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Eternal Quality

SUCCESSFUL LIFE HACKS FOR A CHEF

As an amazing summer comes to an almost close, I found myself enjoying a bottle of Campo Viejo Spanish wine and reflecting on some of the other small things that help me find the joy in every day. I know I’m incredibly lucky to have a completely self-crafted and curated career, but I truly believe […]

Work for Pleasure, not Money or Expectation.

Before I really dove into a career in media, I was on my way to a PhD in Sociology, partially because everyone around me saw my potential as an amazing academic, and partially because I knew it was good money. Thankfully, too many horrible Karl Marx texts made me realize that making 100K as a […]

Try a New Cuisine Each Month.

When I first moved back to Toronto right after high school, I was insistent that my family and I go out to try at least one new cultural cuisine each month. From Thai, Ethiopian, Middle Eastern and Italian, Toronto offers such an array of cultural cuisines that it’s only natural to use your dining experiences […]

Create Opportunities.

As an entrepreneur, I don’t wait for anything to drop in my lap. I’m always researching, learning, cold calling, finding new spaces for me to occupy. Anyone who has ever worked with me knows that this is the secret to my success. It’s the difference between reaching my goal in a year or literally never […]

Don’t Diet.

You can read about my thoughts on the issues with the diet mentality here. Dieting is a sure-fire way to ruin a healthy relationship with food, which is ultimately essential for both physical and emotional health. Nourish your body, love your whole self, and you’ll look and feel great.

Let Go of Perfect.

This took me a long time to learn. I’m admittedly a classic Type A personality, and have struggled with the (sometimes debilitating) side effects of this condition my entire life. But something my father once told me really stuck. He said, “Abbey, when you put yourself on a pedestal, there’s no where left to grow”. […]

Travel for Unique Food.

Most (okay, all) of my travel experiences are planned around where and what I want to eat. I wanted to eat BBQ so I planned a trip to Texas. I wanted to eat pinxtos, so I went to Spain. I aim to travel to at least a few new cities around the world each year, […]

Complement Others.

I find that complements are contagious, so when you give a complement, you automatically feel good and you radiate a sexy confidence that immediately elicits compliments. Trust me. It’s like giving a gift- it just always feels amazing.

Be Active (and Love it)!

Research shows that when people exercise to burn calories or lose weight, they hate it so much they tend to eat more to compensate. Try finding activities that you love and pushing yourself only as far as is still pleasurable. For example, I really do love running, and weight lifting with my trainer, and I feel […]

Say Yes to Scary New Work Experiences.

I built a career from nothing. I didn’t go to school for blogging or influencer work or social media or even TV. No one was there to tell me how to run any aspect of my business, so I’ve had to learn through my own experiences. This meant a lot of very-scary-butterflies-in-my-tummy-first-timer-OMG-what-the-heck-am-I-doing experiences. Without those […]

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