Stop reaching for what’s way up there from all the way down here.

Have you ever daydreamed about something so far from your reality that deep down you felt it wasn’t a real possibility for you? Or thought about a big dream and found it hard to imagine yourself actually living that out in this lifetime? When what we see around us isn’t what we want, our minds tend to drift toward what we do want. Let the thoughts go untethered long enough and you might start dreaming up a life so far removed from the life you have now that you automatically dismiss it as fantasy.

We have been told this is…

And how to set yourself up to remain there as long as possible

If you’re like most creatives, then entering and staying in the coveted flow state can be one of the most difficult aspects of creating.

Whether you’re a musician, writer, artist, or creator of any sort, you may have a ritual that works on occasion, but doesn’t always garner the results you hoped for.

This was me a few years ago. I would write when inspiration struck, but somehow always found myself lacking motivation after a certain point. I’d rack my brain wondering how I ever got into the creative space in the first place and how I might get back…

4 common reasons, and tips for dealing with them

“Every time I judge someone else, I reveal an unhealed part of myself.” — Joy Marino

I am all for taking advice from those around you, considering their opinions, points of view, and arguments. Especially when it comes to anything where people have a legitimate concern for your safety, then you should listen.

But for big life choices — what career you want, pursuing higher education, moving cities, who you date, getting married, having kids, traveling the world — those are for you to decide. I’m not suggesting you go through life ignoring those who care about you, far from…

Expectations went right out the window

My first day working on the set of a TV show was certainly an experience.

I arrived at ‘circus’ — the area where all of the trailers and catering sits — and I met with my ALM, the guy in charge of me. He asked if I had ever worked on set before; I had never worked on a legit set, but he didn’t seem to care. …

Besides it being fun.

Having a garden can seem like a burden sometimes. It’s a lot of effort and upkeep, and worry. But the rewards are well worth the time. There’s really nothing like eating food you grew yourself. It should be a feeling more of us get to feel, but most think they don’t have the space, time, or knowledge.

Even if all you have is a 2x2 space and a little time before or after work, that can be all you need to enjoy at least a taste. When I was living in a small apartment in downtown Toronto, all I had…

When attempt after attempt seems to get you nowhere.

This began as a question for myself, one I seemed to be asking more often than I wanted. I had once again mapped out a six-week plan in which I would attempt to improve pretty much all areas of my life. You might point out right away that focusing on one area at a time is a better approach. Trust me, I know. I’ve tried many angles, but none get me quite as enthused as framing out an all-or-nothing game plan. So I did this, and once again, I realized it is way more fun to fantasize about the goals…

A letter to myself, and anyone else who needs to hear it

The world is full of miserable people who have given up on themselves. Don’t be one of them. If you are still breathing then there is still time to be the person you were meant to be. I know it’s hard to try again and again and never see the fruits of your labor. I know you doubt yourself and what you’re truly capable of, but there is greatness in you, that I know. Your happiness and fulfillment are worth the effort.

All the years of sleepless nights…

For cucumbers, beans, peas, and more

You can make a trellis out of so many things. Wood, string, metal poles, wire, old closet inserts, cattle panel, bamboo steaks, the divider out of a dog crate. So, many, things. Or you can just buy one, but usually people want something custom to fit their garden. That’s where a DIY trellis comes in.

I made a custom trellis out of old wood I found in the back of my yard, some metal wire, a few screws, some more scrap wood, and some twine.

It’s not that pretty, but it does the trick…

The why, the how, and the hardening off

I love to watch plants grow. It can make a dreary March and April feel full of life and give you something fun to wake up to. I live in Canada, and although I’m in one of the southernmost growing zones, it still feels like summer just flies by. So when Spring comes along and it’s still too early to plant outdoors, getting your seeds started indoors can quell some of that antsiness.

I’ve only had my house now for less than a year, so before my own home garden, all I…

Easing symptoms can create a positive ripple effect across many areas of your life.

Anxiety was meant to be a useful mechanism. It was meant to tell us that we shouldn’t do something or to warn us of danger. Unfortunately, the world we live in today is full of triggers for our primal brains and it can be hard to shut off the elicited reactions. Although we shouldn’t aim to remove all anxiety, easing useless symptoms that come from an overactive response can help us to lead a more relaxed life.

It was hard for me to fully understand what anxiety was when I first started experiencing it in high school. Of course, I…

Sara Eliza

Still trying to find the right words.

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