Capilano University Welcome Orientation

I attended the Capilano University Orientation today and I loved it! At times overwhelmed by emotion for choosing a school where I know I belong and that according to Elder Rose Nahanee, CapU also chose ME! Her speech during the Welcome Ceremony and the things she said resonated with me.

She spoke about how the canoe is an important symbol to her and the Squamish Nation. At the funeral that she attended this morning they spoke of the “canoe” taking the deceased HOME.

Two thoughts entered my mind when Elder Rose Nahanee spoke of the canoe and the journey HOME. Mark Wilson, my high school sweetheart also attended Capilano University. And before he passed away he told his Mom that he was going HOME tomorrow. He passed away the next day on January 1, 2015.

When I had told Mark years before he passed away about my love for writing he encouraged me to start a blog. And here I am doing what I love! It feels wonderful and I want to do it all the time. And soon I will be when I start the Bachelor of Communications Program in September.

In a different context, I feel like I have come HOME to Capilano University. It is a feeling of acceptance, a welcoming of open arms, and encouragement from people who truly care about our success in our academic career and beyond: President of Capilano University – Paul Dangerfield, Squamish Nation Elder – Rose Nahanee, President of the Students’ Union – Emily Bridge, and Director of Student Affairs – Daniel Levangie.

During the ceremony I came to the realization I want to be involved with CapU in everyway I can. I have already applied to volunteer as a Well-Being Ambassador, a pilot project where Peers assist other Peers. I want to be a part of the Capilano Students’ Union by becoming a member who represents Mature Students and also become a member of Young Women In Business.

I can’t wait for it ALL TO BEGIN … Just 5 MORE DAYS!

To read more about the legacy of the canoe carved for CapU please read


You are the BEAUTY and the BEAST is that annoying “voice” that is always putting you down. Your enemy. Don’t listen to her OR him… You are AMAZING, you are BEAUTIFUL, you are WONDERFUL just as you are.

How am I so POSITIVE? I have overcome a lot, I have been through the “DARK NIGHTS OF THE SOUL”, and I SURVIVED! I hope that none of you have to experience this state in your life.

Google says, “The phrase “dark night of the soul” comes from the Spanish mystic and poet John of the Cross (1541–1597). (And) the dark night of the soul is a spiritual depression, a kind of existential crisis, that requires a deep and painful dip that must be experienced before enlightenment. The “dark night of the soul” is a concept that has been discussed for millennia, typically associated with a poem written by St. John of the Cross. “

It was the worst time of my life next to the periods of time when I was struggling with depression, anxiety, and insomnia. And I have also experienced ALL AT THE SAME TIME. I cannot explain to you here in one blog (article – my preferred term) what “dark nights of the soul” was for me and what it feels like. One word – hell.

But because of those awful experiences I have come out on the opposite end of the spectrum. Happy. Content. Fulfilled. Dharma. Dharma is a state of bliss that you will feel when you have found “your inner spiritual goddess or god”, you have found what your unique talents are that you can do better than anyone else, and use those talents for service to others. I have paraphrased Deepak Chopra’s book, “The 7 Spiritual Laws of Success”. If you have never read it before, please do. It will change your life.

This is just the beginning…

You’re probably wondering what I mean by that.   

I have BIG DREAMS & my website is just the beginning… I have discovered that I have a love and passion for writing & editing … YES, editing! Lol… 

I mentioned in my introduction that I will be writing weekly blogs – articles.  Articles is such a nicer and more pleasant word.  Who thought up the word blog and WHY is everyone using it… I don’t get it but c’est la vie…

(I Googled who first coined the term this afternoon and reveal that in my Blog section … Have a look.)

Think of me as your new BFF, your friend who shares ALL THE BEST STUFF with you…

My First Post!

Little Pink Door Boutique

Okay, so that is not exactly true.  I have a free website from Wix that I named Fashion INVESTIGATOR INC, published, and abandoned back in 2010.  Lol…

But this time I’m here to stay folks! I am so excited that I FINALLY have my own website & platform to speak with you, share with you, laugh, and celebrate with you… 

My Vision is  to continue to build my community of happy, positive, supportive people to SHARE my LIFESTYLE with you:

  • FASHION – and where to shop on a budget
  • EATS – where to get the best nomnoms & customer service
  • FITNESS -I quit  smoking 2 1/2 years ago & gained 15 lbs and I will share with you my journey back to fitness and help motivate you to keep you on track & in the gym – I am now a  Steve Nash Lonsdale Ambassador
  • NATURE – I am a Spiritual Empath:  “Empaths are truly gifted people in many ways. … It is a rare gift which makes them what they are – empaths. They sense the feelings of others as their own which makes them great listeners and trouble-solvers. Empaths have one rare trait that makes them even more powerful – these people are experts in human psychology.” – May 31, 2018  

And as a Spiritual Empath I NEED NATURE – being in the woods on a trail, at the beach near the ocean or near a stream, creek or river, OR in a beautiful garden such as Gerry’s Garden in North Vancouver, BC.


Soft Launch

Welcome to my Lifestyle Ezine, Fashion INVESTIGATOR INC and thank you for visiting!

It has been quite the journey to get here… And I am so happy to share my LOVES with you.  Every week I will inform you where  you can find FASHION name brands on a budget, where to eat the best NOM NOMS and receive the best customer service, keep you motivated to stay on track with your FITNESS routine as I am one of the Ambassadors at  Steve Nash Lonsdale, and I will share my LOVE of NATURE with you …

We will feature NEW Guest Writers every month who are Industry experts.