By absolutely no means do I consider myself a doctor, nor a healthcare expert for that matter. I firmly believe, though, that a hell of a lot more of us would benefit from learning some basics regarding medicine, healthcare and naturopathy, hence why I often write about topics related to these concepts. In regard to … More Should you be taking magnesium?
Not too long ago, I had a rather intense conversation with someone who is quite near and dear to my heart. Out of respect for the person I will refrain from naming them or providing any details that may hint toward their identity, but I will say that this individual is incredibly strong, independent and … More Social media and comparison: a dangerous and inevitable occurrence
If you or someone you know deals with anxiety on a daily basis, you’re likely familiar with some tactics and coping mechanisms that are often recommended by professionals that intend to alleviate the severity of anxiety when it presents itself. Some common examples of suggested coping mechanisms to calm anxiety include breathing exercises like diaphragmatic … More Knowing your limits when it comes to anxiety
Rather than bombarding you with a slew of different ways to handle someone who is narcissistic, I thought it might be more beneficial to break this topic up into two separate posts. I figure the topic of narcissism is heavy enough, let alone when a post resembles the closet in Narnia and just keeps going … More More tips for dealing with a narcissist
While an unfortunate reality, I would wager that more of us than not have dealt with a narcissist, or narcissists, and on more than one occasion. Anyone who has familiarity or experience with a narcissist will arguably attest to the fact that they’re vile specimens, and despite how absolutely fucking awful they are, there are … More Tips for dealing with a narcissist
Perhaps I am isolated in this opinion, but I have always felt as though the concept of setting boundaries for oneself is often perceived as a negative thing. I speculate that a lot of us, when we hear the phrase ‘setting boundaries,’ cringe internally, or even have a mental flinch, if you will, regardless of … More The importance of establishing boundaries
I will begin this post by admitting that I cannot take credit for its title. The inspiration behind the title actually comes from a sweater I randomly saw someone wearing in an Instagram post a while ago – the back of this person’s hoodie read ‘your anxiety is lying to you,’ and because I am … More Your anxiety is lying to you
One of my dearest friends recently set out on a lifelong goal of becoming a certified yoga instructor. She travelled to Costa Rica to do so and completed an intensive and thorough course to earn her yoga teaching credentials, and in chatting with her about it and everything the course entailed, I’ve come to not … More Should you do yoga?
I follow a gal on Instagram who goes by the name of Zoe Roe. Initially, I started following her because I find her and her content to be hilarious, but in the process of following her on Instagram, I came to the realization that she, like myself, has a history with eating disorders, and some … More Can we stop glorifying people with disordered eating?
There is a strong chance you’re heard the term fat-shaming before. In simple words, it essentially involves making someone overweight feel like a complete piece of shit because of their size, invalidating their own emotions and the fact that they’re a human being in the process. Socially, we have been conditioned to perceive overweight people … More Why are we fat-shaming people trying to lose weight?
Eder abuse, for anyone unfamiliar with the term, is rather adequately explained within its own title – directing abusive behaviour towards an elderly person, whether it be mental, physical or emotional, is considered elder abuse. I would argue that when the majority of us contemplate what is considered to be elder abuse, we picture blatant, … More Examining the concept of elder abuse
To answer my own question, for Blaine and me, it was a busy holiday season this year. We went to my grandmother’s house with my aunt and cousins, my parents and my sister on Christmas Eve; on Christmas Day Blaine and I went to my parents to open gifts with my sister and we had … More How was your Christmas?
I figured I’m doing all of you a bit of a disservice by sharing the arm component of my workout routine in yesterday’s post and stopping there. I’m no gatekeeper, and so I deemed it only fair to share the entirety of my workout routine with all of you, including the leg, butt and ab … More How about legs and abs?
I have a self-created workout routine that I’ve been doing daily for a number of years now. I first came up with the routine when I was in recovery from an eating disorder; I had to eliminate cardio from my workout routine as it was a trigger for me, so I figured I should probably … More Looking for a new arm workout? Read this
I would bet money that just about every adult on planet Earth has heard the expression ‘forgive and forget.’ Typically, this mantra is shared with us when we have been done wrong by someone for whatever reason – we are told to forgive them for whatever their transgressions may be, and forget about the transgression … More Forgive, but don’t forget
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
The human body, in a general sense, is pretty fucking impressive. Not only are the intricacies and interconnectedness of our organs, circulatory system, nervous system and more genuinely incredible, but our bodies have the ability to heal themselves, for the most part, which is rather miraculous when you think about it. Often times in superhero … More The significance of listening to our bodies
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