To rock bottom and up

Did you ever have an idiosyncrasy as a child? I did this rather ridiculous thing as a child, where I saved the best for the last. It started off by saving the best bite of food for the end. Slowly, that habit bled into other parts of my life. For example, if someone gave me…

Why fight social isolation alone?

Over the course of our collective social isolation during the pandemic, I’ve noticed that it’s sometimes much easier for people to validate the struggles and stressors of others before acknowledging the toll of one’s own. I’ve seen how COVID-19 can intensify my friends’ very difficult living situations at home, put strain on years-long relationships, and…

Charity boards should reflect diversity

After celebrating Black History Month, we continue to hear loud calls for more diversity in newsrooms across the country, in corporations and in Parliament. Canadians have correctly pointed out a diversity gap in all those power structures. But the diversity deficit doesn’t end there; it’s also in the boardrooms of charities and non-profits. It’s always…

For Your Interest: Mansion Global. Real Homes. Real Living.

Mansion Global is the website of choice to visit if you’ve got a spare $5,000,000, $8,000,000, $10,000,000 million dollars to spend on a new home. Luxury villas, grand estates, fairy tale mansions and elegant penthouses from around the world are all on view to discover, select and buy.  The site has all the usual features…

Learning to be calm, kind and safe in a ghost town

Barely a year ago, the COVID-19 pandemic began when the first case arrived in British Columbia. The restrictions in Canada escalated at a jarringly rapid pace. Coming home to Vancouver in February after four years of university (in the Netherlands and Victoria, B.C.), I returned to my old room in my parents’ house. With loving…

Back in BC after 7 years

It felt reassuring to see the “two-metre” marks on the ground at the London Heathrow Airport. In late October, I was travelling from Paris to Vancouver with a layover in London. Back then, France had consistently more than 50,000 new cases daily and was on the brink of announcing a second lock-down. In Paris, I…

From West to East, quirks and all

I never would have imagined experiencing such different weather conditions in a single year, and even less to be discovering them in Canada during lockdown. Last summer, as the heat increased and restrictions were relaxed and Vancouverites seemed to once again appreciate the city’s beautiful summer scenery, I had to pack my bags and leave…

An increasingly virtual world?

I think it’s safe to say that most of us are ready to leave the year 2020 behind. It was the year that kept on giving. Month after month, there was always some type of new unpredictability. As a student, seeing the chaos that ensued due to the pandemic was, quite frankly, unnerving. One more…