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
As I’ve mentioned here on my blog before, I’m a sucker for medieval movies. I find it fascinating to watch depictions of what life was like in the medieval era, and I can certainly appreciate a man in a suit of armour. Moving on. The other evening, Blaine and I were trying to figure out … More Have you seen Gladiator?
Happiness, in most ways, is a subjective thing. It can look and feel different for everyone, and considering how different each of us is from one another, it makes sense that what makes us happy differs from one person to the next, too. And, as it turns out, the subjectivity of happiness has been scientifically … More Yes, you can control your happiness
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
I firmly believe that, in a way, a lot of us are wired to be too hard on ourselves. I would say I think the tendency to be especially critical towards ourselves is innate, or even an element of human nature, but I won’t as not all of us fall into this categorization. I sure … More PSA: Stop being so hard on yourself
Assertiveness is, in my opinion, a topic with a lot of baggage attached. For whatever reason, many of us are hesitant towards assertiveness, based on my own observations and experiences, and quite honestly, I’m not exactly sure where this hesitation comes from. Perhaps some of us shy away from assertiveness because it has a negative … More Understanding the art of assertiveness
Conversation can be an incredibly powerful tool. It is a means to open up to and share with others, learn, communicate and even find solace via expression. Conversation is also a means to seek comfort or advice from someone we know and trust. Some of us refer to this as venting, but regardless of what … More Recognizing boundaries in conversation
The idea of knowing when to say no is one we arguably all should be familiar with. It’s a great mantra to practice as it is a means to lower the possibility of ourselves being taken advantage of, yet despite its importance, I think it’s safe to say that many of us could improve in … More The importance of knowing when to say no
Calorie restriction is a pretty popular component of a lot of diet plans around today. In fact, calorie restriction has been associated with the concept of dieting for a loooong time; too long, in my opinion. For whatever reason, a lot of diet plans somewhat orientate themselves around the idea of not only cutting, but … More This is why counting calories is so toxic
Humour is, to me, an essential component of daily life. I’ve always been intrigued by and attracted to humour, or anything that makes people laugh, really, and I’ve come to the realization that humour is an incredibly powerful tool to possess for different reasons. A couple of days ago, I encountered a series of unfortunate … More Here’s why laughter is so important
The concept of being adaptable is a rather valuable one, in my opinion. When I say adaptable, I’m referring to ones ability to cooperate, compromise, and be flexible with others in any given situation. It’s a great character trait to possess, and the benefits of being adaptable significantly outweigh the negatives, in my opinion. That … More How adaptable are you really?
I think it is safe to say that time seems to be a concept that is dwindling in its nature the older we get. I’ve certainly noticed how time seems to slip by faster than it did when I was younger, and I think a quickening in the pace at which time passes is a … More Here’s why it’s important to make time for the people who matter
Food waste is a real shame for multiple reasons. Not only could the food in question being tossed or discarded be used to feed someone who could truly use it, but it’s a wasted effort of farmers, truckers, factory workers, food processing plants, and any other profession associated with the food industry. All in all, … More Turning food waste into food bank donations
Time management is a concept that I truly learned the importance of while enrolled in post-secondary education. Going from grade 12, where you are reminded by your teachers of upcoming due dates and assignments, to university, where classes are essentially voluntary and your professors don’t know your name, is a fine example of how much … More Could your time management be better?
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?
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is, unfortunately, a condition that is relevant for a lot of us. It is incurable, and while some people find success in treating IBS with a high-quality probiotic, some of us aren’t as fortunate, depending on the severity of the IBS itself. I was first diagnosed with IBS roughly eight or … More IBS: a constant battle
Up until a few years ago, I wasn’t ever really into crime-based shows. They used to scare me when I was young, and because of my fear of them I distanced myself from anything crime-related for quite a while. When I was in university I started to develop an interest in them, though, and now, … More Have you seen Unsolved Mysteries?
Honesty, as we are all aware, is a crucial component in any romantic relationship. There are a few other musts that typically preside in a relationship, for example, trust, kindness, patience, etc. But, personally, I believe many other important traits in a relationship stem from one pivotal one; honesty. Honesty is similar to transparency in … More Here’s why it is so important to be transparent in relationships
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
Denial is an interesting thing. Regardless of the situation at hand in which denial is present, I have always found it relatively fascinating that we as human beings are capable of convincing ourselves of something that is entirely opposing to truth. Even more interesting, in my opinion, is that when engaged in intensely and religiously, … More The dangers of denial
The idea of reaching out to someone and asking for help in a mental health context isn’t an easy one. In fact, for many of us, it’s daunting, terrifying, and relatively undesirable, hence why so many of us choose to remain silent in our fight with mental health, I believe. For a very long time, … More This is why we need to normalize asking for help
Ahhhh, patience. It’s a concept that has tantalizedme throughout the majority of my life, offering its beneficial properties to me within arms reach and then snatching it away at the last second. Alright, that’s a bit dramatic. In case you don’t feel like sifting through Shakespearean-esque lingo, that’s a fancy way of saying patience is … More The virtue of patience
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
In somewhat of a continuation of yesterday’s post and my discussion of the hellish temperatures we have been enduring in Ontario as of late, I thought it might be worthwhile to chat about recognizing our bodies’ needs. As I stated in my post yesterday, working outdoors in the extreme heat we have been experiencing has … More How well do you know your body?
Food waste, as we are all aware, is becoming a significant issue in contemporary society. Wasting food is a terrible practice to become involved with as it simply isn’t necessary, and further, it is incredibly detrimental in a variety of different industries aside from an environmental setting. It hinders the hard work of farmers and … More Banning food waste, one state at a time
Regardless of which generation we categorically fall into, it’s no secret that there is a palpable amount of tension that exists between them. Baby boomers aren’t big fans of millennials and vice versa; millennials and generation x aren’t exactly pals. The resentment that is quite evident from generation to generation has been around for quite … More Here’s why we have to stop dividing generations
A few evenings ago, my mom and dad had some friends over for dinner. My sister and I joined them as we enjoy conversing with many of our parents friends, and sure enough, the evening was filled with great conversation and laughter. We were chatting about a variety of things, but we eventually got into … More How well do you think you know someone?
I would argue that a majority of us underestimate ourselves. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as this mindset can often lead to moments in which we happily surprise and prove ourselves wrong, but it can be a hindering practice as it somewhat works against the concept of knowing our worth, which is of tremendous … More This is why it’s so important to know our worth
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
Relationships are something a majority of us are affiliated with. Because there are so many forms of relationships, for example, romantic, familial, and friendship (to name a few), we don’t always dedicate a tremendous level of consciousness to the fact that relationships, in all forms, are subjective and personal. Everyone experiences relationships differently, and ultimately, … More Why do we make other people’s relationships our business?