Chanele’s Check-In: April 2017

In April…

  • I spoke at a conference on my signature topic “The Power of Dressing Well”
  • I celebrated my brother’s graduation from flight school
  • My grandparents from Barbados came to visit
  • I finalized the date for my next ideate networking event – June 10th!
  • I did a fun photoshoot with my favourite photographer, Gooseberry Studios

But also, I was disappointed that…

  • I still didn’t write as many blogposts as I wanted to… but I’m content with that!
  • I didn’t start writing my second e-Book… but I do have the topic finalized!

Book I Read: The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking

Changes: No major changes in April although I would like to cut off a little more hair in May hehehe

In May, I’m looking forward to…

  • Planning the next ideate networking event (it’s going to be a good one!)
  • Seeing a friend I haven’t seen in a few months
  • Speaking on personal branding for a youth employment group
  • A long weekend! No big plans for it but 3 day weekends make me happy 🙂

Am I the only one wondering how April flew by so quickly?

As I sit here to reflect on the past month, April is pretty much a blur in my mind – except for a few key moments, of course.

If you follow me on Instagram, you’d know that my little brother graduated from flight school last month. My family and I flew over to Moncton, New Brunswick (on the East Coast of Canada) to attend his graduation ceremony and the 3 days we spent there were the happiest I had been in a long time.

I’m a big family person and nothing makes me happier than spending time with them especially my family in Barbados who I don’t get to see that often. I partially disconnected from social media so I could fully be present in the moment. Throughout this “mini-vacation”, many thoughts began to run through my mind:

“I wish I could be this relaxed all the time…”

“I’m just so happy and content right now. How could I just freeze this moment?”

On our last day we had a lot of time to kill before the airport so we headed over to Chapters (for non-Canadians, that’s our bookstore here in Canada). I don’t think it’s any coincidence that I stumbled upon “The Little Book of Hygge” as it was exactly what I needed to read in that moment.

Photographer: Gooseberry Studios

Hygge is the Danish word for a cozy atmosphere and experience; the art of creating intimacy or coziness of the soul. It is considered the Danish way to live well.

People in Denmark are considered some of the happiest people in the world because they are intentional about incorporating hygge into their everyday life. The Hygge manifesto includes 10 things: atmosphere, presence, pleasure, equality, gratitude, harmony, comfort, truce, togetherness and shelter.

As I read this manifesto, I immediately began to reflect on the trip and how the whole experience was hygge. So then the question became – “How do I incorporate hygge into my everyday life so I can be less stressed and more happy?”

There are so many moment that I consider hygge and I’ve been trying to incorporate at least one into my every day:

  • Curling up in my favourite blanket and watching Netflix
  • Snacking on buttery popcorn
  • Wearing my favourite cozy winter socks
  • Spending time with my family
  • Quality time with my husband
  • Sipping on a hot cup of Peppermint tea
  • Disconnecting from Instagram 
  • Spending weekends at home

Even writing those out, I couldn’t help but smile. I love all of those moments so much but to be honest with you, sometimes I feel guilty about wanting to take time for them. I am getting better at it though. If I come home and I’m just not feeling up to it, I’ll watch Netflix instead of writing blogposts. If you’re wondering why I only posted 1 new blogpost last week..I was curled up in my favourite blanket watching the movie Queen of Katwe. #NoShame

One of my challenges that I gave myself towards the end of April was to be more visible on Instagram stories. I never really used it because I felt as though I couldn’t be “real” on it. With me representing a brand focused so much on image, if I wasn’t dressed up, I didn’t feel comfortable being on video. Well, I’ve decided to ignore those things I self-imposed and just be myself. Doing this has made me feel really happy and content.

I’ve transitioned to a new stage in my life where I’m ignoring any self-imposed guilt and any pressures to fit within a particular standard and I’m pursuing my happiness unapologetically. You’ll see this over the coming months in my Instagram Stories, posts and my pictures. I’m happy, I’m relaxed and care-free and I hope through my journey that I’ll inspire you to do the same.


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