The COVID-19 pandemic is a hot topic of conversation right now, quite understandably. After spending weeks in isolation, the re-opening of select businesses, in Ontario, anyways, likely has a lot of us questioning what ‘normal’ will look like after such a lengthy abnormal situation. For the businesses that have been given the green light to … More Post-COVID-19: Will we ever return to normal?
I’m willing to bet that at some point in our lives, we have experienced insecurity or self-doubt. It’s arguably an inevitable occurrence for all of us from time to time, and when it does happen, it’s pretty shitty. For those of us who tend to run into self-doubt more frequently than not, it becomes apparent … More Dealing with self-doubt
Fighting with loved ones sucks. It is difficult to battle it out with someone you love and to hear and dish out hurtful words, and even more so when that particular person is an immediate family member. A couple of nights ago, my family and I got into it with each other. The argument, at … More Working through familial conflict
I mentioned in a post a little while ago that a lot of us are finding ourselves having to contribute a little more than usual to certain things in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. Perhaps these contributions are voluntary, or maybe they’re mandatory, but either way, a lot of us have had to pick … More Gaining knowledge on the farm
Mental health is a topic that is associated with a lot of stigma. Tremendous advancements have been made in recent years regarding how we as a society perceive and discuss mental illness, which is fantastic, but based on my own observations, there is one area where mental health awareness could use some serious improvement. Mental … More Here’s how toxic masculinity worsens men’s mental health
If you’re a resident of Ontario, you’ve likely been paying attention to the recent announcements that have been made by Premier Doug Ford regarding the slow start of lifting the COVID-19 lockdown requirements in the province. Mr. Ford granted us Ontarians some pretty positive news last week with an announcement stating select businesses and outdoor … More Treading carefully with lockdown lifts
The coronavirus outbreak that has plagued the globe throughout 2020 has garnered a lot of anger and hate. Many of us are scared, anxious and concerned about the state of our future considering the damage this virus has done to our world already, and I can’t say that these emotions are unwarranted. Despite the shittiness … More It’s time to seize the day
There is something unexplainable about the atmosphere of a summer evening spent simply. The evenings are warmer and last longer; the overall mood of an environment seems to be enhanced; memories are made and appreciated. While it may not officially be summer yet, the weather is looking and feeling a hell of a lot more … More The simplicity of summer nights
I’m willing to bet that a lot of us are seeing or hearing about Adele’s weight loss as of late. After posting an image to her Instagram account to celebrate her 30th birthday, there was a social media frenzy regarding the singers appearance in the photo. Her photo prompted an outpouring of comments, posts and … More Stop making someone else’s weight your business
I firmly believe that jealousy in an inevitable concept in a majority of relationships. When you are in love with a person, it is normal to feel threatened or insecure when you believe someone else is trying to earn their attention. What isn’t so normal, however, is when healthy jealousy turns into toxic jealousy and … More Healthy jealousy vs. toxic jealousy in relationships
I’ve been hearing quite a bit about some of us who are using our monetary assistance from the government to purchase things that aren’t exactly essential. The entire concept of the emergency funding from our government is to enable those of us who are financially struggling to be able to maintain a somewhat stable lifestyle … More Stop buying and start looking at what you have
Blaine is an avid action film lover. I enjoy action movies myself as well, but perhaps not to the same extent he does. He and I were trying to decide on a movie to watch on his birthday, and since it was his special day I let him pick which movie with no complaints. He … More American Made: worth the watch
I think it is safe to say that anyone celebrating a birthday in the midst of the Coronavirus outbreak is feeling a little underwhelmed with their special day. Social distancing and an inability to participate in large gatherings certainly makes the concept of celebration a little difficult, therefore a lot of us who have had … More Making the most of COVID-19 birthdays
Self-discipline is a concept that is introduced and further instilled in many of us from a young age. It’s a great skill to have as it can be relevant in a variety of different contexts and situations, and overall, I would say it is more beneficial to have self-discipline than it is to lack it. … More Are you too hard on yourself?
Dry hair has always been an issue for me. I’m willing to experiment with new products in an attempt to designate one that really works for me and my hair, but it can be frustrating to find a winner. I mentioned in a post a while ago that I was using Aveeno’s Almond Oil Blend … More Dry hair? Try this shampoo and hair mask duo
Mother’s Day is going to look quite a bit different for many of us this year as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. But, because this observation is an obvious one, I thought it might be nice to overlook this fact for a moment and instead celebrate the concept of today for moms all over … More Here’s to mom
I came to the realization not too long ago that I don’t own a pair of running shoes. I know I did at some point, but I’m not exactly sure where they went, so I figured owning one pair of sneakers probably isn’t a bad idea and decided to do some research to determine which … More Looking for some casual sneakers? Check out Vessi
I’ve seen my fair share of fighting movies in my day, and I’ve found most of them to be extremely well done. Often times, fighting movies incorporate an intensely emotional or dramatic theme into their plots, allowing the film to take on different genres and appeal to a wider audience in the process. A few … More Have you seen Warrior?
The COVID-19 outbreak has dramatically altered all of our lives in different ways. Perhaps you’re finding yourself going stir-crazy being cooped up indoors, or maybe you’ve been told to work from home and are struggling to adapt to this adjustment. Regardless of how this pandemic has impacted our lives, I think a lot of us … More Stepping up during COVID-19
The sensation of feeling as though we are inferior to someone or something in any given context isn’t a nice one. Yet, despite the shitiness of feeling undervalued, I would argue it’s somewhat inevitable among many of us at some point in our lives. Rather than discuss how much it sucks to be made to … More How to grapple with feeling insignificant
Eating disorders are a sincerely cruel form of mental illness. They toy with our thoughts and emotions and often times (speaking from experience) leave a lasting mark on those they happen to take hold of. Performing somewhat normally on a day-to-day basis while living with an eating disorder is no easy feat, let alone in … More Why are we encouraging body dysmorphia in a pandemic?
Oregano oil has been a staple in my household for quite some time now. And, quite honestly, for good reason. In my family, we typically make use of oregano oil to prevent or fight off illnesses in their early stages. We also take it while ill in an attempt to decrease the severity of whatever … More Do you use oregano oil?
The concept of working from home has arguably never been more prominent than it is now in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak. With so many businesses and services being closed to the public as a safety precaution, many of us have been working from the comfort of our homes as a result. And, according … More Would you take a pay cut to continue working from home?
There has been a tremendous push from the general public to recognize and celebrate individuals on the front lines that continue to work since the COVID-19 outbreak began. Doctors and nurses, factory workers, truckers and grocery store clerks are some of the professions that have been recipients of praise and gratitude throughout the pandemic we … More Why are we forgetting farmers on the frontlines?
With warmer weather upon us, I would imagine many of us are itching to get our hands on some fresh, local produce that becomes available throughout the Spring and Summer months here in Ontario. There is something so fantastic about biting into a crisp, juicy piece of fruit that has been produced locally, and soon … More These are some of the healthiest fruits to eat
I decided a little while ago that I was going to make a conscious effort to cut back on the amount of time I spend using my phone. I’ve been wanting to do so for a little while, and while I’ve managed to come up with excuses to abstain from actually committing to this decision … More Smartphone distancing while social distancing
Sometimes all it takes to turn a mood around is some positive language. I’m not exactly sure what it is about reading and absorbing words on a page, but I find that reading positive things can significantly alter my mood for the better. With that thought in mind, I thought it might be helpful to … More Here are some uplifting quotes to get you through this week
We’re all aware of the importance of staying hydrated when it comes to our bodies. Not consuming enough clear fluids over the course of time can have severe consequences, therefore upping our H2O intake is something that doesn’t really require a whole lot of questioning. In addition to benefitting our bodies, water can also benefit … More Want to be happier? Try drinking more water
When I sat down to write this post, I wasn’t exactly sure of what the topic would be. With the changes we are facing as of late as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s been slightly more challenging to think of new and fresh content to share with all of you wonderful folks. But, … More How would you define yourself?
I’m willing to bet that a majority of the world’s population enjoys bacon, and with good reason. I can’t say I’ve met too many people in my life who fail to enjoy this strip of goodness, arguably because it’s inevitably delicious. That being said, I think some people abstain from cooking bacon more often than … More Here’s how to cook bacon in your oven