Woman outside stretching with the white sole of the shoe, where the foot is, on top of a metal bar.
Woman outside stretching with the white sole of the shoe, where the foot is, on top of a metal bar.
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Like many others, the past couple of months have felt like a mental marathon that doesn’t seem to have a finish line. Working primarily from home with social restrictions in place had started to take its toll on my health again as I found myself losing the motivation to stay active and prioritize my well-being during these winter months. By the time I approached my last day of work for the year in December, I was burnt out and exhausted.

For the first few days during the holiday season, I slept until 1 pm, would do a couple of things…


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A picture with the word “work” in the middle, surrounded by work items such as a pen, notebook, glasses, clips, etc… on a white desk
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I will be the first to say it: I am a workaholic. Since the age of 15, I have balanced jobs, schooling, and volunteer projects for almost a decade.

Every few months, I often have close friends reminding me that I am not a machine and that it is okay to slow down and rest. Although I know that their advice is sound, I find myself saying yes to every opportunity that comes knocking at my door, thus overextending myself beyond my capacities.

Long story short, I often burn out a few times a year and this is not ideal…


Travel. Canada, British Columbia.

There is a reason why the slogan is called “Beautiful British Columbia”.

A photo overlooking Vancouver, BC. Specifically Science World and False Creek.
A photo overlooking Vancouver, BC. Specifically Science World and False Creek.
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I may be biased, but I believe Canada should be on everyone’s radar for travelling. However, to be perfectly honest, I haven’t done as much exploring as I should be.

In my younger 20’s, I focused the majority of my travels on picturesque cities I dreamed of visiting such as Paris, Amsterdam, Tokyo, and so much more. These locations were all amazing and I don’t regret a single thing as I learned so much from my travels.

It wasn’t until a few years ago that I came to truly appreciate the uniqueness of Canada, where there is a little bit…


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The other day, I woke up and scrolled on Instagram, as I normally would, when I came across my ex’s story. It was a succession of pictures celebrating his three-year anniversary with his current partner.

I’m not going to lie — I did pause for a brief second because it confirmed a lot of suspicions I had over the years of whether or not he did end up dating this individual who I always had a feeling was something more when we were dating. Seems like my intuition was correct. But not the point of the story.

I also paused…


I made enough to buy 3 cinnamon buns from my favourite bakery — less than last month, but that’s okay, I’m still learning.

An individual writing in a planner on a neat white desk, with flowers, nail polish, and a laptop. Individual is wearing a white and black striped shirt.
An individual writing in a planner on a neat white desk, with flowers, nail polish, and a laptop. Individual is wearing a white and black striped shirt.
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And just like that, March is already over. I know I’ve said this the last two months, but March was truly my busiest month from a professional and personal standpoint.

It is also the month I said goodbye to a job and wrapped up most of my volunteering commitments and projects, which is definitely bittersweet! …


Compostable? Biodegradable? Eco-friendly? The truth about bioplastics

6 individuals holding up 6 different types of plastic bottles in different colours wearing different coloured clothing
6 individuals holding up 6 different types of plastic bottles in different colours wearing different coloured clothing
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It is clear we have a plastic pollution problem. The cumulative production of plastic from 1950–2015 reached an astonishing 7.8 billion tonnes, with no sign of that stopping anytime soon.

As we continue to mitigate and adapt to our plastic future, bioplastics have been noted as a possible solution.

The largest markets for bioplastics are currently North America (mainly the United States of America) and Europe. However, the market is booming in Asia as well, specifically in China and India, because of plastic restrictions. In 2019, the global bioplastics market was estimated at…


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A young woman on a grey couch, crying.
A young woman on a grey couch, crying.
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On March 17th, many of us woke up not knowing what had transpired in Georgia. I woke up that morning like any other and checked my phone to see my newsfeed flooded with reports about a devastating shooting that killed 8 individuals, 6 of them being South East Asian women.

A wave of emotions hit me reading the headlines. Anger. Sadness. Grief. Fear. Guilt.

As more updates came to light in the media, for the majority of us, it was clear to see that this was a hate crime — yet others would say otherwise.

Captain Jay Baker of the…


MINDFUL TRAVELLING

The answer is not black and white, but we do need to shift our travel mindset.

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For full transparency, I am guilty of self-indulgent travel practices. Having travelled to over 20 countries by the age of 21, I have to admit that these excursions were not done with the intent of being environmentally-minded. I can fully take responsibility for the fact that my intent to travel has been self-serving.

With an increasingly bigger middle class, travelling to picturesque vacation spots has become more common. …


10 essential items that I use constantly that don’t break the bank

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I pride myself on not spending money mindlessly. Partly because I’ve moved houses, cities, and even countries so many times in my life, the thought of owning too many items stresses me out. As I prepare for a new and exciting chapter abroad this fall, I’ve started reflecting on purchases I may need to make for the transition, which got me thinking about some of the best purchases I have made.

The first purchase I made with my own money was when I was 15. I bought a…

Angela Phan

Intersectional environmentalist 🌱✊🏼. Research Assistant. (She/her). Writing about climate change, love, health & fitness, personal development, etc...

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