My name’s Angela — although I’m also fine with the nickname Ang.
I’m 31 years old and live in the Greater Toronto Area. I’ve lived in the same place all my life, which lends a certain familiarity and comfort to my life. Perhaps this is also why I enjoy traveling so much.
Despite my love of exploring new places, it’s hard to imagine living anywhere else. Sometimes I’ve thought about what it would be like to live in cities like London or Paris or Los Angeles…But I would also really miss my family and my country.
As much as I love fiction, I also enjoy reading real-life stories. They’re just as interesting, entertaining, and moving as imagined plots. Above all, autobiographies can also be incredibly relatable.
Despite how different the author’s life may be from mine, I still experience a sense of connection with them. Perhaps it’s because autobiographies remind us of our humanity — our pain, our joy, our journey. And in seeing someone else’s journey, we see a part of our own.
While each person’s journey is unique, we all have universal experiences. …
I’ve only started listening to audiobooks in the last year or so.
Beforehand, they weren’t really my thing. I didn’t like how easily distracted I became, how I felt like I wasn’t really “reading” and how much harder it felt to retain information.
However, learning how to make audiobooks work for me has changed things. As a plugged-in Millennial, I’ve discovered that listening to audiobooks on my phone over my laptop suits me better. I also appreciate how a good audiobook keeps my mind engaged whenever I have a few moments to spare.
In fact, I think they’ve enhanced my…
I’ve been in a writing rut for the past month or so. I’ve published a few articles but not as many as I’d like. I’m a perfectionist, so sometimes I let my inner critic block me. Aside from ignoring that inner critic and sticking with my drafts, I’ve found that writing fan fiction has been an effective way to work through writer’s block.
Some say fan fiction is amateurish and silly — and sometimes it is. But that’s also part of what makes it so great. Fan fiction writers aren’t authoring the next Great American Novel — they’re writing for…
I admit that I don’t know a lot about Indigenous people and cultures — but I’m always willing to learn more.
In Canada alone, there’s a range of Indigenous groups with their own cultures, languages and traditions. Factor in Indigenous peoples from around the world and you see an even wider spectrum of diversity.
So, where do you even begin to start learning about these cultures?
Gaining knowledge about other cultures through fiction is a great place to start. Reading stories by Indigenous authors from Canada has been a joy because it’s been an educational experience for me.
Today I learned how to embrace the chill.
And I’m not talking about the relaxed kind of “chill” — although that’s always a good thing to embrace too.
I’m talking about the chill in the air. Why the heck does this matter, you ask?
Well, let me give you some background.
I’m not someone who enjoys being cold. It’s funny because I live in Canada (one of the coldest places on earth). But I really don’t like it. I like warmth.
I love bright sunshine, crackling fires and cozy sweaters.
In stark contrast, I don’t like the way the frigid…
I first heard of Strange Planet when I saw that it was a 2020 Goodreads Choice Awards winner for Humor. I’m not sure if it was the title, the colorful front cover or the synopsis — or all three things combined, but I was pulled in.
Graphic novels are a rare category for me, so it’s always a treat to read them, particularly when they’re funny. Within the first few pages, I was laughing out loud. It felt really good to read something humorous, especially in times like these. …
How often do you review your goals? Daily? Monthly? Yearly?
I didn’t even review mine yearly — it was more like every few years. I’d write my bucket list of goals in a journal, stash it away and then come back to it whenever the list happened to cross my mind.
Despite not reviewing my goals that much, I still accomplished a lot. Some dreams seemed to seep into my subconscious enough to stick…but others sat stagnant on the page, remaining uncrossed and untouched.
The problem was that I wasn’t reviewing my goals frequently enough, so some of my goals…
How often do you write a book review? If it’s occasionally, I can relate. I used to only write them every so often too. However, this year, I’ve decided to write a review for every book I read.
I was inspired to implement this habit after reading the article “How I Read More Than 80 Books in a Year” by Anangsha Alammyan. One of her non-negotiables is writing a summary or review for every book she reads.
I’ve taken on this new habit with interesting results. Since committing to writing a book review for every book I finish, I’ve…
When I first set out to create a daily meditation practice six months ago, I was intent on easing my anxiety. The pandemic had abruptly ended my contract job. I’d also just completed an online digital marketing program. Gyms, cafes and movie theaters — my favorite third spaces — had all closed. So there was less to distract me and more time to think.
When I think back, I worried a lot. I fretted about assignment deadlines and group projects. Job loss and unemployment. My lack of finances. All typical worries.
But I often worried about small things too —…
Communications and digital marketing professional, interested in creativity, personal development and mindful living.