“Learning to trust myself”: Leanna Marshall finds ceremony in everyday life

In 2017, Leanna Marshall felt a powerful call. She’d known for a while about Water Walks, a series of spiritual journeys that highlight the importance of protecting our waterways. The movement is the brainchild of Indigenous grandmother, Elder, and water activist Josephine Mandamin who since 2003 has tallied more than 25,000 kilometres on foot around the Great…

Ontario artist Annette Gaffney turns trash into treasures

For as long as she can remember, Annette Gaffney has felt the urge to create. “There are kids who pick fights with their brothers just to be sent to their room so they can draw for hours… That was me.” After high school, she worked as a legal assistant in Toronto by day and took art courses…

Is the future passive?

A finished Habit Studio project Nova Scotia mom, Lorrie Rand introduces us to passive design “Chronic renovators.” That’s how Lorrie Rand describes herself and her husband, and for good reason. The house in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, where they live with their 21-year-old daughter and 17-year-old son has been in a near constant state of flux since they…

“Does it bring joy?”

KonMari consultant Helen Youn helps moms find joy and reduce stress through decluttering When Helen Youn sits down with a client at the beginning of a KonMari tidying-up session, one of the first questions she asks is, “Do you entertain?” So much of the time, says Helen, the answer is no — “because they’re too anxious and embarrassed about the…

The sincerest form of flattery

A genuine desire to imitate comes from a place of inspiration. When one person styles themselves after another — through attitude, action, or even dress — it’s because they’ve been inspired enough to make a change in themselves. That’s powerful. Back in the late 90s/early 00s my friend Amy and I had a little company called Battleaxe Folk, that promoted…