books, ideas & perspectives

QUESTION: would you join a book club?

EDITED 05-17-21: Our Facebook book club now exists! You can join it here: Join the book club: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mistralspiritbookclub Original Post: Would you join a Facebook book club? Let me know… because I really, really want to start one for us! Some of my favourite moments from this past year have been chatting about a book… Continue reading QUESTION: would you join a book club?

academic, economics, ideas & perspectives

ideas || Choosing Foreign Aid: Emerging Markets and the U.S. – China Battle for Strategic Global Influence

There seems to be two global economic systems emerging with different institutions and goals, one led by the United States, one by China. Which system do you think will be more attractive to emerging and developing markets, and why? I just finished a course this semester called Business Government and the Global Economy. It was… Continue reading ideas || Choosing Foreign Aid: Emerging Markets and the U.S. – China Battle for Strategic Global Influence

books, Literary Commentary, Philosophy

ideas || When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

As thought-provoking as this book was, I am GLAD to be done reading, discussing, and thinking about it. "When Breath Becomes Air" was written by Paul Kalanithi after he was diagnosed with cancer at 36. He was in his last year of neurosurgery residency (read: he had his whole career ahead of him) at the time. The book is interesting in many ways. First, he's both the doctor and the patient, and he shares that perspective. Second, his writing is unique in that he was a huge literature lover and just all-around a very well-read person! Third, it puts the onus of answering some of the book's big questions on you: the reader. The odds of getting cancer in a lifetime are something around 1 in 3 right now. So it reads like a simple, universal story: this is his story, but it’s just as much your story, my story, everyone’s story. Really heavy stuff. I recommend it, but be mentally ready when you read it!

fitness, lifestyle, organization, snapshot, videos

lifestyle || the reality of work-life balance | a student’s transition to the 9 to 5

https://youtu.be/fPIkTBkm8AY Listen to this video as a podcast: https://anchor.fm/mistralspirit OK, let's be honest. A *full-time job*, great relationships, crushing your goals, maintaining your side-hustle AND dealing with administrative tasks like laundry, cooking, and surprise repairs ... you can't have time for everything. It's impossible, isn't it?! (AND I didn't even include a commute 😲) I'm… Continue reading lifestyle || the reality of work-life balance | a student’s transition to the 9 to 5

bullet journal, organization, videos

creativity || huge washi tape haul | unboxing & swatching my package from The Washi Tape Shop!

I swatched all the washi tape I own, including a new package The Washi Tape Shop sent me recently! I've been obsessed with these tapes for decorating my bullet journal, scrapbooking, and just generally incorporating into my own art. I'm also especially excited for some of the original designs coming to The Washi Tape Shop… Continue reading creativity || huge washi tape haul | unboxing & swatching my package from The Washi Tape Shop!

videos

creativity || journal with me timelapse | our new apartment

A cute timelapse of my creative photo journaling process. In January 2021, we moved into our new townhouse apartment and it's in the most beautiful location near the waterfront. I had some fun photos from our first few weeks, during which we re-painted the walls a brighter colour, waited for desks and furniture to arrive,… Continue reading creativity || journal with me timelapse | our new apartment

organization, videos

organization || 4 school & office organization hacks | with washi tape

Take notes, stay organized, and get motivated for school! Here are 4 ways to make studying more fun, creative and inspired using washi tape. This paper-based, removable crafting tape from The Washi Tape Shop comes in so many beautiful patterns & designs. You may have seen me use it to embellish my bullet journal and… Continue reading organization || 4 school & office organization hacks | with washi tape

academia, bullet journal, organization, things i learned

lifestyle || hard truths on organization and productivity

Feeling behind? Stressed? Anxious? Overwhelmed? Too much going on at once? ⁠ See that long list of "ongoing projects"? Yeah. This was a heck of a week back in November 2020. I went back in to decorate it and was thinking about how I managed to get all that stuff done in one week.⁠ I… Continue reading lifestyle || hard truths on organization and productivity

ideas & perspectives, lifestyle, things i learned

ideas || my new habit, journaling every day in Scrivener

I've started journaling again. In the past, I've journaled whenever I felt like it, which always translated to "when I'm feeling sad". Who wants to spend their happy time writing about how happy they are? Pssh. That's the time for living instead, isn't it? I have a few half-started notebooks filled with a few fun… Continue reading ideas || my new habit, journaling every day in Scrivener

academia, organization, videos

organization || highlight for revision at school & work | my colour-coding review system

How to highlight SMART! This system is simple, adaptable, and super-flexible for school studying and work notes organization. I use it across the board for ALL the notes I take - whether I'm learning, at university, or in a meeting. All you really need are 3 colours to replicate a system that will efficiently help… Continue reading organization || highlight for revision at school & work | my colour-coding review system

academia, ideas & perspectives, snapshot, videos

ideas || the keys to writing successful uni + scholarship essay applications | my 5-step process

I'm a Queen's University Commerce (business) student in 3rd year, specializing in marketing, with my full tuition covered by 2 major scholarships and 5 GPA merit-based awards. Here is how I structured my application essays for Queen's, the 5 steps to get started & write winning scholarship essays yourself, and my advice to anyone going… Continue reading ideas || the keys to writing successful uni + scholarship essay applications | my 5-step process

ideas & perspectives, Literary Commentary

ideas || i know who you are because of the words you use | The Midnight Library and my own emotional voice

I just finished reading The Midnight Library by Matt Haig, and filmed a short IGTV which I posted to Instagram yesterday. But there's one thing I briefly touched upon in those five minutes that I need to dive deeper into. There was something about his writing. https://www.instagram.com/p/CH50-sIBzym/ The book incorporates the science-fiction delight of parallel… Continue reading ideas || i know who you are because of the words you use | The Midnight Library and my own emotional voice

academia, bullet journal, videos

creativity || my stationery essentials

A complete round-up of my stationery essentials for bullet journaling, watercolour travel sketching, and note-taking! Sharing EVERYTHING I know about pencil cases, black pens, colour pens, illustration pens, brush pens, watercolours, washi tapes and more! Of course, this wouldn't be a stationery video without lots of pen swatches of every single pen & colour, and… Continue reading creativity || my stationery essentials