Canadian Living - - Contents - Erin Mclaugh­lin cl. read­[email protected] tva.ca @ er­in­m­claugh­lin1 in­sta­gram.com/erin. mclaugh­lin1

As with each pass­ing year, 2018 was filled with its fair share of ups and downs. As I look for­ward to 2019, I could be anx­ious about what I’ll learn, what good I’ll do and what hard­ships I may en­counter. In­stead, my in­ten­tion is to stay present; what will come will surely come, so I’m bet­ter off savour­ing ev­ery mo­ment. With this in mind, I’m us­ing the new year as an ex­cuse to find calm amid chaos.

To start, I’m im­ple­ment­ing five mini med­i­ta­tions (“RX for the Ev­ery­day,” page 58) to ubiq­ui­tous tasks, such as show­er­ing and com­mut­ing, in the hope of be­com­ing more mind­ful. I’ll ap­ply my new­found mind­ful­ness to choos­ing the per­fect cozy sweater (“Knit Picks,” page 24), work­ing out (“Full-body Shape-up With Dumb­bells,” page 56), dec­o­rat­ing a stylishly sooth­ing bed­room (“Tran­quil Tang,” page 62) and bak­ing a deca­dent choco­late cake (“Choco­late Lovers,” page 92).

Turn to page 35 for a sec­tion ded­i­cated to my favourite calm-down rit­ual: travel. Run­ning the gamut from pack­ing tips to ad­vice on how to truly re­lax on va­ca­tion to savvy fly­ing facts, these pages are meant to be torn out and kept next to your suit­case.

Our ed­i­to­rial team’s mis­sion is to make your lives more sim­ple, and the on­set of a new year is the per­fect time to strive for ease and a lit­tle bit of seren­ity, too.

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