As I sit here writing today’s post, I am pleased to report that I have officially hit day five of the COVID chronicles. The fifth day can potentially be the last day that one with COVID shows symptoms, so here is hoping. I’m feeling better than I was a few days ago. The muscle aches … More COVID update
This past Friday, I woke up feeling like an absolute bag of dog shit. For all of you literal folks out there, no, I don’t know what a bag of dog shit feels like. But, if I had to guess, I am inclined to think that because of the scent of dog crap trapped within … More The COVID diaries: Lauren edition
Perhaps I should clarify that while the title implies that a sudden onset of selfishness amongst the general population is the case, I don’t think it is. An increase in selfish behaviour and tendencies hasn’t exactly been an ‘all of a sudden’ occurrence. This escalation in the prominence of selfishness across the board is, I … More Why are we all so selfish all of a sudden?
These days, more than ever, arguably, it seems as though a lot of us walking around with a lot of pent-up anger and frustration. And, understandably so. The past couple of years haven’t exactly been pleasant in regards to the pandemic and all of its lovely elements, and there are a few of us who … More Mind your tongue
Earlier this week, the world was informed that the looming attack by Russia on Ukraine came to its head. Russian forces entered Ukraine with devastation and violence, leaving a trail of destruction and tragedy. I’ve been following the situation to the best of my ability via news and media broadcasts, and it is extremely disheartening … More Putting things into perspective
I was having a conversation with my mom and dad the other night while having dinner. We were discussing how, since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the majority of humans have taken it upon themselves to become the most selfish version of themselves possible. I realize this is a generalizing and therefore inaccurate statement … More Where did all the selflessness go?
I think it is more than safe to say that the pandemic we have found ourselves navigating for far too long now has revealed some differences in opinion between people. Most of us can agree that this pandemic and COVID-19 itself has upturned our world as we know it, but not all of us can … More Understanding that a difference in opinions doesn’t equate to disrespect
I debated writing a post discussing the convoy of trucks that have made their way into Ottawa’s core to protest against Canada’s COVID-19 mandates. Sure, I have my own opinion on the matter, but I’m reluctant to share it because there is a high probability that my own views and opinions will become a target … More Why are we obsessed with hate?
This years Christmas was a unique one. Come to think of it, so was last years. And the year before that. It’s safe to say that COVID has made its presence known in the context of Christmas and celebratory gatherings in general, and I would wager most of us have experienced disruptions in plans as … More The significance of identifying what truly matters at Christmas
Once again, I would like to take a moment to recognize my witty title and give myself some warranted applause for being so darn clever. Hehe. Moving on. I am someone who significantly appreciates my alone time. If I had to categorize myself, I think I’m a relatively equal balance between being introverted and extroverted, … More Do you enjoy spending time by yourself? You’re not alone (no pun intended)
I would like to begin this post by acknowledging my rather witty title. I hope you all can appreciate my efforts to make illness humourous. Anyways, my fiancé, Blaine, fell ill with a nasty chest infection last week. It isn’t COVID-19, so please don’t jump to any conclusions. Sure enough, Blaine passed this gem of … More Down with the sickness? Read this
Based on recent conversations and interactions I have had with a variety of people recently, I think it is safe to say that I am not the only one who is noticing how angry a lot of us are as of late. I’ve discussed it with friends and family, and those who I have chatted … More Why is everyone so angry?
I had a rather engaging conversation with my mom and dad recently regarding COVID-19. More specifically, we were discussing all of the controversy and differing opinions pertaining to the coronavirus vaccination, and whether or not this entire pandemic has collectively encouraged us as people to become selfish. After the chat I had with my parents, … More Has COVID made us selfish?
I very much feel as though COVID-19, among other negative outcomes, has caused a lot of us to become lazy in the context of communication. The reason I say this occurrence is a byproduct of the coronavirus is because I’ve certainly noticed more issues pertaining to communication and a lack of it since this pandemic … More Have we forgotten how to communicate?
I’ve been debating whether or not to write a post addressing the many opinions regarding the COVID-19 vaccine as I’m typically not one to address highly controversial topics here on my blog. I have come to the realization, however, that I’m tired of remaining quiet on the topic, and so here we are. Allow me … More Can’t we all just get along?
I find it a little disappointing I’m even writing a post on this topic, because, really, to answer the title of this post, you should respect service industry workers because it’s human decency. That’s really all there is to it, but, unfortunately, I’m finding we are collectively needing this reminder because I work in the … More This is why you should respect service industry workers
It would be an absolute rarity to go throughout life without ever encountering someone with beliefs or opinions that differ from our own. As people, we are all individually unique, meaning it’s almost impossible to engage with someone who completely and entirely agrees without hesitation with another persons beliefs and opinions. Despite our obvious and … More The significance of respecting differences
I am willing to bet that a majority of Ontarians are rejoicing with the news of Doug Ford’s recent announcement pertaining to the gradual reopening of businesses here in the province. It’s been a long time coming, and it is safe to say the patience of the public in Ontario has been wearing thin as … More Please be kind as Ontario begins to reopen
Reading holds a spot near and dear to my heart. I used to be far more of an avid reader than I am now, although I wish this wasn’t the case. I fell in love with books, reading and words when I was quite young, and I’m pretty sure I had read all of the … More COVID-19 has more kids reading
COVID-19 is a term that, two years ago, none of us had heard of. If only it had remained an unknown term. Here we are, in 2021, using, seeing and reading the term arguably more often than we would like to be. COVID-19 has become an integral component of daily life on a global scale. … More Has COVID-19 made you a better person?
My recent post regarding quick self-care practices seemed to go over well with all of you lovely readers, and because I didn’t share all of the ideas the web page from webmd.com, I figured I may as well do another post on the same topic, a sort of a continuation of my initial post, if … More Here’s some more speedy self-care tips
If you’re a resident of Ontario and are tempted to pull your own hair out after Doug Ford’s most recent stay-at-home order, you’re not alone. In all honesty, I’m surprised I haven’t seen more bald folks walking around. If, however, you would rather not buzz your head out of desperation and boredom, I encourage you … More Bored stuck at home? Read this
Resilience is understood to be the ability to rebound from a difficult situation with perseverance. It is a phenomenal skill to possess in all facets of life, considering life isn’t exactly a walk in the park for most of us, and, in the past year or so, I would argue that more and more of … More The power of resilience
Mental health issues and conditions have arguably never been higher on a global spectrum as a result of COVID-19. Enough of us experienced mental health difficulties prior to entering a pandemic, but with the coronavirus wreaking havoc in our lives still, over a year later, a hell of a lot more of us are struggling … More Let’s hear it for Colorado and what they’re doing for mental health for youth
COVID-19 and all of its splendid baggage has, to put it plainly, fucked up a whole lot of different things, in all different contexts. I don’t necessarily know if there is anything that hasn’t somehow been affected by this pandemic, but if you know of something I’m missing, please do let me know. Weddings, and … More The reality of trying to plan a wedding in a pandemic
A year ago, I never would have thought that I would still be writing about the coronavirus pandemic and all of its unfortunate and adverse effects. But, here we are, still in the middle of this shit, trying to come to terms with how to grapple so much stress and confusion while juggling daily life … More The importance of recognizing simple joys
With the recent shutdown here in Ontario thanks to a rise in cases of COVID-19 and its variants, small businesses have taken a tremendous hit. All businesses have taken a hit in some way as a result of this pandemic, but arguably not nearly to the same extent small businesses have, and this third lockdown … More Small businesses need our help
I would like to start this post off by stating that the information in this post is subjective and not scientifically-backed. These are my own thoughts, ideas and opinions, and by no means am I trying to imply that I am certified to give concrete advice in the context of mental health; rather, this is … More Here’s how to help someone dealing with a mental health crisis in a pandemic
Farming, I hope we are all aware, is one of the most significant professions in existence in terms of what it helps to achieve. Without farmers, there wouldn’t be a whole hell of a lot of anything; they produce food and crops to feed the world, to create materials and other resources, and, they’re some … More PSA: farmers need our help
We’re all relatively aware of the fact that while the coronavirus in itself and the symptoms affiliated with it are unpleasant enough, the complications and side effects that can occur from having COVID-19 are, for some folks, worse than the virus itself. It seems as though COVID affects everyone differently, making it very difficult to … More Could flossing help combat COVID-19 side effects?