We are all aware of the numerous changes we have been presented with as a result of the pandemic we are still finding ourselves in. We have experienced alterations to our jobs, school, relationships, recreational activities, and socializing in general, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we continue to be confronted with new and abstract … More Can a pandemic make you healthier?
It isn’t exactly shocking that a lot of us have experienced a decline in our mental health since the coronavirus outbreak first began back in March. Lockdowns, quarantining, isolation and social distancing are all components of this pandemic that have caused many of us to feel confused, alone, frustrated and scared, all of which are … More Here’s how to give your mental health a boost
Participating in social activities isn’t exactly the easiest thing to do right now. Thanks to COVID-19, a lot of the things we typically partake in recreationally have been kiboshed, therefore most of us aren’t as socially active as we likely normally would be if we weren’t in a pandemic. Personally, I haven’t don’t a whole … More The significance of socializing
Autumn is hands down my favourite season for a variety of reasons. I love seeing the leaves on the trees transform into a colourful medley of beauty; I look forward to changing from shorts and sandals to cozy sweaters and boots; and I have a definite appreciation for Halloween and all things spooky. Because Fall … More Here are some things to do this Fall
I know, I know. You likely read the title of this post and told yourself I’ve officially lost all sanity, and quite honestly, I can’t say I blame anyone thinking this with the chosen title for this post. But, before you completely write me off, hear me out. COVID-19, for a lot of us, has … More Can COVID-19 make you a better person?
Weddings, for the most part, are a great time. Between food and drinks, dancing, laughter and more, it’s difficult not to enjoy yourself at a wedding, excluding the odd exception. Something I’ve thought about as of late, likely because I am getting married in a couple of years, is what happens to a lot of … More Giving back via marriage
As someone who is a creature of habit and seriously values routine, I can attest to the ability of change causing feelings of unease and discomfort. Change is inevitable and necessary, but for a lot of us, it has a bit of a negative connotation. When we prefer stability and avoid change, though, we run … More Embracing change through COVID-19
The agricultural industry is a tough one. Farming consists of a significant amount of time, work and effort, and is unfortunately often times at the mercy of Mother Nature. This year has been exceptionally tough for members of the ag industry. Between COVID-19 and the setbacks and complications caused by it and a tremendously dry … More Have you thanked a farmer recently?
I think it is arguable that most of us know someone who has had their wedding impacted thanks to the coronavirus, or perhaps you have encountered this unfortunate happening yourself. I can’t imagine how stressful it is to plan a wedding only to postpone, cancel altogether, or un-plan, and my heart goes out to anyone … More Making the most of COVID-19 weddings
Pessimism is something that’s always really irked me. There are obviously situations in which pessimism is warranted, but more often than not, it isn’t necessary, yet many of us continue to live our lives with a pessimistic perspective. I’ve never really understood why someone would go out of their way to focus solely on the … More Pessimism: a how not to guide
In case you haven’t noticed, COVID-19 is, in a way, here to stay. Since it made its grand entrance earlier this year, we have undoubtedly felt and noticed the lasting effects of its influence, and I’m not exactly sure how we will ever revert to what we once perceived as normal until a reliable and … More Coping with COVID-19 long-term
The COVID-19 outbreak has unfortunately created a lot of different problems in a lot of different contexts. I would imagine most of us have been impacted by the coronavirus differently, depending on the sort of life we live, the work we do, where we are geographically located, etc. But, I believe there is one constant … More The importance of supporting local businesses in a pandemic
I think it’s fair to say that whether to wear a mask or not is a hot topic as of late as a result of COVID-19. Where I am located, it is a bylaw that masks must be worn in all public places, and from what I am hearing and reading, a lot of other … More To mask or not to mask?
In case you haven’t noticed, there are a lot of emotions running rather high as of late thanks to us being in a pandemic. Since the coronavirus first broke out, we have been forced to engage in policies many of us are entirely unfamiliar with; the closure of public spaces and businesses, social and physical … More A friendly reminder to be nice
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
In lieu of a couple of posts I’ve written about designating positives in a pretty shitty situation (aka the COVID-19 pandemic), I have yet another to share with you, thanks to an article I read via The Good News Network. “Amid lockdowns, people are eating healthier, cooking their own food, and consuming more fruit and … More Wasting less food throughout the COVID-19 pandemic
Something that has come to my attention as of late in a rather pronounced manner is evidence supporting the idea that a lot of us are seriously struggling with social isolation. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been told to collectively abstain from participating in social gatherings and activities to an extent, … More Navigating through a lack of social interaction
It is disheartening to acknowledge that, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, mental health and wellness, for many of us, has taken a beating. Perhaps you have been struggling with a condition that has been intensified as of late; maybe you’re experiencing the onset of a type of mental illness because of the pandemic … More The importance of mental health check-ins
I’ve written a couple of posts about trying to find some positives in this whole pandemic situation, and so far, people seem to be in agreement with what I’ve said. Recognizing optimism in the midst of a deadly virus outbreak can be challenging, but keeping our heads is one of the best things we can … More Learning what is necessary through COVID-19
Kindness is an interesting concept. We are all aware of what kindness is and what it stands for, but I would argue a lot of us struggle to practice its meaning on a day-to-day basis, especially lately thanks to the whole pandemic and all. Because of the state of the world right now, I thought … More Be kind
Let’s face it – the folks working on the frontlines throughout this pandemic are worthy of some serious recognition, regardless of the type of work they’re doing. It is because of these people that society has been able to function in limited means during the COVID-19 pandemic, and I’m really not sure as to what … More Want to say thanks to our frontline workers? Read this to learn how
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 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
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