If you're craving something different, big or small, Dr. Lorraine Bennington, a Vancouver registered psychologist, shares her top tips for taking the leap.
If you feel like there's something missing in your life, it's time to figure out what adjustments you can make to improve your situation. Revisit the things that made you happy as a child, which Dr. Bennington says are part of your "life blueprint," to direct your first steps. That could mean taking jewellery-making classes if you've always wanted to be a fashion designer, or returning to university if you've long wanted to be a lawyer.
Visualize your future
If the idea of change overwhelms you, imagine what your life will look like in five years if things remain the same, then visualize what it will be like if you take the plunge. "Usually, people will say it looks better with the change," says Dr. Bennington.
Don't listen to toxic people
If you've found that a particular parent, sibling or friend doesn't believe you can succeed (in a new job, with a new partner or as a single parent), it's time to stop expecting that person to miraculously offer support. "Don't share your ideas with someone who is likely to respond negatively every time," says Dr. Bennington. Instead, seek people who are "consistently genuine and supportive."
Rewrite your story
Even if a transition (like a divorce or a layoff) is out of your control, you can choose to see the situation through a positive lens. Maybe there's a part of you that was unhappy for years or secretly wanted freedom from a controlling husband or a nosy boss. "Reframe the change as something good, rather than as something awful that's happened to you," says Dr. Bennington.
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Animal motifs are big this season. We show you how to wear this trend, whether you opt for a small poodle pin, or a satin tiger satin dress.
Animal print is a tried and true fall trend. We're used to seeing leopard print booties and python print purses. But this season, designers decided to include the whole animal in their fall and winter styles.
Predictably, Gucci went all out with panthers on sweaters and flies on purses. Stella McCartney introduced a swan print to her collection and Dolce & Gabbana satisfied the internet with its kitty-cat haute couture.
But, you need not turn to the (pricier) designers for your feline fix. Instead, shop our picks of animal motif fashion items below. Whether you're interested in a touch of whimsy in the form of a pin—or would prefer to make a statement—we've got something that will bring out your inner wild child.
Sheer bug ankle socks, $8, asos.com.
Akemi + Kin Tigre pullover, $88, anthropologie.com.
Horse stud earrings, $35, bananarepublic.ca.
Vintage bee collar shirt, $84, asos.com.
Satin front embroidery dress with tiger, $130, asos.com.
Equipment zebra silk blouse, $133, theoutnet.com.
Lion brooch, $38, etsy.com.
Swallow print blouse, $110, bananarepublic.ca.
Field Flower by Wendi Reed horse coat, $188, anthropologie.com.
Red crossbosy bag, $46, zara.com.
Meow hat, $13, hm.com/ca.
Eva Franco hooded lamb cape, $198, anthropologie.com.
Poodle pin, $15, hayleyelsaesser.com.
Butterfly Collective T-shirt, $75, tedbaker.com.
Drake’s Pajama top in Bengal tiger, $259, jcrew.com.
Make your holidays extra special with delightful DIY gifts, crafts and decorations.
Spread Christmas cheer to your friends and family with homemade presents, beautiful centrepieces and delightful ornaments. We've got more than 30 ideas to inspire your holiday crafting.
Simple and beautiful, these fingerless gloves are a stylish gift for those on the go. They keep hands warm but your fingers free. Plus, this beautiful pattern knits up quickly.
More easy knitted gift ideas:
- Celtic pillow case
- Erie hat knitting pattern
- Stylish winter headband
- Adorable penguin hat
Homemade retro trivet
Trivets are a simple and stylish gift any cook would love to receive. Scour your favourite thrift or fabric store for some adorable retro-inspired fabric, or customize to match their kitchen style.
More quick-sew gifts:
- Mary Jane slippers
- Leather luggage tag and earbud fob
- Pinafore apron
- Cute dog collar
- Pretty tea towel
More DIY gift ideas
These super-quick gift ideas are simple and stylish. You can even customize them by writing their name in a beautiful script.
Suede and gold wrap bracelet
Festive DIY decorations
Glittery homemade banner
Break out the glitter for this elegant banner. The best part is you can customize it with your own message or favourite Christmas carol lyric.
More great decor ideas :
- Crochet snowflakes
- Advent calendar
- Pretty plaid Christmas stocking
- Cute Christmas countdown elves
- New rustic wreath
DIY your tree
Wire copper holiday ornament
Make this elegant ornament for your family or for yourself. The simple shape and beautiful copper make it a timeless present that will hang with pride on any tree.
More ideas :
- Felt Christmas tree ornaments
- Quilted reversible Christmas tree skirt
- Cookie garland
- Festive bird ornaments
For your table
Snow globe centrepiece
Showcase your favourite Christmas figurine front and centre with this simple and beautiful snow globe centrepiece.
More stylish table decor:
- Copper pipe candelabra
- Free downloadable placecards
- Bowtie centrepiece
- Dainty holiday themed candle holders
- Gold gilded mason jars
Looking for more homemade holiday inspiration? Visit our Homemade Holiday headquarters.