life

Jumping the First Hurdle

I stressed and stressed and stressed for weeks about our wedding. Before we were even engaged, I stressed about it, in an amorphous and theoretical sort of way. What were we going to do? How were we going to merge and honor our humongous families while staying true to ourselves? How were we going to […]

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Self-Care

It is really easy to forget to take care of yourself. I do it all the time. Things get busy, or exhausting, or both, and then all of the things that are meant to make that easier to deal with go right out of the window. I am so bad for this. As soon as life gets […]

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Facing Off With Fear

Want to know a secret? I am dipping my toes into a venture that has been on my radar for quite some time. Something that I have that about attempting before but never really took the plunge. And I am terrified. Motherf*cking quaking in my boots. I don’t know what I’m doing. I am doing […]

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Life is Too Damn Short

Life is short, guys. We’re all aware of that, right? Life’s too short to be miserable.  I always rebelled against that sentiment, thinking, “I am allowed to feel the way I feel. Don’t try to change me.” And “When I’m depressed, I can’t change how I feel.” And “I’d rather feel the whole range of […]

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The Seasons, They Are A-Changin’

Most of Alberta was slammed with snow this weekend. Winter arrived with a bang: HELLO, I AM HERE. And just like that, fall was over. I have a hard time living in the present. I’m impatient, I’m a worrier, I want to know what’s going to happen next, and preferably control it (but that’s another […]

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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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New City, New Adventure: Pros and Cons of Life in Calgary So Far

We are coming up fast on the one month anniversary of our big move to Calgary. Time is really flying, guys, it’s freaking me out. Last week, we took you for a little spin around our apartment, and this week, I’d like to share some of the good, the bad, and the ugly about this […]

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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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