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Beyond RUOK day

Today is R U OK? day. It’s as good an opportunity as any to reflect on our wellbeing and check in with those around us. When you do, please keep in mind that psychological distress and mental illness are far more complex than asking a single question. While many people have a genetic predisposition, our [...]

By |2019-09-12T21:55:56+10:00September 12th, 2019|Categories: Mental Health|Tags: |0 Comments

“Mmm, bacon”

There’s no shortage of “mmm, bacon” comments on social media these days. In a way, I look forward to them. Not because of their originality or hilarity, but because of what they represent. Cognitive dissonance. That feeling of discomfort when one’s actions contradict one’s beliefs. There’s three ways to handle the cognitive dissonance of “loving [...]

By |2019-08-29T20:31:25+10:00August 29th, 2019|Categories: Activism, Veganism|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The animals are suffering and so are you

When we’re advocating for animals, it’s tempting to say things like “you think it’s rough for you, imagine what the animals are going through!” I get it. Most of us do have tremendous privilege compared to animals.  Here’s the problem: when we minimize someone’s suffering through comparison, we’re distorting their subjective experience to suit our [...]

By |2019-08-26T20:48:17+10:00August 26th, 2019|Categories: Activism|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Beware the lure of toxic positivity

We live in a culture of toxic positivity. Or, as I like to call it - toxitivity. Sure, it’s great to feel upbeat and optimistic and positive. The problem is when these messages create harm to mental health. Like when we’re feeling anger or sorrow, toxitivity tells us we’re being “too negative” and we should [...]

By |2019-07-15T21:48:08+10:00July 15th, 2019|Categories: Mental Health|Tags: , |0 Comments

Parenting: Let’s stop defending the status quo

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 [...]

A legacy for young women everywhere

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 [...]

Avoiding burnout when you’re an activist

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 [...]

By |2017-07-09T18:49:29+10:00December 19th, 2016|Categories: Activism, Mental Health, Stress management, Veganism|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Why everybody hates vegans

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, [...]

Are we all getting sucked into the Mummy Wars?

I'm tired of the Mummy Wars. And I know I'm not alone. I've spoken with countless mothers who have expressed, in some way, their disgust at the shaming and blaming that goes on within parenting communities. Particularly online, it seems. In fact, the Mummy Wars seem to be at their worst online - due to [...]

Parenting sucks. And that’s a good thing.

It's not just sometimes, either. The sucky moments can come in thick and fast. We get stressed, angry, or frustrated. Or maybe the kids do. They act up. We act up. We feel guilty. And on it goes. But, all of this is countered by the beautiful, glorious parenting moments. Those times when we feel at [...]