I’m a writer

I have to say that I have loved blogging and writing in the past few months. My love for writing has grown and I have found that it is also like a form of therapy for me in terms of just getting out what I need to say. I have to admit, it is a little weird to know that people are reading, but it’s cool at the same time that people are even interested. I also have been asked to guest write for various publications around BC and because of this, I received my very first paycheque as a “writer”. Never really thought too much about it, but it is pretty great to be acknowledged for being a writer. It really is a privilege to write about others and celebrate people’s stories. I get how Oprah feels 🙂 Maybe I’ll have my own talk show someday 🙂

Excited for this week. Great projects & performances coming up. And the SUN IS SHINING. It’s always a great day when the sun is out!

~ M



Things I wish I’d learned in high school that I will teach my kids…

Van3School seems so important to everyone, and yet no one really ever stresses how vital LIFE is, and learning to LIVE IT WELL could make or break it. I have to tell you, I learned a lot from my parents, and that included working hard, and being anything I wanted to be. They gave me every opportunity I ever could ask for and they sacrificed for it, but there’s just some things that I wish would have been part of the school curriculum that weren’t. Instead we were bombarded with crap we’d never remember now, and stuff that wasn’t even legit, like the the planet ( or non planet Pluto lol ) That’s all this is about.

I compiled a list of things I’ve learned over the years in my late 20’s that I will make sure my kids know, and still as I debate over sending them back to school next year, or homeschooling, I’ll continue to manoeuvre my children through this crazy world, and try my best to make a difference that means something. It’s not a ‘regrets’ kind of list, its merely to prove how aware I need to be in what I teach my children from what I didn’t know before, but know now!

So, when I was younger, I wish that…

1. In all the math classes someone would have taught me about balancing my cheque book, mutual funds, how much college and university really costs, staying away from credit card debt and stuff like: if you can’t afford it, don’t buy it. Simple hey lol.

2. Instead of Sex Ed, someone would just have mentioned that having a kid messes with your whole entire insides and you’ll never be the same again. Forget STD’s and condoms, start telling girls the other stuff and they’ll fight boys off with sticks, and won’t have sex till they are like 40 haha

3. That someone would have told me how to do my taxes, and getting a great accountant could change your life 🙂

4. That being “mature” doesn’t mean having less FUN.

5. That I had learned more about mental health, and taking care of myself.  ( I’m blessed that in my adulthood I asked questions with a Dad who educates me on this, but I  hope everyone could have a Dad like mine to help  when they are younger)

6. That someone would have told me about the “black” people hair section in walmart. Although I grew up in Medicine Hat, maybe they didn’t have one there lol.

7. That when I had “job” shadow day, someone would have told me anything about entrepreneurs because entrepreneurs are awesome. ( Again – thanks Dad for showing me this is AWESOME! )

8. That doing what you dream is ok, as opposed to doing something you hate just for money. There is no security in anything in this world, except Jesus 🙂

9. That being in the entertainment industry is a great career, not just something you make fun of in the tabloids or read about in People magazine. Aside from what you hear, some of the best people work in this industry.

10. That TIME is your most valuable commodity on this planet, so don’t waste it doing stupid things, or having people waste your time. Be purposeful in everything you do – even in the FUN that you choose. REST and TRUST more.


There’s more I’m sure, but that’s it for now:) With all that said, this is the kind of view I’ve had all week. Doing some house hunting, driving kids to auditions, meeting with some incredible people in the music industry, and got my life changed once again from a visit to 604 records, but most of all getting myself healthy. In the midst of productivity, I also got awesome family time, and rest, it’s been a great week! And the weekend is the most exciting part of all! Tell ya later! xo

~ M

Love you Mum xo

photo-33My mother’s name is Helen, and today is her birthday. I get the privilege of having two amazing mothers, my white one – Wanda, (haha,  my mom-in-law ) and my brown mum -Helen ( my mum ).Today, I want to honour her and just write about how amazing it is to have a mother like her.

photo-36My mother gave of her entire life to raise us kids, and be there for us. She was at every concert, every play, every soccer game, every music lesson, and I realize now the time she really gave us. I am learning that in life, TIME is the most precious thing one can give. And how blessed I was to have my mother present and engaged in every aspect of my childhood.

photo-34In England, when my dad was completing medical school and just starting his career, we would move from city to city, and sometimes in the transitions, we’d have to catch bus after train after bus to get to school and back, till we found one closer to attend. That’s crazy, but I never remember my mum complaining. In fact, I have no memory of my mum really complaining or getting mad. I’m sure she did, but I remember her being always kind, caring, and hard working. She worked hard as a nurse while dad was still in medical school, cooked and cleaned, took us to church, all our lessons, and still made us lunches even through high school ( and they were sooo good! ). She encouraged us kids to be great citizens of the world, but most of all, she loved us no matter what. When I was young, she would sing all of us to sleep dressed in her nurses uniform, because as we were ending our day, she was just beginning her night shift at the hospital. My parents dreamed of a better life for our family, and they worked hard for it, but they also raised us in the middle of it all. They were a young working family, and they chose to have us and teach us much of that same determination that we all have today in our lives, going after what we set our minds to. They were immigrants in foreign lands, but they never let that stop them from achieving their dreams.grandkids

My mum is one of my heroes, and always will be. I am blessed that she gets to be around as a grandmother to our children, and that is something I treasure so much as I never had the opportunity to grow up with grandparents. I love the times we get to be together to just live life, and I miss her much when sometimes I just want to go for afternoon tea. We are still a plane ride away, but am glad we are not too far. Blessings mum today, and for the rest of the year. Thank you for being so incredible my whole life xoxo ~ Sammy ( that’s what she calls me. long story lol hahaha )