Cooking, as wonderful and exciting as it can be, can quickly become redundant. Over time we become comfortable with certain dishes, allowing them to become routine and failing to excite our tastebuds in the process. My mom has always said that the longer she cooks, the more difficult it becomes. My food intolerances and sensitivities … More Here’s how to get out of that cooking rut
If you’ve been following my blog for a little while, you’re likely aware of my fascination with the paranormal. I find the supernatural world positively enthralling, and while it simultaneously scares the shit out of me, I’m always educating myself further on the topic. I went to Indigo’s with my sister about a month ago … More This is why Ghost Files should be on your reading list
Confidence is something a lot of us struggle with. We’re aware that being, looking, and feeling confident are all advantageous characteristics to demonstrate, but for some of us, it doesn’t come easily. And that’s perfectly okay, within reason. Some of us tend to be more shy, whereas some of us like to be the centre … More How to look confident (even when you don’t feel it)
I like to think I’m a relatively optimistic person. I’m usually in a good mood, unless something occurs to alter my mood, and I try my best to generate positivity. A few days ago, I came home from work in a pretty miserable mood. Nothing happened at work to prompt the emotion, but I just … More It’s okay to have bad days
Being someone who has Generalized Anxiety Disorder, people occasionally ask me what the difference is between anxiety itself and worrying. I’m not a doctor, nor am I a medical professional, so these sorts of inquiries make me a little uncomfortable. But, I do like to tell people, when they ask, that a major distinguishing factor … More Understanding the difference between anxiety and worrying
I’m a relatively open person, therefore I have no hesitancy to share my past experiences with an eating disorder with others. I think it’s important to discuss taboo and/or stigmatized topics in order to better understand them, and conversation can be one of the most effective ways to generate familiarity with things we may not … More Navigating eating disorder thoughts
If I had to choose a social media platform I favour over others, it would be Instagram. I’m not sure if this preference stems from my love for photography, or the fact that I’ve always appreciated visuals, but either way, Instagram is pretty neat. I was browsing through the Explore section on Instagram about a … More Here’s why you need to follow Morgan Harper Nichols on Instagram
To be passionate about something is, in my opinion, a privilege not all of us are privy to. Having the opportunity to find something that brings us true joy isn’t something we’re all fortunate enough to experience, but it really is an incredible concept. I’ve been thinking a lot about my own passions as of … More Exploring your passion
In conversation with my mom, dad and sister the other day, I had a bit of an epiphany, if you will. We were discussing the ways in which children are being raised these days, and the fact that kids aren’t being taught to appreciate and care for things because they’ve been conditioned to expect new … More Are we encouraging wasteful attitudes?
September is a time of year during which many of us have mixed emotions. Perhaps you’re starting your first year of post-secondary education and you’re feeling rather overwhelmed; maybe you’re a parent sending your child off to junior kindergarten; you may be finishing up a job you thoroughly enjoyed to begin a new one. Whatever … More Embracing change
Living in a world in which Donald Trump is president of the U.S., we’re arguably all quite familiar with fake news and the implications it can present when perpetuated in a false context. We’ve been informed of the danger of spreading fake news, and further of the damage it can result in depending on how … More Fake news and social media: a deadly combination
Living at home as a young adult is an interesting situation. I’m 24, I have two post-secondary certifications, and yet I’m still living with my parents. Why, you may ask? I can’t speak for everyone, but considering the current state of real estate here in Canada, I think it’s safe to say I won’t be … More The reality of living with your parents as a young adult
I’m optimistic you read the title of this post and immediately connected the reference to AC/DC’s song. If you didn’t, that’s okay. I’m not here to judge. Rock music isn’t for everyone, but it certainly is for me. Since purchasing a Spotify premium membership, I’ve had the opportunity to explore my preferred genre of music … More For those about to rock, I salute you
Since I’ve started working in customer service, I’ve become quite familiar with being treated poorly. From my understanding, anyone who works in customer service is in the same boat I am. And it isn’t a good one. I’m not exactly sure of the distinct reasoning that’s to blame regarding how crappy humans have become in … More It pays to be kind
Caring for my skin is something I’ve always been relatively informed and further passionate about. In dealing with acne for as long as I have, I’ve come to comprehend the importance of proper skincare, and I’ve actually learned to consider my skin as an investment, meaning I try my best to use good quality products. … More An introduction to eye cream in your 20s
I’ve been an avid Fitbit user for quite some time now. I own the Alta HR slim band model and have been using it for a few years, and for the most part, it’s been a good investment. At least it was until the band started to rip. I went through four different bands for … More Fitbit versus ANEKEN: which is better?
Marriage is something the majority of us are familiar with. Perhaps you’re married yourself, like many folks are; maybe you’re engaged and you’re planning a wedding; maybe you’ve been involved in a wedding party. As we know, with marriage comes a wedding, which we recognize as a celebration of the happy couple. What we may … More Is your wedding really yours?
Helping others is something many of us enjoy doing. We experience satisfaction and comfort when we assist others, likely because we’re aware that we are providing aid to someone other than ourselves. I question how many of us are helping others out of the goodness of our hearts, though. I saw a tweet the other … More Are you a selfish helper?
I think it’s fair to assume that most of us have heard the phrase, “it’s the little things in life,” at least once or twice. We’re told to appreciate small joys and things that bring us happiness that aren’t particularly extravagant, and I think acknowledging these small joys is so important in terms of seeking … More Identifying your ‘little things’
Feeling overwhelmed isn’t exactly a pleasant feeling. Depending on the context of what’s causing you to feel inundated with stress, sometimes it can feel like we’re drowning in our own thoughts, unable to designate clarity. Feeling overwhelmed isn’t a permanent state of mind, though. In fact, there’s several ways to go about ridding our minds … More Purging emotion through creativity
When it comes to mental illness, one of the most effective ways to understand it is through conversation. I often say that unless you’re chatting with someone who has dealt with mental illness themselves, it’s difficult to convey what exactly it entails. Talking to someone about a mental illness you’ve both experienced can be one … More Let’s talk about mental illness
Micellar water has become quite the rage within the beauty community. It has gained tremendous popularity within the past couple of years, and because I’m curious and hadn’t tried it, I picked up some for myself. I was a little skeptical about what this stuff claims to do. After all, how can a variation of … More What’s the deal with Micellar water?
On Sunday evening, my mom and I ventured to Toronto to see Queen with Adam Lambert at the Scotiabank Arena. I had been looking forward to this concert since we purchased the tickets before Christmas, and rest assured I was anything but disappointed. My mom and I actually had tickets to see these guys two … More Queen + Adam Lambert: a show of a lifetime
I was chatting with mom about the current state of society the other day. We discussed politics, ethics, climate change and racism, and she concluded that if mankind continues down the dangerous path it’s already treading, we’re doomed. Without trying to be a pessimist, I’d have to say I agree. As much as I would … More Are we doomed?
Feet are something we as humans seriously depend upon. Our feet are our means of transportation, along with our legs, therefore owning a pair of well-structured shoes is rather important. Since I had reconstructive ligament surgery on my foot, the quality of shoes is something I place a fair amount of emphasis on. I need … More Birkenstocks: are they worth the price?
Reading can be a truly incredible experience. Depending on the text you’re reading, and further, your level of interest in said text, reading can be an experience that isn’t easily forgotten. On the other hand, it can also be a nightmare if you’re reading a book that fails to peak your interest. Reading is something … More Three signs that book you’re reading is a keeper
The healthcare system is something many of us tremendously depend upon. We see doctors when we’re unwell, or unsure about a condition or a diagnosis, and we put significant faith in physicians when it comes to our overall wellbeing. Unfortunately, the same experience cannot be said for many overweight people, based on several conversations I’ve … More Overweight people and the healthcare system: an injustice
Maintaining a healthy balance between work and our personal lives can be incredibly difficult at times. Depending on the circumstance, perhaps we find it almost impossible to establish a separation between the two, contributing to feelings of stress and frustration in the process. Depending on your line of work, and even your upbringing, you may … More Designating a work/life balance
We’re all familiar with second chances. When someone in our lives hurts us, we may hear from others to give them a second chance as opposed to writing them off for something they have done. And, for the most part, I agree. Second chances can be a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate to someone a change … More Second chances: when to draw the line
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