Saturday, September 18, 2010

Bonjour Montreal!

Being back in Montreal this week, it occurred to me that it had been over two years since I had been there last- way too long a time to be away. As I headed up rue de la Montagne with my colleagues for dinner at da vinci at the end of a long but productive day, I blurted out to my girlfriend that one day I would live there. I don't actually know if this is true, but it was how I was feeling at that moment- connected to everything I love about Montreal (by the way, the pictured Boston cod at di vinci was fabulous). I don’t know if it’s the people, the French culture, the sexy language or the city itself, but there’s a certain charm in Montreal that I always enjoy when I am there. I had missed it. Of course there is the fabulous shopping (which I didn’t get a chance to partake of on this trip - another good reason to go back!) and the nightlife - a city where there is always a party somewhere. Canada is so lucky to have this gem and we in Toronto are so fortunate to have such a diverse and wonderful city within reach. So for now, au revoir Montreal - but I will be back soon!

Monday, September 13, 2010

She's Making a Change

One of my closest friends is about to embark on a journey. She will be leaving her safe and secure nine-to-five job in a couple of weeks to pursue her dream. We hear these stories all the time, don’t we, but have you heard the one about the girl who leaves her job to find out WHAT her dream may be? That’s my friend. She doesn’t see the other side of the bridge quite yet, but she sees the beginning right there in front of her and she’s taking that first step. My friend is also a cancer survivor and has a unique perspective on life that only someone who has overcome such a sickness could have. She is just too aware that we are not guaranteed tomorrow and that if we want to do something, accomplish something, change something, we better get moving to get it done.. today.