philosophy

Quitting My Job Without Another One Lined Up Was the Best Risk I Ever Took

It was a risk. A huge risk. I knew that I should be grateful just to have a job, to be able to pay my bills, and keep food on the table. But there was something missing. No, it wasn’t just that. My current situation was actively making me miserable. I got a tight, anxious […]

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On Impermanence

I woke up the other night from a nightmare, and I could barely breathe. The darkness pressed around me, and I struggled to calm my galloping heart, to rein in my breathing. My hands felt numb, my limbs tingly, sure signs of an imminent panic attack. It wasn’t the nightmare that brought it on. Not […]

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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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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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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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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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Create your next idea using SIMPLICITY

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Problem 1: We tend to be obssessed with complexity, thinking that it is impressive and involved, therefore an improvement or form of progress. This is not necessarily true. I think when trying to establish an idea, people envision a great big room, and if you have more space in that room you can go create the […]

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Visual Puns – a new photo series and the importance of long-term personal projects

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Last saturday was a big night for me. My photo class presented our Thesis projects to a full-house at the NAIT Shaw Theatre (Thesis being a semester long personal project where we selected our own theme and produced at least 15 images corresponding to it). My final presentation can be found below, and the high […]

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