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

This post is for anyone who might have failed trying to run their first 5K, for those that feel like they will never be a “real” runner, and who are exhausted from beating themselves up about it. I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with running. The love comes from the almost guaranteed high after it’s … Continue reading Using Self-Compassion to Crush 5K (in my mid 30s, no less!)

How to Nail Self-improvement (hint: by steering clear of these common pitfalls)

I am the type of person who is always “working on stuff”. Whether it's my own informal research, a self-help book, or seeking the advice of a professional, I feel like I am constantly hungry for new information, and seeking new tips and tricks on how to be happier and healthier. But at the back … Continue reading How to Nail Self-improvement (hint: by steering clear of these common pitfalls)

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 Being More Assertive Should be on Your Top Priority List

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 Being More Assertive Should be on Your Top Priority List

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