I’ve debated whether or not I should share here on my blog that I dabble in cannabis from time to time, my reservations being that I don’t want anyone misconstruing my marijuana use and assuming I’m competing with Snoop in terms of how high I can possibly be. I assure you that as much as … More Why do you smoke?
I am not, in any way, shape or form, a dancer. I’m the furthest thing from it, really, with the irony of the situation being that my mom was a ballerina in her younger days and she tried to encourage both my sister and me to delve into it. To put things into perspective, my … More Acknowledging toxic diet culture in the dance world
Every now and then, I’ll check the Apple News app on my iPhone. I will be fully transparent and admit I don’t often check the news, mainly because for so long the only topic being covered was COVID-19, and also because it’s rather fucking depressing. But, because I feel a moral obligation to stay up-to-date … More Why are we encouraging body image issues via media?
It is arguable that when most of us hear the phrases ‘body image’ or ‘self-esteem’, our minds typically wander in the direction of fathoming women, or a woman. We associate issues with confidence and how we perceive our bodies predominately with the female sex because we have been socially conditioned to affiliate these problems with … More Why do we continue to ignore male self-esteem issues?
Perfectionism, if you’re someone who deals with it, isn’t necessarily the most pleasant thing to experience. In simple terms, perfectionism is when we try to live our lives and complete tasks and duties in a manner that is nothing less than perfect, and, in case it isn’t obvious, this results in a fuck ton of … More Dealing with perfectionism
Confidence, in my own humble opinion, is one of those things that people either have, or don’t. There really isn’t much middle ground in the equation of confidence; it’s either there, or it isn’t. I don’t really know how someone could be half-confident. It’s one or the other. For some folks, confidence comes quite naturally, … More Read this to learn how to boost your confidence
I am someone who arguably dabbles in self-criticism more often than I should. I’m not entirely sure why it is I’m so hard on myself, but I have been my entire life. I think it stems from my perfectionist tendencies, if I had to take a guess, but I’m sure there are other contributing factors, … More Are you too hard on yourself?
A few days ago, I slept in. This happens to the best of us, but because I could literally sleep through a bloody hurricane, it tends to happen to me more often than I would like it to. One of my responsibilities with the farm is work affiliated with our poultry barn, which includes walking … More The consequences of projecting
A few nights ago, I was mindlessly scrolling through Facebook videos when I came across one that seriously pissed me off. The video in question depicted Natalia Dyer, an actress arguably best known for her role in the television series titled Stranger Things, and how she apparently has a progressive form of Anorexia. I don’t … More The danger of assuming eating disorders
So far, this year has not been one for the books in terms of farming. It’s been shit, to put it plainly, and looking at the long-term forecast, things aren’t improving anytime soon. Depending on crops, growing seasons and periods differ for farmers here in Ontario, as well as everywhere else in the world. Some … More Enjoy eating? Read this
Podcasts aren’t new. They’ve been around for a hot minute, and most of us are fully aware of how great they are. Everyone but me, apparently, but I am pleased to report that I recently have begun to delve into the black hole of available podcasts, and so far, I’m really enjoying their existence. In … More The beauty of podcasts
While I’m certainly no expert, I do believe I know a thing or two in the context of how to achieve happiness in life. I say this because I’ve learned some things through experience, observations, challenges and triumphs, and while I’m only 27 and (hopefully) have some years ahead of me, I think my opinion … More Read this to learn how to live a happier life
I’ve been following a woman named Tammy Hembrow for a few years now on social media, specifically Instagram. She is an influencer and a businesswoman who gained fame back in 2014 when she documented herself exercising throughout her pregnancy. I’m not sure if she is a certified personal trainer, but she has created her own … More Why are we pitting women against women?
As I mentioned in the past couple of posts I’ve written, Blaine and I got married last weekend. For about a year-and-a-half leading up to the wedding, he and I have been preparing our future home with the help of our wonderful contractor, trying to get it ready for us to live in. I predicted … More Leaving home: a bittersweet realization
If you follow my blog to any extent, it’s no secret that I have Lyme disease. I was diagnosed about a year ago, and while I’m certainly feeling better now than I did this time last year, life ain’t exactly peachy when you live with Lyme, or any chronic illness, for that matter. I also … More Living with chronic illness? Read this
To say I’m stressed the hell out right now is a bit of an understatement. The wedding is less than three weeks away, and the home Blaine and I will be living in is just about move-in ready; throw work into the mix and I’ve got myself a stressed trifecta. Things could always be worse, … More The harsh reality of being reminded of your flaws
As unpleasant as it is, stress is arguably something that affects each and every one of us at some point in time throughout the duration of our lives. Come to think of it, I don’t believe I’ve ever met someone who claims they are entirely free of stress, and honestly, anyone who proclaims this has … More Read this to learn how to control stress management
When I was first diagnosed with Lyme disease about a year ago, I learned a lot. I educated myself on the disease itself, as well as treatment, and believe me when I tell you that when I started exploring treatment options, I was scratching my head as I have never heard of some of the … More Here’s why you should be using an infrared sauna
Hardships, among other negative occurrences in life, are inevitable. It’s a bit of a harsh reality, but its validity remains constant; life isn’t a walk in the park for the majority of us, and it is highly probable that we will encounter situations at times we rather wouldn’t. Hardships and obstacles can take many different … More Here is why we need to stop comparing our own hardships to others
Allow me to stipulate that if you read the word ‘catastrophizing’ in the title and thought to yourself ‘the fuck?’ please don’t worry. It’s a rather grand and intimidating word, but I assure you it looks a hell of a lot more complicated than it really is. Catastrophizing, in my own words, is the act … More Are you guilty of catastrophizing?
Health is a topic that, I would say, has direct relevance to all of us. Health is a rather pivotal aspect of life in terms of its quality; poor health isn’t something we wish to possess, therefore we strive to be as healthy as we possibly can, in most cases, and to certain extents. For … More Start doing these things to feel healthier
Toxic masculinity, for anyone who perhaps hasn’t heard of it before, is a term used to describe social and cultural norms, often considered to be traditional, which have the ability to negatively impact all people. I think a lot of folks hear ‘toxic masculinity’ and assume that it is strictly affiliated with males, but this … More Here’s why we need to stop subconsciously perpetuating toxic masculinity
Self-affirmations, for anyone who may not be entirely familiar with the topic, are, in my own words, phrases we say aloud and direct towards ourselves that aim to manifest positivity. In simple terms, self-affirmations are vocalized statements that affirm, or warrant, our existence. Self-affirmations are a beneficial thing for just about everyone. They’re a means … More Recognizing the power of positive self-affirmations
Mental health is a stigmatized topic of conversation. More specifically, mental illness. This isn’t anything new, and while the topic has gained ground in terms of being more socially accepted, and further, discussed, mental health conversations aren’t anywhere near where they should be regarding advocacy and awareness. We’re certainly moving in the right direction, but … More Read this before approaching someone about their mental health
These days, more than ever, arguably, it seems as though a lot of us walking around with a lot of pent-up anger and frustration. And, understandably so. The past couple of years haven’t exactly been pleasant in regards to the pandemic and all of its lovely elements, and there are a few of us who … More Mind your tongue
Ahhhh, anxiety. We go way back, us two. It isn’t a secret that I have anxiety. I’ve made mention of it here on my blog numerous times, and I probably will again in the near future. It is a form of mental illness that affects a hell of a lot of us, and if I’m … More The uncomfortable reality of reducing anxiety
A couple of days ago, my mom and I got into it. She and I bicker every now and then, but full-on arguing is a bit of a rarity between her and me, so when it happens, it ain’t pretty. I won’t disclose the topic that prompted the argument, but at one point I said … More How to stop speaking out of anger
A narcissist isn’t something, I don’t think, anyone should ever aspire to be. Simply put, there isn’t really a single thing about their existence that serves a beneficial or positive purpose to anyone but themselves. There is more to narcissism to that, but I think it sums up the term quite nicely. While narcissism isn’t … More How to spot a narcissist
Ahhh, cannabis. I like to refer to this stuff as the Advil of the drug realm; it’s strong enough to take the edge off, but won’t have you seeing demons in your bedroom corner, which is something I imagine most of us can appreciate. That is, unless you find joy in hallucinating and convincing yourself … More Can cannabis help with anxiety?