pc: Jo and Judy

Happy New Year!

It’s crazy to think that 2017 is already here and I already feel like I’m behind on life. LOL.

BUT, I definitely know what direction I’d like to go in this year and that has got me all kinds of excited. Business-wise, I’m working hard to allocate time to opening up an online shop that will stock items that I love to use for my baking as well as curated items made by local vendors that are relevant to baking, special occasions and gift giving. This, my friends, is no easy feat. I will get there though and I can’t wait to see it come to life.


I also want to open myself up as much as possible to custom orders. This was a challenge last year but I hope to get myself into the swing of things with routine and balancing my day job with my family and my passion project!


Personally, I have been really inspired by a lot of local influencers that are on the path to minimalism and enriching their lives with a vibrant and healthy diet. In a world obsessed with mass consumption of things and focus on want versus need, it’s so easy to feel incredibly overwhelmed and feel like you should be sucked into it without giving it a thought.


I started off this year by doing a 3 day juice cleanse by The Habit Project, a local juicery business in Chilliwack, BC. Not only were they a gem to work with but the juices were tasty to boot. The IVORY almond mylk is EVERYTHING you guys! Pretty sure I raved about it a lot. I documented most of it on my Instagram insta-stories over the course of the 3 days and it was a wonderfully eye-opening experience. 



By the end of it, not only did my body -particularly my digestive system- feel great but my mind felt good too. Not going to lie, there were some points where I thought to myself, “a piece of toast with a blob of avocado would taste so good right now,” LOL but I managed to fight off the urge and stay on course. I am sure I had a few “hangry” tendencies too but my family was gracious enough to let them slide.

Now I am focused on incorporating some new positive habits, like eating nutrient rich plant-based dishes and being mindful of waste when it comes to food. I’m inspired to start recipe testing some vegan versions of my most popular desserts because I know how challenging it is to find alternatives and I truly believe everyone deserves something sweet no matter what your food choices are!


pc: Erin Ireland

I’m also taking a look inside my home and trying to identify what items I can eliminate to give us a refreshed and open feel. In a world where “bigger is better” I’m digging my heels in a bit. We have a wonderful home and every corner of it is lovingly filled with things that remind us of what we love and how far we’ve come in life. But that being said, there are a lot of things being held on to that don’t need to be and so we’ll chip away at it one day at a time.

Finally, I aim to surround myself with people that inspire, do good things for others and foster connections with likeminded people. Life is too short to be around those who will take every last mile out of you with a sense of entitlement. We are the key to our own happiness! 

A Happy New Year Indeed. 

xo, Jzabela