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
Do you ever just have days where you feel low, with little to no motivation? I have them almost all the time. Perhaps it’s the summer burnout or the fact that we’re living in a global pandemic, but I’ve been feeling low lately. Last week, I felt like I was on top of the world! […]Read More
The past six months have changed almost everything about our daily lives. We’ve gone from crowded lunchrooms and nights out with friends to home offices and zoom parties. Nothing is the same, least of all social decency. Trying to soak up the last dredges of warm weather, I’ve been going for walks almost every day. […]Read More
When I was younger, my mom introduced me to writing in my diary, or what we call today journaling. It was a way to get my thoughts out on paper when I felt I couldn’t talk to anyone. I thoroughly enjoyed this because I could write anything and no one would ever see it. It […]Read More
I love to travel, and, like many of you, dislike how Covid doesn’t let me travel. I cancelled two different trips this year because of the pandemic, one of them a four-week voyage back to the homeland (Italy). I was missing the thrill of planning a trip and seeing new places. Luckily, I still had […]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.