Media and news outlets are things we as a society rely tremendously upon to gain insight and knowledge about current events across the globe. Politics, disasters, violence and weather are just a few examples of topics we seek to learn about, and for the most part, this information is readily available across a variety of … More Here’s the problem with mainstream media coverage
I wrote a post a few days back about how much our mood can be influenced by either strong or poor organization, and I thought I would offer some of my own tips for staying on track. These tips aren’t exactly groundbreaking in terms of how they function, but in case you’re in need of … More How I stay organized
Being organized can make or break your happiness, as dramatic as that exclamation sounds. But I really do mean that, speaking from experience. I’m rather grateful that I have always been a somewhat organized person. I like to have a plan, I believe knowing the facts is important, and I try my best not to … More The power of organization
Chances are, at some point in your life, you’ve heard the phrase, “I’m not a quitter.” And, depending on the context, this may be an appropriate thing to say. What is important to keep in mind, though, is that there is a distinct difference between giving up and walking away, and the two should not … More The difference between giving up and walking away
On the weekend, my dad hosted a little get together in one of our barns with many of the friends he’s met through his involvement with local car clubs. Perhaps I should use the term gathering instead of get together, as quite a few folks came out. Either way, it was a great opportunity to … More Unity in the automotive world
Being happy is important. A rather simple statement, yes, though one that runs deep with legitimacy and significance. If you aren’t happy, it’s difficult to designate reasoning to continue to move forward and progress in this crazy thing we call life. As I mentioned in a previous post, I haven’t really been feeling like myself … More 13 things you need to start doing to be a happier person
Sometimes in life, we’re presented with circumstances that are well beyond the sphere of our control. This can be difficult to process, considering as humans we have a tendency to want to delve into something that requires repair or attention in order to better it. And, as hard as we may try to rectify the … More Grappling with the unchangeable
It can be difficult to recognize things about ourselves that we appreciate, or love. I would argue that because we are socially conditioned to seek out our flaws and the flaws of others, a social construction that is perpetuated through social media, print media, and visual media, we fail to consider that there are things … More Promoting self-love
I have always held tremendous faith in the saying ‘trust your gut.’ I’m sure there are other variations of this particular saying, but the just of it remains the same. Growing up, my dad was one to always stress the importance of listening to my gut when facing a difficult decision. Hearing his faith in … More Here’s why trusting your gut is so important
I think it’s safe to say that everyone has a pet peeve of some sort. Perhaps some of us refrain from actually exercising the use of the cliche term ‘pet peeve,’ as it is often over-used and inappropriately tossed around. But, at the end of the day, everyone is fully aware of something that pisses … More Pet peeves
I am that person who is literally always cold. You can ask anyone in my family – I am consistently complaining that the house is too cold, regardless of the time of year. And yes, the complaints become significantly worse in the winter months. I actually find my inability to tolerate cold temperatures interesting. The … More Hacks for keeping warm
Local business and their success have always been of importance to me. Their importance likely stems from being raised in an agricultural environment, where small businesses often collaborate for a greater result, and further my sisters own small business. Seeing the folks who own and operate small businesses, busting their butts each and every day … More Finding and supporting local businesses
No one likes being told what their weaknesses are. This is an observation of mine that I would willingly bet money on. Hearing about things we do that could use improvement, or things we aren’t particularly strong in, is sort of insulting for many of us. Being told that we need to up our game … More Recognizing our weaknesses
We’re all relatively familiar with the level of stigma that surrounds mental health. For whatever reason, society, over the years, has convinced the majority of the population to be afraid of discussion pertaining to mental health, and in turn has resulted in many tragedies and silent sufferings. Mental health can definitely be a difficult thing … More Helping someone with a mental illness
Feeling insignificant is a pretty shitty feeling. And, unfortunately, there isn’t a whole lot we can do to control the actions of others which may be the cause of our inferior feelings. What we can, do, however, it recognize our own worth and attempt to progress in our self-appreciation. Say you just started at a … More How to deal with feeling insignificant
An article from Psychology Today caught my attention as of late, as the headline reads “Is having an only child really child abuse?” I did a quick skim of the article, though the topic of the article is what prompted me to discuss it here on my blog. First off, allow me to say that … More Is raising an only child abusive?
It’s probable that when you hear the term ‘anxiety,’ you automatically associate it with a negative connotation. Likely because we have been socially conditioned to acknowledge anxiety as a mental illness, a burden, and one that requires correction. As someone who deals with anxiety on a daily basis, I can understand why the condition is … More Embracing Anxiety
Body shaming is, unfortunately, a rather integral component of social media today. Just the other evening, I was watching a video posted to Instagram, by a male, scrutinizing a woman for her physical appearance. The comment section was absolutely topic, and reading such hurtful, awful words encouraged me to recognize how sad it is that … More Why are we still body shaming?
As you may have guessed from the title, the topic of today’s post is how to deal with people who don’t like you. Personally, I find it a lot easier to deal with people I don’t like, rather than deal with people who don’t like me. If I don’t like someone, I don’t necessarily have … More Dealing with people who don’t like you
With 2018 recently coming to its close, and the start of a new year, many of us are existing in a transition phase, determining how to proceed with a new chapter while struggling to close off loose ends from a former, ending chapter. Many of us associate a new year with new beginnings, new opportunities, … More Another chapter finished
I love a good horror movie, as you likely know, so I thought it might be fun to compose a list of what I found to be the best horror flicks for 2018. While I may have watched these in 2018, it doesn’t necessarily mean they were released in 2018, so please don’t attack me … More The best horror flicks of 2018
Eating disorders are hell on their own, but dealing with one during the holidays adds an extra emphasis of anxiety that most people are unfamiliar with. While I have been in remission of my own eating disorder for a couple of years now, I still have thoughts that arise almost daily, attempting to convince me … More Dealing with an eating disorder during the holidays
I’d like to imagine that you’re reading this while sipping on a hot cup of coffee, at the table, just finishing breakfast. The crumbs from your meal are on a plate beneath your hand, holding your phone, or maybe they’re on a plate, off to the side, because you’re reading this on your laptop. I … More Enjoying the moment
For most of us, Christmas hardly seems like the time of year during which hardships rise and emotions overwhelm. Perhaps this is because we are fortunate enough to spend the holidays with ones we love and ones who love us. Perhaps we are privileged and have always spent Christmas morning around a tree, in a … More Mental health support during the holidays
Walking out to the parking lot at work back in October to find my truck had been stolen was one of the worst realizations I have ever experienced. I felt violated, confused, panicked, and somewhat lost. I’m one in a sea of hundreds when it comes to the number of trucks that go missing in … More Vehicle theft in Brant County
Controversy regarding the widely-known Christmas song, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”, has a lot of people sharing their somewhat heated opinions across social media as of late. In case you haven’t heard of this controversy, people are upset with certain lyrics in the song that implies male patriarchy and female submission/oppression. Prior to the onset of … More Baby, it’s … getting real heated outside?
I would bet money that a majority of people on this planet have a select few favourite sons that they can hear time and time again without growing tired of them. Perhaps the song reminds them of their childhood. Maybe it sparks memories of young love. Or, it could just have a rockin’ beat that … More The power of song
This post is a little different from what I normally do here on my blog. Rather than the bulk of this piece consisting of my own words, I thought it might be kind of neat to share some of my favourite inspirational quotes with all of you. Cheesy? Perhaps. But, words can carry emotion, in … More Finding inspiration
I often tell people who are not involved with the ag industry that it’s one that stands on its own. It’s completely unique and dynamic in its own, independent way. It’s difficult to explain the sense of interconnectedness that exists between ag folk, but I’ll give it my best shot. I have lived on our … More Interconnectedness in the ag community
In this day and age, you’re arguably overly familiar with the infamous phrase, “I am entitled to my own opinion.” Yes, we are all entitled to our own opinions, thanks to the tremendous sacrifices that were made for us by those who fought and gave their lives for our freedom. But, as of late, I … More A right to an opinion?