Posts in Wellness
My Struggle With Anxiety

Mental health was never a topic of conversation. I didn’t understand it and couldn’t relate to it. High school did not prepare me for what I would encounter. 

My roommate in first year college experienced anxiety, and I didn’t get it. She would get upset and tell me she couldn’t write her paper or go to the gym. I was so confused. I didn’t get it until I started to feel it. 

I didn’t realize that everything that was happening, happened on the inside. 

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I told you so, sincerely your intuition

Since we were little, we’ve been told how important it is to trust our gut. Questioning a decision? What does your gut tell you? Feeling a little uneasy in a situation and not sure why? That’s your intuition letting you know something’s up.

The unfortunate part is that as much as we are told to listen to those feelings, they often get squashed by the opinions of others, work, relationships, and the list goes on. I had damn near lost mine a few years ago but after backpacking solo through Europe for a few months, with only my intuition to go off of, I quickly learned how to trust it and myself again. 

Now I understand not everyone can quit their job, pick-up and runaway to Europe (though I highly recommend it), to learn how to flex that muscle, but there are ways you can practice channeling your thoughts, trusting who you are, and what you want. Insert Sabrina Fraser, Soul Coach & Reiki practitioner

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My Skincare Journey

I have become more and more comfortable in the last year to discuss my skincare journey, and I believe that the fact that I have sought help for my skin. 

Something else I have tried to do is talk about my skin in a more positive manner, because at one point it was really affecting me negatively. I am now trying to steer away from negative words such as “skin issues” or “skin problems” because that wasn’t helping me. 

I talk about my skin and I being on a journey together, and I would love to share my journey with you all. 

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This Is The Secret Sauce Of Weight Loss

Wanna know the TRUE secret sauce to achieving long-term weight loss?

I’ll tell you now - it’s not a particular program or supplement or type of exercise. It’s not doing X amount of cardio, or eating X amount of calories per day. After struggling to lose weight for my entire teenage years, I learned that the secret sauce to achieving long-term weight loss truly comes down to one core belief.

Are you ready for it?

“I train because I LOVE my body, not because I hate it.”

There’s a big difference there. (And I say this because I’ve been at both ends of the spectrum.)

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My New Nighttime Routine With Calm

I think it’s safe to say that we all know the importance of self-care. The notion that self-care is an act of selfishness is now gone (thank goodness!) and we have realized that it’s something to be practiced every day; a true necessity to living a healthy life. Self-care can take on so many different forms: exercise, cooking nutritious meals, manicures/pedicures, face masks (a personal favourite of mine), curling up with a good book, etc. But I think one self-care category that we tend to forget about is sleep. It’s not as fun as cooking or doing some spa treatments but arguably it’s the most important thing we can do for our bodies and our minds. But when we all have a to-do list that’s longer than there are hours in the day, how are we supposed to shut off our minds when we do finally crawl into bed at night?

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Authentically Me: Derek Sabado

Derek came into my life about 6 years ago, as part of the creative team at Holt Renfrew.  He instantly struck me as an exuberant soul with amazing energy.  Through the years, I saw his relationship with his own identity and sexuality transform.  He became more comfortable dressing as he wanted and identified more closely with his feminine side.  As a heterosexual female, my sexuality has never caused me any stress.  I leave my house in the morning and society simply accepts who I am.  Members of our LGTBQ community often experience unjust judgement which can result in debilitating self-image issues that can lead to depression and anxiety.  In a 2011 interview with Pride Source, Beyoncé acknowledged the difficulty of coming out and said that she was in awe of her LGBTQ fans. “The amount of confidence and fearlessness it takes to do what maybe is not what your parents expect you to do or what society may think is different -- to be brave and be different and to be yourself -- is just so beautiful,” she said. “Not worrying about satisfying or becoming what other people think you’re supposed to be, that’s like the ultimate dream.”  

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