A few months ago I had to have minor surgery. I wasn't particularly stressed about the surgery itself, as I knew what to expect, and was actually quite proud of myself for being able to put some of the coping skills I had learned into practice. Unfortunately, a few weeks before the big day I … Continue reading The right way to respond to someone’s anxiety
A few years ago I shared an office with a social worker. Our professional lives were totally separate, but naturally evolved into a work friendship due to the shared space. I’ll admit that I absolutely loved picking her brain about stuff – developing my listening skills, becoming a better communicator, and conflict management tips, to … Continue reading “99 percent of the time, it’s not about you” (AKA the best advice I was ever given)
How familiar does this sound? It’s the beginning of the new year, and you’re psyched for all you’re going to accomplish. If you’re like me, you might even grab some markers and make adorable lists, charts, and timelines. But…a few weeks later you start to feel overwhelmed, and those lists don’t feel quite as adorable … Continue reading Struggling to meet your goals? Check out these three tips!
If you’re like me, you might freeze on the TED homepage, overwhelmed by all the choices. I often heard about the talks, but didn’t know where to start, which probably stopped me from exploring the wealth of information on the site. About a year ago, my employer was undergoing a series of rapid organizational changes … Continue reading The TED Talk That Changed My Life
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)
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
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
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).
About 15 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. Most people didn't realize that I wasn't particularly kind to myself throughout my weight-loss journey. It wasn't fun. Actually, it was a … Continue reading Read this before complimenting someone on their weight loss…
For the longest time I had the intention of writing a post about how I had (royally) messed up my finances. I had a long draft brainstormed discussing the how, the why, and the long and painful process of finally accepting how bad things had become, just before I hit rock bottom. It was a … Continue reading The emotional effects of debt recovery