Help Create a List of 150 Great Canadian Hikes with Urban Poling!

When I first heard about Urban Poling‘s contest to create a list of 150 Great Canadian Hikes, I immediately went back through some of my earlier blogs (here) and rhapsodised about all the amazing natural areas I’ve visited in Canada. Most of my hikes have been in Southwestern Ontario, which offers an incredibly rich and…

Online Engagement and the Mother of All Health & Beauty Products

I’m not normally one to purchase items online – I tend to prefer the traditional brick-and-mortar storefront. This is for several reasons: 1) I like to be able to inspect the quality and condition of an item prior to purchasing; 2) I’m nervous about shipping costs; and, 3) I feel that online purchases are a…

Puzzling Away

When you take on the task of making a puzzle, it’s likely that a formerly useless space in your home will adopt the appearance of a busy work station. The table in my kitchen currently resembles the scattered, busy desk of an insane genius. And, on some early-spring evenings when the wind is howling away…

Honouring Baby Steps

I confess that I had to double-check on the euphemism to use for this post. Baby Steps turned out to be the most accurate term for the concept in my head – the idea of taking “a tentative act or measure which is the first stage in a long and challenging process” (Oxford Dictionary, 2017)….

Supporting a Thriving Forest – Network Talk

Over the course of the last year, I’ve been avidly exploring the theory and reality of what it means to build a network for social change. This work has entailed exploring and applying principles from Network Weaving (see June Holley’s website and related published resources on the topic here) and Collective Impact (an approach describing…

From 27 to 21, With Love

Hey there! You! Yes – you! Stop for a minute. Take a breath. Let’s talk. Thanks to Earnest, the providers of personal loans and student loan refinancing, for inspiring this thought-reflection on where I’ve been over the course of my educational career, and how it has made me who I am today! It’s a little odd…

5 Easy Ways to Relieve Commuting Stress

*Please note that this is a Guest Post provided to me via Joshna Joe.  Let’s face it, commuting is stressful. Driving long distance, getting stuck up in the traffic, car breakdown, reporting late for work – everything is stressful. In turn that makes our day least enjoyable. Commuting is an unpleasant experience for many. It causes…

“It’s Time for Bed!” Strategies for Better Sleep

I launch myself into the air, feeling a wave of joy rise up from my belly, my arms outstretched. “Bed!” I shout. “I love you!” Thus, I sink into the warm, soft sheets, promising me a period of comfortable and delectable oblivion. I might, at that point, roll over and inspect the ceiling, feeling the…

Pumpkin Beer and Awe-Inspiring Sunsets

This weekend, I considered writing a thoughtfully-researched post, or one focused on promoting a particular geographic location. I’ve had a busy few weeks, however, and didn’t want to strain my mental faculties or cater to other’s interests on a rare day off. I firmly believe that one of the most positive, life-affirming mental activities you…

Commuting for a Career

It is not the commute which makes the person, but rather the person who makes the commute I always swore, during the teenage years I spent obsessively visualizing my eventual career, that I wouldn’t drive for more than one hour to reach a job. The solution seemed simple: once I got a job, I would…

How Nature Shaped my Life #BacktoNature

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the Earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.” — Rachel Carson Growing up, I rode ponies and climbed trees and swam in lakes. These experiences weren’t always comfortable or happy. However, these were the experiences which taught me how to be independent, curious,…