Good Bye

The day has come for us to say good bye to The Kollektive.

Thank you to all who have followed us, read our posts and left a comment. It has been fun but, it is time for both of us to close this blogging chapter.

What will we do next? Who knows. But, maybe we’ll post an update here when we do.


Blogging Sucks Sometimes

I love to blog but, sometimes it can really suck.

It’s not easy to create new content daily.  A lot goes into it & when your creativity slows to a crawl, your productivity crashes & you can’t finish a thing ..  it sucks to have a blog. When this happens to me, I just take a break from it all.  So apologizes for the recent silence, but blogging is sometimes hard & it sometimes sucks.

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Kinga: The 9 Characters I Identify with

I realize this was “a thing” about 5 or 6 months ago.   I probably missed the peak trend moment for this meme (& the corresponding web traffic) but maybe I can bring it back?  As a start of the year trend?

Or maybe not.  Either way I had fun doing this & it is a good way for me to tell you more about me without telling you more about me.  So here are the 9 fictional characters I identify & why.

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Memories of Honest Ed’s

This is the first post in my Memories of Toronto’s Honest Ed’s series in honour of the last days of the bargain store’s life which will close on December 31, 2016

The Beginning

the kollektive- 2014The first time I saw Honest Ed’s we had just moved to Toronto.  I was 16 & excited about my future life in “the city.”  I loved the loudness of the building.  The flashing lights, the red, yellow & orange colour scheme. It was a beacon at the intersection of Bathurst & Bloor, & I really wanted to live near it.

The first time I went to Honest Ed’s was in University.  My friend & I wanted to see what the bargain store offered.

Coming from the suburbs where everything was shiny & new, Honest Ed’s less than new & shiny interior seemed different to us.  But, the deals were too good to pass up & in time I grew to love the less-than-perfect look of Honest Ed’s.

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Toronto’s Leonard Cohen Tribute

I developed an appreciation for Leonard Cohen in my teens.  I hadn’t noticed the music of Leonard Cohen in my house earlier, but when my dad bought the album The Future I couldn’t get enough of it.  I am pretty sure I took the album hostage for years.

For me, the death of Leonard Cohen was very personal.  When I found out that Toronto’s Choir! Choir! Choir!, a none-traditional open choir group, was putting on a Tribute to Leonard Cohen at Christie Pits park on November 16th, I knew I was going.  It was meant to be.

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I woke up at 6 am today & it was Awesome

I have always thought that I am not one of those early riser, happy, morning people & have recently become a complete night owl.  The one that stay up until 4 am & sleeps until noon.  Which is great, if you are a college student, but less great when you are an adult trying to get things done.  Things like write for this blog, but there always seemed to be a good excuse.  It’s too hot.  I have no ideas.  I forgot to update my domain. Allergies.

But, this morning I woke up at 6 am & felt this magical essence of happy creative productivity.  I was like “I get it guys! I get you morning people! This is amazing! Hilary I get it!” 

So here I am awake at 7 am on a Monday after an amazing nights sleep, during which I actually had dreams, feeling awesome & eager to conquer the day.   As I write this I have decided that this is day one of my sleep reform as I am going to be  morning person this fall.  To help me keep this new-found eagerness to wake up early I am going to prepare a list of all of the reasons why being a night person is less than ideal.

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Summer To Do List: Out of Town Antiquing

Living this summer on a budget I have learned that being outdoors & walking are key ingredients to finding plenty of free or really cheap entertainment.  I’ve walked to & around a lot of places this summer just to get out & occupy my mind.

Embracing the life change that came this year, my summer of 2016 bucket list consists of things that don’t require me to spend any money, or very little money.  Truth time – having to fill my time to avoid the monotony of the job search has made me get creative in ways I never bothered to in the past.  Patio drinks & shopping every weekend are just not an option for me.

So when a friend invited me to join her at on a trip to the Aberfoyle Antique Market a few weeks ago, I naturally said yes.  It is on my summer bucket list!

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My Story of Refurbishing Vintage Store bought Furniture

I have read the blogs of Furniture DIY Queens with amazement & a slight sense of envy at these women.  They seem to be constantly refurbishing furniture they found on the street or pimping out Ikea furniture ,& the result is flawless & unique decor on a budget.

I admit I have always wanted to be one of these DIY Queens.  I have some basic carpentry skills, expensive taste but a Value Village budget so there has always been an appeal to “making my own furniture”.   Time seems to be the only thing that was standing in my way.

This July I decided to take my first plunge into Furniture DIY & refurbish a cabinet I bought this past fall at a vintage shop.   I’m proud of the final result but, it was not as easy as I thought! The experience did however inspire me to write my own DIY blog post in the popular format, with a twist of “real talk”.

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Summer To Do List: Exploring Toronto Island

You know that thing you like to do but never do enough of?

Going to Toronto Island was that thing for me.  My schedule never allowed me to plan an Island day too frequently & I think I use to think it was “too far” to go by myself.  I had to cross water, which clearly that was not a thing one did by themselves.

Strange, the things you tell yourself that limit your joy of life.

Well, as 2016 is a NEW year for me.  It is a year in which I find myself in totally unchartered territory, but in a very good way, & so going to the Island after work on Sunday was my plan.

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