• Lifestyle

    10 Ways to Spend a Fall Day Filling Your Soul 

    Go to a Pumpkin Patch. Enjoy and afternoon picking out a perfect pumpkin. Pumpkin patches are also a cool spot for a little photo shoot. If you’re feeling really adventurous, treat yourself to a pumpkin spiced late on your way home! Apple picking! Take a little picnic to enjoy among the trees, and spend the afternoon filling up your bags with different kinds of apples. If you are the baking type finish your day using your apples to bake a sweet treat like apple crumple. Go for a walk on a wooded trail. What better way to enjoy the changing leaves! There is something about the leaves changing that really…

  • Lifestyle,  Ovarian Cancer

    Silver Linings of Grief

    In her final weeks of life, my sister and I spoke very candidly about how life has unfolded and the reality of her situation. I held her hand as she expressed fears of leaving her children. We laughed as we reminisced about memories only sisters would share. One thing that moved us both to tears was talking about how close our broken family had become during this crisis. This got me thinking about many of the silver linings that have surfaced over the course of her illness. Two years ago, we got the devastating news: at the age of 37, Amanda was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer. We were…

  • Lifestyle

    Choose Yourself in 2020

    A new year often brings resolutions. Resolutions are usually a type of punishment for things you don’t like about yourself. The desire to change is driven by thoughts of self-doubt and negativity. No wonder the majority of January gym-goers quit before February is over. The drive to change needs to come from a deep love for yourself. You need to matter so much that your health, happiness and wellness become a top priority. Setting a goal out of disgust for yourself will always end in failure. Instead of a New Year’s resolution, make a self-care plan that helps you reconnect with yourself and fall in love with the amazing person…

  • Lifestyle

    5 Ways to Start Your Day Off Right

    Each morning as you are going through your morning routine, you are setting the tone for the rest of your day. Start out on the right foot and you are planting the seeds for a great day! Give yourself a 10-15 minute grace period to “wake up” before rushing out of bed and getting ready for the day. A quick snooze to get your mind ready to wake up. Eat a nutritious breakfast. This fuel will give you energy to get going. Set goals for each day. Setting goals helps you stay motivated. Listen to uplifting music or a motivational podcast on your way to work or as you begin…

  • Lifestyle

    It’s Okay to Re-Write Your Story

    Most of us spend hours as a child dreaming of the fairytale life we will live when we grow up. Fast forward twenty years and we miss those carefree days so much when our biggest worry was choosing which Barbie to play with . Unfortunately, all too often as adults we are wishing for more or missing the past. Never does it seem like we are actually enjoying life and living in the moment. But what if the moment in time we are in is not living up to the picture perfect life we dreamed as children? At a time in our lives when most of us do not even…

  • Lifestyle,  Motherhood

    Are You in a Toxic Marriage?

    Some kids grow up in a perfect happy home. I grew up watching my mother’s boyfriend treat her like garbage. He was rude and grouchy to her and to us. Their relationship went from one extreme to the other, screaming matches or the silent treatment. Luckily, eventually my Mom realized her own self worth and kicked his ass out after nine years of torment. So naturally, when I was 15 years old I decided (subconsciously of course) to repeat the same behaviour patterns. My first real relationship started with jealousy, possessiveness and obsession. Great starting point! I had a thing about wanting to change and fix people… Gee, I wonder…

  • Lifestyle,  Ovarian Cancer

    Some Days are Shitty and That’s Okay!

    In today’s society, the power of positivity is all the rage. Social media is filled with people who appear to have it all. I am here to tell you underneath those smiles there is sometimes pain. What people rarely talk about are the bad days. Unfortunately we all have them, some of us more than others. And guess what? You are entitled to have bad days! These bad days teach us resilience and coping mechanisms. Yesterday was one of those days for me. I had an appointment with a gynaecologist/oncologist to discuss the removal of my ovaries because my sister has ovarian cancer. I didn’t realize how this discussion was…

  • Lifestyle,  Motherhood

    Keep It Real, Ladies…

    In my teens, I was a total wannabe. I looked at other girls who seemed to have it all – the boys, friends, fashion and popularity. I faked it until I turned into someone that I wasn’t. In my twenties, I was insecure and desperately trying to create a picture perfect life other women would be envious of. In my thirties, I have failed, fallen and risen to the occasion. It took accepting some hard truths for me to become happy, as well as some dark moments. Here is how I have been keeping it real in my 30’s: 1. Take a good hard look at the relationships in your…

  • Lifestyle,  Ovarian Cancer

    Your Soul Searching Must Do List

    For the past five years, I have been on a mission to fill my soul with people, places and things that make me the happiest version of myself. I have made some major life changes that have contributed to my cup being filled, so to speak. I walked away from an unhappy marriage, cut ties with toxic people in my life, and started pursuing my passion of creating Work and Play With Jamie Joyce. Recent events in my personal life have now more than ever made the saying “life’s too short” become my motto. My sister, who is my very best friend, was diagnosed with terminal stage IV ovarian cancer.…