32, eh? So Far, So Good

I had a quarter life crisis when I was 24. I was unhappily betrothed, living in some small coal mine hell town in the middle of no where in Alberta where the only sign of civilization was a small Subway restaurant beside the Holiday Inn. The plan of action there for most girls who were slinging drinks in what was lovingly referred to as “The Bar” because it was THE only bar in town, get impregnated by a coal miner and let yourself go into a marriage of pajama pants and poutine. How I ended up in this shit box town is a story in an of itself, but we will save that for another day.

The short of it – I thought my life was over. At 24. I had dreams of shoving my head in the oven. I read The Bell Jar. A lot. I thought I was stuck and that was my life. I knew I had a brain and it wasn’t being put to good use. It was turning to mush. I wanted something bigger and better but I didn’t know what it was.

I did a very tough thing and left the guy I was with and the home that we owned together. The implications around this were a lot more complex than you would think. But again, another time. Let’s just say that I had to put myself first.

Who would have thought that 8 years later, I would be in such a place of happiness?



Not only have I found the career of my dreams, but also my best friend forever. What could be more exciting than that! I even visited my old high school last week and gave a talk to Careers Class about what I do. Very surreal for me, especially because I hated this place sooooooo much in my teens.


I just celebrated my 32nd birthday with the true love of my life. We are officially set to purchase a lovely condo on the lake – Just gave our 60 days notice! We are soooooooo excited to actually own something in this city! Well, to be fair, a little outside of the city. After four years of ValTorontoGal and Brody working out of Mississauga, we’ve decided to step a small way out for a little breathing room.

We are very attracted to the water and being right on the marina and the fact that our home-to-be offers 2 gyms, a tennis court, a squash court, beautiful BBQ area and sunning terrace as well as views of the CN tower, we are pretty excited. In addition to that, the street car is still just right outside of the building so we’re not too far.


Hello Lover…..


Brody and I are big tennis fans so this is gold.


So essentially we are moving to a retirement community for young professionals. I am totally fine with that.

The purchase of our new home has suddenly made me excited for things regarding our impending wedding, such as gift registries. I was especially excited to learn that Kate Spade and Vera Wang had home collections. Done. This Kate Spade Rose Gold Cutlery collection is on my to-die for list, but it’s $110 for five pieces, meaning that a full 6 piece set is gonna cost me or whoever loves me so much to entertain the idea of buying it as a wedding gift. That said, I’ve spent less on purses. Also, I rarely have dinner guests. So I guess it’s a lot for our everyday cutlery. Whatever. I still want it.

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And yes, our wedding is now exactly five months away. So crazy! Still working like a fiend on that bikini body as our wedding is happening in Mexico on December 30th. The last thing I want to be worrying about during that time is how I look in a swim suit.

I’ve started the Dukan Diet. Well, I apply it as much as possible. I find it easier than most diets because you can eat as much as you want of these 100 foods. I lost 3 pounds on The Attack phase but summer is killing me because there is always an excuse to break diets and go have fun. Weddings, birthdays, cottages, forget it. So I am not going to kill myself and be too strict with this just YET. I figure I will apply the Dukan principles as much as possible over the rest of the summer then come crunch time before the wedding, we are all guns go. I’ve lost 6 lbs since May first, so 2 lbs a month which I think is a steady way to do it. The slower you lose weight, the better the chances of not putting it all again.

All in all, 32 is pretty amazing so far. With a new condo and a marriage happening in the next five months, it is sure to be the most eventful year of my life to date!


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  • http://www.justinbaisden.com Justin Baisden

    Congratulations on the purchase of your new home. Who knew that good things can actually happen to good people? =)

  • http://levynewsnetwork.wordpress.com TheDanLevy

    Love it, Val! Congrats. Also, had no idea you used to live in Alberta. If you’d stayed would your first Twitter handle have been VAlbertaMinerGirl??? 😉

  • http://www.spiffykerms.com Nancy

    Love that you called your new place a retirement home for young professionals. Also – huge congrats on the buy! It looks gorgeous.

    December 30, 2013 is the date my husband & I got married. We planned our wedding in 6 friggen days. Heading back to Newfoundland in the next week to have a mini reception in my parents back yard: a very informal backyard BBQ. :)

  • Elmira Vatsni

    Great! So happy for you. Happy stories make everyone happy!

  • Anna Stainsby

    Hi! I love your blog! I am also a fashion blogger and I’ve nominated you for a Liebster Award! For details, look here: http://allchanelgirls.com/2014/08/06/liebster-award/