Favourite Things Friday

Ottawa Winter Bike Waterlogue - Productively Procrastinating

Greetings! Welcome to part one of a new weekly series: Favourite Things Friday! I don’t understand the difference between #ThrowbackThursday and #FlashbackFriday, so I’m going to start a #FavouritesFriday instead! Every Friday, I’m going to write about a few of my favourite things that I discovered or was inspired by during the week! Without further ado, here are this week’s winners!  Continue reading

Pretty Things and Ergonomics: Thoughts on Aesthetics

Hello, dear readers! Happy Friday! According to my notifications, my blog now has 10 followers! It may not seem like much, but it’s a start! Thank you so much to all of you who are here to support my humble blogging beginnings! I also recently reached my 150th follower on Twitter, which I’m very pleased about!

As I mentioned on Wednesday, I just started a new job. I’m an ergonomic consultant for an occupational health and safety company. It’s quite a mouthful, I know! In a nutshell, my job is to adapt a person’s workspace to best fit their needs. I help my clients to obtain the proper posture and prescribe the appropriate equipment to help relieve pain and discomfort. For example, if an office worker is suffering from low back pain, I may recommend a workstation that allows them to alternate between sitting and standing to help relieve the pressure on their lumbar spine. I make observations, take measurements and recommend devices with features that are most suitable for them. An ergonomically adapted workspace increases productivity, comfort and satisfaction and decreases fatigue and risk of injury. All good things! Yeah! Continue reading

How To Productively Procrastinate

Happy Sunday, dear readers! Nowadays, Sunday is probably the only day of the week when it’s acceptable to procrastinate! Historically, in the Western world, Sunday was a day to go to church and to relax and spend time with family, so it makes sense that it’s still most people’s slowest day. Nevertheless, due to the constant pressure by society to be productive, we often find ourselves feeling guilty if we’re not regularly checking things off our to-do list… even on Sundays! All the mixed messages and contradictions contribute to our already unhealthy stress levels! A little bit of time to unplug and recharge is essential to a healthy, balanced life. So go ahead, procrastinate if you like! Take some time off from your work and responsibilities and do something else! Or continue reading this blog, if you’ve got a bit of time! (Much appreciated, by the way!) Continue reading

A New Year

Well, here we are! It’s the first day of 2016 and our first day back home. Returning to real life is going to be bittersweet. Reverse culture shock is a real thing and I’m already starting to feel it! Coming from Oaxaca’s warm, sunny weather to frozen, snow-covered Ottawa is far from being the hardest part. I fell in love with Oaxaca and I’ll miss it terribly. However, I am looking forward to seeing my friends and family and I’m curious to find out what the new year will bring! Continue reading

Medicine: A Story of Generosity

On the way to the park for the Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe celebrations, we came across a homeless indigenous family huddled on the sidewalk. One of their three young children had a terrible cough. Out of the blue, a woman walked up to them and took a small bottle out of her tattered purse. She said, in Spanish, “My baby has a bad cough as well. I just bought this medicine for her at the pharmacy. Take it. I have enough for one more bottle.” Medicine is extremely expensive here in Mexico, especially for those who can’t afford health insurance. We may just have witnessed a life being saved. I never cease to be amazed by the everyday generosity of the Oaxacan people. One love. ❤️

A Simpler Time

Living in Oaxaca feels not only like being in a different country (which it is…) but also in a different time! Rather, it’s like a combination of different eras. Brand-new Audis parallel-park on cobblestone streets behind VW Beetles from the 1950’s, women wearing the same traditional outfits their ancestors have worn for 200 years sell fruit and vegetables in front of Domino’s Pizza and some families have wifi, cable tv and the latest iPhone whereas their next-door neighbors may have never touched a computer, use a landline phone and still only communicate by snail mail. Continue reading

Thoughts on Paris and Facebook

We live in a big, beautiful, sometimes terrifying world. By now, everybody knows what happened in Paris this past Friday the 13th. Every day, I see countless news stories, videos, photos, personal accounts, blog posts and Facebook posts about the Paris terrorist attacks. One of the easiest and most common ways that people in my social network have shown their support of the victims and the French people is by putting an overlay of the French flag on their Facebook profile photo. Continue reading

On Generation Boomerang

But you’re trying to find a job! You’re 25 and you’re still living with your parents! You have student loans to pay off! When will you become a real adult? 

In my previous post, I wrote the above segment as a bit of a joke. However, upon further reflection, I realized that it’s pretty real, and it strikes a chord. Nobody has ever said that to me, yet I still think it! I seem to have internalized quite a bit of criticism regarding the current trend of boomerang kids (grown children who move back into the family home after some time away). If you’ll bear with me, I’d like to give some background (and perhaps attempt to make myself feel better about my current situation in the process)! Continue reading