How can we then be a source of encouragement?

It is truly easy to become a source of encouragement. Anyone can do it.

When you admire something about another person, tell her or him. Let’s get into the habit of lifting each other up instead of competing against each other. We really should also get used to applauding each other’s other non-physical traits more than focusing on appearance and beauty.

If you have high regards, great respect, and favourable thoughts of the people in your circle of trust and influence, let them know.

“Blowing out someone else’s candle won’t make yours shire brighter. Remember that.” – Unknown

Being a source of encouragement isn’t just about what you do, but what you shouldn’t do. Never speak stuff that causes unnecessary hurt to others by speaking unclaimed rumours behind their back.

Being optimistic helps you believe in yourself

Of course everyone know that being optimistic is better than being constantly pessimistic, but do we know why being optimistic helps you?

How does being positive helps you?

Being optimistic helps youPessimists people think they succeed with occasional skills or external causes. They believe it is only a stroke of luck and may give up, even if successful.

Optimists people think that they succeed because of their qualities and abilities, which increases their self-esteem. The optimists people are the ones who benefit most from success.

Being positive also reduces stress, which is bad for your health. Trust me, as someone with a chronic illness, I know first hand how stress worsen my condition.

How can we get a positive mindset?

Every time you achieve something, no matter how small it is, take a moment to reflect on what qualities and abilities help you.

Why we should put more value science?

Too many people dismiss real scientific research by simply stating that they don’t trust the source, yet are ready to trust what someone with no credential said on social media. Stop spreading this ridiculous and incorrect information.

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Why we should put more value science?

For example, this wave of anti-vaxxing is now placing the entire planet in danger. It is incredibly heartbreaking and blatantly wrong that we are faced with these harsh realities time and time again.

Vaccination has been proven over and over again to be one of the most cost-effective ways of avoiding disease. Valuing science should not be a partisan stance, it should be a modern stance.

“Vaccine science, climate science and gender identity science are three areas where people yell: “if it’s so real, show me the research!” and when you do, piles of it, they say: “oh yeah, well how about this?” like the YouTube rant they linked to is somehow equal.” – Amanda Jette Knox

History will continue to repeat itself until you remove the institutions that society no longer needs. Replace scripture with science books and change will follow.

Do you know what you want in life?

Do you know what you want in life?” This is a question we ask teenagers a lot, but it is also good to ask ourselves well into adulthood. Personally, this is a question I ask myself every year. It helps me stay focus and true to what I really want. It’s easy, especially as adults, to go through the motion and lose perspective on our goals and dreams.

A lot of people live their entire lives without knowing what they want. If you are one of those people, then you aren’t alone and it’s perfectly normal.

Here is 3 tips to finding out what you want in life:

  1. Take time to get to know yourself. That’s how you will find out exactly what you want in life. There won’t be any hesitation or self-doubt.
  2. Don’t rely on other people to fulfill your desires. Realize that leaning on others to find happiness and fulfillment is fraught with danger.
  3. You can’t pinpoint exactly what you want in life if you’re constantly sacrificing your time and dreams for other people.

Do I really need vaccinations for travel outside of Canada?

March break is coming up faster than we think. Many of us will be travelling outside of Canada and that means it’s time to get ready. Most of us know what to pack, to keep your documents safe, but what about protecting your health? Do we really need to think about vaccination or is it all a racket?

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Do I really need vaccinations for travel outside of Canada?

The short answer is yes, you really need to think about vaccination. International travel can present serious health risks if you have not been appropriately immunized. We live in a global world, and diseases that were once on the way out in Canada are now popping up again.Recent Canadian measles outbreaks were brought into our country because of travel. This shows us that we need to keep our vaccines up to date until measles has been wiped out worldwide. That alone should be enough to make you run to a travel clinic. What is important to know is that some countries won’t let you in if you haven’t gotten the appropriate vaccination.

This is why you should always check what vaccinations requirements before travelling and consult a travel clinic several weeks prior to your departure. This will ensure that you are adequately protected and ready to travel.

Most of us do a little research on your destination to find the right hotel, the right touristic activities, to learn about tipping, we should also look at vaccination and how to avoid getting sick abroad. This will likely save you from any problems while travelling abroad.

What is your biggest struggle with loving yourself?

February 13th is National “Love Yourself Day“. My biggest struggle with loving myself is the habit of putting the responsibility of everyone’s happiness upon my shoulder. Since I live in a home with 5 people, 2 who have learning disability, 3 that have mental illness issues and 3 that are teenagers and 2 have chronic health issues, happiness can be difficult to come by.  Rarely is everyone happy at the same time. Someone always seems to be struggling. Because of this, I often feel like I’m failing at motherhood, at being a wife and a human being.

I know rationally that I cannot be responsible for other people’s happiness. It’s difficult to step away from the habit especially when it has to do with my loved ones.

It’s also not the responsibility of my loved ones to be happy to make sure I’m happy.

What is your biggest struggle with loving yourself?

Why accountability hurts?

Accountability can hurt. This is because taking accountability means acknowledging that we aren’t perfect and that we made a mistake. Personal accountability is a willingness to answer for the outcomes of your choices, actions, and behaviours. When you’re personally accountable, you stop assigning blame on others or making excuses.

It also means realizing that our words or actions hurt someone. Most people are good and don’t want to hurt anyone.

“Accountability feels like an attack when you’re not ready to acknowledge how your behaviours harm others.” – @WordsNRoses

Why is it important to take responsibility for your actions?

Even though accountability can hurt, it is still important to take responsibility for our actions. Taking responsibility is the only way that we can learn from our mistakes and grow to become better human beings.

How to take responsibility for my actions?

Even if we didn’t intend to do harm, it’s important acknowledge that our behaviour or words were harmful.  We also need to learn from our mistake and stop doing it. Otherwise, saying sorry without changing our ways means nothing. To make sure that the harmful behaviour isn’t repeated, you need to commit to changing any harmful attitudes and behaviours. Remember, action speak louder than words.

How to you find your self-worth?

The first rule to finding your self-worth is to ignore what others say about you. Know you are worthy. Don’t let people who are hypocritical or inconsistent with their words and actions bring you down. If someone crosses you, don’t be afraid to get rid of them. Admire people who have integrity.

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The second rule to finding your self-worth is forgiving yourself for making mistakes. If you are anything like me, your anxiety makes it that you obsess over small mistakes that have little impact on the big picture turning them into something much bigger than they actually are. It makes me feel that any mistake would undermine my entire self-worth. This is why it’s important to remember that we are all human and that we will make mistakes. It’s just part of the journey.

The third rule to finding your self-worth is to stop chasing perfection. No one on this planet of ours is perfect no matter how hard many of us are trying.

Does your romantic relationship make you feel less worthy?

If the person you are dating acts distant to you and makes you doubt your self-worth, simply say goodbye and avoid getting played for a fool. The cost of being in a bad relationship isn’t worth it.

Of course, if the person you are dating respects you and treats you right, do the same for them.

What is the true cost of our clothing choices?

Think about the time and labour our ancestors put into creating fabric and clothing. It’s easy to understand why clothing was so highly valued.

Climate change is a threat

We are becoming more aware of what we eat and what we put on our bodies. We try to be careful about the type of cosmetics and other personal care products  we choose. We are becoming more aware of the social or environmental impacts or benefits of their consumption choices. This awareness is also beginning to affect parts of the apparel and fashion industry.

Currently, we buy a lot more clothes than we did 20 years ago. This is because of the change of seasons, style, capitalism (the idea that you can’t wear the same dress 2 holiday parties in a row). 

Fair working conditions to challenge the integrity of supply chains are becoming increasingly important, especially since the switch from natural materials to synthetic petrochemicals.

Who makes our clothes and how does it affect our planet?

There are a few reasons why our current fashion and apparel industry is problematic, but this is the biggest 2: 

  1. Fashion is the largest employer of women around the world, but only 2% of these workers receive a living wage.
  2. Aside from crude oil, fashion is the most polluting industry in the world. Did you know that it takes 2700 litres of water and 150g of chemicals to create a cotton t-shirt, with 20% of the world’s industrial water used to dye textiles, which affects the water supply and quality for people. people and the environment where dyeing takes place. I knew it was a lot, but seeing the numbers is eye opening. If climate change isn’t enough to disturb you, then think about the following: residual chemicals on clothing include lead, pesticides, insecticides, flame retardants and other known carcinogens, which are found on our largest organ, the skin.

Is there a solution?

Buy less clothes, but buy better quality. Make our money talk and make our actions work toward a world we want to see. 

There are many researchers, companies and communities working closely with nature, be it hemp, seaweed, pineapple, and bamboo to create materials for clothing. All of these innovations and research can be expensive and usually aren’t made in great quantities. I personally don’t mind having more unique choices. Our work office often feels like we are all clones since we all shop at the same places. Unfortunately, if you have financial issues like me, you can’t always choose the more expensive option.

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