Category: Life

5 Things I’m Trying to Reduce My Anxiety

My anxiety can make me feel like I’m drowning. Constantly being hit by wave after wave of life’s problems, I can’t seem to keep my head above all of the worry and stress. Even when it’s calm, I am anticipating the next swell, worrying about when I will be pushed under again. This summer, in particular, was hard for me, though I didn’t want to admit to myself how bad things had gotten. Surface distractions weren’t working anymore. My worries and tension were starting to seep into my swims, time in my veggie garden, and even video chats and online games with friends. The moment I wasn’t distracted by an activity, worries would completely consume me, and it was nearly impossible to climb out of the overwhelming sadness that accompanied my anxious thoughts.  I need to get to a place where I can stop worrying about the coming swells, and learn instead to play in the waves. 

Was it Wild and Fearless? A review of my 2020.

Oh man, what a year. The funny thing is, I feel like I say that every year. Each year comes with joys and trials and this one was no exception. Like many others, I grieved cancelled travel plans and lost time with friends and family. But with much reduced abdominal pain this year thanks to surgery at the end of January, I was able to enjoy things as simple as going for walks, or shovelling snow again. This year was far from what I had been expecting and it may seem like the words I chose to represent my year might not quite fit, but I found that my year was more wild and fearless than I thought it would be.

Halloween Fun

Summer and fall were pretty dry seasons – creativity wise – for me. I was spending most of my time outside and really didn’t feel much like writing. As colder weather sets in, I find myself fitting back into more creative pastimes. And for the last week I had a lot of fun with my favourite October activity, pumpkin carving!

7 Reasons I Deleted My Dating Apps

Sure I’ve heard the stories of people finding their future spouse online. If it could happen for them, it could happen for me . . . right? So I downloaded many, many apps. Tinder, Bumble, Eharmony, Facebook Dating, Hinge, FTH, and Match were all on my phone at one point or another, though I never paid for extra features. Nearly a year and a half after I first started, I made the decision to delete all of my apps, and here are the reasons why.

The Gems of Spring Cleaning

Spring is a wonderful time of year. Everything is fresh and new. The snow is disappearing, tulips and daffodils are starting to make an appearance, and we can finally shed winter coats and don lighter options. There is a lot to do with these warmer, longer days, but one of my favourite activities is spring cleaning. And it all has to do with the little gems of the past you can find.

How to Make the Most of an Isolated Birthday

Honestly, I was expecting a pretty horrible birthday this year. Being in isolation meant no time with friends, no going out for something special, no connections with anyone outside of my house. Oddly, it was one of the best birthday’s I’ve had in a while.

Learning to Love my Bikini

Finding a well fitting one-piece bathing suit for most women is difficult. Being over 6’ tall with different sizes on top and bottom, I have found it to be nearly impossible. Having to resort to a bikini was not something I always wanted to do. I have found that being comfortable in the water and being comfortable with what I have on my body are two very different things.

Wild and Fearless

            As soon as the new year hit, I seemed to be bombarded by social media posts of people sharing their word for the year. I don’t know if this is something common, but it seems to have exploded amongst my friends this year. Happiness.… Continue Reading “Wild and Fearless”

Finding the Spark

I started to write this post before I had my surgery. It was going to be very positive and uplifting. I had to force every word.

My Bucket List Experiment

The thought of turning 30 was a scary one. There was so much I wanted to do! So much I wanted to accomplish! I didn’t give myself very much time, but after I turned 29, I decided to make myself a 30 Before 30 bucket list.