‘Tis the season of trashy holiday movies! Y’know, the cheesy movies with actors we’ve never heard of until now? The movies that you love to watch, but secretly tell everyone you’re not into them. Yes, I’m talking about holiday movies. It’s the perfect time to sit back with a delicious drink and snack, ready to […]Read More
It’s midnight; I just finished submitting a paper (16 minutes before the deadline), and rather than writing this blog, I started scrolling through Insta stories. But instead of the usual barrage of cute babies, reposts, and so-so TikToks, I’m swiping through nurses crying, anti-maskers striking, bigoted gym owners spouting bullshit, and all of this happening […]Read More
Taking time for self-care is very important. Whether you’re reading a book, cooking, or watching the latest Netflix Christmas movie, it’s good for your mental and sometimes physical health. Lately, my routine of self-care has been taking baths. It’s a great way to relax and reduce stress. Plus, I have time to reflect on anything […]Read More
Everywhere I look lately, someone is advocating for something. Maybe it’s my reemergence into the liberal education sphere, the American elections, or the pandemic, but my social media and conversations are littered with activism. It’s wonderful to see my community fighting against injustice, but the lack of progress is frustrating. I find myself wondering, what’s […]Read More
For years, I’ve struggled with loving my body. Ever since I finished university, I’ve been struggling to get back into shape, comparing my body now to the body I had in my early twenties. I always thought, if I could just lose this weight and weigh 20 pounds less, I would be happier. Sadly, that […]Read More
We all do it. We open a message, read it, and decide not to reply. Sometimes it’s because we can’t think of anything else to say or we’re not interested in the conversation anymore; sometimes, we glance at the message and forget to reply as we do other things; and sometimes, we choose not to […]Read More
Our friendship was destiny. We went to the same high school, almost worked the same part time job, before finally meeting at the world’s crummiest job. We bonded through our commiseration and discovered a mutual love for writing.
From Maria: What to say about Gindalee? Her nickname is Gin, but she doesn’t actually drink gin, which seems like a bit of a missed opportunity honestly. Gin’s favourite things in this world are her bed, cheesy romance novels and her Star Wars collection. She is, simply put, an awesome person.
I wanted to do this blog with her because her writing has something to say. Gin’s fiction is a delight to read and her opinion pieces always leave me thinking. She hits all the friendship goal markers (dependable, fun, sarcastic badass, etc.) but she’s also a really good person.
From Gindalee: I met Maria in 2018 through work during a time where there was an overwhelming amount of changes happening. New hires were starting, people were leaving for vacation – but safe to say, she didn’t shy around because not long after she started (her first day, actually) she struck up a conversation with the entire office.
But, let’s get real for a second – Maria is one of the realest people I have ever met. She’s blunt, sarcastic, and unapologetically herself. That’s what I really admire about her. Her favourite things are Rocket (her puppy), cooking, and the oxford comma.