Pets are, in my opinion, one of the greatest familial additions you can have. If we’re being honest, sometimes pets are better than our actual human family members. Animals have the ability to love their owners unconditionally, and trust me when I saw there really is nothing that compares to experiencing this love. I question, … More Thinking about getting a pet? Consider adopting
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
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?
Humans are often guilty of ignoring and neglecting messages from our bodies. We experience aches and pains every so often, but in most situations, we ignore these early warning signs that may pertain to a larger issue and make things worse in the process. I think part of our instinct to overlook what our bodies … More The importance of listening to your body
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
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?
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
It seems to me that as of late, farmers have been the subject of unnecessary criticism and scrutiny. And, the longer I think about it, the more it becomes apparent that farmers have somewhat always been targeted for the profession they chose, one that we as a society depend upon tremendously. Recently, farmers and members … More Why are we villainizing farmers?
An article from The Huffington Post caught my eye the other evening. Titled “Alabama Wants To Imprison Marshae Jones. Her Crime Was Being Shot While Pregnant,” I imagine it’s relatively simple to figure out why I was intrigued by the headline. The following excerpts are from the article: “Marshae Jones, a 28-year-old Alabama woman, is facing a manslaughter … More The implications of Alabama’s abortion law
Pressure is something we as humans tend to shy away from, which is quite understandable. Pressure can induce feelings of stress, anxiety, fear, and possibly frustration, and it isn’t something we exactly desire to experience (in most cases). When we’re conscious of the pressure we’re under, it’s easy to get rattled and become overwhelmed. This … More How to keep calm under pressure
My sister shared an Instagram post with me the other evening from an account titled Humans of New York. If you’re unfamiliar with it, I highly recommend checking it out as it’s a great way to catch a glimpse of alternate perspectives towards a certain subject matter. This particular post, featuring commentary from a woman … More Happiness: a matter of perspective
Designating something in our lives that inspires us and evokes creativity is so important. Yet, I question how many of us have been able to identify our own muse. Finding whatever we’re passionate about can be a bit of a gray area. Perhaps we’re overwhelmed with focalizing one specific passion because we have several; perhaps … More The importance of finding your muse
Dealing with conflict in the workplace can be a fickle thing. Depending on the situation, you may or may not be comfortable addressing conflict where you work because of where you stands in terms of employment, and further, where you stand with your employer. Addressing conflict in a professional manner doesn’t have to be daunting, … More How to handle conflict professionally
Here in Canada, there is quite a bit of political action happening as a result of the upcoming federal election. And, if you’re like most Canadians, you’re probably fed up with and feeling inundated with campaign platforms and propaganda. Even more so if you’re like me and are having difficulty visioning any of the candidates … More Where did all the good leaders go?
We live in an extremely self-entitled society. Now, more than ever, selflessness and generosity are scarce in occurrence, while greed and righteousness continue to rise in popularity. I’m not certain that there’s a distinct reason as to why self-entitlement is on the rise in the world we live in, but I’m not a fan, personally, … More Here’s why we’re killing kindness
I think for many of us, the concept of self-care is intimidating. The intimidation isn’t so much a reflection of self-care itself, but rather, a mimicry of our own insecurities involved with taking the time to address our own mental and physical needs. Self-care is not a practice that requires us to be selfish, however. … More Self-care isn’t selfish
Sometimes in life, we’re presented with unfortunate circumstances. And, as inconvenient as these circumstances may be, life is unpredictable, making these situations inevitable. When dealing with a challenging scenario, it can be difficult to consider things from an alternate perspective. But, sometimes seeing things from another angle can make a tremendous difference regarding how we’re … More The power of perspective
My mom and I were grocery shopping a few nights ago at Sobeys, and in the produce section, a display titled “plant-based alternatives” caught my eye. I decided to take a stroll over to the display to see what sorts of items were available. A vast majority of the section consisted of dairy-free cheeses, although … More Plant-based diets: logical or ludicrous?
I stumbled across an article recently from The Toronto Star that struck a nerve. I encourage you to take a look at the article, and further to hear me out. I’m not going to give a complete summation of the articles’ context, but, in short, it discusses yet another instance of foreign temporary workers being … More Advocating for foreign temporary farm workers
A few days ago, my boyfriend and I were conversing about all of the social media postings as of late regarding changes to abortion laws in the U.S. If you use social media, you’ve likely noticed the onslaught of individuals advocating their stance on abortion across all platforms. I said to my boyfriend that while … More Social media: communication channels or argumentative platforms?
Work ethic is timeless in terms of its value. If you’re someone who possesses strong work ethic, you’re at a tremendous advantage over those who don’t when it comes to the work world. The problem is, though, that strong work ethic seems to be becoming more and more scarce in popularity, and from my understanding, … More Where did the good work ethic go?
We’ve definitely all heard about “the power of a positive attitude,” yet I question how many of us truly acknowledge just how influential a change in attitude can be when it comes to everyday life. It is incredibly easy for us to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of daily life. We’re under … More Change your attitude, change your life
In this day and age, you’re arguably overly familiar with the infamous phrase, “I am entitled to my own opinion.” Yes, we are all entitled to our own opinions, thanks to the tremendous sacrifices that were made for us by those who fought and gave their lives for our freedom. But, as of late, I … More A right to an opinion?
Going to the doctor’s can be a real pain in the rear. Perhaps you go and wait for three hours only to see your doctors for five minutes, trying to ask questions as they’re halfway out the door. Maybe you’ve had several bad experiences with doctors, for example, incorrect diagnoses, being made to feel as … More “But I Don’t Want to go to the Doctor’s…”