academia, academic, productivity

what it means to be your own friend (feat. my last bathroom selfie in Goodes Hall)

Earlier today I took what will likely be my last bathroom selfie in Goodes Hall. (Hopefully in equal part because I'll grow out of it and because I'm about to graduate from undergrad. 😋) Isn’t it an amazing feeling to be fascinated by an area of study? The utter excitement that comes along with it!… Continue reading what it means to be your own friend (feat. my last bathroom selfie in Goodes Hall)

books, Literary Commentary

book review || The Course of Love by Alain de Botton

I started off really liking this book, and to be fair by the end I still feel that there were some great messages. What intrigued me the most was the start, which refreshingly challenges our obsession with how two people "fall in love" rather than "stay in love". Then the story takes off, alternating between… Continue reading book review || The Course of Love by Alain de Botton

academia, academic, Law, the idea café newsletter

☕ 3: Tenant fixtures and other things I think about on a Friday night

…like the fact that I'm graduating in 6 weeks! Idea Café is an email newsletter from Mistral Spirit sent straight to your inbox (mostly) every second Sunday. If you love it, consider checking out the Mistral Spirit YouTube channel for more organization strategies, joining the book club, and sharing this newsletter with a friend. ♥ Currently: my brain is… Continue reading ☕ 3: Tenant fixtures and other things I think about on a Friday night

journaling & balance, Literary Commentary, Psychology, the idea café newsletter

☕ 2: Writing is an act of ego: the problem with Atomic Habits and why I’m giving it 2 stars

This post first featured in my bi-weekly Sunday newsletter, Idea Café on January 24, 2022. Find out more about Idea Café and read the archives here. I'll be discontinuing the classic WordPress blog updates today, so please make sure you're subscribed to my new list if you want to stay in touch! Writing is an… Continue reading ☕ 2: Writing is an act of ego: the problem with Atomic Habits and why I’m giving it 2 stars

academia, academic

ideas || woke up to a cancelled online exam… am I getting older and more irritable or is the world just going crazier?

I woke up this Monday morning and headed to my computer to write my very last online, open-book, 24-hour exam of the semester - more of a time slog than anything truly difficult. After which, this would be my week to decompress, get back into a routine, and enjoy some holiday prep. But I logged… Continue reading ideas || woke up to a cancelled online exam… am I getting older and more irritable or is the world just going crazier?

academic, economics, ideas & perspectives

ideas || Choosing Foreign Aid: Emerging Markets and the U.S. – China Battle for Strategic Global Influence

There seems to be two global economic systems emerging with different institutions and goals, one led by the United States, one by China. Which system do you think will be more attractive to emerging and developing markets, and why? I just finished a course this semester called Business Government and the Global Economy. It was… Continue reading ideas || Choosing Foreign Aid: Emerging Markets and the U.S. – China Battle for Strategic Global Influence

books, Literary Commentary, Philosophy

ideas || When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

As thought-provoking as this book was, I am GLAD to be done reading, discussing, and thinking about it. "When Breath Becomes Air" was written by Paul Kalanithi after he was diagnosed with cancer at 36. He was in his last year of neurosurgery residency (read: he had his whole career ahead of him) at the time. The book is interesting in many ways. First, he's both the doctor and the patient, and he shares that perspective. Second, his writing is unique in that he was a huge literature lover and just all-around a very well-read person! Third, it puts the onus of answering some of the book's big questions on you: the reader. The odds of getting cancer in a lifetime are something around 1 in 3 right now. So it reads like a simple, universal story: this is his story, but it’s just as much your story, my story, everyone’s story. Really heavy stuff. I recommend it, but be mentally ready when you read it!

Literary Commentary

ideas || i know who you are because of the words you use | The Midnight Library and my own emotional voice

I just finished reading The Midnight Library by Matt Haig, and filmed a short IGTV which I posted to Instagram yesterday. But there's one thing I briefly touched upon in those five minutes that I need to dive deeper into. There was something about his writing. https://www.instagram.com/p/CH50-sIBzym/ The book incorporates the science-fiction delight of parallel… Continue reading ideas || i know who you are because of the words you use | The Midnight Library and my own emotional voice

Psychology, snapshot, videos

ideas || a journal entry about journal entries + how i take notes to have better conversations

The focus of this episode is on 4 tips to improve your relationships, conversations and meetings using your bullet journal, but I also steered into some personal growth territory! It's really just a long heart-to-heart chat and journal entry mixed into one (which you can now listen to as a podcast!). I chat about something… Continue reading ideas || a journal entry about journal entries + how i take notes to have better conversations

academic, bullet journal, Psychology

ideas || using cognitive behavioural therapy, in your bullet journal, for anxiety? i need your input!

I was just reading an article that a psychology professor at Queen's University (my uni) posted to help in dealing with social distancing during our current COVID-19 crisis. In it, he linked to a resource on cognitive behavioural therapy that I found absolutely incredible. Here is the link: https://positivepsychology.com/cbt-cognitive-behavioral-therapy-techniques-worksheets/ why am I interested in Cognitive Behavioural… Continue reading ideas || using cognitive behavioural therapy, in your bullet journal, for anxiety? i need your input!

academic, economics, History

ideas || The Transition from Amsterdam to London as Financial Centers of the World

Last semester, I took one of my most interesting elective courses yet. It was an economics course called the Emergence of the Modern Industrial Economy and was similar to an economic history course. We covered the economic factors that led to the Industrial Revolution beginning and concentrating in Britain, with roots in the Black Death… Continue reading ideas || The Transition from Amsterdam to London as Financial Centers of the World

academic, economics

writing || Ontario Teachers are Essential: The Economic, Social Safety, and Human Rights Consequences of Teachers’ Right to Strike

Particularly in the public sector, strikes are an integral element of the collective bargaining agreement negotiation process. With an employer as powerful and politically driven as the government, employees’ best option for leverage is delaying a resolution and using the population’s subsequent outrage to pressure for a concession. However, Canada’s educational institutions ought to be… Continue reading writing || Ontario Teachers are Essential: The Economic, Social Safety, and Human Rights Consequences of Teachers’ Right to Strike

Psychology, things i learned

writing || vulnerability in a professional context

The two papers stare desperately back at me. Am I missing anything? I go through the checklist in my head: examples, explanations, something creative. A lady clears her throat and my heart rate shoots up. Grabbing the pencil, I scratch three straight lines on a new sheet and tear it out of its pad just… Continue reading writing || vulnerability in a professional context