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.
I must have missed the week at school when you learn about managing emotions and what it means to be emotionally intelligent – because I grew up being very confused about my emotions.
As an employee of an advertising agency, I consider myself fortunate to be able to work in a creative environment. Of course, my role isn’t all about creativity – like any job, mine has its fair share of repetitive tasks. But lucky for me, I am also part of tasks that engage the side of me that was born to think outside the box – or even find ways of getting creative while inside the box.
I come from the generation of workers who were told – by parents, teachers, career guidance counsellors, and Steve Jobs – that to achieve success professionally you must “follow your dreams and passions.” While this is a beautiful sentiment with good intentions, it fails to take an important disclaimer into consideration:
We can’t all have a dream job.
There’s always more to learn. That’s what makes life interesting. Each insight you gather or factoid you come across is another tool to add to your lifestyle toolkit.
These 10 little nuggets of wisdom and knowledge have been passed to me over the past six months – and so I’m passing them on to you, dear reader.
The Earth is an introvert! But society is a loud, noisy extrovert – the type who thinks an introvert is actually just an extrovert with inhibitions.
Society has a similarly taxing effect on both the introvert and the Earth. The truth is, society just drains the life out of both of us on a day-to-day basis. We are both exhausted by it, and when Friday night rolls around, all we really want is some time alone to be still, and to rejuvenate the imbalance of energy we feel.
Deciding whether or not to take antidepressants can (and ought to be) a decision you make only after careful consideration. There are many ideas, opinions, and beliefs floating around out there about antidepressants, and knowing what information to trust can be confusing, frustrating, and even frightening.
I may have created the best coffee you can brew at home.
One of my favourite moments throughout the week is my Saturday mornings. I generally wake up early because my body clock says so – and I’m okay with that because it’s such a calm, clear point of the day. It’s a time of day when ideas come to me.
Sleep doesn’t always come easy, but that doesn’t mean the sleep tips we use to get a good night’s rest need to be difficult.
I’ve always been a pretty good sleeper – but as I continue to age (as we do!) I’ve noticed that sleep doesn’t always come as easily as it used to. Perhaps my hard drive is more full of spam, so logging off takes a bit longer; or perhaps this is one of those things that becomes physiologically more difficult as time goes on (hormones?).