Missing a week of school to travel

A few years back I pulled my daughter out of school for a 1 week trip to Disney World after the March break. The reason why I chose to go after March break is to avoid the worst of the crowds. Both my daughter and I are introverts and neither of us is quite comfortable in... Continue Reading →

Singles: A home is a place to recharge. Parents: LOL!

I was reading an article about how everyone needs a home, which is true. It says that a home should be a place where you go to recharge, a place that improves your quality of life and refuel our inner battery on a daily basis. That's all beautiful, but let's get real. Owning a house means... Continue Reading →

National Cheese Lovers Day

Today is National Cheese Lover Day in the United States. I wasn't aware that there was a cheese lover day! Probably because I'm Canadian. I love cheese. I'm obsessed with cheese. I think we should make this day a world cheese lover day! Cheese is nutritious food made mostly from the milk of cows but also... Continue Reading →

Why is it so easy to hate oneself?

Why do we all struggle with loving ourselves? Why is it so easy to hate oneself?  It's been a difficult week. Physical pain is really bad, making it difficult to function. It's also playing with my mental health issues. I keep reminding myself that only a few weeks ago, I was on medical leave for depression... Continue Reading →

What does it mean to be authentic?

It means being able to see in the mirror all the darkness of our soul and our thoughts without blushing with shame. It means accepting our imperfections, our weaknesses, our shortcomings, our defects, our frustrations, our anger, our depressions, our vices, our fantasies, our profound humanity. It means accepting, assuming them without crumbling under guilt.... Continue Reading →

Give up comparisons

Here’s the thing about comparisons. When you compare yourself to others, you never get the real picture.  Keep in mind that you are always going to be better at some things than other people, and worse at other things. Comparing yourself and your skills to others isn’t going to get you anywhere. It will only lead... Continue Reading →

Mornings with TopicsWithPassion

Morning can be difficult for many reasons: lack of sleep, boring routine, too many responsibilities, too many worries, etc. Unfortunately, when we wake up with a negative outlook, everything seems darker and it makes it harder to find happiness and break the cycle. Here are 4 questions that can help break the negative cycle: What... Continue Reading →

What it means to have an incurable chronic illness

It baffles me that no matter how much I speak and write about chronic illnesses and my experience that my loved ones still don't understand the meaning of incurable. I was at the hospital yesterday for another blood tests. I've been having blood test regularly for over a year now. I even have my a... Continue Reading →

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