I’m proud to say I was born and raised on beautiful Vancouver Island in British Columbia. I live there still with my husband and my dogs, Dottie (my fur baby) and Penny (my fur sister, formerly my dad’s dog). I enjoy walking my dogs, hiking, cycling, camping, eating, traveling, hula hooping, daydreaming, and spending time with family and friends.
Full disclosure: I might be addicted to reading self-help and similar books (I used to also have a problem with magazines, but the irony of having a house scattered with magazines with titles such as, “get organized” and “clear clutter for good” was too much to take). My addiction doesn’t stem from being a true disaster (though I do have some disastrous days) but because I find the topics covered to be so fascinating. I love to see the patterns that pop up between different approaches, and topics for that matter, and I think it’s interesting to see all the unique solutions that people come up with to improve their lives.
For nearly eight years I worked in public health and my favourite part of that job was working with people and helping to make a positive difference in their lives. For a variety of reasons, I decided to leave that job and take some time off. I will save the details about how life-changing that was for a future blog post but, let’s just say, it has really changed my values.
While I still do that work that I enjoyed so much, I now do it part-time and on a private basis. My intention is that this blog will also serve as a way to help people.
The topics that I plan to blog about include: taking better care of my health, experimenting with minimalism, the interests that I mentioned above and, the piece that is really at the foundation of all of it, becoming more mindful. I will share with you tools, tricks, books, and anything else that I find makes my life easier*. I will also share with you when I blow it because I find that is one thing that seems to be lacking in the online world of beautiful images and blogs, the disasters, and I think it’s important that we all remain realistic that life is never going to be perfect, although there is likely always room for improvement. 😊
I have always been interested in blogging and recently thought that perhaps, like so many, it would be fun to share my tales on this journey called life with the intent that others may benefit from reading about my successes (and disasters 😉). This idea was formulated as 2018 started, in a state of New Year’s resolution and reflection, and I thought it would be even more fun if my sister, who has always been a fantastic writer, would be interested in starting a blog with me. I couldn’t believe it when I learned that not only had she been contemplating the idea of blogging, but that she also had many of the same areas in her life that she planned to improve upon in the year ahead. After many Facebook messages, and a couple phone calls, we came up with a plan and a name, Self Improvement Sisters. I hope you enjoy it.
* I promise to only ever recommend something I truly use and love. At present, I receive no monetary benefit from these recommendations, however, if this should change in the future I will be sure to let you know.