seal. A thoughtful handwritten letter is an act of creation, requiring an intentional effort on the writer’s part that blesses the recipient in a way electronic communication cannot seem to replicate. For Paige Leigh Reist, writer and photographer of the blog, The Wholesome Handbook, letter writing is a wonderful way to practice what Paige calls the “raison d’être of The Wholesome Handbook: empowering women towards living life whole-heartedly.” Paige believes, “The physical creation of a letter is half of the pleasure. Fine paper, a good fountain or dip pen, and pretty ink really elevate the experience. Letter writing is a chance to invite a little romance and whimsy back into your life. Your choice of stationary, your handwriting, your vocabulary, everything about your letter tells a story about who you are and what you value.” As Paige identifies, a letter makes visible the writer’s words, thoughts, and even feelings. There’s no typing and deleting. The sentences must be carefully thought through before landing on the page, indelibly inked into the paper. It is, as Paige states, a work of careful attention.
T h e r e â€™s n o t y p i n g a n d d e l e t i n g . The sentences must be carefully thought through before landing on the p a g e , i n d e l i b l y i n k e d i n t o t h e p a p e r.
We a s k e d P a i g e a n d K a y l e y w h a t e s s e n t i a l s o f t h e letter format they would name for those wishing to start written correspondence with others. H e r e ’s w h a t w e l e a r n e d : 1 . The Date Paige explains, “The date should always be written in the top left corner (and perhaps the place and time, if particularly exceptional). This immediately pulls your reader in, giving your letter context.”
2 . The Greeting Both Kayley and Paige agree that addressing the recipient with “Dear...” is a perfect balance between the formal and the familiar. However, Paige adds, “You can embellish on [Dear] if you are close with the reader.”
3 . The Body A letter ought to communicate its purpose directly, Paige says. Be clear on what kind of letter you are writing. Is it a newsy correspondence filled with anecdotes, a note of thanks, an apology, or a declaration of love? The letter will flow naturally from the intent and tone. Kayley adds, “Remember: be genuine. [The recipient] should be able to tell [the letter] is from you. Make sure it’s written in your voice, in your way.”
4 . The Closing “Close your letter with something that isn’t too stuffy,” recommends Paige. “Avoid the use of ‘cordially’ or ‘respectfully’; these can sound stiff and unnatural. ‘Sincerely yours’ or ‘With love’ will usually suffice.” When choosing the wording of the closing, while it depends on the recipient, it’s important to remember to select what is genuine to you. “Like anything, a good conversation, a good argument, a good date – how you close is important. So close well,” Kayley says.
5 . The Details Kayley reminds us, “Most of the mail we receive involves bills and solicitation for business. The rare letter or handwritten note that makes its way into the pile is already special. Still, attending to the details of a letter truly distinguishes it as an art. Make sure you’re spelling the recipient’s name correctly, for example. Or, if you have a habit of writing quickly and making mistakes, try writing the name and address out on a scrap sheet, so that when you write it on the envelope it’s neat, spelled correctly, and looks clean and presentable. As for the letter, it doesn’t have to be perfect, but use your best writing. Write slowly and be deliberate.”
6 . The Envelope “When addressing your envelope,” Paige advises, “include your name and home address on the upper left-hand corner or on the back of the envelope. Write your recipient’s details on the centre of the envelope, as neatly as possible.”
Ultimately, both Kayley and Paige emphasize that although the format of the letter is important, it is secondary to the intention of the letter. After all, the note I read on the porch steps didn’t adhere to the “correct” essentials of letter writing etiquette. The address was not in the centre of the envelope; there was no formal greeting, no date, or formal closing. There were simply words of encouragement and a scribble at the end that was, and still is, my friend’s indecipherable signature. She had wanted me to feel loved, and I did. I kept that letter my friend wrote to me. The sheen of the paper has long worn to velvet. The comfort I first experienced that day on the steps has been revisited many times in the
years that followed. This is perhaps the most wonderful aspect of handwritten letters: they endure. In one of my favourite exchanges between writers, Elizabeth Bishop writes Robert Lowell in 1964 to say, “Since we do float on an unknown sea, I think we should examine the other floating things that come our way carefully; who knows what may depend on it?” While I cannot claim to know what depends upon the continued honouring of the art of handwritten correspondence, I know that I depend upon it – upon those moments of singularity, where what is left behind is beautiful.
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WRIT TEN BY ANDREW MACKIE P H OTO G R A P H E D B Y T H E TOT H S P H OTO & F I L M
I met Chad Peters for the first time at the new Made by Marcus on 17th Ave S.W. I looked for a guy in a light blue shirt, and fortunately, in the crowd, I found him. He grabbed an espresso and put it back quickly. I ordered an on-tap Kombucha to take. We walked out, looking for a place to sit. Chad doesn’t bring much ego. He’s about as calm and self-effacing as you’ll find. His mission is a hard one, especially when you make something beautiful: to keep it simple. His art is a refuge, a way to find peace. He’s not trying to hit the big-time. He crafts leather because he loves it. “I’m not trying to make it a whole company. I thought about it at one point, and then got into my master’s program,” said Chad. He studied city planning at University of Calgary, and now works with the local planning firm, Intelligent Futures. “I realized that I didn’t want to turn a hobby, my escapism and relaxation thing, into nineto-five work. It wouldn’t be the same to me.” He started with the show and tell, spreading an assortment of leather bags, purses, belts, and wallets across the table. They were instantly appealing, in the way that you
appreciate something timeless. The designs are clean, not flashy. But they look solid, and each detail looks important. Why did this young professional decide to get into leather working? “I started off just doing it for myself. I needed a belt. Back in 2003, I wanted a western style carved belt with a floral pattern, but everywhere I saw one it cost more money than I had, even though that was only, like, forty bucks. But I was in high-school. I was poor. So I started looking into how hard it would be to make it myself, and it turned out that my uncle had a tooling kit that he bought when he was in his 20s. It was vintage, from the 70s, and came in a yellow box with a western drawing of a cowboy wrestling a calf on it. “I never saw much of his work. He was doing it back in the 70s and 80s, and was doing more saddle work. Bigger stuff. But the box came with a little booklet, so it was basically just reading the book and trial and error.
There are only so many belts and wallets a guy needs ... I realized that I needed to sell or give them to people in order to expand my hobby.
“This has less to do with my leather work, but what originally drew me to city planning was trying to make the city better for people.
“The first thing I made was this belt I’m wearing. That was 13 years ago, so you can see it’s got 13 years of wear and tear on it.”
“I did my undergraduate in psychology. What interested me in that is how physical space can affect people psychologically, and how it can affect community and how people interact with each other. I like the idea of working in a way that makes a city more for people and for their mental health. And I’m using that as a very broad term, not just as a medical term.
He showed me the intricate carvings and gave me the rundown on how he used the different tools in the kit to make textures, lines, and patterns. It was an impressive beginning, a first attempt that’s far from amateurish. And, though well worn, looks like it has lots of good years left.
“For me, it ties into the leather working because memory and nostalgia are a part of the way I work. The physical object ties it in. Having a belt for 13 years… I remember working on this. I remember when I first made it, what it looked like, and I remember seeing it change.
He kept making and practicing and soon realized he needed to start thinking about things differently.
“I know not everyone works that way, but I enjoy the aspect of being able to look back on it.”
“There are only so many belts and wallets a guy needs,” he said. “I realized I needed to sell or give them to people in order to expand my hobby.”
The more we talked, the more it was apparent that his quest is to find and create an experience and that this experience should become cherished as history. He talked about his excitement for leather, how it wears and ages and gets better and more interesting the more it gets used. As a material, it’s alive and always changing, much like the city.
Now, over a decade later, he takes on special requests and picks and chooses his projects so he can stay true to his purpose. His craft is meditative. He sets the mood and gets into his zen space. “I get a glass of whiskey and some cedar incense and just go at it. Usually if I get into it I just keep going and I need to remind myself to stop to eat.”
“This one’s oiled and then waxed. This one has hot oil infused into it. It changes over time. It wears in. It gets scars. Sometimes it even comes with a scar already in it. You can see that the cow ran into some barbed wire. You can tell it was a living thing, and it makes you respect it more.
When we talk more about his passion, it goes beyond his leather work. It all ties into making things that reflect a larger narrative and find meaning in human experience.
“Nothing I make is meant to just sit and be pretty, it’s meant to be used. So it’s kind of this idea that, even if I make it perfect, and I try my best, it’s still going to get used, and it’s going to become imperfect. Each piece is going to become it’s own thing.
“In the broad sense, it’s doing what I can to try and make the world around me better; to make the things I come into contact with better than when I first came to it.
“I also hand-stitch everything. It could be faster with a machine, but with the hand-stitching, because of the style of stitching that it is, if one loop ever gets ripped, it doesn’t 95
unravel. It takes longer but lasts longer. I’m not opposed to ever using a machine, but [making it this way] the process of it is enjoyable.” I asked him more about how he developed this philosophy. He told me about his upbringing, growing up bouncing around Western Canada as his father, a pastor, moved from church to church. I asked him about the most important lesson he learned along the way. “I think it was an appreciation for quality. My parents were frugal Mennonites, so we didn’t replace things unless we had to. If you had quality things, they would still be nice. If they were cheap, they were falling apart and barely surviving. “Growing up, they encouraged me, whether or not I was doing the best or making the best, it was about trying my
hardest. Through all of school, they were less concerned about the grade than if I tried my hardest. “Having that mindset meant I was much more willing to try things. Like the leather, I wanted to do this, and I just did it because it wasn’t the end product that mattered, it was that I was trying and learning. “There was an appreciation for quality that got me started, and then through working with it and learning, I grew an appreciation not just for the product but for the work that goes into making something that is sturdy. Just the idea of being able to have something… for decades.” If you’re lucky enough to get your hands on one of Chad’s creations, be prepared to cherish it. You’re going to have it for a long time. It’s going to be built to last, and he’s willing to stand behind it.
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C O C K TA I L S & D R E A M S WRIT TEN BY ANGELA DIONE P H OTO G R A P H E D B Y B L A I R M A R I E P H OTO G R A P H Y
“ T h e r e i s n ’t r e a l l y a s e t p r o c e s s , i t ' s m o r e accurately explained as a series of moments of inspiration mixed with motivation, convenience, and sprinkled with a touch of luck.”
edefining the drink culture in our city, Sugar Water’s Kyo-Jean Simon Chung, Justin Brown, and Jordan Brown pay homage to the artisanal practice in the form of a glass. Infused with the smooth sailing of times past, these gentlemen re-envision history to conjure up a beautiful cocktail. Their attention to detail and intricate knowledge of flavour has made Sugar Water succeed in hosting pop-up bars all over the city, with careful curation and perfect execution that cannot be matched. Before it reaches the palate, each cocktail has been handcrafted and fine-tuned until its final stage is worthy of applause. The relationship between form and flavour is carefully crafted with the highest quality ingredients, right down to the very last ice cube. You do not drink these cocktails over conversation. They are the conversation.
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Everyone involved in Sugar Water comes from diverse career paths. How is it that you all struck a common cord when creating this business?
S W : It is a truly diverse team. Kyo’s an entrepreneur, building a number of social businesses in coffee and agriculture. Jordan founded the Hillhurst Sunnyside Farmers’ Market and is currently knee-deep in an Urban Design Master’s at UBC. And Justin is a web developer with a background in sustainability consulting. The diversity is what makes this a wonderful team, but shared values and passion are what brought and keep us together. We all share a passion for relationships and community but, most of all, to do something that makes others and ourselves feel good. MC:
It is evident that Sugar Water prides itself on using quality ingredients to form beautiful drinks. Why is this quality so important to you?
S W : All three of us have been involved in either or both the service industry and sustainable food production in different capacities. More so, it’s shared values about the understanding of food and the incredible impact it has both personally and in our local and global community. Also, selfishly, it makes us feel good to take the time and effort to create something special that people truly enjoy. 99
On that note, a lot of people have requested that I ask you about your ice cubes. Can you tell us a bit more about this unique addition to your cocktails?
So here’s the thing about ice, it is the one ingredient that gets used in every single drink. It also affects how fast the drink dilutes when you’re trying to chill it through stirring or shaking and when it is served. Dilution is one of those under-appreciated aspects of cocktails, but for passionate barkeeps and cocktail enthusiasts, they know it makes a huge difference in creating a great drink. We spend quite a bit of time making, storing, and hauling ice around. It’s such a pain, but it’s so worth it. The 1-inch cube ice we use comes from pretty special ice machines that are built specifically for cocktailers. They’re expensive as hell, but produce ice that is cold, dry, and beautiful. We’ve actually been blessed to have the support of some incredible barkeeps in the city, and there are a few, like Bourbon Room, Ricardo’s Hideaway, and Ox and Angela that let us use their machines during off-days. The big cubes we make six at a time by using little silicon molds. That’s right, six at a time at 12 hours a freeze. We’re usually making ice for days before events.
Can you share a bit about the process it takes to create that perfect cocktail?
S W : There isn’t really a set process, it's more accurately explained as a series of moments of inspiration mixed with motivation, convenience, and sprinkled with a touch of luck. It starts with a concept or an idea, generally based on seasonality, ingredients, or directly from our client and the specific event we’re asked to service. We all have our trusted books and the blogs and sites we follow for inspiration and added knowledge. There are often times we might have a great idea that doesn’t quite work, so we save it for another day, waiting for the right addition or change. One example of this process is the Not a Rum & Coke, which Justin had been thinking about for around two years before setting out to make the cola syrup that is the foundation of the drink. In that particular case, it probably took us 20 attempts over a month-long period to get to its current iteration. Not all gins, bourbons, and other spirits are made the same, and between different products there can be subtle to massive differences. Then there is a whole other world of flavour potential with spirits like liqueurs, fortified wines, and bitters. One huge asset in this realm is our friends at Vine Arts Wine and Spirits. For those who have had the pleasure of stepping through their doors, the passion they have for their craft and the service they offer are second to none anywhere in the world. We’re always stopping in and chatting with them about ideas and new products, and best of all, they have a wicked tasting bar. All in all, it is best explained as a continuous process that we integrate into our daily routines of eating and drinking, going to the markets, checking out the local shops, and getting together with friends and family. It makes the creation process sustainable and incredibly enjoyable. 100
A rad thing about being at events like Market Collective is that other food producers will often bring us ingredients to try, which tends to spark creative moments. For example, Marcus, of Made by Marcus, brought by some fermented ginger beer he was working on (which might be the best Iâ€™ve ever tasted). And during a spare moment, we came up with a fresh take on a Dark & Stormy, but using some mezcal for extra smokiness. That was a major win. There is also some astounding creative talent at bars around the city. In the past we worked with friends like Rod Redford (now in Vancouver), featuring their competition drinks. True works of passion and experience like Rodâ€™s Jenningâ€™s Morning Fizz and, more recently, the Turtle Punch, by Ian Storcer of Proof. Those were serious labours of love, and we were honoured to include them on our menu. It takes some conscious effort in coordination and finding the right time and fit for both parties, but it is definitely worth it to continue promoting quality food and beverage and supporting others who share that passion.
There is a wide array of creative and talented entrepreneurs in this city. How does Sugar Water fit into this driven society, and at what points do you stand alone?
S W : The fit is quite simple. Calgary has an incredibly welcoming and collaborative local small business community. We receive so much support from not only the food and beverage industry, but a huge diversity of organizations in the arts, not-for-profit, and other unique small- to mediumsized businesses. I believe Market Collective has been a huge cultivator for us in working with others and exposing us in a positive light to the greater community. But, ultimately, it is the diversity of our team that has allowed us to operate so successfully with such an incredible array of other local organizations. Each member is creative and talented in their own right. Our business is founded on offering a thoughtful, unique service in unique places, and that allows us to stand out. MC:
You have occupied some unique spaces all around Calgary. What inspires you to maintain this pop-up model? Would you ever consider setting down some roots in a permanent location?
S W : With the amount of mobilization needed for service, certain places can be quite the logistical nightmare, but there is a greater excitement and joy that comes with new challenges. We are exposed to so many different experiences: 101
public and private, community and corporate, indoor and outdoor, day and night, and people from different walks of life in different communities throughout the city. There is nothing quite like talking about what we do to people who are unfamiliar with the experience and our expression of drinking culture. From the careful preparation, to the slow and sensory consumption, it stands alone from most of us in this culture, who grow up using alcohol to simply get drunk and distract. We are generally called upon for celebratory events, so that helps with the experience. We’ve long considered having a space of our own, and at this point we’re just waiting for the right opportunity. It helps that no one on the team relies on this business to survive, so it allows us to be very strategic and choosy with our decisions.
What are some exciting new things we can expect to see from Sugar Water in the future?
S W : First thing that comes to mind would be the wholesale and retail of some of our favourite syrups. By
popular demand, we’ve finally bottled our cola and tonic syrups, selling them at every Market Collective and, recently, at The Livery Shop in Inglewood. We’ll also be contributing articles to the Camp Brand Goods blog starting this fall. We hope to share some more of our special homemade allnatural syrups we’ve created for past events. We’ve all had enough leftover syrup that you tend to get creative with their use for sodas and desserts. But, most of all, we’d like to create some more interesting content surrounding cocktails and events to share our knowledge and passion for food, beverage, and our local community.
How can we find out more about Sugar Water and it's upcoming events?
S W : You can see what we’re up to on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook and if you have an inquiry or want to chat about an idea, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Outside of a wedding and smaller private events, you can find us at every Market Collective.
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GIVING BAC K
T h e B U S Y Fo u n d a t i o n “It is all about connections, networking, and who you know. We are connectors.”
Building Up Successful Youth is what The BUSY Foundation stands for, and founder Ryan Heal has made donating his time to help youth build foundations for their careers his life’s mission, as well as the fundamental goal of the not-for-profit organization he founded. After his brother passed away in 2010, Ryan, with the help of his network and close friends, started The BUSY Foundation as a way to honour his brother, a way to remember him and
create something in his name, and a way to help gather people in his inner circle to give back in a more meaningful way. Since then, it has evolved into a unique charity with five chair members focused on helping university students get prepared for the real world and simply help them get a “leg up.” The foundation is now run by Ryan and four other board members: Justin Labrie, Kevin Pritchard, Karl Johnson, and Brandon Colonna.
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“We want to make it cool to give back.” BUSY focuses on what they call their three pillars: career mentorship, entrepreneurship, and sales education. Each of the pillars has different resources and support methods, which include everything from class lectures, one-on-one mentorship, and, in some cases, cash burseries. BUSY holds a sales competition right in the classroom and gives away prizes to the students with the best pitches. The BUSY Foundation’s goal is to feel more like a lifestyle brand than your typical not-for-profit. From designing their own clothing line in conjunction with clothing brand, 6strts, to their unique events, BUSY’s goal is to not only give back but to build a culture the younger generation can relate to and can help them get behind the cause. “We want to make it cool to give back,” mentioned Ryan. BUSY developed a partnership with Mount Royal University after recognizing a need to build a bridge between university and career life. With the help of Ray DePaul, the director of the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at MRU, the program has flourished and continues to expand every year. To date, BUSY has given away over $75,000 (by the end of 2017, it will be well over $100,000) to students at MRU through the JMH Launch Pad Program, where students were challenged to pitch their business ideas, Dragon’s Den style. This past year, the winners took home $15,000 to put towards further business development. Ryan believes these resources will help the students but emphasizes that putting in the time and helping students make connections with people outside of the university is key. To date, through their mentorship program, BUSY has mentored over 100 students one-on-one and educated well over 300.
“It is all about connections, networking, and who you know,” says Ryan. “We are connectors.” BUSY puts on several unique fundraising events every year to be able to continue supporting students. The most popular event is their Jenga Tournament and Social. The competition has been growing every year since its conception, with their spring event raising over $25,000 with 200 people in attendance. BUSY is working to continue to raise and donate more money for students and possibly expand their programs to a younger demographic. “My brother would be happy with what I am doing. I love this city. I want to make a difference here; I simply want to help the Calgary community,” says Ryan.
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The Beauty Within
You stand, surrounded by beauty so immense that it can overwhelm and inspire you all at once. Your eyes long to see further, see deeper, see more. The crisp mountain air fills your lungs and your eyes fall upon a colour palette you wouldn’t believe occurs in nature. Every time you step foot on these familiar soils your reasons for having left evaporate. It feels as if passport stamps have become badges of honour and roots are dug up and transplanted with each new stage of self. How can one come to find peace in the word “home” when wanderlust beckons and gratitude erodes? When the voices of your former selves whisper in the wind and you re-tread the footsteps you’ve tread thousands of times before, you find yourself enticed by the unfamiliar. If you must go, you simply must. For every step away you take, the mountains will grow taller, the valleys deeper, the colours brighter, and the air crisper; all just waiting there for you to rediscover. When your mind fills with wonder and your body aches for wander, indulge. Though you must always remember, you are not going away, you are simply coming home, just taking the long way around. When you leave former selves behind, you make room for new selves to emerge, but the most beautiful part about it all is watching them come back together once you’re ready. Home is not a word, not a place, not a house, but rather a feeling. When you find a place that allows you to feel this more than others, perhaps it’s time to plant your roots. Here you stand, overwhelmed by uncanny sites no man could ever create and it is here the feeling of home arises deep within you. People travel near and far to see what your eyes deem familiar, and some people will never set eyes on such wonder. The familiarity you feel in this space does not mean you’ve grown jaded, it means you’ve grown comfortable, and it is within comfort we find home. Seek new in the familiar, seek discomfort in the comfort, give yourself to your environment and it will never stop giving back. If you must leave, go; just know that we are all in a constant state of homecoming.
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â€œHomeâ€? is not a word, not a place, not a house, but rather a feeling.
â€œ... just know that we are all in a constant state of homecomingâ€?
A L B E R TA : B E A U T Y W I T H I N Alberta: Beauty Within is an ongoing photo series by Kendal + Kevin Photography with the purpose of highlighting Alberta’s vast and impressive arts culture. Their aim is to use this juxtaposition of dance and iconic Albertan landscapes as a way to uncover and raise awareness of the vibrant art scene that exists in our province. F O L LO W A L B E R TA : B E AU T Y W I T H I N @ A L B E R TA _ B E AU T Y _ W I T H I N
Home W R I T T E N B Y S I LV I A P I K A L P H OTO G R A P H E D B Y J E N N Y H AY L E S H A I R B Y AV E D A I N S T I T U T E M A K E U P B Y J A N E T DY E R
Displacement is a topic on many minds around the world, with communities being attacked, homes being threatened, and people losing family members. Here in Calgary we see refugees gracing our land and people from neighbouring cities being cast out by fire. When your house and community have b u r n e d t o t h e g r o u n d , o r y o u h a v e b e e n f o r c e d o u t b y w a r, i s it possible to find home again?
I have no memory of the Bosnian War. I was not quite two years old when my mother and I escaped Sarajevo on a cargo plane while my father took the last bus out of Sarajevo. We were reunited in Croatia, where we waited for the Canadian government to approve our immigration request.
to be about my age stumbled up to me and handed me a plush rabbit in a yellow suit. The girl was my cousin, Alex. Twenty-three years later, she will be the maid of honour at my wedding.
I remember the plane to Canada. The airline upgraded us to first class because of a cancelled flight. I felt so small in their seats, like a child who snuck into the home of giants. Whenever I wasn’t sleeping, the flight attendant, wearing bright red lipstick, would bring me whatever toys she could find: a rubber duck, an airplane, and a little book of poems that had a body of water on the cover; I just liked looking at the pictures.
My great-aunt and great-uncle drove us to their house where we would be staying for a few months until we found our own apartment. I had my own room and a giant stuffed panda waiting for me. I loved running around their house, zipping through the different rooms filled with beautiful paintings, furniture, and fine china. My mother said I never learned to crawl – I just got up and started running. I ran in circles, from the hallway to the kitchen to the dining room to the living room and back again.
When we arrived at the Calgary airport, I remember walking through a swarm of relatives waiting to greet us, most of whom I had never met before. A little girl who looked
Our relatives spoke Croatian, so I felt instantly at home. Daycare was another story. I didn’t speak English, so I played by myself. At naptime, I was always the last to fall asleep, and 117
I woke up in an empty room with someone stacking up the mats around me.
However, just a few weeks later, we woke up to bombs falling on our neighbourhood.
Luckily, a Polish girl soon joined the daycare, and we bonded over words we understood in each other’s languages. We played in our own world, oblivious to the divide between us and the children born in Canada.
“We spent all day and night hoping that the bombs wouldn’t hit the house,” she said.
As a child, I didn’t understand what we had been through and the sacrifices my parents made starting a new life in Canada. They lost everything in the war, but they always said we were so lucky to have each other. I wouldn’t understand the significance of our history until I was older. The Bosnian War was incomprehensible to me as a child. I couldn’t fathom the large number of deaths, the trauma faced by people unable to leave the country’s borders, and the lasting impacts of war on its survivors. I couldn’t appreciate my parent’s gift of giving me a life in Canada. I only knew that Canada was not my first home. L E AV I N G S A R A J E V O
I was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, a country home to three distinct ethnic groups – Croatians, Serbians, and Muslims – each with their own religion, culture, and dialect. My mother, Djurdjica Pikal, and father, Zlatko Pikal, grew up in Croatia and moved to Bosnia for work before I was born. My parents told me that in Sarajevo, mosques were built next to orthodox churches and that accordion music blared from stalls serving burek, which are pastries filled with fried meat, potatoes, or cheese. The causes of the Bosnian War are complex and multifaceted. In the early 1990s, Yugoslavia was comprised of six republics. According to the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, the period was marked by economic crisis, militant nationalism, and fearmongering by politicians seeking to gain power. Croatia and Slovenia declared independence from Yugoslavia in 1991, while Bosnia and Herzegovina and Macedonia followed in 1992. After Bosnia declared independence, tension in the country quickly escalated into war, with each distinct ethnic group fighting for control over chunks of Bosnia’s territory. Estimates put the casualities at 100,000 while more than 2 million people lost their homes.
In the morning, we fled to a relative’s house for safety, where they had a bomb shelter. “We spent one week at their house, and I even went to work the first few days because I worked in health care and I couldn’t just stay at home,” my mother said. “I had to run zigzag so I wouldn’t get hit by snipers. I worked in the pathology lab, and we were extremely busy because of so many casualties. And every day we would hug each other because we thought we would never see each other again.” Unknown to my family, our neighbourhood was hit first, which alerted my parents to the impending war. A relative’s son-in-law, who worked for the Yugoslavian army, was warned to leave the country. He managed to send his wife and child out of Sarajevo, and he found room for my mother and I on a military plane that was taking the wives and children of Yugoslavian military personnel to safety. “We were in the military carrier plane,” my mother told me. “We sat on the metal floor. There were no seats. We were lucky because we were sitting next to the wall of the plane, so we were able to lean on the wall.” The plane arrived in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. Since Croatia and Serbia were at war, my mother and I could not go directly to Croatia. Instead, we took a 12-hour bus ride through Hungary and Slovenia to get to Croatia. My mother said, “You were crying the whole night, asking, ‘Where is my dad? Where is my dad?’” My father had to find another way out of the city. Anyone who tried to get to the airport was met with gunfire. Bus tickets were completely sold out. My father’s cousin had a bus ticket for herself, and as he was helping her with her luggage at the station, a man heard my dad saying goodbye. The man mentioned he had an extra bus ticket to sell, and he only asked for the original buying price.
War broke out in Bosnia in 1991, and Croatian relatives warned us the conflict would spread. My parents packed up the car and drove us to Croatia.
“It was like somebody above was looking out for me,” he told me. “I don’t even want to think about what would have happened if we stayed.”
“We spent only two weeks in Croatia,” my mother told me. “We were afraid to stay longer because both of us had jobs in Sarajevo, and if we stayed longer we would have lost our jobs. And it seemed that it was okay in Bosnia, so we went back.”
They told me there was no food or running water, and the heat had been turned off. “We were some of the lucky people who escaped in time,” my mother said.
A NEW HOME
While I initially felt lonely at daycare, I quickly learned English and grew to feel like any other child born in Canada, unaware of the conflict we escaped. And while my parents were excited to live in a country filled with opportunity, free from the threat of war, they weren’t without anxiety in those first few months.
There are always going to be people who are prejudiced against immigrants, but the accepting and warm people in Canada outnumber them.
“I was nervous because I knew as soon as we arrived I would have to provide for my family,” my father said. Luckily, we had a support system that many immigrants do not have. My great-aunt and great-uncle sponsored us and opened their home to us. 119
As soon as my parents received their social insurance numbers and other paperwork, they began looking for work. “When you’re a fresh new immigrant and your English is not perfect, there aren't many opportunities,” my father told me. “After a couple of months, I was lucky enough to get an interview with a company in my field, and they decided to give me a chance. Twenty-two years later, I’m still there with the same company.” My mom didn’t speak English when she came to Canada – her second language was German. She worked at Safeway as a cake decorator while taking English lessons, hoping to eventually find a job in her field. She even passed her driver’s test without speaking English. “I brought a huge dictionary to my driver’s exam, and I passed on the first try,” she said. “They don’t allow dictionaries anymore!” While we had to leave behind our home in Bosnia and start over in Canada, we embraced our new lives. One of my favourite childhood memories is from our second year in Canada when we all went to the Calgary Stampede parade. In my mom’s photo album we’re all wearing denim and waving Canadian flags. There’s even one painted on my cheek, and you can see on our faces how happy we are to be there. “In the last 23 years we were always moving forward, never moving backward,” my father said. “We wanted to work hard, we had the opportunity, and people were friendly and helpful,” my mother said. “Canada is a land of immigrants, so I never felt totally out of place.” She emphasized that there are always going to be people who are prejudiced against immigrants, but the accepting
and warm people in Canada outnumber them. “Every time we travel and come back to Calgary, we practically kiss the ground because Canada is one of the best countries in the world,” my father told me. “We feel very fortunate we were able to immigrate here.” We felt at home in our new country, thanks to a friendly and supportive family, coworkers, and neighbours, all of whom were happy to show us around the city, and tell us where to find the best prices for groceries and all the other necessities that come with integrating into a new city. “We missed our family left in Croatia, our parents, siblings, cousins…” my mother said. “But we had lots of family here,” my father added. “Your dad’s family here embraced us, showed us around, and accepted us as part of their family right away.” “That’s a big thing, when you come to a new country, if you don’t know anyone, you feel lost and alone. We never felt alone because we had family here. We’ve been here for 23 years. This is our home. This is our country. We are Canadians now. We love it. To me, home is where you and mom are,” my father said. “Home is where our family is.” “When we go to Croatia, we talk about when we’re going back home,” my mother said. “Croatia isn’t home anymore. This is home.” Earlier this year in July, my cousin, Alex, and her family, who greeted us at the airport so long ago, hosted their annual summer barbeque. I gave out wedding invitations while surrounded by lifelong family and friends. I knew I was lucky to have this community. I left with my fiancé, Derek, waving to my parents as we drove home.
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Gifts that Give WRIT TEN BY EMMA KLASSEN P H OTO G R A P H E D B Y K R Y S T L E P E D E R S O N
For this Emmaâ€™s Doteables I am doing something a little different. I wanted to choose products and cute items that give back to those in need, so I focused on gifts that give. I love how I can buy something for a friend or myself to enjoy, but I am also helping someone in need enjoy something too.
1 . L o w e n ’s N a t u r a l S k i n c a r e , B e L o c a l L i p Balm
5. Raising Hope, Rosehound Apparel Black Coffee Pin + Cherry Pie Pin
I love how moisturizing the lip balm is; it is perfect for dry lips, and I also love how Be Local lip balm is trying to save the bumble bees!
These pins are adorable and so detailed, and I like how all products from Raising Hope help people with cancer. A portion of the proceeds from Raising Hope’s pins are donated to the Canadian Cancer Society and Hospice Calgary.
This honey-flavored lip balm is made with 80 percent local ingredients with a portion of the proceeds going towards ABC’s Bumbleebee Rescue initiative, which aims to educate homeowners about bee conservation. This project is in support of Apiaries and Bees for Communities (ABC) – a Calgary organization that inspires pollinator stewardship through education programs. www.lowens.ca @lowensskincare
2. Jack & Julie Co., SEE Hats and Blankets
I love the crocheted hats and blankets from Jack & Julie because they are cute and cozy, and I like how they give the money from them to CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind) to help and give confidence to children that are going blind. Jack & Julie Co. is a brand that focuses on children’s crocheted items. Their SEE products give back to the children’s department of the CNIB to bring awareness to childhood vision loss and encourage children with glasses. CNIB helps more than 10,000 children and youth each year. jackandjulie.etsy.com @jackandjulieco
3 . A l o r a B o u t i q u e , Wo v e n b a s k e t s
I like these baskets because they are perfect to take to a picnic or the beach, and I love how supporting Alora Boutique means I’m supporting women in Calgary and helping them make something beautiful. A portion of all sales at Alora Boutique goes towards helping disadvantaged women rise above poverty. Alora donates a percentage of their profits to two local charities, the YWCA and Mustard Seed, and twice and year, Alora hosts a jewelrymaking workshop for disadvantaged woman to come and learn a new skill, connect with influential women and, in some cases, find meaningful employment. www.alora.ca @aloraboutique
4 . P a g e Tu r n e r s , T h e A l i c e B r a c e l e t
I like how Page Turners’ bracelets are designed after children's’ books and there is a charm on each one to reflect the book. I love how every time you buy a bracelet, a book is given to a teacher to make their classroom library bigger. Husband and wife teachers started their business Page Turners to pass on the love of reading to children. A portion of the proceeds from every bracelet is donated to a community literacy initiative that either helps a new teacher build their classroom library or gives a book to a child in need. email@example.com
6. Soma Hammam & Spa, Grande Hammam Tre a t m e n t
I love Soma Hammam & Spa because it is so relaxing, and I love that they donate their services to women at the Calgary Women’s Emergency Centre. For every Grande Hammam treatment sold, Soma Hammam & Spa is donating a $25 gift certificate for their spa to the Calgary Women’s Emergency Centre. The team from Soma Hammam & Spa wants to give women that come from marginalized situations a spa day to relax and have a day for themselves. www.somacalgary.com @somacalgary
7 . M y O p t o m e t r i s t C a l g a r y, B u y O n e G i v e One Program
I like how My Optometrist Calgary has so many brands and options available, and they are all way too cute. I like the idea of the Buy One Give One program, where you buy a pair of glasses and they give someone in need an eye exam and a pair of cute glasses. Through their Buy One Give One program, for every pair of glasses sold, My Optometrist Calgary gives an eye exam and a pair of new glasses to someone in need. This program is run through Canadian Vision Care, a charity founded in Alberta that has been helping those in need for over 30 years. www.myoptometristcalgary.ca @myoptomyyc
8 . L o c a l L a u n d r y, T h e C o m m u n i t y Collection
I love how this collection of t-shirts is designed based on Calgary communities because it is something I have never seen before. I also love how when you buy something from Local Laundry, you can choose what charity your money goes to. Local Laundry makes apparel to help build the community. Since partners like ATB Financial, Lululemon Athletica, and Best of Calgary have collaborated with Local Laundry for brand momentum, they decided to give back to local charities that mean the most to people and companies they have collaboration with. Ten percent of Local Laundry’s profits go to charities like The Drop in Centre, Calgary Food Bank, Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter, Canadian Red Cross, KidsUpFront, PAWS, and more. When you purchase a t-shirt, you can submit a charity of your choice, and at the end of the month, the local charity with the most nominations receives that month’s ten percent. www.locallaundryapparel.com @locallaundry
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1. Land of Ed, The Patrick bag
5. Dignify SJ, Kantha quilt
I love how simple this baby bag looks on the outside, but when you look closer, there is cute detailing. I like how Land of ED helps with education in countries where it is hard for children to go to school.
I love that there are different patterns on each side of this blanket and I think it would make a great house-warming gift. I also love how the blankets from Dignify are handmade by women in Bangladesh.
Land of Ed designs functional and fashionable baby bags that support children’s educational initiatives around the world. The proceeds from the Patrick bag will be used to build a school in rural Burma under the micro-charity, Building Schools for Burma.
Dignify SJ blankets are hand-stitched by women in Bangladesh who were previously living on the street or were working in difficult situations. The women who work together to build and create these beautiful blankets now work for a sustainable wage with benefits and are, most importantly, safe.
2. FENVII Collective, The Rose Journal, FENVII Inspirational Pencils, FENVII Mason Jar Soy Candle
I love the packaging of the candle, the notebook art is beautiful, and I adore the pencils because the sayings make you smile. I also love how FENVII doesn’t keep any money for itself. FENVII is a social business that reinvests 100 percent of the proceeds from their themed gift boxes, with 50 percent going towards local or international organizations that give positive change to communities and the other 50 percent going towards the FENVII Foundation. The FENVII Foundation is their own initiative with the goal of empowering individuals and transforming communities. The FENVII Foundation is currently working on a local initiative in Calgary to educate and engage underprivileged children by providing education in entrepreneurial skills and finance management. www.fenviicollective.com @fenviicollective
3. Skwiik, Molido Body Polish
I like this product because I use it to make my feet healthier and soft. I like that when you are using the Skwiik products, you are not only helping your skin, you are helping children in Costa Rica. For every Molido Body Polish purchased, one dollar is donated to Culture, Education and Psychology for Infants and Adolescents (CEPIA) in Cost Rica. This all-natural, vegan and cruelty-free, luxurious bath and body treatment is created with sustainable ingredients. Skwiik uses recycled coffee grounds from Bridgeland’s Costa Rican café, Baya Rica, for their product. www.skwiik.ca @skwiikyyc
4. Mama Malas, Sacred Calling Mama Mala beads
I love this jewelry line because it is not only adorable, but it is made with love. I love how for every necklace sold, a clean delivery kit is sent to a soon-to-be mother to make sure her baby will be born safely. Mama Malas believes that no woman should have to worry about having access to the tools for a safe birth. To help ensure success for this cause, Mama Malas partnered with The United Nations Population Fund to provide a clean delivery kit to a mother in need for every Mama Malas necklace sold.
www.mamamalas.com 128 @mamamalas
6 . M o n s i e u r Wa t c h C o . , T h e M a r v i n Collection
I like how Monsieur Watch Co. provides a variety of options to choose from and how their logo is a beard and mustache. But I love how they help to improve the quality of life for refugees. This Calgary-based company believes that every person is entitled to feel safe and live a life free of persecution. In 2015, there were 21.3 million refugees worldwide, and through Monsieur Watch Co.’s Do Good For Good initiative, a portion of proceeds from every watch sold is donated to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, to help improve the quality of life for refugees around the world. www.monsieurwatchco.com @monsieurwatchco
7. CONNECT by Emerge Ag Solutions, CONNECT Apparel tee
I like this t-shirt because it would be a great gift. I also like the arrows! I love how CONNECT makes care packages for farmers in developing countries. With the idea that agriculture is the first step towards a world free from hunger, all profits from CONNECT Apparel are used to purchase agriculture packages, containing seed, crop inputs, tools, training, and access to markets, that are distributed to farmers in developing countries. connectag.ca @connect_ag
8 . Tr i b e o f L a m b s , S u n d a r R i n g , G a n e s h a Ring, and Sahaas Ring
I love these rings from Tribe of Lambs because they are so pretty and well designed, and I love how they give back to children with a serious disease. Tribe of Lambs wanted to do more than just sell accessories, so they decided to help share opportunity and love with children in India. Tribe of Lambs gives 100 percent of their profits to bring bright futures to children with HIV in India. They also work directly with the artisans who handcraft their jewelry to ensure the highest quality pieces. www.tribeoflambs.com @tribeoflambs
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