Live to work or work to live? At some point, we all have to come to a decision in our life about certain priorities in our lifestyle and workplace. Being a goal driven individual working in the design industry, it is easy to fall into the live to work trap in Toronto. The rising cost of living in Toronto and the falling world economy is forcing many to work harder with lesser pay for survival and to upkeep with their lifestyle demands and expenses.

After a decade of live to work lifestyle, I finally came to the realization that it is not fulfilling my need to learn something new everyday. Living in Toronto was starting to feel stagnant and sheltered.  I was inspired to embark on a new adventure which will allow me to try things I haven’t been able to do because of my work demands. I wanted to know what the rest of the world was up to. I found a one-way ticket to all the destinations that I wanted to visit on Expedia multi-destination which was hard to resist. One way from Toronto, Canada – Kingston, Jamaica – San Francisco, United States – Taipei, Taiwan – New Delhi, India was $1,650.00. A price tag that was too good to be true in comparison to the cost of living in Toronto. I was ending my trip in India to do a yoga teacher certification course which was something I always wanted to do for myself to deepen my yoga learning. I don’t really see myself as a yoga teacher but we’ll see.

I’ve always wondered how many of my friends was capable of just picking up and leaving Toronto and always thought it really takes a certain type of individual to do it. I was certain I was not one of them. I was eager to work on my career and was in a hunt to find a job that I loved and excited to wake up to every morning. I was too responsible to take some time off and travel and never mind where I would put all my belongings I’ve been collecting for the past thirty years. It was now or never. I was desperate for inspiration. Something fresh. I decided it was time to take some time off.

To justify all this, I did some budgeting, cost and risk analysis to ensure I was making the right decision. Who can really afford this? To much of my surprise, anyone can! I sold all my “things” by turning my apartment into a shop over the weekend which helped me raised close to $3,000. Trips like these takes much planning, from medications to tourist visas which I won’t bore you with. This section of my posts will cover my journey. Eat. Crave. Love.

Secret of Success

Puccho CupcakesPhoto via Cupcakes Take the Cake

“Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside”

- Mark Twain


This Is Your Life – The Holstee Manifesto

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The Story

The Holstee Tee. Made of 100% Recycled material the shirt featured a unique holster positioned pocket – rethinking the classic t-shirt with focuses on fit, style, sustainability, and functionality.

Over the course of the first year of business the team designed and produced half a dozen new products including The Recycled Wallet, made of newspapers and plastic bags collected off the streets of India; The People Pendant, made of recycled acrylic scraps from a Chicago-area sign maker, and their Upcycled line of t-shirts which highlight the lasting value of apparel.

In the summer of 2010, Holstee launched a new area of their site, Curated x Holstee. Following the mantra “Curating with a Conscience” the Holstee team seeks some of the most beautiful and innovative sustainable designs and shares them with their community though their video reviews, newsletter and shop.

Holstee began as a dream Mike, Dave and Fabian had to create a lifestyle for themselves – a lifestyle which reflects their manifesto. Holstee designs and curates with the hopes that each product and its inherent story inspires others to follow their dream. A closely knit community of fans has been growing around Holstee products, curated items, the music they listen to, and experiences they share.

If it wasn’t for the help and dedication of Holstee’s creative, dedicated, and inspired contributors there is no way it would be where it is today. Thanks to everyone for helping us expand our vision for creating a better planet through beautiful design.

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Life is a Journey: Live. Dream. Love.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

- Mark Twain

“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure…than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.”

- Theodore Roosevelt

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

- T. S. Eliot

“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”

- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.



Love + Live

Two quotes that really touched me today:

“Holding on to anything is like holding on to your breath. You will suffocate. The only way to get anything in the physical universe is by letting go of it. Let go & it will be yours forever”.

– Deepak Chopra

“Do not look back and grieve over the past, for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful that it will be worth remembering”.

- Ida Scott Taylor

photo by Sarah Schellenberg

You’ve Got the Love – Florence + the Machine (The xx Remix)

Craving Soon…

I realized the need to create this website after being part of a food group and noticed my obsession with sharing all the delicious food I’m constantly craving, baking, cooking, and eating. It evolved to my love and obsession with design, shopping, and the need to help improve other’s lives. Follow this site and you will no longer be missing out on what life has to offer – food, gadgets, fashion, etc..

The birth of eat crave love happened the evening of March 10, 2011. Behold!