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Parenting: Let’s stop defending the status quo

By |2017-07-19T20:22:26+00:00July 19th, 2017|Categories: Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Just because we did something yesterday, doesn't mean we have to do it today. Each day gives fresh insight, which allows us to progress. Perhaps we used to do "time-out", or spank, or yell. Perhaps we used to neglect our health or allow our inner voice to say terrible things to us. Just because we [...]

Going vegan is too damn hard

By |2017-07-09T18:49:29+00:00March 20th, 2017|Categories: Behaviour, Goal Setting, Mindset, Motivation, Personal Development, Veganism|Tags: , , , , , , |

Perception is a funny thing. Every change seems hard, before we do it. And every change seems easy, after the fact. Just like when we become vegan. Before I became vegan, I remember thinking that it was impossible. Only when I actually took the plunge, did I realise just how simple veganism was. At first, [...]

A legacy for young women everywhere

By |2017-03-08T22:40:36+00:00March 8th, 2017|Categories: Children, Happiness, Mental Health, Personal Development|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Today is International Women's Day. Today, we think about the legacy of those before us, and the future that we are now creating for the next generations. If I could impart any wisdom to the young women of today and tomorrow, it would be this:   You have one voice, and it matters. Use it. Your worth does not depend on having [...]

Don’t read this article

By |2017-07-09T18:49:29+00:00March 3rd, 2017|Categories: Goal Setting, Learning, Mindset, Motivation, Personal Development|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Stop reading. Stop watching. Stop waiting to be "ready". It's time. Start creating. Start choosing. Start doing. Take that first step. Draw the picture. Write the poem. Perform the comedy skit. Start the blog. Create the YouTube channel. Then learn some more, and come back and keep creating. Keep doing. Keep striving. Too often, we [...]

Teaching kids the habit of toxic guilt

By |2017-02-06T21:33:22+00:00February 6th, 2017|Categories: Children, Early development, Learning, Parenting, Personal Development|Tags: , , , , , , |

Guilt feels yuck. But in some instances, guilt is healthy. And it's important to distinguish healthy guilt, from toxic guilt - because toxic guilt eats away at our wellbeing, our happiness, and our relationships. Here's the distinction. Healthy guilt arises from our own action or inaction - like when we yell at the kids or [...]

The 75 most important words for kids (and adults)

By |2017-07-09T18:49:29+00:00January 15th, 2017|Categories: Children, Learning, Mindset, Parenting, Personal Development|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

I just celebrated my 36th birthday. I'm a year older, and I'm pretty sure I'm a bit wiser. Sometimes I think about going back in time to my younger self, and the advice I'd impart. Although I don't have a time machine (yet), I think I'd share words that would offer the greatest benefit to my life [...]

Resolutions in 2017? Read this.

By |2017-07-09T18:49:29+00:00December 29th, 2016|Categories: Goal Setting, Motivation|Tags: , , , |

Yesterday, I cleaned out my closet. It was 37 degrees Celsius even in the shade, and as I mulled over my winter clothes, it was hard to imagine ever feeling chilly. Yet, I will not discard all my winter clothes, because I know that the cooler weather will come. As it does every year. As [...]

Avoiding burnout when you’re an activist

By |2017-07-09T18:49:29+00:00December 19th, 2016|Categories: Activism, Mental Health, Stress management, Veganism|Tags: , , , , |

Disclaimer: this article specifically addresses vegan activism, although the points here are relevant to all forms of activism - whether animal liberation, gender equality, same sex marriage, or any of the myriad causes towards which we can lend ourselves. Activism is stressful. Whether it's attending protest rallies, rescuing abandoned animals, or capturing footage of terrified [...]

Why everybody hates vegans

By |2017-07-09T18:49:30+00:00November 30th, 2016|Categories: Mindset, Motivation, Personal Development, Veganism|Tags: , , , , , , |

Vegans are hungry. They're hungry for the things that aren't easily found in today's world. Justice. Equality. Compassion. Peace. Why does everybody hate vegans? Because they remind us of what's possible. Vegans have the ultimate motivation, inspiration, and willpower. They have the fortitude to stick to their convictions, no matter how much mockery, ridicule, humiliation, [...]

No, our kids are not ok

By |2017-07-09T18:49:30+00:00November 24th, 2016|Categories: Behaviour, Children, Parenting|Tags: , , , , , |

"You're ok". We need to delete this phrase from our parenting vocabulary. Picture this: A young child, contentedly playing at a park. He falls over. He cries. He runs to his parent. And his parent utters the words "you're ok". I get why we do this. We, with our mature brains and capacity for insight, [...]