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Lara Champion

Tales From the Rouge

Writer, TV Producer/Director, Digital Creator. (Discovery Channel, HGTV, The CBC, Elle Canada, The Toronto Star, and US Weekly.) Although I'm an award-winning journalist who has shot stories around the world, nothing gives me more joy than taking photos in my local stomping ground, “The Rouge” and turning them into illustrative art. I love sharing stories and images with my community along with free and paid resources to help others break the chains of the 9-to-5 hamster wheel to achieve a life they love. Check out my previous posts but keep in mind that only subscribers get access to my occasional gifts which aren't posted below - so sign up to receive my daily newsletter!

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50+ reasons to open up including my brand new Spring Planner!

Hi Reader,I hope you had a wonderful weekend.Over the last few days, I've hear the most beautiful sound of birds singing. Outside the my window in my office, the buds have been starting to form on the trees.I'm not sure if this is earlier than normal considering how warm it's been so I'm hoping the weather doesn't get too cold again as it will be terrible for the plants.I spent my weekend working on my newest creation which I'm excited to share below. My son and I also revealed to me that I...

about 3 hours ago • 24 min read

Hi Reader,Is it just me or have you noticed that nothing related to tech seems to be working the way it should be lately?Over the last few months, the weirdest tech issues have been happening for no rhyme or reason. One second they work, until they don't. And of course it's only when you're at your wits end and you call in the cavalry, that it then decides to fix itself magically.I've been known to utter a loud expletive on the regular lately and I don't even think Mercury is in retrograde...

3 days ago • 30 min read

Hi Reader,Happy Leap Day!Today is a very special day which only happens once every four years. It's basically like we've been given an extra "free day." Except of course, it's work as usual. 😆Wouldn't it be lovely if Leap Day came with some tangible rewards? Like a day off with pay, free chocolate, or a special Leap Day parade with fancy jewelry handed out rather than the cheap trinkets fought hotly over at Mardi Gras?Since none of those ideas exist, it would be fun to make some Leap Day...

4 days ago • 35 min read

Hi Reader,Today has been a wild day in terms of weather. I was going to go on my walk with my seniors today but the forecast called for gusty winds and a thunderstorm.I'm perfectly fine walking in light rain - in fact, droplets of rain on a leaf or a flower make for gorgeous photos - but a downpour? Not my idea of fun. I was speaking to a friend who attends the hikes and I mentioned I didn't want to walk in heavy rain because I wouldn't be able to take photos. He replied: "Walk without taking...

5 days ago • 30 min read

Hi Reader,This weekend I went down to check out the full moon. Usually I try to take in at least three days of moon sightings but because I didn't realize the moon was set to arrive so early, I missed my "pre-full moon night" when it was already at 98% illumination. The temperatures dropped dramatically the next day and it was around minus 15 Celsius with the wind chill. It's always colder by the water so I wasn't sure I wanted to venture out, but I offered to take my hubby to the train...

6 days ago • 29 min read

Hi Reader,I hope you're having a wonderful relaxing weekend. It's a long weekend here as tomorrow is Family day.I was planning to go downtown to meet a friend but the temperatures have plummeted and the wind is kicking up something fierce so I'm staying home to snuggle and stay warm instead. I was excited to go downtown to eat some yummy dumplings but wasn't looking to the blustery weather - especially getting caught in a wind tunnels in the downtown core so now I'll get my whole day back.I...

15 days ago • 26 min read

Hi Reader,They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and after a long, crazy week, well...sometimes words are hard.With that said, I thought I'd roll out a little Photo Friday fun since you know how much I love taking them. Here's a photo taken after a recent snowstorm in Woodland Park outside of Toronto. It's actually a location used or films and television shows. If you saw the Adam Sandler film Pixels, you may remember the location used for the White House lawn which was featured...

17 days ago • 28 min read

Hi Reader,I'm excited because I did something that I've been dreading for almost a full year. I bought Thrivecart last March and it's taken me all this time to get it up and running. It's not that it's harder to use than anything else out there. In fact, compared to Amember, it's a dream. And it's an incredible deal compared to other platforms like Podia or Kajabi. Tech is something that has always felt like an insurmountable chore so I've just put my head in the sand and tried not to deal...

19 days ago • 31 min read

Hi Reader,I hope you had a wonderful weekend! If you haven't participated in any of fun festivities to bring in the Year of the Dragon, don't worry. The event lasts for 16 days so you'll have plenty of time.I had hoped to get out my last email a little earlier so you could take advantage of my do's and don'ts but I had already broken at least three of those rules by the end of the day. 🤣 I did hope to have my new Lunar bundle for you ready on a new platform, but late last night I noticed my...

21 days ago • 27 min read

Hi Reader,Happy Lunar New Year! Today is the first day of the Year of the Dragon and I'm excited because the dragon is one of my favorites as it goes very well with my lunar year sign. I think I actually pay more attention to the lunar new year than I do the traditional as I spend so much more time preparing for it. I also have a bunch of things I have to do, and avoid at all costs that I try to strictly adhere to which is a little odd as I'm not really that big on superstitions.First of all,...

23 days ago • 27 min read
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