Using Self-Compassion to Crush 5K (in my mid 30s, no less!)

Right off the bat, I’ll clarify that this post isn’t about a magical training program to get you to your first 5K, or specific tips and tricks on running (I’m not even remotely qualified for that, ha!). What this post is about, is how I changed my attitude towards running, and specifically changed the way … Continue reading Using Self-Compassion to Crush 5K (in my mid 30s, no less!)

Some Common Barriers to Self-Improvement (and how we can overcome them)

I think it’s pretty clear, based on my previous posts, that I am the type of person who is always “working on stuff” – sometimes it’s improving my communication skills, like in the assertiveness post I recently made, or other times it might be learning new skills to cope with anxiety, reduce negativity, and the … Continue reading Some Common Barriers to Self-Improvement (and how we can overcome them)

Three Things I (Really) Wish I Knew Before Buying My First House

I never thought I was one of those girls who felt obligated to hit a bunch of arbitrary milestones before I turned 30. But, as the big birthday loomed closer and closer I unfortunately started to crack. Everyone around me was getting married, having babies, or getting promoted. I was suddenly feeling behind, and my … Continue reading Three Things I (Really) Wish I Knew Before Buying My First House

Why I Seriously Need to Be More Assertive (and maybe you do, too!)

For the majority of my life, conversations would typically go like this… Friend: Let’s go out for dinner tonight! Me: I’ve actually had a headache all day, and think I need to go home and relax. Friend: Awww, come on! Maybe if you eat you’ll feel better! Me (mumbling, avoiding eye contact): No, I don’t … Continue reading Why I Seriously Need to Be More Assertive (and maybe you do, too!)

Surviving a friendship breakup (and why you should actually take it in stride).

A few years ago I had a friend who became increasingly flaky. She was (or so I thought) part of my close-knit-friends-forever circle. Eventually, said circle of friends directly called her out on her behaviour one day, and politely asked her what was up. The response we got was surprisingly blunt. She told us that … Continue reading Surviving a friendship breakup (and why you should actually take it in stride).

Read this before you compliment someone on their weight loss…

So, here's the thing. About 10 years ago I lost a significant amount of weight. Nothing worth writing a motivational book about, or anything, but it was still the the head-turning, life-altering, question-provoking kind of weight loss. I don't think anyone would argue that weight is a fairly sensitive topic. And that you wouldn't just … Continue reading Read this before you compliment someone on their weight loss…

Three of the worst things you can say to someone who is anxious

1) “You worry too much!”. I’m hoping that there are at least some of you out there who feel like it’s common sense that this isn’t something helpful to say. But I’m surprised by how often I hear it. Even from people who know me well and should know better by this point. That sentence … Continue reading Three of the worst things you can say to someone who is anxious