If you’re a resident of Ontario, you’ve likely noticed that this past couple of weeks have been something out of a sci-fi film regarding the temperatures we are experiencing. With the humidity causing temperatures to feel like 40 degrees Celsius and higher, it’s a bit understandable if you’ve found yourself trying to come up with … More Hello, heatwave
Regardless of which generation we categorically fall into, it’s no secret that there is a palpable amount of tension that exists between them. Baby boomers aren’t big fans of millennials and vice versa; millennials and generation x aren’t exactly pals. The resentment that is quite evident from generation to generation has been around for quite … More Here’s why we have to stop dividing generations
A few evenings ago, my mom and dad had some friends over for dinner. My sister and I joined them as we enjoy conversing with many of our parents friends, and sure enough, the evening was filled with great conversation and laughter. We were chatting about a variety of things, but we eventually got into … More How well do you think you know someone?
Summer is a bit of a magical season, if you will. At least, I think it is. I’m not exactly sure how to explain it, but there is something so wonderful about casual and carefree summer days and evenings spent with people we love and appreciate. That being said, summer 2020 is looking a little … More Making the most of a COVID summer
I would argue that a majority of us underestimate ourselves. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as this mindset can often lead to moments in which we happily surprise and prove ourselves wrong, but it can be a hindering practice as it somewhat works against the concept of knowing our worth, which is of tremendous … More This is why it’s so important to know our worth
This year really has been one for the books. We’ve seen a pandemic, murder hornets, a massive civil rights movement and more, and it’s only June. We still have another six months before 2020 has concluded, and I think a lot of us are cautiously curious to see what else this year has in store. … More Making time for mindfulness
Relationships are something a majority of us are affiliated with. Because there are so many forms of relationships, for example, romantic, familial, and friendship (to name a few), we don’t always dedicate a tremendous level of consciousness to the fact that relationships, in all forms, are subjective and personal. Everyone experiences relationships differently, and ultimately, … More Why do we make other people’s relationships our business?
Gymnastics is something that has a special place in my heart. I started the sport recreationally when I was probably about eight years-old, and although I didn’t do it for as long as I would have liked to (I grew to be too tall), I will always have a tremendous appreciation for it as it … More Have you seen ‘Athlete A’?
Up until recently, I’ve never been much of a drinker. That isn’t to say I’m consuming copious amounts of alcohol now (just to clarify), but lately, I’ve been enjoying the odd drink in the evening while I sit and relax on our back porch. I was probably in my early twenties when I started drinking … More Savouring summer with White Claw
Perfectionism is a characteristic trait that influences a lot of us. I would argue that there are a lot of people who are completely unaware of their perfectionism, making it that much more difficult to recognize when it presents itself upon us. I’ve heard people say that perfectionism is a good thing. And, depending on … More Are you a perfectionist?
Confrontation is arguably something we should all have some sort of familiarity with. Whether you’ve had to confront someone over something or someone has confronted you, it’s a concept that has significant relevance for a lot of us. Considering how prominent confrontation is for so many of us, I find it interesting that it is … More Keeping calm with confrontation
Friendship is a concept I sincerely hope all of us have been privy enough to experience at some point in our lives. It is a wonderful thing to be great friends with people who are important to us, and even more gratifying is having friendships that have been in existence for an extended period of … More Figuring out failed friendships
The experience of recognizing when we have been left out is not a pleasant one. Acknowledging that we are being left out of something or excluded makes us feel unwanted and alone, and it’s a difficult sensation to grapple with. Unfortunately, many of us can relate to the feeling. It seems to affect a lot … More How to deal with being left out
In the agricultural industry, temporary foreign workers are crucial. Their help is essential in producing a variety of crops here in Ontario, but furthermore across North America. Our migrant workers begin to arrive in April and continue to come in segments into July. Some leave in October, others in November and even December depending on … More Appreciating temporary foreign workers more than ever
Judgment unfortunately seems to be a characteristic a lot of us adapt over the course of our lives. When we are born and live as young children, judgment remains a foreign concept. As we age, however, and are influenced by social hierarchies and beliefs, there is a chance we may begin to become judgmental of … More This is why judgment is a toxic practice
As we all know, today is Father’s Day. It’s a day to celebrate dad’s everywhere and recognize everything they do for us, and ultimately to show our appreciation for them. Whether it be biological dads, step-dads, foster dads, adoptive dads, or father figures, today is for them, and for good reason. Dads are pretty awesome. … More Here’s to dad’s everywhere
I’ve written a few different posts discussing anxiety and of the joys and wonders it entails, but I wanted to write another regarding how to go about your day with frequent anxiety since a lot of us are feeling more anxious than usual these days. If you’ve noticed your anxiety a little more as of … More Dealing with daily anxiety
I can say with complete sincerity that, as of late, I have never felt more ashamed about my previous role as a journalist as I do now. I worked as a journalist for a variety of different publications over the span of a few years after graduating from post-secondary school. It was a rewarding experience … More Shame on mainstream media
Miscommunication is something that has likely impacted all of us at some point in our lives. It’s relatively easy to unintentionally obscure a clear message while communicating, however the effects of this obscurity can have consequential outcomes, depending on the context of the situation. Misconstrued communication can result in problems in our romantic relationships, familial … More How to be a better communicator
Leadership is a concept that influences all of us. Whether we perceive ourselves or someone else to be a leader, leadership is a force that makes itself prominent in all of our lives on a day-to-day basis. Although we are all familiar with leadership and what we believe it entails, I would argue that a … More What makes a good leader?
Us Ontario residents were pleased to hear that certain regions of our province have been given the go-ahead to enter phase two in terms of re-opening select businesses that have been forced to close due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The news came earlier this week, and as of Friday, several businesses have been permitted to … More The importance of patience in a pandemic
I’ve been having a bit of a rough go as of late. In addition to grappling with the daily stress associated with the pandemic we’re facing, and also the variety of emotions that have presented themselves as a result of years of racially-fuelled police brutality, I’m also dealing with a bummed hand, a urinary tract … More Here’s how to calm yourself down when you’re feeling overwhelmed
As human beings, we experience a tremendous number of thoughts in any given day. Some of our thoughts go unnoticed as they’re habitual or don’t require much attention, while others are more prominent, depending on the subject matter at hand. Because we endure such a variety thoughts in a 24-hour period, I think it’s rather … More It’s okay to change your mind
Something that has come to my attention as of late in a rather pronounced manner is evidence supporting the idea that a lot of us are seriously struggling with social isolation. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been told to collectively abstain from participating in social gatherings and activities to an extent, … More Navigating through a lack of social interaction
Following the recent murder of George Floyd in the Powderhorn community of Minneapolis, Minnesota, at the hands of Derek Chauvin, a Minneapolis police officer, the world has somewhat collectively united to perpetuate the message that #BlackLivesMatter. Derek Chauvin arrested Floyd as a result of speculation that Floyd had used a counterfeit $20 bill to make … More Stop ignoring white privilege
It is disheartening to acknowledge that, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, mental health and wellness, for many of us, has taken a beating. Perhaps you have been struggling with a condition that has been intensified as of late; maybe you’re experiencing the onset of a type of mental illness because of the pandemic … More The importance of mental health check-ins
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