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Why Failure May Be The Best Thing That Has Ever Happened To You

Why Failure May Be The Best Thing That Has Ever Happened To You

Falling down is hard. No question. But hitting rock bottom may just be the best thing that ever happened you you. You’ll realize that perfection doesn’t exist, growth happens in the trenches, and other important lessons you need to learn in order to pull yourself up.

The Best Things To Do In Toronto

Whether you are thinking about what to do on your time off with the kids or having an adult escape, the city of Toronto has many wonderful options. 

What is a city, anyway?  Dictionary.com defines it as a large or important town.  It may be thought of as a collection of people, minds, cultures, and landmarks.  The word ‘agora’ is Greek for a gathering place for the exchange of ideas among the free-born as well as of goods.   Geoffrey West, a physicist who has studied cities, describes a city as a magnet that draws people in; a living organism, in this video for The Atlantic.

This city -- what pulls you in?  What makes you want to stay and experience it fully? 

For Torontonians -- What would it be like to see your city with fresh eyes, as if you are visiting for the first time?  For out-of-towners  -- I invite you to experience a city full of diversity, intellect, compassion, culture, beauty, arts, sports, great food, entertainment, and spectacular views!

Here is my list of Toronto favourites, complete with hyperlinks to take you to more information.  For further information visit the Tourism Toronto website and watch the new promotional video below that is garnering a lot of attention.  Please share your favourites in the comments section and let’s celebrate Toronto!  

Classically Good Things to Do

Neighbourhoods that Built this City

  • Once the hippie district, Yorkville is the destination of choice for stars and stargazers – plenty of fine dining, shopping, and gallery options here!

  • King West has a nice selection of trendy dining, cocktail bars and upscale spas

  • Feeling like a lazy stroll or a volleyball game? Go to The Beach!

  • Greektown is alive with Mediterranean tastes…Opa!

  • Little Italy will serve up some of the best pasta, gelatos and espressos in town

  • Little Portugal will heat you up with Piri Piri

  • Chinatown is full of Chinese markets and dim sum restaurants

  • Little India on the east side will bring your taste buds alive

  • Leslieville is burgeoning with award-winning restaurants and hangouts

  • Roncesvalles and Bloor West villages offer up Polish and Ukrainian fare – some of the best sauerkraut and plum donuts in the city

A Small Selection of the Many, Many Fabulous Restaurants

  • 360 CN Tower, revolving restaurant, Canadian, Downtown  

  • Scaramouche, breathtaking views, French haute cuisine, north Yorkville  

  • Sotto Sotto, Italian, Yorkville  

  • Harbour 60, Steak, Downtown  

  • Aria, Italian, near Air Canada Centre  

  • Ruby Watchco, Chef Lynn Crawford, seasonal Canadian cuisine, Leslieville  

  • Canoe, Canadian, 54th floor of TD Centre, Financial District  

  • Ki, Japenese, Financial District 

  • Terroni, Italian, 3 locations

  • Frank’s Kitchen, cozy, everything-made-in-house, fine dining, College Street

  • Joso’s, Seafood inspired by the Dalmatian Coast, Yorkville  

Best Views of the City

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  • Have a sunset dinner at the top of the CN tower

  • Take a ferry to Centre Island and see the entire cityscape

  • Sail a boat or take a boat cruise around the Islands

  • Enjoy a martini on The Roof, the Yorkville Park Hyatt’s bar

  • Walk through High Park in spring – complete with mini zoo

  • Play volleyball in the Beach and later enjoy a walk through the shops

  • Stroll the western beach in Etobicoke

  • Rent a bike and go on a cycling tour of the waterfront

  • Go on a scavenger hunt to see strange and interesting statues and sculptures

 

Pamper Yourself

  • The Stillwater Spa is a classic, high-end spa - bring on the slippers and bubbly!!

  • Try out the Blitz Body Spa’s ancient restorative water treatments if you are on the free-spirited, naturalist side

Local Media Captures Who We Are

  • Newstalk 1010 is a great source for the hottest topics in the city

  • Tired of CNN? Be Canadian! Watch CBC or CP24 , and make sure you check The Weather Network for the weather forecast before you venture out!

Eleanor Roosevelt said that “the purpose of life is to live it, to taste it, to experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”

Live your city.  Enjoy Toronto!

Beat the February Blahs! Inject Inspirational Music Into Your Day

Whether you’re going through a difficult period in life, you're wondering if the groundhog really saw its shadow, you're trying to escape the negative political rhetoric – or you simply want to experience more joyful moments, turn up the volume on some inspirational music.

Music has the power to heal, trigger emotions and change thought patterns. Researchers believe sound actually penetrates our bodies, affects our heart rates, and literally moves us. That being the case, it makes sense to consciously incorporate music into our lives.  You might just feel a whole lot better!

Here are 16 of my favourite positive, empowering, uplifting songs.  Feel free to create a playlist of your own and add your favourites in the comments section. 

1.     One Day You Will by Lady Antebellum   

        2.     Good Life by OneRepublic  

3.     Walking on Sunshine by Katrina and the Waves 

4.     A Beautiful Day by India Arie 

5.     Scare Away the Dark by Passenger 

6.     Everything in its Time by Corrinne May 

7.     Brave by Sara Bareilles 

8.     Something Big by Shawn Mendes 

9.     I’m Yours by Jason Mraz 

10.Perfect by Pink

11.Beautiful Day by U2 

12.Human by The Killers 

13.Best Day of My Life by America Authors 

14.Return to Innocence by Enigma 

15.Spirit Bird by Xavier Rudd 

16.Now by Dave Carroll       

 Live life full and let some wonderful music into your day!