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Time Is Freedom: How a One-Month Vacation Brought Me Back

March 11, 2017
Time

As a creative person who entered the nine-to-five professional world many years ago, I am keenly aware of how my life has changed as a result. Many of those changes are positive. A predictable schedule has made it easier to develop healthy habits, like regular fitness and nutrition, and it’s given me the opportunity to add a practical structure to my creative pursuits (I’m a writer, in case that wasn’t obvious).

But no matter how much I enjoy my job and the complementary routine, the free-thinking creative part of me squirms inside the nine-to-five grid. Finding time and space for adventures in creativity has been a challenge that I continue to struggle with. Continue Reading

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Old Town, Puerto Vallarta: Doors and Colours

January 15, 2017
Puerto Vallarta

Hola from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico!

Having spent the past three weeks in Puerto Vallarta (with one week left to go) I’ve noticed lots of things that are different from home in Toronto, Canada. I’m not talking about the obvious differences, like climate and culture, but the subtler ones you don’t notice if you pop in to an all-inclusive for one week. Continue Reading

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How to Find Your Way Out of the Hole of Depression

September 9, 2016
Depression

Depression is a heavy, dark presence that lowers itself into your life like a murky, oppressive fog. Depression happens to all of us to varying degrees* and at different times in our lives. For some, depression occurs at a deeper level and for longer periods of time. For others, it shows up randomly and without notice.

Regardless of how each of us experiences depression, coping with it is never easy. Continue Reading

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How to Beat the Dreaded End-of-Summer Blues

August 24, 2016
Summer

Canadian summer feels like a weekend: in one moment it’s here – bam! – and in the next it’s over. We’re now well into August, the Sunday of summer, with the threat of September (aka Monday) looming with every passing hour.

This is a pattern we Canadians repeat, year after year. As a country we have a relationship with our seasons and weather characterized by anxiety. Continue Reading

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Why I’m Using All My Vacation Days in One Go

July 20, 2016
Vacation

I recently shared a table on a jam-packed patio with a Swedish guy in his 20s who was visiting Canada on a week-long work assignment. Over pints, our conversation naturally shifted towards comparisons of what it was like living in Sweden vs. Canada. I asked what he thought of the six-hour workday, if Robyn is his favourite singer (obvi), and, of course, how many weeks’ vacation he has.

He has five weeks’ vacation.

These five weeks weren’t something he’d worked up to, or a special circumstance he’d found himself lucky to be in. Five weeks’ vacation, he explained, was the standard for his profession. I wasn’t surprised, exactly – I’ve long known that Canada’s minimum two weeks of vacation is more or less a bone our so-called progressive country throws its citizens when compared to many other countries. Continue Reading

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How I Became a Morning Person: A Love Story

April 5, 2016
Morning Person

I used to stay up late into the romantic hours of the night, alone with my thoughts and the crickets, while the rest of the world was in z-land. When the morning would come around (as it inevitably does), I’d sleep as late as possible in daily protest – until before I knew it I was late for work or school or whatever thing I needed to get done.

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Love at First Sight Is Possible, It’s Just Not How You Imagine

February 5, 2016
Valentines Day

Valentine’s Day is the mushy, sappy, high fructose corn syrup event of the year, and it’s just a little over a week away.

(As if you needed a reminder.)

Of all the events throughout the year, this one has a knack for driving everyone a little bit nuts – and I don’t just mean singles, I’m talking everyone. Regardless of whether you’re in a relationship or not, you may already feel a cloying nausea from all the pink and red hearts hanging in store windows, because I know that I do.

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