Valentine’s Day. It’s one of those holidays that most people either love or hate, and those people are usually divided by being in a happy relationship or being single, respectively. Though Valentine’s Days spent single often left me as one of those bitter Grinches when that time of year rolled around, I eventually decided that it wasn’t worth the negative thoughts and feelings for a day that makes other people genuinely happy and more outwardly expressive of their love for one another. So yes, Valentine’s is intended to spend with your significant other, but if you’re single, why not spend it with your friends (who you love platonically)?
As per the Netflix website’s series description: This drama follows the political rivalries and romance of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign and the events that shaped the second half of the 20th century. Starring: Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Vanessa Kirby.
I’ve always been intrigued by the British royal family and the figurehead who is not only Britain and (modern) Canada’s longest reigning monarch, but also the longest-reigning queen regnant in history, and the world’s oldest reigning monarch. I always found it fascinating how she ushered in new technological advancements emerging from her younger years (such as when she had her marriage to Prince Phillip broadcast on the radio), into her television-broadcasted coronation, all the way into later adulthood and the present times (as with her annual televised Christmas broadcasts, which were initially done live). The royal family has increasingly “modernized” themselves it seems, keeping the traditions of the monarchy and partnering them with the views and norms of today. Of course, understanding the roots of this goes quite far back. This is where Netflix’s The Crown comes in: a visual representation — undoubtedly with fictional elements to it — of how the modern day monarchy came to be.
We’ve all done it… Dwelling over past relationship mishaps and mistakes wondering, What the hell was I thinking back then? Instead of beating ourselves up over these, whether they were long- or short-lived, we should instead embrace them for exactly what they were (and are): a learning experience. They’re not something to celebrate, nor to roll your eyes over and take as self-admonition for all future relationships. Just accept it and grow from it. After thinking about this quite a bit lately, I’ve been mulling over five specific things that I’ve learned over the past few years:
This was an event that I was beyond excited for: the Third Annual Vintage Prom, hosted at the Great Hall located at 1087 Queen Street West. I was so into it that I actually made my own dress (with the help of my nonna, of course) by tweaking a 1957 Vogue pattern to look like a gown Grace Kelly once wore. Read More
Building off of yesterday’s post on following your passions, I mentioned that I have to finish my undergrad degree still (only a few more months to go!) in a subject I am merely interested in and not passionate about. Consequently, I have been debating where I want to go from there. Do I want to risk everything for a masters degree in creative writing and then try to find a job in my field? Or should I go to teacher’s college and have a relatively safe job teaching students about subjects I love (English and history, maybe psychology) while using my summer, winter, and March breaks to do what makes me happiest: writing.
When I hear the word ‘passion’, several things come to my mind: travel, music, and most of all, writing. These are the things that genuinely keep me sane and in all honesty, keep my mental health in check. However, as important as this fact is, that’s not the point of this article. In fact, as someone who thrives off of pursuing my biggest passion — writing — I decided to explore the importance of this in today’s post.
Aside from my imminent graduation date, another thing that I can reflect on is how I’ve managed to get to this point in time without having to give up eating out; the occasional new outfit; concerts; theatre and ballet; or travel… That is, without the need to sell my body on the streets, get a sugar daddy, or auction off my non-vital organs on the Black Market (I’m not knocking it, I just wouldn’t personally try it). There are times where I’ve wanted to just bite the bullet and not spend any money in order to avoid working while going to school — and I actually did do that during my third year — but it just doesn’t work out very well. Thus, I came to the conclusion that I simply would have to find a balance between working enough to have the money to do the things I wanted to do while also leaving enough time for classes; readings; and studying. Sounds simple enough, right?
Let me begin simply by saying that the Toronto CityPass is definitely worth the money spent, if you are visiting Toronto. Last July, my cousins from Edmonton came to visit and we immediately set out to get the pass, so that I could take them touring around the city. You save a total of (just more than) 40% off regular general admission price for five of Toronto’s top attractions, places I would definitely recommend visiting if you’re coming to the city: (1) CN Tower, (2) Casa Loma, (3) the Royal Ontario Museum, (4) Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, and (5) the Toronto Zoo OR Ontario Science Centre.