I’m a self-proclaimed horror movie buff. You likely already knew this based on how often I review scary flicks and discuss the supernatural realm in general, but in case you forgot I thought I would subtly remind you yet again. Since we’re conveniently on the topic now, I’d like to draw your attention to the … More Differentiating between scary and gory
For many of us, the concept of the unknown is positively terrifying. For others, the thought of not knowing what the future holds is simply fact and fails to be a bothersome source of stress and anxiety. Personally, I don’t fare well with the unknown. I wouldn’t say it’s something that causes me significant worry, … More Navigating the unknown
When I initially discovered that I would participating in group therapy for my anxiety, I wasn’t entirely sure what to think. I’ve undergone therapy in the past in several different manners. All of the therapy I’ve been subjected to up until group was one-on-one, and honestly, I figured this style was the only effective way … More Is group therapy for you?
Do you do one thing a day that scares you? Are you someone who likes to live life dangerously? Do you challenge yourself on a daily basis to try something new? If you answered no to any or all of the proposed questions above, don’t worry. I sure as shit don’t do all of those … More It’s time to step outside of your comfort zone
What comes to mind when you contemplate the concept of communication? Arguably, we all interpret the meaning of the term differently, depending on how we ourselves exercise communication on a daily basis. For some of us, communication comes easily, while for others, it’s something we struggle with. Having an understanding of how we personally navigate … More Communication and relationships: a pivotal pair
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
I was chatting with someone the other day about the sports we used to play. This particular person was an avid soccer player, and while I briefly played soccer, basketball and volleyball when I was in elementary and high school, rugby was, and remains to be, the sport that holds my heart. When I started … More Team sports: more than physical activity
It’s sad to say that the world we live in is slowly going downhill in terms of humanity. I know. What an optimistic statement to get you going today. As much as I would love to convince myself that the state of the world is fine and fails to require acknowledgement, I believe this to … More What ever happened to being nice?
October means go-time for any farmer who produces ginseng, which is exactly what my family and I have been doing for this past little while. Ginseng harvest typically happens in October, and for anyone who is unaware of what this type of harvest consists of, it involves digging up the root of the plant. A … More Finding treasures on the farm
As all of us Canadians are fully aware, the federal election is the talk of the town across all provinces. Elections in Canada typically warrant a generous amount of discussion, but I would argue that this year’s election will be one to remember in years to come. Regardless if you’re Canadian or not, you’ve likely … More The importance of voting
I’ve been spending quite a bit of my time as of late harvesting grapes. Picking grapes occurs in a vineyard, which is (obviously) outdoors, so I’ve been hanging out with Mother Nature quite a bit. I tend to spend a lot of time outside in general. I live and work on my family’s farm, and … More Here’s why you need to spend more time outdoors
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
Happiness, for many of us, is a vague term. What constitutes happiness? Is it something that can be defined objectively, or does it exceed categorizations and operates as its own entity based on each person? Personally, I believe happiness to be entirely subjective, meaning it differs for everyone. What makes me happy may not necessarily … More Are you as happy as you could be?
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?
I believe the act of comparing ourselves to others is an integral component of being human. It’s in our nature to asses our own needs in a way that compares them to the needs of others, and sometimes, we believe our own needs to take precedence over someone else’s. I saw a Facebook post from … More This is why we need to stop comparing our needs to others
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
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