I've been living at home and working for the past month and a half; even though I haven't been able to travel far I've been having a great time exploring the nearby cities I can day trip to. It's scratching my constant travellers itch and I'm having so much fun doing it.
One of my dearest friends recently moved to Hamilton and she's turned me on to her new city. Specifically I have a new love for James Street North. First I want to tell you about my friend, her name is Kelly Toffner (instagram: @consciouslyshining) and among a bunch of amazing things she does, she's a world class yoga teacher. Every week she teaches yoga at a vintage shop on James Street North in Hamilton called Hawp and Sparrow. This yoga class is what brought me to downtown Hamilton and I loved the vibe so much I went back in the morning.
An empowered community is coming together at Hawk and Sparrow (not to mention INCREDIBLE vintage pieces). This community is engaging in yoga classes and other interesting workshops. I'll be teaching an astrology workshop on December 3rd which you can read more about here. Follow Hawk and Sparrow on facebook and instagram (@hawksp) to stay in the know about their events.
As we walked in the sunlight I was amazed by how many great places there were to visit; in a city I totally underrated. The Brain is a great place to grab a drink in a cozy but trendy atmosphere. Shine could very well be one of the cutest stores I've ever been in. There website says it best: "At SHINE, we believe in supporting the rockstars who make it possible to bring you our eclectic and whimsical artist-made fashion and home accessories."
Mulberry Coffee House has quickly become my favourite place to enjoy their delicious menu while reading, writing or working. The cherry on top of my day was some great vintage finds at Newolds.
The reason I am writing this post is because I've become inspired by the hidden gems around me. A willingness to explore new places, even nearby ones can add a new level of fulfillment to your life. I am thankful for these local wonders which I can easily explore without having to travel far. Take a walk down James Street North and experience the artistic culture that's down there. I know I will be back soon!