My Top 10 picks for TIFF 2018

TIFF's list of movies and 2018 festival schedule were released online yesterday (and in print for those old schoolers out there). I personally prefer the book, which can be purchased/ordered for $45.00 through the TIFF Website and either shipped to you or picked up in person at the TIFF Bell Lightbox Theatre

With over 100 films & events this year, choosing the right ones can be a nightmare. Below is my top 10 must-see list, however, it's important to remember that many of the major films playing at TIFF are on their way to theatres this fall - if you don't mind being patient, I'd recommend seeing the artistic/independent/under-the-radar films at the festival and save the mainstream ones for Cineplex... but hey that's just my advice. 

MY TOP TEN TIFF 2018 PICKS:

Click on the images to be taken to their perspective TIFF pages. 

Additionally, here are some other notable films that I'm definitely going to see but not at the festival:

OTHER GOODIES TO WATCH

Cooking Fish with Jean-François Mallet (From 'The Easiest Light Cookbook')

I bought The Easiest Light Cookbook by Jean-François Mallet about a month ago as part of my new year's resolution to cook more healthy meals. Today is February 26th and I'm about to make my first dish! Time is just a construct. 

Tonight I'm making Salmon, Avocado, and Mushrooms and Caesar Salad

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Salmon

Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 20 mins

447 kcal/person, Gluten free, Lactose Free

What you'll need: Salmon (4 steaks w/ skin), Avocado (x1), Chives (1 bunch), Button Mushrooms (x8 large), Lime (x1). 

Caesar Salad

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 10 mins

351 kcal/person

What you'll need: Little Gem Lettuce (4 x heads), Chicken breasts (didn't use), Breadcrisps (2 pieces), Dressing (1/4 cup), Grated Parmesan cheese (1/4 cup)

 Available at Chapters & Indigo

Available at Chapters & Indigo

Luckily I had all this stuff in my mom's kitchen!

If you are strolling through a bookstore this cookbook is definitely worth a try. The meals look super simple to make, all of the ingredients are laid out very efficiently, and it's BIG so it'll keep you busy for a while. 

P.S the fish was delicious!! 

 

'Plan With Me' for a Very Productive Month of March

Looking to get more organized this March? I'd highly recommend purchasing a bullet journal, a set of Crayola markers, a couple black pens, and get cracking!

Bullet journaling is an amazing way to release some creative energy, while also planning an efficient lifestyle for yourself. As someone who loves to have their hands busy even when watching a TV show or movie at the end of the day, bullet journaling has become my rejuvenated creative hobby. 

If you are anything like me and used to be really into journalling but have given up because you either don't have enough time or don't consider yourself artistic enough, try giving "Plan With Me" Youtube tutorials a whirl. This one by Amanda Rach Lee for the month of March (see video below) has me energized, focus, and excited for the month of March. Try it for yourself! 

The designs are easy to follow along with and the finish product will have you feeling accomplished and excited for tomorrow. 

This App is Amazing for Fitness Trackers

If you own a fitness tracker such as a smart watch or a Fitbit then download the free app Carrot Rewards to your smartphone IMMEDIATELY. 

Carrot Rewards is an app that connects to your fitness tracker and, if you reach your step goal for that day, gives you redeemable points towards rewards programs such as SCENE, Aeroplan Miles, Petro-Points, More Rewards, and Drop Points. Sorry Americans, I think these are Canadian specific companies. 

  Screenshot of my Points History

Screenshot of my Points History

Since January 2nd I've earned 300 SCENE points! No advertisements, no bullshit. 

It's pretty gratifying to achieve something at the end of the day just for following your usual routine. The daily rewards are small but after a little while the points definitely add up and you can use them towards real stuff, such as a free movie at Cineplex

Check out the Carrot website to see recipes, health tips, and more:

Gratitude: It's Good for You!

I picked up a copy of LiveHappy Magazine when I was at the airport about a month ago - I was really really tired of reading about the same negative garbage over and over again, it's mentally exhausting. LiveHappy is self-explanatory magazine that is pretty jam packed with actionable tasks you can start immediately to start living a healthier and happier lifestyle. 

Something I picked up on that actually surprised my yeah-right-like-that's-supposed-to-work attitude was the notion of gratitude. It's easy, free, and 100% good for you and the people around you. 

Many Studies have revealed: Practicing gratitude really could make you live longer and better; there is a direct link between good health and giving thanks
— LiveHappy Magazine

// APPRECIATE THOSE AROUND YOU //

 

The most critical component of gratitude is appreciation. Eastern Washington University Professor, Philip Watkins, Ph.D. says that, "appreciation can best be understood as when something increases in perceived personal value. Perceived value, and more importantly, increasing perceived value, is extremely important to gratitude."

Well there you have it! Evidence from a doctor! 

Giving a shit = more appreciation = better perception of your own life = better life

Release Your Inner Badass

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For those of you who feel like you are living life by going through the motions and not reaching your full potential, this book is just for you. You are a Badass by Jen Sincero is a mix between a gentle hug and a kick in the ass. I've never been the type of person who reads self-help books, or if I do it's in the comfort of my own home where I can't be labeled as 'weak' by society, but this book helped change my life. 

You are a Badass is a refreshingly entertaining how-to-guide that will help identify and change self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors that stop you from getting what you want. You only live once so might as well create a life you totally love and this book will help you do just that.

I'm not usually one for all that spirituality hoopla but Jen makes these taboo topics relatable and explains why they are so necessary in all of our lives. Sincero's book will help you love yourself, help create better relationships with the people already in your life, and help give you some motivation for getting out of your comfort zone.

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