Operation Beautiful


Caitlin over at Healthy Tipping Point recently launched Operation Beautiful. The goal is to end toxic fat talk. Like Caitlin says, “It hurts you emotionally, spiritually, and physically.”

To participate in Operation Beautiful, all you have to do is leave an anonymous positive message (or several!) on mirrors in public restrooms or wherever you see fit. Mine is pictured above (“You are beautiful in every moment!”), but I plan to do more. If you want to participate, email Caitlin a photo of your note and description of your experience.

What an absolutely brilliant idea this is! I fell in love with this project the moment I read about it. I have struggled to have a positive body image for as long as I can remember. I certainly know what it feels like to hate your own body; to dissect every flaw and imperfection, to wish that your stomach was flatter and your nose was smaller. These are things that I still think about and worry about, even though I know that I shouldn’t. We are constantly being bombarded with unrealistic images, telling us what we “should” look like and making us feel like we’re not good enough. It needs to stop! We need to be kind to ourselves and kind to each other. This is why it’s very important to me to spread the word about Caitlin’s mission.

Caitlin has created a website dedicated to this project which features every single Operation Beautiful note you send in and it’s updated daily. I’m heading to the gym this morning and I will definitely leave a note in the locker room today.

Be sure to also check out the Operation Beautiful video featured here.

Photos: Operation Beautiful


Tribute To A Legend: Michael Jackson

I remember seeing the Thriller video for the first time on television when I was a little girl. I watched the whole thing, jaw agape and shrieked out loud…first in fear and then in delight. It scared the hell out of me. I had nightmares for weeks, but I still wanted to watch it again. This is the first of many memories that I have of Michael Jackson, whose complicated, fantasy infused and tragic life ended yesterday at 50 years old in Los Angeles.

via Sony Music here:

Michael Jackson, one of the most widely beloved entertainers and profoundly influential artists of all-time, leaves an indelible imprint on popular music and culture.

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"When it comes to settling down, never settle"

Photo: Focus Features

I needed some quality “me” time last night, so after my sweat session at the gym, I decided to take a walk up the street and see what was playing at the movie theatre. Sam Mendes’ newest film, Away We Go. Perfect! It’s an absolutely lovely little film that manages to strike an artful balance between satirical comedy and heart-wrenching drama. I enjoyed every minute of it.

Maya Rudolph (“Saturday Night Live”) and John Krasinski (“The Office”) are thirty-somethings preparing to have their first child. As they travel around North America in search of the perfect neighborhood, encounters with old friends and now neurotic parents, become hilariously terrifying paradigms for their baby’s potential future. Soon the couple must define their responsibilities, or be swallowed whole by them. These eccentric friends (Allison Janney, Jim Gaffigan, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Josh Hamiltion, Melanie Lynskey, Chris Messina) and quirky relatives (Catherine O’Hara, Jeff Daniels, Carmen Ejogo, Paul Schnieder) offer valuable lessons in family dysfunction and help the couple discover “home” on their own terms.

On a side note, the soundtrack is also seriously brilliant. I bought it on iTunes last night and haven’t stopped listening to it on repeat.

Away We Go is a film about love: feeling it, making it and being in it with somebody else, all the way up to your necks. It’s a soaring meditation on the endless transformations of family that is at once brutally honest, desperately funny, warmly absorbing and vibrantly illuminated.

It Started With Some Woop Woop

Jessica planned a special night this weekend for me and some girlfriends to celebrate my birthday. After a delicious glass of Woop Woop at my place (thanks Kristina) we headed over to our reserved table for the 7 o’clock Candy Girl Cabaret show at Maxine’s Hideaway. Maxine’s offers a unique dining and entertainment experience in the heritage space that was once an infamous brothel. It’s Vancouver’s only cabaret restaurant & lounge featuring Broadway Burlesque entertainment. It’s provocative, classy and sexy. The girls dance and sing such burlesque favourites as the Roxanne tango from Moulin Rouge, Candyman and I Want Candy, naturally. Let me tell you, those girls were awesome! And they made me want to dance. I’m seriously considering taking a class at the Harbour Dance Centre after watching that show on Saturday night.

We were treated like royalty and the food and wine were delish. I definitely recommend this spot for a fun night out. The place was packed with birthday parties and stags, which made it a really fun atmosphere. We had a blast! I think it could be a pretty hot date spot too. Just sayin’.

Jess gave me the sweetest card (which obviously made me cry at the table) and the most beautiful necklace. Here I am showing it off. The charm says the word “inspire”…I love it.

When the show was over, we headed to The Lamplighter in Gastown so that we could bust out some moves of our own and shake our booties on the dance floor. Thanks for an absolutely fantastic evening, girls!

My Father’s Daughter

Father’s Day is a celebration of all the wonderful things that dads do. It’s a day to give thanks for their wisdom, principles, confidence, strength and unconditional love. It’s a day set aside to make sure dads know how much they are loved every day of the year. I’m lucky, because I have the best Dad in the world.

Not only is he my favourite person to watch a basketball game with, he’s also a constant source of advice, encouragement, motivation and support. He is someone that I can always count on and I have learned so much from him. He also happens to be one of the funniest people I know. He calls me ‘Francine’ and he can do any accent known to man perfectly. We have the best talks. We well up at the same moments, whether they’re in life or in movies. He’ll always be my date for a concert or a sporting event. He helps me through my fears and failures, and turns all that he can into successes and dreams. He’s a true family man who has always worked his butt off to keep us on our feet. I love and respect him more than I can put into words. His love of life and down-to-earth wisdom are appreciated so much.

I’m absolutely honoured to have a dad I can confide in without fearing judgment, a man who would do anything to see me happy and who makes no secret of how proud he is of me. I’ll always be my Dad’s little girl.

Happy Father’s Day, Dad! I love you.