I decided to hit PAUSE! ⏸

I know I've been M.I.A, and here's why...

This past December I started to feel like I was drowning. I was overwhelmed and anxious due to the never ending and never satisfied beast that is "social media". {Tell me I'm not alone in this.} I mean social media can easily become a life-sucking black-hole that is hell-bent on stealing valuable time away from you, when you could be spending it with those you love. {I bet right about now, you're saying "Wow! Tell me how you really feel, Dyan!" LOL

But here's the deal, as someone that manages multiple social media accounts for clients, as well as my personal channels AND my blog, when things start to go sideways it isn't long before things are a right mess! And truthfully, I'd been feeling this way for a while. Don't get me wrong I still see the value in social media and social media marketing (especially for brands) but flying blind is never effective. And somewhere along the way I abandoned my blog's strategy and lost my social media calendar... Boy, am I embarrassed to admit that. The type-A in me has been screaming "What's the plan, Stan?!" for months! Oops... 

It's not all bad! You see there are social media channels I truly enjoy like Twitter and Pinterest for their ease of use, endless information, news, and generally hospitable and friendly atmospheres, but my relationship with Instagram has not been so rosy. I recall a fellow social media marketer referring to Instagram in its earlier days as a "low-maintenance" channel. I scoffed then, and I quadruple scoff now! Instagram is like that needy, self-absorbed friend that is always bragging and screaming "Look at me! Look what I've got!" and no matter what you do to try and impress them, you always come up short and leave feeling bad about yourself. {Taking a deep breath now}

Okay I'm back... So in December I decided it was time for me to hit PAUSE on my "friendship" with Instagram (I'm using the term "friendship" loosely and sarcastically here). I'd been feeling like I was putting up content just for the sake of putting up content; and to no avail. It was evident that I wasn't growing my engagement or followers by posting mediocre content. Ugh... And the worst part was, that I typically ended up on Instagram several times through the day (mostly stemming from boredom and an almost addictive sense of needing to) where I would scour other blogger's feeds in what starts out as a search for inspiration and ended with jealousy and self-contempt. So enough was enough!

I wrote a blog post a little while ago about moving forward with my blog in an honest and authentic manner... but I'm sad to say that once again I got caught up in the game and lost track of who I really am and what my message is.

So I took a break from Instagram. And with a little help and encouragement from my mentors, Lara Casey, Emily Ley, Sofie Von Marricks and Lori Harder, I've got my head on (relatively) straight again. In the last several months I've been digging deep and building myself back up, brick by brick, to the #GirlBoss I know I am. This week I began re-evaluating my content, my strategy and my message and I think I'm ready to rejoin the Instagram world. But I'm going to need you, my readers, to bear with me as I navigate these waters and find my "new" groove!

At the end of the day, all I really want to do is to focus on living my life! And share my stories on the GenerationYYZ blog along the way. I want GenerationYYZ to reflect my journey, and the journey we all have, to live our lives to the fullest and happiest! I hope you'll join me on this journey as I highlight: meal planning, meal prepping and eating clean, practicing regular yoga and meditation, reading thought-provoking and life motivating books, decorating seasonally, loving life and those around me whole-heartedly... Along with challenging myself to be the best version of "me" that I can be, and in turn hopefully inspiring others to do the same.

So Instagram, I only have one thing left to say to you...

Let's Be Honest

I've decided that I need to share some truths, with you, my followers. You see, I started this blog over two years ago this June and I labelled it a Toronto "Luxury" Lifestyle blog. Well... The truth is that the pressures and expectations of living up to that title just don't seem to fit with me and my lifestyle. It's all very nice and admirable to strive to live a luxurious life and surround yourself with the most sought-after designer things, and jet-set around the world; and maybe someday I will. But for now, I'm just me! A girl that loves social media and writing... Who loves fashion, beauty and home decor... And who more recently loves cooking, meal planning and living a healthier lifestyle. (Oh, and I can't forget... Who loves her always cute and often quirky Miniature Pinscher, CoCo.) 

I find that I'm regularly choosing not to write on my blog because I don't feel the content is worthy of the "luxury" lifestyle label and in turn that I'm not worthy. As a Type A person, the pressures to be perfect are overwhelming in all areas of my life and I'm very hard on myself... On several occasions I have even gone through the entire process of taking photos, editing them and writing a few paragraphs for the blog post only to look back and decide not to post it at all because it wasn't "good enough". Instead of sharing all the fun and happy things I get up to... I've only been sharing the super elite, or super photoshopped things.

I want to make a change...

I admit that I am kind of jealous of all of those Instagram feeds that are perfectly lit with crisp white, clean looking photos that tell such a beautiful and cohesive story. But as someone who has been both in front of and behind the camera, and in the modelling industry and the print industry, I know this is not how these other people/bloggers live, at least not all of the time, in real life. These pictures are staged and styled. I admire them for what they are, but I also know that some of the prettiest flat lays are on a marble tile in the middle of someone's living room with photography lighting setup all around it in order to get that perfect shot. Don't get me wrong, I hope to improve my own photography skills with some courses in the near future. But not so that I can show only the super staged parts of my life, but so I can share the fun and candid parts of my life (all while having a better understanding of utilizing natural light... AND all the settings on my camera).

I guess what I'm trying to say is, I've always qualified myself by my achievements or job. I've always been "Dyan - The girl that won three terrific kid awards in elementary school", or  "The competitive dancer" or "Miss Teen Canada" and then later in life I was "Dyan - The girl who does social media for a luxury hotel" and "The girl that does social media for a communications agency"... And most recently it's been "Dyan - The girl that just got laid-off so now I'm trying to figure it all out/full-time blogger". But the truth is... That's NOT who I AM! And I have my amazingly supportive boyfriend to thank for helping me to realize that! His pep talks and continual belief in me is what has motivated me to make a change. 

I want to be authentic.

I want my friends and followers to come along on the REAL adventure that I call my life. I want to be silly, and honest, and fun. I want to build up and support other bloggers in their journey to find their "real" story too, and to not be afraid. To not be afraid to share their real self with the online world. To not be afraid of being judged or feel that all of their content needs to be staged. To be themselves and have an Instagram feed that they can look back on someday and remember all the fun times, not all the staged moments. And with that, I'd like to re-introduce myself for the next chapter of GenerationYYZ. I'd just like to add that... This is our generation, and we can be who ever we want to be!

So, "Hi!" I'm Dyan. I'm a twenty-something girl living in Oldtown, downtown Toronto, in a somewhat crowded but cozy condo with my awesome, handsome and hardworking boyfriend and our litter box-trained rescue dog, CoCo. I've recently completed the Elimination Diet for food allergies after seeing an amazing Naturopath, Dr. Shannon Vander Dooelen [you should definitely visit her if your health concerns aren't being adequately addressed via traditional medicine]. Working with Dr. Shannon has resulted in me finding out that I benefit from taking a few supplements daily and that I am lactose intolerant {Voice Over: "Stay tuned for some delicious lactose-free recipes as I figure this all out"}.

I love meal planning and meal prepping especially while using a rainbow of healthy and mostly organic ingredients. I medititate every day. I practice yoga between three to four times a week, and I just started taking tennis lessons (something I've always wanted to do). Saturday morning is market day, so you can always find me at St. Lawrence Market. I don't like "fast fashion". My style is very classic and casual; I could live in my Ted Baker jeans and a v-neck tee. And this girl LOVES high heels!

I can't go a day without my SkinCeuticals skincare products or Kevin Murphy haircare products. And I won't go outside without an ample amount of Dior mascara and lipgloss. My favourite food is sushi or pizza from True True Pizza down the street. I'm a Starbucks girl all the way! And I like to drink my coffee in the mornings on the balcony. But most of all, I just want to be happy and healthy, and enjoy all the days of my life! 

That's the "real" me in a nutshell! So I hope you'll follow me on my journey as I meal plan and cook a lot, drink wine and cocktails often, makeover our place seasonally with items I've pinned on Pinterest, talk all things healthy and active living, as well as test out and showcase some of my must-haves for fashion and beauty. Oh and watch as CoCo opens her monthly Barkbox or tries on outfits! This little dog loves her hoodies! LOL

So are you ready? Okay! Let's have some fun! 

Until next time... Enjoy!

Sincerely,

Weekly Wants

I think this is the perfect time of year to introduce a new category on the blog... "Weekly Wants".

Each week we will feature several shoppable products that we are either, already enjoying, or itching to get our hands on! Stay tuned... And enjoy shopping some of our favourite things!

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MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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GenerationYYZ® would like to wish and your loved ones a VERY Merry Christmas! And in keeping with the spirit of Christmas, here are a few of our favourite {Christmas} things...

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Dark chocolate hot chocolate with mini marshmallows and our handmade candycane reindeer!

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Our Christmas tree! YAY! With some of our favourite Starbucks ornaments!

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Wrapping paper and ribbons (including Kate Spade wrapping paper and Christmas cards)

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Watching “White Christmas" from 1954 and dreaming of a white christmas!

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Beautifully wrapped Christmas presents using Kate Spade gold polka dot wrapping paper

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Christmas decor and colour-scheme in the bathroom featuring LacosteRalph Lauren and Bath & Body Works

Merry Christmas from GenerationYYZ®!

Until next time… Enjoy!

Sincerely,

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Welcome: Hey! Hi! And... Hello!

The first blog post is often the most difficult. Simply because of the pressure of it being “the FIRST post"…

So instead I would like to take this opportunity to just say “Hi!" and “Welcome to my blog!".

I have a lot in store for you, should you choose to follow along!

A bit about myself…

I am a Generation Y-er living in the core of downtown Toronto; feeding off the energy and hustle n’ bustle going on outside my condo window. I often spend my time drinking in and soaking up the abundance of unique sites, sounds and smells this metropolis has to offer. And I absolutely adore admiring our beautiful city from the comfort of my balcony, coffee in hand. I close my eyes and press my ear to the whistle of the wind; hearing the medley of construction around the corner, mixed with foreign languages being spoken by passersby, the swish of planes over head and the BEEP BEEP! TOOT TOOT! of traffic *SIGH*. I LOVE THIS CITY! Always have... Always will!

You see… I am not originally from Toronto, but the magnetic pull of this city started for me when I was only in elementary school. And it was a major driving force for me to excel through my secondary education, in order to escape my small hometown and live my life in the BIG city. I never felt like I belonged in that small town - I never fit in, I never bought in to the whole “this is all life has to offer" mentality and I didn’t want to settle down with my high school sweetheart (no offence meant to anyone, it was just not for me). Over the years I have lived all over the GTA. I have even moved away and moved back. But no matter where I go, I honestly cannot replicate the longing and belonging feeling this city provides for me. It will forever be my “Home Sweet Home" as I’m sure many of you feel similarly!

I have worked in a variety of industries - Fashion, Luxury, Public Relations, Marketing, Advertising, Magazines and Loyalty. So combining all of my experience and connections in one place for my fellow YYZ Millennials just seemed like the right thing to do!

This blog will highlight and feature the following in no particular order…

- Fashion (His & Hers)

- Home

- Beauty & Grooming

- Tech Toys

- Travel & Leisure

- Gastronomy & Recipes

- Etc.

My features will be collaborative and informative, they will be on trend and off, they will be mainstream and mainstream-alternate…

BUT most importantly... they will be entirely for the 25+ young working professional that aspires to HAVE and to BE…

THE BEST" in all things YYZ!

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Until next time… Enjoy!

Sincerely,

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