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Being Grateful This October

Being Grateful This October


Being Grateful - Thanksgiving

Being Grateful - Thanksgiving

Being Grateful - Thanksgiving
As we celebrate the many blessings in our lives this month, let us be reminded of the people that supported us and loved us along the way. Your mom cheering from the sidelines as you start your first job, your dad jumping up and down as you score your first goal or your best friend convincing you to go on a date with that cute guy - the list goes on.

Live each day with a grateful heart.

This year and honestly every day, I’m thankful for supportive friends and my amazing partner. When you live a long way from family, I've realized that it is important to build a tribe of people who love and accept you just the way you are! And remember quality or quantity folks - my friend group may be small but they are truly amazing. I'm blessed to be surrounded by so many kind and thoughtful people that my heart is so full of gratitude.

The last few months have been quite the journey for me from a busy work schedule and trying to put my self-care first while also balancing the side hustle life. I chatted about this before but I've slowly learned to shift my mindset and rather than thinking I was selfish or guilty for taking time to myself or rescheduling plans, I realized that I needed to be at my best to fully function and to give time to others, which is so valuable nowadays. So having friends and a partner who understands this, has been immense and I couldn't be more grateful for this.

 My life is far from perfect, but it’s so easy for me to beat myself up over the smallest thing. It's been a few years now but thanks to my partner's transference of positive thinking, it has allowed me to focus on happiness and see what I'm fully capable of whatever comes my way.

 What are you grateful for?

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Get Your Hustle On at the VentureClub

Get Your Hustle On at the VentureClub


Coworking in Kingston - VentureClub

Coworking in Kingston - VentureClub

Coworking in Kingston - VentureClub

Coworking in Kingston - VentureClub

For all my Kingston side hustlers, entrepreneurs, boss babes, and lads, this one is for you. Say hello to the coolest new coworking space in downtown Kingston - The VentureClub. Why do I love it? It's a pretty sweet space that's practical, minimalist in style and has some great perks while having laid back ambiance which fits my personality!

The solution for digital nomads? Coworking!

Okay, are you unsure about what I'm actually talking about? Don't worry and no need to go over to Google. Coworking spaces are essentially shared workspaces. At the VentureClub, you’ll see a mix of folks in deep focus at private desks and others striking up engaging conversations at large community tables or being busy bees in semi-private offices.

For someone like myself, who has a chaotic schedule aka a day job while also managing a side hustle, a loving partner and the most adorable dog, let's just say that finding the time to get stuff done is easier said than done. (And hey if you're a working parent, more props to you!) But with a work hard, play hard attitude and knowing that time is of the essence, the VentureClub is the perfect hideaway to get sh*t done while still being creative, especially from the bureaucracy of a traditional working environment.

"Focus on being productive instead of busy."

While I could stay at home on my days off or weekends and lounge in my PJs, let's be realistic I know myself and know that I need to get outside of my environment to actually be productive. Let's face it, working from home can also be quite lonely and perhaps coffee shops are another great place to get your coffee fix and get out of your house, but you’re still technically working alone.

Check out a few of the reasons why I choose the VentureClub:

Kick Up My Feet

When you're connected to all things social and digital, a well-deserved break is always needed. At the VentureClub, their dedicated kitchen lounge offers couches where members can take a bit of time away from their computers and socialize with each other. But honestly, a change in scenery is always good for the brain to regroove itself. Sometimes the best work is done when you snap that laptop shut and get inspired by your surroundings.

Better yet, it also offers a full kitchen stocked with snacks, pop, juices, muffins and more. VentureClub makes it a priority to keep minds and stomachs well-fed.

Give Me All The Drinks & Motivation

Sit. Work. People watch. Do it all with unlimited coffee and free beer on tap to celebrate all the hustlin'. VentureClub totally gets the work hard play hard concept with its dope amenities aka an arcade basketball, ping pong table, and a swing, it's all about crossing those to do lists and going the extra mile to then reward yourself.

Flexible Memberships

    But let's chat about the nitty gritty of the space because let's admit it, that is ultimately the most important part of a coworking space. Where am I going to work?! With perks of lightning fast internet,  24/7 access, personal mailbox, reception services and being dog-friendly, the VentureClub offers flexibility compared to traditional offices and the benefits of daily rentals of rooms and meeting spaces. There is something to suit everyone's work style.

Check out their price plans and daily rentals.

Coworking in Kingston - VentureClub

They carry my local brews from Mackinnon Brothers Brewery and Spearhead Brewery on tap!

Coworking in Kingston - VentureClub

The most comfortable couches to get work done!

Coworking in Kingston - VentureClub

Interested in checking out this cool space?

Get 1 month of FREE hotel desk use at the VentureClub using my discount code: ROSALYNFREE

Book a tour now: http://ow.ly/GScU30lo4WQ


This blog post was sponsored by Venture Club. All opinions stated are my own.
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Dinner in a Crop Circle at Enright Cattle Company

Dinner in a Crop Circle at Enright Cattle Company


After years of watching X-Files and being addicted to sci-fi shows, never did I imagine that I would be dining in a crop circle. This bucket list experience was finally checked off as my foodie partner-in-crime aka my fiancée and I were invited to attend a unique event last night hosted by Kara and Darold Enright of Enright Cattle Company at their family-owned farm in Tweed, Ontario. If you haven't heard of them or had the pleasure of tasting their quality meat, then we'll have to rectify that asap! Quite a few Kingston restaurants incorporate Enright beef into their menus such as Pan Chancho, Chez Piggy, Olivea, and more, so no need to worry or Google the nearest shop.

And if there's one thing you need to know it's that,

"Enright truly prides themselves on raising the best quality product possible while maintaining exceptional animal welfare practices, making environmentally conscious decisions and building a sustainable business in agriculture. All animals on the farm are raised on a natural, all-vegetable diet without the use of artificial hormones."

That is truly amazing. With that in mind, the evening was nothing but exceptional (weather included) featuring a delicious 3-course meal, live entertainment, a fashion show and of course a family affair with all hands on deck. The menu of the event was crafted by none other than local chef Clark Day of Bayview Farm as his chefs Francois Drolet and Will Arnaud were onsite cooking up a storm over an open fire.

Dinner in a Crop Circle at Enright Cattle Company

Dinner in a Crop Circle at Enright Cattle Company

As we made our way into the crop circle, we had the opportunity to sample tasty delicacies of summer sausage from charcuterie boards that paired with pickles and freshly made focaccia bread. My oh my was I in heaven and dinner hadn't even started. As we strolled around the circle saying hi to the vendors, my drink of choice was a Huff Estate rosé to cool off as the sun beamed its rays down (not complaining but it was slightly warm). Along with local wines, the fabulous Laura of Mackinnon Brewery was also onsite pouring craft beers.

Dinner in a Crop Circle at Enright Cattle Company

Dinner in a Crop Circle at Enright Cattle Company

Dinner in a Crop Circle at Enright Cattle Company

Dinner in a Crop Circle at Enright Cattle Company

DINNER IS SERVED

Dinner in a Crop Circle at Enright Cattle Company
As we were seated at our table with the lovely Heidi Bergeron of Fête Beach Boutique (one of many side ventures!) and her hubby along with Kingston Strategic Designer Brian Dodo and his wife across from us, the evening was filled with conversation and good food. We couldn't have asked for better company. The best part was that the board we ate on was also our departing gifts to take home! Every detail was accounted for, the hay bale seating covered in quilted blankets to the handpicked flowers set on each table.

Dinner in a Crop Circle at Enright Cattle Company

STARTER

Served on a custom-made board, our first course was seasonal mixed greens.

Dinner in a Crop Circle at Enright Cattle Company

MAIN

This perfection of a main consisted of a curried potato salad with Gunning's sweet corn slathered in melted butter and grilled Enright ribeye - paired with Huff Estates 2016 Cabernet Franc. Let's just say that we'll be recreating this meal at home!

Dinner in a Crop Circle at Enright Cattle Company

DESSERT

This dessert was the topper of the evening as it showcased the perfect combination of seasonal summer eats. This Ontario peach and Wilson's blueberry crumble simpled melted in your mouth.

Dinner in a Crop Circle at Enright Cattle Company

With tummies satisfied, not only did guests enjoy a great ambiance but between courses, we also were able to admire the craftsmanship of beautiful farm-to-fashion leather goods including handbags and wallets that were showcased with lovely linen clothing from Fête Beach Boutique, styled by local stylist, Jesse of Closett Candyy.

Produced by Enright Cattle Company and designed by Canadian Artisan James M. Brooks, these beauties are stunning, hella soft and best of all, LOCAL!

Dinner in a Crop Circle at Enright Cattle Company

Dinner in a Crop Circle at Enright Cattle Company

In summary, the dinner in a crop circle experience by Enright Cattle was filled with such joy as we saw familiar faces, met new ones, enjoyed delicious food and were able to see a family come together to host a beautiful event on their farm. But it was also a moment to celebrate the culinary, fashion and musical arts in the community which was even more rewarding to be in attendance.

Dinner in a Crop Circle at Enright Cattle Company
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Life Update & Tips on Blogging

Life Update & Tips on Blogging


Hello, my beautiful friends! I have truly missed you all.

So I've been somewhat MIA recently, okay well a few months and while I could say that I was recharging my batteries or laying on a sandy beach with no cell service, I honestly wasn't but I wish I was. I wouldn't say I was necessarily feeling "uninspired" either,  I was just feeling inspired in other areas of my life, other than blogging aka my day job as a social media coordinator for historic sites along the St Lawrence corridor. Sometimes when you have a lot going on, it's hard to focus on life and blogging.

Don't get me wrong, I love what I do though working in the tourism industry is hella busy come summer time. I work evenings, weekends you name it but it's pretty sweet. Though it hasn't given me much time for my side hustle of blogging, which in reality it is the number one item that motivates me in all aspects. In fact, it's always been the thing that relaxes me most and brings me joy after a long day. And truthfully, blogging gave me the skills to land my current gig.

Rosalyn Gambhir - Life Update & Tips on Blogging
Snapped by the lovely Claire Bouvier at Doner Studio
There were times in the past few years, where I've personally been all-in with a full-time, a part-time job along with the side hustle and a few projects on the go. Crazy right? With that comes the skill of time management and self-care. Blogging and freelancing can take a lot out of you. Working with brands, creating posts, posting on social media, always being on top of your Instagram story game, etc.

Sometimes you just need some time to recharge and that's totally okay. I find that if I'm burnt out, my posts don't come out as good and I don't actually end up ever posting them. I'm the type of person that won't post something if I'm not absolutely in love with it and there are several posts that have sat in draft mode for months.

While this lifestyle still hasn't changed all too much, this year has been more intense than any other. A lot of my brain power has been going into my day job which isn't a bad thing. In the blogging world, you’re told to be consistent but if you need a break, no one should be telling you otherwise. You now yourself best. If you're feeling like you might need a blogging break, then just go for it.

Rosalyn Gambhir - Life Update & Tips on Blogging
Mackinnon Brewery's Sunday Market
While my hiatus was somewhat unintentional, as one week passed by another flew by and then it was a few months. I could say I'm sorry but my mind needed the time off. During this time, I attended a university friend's wedding in the beautiful Muskoka, my fiancee Ryan and I hosted our first bbq at our new home over May long weekend, I went to Boldt Castle with my mom for Mother's Day, checked out Mackinnon Brewery's Sunday market with the girls, explored new foodie spots such as Spearhead Brewery along with Otter Creek Farms Food Truck in Kingston, celebrated Ryan's 35th birthday with friends and the list goes on.

Essentially I wanted to acknowledge this slight break from blogging but thoroughly enjoyed being present and snapping candid shots here and there for Instagram rather than thinking too much about the perfect gram.

With that said, I am BACK and what better way to celebrate than to share some blogging tips:

Do It Because You Love It

This is a big one - do it because you love it and you will do it forever (hopefully).

In a world where social media dominates, it isn't shocking that many are living towards the numbers,  from likes to followers but that isn't the gateway to happiness. It may for a short period of time, but in the long run, you need to figure out who you are and what motivated you at the beginning to drive your passion especially if you are interested in blogging. You need to love the process and that will allow you to continue this journey, rather than starting and then coming to a complete halt (which sadly I've seen too many times).

So my number one tip is to start with the right intentions.

Time and time again, I have seen people start a blog because it's the ‘it’ thing to do. Don’t look at the numbers or money, because I’ll be honest - you won’t be able to maintain your blog with that mindset, especially since these are longterm goals. In the words of Gary V, you've already lost.

Making It Work

Success doesn't happen overnight - it takes persistence and tenacity to get your foot in the door. But patience is the holy grail of hustling to get your way in the blogsphere. You can't be afraid to go the extra mile and while there's lots of ugly, you also need to also find a middle ground that will allow for work-life balance. Trust me - juggling a day job, freelance writing, blogging, and the list goes on, I have found my happy medium that keeps me sane yet I love it all. You need to work hard to play hard - no blogger woke up one day and instantly got invited to glamourous events. They worked their butts off to get to where they are today!

Sharing The Love

This is probably the biggest takeaway of all. Boys and girls, that means getting off your high horse and stepping away from negativity - no competition, no agenda and pardon my language, no freakin' bullshit. Comparison is noise - rather find your tribe aka build a support system of like-minded gals who have your back.

Rosalyn Gambhir - Life Update & Tips on Blogging
Peonies bush at our new home

See you on the next post friends!
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5 Easy Camping Food Hacks

5 Easy Camping Food Hacks


With summer almost here, I'm excited to explore the great outdoors in my own "backyard" of Kingston, Ontario, and camping is at the top of my list followed by the sweet delicious smell of campfire food.

Best part thanks to the City of Kingston, they are offering an amazing interactive event - Lumberjack Workshop Weekend. Whether you're an expert camper or a novice, they teach you the skills to survive amidst Mother Nature because everyone can use a refresher and a little camping hacks, tips, and tricks. 

So today, I'm sharing my 5 favourite and easy camping food hacks that will save you time and effort in the outdoors while improving your campfire cooking skills, because the convenience of kitchen appliances and electricity are out the window. Next time you plan a camping journey, give some of these food hacks a try to help you whip up tasty meals in a flash.

ONE CUP COFFEE BAGS

Need a cup of caffeine to wake up in the AM? Don't worry, you're not the only one but not keen on lugging a coffeemaker to your campsite. I'm with you! Here's a simple solution - pour a tablespoon of ground coffee in filters and tie them with dental floss. Voila, then toss it into a single cup of boiling water!

5 Easy Camping Food Hacks

CAMPING MAC N CHEESE

So if you don't already know, I'm a huge mac n cheese lover and in my books, it's THE ultimate comfort food so obviously, I'd bring this dish camping. Best part, a little cooking in advance goes a long way to enjoy the perks of camping. So whip up your favourite mac n cheese recipe, divide into small foil circular tins and then cover tightly with foil. Place in cooler and you're ready to go - simply get a fire going, let it burn down to hot coals, place atop campfire for 8-10 minutes and you should have an ooey gooey campfire mac n cheese to indulge in.

Tip: Spray the tin foil with cooking spray to avoid the cheese from sticking.

5 Easy Camping Food Hacks

5 Easy Camping Food Hacks

SEASON IT UP WHILE CAMPING

When it comes to camping and cooking, don't skimp out on flavour because you don't want bland tasting food and obviously you can't pack up your entire spice cupboard. Solution? Simply put your spices in a one-a-day pill organizer and label! Now you're ready to whip up some tasty campfire meals.

CAMPFIRE QUESADILLAS

Cheesy quesadillas are the perfect treat when out in the great outdoors. Can you tell I have a slight cheese obsession? To make this dish, simply put the quesadillas together, fold it almost like a burrito, and wrap it in foil and place them on the grate right over your campfire until the cheese is melty and the tortilla slightly crisp. And just like that dinner is served! Also, no plates required - let it cool off and enjoy straight out of the foil packet.

CAMPFIRE POTATOES IN FOIL

If you haven't realized by now, tin foil is your best friend when camping especially when cooking and makes clean up a breeze. This is where those spices will also come in handy. Double win! To effortlessly make this dish, combine sliced potatoes with onions and peppers then sprinkle cheese and preferred spices. Seal foil around the potatoes to form a packet and put over hot coals for 30 minutes. Another meal idea completed!

INTERESTED IN THE LUMBERJACK WORKSHOP?


Thanks to the City of Kingston for sponsoring this post.
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