How To Forgive

originally posted on theblondielocks.com

The true act of forgiveness is voluntary and intentional that seems to come easier to some than others. When Kaylee asked me to write about the topic of forgiveness for today’s blog post, I knew I would be able to shed some light on this topic, however, not from personal expertise. Wanting to be honest and forthcoming with Kaylee, I made sure before I started writing to inform her that forgiveness is not something I have personally mastered but instead is something I work on daily.

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Self-Comparison

originally posted on  theblondielocks.com

It is not uncommon in the world of social media to periodically get down and out when comparing oneself to another’s highlight reel. Instead of looking to other feeds for inspiration, we can sometimes be left feeling overwhelmed and discouraged instead. Whether it is the endless travel photos posted or the never-ending flawless selfies, social media can be that constant reminder that someone else appears to have it all….key word being ‘appears.’

Although I am not immune to the occasional game of self-comparison, I do have a few tricks up my sleeve that has saved me a lot of self-doubt. If you regularly follow this series you may already know that in addition to being a blogger I also work in the field of psychiatry. The reason why I found myself in this field of work was due to my longstanding fascination with stories. Ever since I was a young girl I loved to read, watch films and write stories for fictional characters. There is something about each individual living a unique narrative that keeps me intrigued day after day.

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Feb 14th: The Single Gal Way

originally posted on theblondielocks.com

Valentine’s Day is officially one week away and I don’t know about you but my Instagram feed has been bombarded lately with 50 Shades of Darker ads and Valentine’s Day gift guides for our significant others. There are so many industries that thrive off the marketing goldmine of this Hallmark holiday, often resulting in the opposite goal of reminding people they are ‘alone.’

Although I am all about a day to show your partner or admirer how much you care, not everyone is in the position to share the day with a loved one. If you are dreading the upcoming February 14th day, don’t fret you are not alone! It can’t be assumed that those in a relationship are any different. There is so much pressure and hype for one single day that it may feel easier to lower one’s expectations and not celebrate at all…although this is not what I am suggesting!

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Wo(men) Who March

originally posted on the Lo Down.com

Because Women’s Rights Are Human Rights

Even though it’s been a few days since the Women’s March, I still get goosebumps every time I scroll through the photos on my phone from this past weekend. As a Canadian citizen living in Toronto, Canada, I debated whether or not to participate in the event. Not only did I have a long list of errands to run, but I also wanted to meet up with a couple friends. Needless to say, parading the streets of Toronto was not high on my to-do list. It wasn’t until early Saturday morning, while watching Season 1 of Mad Men and browsing my Instagram feed that I suddenly felt an urgent sense of purpose.

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3 Ways To Remain Hopeful

originally posted on The Lo Down

This past Friday marked a significant day in American history.

Whether you faced it with trepidation, hesitation, or plain ole fear, there’s no doubt intense emotions were involved.

Oftentimes in life, we are faced with adversity that, quite frankly, questions why things are the way they are. The inauguration, for many, was one of such instances where unfavorable circumstances touched upon a deep-rooted societal uncertainty. Regardless how you felt about the presidential transition, the inevitable happened. Trump became America’s new “leader.”

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Let’s Keep Them…

It’s official…

Holiday parties have come and gone and the days of procrastination have also since passed. Endless hours of watching old Christmas films and eating “just one more cookie” are, unfortunately, activities of the much-desired past. If your social media feed is anything similar to mine, you would have noticed an influx of posts by friends and influencers reflecting on their #bestof2016 moments and setting both goals and resolutions for 2017!

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