A Change of Planners

by janevermeulen on January 11, 2018 · 0 comments

Each summer, one of the biggest decisions I make is what daily agenda I will buy for the upcoming year. Since I started university about 25 years ago (yikes!), I realized that my planner could set the tone for my academic year and I would start looking at agendas in July. The research was extensive […]


Back to School Anxiety

by janevermeulen on September 1, 2017 · 0 comments

For the past five years of my mothering life, I have had the pleasure of being oblivious to the stress of “back to school”. It was not a worry for me as my son was born in 2013 and my daughter was born in 2016. Too young for school—they both went to daycare two days […]


It is official—I am now Mrs. Vancouver Island! Don’t worry, I did not lose my license to practice veterinary medicine and my “Doctor” title. Rather, I did something unusual last weekend—I entered the Mrs. BC Pageant. To answer some questions that have come up since I announced that I was running in the pageant: What? […]


Buying memories and selling fears.

by janevermeulen on   May 31, 2017

Every morning, Facebook gives me a “memory” from the past and states that it won’t be shared automatically. I have to choose which “memories” I wish to repost. The past month was difficult for me as every morning I would wake up with dread and wonder what memory would await. Would it be the memory […]

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Life Hacks

by janevermeulen on   March 3, 2017

I am someone who spends a lot of time on social media—it has become one of my great time wasters while standing in line, going to the bathroom and sitting in my son’s extremely boring (yet seemingly necessary) music appreciation class. I read an article about how I could use my time in the Starbucks […]

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Managed Expectations

by janevermeulen on   January 27, 2017

Life has returned back to normal for our family after six weeks of holiday festivities. Multiple Christmas trees, dinners, decorations, presents and of course, baking. Growing up, I remember my mother’s Christmas baking—Dutch traditions such as olibollen (dutch donuts) and thai-thai. So, I was so excited to start introducing baking traditions to my children.  My […]

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Home Alone.

by janevermeulen on   November 17, 2016

Last month, the strangest and oddest thing happened to me—I was home alone for 51 hours. I had not woken up in an alternate universe, nor was my family abducted by aliens. Instead, my husband had headed off on a two day adventure with both children while I got to experience the freedom (and boredom) […]

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Never would I ever.

by janevermeulen on   October 11, 2016

I don’t think I have ever been called a sensitive person and as I have gotten older, I realize this is a good thing. Especially as a parent. Last week at my church’s Thanksgiving dinner, my son patted me on the belly and told me I had a big belly. But, I think he meant […]

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