Our future as a community depends on whether we can let go of toxic individualism

“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” — Coretta Scott King

Something needs to change. There is something inherently broken in our contemporary society – especially in North America.

How we move forward from here will decide if we tear ourselves apart or if we continue to grow into the future. But what will it take to stop us from collapsing into a black hole of our own design?

Our future as a community depends on whether we can let go of toxic individualism. …


How you can curate your social media to fit your joy

A few years ago Marie Kondo was everywhere. With her Netflix show, where she went into peoples’ homes and helped them declutter and tidy their spaces, and her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, it seemed that reorganizing and efficiently using our physical home environment was the latest and greatest lifestyle trend.

Many of the philosophies of the KonMari method can be applied to other, less tangible, parts of our lives.

Just as you can pick up a shirt you haven’t worn in 5 years, realize it doesn’t bring you joy, and donate it, you can also look at…


A guide to connecting your mind intelligence to your body intelligence

The human body is the best picture of the human soul.

- Ludwig Wittgenstein

One of the greatest things I’ve learned on my wellness journey is how to listen to my body. Before, my body was the last thing I thought about during the day — especially since it didn’t fit within the conventional beauty standards — but, now I see it as a vehicle for my life.

My body is no longer a complete mystery to me — well, mostly — which has paved the way for me to take better care of myself.

For most of my adolescent…


I don’t want to stop standing for what I believe to be right, but I can’t keep engaging in something that is slowly eating me alive

“This is the last time I’ll argue on the internet”

This is what I tell myself at least on a weekly basis after getting into it with someone I don’t even know either on Facebook or Twitter.

The person on the other side of the screen might be random, but the topics usually aren’t. I’m a staunch defender of science, dietary health, and trans rights. But, being so vocal about it has led to plenty of online scuffles that have left me feeling like absolute crap — the kind that has been digested multiple times in a cow’s stomach.

Logically…


A look at the 2020 Mulan and the failure of storytelling

It’s been a hot minute since the live-action Mulan hit Disney+ for an extra fee, but now that’s it available to watch for free, I finally bit the bullet and watched. I knew it was going to be bad, but I didn’t expect it was going to be so bad that I felt apathetic. It’s been done to death, as people raced to give reviews and analysis of what went so horribly wrong with the film.

Mulan (2020) is the perfect case study in the failure of storytelling when the emotional arc of the movie — and specifically of the…


We need regenerative farming

Vegans are a passionate bunch — I’ve never been yelled at more on the internet than I have when trying to have a conversation with a vegan — but if they used their anger properly, they could probably save the world.

But, veganism alone isn’t going to do it.

I have to be honest, I’m not a vegan, nor do I ever intend to be. For health reasons, eating poultry and fish helps me to maintain a balanced and healthy diet. Since I can’t completely cut animals out of my diet, I focus my energies on supporting sustainable and local…


How people thrive on the belief in the unknown

“You need to believe in things that aren’t true. How else can they become?” — Terry Pratchett, Hogfather

All it takes is posting something — anything — about religion, especially Christianity, on the internet and the aggressive atheists will swarm like hornets that just had their nest kicked. It’s almost guaranteed.

Post it and they will come.

These people pride themselves on being smarter than anyone who might be religious. Of course, because anyone religious is an idiot for believing in “fiction,” “superstition,” “lies,” and my favourite: “fairytales”. …


Let’s reestablish what wellness truly is and take it back from everyone who wishes to commodify it

I’m a self-proclaimed wellness junkie, but I will be the first to admit that Wellness Culture™️ is the worst.

Especially in this age of COVID and post-truth, we need wellness and mindfulness more than ever. But, modern society and capitalism took a practice that is meant to be about caring for and connecting with ourselves and turned it into this for-profit consumerist suck-fest.

Instagram wellness influencers peddle detox teas – which basically act as laxatives and can cause diarrhea – or diets or basically everything you don’t actually need to practice wellness.

It’s also become a toxic sphere of “good…


Lessons learned from this trash fire called 2020

With 2021 fast approaching, now is the time for reflecting on the dying year – good riddance. Like all of us, I came into January 2020 (approx. 50 years ago) with hope and optimism. In my own diary entry from January 4th I write:

Here is the new year. They always feel so exciting when they’re shiny and new.

The person I was in January is a naive child of the summer compared to the person I am today. But with all the experiences and pain and loss of this year, some wisdom has been gained. At least a little.


A brief introduction to home-to-home visits at Christmas time

With each new Christmas I see, I find myself fascinated with old seasonal traditions. Whether it’s Victorian ghost stories or the pre-Christian symbols of Yule, there’s always something new to discover this time of year.

One thing I’ve learned this Christmas season is how many different old traditions there are which involve visiting neighbour’s houses on Christmas or around Christmas. Modern North Americans are likely only familiar with carolling — where groups of singers travel from house-to-house to sing festive songs and bring cheer — but there are several European traditions, some of which date back to Pre-Christian seasonal celebrations.

Mumming

Jenna Goldsmith

Writer || INFJ || Wellness junkie and chronic oversharer. jgoldsmithwrites.com/

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