I’ve written a couple of posts about trying to find some positives in this whole pandemic situation, and so far, people seem to be in agreement with what I’ve said. Recognizing optimism in the midst of a deadly virus outbreak can be challenging, but keeping our heads is one of the best things we can … More Learning what is necessary through COVID-19
We all know it isn’t necessarily the best practice to make assumptions, but in terms of high probability in this particular context, I think it is safe to assume that all of us are familiar with the notion of avoiding internalizing emotions. We are told that it isn’t the best practice to avoid discussing how … More Finding relief through conversation
The idea of a challenge is a concept that appears to everyone differently. Some of us, when we encounter a challenge, immediately experience distress and unease as a result of the appearance of something new and foreign, while others welcome challenge, seeing it as an opportunity to conquer a new feat. Personally, I’d say I’m … More Seeing challenges differently
Kindness is an interesting concept. We are all aware of what kindness is and what it stands for, but I would argue a lot of us struggle to practice its meaning on a day-to-day basis, especially lately thanks to the whole pandemic and all. Because of the state of the world right now, I thought … More Be kind
Here in Ontario, the month of May typically means the arrival of fresh, local asparagus. It’s something I always look forward to as asparagus is one of my favourite veggies, and I imagine a lot of other folks can relate. The asparagus season is a brief one, and even more so this year. The frost … More Get your asparagus on
I feel like action movies have a bit of a poor reputation in terms of the storyline they offer. Action movies can, on occasion, be so jam-packed with violence and explosions that they overshadow any evidence of human emotion, and I believe this is a major turn off for a lot of people. I follow … More Extraction: more than an action movie
A few days ago, I pulled a bit of a bone-head move. I was helping out on the farm, tripped over my own feet, and fell backwards onto my left, and dominant hand. I heard a loud crack and almost instant pain, and when I went to take a look at the damage, I discovered … More It’s okay to be dependable
Let’s face it – the folks working on the frontlines throughout this pandemic are worthy of some serious recognition, regardless of the type of work they’re doing. It is because of these people that society has been able to function in limited means during the COVID-19 pandemic, and I’m really not sure as to what … More Want to say thanks to our frontline workers? Read this to learn how
The COVID-19 pandemic is a hot topic of conversation right now, quite understandably. After spending weeks in isolation, the re-opening of select businesses, in Ontario, anyways, likely has a lot of us questioning what ‘normal’ will look like after such a lengthy abnormal situation. For the businesses that have been given the green light to … More Post-COVID-19: Will we ever return to normal?
I’m willing to bet that at some point in our lives, we have experienced insecurity or self-doubt. It’s arguably an inevitable occurrence for all of us from time to time, and when it does happen, it’s pretty shitty. For those of us who tend to run into self-doubt more frequently than not, it becomes apparent … More Dealing with self-doubt
Fighting with loved ones sucks. It is difficult to battle it out with someone you love and to hear and dish out hurtful words, and even more so when that particular person is an immediate family member. A couple of nights ago, my family and I got into it with each other. The argument, at … More Working through familial conflict
I mentioned in a post a little while ago that a lot of us are finding ourselves having to contribute a little more than usual to certain things in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. Perhaps these contributions are voluntary, or maybe they’re mandatory, but either way, a lot of us have had to pick … More Gaining knowledge on the farm
Mental health is a topic that is associated with a lot of stigma. Tremendous advancements have been made in recent years regarding how we as a society perceive and discuss mental illness, which is fantastic, but based on my own observations, there is one area where mental health awareness could use some serious improvement. Mental … More Here’s how toxic masculinity worsens men’s mental health
If you’re a resident of Ontario, you’ve likely been paying attention to the recent announcements that have been made by Premier Doug Ford regarding the slow start of lifting the COVID-19 lockdown requirements in the province. Mr. Ford granted us Ontarians some pretty positive news last week with an announcement stating select businesses and outdoor … More Treading carefully with lockdown lifts
The coronavirus outbreak that has plagued the globe throughout 2020 has garnered a lot of anger and hate. Many of us are scared, anxious and concerned about the state of our future considering the damage this virus has done to our world already, and I can’t say that these emotions are unwarranted. Despite the shittiness … More It’s time to seize the day
There is something unexplainable about the atmosphere of a summer evening spent simply. The evenings are warmer and last longer; the overall mood of an environment seems to be enhanced; memories are made and appreciated. While it may not officially be summer yet, the weather is looking and feeling a hell of a lot more … More The simplicity of summer nights
I’m willing to bet that a lot of us are seeing or hearing about Adele’s weight loss as of late. After posting an image to her Instagram account to celebrate her 30th birthday, there was a social media frenzy regarding the singers appearance in the photo. Her photo prompted an outpouring of comments, posts and … More Stop making someone else’s weight your business
I firmly believe that jealousy in an inevitable concept in a majority of relationships. When you are in love with a person, it is normal to feel threatened or insecure when you believe someone else is trying to earn their attention. What isn’t so normal, however, is when healthy jealousy turns into toxic jealousy and … More Healthy jealousy vs. toxic jealousy in relationships
I’ve been hearing quite a bit about some of us who are using our monetary assistance from the government to purchase things that aren’t exactly essential. The entire concept of the emergency funding from our government is to enable those of us who are financially struggling to be able to maintain a somewhat stable lifestyle … More Stop buying and start looking at what you have
Blaine is an avid action film lover. I enjoy action movies myself as well, but perhaps not to the same extent he does. He and I were trying to decide on a movie to watch on his birthday, and since it was his special day I let him pick which movie with no complaints. He … More American Made: worth the watch
I think it is safe to say that anyone celebrating a birthday in the midst of the Coronavirus outbreak is feeling a little underwhelmed with their special day. Social distancing and an inability to participate in large gatherings certainly makes the concept of celebration a little difficult, therefore a lot of us who have had … More Making the most of COVID-19 birthdays
Self-discipline is a concept that is introduced and further instilled in many of us from a young age. It’s a great skill to have as it can be relevant in a variety of different contexts and situations, and overall, I would say it is more beneficial to have self-discipline than it is to lack it. … More Are you too hard on yourself?
Dry hair has always been an issue for me. I’m willing to experiment with new products in an attempt to designate one that really works for me and my hair, but it can be frustrating to find a winner. I mentioned in a post a while ago that I was using Aveeno’s Almond Oil Blend … More Dry hair? Try this shampoo and hair mask duo
Mother’s Day is going to look quite a bit different for many of us this year as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. But, because this observation is an obvious one, I thought it might be nice to overlook this fact for a moment and instead celebrate the concept of today for moms all over … More Here’s to mom
I came to the realization not too long ago that I don’t own a pair of running shoes. I know I did at some point, but I’m not exactly sure where they went, so I figured owning one pair of sneakers probably isn’t a bad idea and decided to do some research to determine which … More Looking for some casual sneakers? Check out Vessi
I’ve seen my fair share of fighting movies in my day, and I’ve found most of them to be extremely well done. Often times, fighting movies incorporate an intensely emotional or dramatic theme into their plots, allowing the film to take on different genres and appeal to a wider audience in the process. A few … More Have you seen Warrior?
The COVID-19 outbreak has dramatically altered all of our lives in different ways. Perhaps you’re finding yourself going stir-crazy being cooped up indoors, or maybe you’ve been told to work from home and are struggling to adapt to this adjustment. Regardless of how this pandemic has impacted our lives, I think a lot of us … More Stepping up during COVID-19
The sensation of feeling as though we are inferior to someone or something in any given context isn’t a nice one. Yet, despite the shitiness of feeling undervalued, I would argue it’s somewhat inevitable among many of us at some point in our lives. Rather than discuss how much it sucks to be made to … More How to grapple with feeling insignificant
Eating disorders are a sincerely cruel form of mental illness. They toy with our thoughts and emotions and often times (speaking from experience) leave a lasting mark on those they happen to take hold of. Performing somewhat normally on a day-to-day basis while living with an eating disorder is no easy feat, let alone in … More Why are we encouraging body dysmorphia in a pandemic?
Oregano oil has been a staple in my household for quite some time now. And, quite honestly, for good reason. In my family, we typically make use of oregano oil to prevent or fight off illnesses in their early stages. We also take it while ill in an attempt to decrease the severity of whatever … More Do you use oregano oil?