A life of travel, good food, wine and laughs.
Air Canada Gate Agent
Part-time Writer, Blogger & World Traveler
You were born and raised in Toronto, Canada, and until a few years ago, it seemed like you would spend the rest of your life there. But... you dropped everything, packed your bags and headed to the West Coast. How has the transition from bustling big city Toronto to laid back Vancouver been?
When I first moved to Vancouver, my brain didn't understand where I was: the flowers and cherry blossoms were abundant in February, my wake up calls would be to the sounds of seagulls in the morning, I'd have conversations about which vineyard to visit on the weekend... it was just a whole new world to me! Naturally, I miss my family and friends, but luckily for the airline, I can pretty well hop on a plane back to Toronto whenever I feel moments of absence. Vancouver is definitely more relaxed and I miss the energy from "the six" . But now, I live blocks from the ocean, minutes from the mountains and I don't let Old Man Winter get in my way for anything... because he doesn't exist out here!
Your day job can be quite stressful... having to put on a smile all day long while dealing with customers who may not be the most pleasant. How do you destress at the end of your shift?
Oh boy, there's never a dull moment at the airport! So I've created a warm, relaxed and cozy environment in my condo that I look forward to as soon as I open the front door. I turn on the fireplace, light some candles, play some Above & Beyond and work on my writing. OK, and I'd be lying if there wasn't a glass or two of vino involved as well!
What's a regular day like in your life from waking up to bed time?
Having no kids and no husband... hey, no stress? The first thing on my mind in the morning is usually breakfast. I love eggs so usually a nice veggie omelette and a big cup of coffee to start. I live in the "San Francisco" of Canada, minutes from the beach but to get there you must head down ginormous 45-degree-angled hills. And because of these hills, I get a pretty decent workout in, climbing to and from the beach. After that, I like to take a stroll along the pier and watch people paddle board and kayak (yes, even in winter!) or enjoy a drink on the boardwalk. I've recently joined a Thai boxing gym so I try and fit in a work out. When I'm not working, I like to cook, so I cook for my roommate or invite friends over for dinner. I also try to pop over to the Friendly Neighbourhood Bar and listen to the excellent talent of local musicians jam out together.
When you have time to pamper yourself, what do you go for?
I really don't wear makeup (it's more of a lazy thing than a beauty statement) and because of that, I've fallen for the eyelash extension look. It's great for lazy, non makeup wearers. Also, getting a massage from Jeff. He's the best in Vancouver!
Do you have a beauty secret you swear by?
It's not a secret... just smile :)
And then to fill in those smile lines, I like to use Robi's Natural Face Mask (mango, coconut & Australian pink clay) about twice a month. Makes my face feel like it just got a lift!
What are you favourite beauty/skincare products?
I truly believe in all natural products, and because of that I like to make my own face cream mixing several essential and carrier oils (coconut, jojoba, argan, macadamia, tea tree). Robi Luxury Skin Care uses 100 percent all natural ingredients, and I love using the Natural Body Butter in Vanilla. My skin literally sops up the cream, leaving my skin feeling so soft and hydrated.
How do you find balance in your life?
I travel... a lot.
Do you have any daily rituals you do to keep calm or focused?
I can see the ocean from my balcony and this brings me so much happiness. I do a random series of stretches and breathe in the fresh air.
And my morning eggs. Eggs keep me calm and focused.
What's the best beauty or overall wellness advice you've ever received?
For beauty advice: water is literally my best friend. My second best friend is my aloe vera plant.
For overall wellness, from my 95-year-old Grandmother: Trust the process; never have any regrets in life.
Well said, Lisa's grandma! And that's a wrap on another Q&A!