This past Monday I had the pleasure of getting the grand tour through the Interval House in Toronto. The first thing I noticed was the tight security they have surrounding inside and outside the unit. From the first 5 seconds of being there, you can tell that their number one priority is to keep these women and children safe.
They have a wheelchair accessible room for pregnant and disabled women which I think is extremely beneficial to take in consideration and they also have different tile patterns on the floor for the blind. The house has so many amazing levels to it! It’s filled with artwork from the children, there are a couple rooms for the kids to play in, they offer counseling for all women and children, as well as transition programs to help the women find jobs and places to live. What blew my mind was entering a room, filled with business professional clothes for women who are starting a new job and the house also helps prepare them for an interview. Top to bottom this place was amazing and it makes me so happy to see an organization doing so much to help victims of abuse.
They teach children how to have healthy relationships
Prior to, I went to the store and filled up a giant cart filled with toiletries. Most families that end up in the house are fleeing from a terrible and devastating situation and they don’t come with much, which is why I picked up tons of new toothbrushes, female products, shampoo etc.
I honestly couldn’t imagine running away from my condo and never looking back, while leaving all my belongings behind.
A little effort goes a long way! Be the change!
I feel that children these days are focused on school, friends, sports, family and who the cute guy is sitting behind them. They have so much energy and passion it’s truly amazing! Childen are not afraid to confront people, and they usually don’t care about silly things adults do these days. How can we help them discover their passions? How can we help them make their mark in the world?
Katie Zeppieri has created a platform for kids to put all their positive energy into. The mission of ” Make Your Mark” is to spread kindness and to develop and inspire young leaders of great character and also to explore their talents, find their passions and feel empowered to make their mark in their schools, community and the world.
I love to see young passionate entrepreneurs making a difference in this world! #bethechange
On Feb 20th 2017, I experienced Katie’s passion for all her amazing projects to do with empowering youth. She had myself and a friend hand out cake pops to the kids, sing karaokee, and take photos. She also had magicians, face painters and violinists playing in hope to also help raise money for Sick Kids. Everything was an absolute blast and the smiles that we saw from the kids were priceless! At the end of the day, each of us must ask our self “how are we making our mark?”.
I feel like every year I start off telling myself, “Ok it’s a new year, you need to eat healthier!”. And then 2 seconds later I am craving chocolate covered almonds and I have half a cookie in my mouth. So I then remind myself it’s all about balance! This year I have successfully been to the gym, yoga, a couple boxing classes and try to squeeze in a salad at least 4 times per week. It’s much easier to order a pizza or eat a bowl of cereal If you don’t map out a good selection of healthy restaurants.
Fresh happened to be the first healthy vegetarian restaurant I came across when moving to Toronto. Picture a small room with small tables and vibrant dishes. They have great options for huge salads/bowls which actually last me a lunch, dinner and possibly lunch for the following day. Each time I visit Fresh or other healthy restaurants I feel like patting myself on the back “You go girl, feed your body something healthy, woho eat those greens”.
If you love liquid breakfasts ( Excluding champagne ) you’ll love the wide variety of juices Fresh has to offer. My favourite part is they offer 1 full litre of juice for about $17 which lasts me at least half a day and you can have them made fruity or greeny. So the next time you feel like being healthy try washing down that cookie with a green juice, Fresh has 4 locations in Toronto so there’s no excuse!