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Fiddle Leaf Fig
Happiness

For the Love of Houseplants

I blame it on my new place. I’ve always had an affinity for plants, be they in nature, a garden or someone’s home. But with the new spot I’m living in and its abundance of natural light, high ceilings and endless houseplant potential, I have…

September 20, 2017
Curiosity
Happiness

How Curiosity Helped Me Confront a Difficult Truth

As a naturally private person, what I’m about to share is not the easiest. This post has been sitting in my drafts folder for weeks. But in keeping with the theme of the article – curiosity – there’s another part of me that’s curious…

April 29, 2017
Time
Happiness

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

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…

March 11, 2017
Puerto Vallarta
Happiness

Old Town, Puerto Vallarta: Doors and Colours

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,…

January 15, 2017
Depression
Happiness

How to Find Your Way Out of the Hole of 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…

September 9, 2016
Summer
Happiness

How to Beat the Dreaded End-of-Summer Blues

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…

August 24, 2016
Vacation
Happiness

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

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…

July 20, 2016
Morning Person
Happiness

How I Became a Morning Person: A Love Story

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…

April 5, 2016
Things I know now
Happiness

3 Things I Know Now, But Didn’t Then

What’s great about being in your 30s is that you know so much more about life than you did in your 20s – and part of that knowledge is knowing that when you reach your 40s and beyond you’ll know even more than you…

March 1, 2016