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Positivity

Reasons why affirmations should be a part of your daily morning routine

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Affirmations help to inspire positive mindsets and boost self-confidence. Saying or making daily affirmations is a practice that must be adopted to achieve the positivity, self-confidence and happiness that you are seeking.

Affirmations are positive statements that can be said orally or written down and have positive benefits for the person that actually engages in this practice. I usually begin my morning by writing a short affirmation in my daily journal before I list out my tasks for the day, and my day is more productive and definitely less stressful.

Here are some reasons why morning affirmations are necessary and…


Writing Hacks

Writing can always be improved

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Writing can always be improved no matter how prolific a writer you are. That’s why there are editors. I consider myself a writer who is on a continuous learning curve to improve. Reading other writer’s work and picking up on the tips and tricks have helped me on my journey. In this article, I am going to share two formatting techniques for article titles that I learned and have begun using in my writing.

Technique №1: Using title case capitalization

Before I began taking this craft seriously, I wrote titles without bearing much mind to formatting, style or precise wording. Aeons ago, while in high…


Racism and Self-Expresion

How BLM forced me to see myself through a different colored-lens

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Since the whole movement of Black Lives Matter (BLM) reared its head amid COVID-19, I found myself thinking more and more about my own coloured identity. I voiced my thoughts on the incidents that preempted the uprising, and I wholeheartedly condemned them. There were too many unneccessary deaths and I guess the stick finally broke the camel’s back for many of us. This civil uprising stirred up thoughts in my mind about my heritage, my own “blackness”, especially as someone who now lives in a white man’s world.

My coloured background through my lens

Growing up, I never aligned myself with being black, or I…


Indigenous

But the search is far from over…

Children’s shoes and stuffed toys line the stairs of a church.
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My heart is broken. Seven hundred and fifty-one unmarked graves were found near the Marieval Indian Residential School grounds in Saskatchewan. The oral story passed on through the generations is that the original headstones were removed by the priest as a result of a conflict between himself and the chief. The only headstone found near the spot was that of a Catholic nun. Unbelievable! Shameful!

So yes, my heart is broken.

Broken for the Indigenous families that continue to suffer as they live the pain and hurt borne by their ancestors.

Broken by the realization that the church that…


Success

Failure does not define you

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The word failure is often used to describe a situation in which your desired goals were not realized at a specific point in time. There are many reasons that could have played a part in your goal not being realized and absolutely none of them have to do with your value as a person.

Let’s break down some of the ideas behind unhealthy views of failure and see how taking a more positive approach can help you realize success:

  • If you are interviewing for a new job and you don’t get hired, this doesn’t make you a failure. It…


Relationships

All is not completely lost, not if you want to save your marriage

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Marriage is a sacred institution. When a couple ties the knot, they are creating a bond with another person which ideally, should last forever. The words, “until death do us part” hold significant meaning. They believe in the sanctity of marriage whether it is for religious beliefs or personal values.

When a couple enters the bond of marriage, they enter with high expectations of the ideal relationship expecting they will get the moon and the stars. Soon enough, reality hits home. This was me. I always knew I wanted a marriage and a family of my own.

What I…


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Inspiration

Choose to challenge to end gender bias and inequity

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Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.” Ruth Bader Ginsburg

International Women’s Day (IWD) has been observed since the early 1900s. Women marched through the streets of New York City hoping to seek change; fighting for equity in the workplace and voting rights. With each passing decade, the movement and voice of women have grown stronger and stronger across the world.

Renewed Focus

In 2011, there was renewed focus and revival of the challenge to change the world for women. …


Beautifully written. "Then we stumble across something (like what you wrote) and it’s so raw and out there — prostrate and vulnerable on the page." My mother had this exact experience when my father passed away. A few days after he died, she found an article written on the day he had died. The words spoke to directly to her, sending her a profound message that helped with her grieving process. I still have the article, and it's been 25 years.

Amanda J Edwin

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