Thoughts

In Turmoil

I feel like I have no right to be unhappy.   Some people would agree. A lack of fulfillment is most certainly a first world problem. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t real or legitimate. I have a lot, I know. I am a lucky woman. I practice gratitude every day. In moments that are […]

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4 Strategies for Dealing With Ignorant People

I’m a strident feminist, a vegetarian, a socialist, and a person who both deals with and understands a lot about mental illness. Consequently, I rub elbows with a lot of people with vastly different viewpoints than mine, and I am constantly walking through conversations laden with offensive landmines. I don’t believe that everyone should think […]

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Guiding Lights Will Get Me There

As many of you are probably aware, I am a planner. A planner and a worrier. I spend a lot of time thinking about what I should do with my life, feeling this pounding dissonance inside me, like my soul is knocking against my ribs, trying to get my attention. I know that my life […]

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No, You Can’t Have It All, But You Probably Don’t Want it All Anyway

Okay, self, I think it’s time that you and I had a little chat. Picture this: You have a great job, one that you love, that you like to put a lot of time and energy into. You have a family that you also love, a spouse, maybe a couple kidlets. You want to spend […]

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How I Manage My Depression

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I thought now was a good time to share a post about how I manage my depression, as autumn is a notoriously difficult time. (There’s a reason why Suicide Prevention Week is in September.) The days get shorter, the sun appears less even during the day, the weather changes, and, no matter how shitty you […]

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Sometimes, You Need to Cut Yourself Some Slack

Life is messy. And complicated. And unpredictable. People are, too. I don’t know about you, but despite that, I have this borderline compulsive need to plan everything. To be good at everything. To be well-rounded and well-liked and successful. All the time. At everything I do. Things around here have been in a state of upheaval for, […]

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The Overtracking Trap

As I’m sure you all know by now – unless you’ve never been here before, in which case, hello! – I am all about the goals. I am always setting goals for myself: goals for the next 1001 days, goals for the next six months, goals for the day/week/hour. Reading goals, writing goals, exercise goals. […]

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Creating The Life That You Want

My biggest problem is this: I often feel like I am living someone else’s life. Like, I sit up and think, “This can’t be my life.” Or, “When does the real thing actually start?” The problem with that, obviously, is that real life is now. It has started. It is here. And it is mine. So […]

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A Year Without Junk Food

Summer is a paradoxical time: on the one hand, there is all the “bikini body” bullshit, and on the other, there is a lot of opportunity for drinking a lot of beer and eating a lot of not-so-great-for-you food such as ice cream. I have always had a problem with moderation. I don’t know if […]

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Reflections on an Experiment

I was going to post this ages ago (March 22, in fact) and I don’t know why I didn’t. I guess it got lost in the blog shuffle. It’s nice, though, that I get to post it today: August 19, exactly 5 months to the day since I returned to Canadian soil. Going to Ireland […]

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