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
Plastic straws, as we are all aware, really aren’t a great concept. Sure, they get the job done, but they’re also responsible for a significant amount of ocean and plastic pollution and further have claimed the lives of many animals who mistakenly ingest them. All in all, they’re not so great. Over the past couple … More Supporting farmers and the environment with paper straws
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
As I’ve made mention of in a few different posts now, despite the negatives and shittiness associated with COVID-19 and living in a pandemic, there are some definite positives that have come from the situation we’re currently facing. Whether you’ve found yourself able to do some things you’ve never had time for prior, or your … More Enhancing fatherhood via COVID-19
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
For those of us who reside in Canada, gardening becomes a central component of spring and summer activities once the weather warms up. Many people plant gardens in hopes of being able to abstain from having to purchase certain vegetables and instead providing for themselves, and honestly, gardening is an all-around great practice to engage … More Have you heard of winter gardening?
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
As I’ve mentioned already in a couple of different posts, the COVID-19 pandemic we are still finding ourselves in has unfortunately negatively influenced mental health conditions for many of us. Isolation, social distancing and limited social interactions are arguably all contributors to a diminishment in our moods overall, and I think this mental wellness decline … More Read this to learn how to gain psychological first aid, free of charge
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
The medical realm is one that has always piqued my interest. I have a tremendous amount of respect for anyone who works in the medical field, regardless of their specific title or occupation, and I commend the people who risk their own health and safety to benefit others on a daily basis through their work. … More Lenox Hill: worth the watch
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
Being spontaneous is something I’ve never been super successful with. I am the type of person that absolutely prefers a plan to quick, out-of-the-blue decisions, and quite honestly, the concept of spontaneity often gives me anxiety. Despite my hesitation towards spur-of-the-moment decisions, a lot of us enjoy spontaneity, as it turns out. “The average American … More Are you a fan of spontaneity?
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
Cauliflower ear is a condition a lot of athletes involved with physical contact sports are familiar with, but for the general public, it might be a foreign concept. It is caused when the ear experiences a significant amount of trauma which results in blood pooling in the outer element of the ear, giving it a … More Cauliflower ear? Have no fear
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
We may only be into the first few days of June, but the weather we have been experiencing in Ontario as of late reflects temperatures that are more typical come mid-July or August. We have actually been enduring a heatwave over the past few days, and if you’re someone who works outside in these intense … More Beat the heat with these tips
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
If you’re a classic rock fan, it’s relatively safe to assume you’re familiar with the name Mick Jagger – the man is a rock legend, and as the lead singer for The Rolling Stones, his name is one that is highly recognized across the globe. As a fan of The Stones and Mick himself, I … More Profile: Mick Jagger
If you’re like me and have found yourself asking how you can participate in rallying for the #BlackLivesMatter movement, don’t stress. I did some research to see what sorts of resources are available that the public can make use of to contribute to this initiative, and hopefully, these sources can be explored by more of … More Here’s how you can help to support the #BlackLivesMatter initiative