My family and I engaged in a rather thought-provoking conversation a couple of nights ago. I say it was thought-provoking as I have thought about the discussion on and off since we had it, and considering it was a few days ago, I think it goes to show the validity of what was said. Over … More Here’s why North American work culture is toxic
I would wager that there are a lot of us who are finding that their patience for the pandemic we are in is wearing thin. It is hard to believe that COVID-19 has been in our lives for almost an entire year now, and based on recent projected data, we could find ourselves in lockdown … More Stop being lazy with COVID-19
We are all aware of the numerous changes we have been presented with as a result of the pandemic we are still finding ourselves in. We have experienced alterations to our jobs, school, relationships, recreational activities, and socializing in general, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we continue to be confronted with new and abstract … More Can a pandemic make you healthier?
Social media arguably offers as many positives as it does negatives. Most of us make use of and rely on social media as a source of entertainment, and some of us are even addicted to it. Something I think that needs to be addressed in terms of a social media presence is understanding how seriously … More We need to stop being so personal via social media
It is arguable that a lot of us have heard of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) at some point in life. Perhaps you know of someone who has this condition, or perhaps you have been diagnosed with it yourself. And while it is beneficial that many of us are somewhat familiar with OCD, I question how … More Understanding Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder
Coyotes, while they undoubtedly do serve a purpose in nature as predators, are not one of my favourite species. When it comes to pest control, they do a great job; however, after recent events pertaining to my family’s beloved dog, my attitude towards these animals has shifted a wee bit. Coyote populations have exponentially increased … More Here’s how to keep coyotes away from your property
Dogs, if you have or have ever had one, are one of life’s biggest blessings. They truly are some of the most loving, loyal, and special animals to walk the earth, hence why losing them is a loss that cuts so deep. My family and I lost our dog Sam several years ago now. He … More The harsh reality of losing a dog
It isn’t exactly shocking that a lot of us have experienced a decline in our mental health since the coronavirus outbreak first began back in March. Lockdowns, quarantining, isolation and social distancing are all components of this pandemic that have caused many of us to feel confused, alone, frustrated and scared, all of which are … More Here’s how to give your mental health a boost
When it comes to accepting blame, I would imagine most of us wouldn’t describe it as the most enjoyable experience. Being forced to recognize our faults and accept responsibility for them is a somewhat debilitating experience, which is why I believe a lot of us become defiant when faced with confrontation as it serves as … More This is why it’s important to handle criticism
Participating in social activities isn’t exactly the easiest thing to do right now. Thanks to COVID-19, a lot of the things we typically partake in recreationally have been kiboshed, therefore most of us aren’t as socially active as we likely normally would be if we weren’t in a pandemic. Personally, I haven’t don’t a whole … More The significance of socializing
Ratched made its Netflix debut recently, and because I’m a curious individual, I wanted to give it a watch. I wasn’t really sure what to expect going into the pilot episode other than I knew the show focused on a female nurse named Mildred Ratched, and because Sarah Paulson plays the lead and I enjoy … More Have you seen ‘Ratched’?
Selfishness is a concept many of us are familiar with but are reluctant to admit to. The act of being selfish isn’t exactly a good one, therefore it makes sense that we avoid recognizing when we act selfishly. But, as uncomfortable as it can be to acknowledge when we have been or are being selfish, … More Stop the selfishness
A couple of days ago, a package arrived on our front porch from Aritzia. If you’re unfamiliar with Aritzia, it is a pricy women’s clothing brand that originated in Vancouver, BC in the 80s and has grown into an incredibly successful and highly-recognized name in the fashion world. I was rather surprised to see this … More Why do we pay so much for a brand name?
Autumn is hands down my favourite season for a variety of reasons. I love seeing the leaves on the trees transform into a colourful medley of beauty; I look forward to changing from shorts and sandals to cozy sweaters and boots; and I have a definite appreciation for Halloween and all things spooky. Because Fall … More Here are some things to do this Fall
When it comes to confrontation, standing your ground can be challenging. Depending on who you are engaged in confrontation with, it can be difficult to be firm in your beliefs and argue on your own behalf, specifically if, for example, the person you’re addressing conflict with is your superior or boss at a job. But, … More Why are we afraid to stand up for ourselves?
The temptation affiliated with the concept of perfectionism is a very strong force. With perfectionism comes expectations, hence why the influence of perfectionism in itself is so powerful; it stems from a fear of letting others down. I myself am a perfectionist. Not willingly as it is associated with my anxiety, like many others who … More Pushing away perfectionism
There seems to be an unspoken rule pertaining to hair washing. While I’ve never heard a professional hairstylist outright say that holding out for as long as possible between washes is beneficial for hair, I know a lot of people that firmly believe this. And, really, the mentality makes sense; anything that undergoes excessive or … More Hair washing: good or bad?
I apologize if it seems as though I’m giving an awful lot of television series/film reviews as of late, but I ask you to hang in for one more. I’ve been watching some interesting things lately, and I figure someone on the internet will appreciate my thoughts and opinions towards them. I hope so, anyway. … More Have you seen ‘Girls Incarcerated’?
Relaxation is a concept most of us are familiar with, but I question how many of us truly practice the meaning of the word, especially in the current state of the world we are living in. With so much negativity and cause for concern inundating our lives via media day after day, it’s easy to … More Reinstating relaxation
Artificial intelligence-based technology has somewhat inundated our lives since products like Alexa and Google Home have been released. For many of us, these devices are integral components of daily life, while for others they remain a foreign and arguably somewhat intimidating concept. When these types of products first hit the market, I recall being intrigued … More Thinking about purchasing a Google Nest? Read this
I’ve made mention of my love for fragrance here on my blog before, and shockingly enough, it’s time to revisit the topic. I really am a scents person, and I have a serious appreciation for all things smelly (in a good way). Whether it be candles, room and/or body sprays, or perfume, if I find … More Have you ordered from Charmed Aroma?
Crime-based shows and television series hold a special place in my heart. That may sound a little odd, and there is a chance you’re questioning who exactly I am as a person based on this statement, but I genuinely find criminology-themed shows to be absolutely fascinating, assuming they’re well made. I’ve watched Netflix’s I Am … More Have you seen ‘I Am A Killer: Released’ ?
Oatmeal cookies are seriously underestimated, in my opinion. They’re a quintessential member of the cookie family, and while often overshadowed by their famous cousin, the chocolate chip cookie, I firmly believe oatmeal cookies can hold their own. And, with Autumn approaching, what better time to truly savour these little delights. Personally, I prefer oatmeal cookies … More Here’s how to make the absolute best oatmeal cookies
Here in Ontario, a joyous occasion is coming to a close; peach season, and I am proud to say that Ontario peaches really are some of the best you can get. My mom and I anticipate the arrival of fresh, juicy, local peaches every summer, and I have to admit that it’s a little saddening … More Get your peach on
As we are all aware, plastic waste has become a tremendous environmental issue within the past few decades or so. Plastic waste can be difficult to repurpose and further decompose, making it a challenging material to determine new and innovative uses for. As it turns out, though, a road in California has taken the concept … More Turning plastic waste into roadways
I’ve written a few different posts here on my blog discussing the long-term implications of eating disorders and the physical havoc they wreak on a body. The lasting effects of an eating disorder and undeniable for its victims, making it difficult to forget enduring such a debilitating condition. I would argue many of us are … More Finding hope in eating disorder recovery
Communication is a pretty major component of daily life for most of us. Depending on the sort of work we do, conversation can be a tremendous occurrence throughout any given day, and outside of the working world as well. I’ve found that as I have gotten older, I’ve come to realize just how useful and … More Choose to communicate
As someone who is a creature of habit and seriously values routine, I can attest to the ability of change causing feelings of unease and discomfort. Change is inevitable and necessary, but for a lot of us, it has a bit of a negative connotation. When we prefer stability and avoid change, though, we run … More Embracing change through COVID-19
Ahhh, entitlement. It’s something we are all familiar with, and hopefully it is a concept we can all agree on to be an off-putting one. It’s something I personally cannot and will not tolerate, yet unfortunately it seems as though it’s gaining traction amongst us and the ways in which we present ourselves. Working in … More This is why we need to stop tolerating entitlement
Having long hair in a warm climate can be a bit of a challenge. Depending on the sort of work you do, for example, if you’re like me and do a lot of physical work outside, long hair in the summertime can feel a lot like a straight jacket, and sometimes it’s tempting to grab … More Here are some cool hairstyles for long hair in the heat