A little while ago, I composed a post discussing gratitude. I emphasized the significance of recognizing what we are grateful for in our daily lives because it is so easy to take things for granted when we get caught up in daily routines and habits, and I truly believe acknowledging what we are thankful for … More Let’s start a gratitude list
I’m not exactly sure if the term ‘life timeline’ is the best way to encapsulate what I’m referring to, but hear me out. I haven’t heard another term for it as of yet, so we will tentatively stick with ‘life timeline’ for now. When I say life timeline, I’m making reference to how one’s life … More Stop comparing your life timeline to others
To answer my own question, for Blaine and me, it was a busy holiday season this year. We went to my grandmother’s house with my aunt and cousins, my parents and my sister on Christmas Eve; on Christmas Day Blaine and I went to my parents to open gifts with my sister and we had … More How was your Christmas?
In case you’re unaware, this weekend happens to be Thanksgiving, a time of year in which we often gather with family and friends and acknowledge all of the things we are grateful for. Arguably, when most of us contemplate what it is we are grateful for, things like food, water and shelter come to mind, … More What are you thankful for?
I would argue that just about all of us would say we are busy. Busy seems to be an inevitable state when it comes to this thing known as life, and I find we are becoming busier and busier the older we get. While I’m not certain if we truly are taking on more duties … More The significance of designating time to spend with your partner
The idea of keeping one’s nose out of someone else’s business is not, in any way, shape or form, a new concept. It’s been around for quite a while now, although despite its prehistoric origins, it seems to me as though a lot of us are blissfully unaware of this ideology and could benefit from … More Mind your business
I think it is safe to say that the majority of families involved in agriculture work with each other. This is an observation I have garnered over the years through chatting with other folks who work in farming, and a vast majority of those of us who work in the farming industry work alongside family … More The reality of working with family
On February 6, my parents will be celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary. It’s a pretty big one, if you ask me, hence why I’m writing a post about it; I think 40 years of a lot of things are worthy of recognition, but especially marriage. I think it’s safe to say I’m a bit biased … More Cheers to 40 years, mom and dad
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
I should arguably preface this post by stating that I completely and entirely recognize that not everyone has siblings, and further, there are some of us who have tarnished relationships with our siblings. I do not mean to generalize, but rather, I wish to orchestrate this post in a manner that is relevant to those … More Here’s why you should spend more time with your siblings
I am a firm believer in recognizing someone’s efforts and a job well done when appropriate. Perhaps this stems from a history of working at jobs where hard work goes unnoticed, because I’ve endured a few (like most of us, but regardless of where the incentive comes from to applaud people when appropriate, it is … More Giving credit where credit is due
Venting, if you’re unfamiliar with the term, typically involves a person unloading their stresses, anguish or frustration with a given situation via conversation with someone. It is something probably all of us have engaged with at some point or another, and a lot of us associate the concept of venting with positivity; getting things off … More Venting: good or bad?
Having a toxic influence in your life, in any form, can be gruelling. Even worse is when the toxicity comes in the form of a person, and further, when that person happens to be your family. It is certainly easier to cut ties with toxic people who aren’t your own kin, and the prospect of … More Here’s how to deal with a toxic family member
Now that all the hype pertaining to Christmas has diminished a wee bit and we’re all well fed and watered, I’m curious as to how everyone celebrated this year. In my family, we normally have a relatively large gathering with my dad’s family and also my mom’s, but obviously, these gatherings didn’t take place this … More Christmas 2020: different, but good
Chances are that we have all, at one point or another, heard the expression ‘don’t make time for people who can’t make time for you.’ It’s a well-known saying, and really, it should be, as its message is a powerful and significant one to know and remember. While most of us are familiar with this … More Stop making time for people who can’t make time for you
Spending time with my parents is quite honestly one of my favourite things to do. I’ve always enjoyed being in their company, but I feel as though my appreciation for the time I spend in their company has only grown as I’ve gotten older, believe it or not. A lot of people are taken aback … More Spending time with parents as a young adult
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
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
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
Well, it’s finally here. They day so many of us have long awaited for, anticipating its arrival with eagerness and excitement. I’d like to take this opportunity to wish anyone who is reading this a truly wonderful Christmas, spent with loved ones, family and friends. While I commend you for reading this today, I sincerely … More Have yourself a merry little Christmas
You’ve arguably heard the phrase “mind your business.” It’s a concept that’s instilled in us from a young age due to its logic, and for the most part, I like to think most of us abide by its teachings. In addition to minding our own business, it’s worth recognizing the effectiveness of minding our own … More Mind your problems
The thought of working alongside family members is, for some people, terrifying. I’ve spoken with numerous individuals who positively refute the concept of working with family, their reluctance to do so typically being a result of their fear of clashing with their loved ones. If I’m being realistic, working with your family can get a … More The reality of working with family
Life is a crazy thing, as we’re arguably all aware. Things may not necessarily pan out how we intended for them to, relationships come and go, and stress is ever prevalent. And, while these things may be inevitable, they’re certainly not things that should take precedence over others, such as family and friendships. Something I … More Appreciating the present
If you’re a resident of Ontario, chances are you’re probably wondering what in the heck it is that Mother Nature is all in a dither over. I shouldn’t say Ontario specifically. The weather is wonky all across the country, and worldwide. From what I’ve gathered, most of us are rather fed up with the so-called … More Fed up with the weather? Think about the farmers
Dove, a highly-recognized brand in North America, is at the receiving end of some feel-good news as of late. To provide American fathers with the opportunity to be present in their newborn children’s lives, Dove is providing multi-thousand dollar grants for working dads who are unable to benefit from paid paternity leave. Dove created their … More Helping working dad’s with Dove
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?
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
Today is Christmas, and what better way to discuss the significance of this day than with a blog post dedicated to the subject. The countdowns are over, the advent calendars have been eaten, and the day is finally here. There is something rather magical about waking up on Christmas morning. You may feel well-rested, and … More Merry Christmas, you filthy animals
I thought it might be fun to dedicate a post to discussing things I would have a very hard time living without. Some of these are materialistic, some are not, but these things are ones that bring me joy and happiness, and further that are of significance to me, personally. I would not be able … More Things I Can’t Live Without