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?
As I mentioned on here a while ago, I have started seeing a therapist in hopes of getting a handle on my anxiety and minor depression. My anxiety is moderate to severe, whereas my depression is mild, only flaring up from time to time. I saw my therapist last week, and I found it to … More Embracing discomfort
My entire life, I have always stressed that only dog people are able to comprehend how difficult is to have a furry friend leave you. My family lost one of our pups, Sammy, a blue heeler, roughly a year-and-a-half ago. It was quite honestly one of the most difficult experiences I have had to endure, … More Can losing a dog be harder than losing a person?
The other day, I was chatting with my mom about how expensive Christmas is for the average Joe. I was telling her all of the people I need to purchase gifts for, and we agreed that gift exchanges really are a great way to save money during the Christmas season. Think about it. Say that … More The beauty of gift exchanges
How often, when you were growing up, did you encounter people telling you to stop crying, or to suck it up? I certainly did. I would think most of us did, and still do, and further that we hear this statement from a variety of different individuals, whether they be family, friends or partners. What … More It really is okay to cry
“Statistics Canada says police-reported sexual assault cases went from 59 per day to 74 in three months.” This statement comes from a CBC article released Thursday. The article explains that despite a spike in reported assaults, an increase in criminal charges hasn’t occurred. “After sexual assault allegations against movie executive Harvey Weinstein first surfaced in October 2017 … More A rise in reports of sexual assault
In case you haven’t seen any news over the past, say, five years or so, let me begin by stating that the state of our world is complete shit. Yes, complete shit. I said it. Whether you’re arguing this from an environmental perspective, a social perspective, a human rights perspective, an economic perspective, whatever perspective … More A sad societal state
Since starting a new writing job back in August, my writing style has had to undergo a rather significant adjustment. My entire life, I’ve been criticized in my writing for being too vocabulary-heavy or using flowery language, if you will. I just friggen like words, and it’s hard to change something you’ve been doing for … More Changing writing styles
I started seeing a counsellor for my anxiety about a month ago. I was unsure of what to expect before I went in for my first session, but I’m definitely beginning to get more out of the sessions each time I go. The last time I saw my counsellor, she expressed the importance of work-life … More The importance of work-life balance
Being pushed around sucks. One might think that this typically happens during our childhood years, during which it is commonly referred to as bullying. Spoiler: it still happens when we’re adults, and it’s still called bullying. Standing up for oneself is such an important thing to do in warranted situations, but sometimes, depending on the … More How to stand up for yourself (respectfully)
The other evening, around the dinner table, my mom, sister and I got into a discussion pertaining to just how incredible women are. Specifically, how women are absolute troopers for going to work with a smiling face, through menopause and PMS and menstruation and all of the other joys the female body has to offer. … More Here’s to women
Yes, it’s early to be writing this post, but Christmas tends to creep up on us far quicker than we may have anticipated. So, I thought it may be useful to share some tips and tricks I use to save a few bucks when doing my Christmas shopping. I think one of the most important … More How to save money this Christmas season
I really don’t like annoying people. I personally am not a fan of being pestered, or nagged, so I try m absolute hardest to refrain from doing what bothers me to others. That being said, the way the world is going, nagging will soon become the new normal. I’m not sure if I’m the only … More A need for pestering
We often ask ourselves this question, specifically when we observe a relationship that is not only unhappy, but further unhealthy. It is difficult to understand why people remain in unsatisfactory relationships, however, according to a University of Utah release, the answer could come as a surprise. The University of Utah study examined whether people who … More Why do people stay in unhappy relationships?
In a world that’s more inundated with distractions, consumerism, and technology more than ever before, it can be quite difficult at times to set aside some ‘me’ time. Perhaps when you do finally take some time to sit down and relax, you actually find yourself feeling guilty, because you know there are things waiting for … More Making time for yourself
I have addressed the topic of toxic friendships here on my blog more than once, but I feel like it is a topic I can revisit since it is, unfortunately, relevant to so many of us. What comes to mind when you think about a healthy, positive friendship? Arguably support, understanding, fun, entertainment, trust, communication … More It’s time to cut off that negative friendship