Creative writer. Enthusiastic traveler. Voracious reader. History nerd. Determined knitter. Millennial plant mom.

Me near Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Photo by author.

My Background

Hi there!

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.

Speaking of…

And experience a magical autumn season

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I love fall. And it’s not because of the pumpkin spice lattes, autumn-scented candles or cute fall fashion. Instead, I love autumn for its sudden appearance. The way it rushes in with a cool chill, a gust of wind and a burst of color. This also perfectly sets the stage for paranormal stories, particularly ones about vampires, ghosts and witches.

I think we all love a little bit of mystery and magic, which is why books about witches seem to catch our attention. As a woman, there’s also a certain appeal to me about the portrayal of powerful witches. I…

And live that bookworm life again

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Do you want to read but lack the energy, time or willpower? Or maybe all three? This recently happened to me.

I’m in a new job that I love, so there’s a lot of reading and learning that goes on daily. My career has always taken center stage in my life, so naturally some of my hobbies and interests take a backseat.

I know the same thing happens to a lot of people in their university and college years. I don’t think I ever read fiction while in university and college because I was so busy reading academic books. Studying…

An in-depth exploration and celebration of introversion

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I never accepted myself as an introvert until I read Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain.

Up until then, I’d often felt bad about my introversion like it was a character flaw. But reading this book totally changed my perspective of myself. It fostered self-acceptance, which is something we all need — introvert or not.

Although this is a book geared towards introverts, I think it has universal truths for everyone. …

Exploring impermanence, suffering, and non-self

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Buddhism has nearly 500 million followers, with its influence being most dominant in the East. Despite being a major world religion, it’s also a practical philosophy, so it’s no surprise that its influence has spread throughout the Western world as well.

This increased interest in Buddhist philosophy can be seen in the explosion of popular meditation apps such as Calm and Headspace. But Buddhism involves much more than just mindfully meditating and feeling calm…

In fact, Buddhism is about dealing with the inevitable and universal reality of suffering. …

These books contain important life lessons

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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’m pleasantly surprised by their advantages

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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…

Fan fiction allows you to explore your writing in a low-pressure environment

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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…

These books highlight the cultures, histories, and triumphs of Indigenous Peoples in Canada

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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.

Despite our…

Thoughts from a chilly walk

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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 Really Hate the Cold

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…

Angela M Ward

Communications and digital marketing professional, interested in creativity, personal development and mindful living.

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