Gin

Why I Love My Body… And Food

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 […]

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How to Combat Lack of Motivation

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! […]

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Let’s Talk About Journaling

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 […]

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September: A Few of My Favourite Things

September. ‘Tis the season of pumpkin spice lattes, cozy sweaters, and scary movie marathons. While I love summer for those warm sunny days and my birthday (obviously), I really enjoy fall. Obviously, fall officially begins on September 21st, but as we all know, the first of September is a good sign of the cool air […]

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Am I a Writer?

I’ve come across a few Instagram posts recently about imposter syndrome. Imposter syndrome is where an individual has self-doubts about their work and talents and has an internalized fear of being exposed as a fraud. And it made me wonder about my insecurities as a writer. I love to write, and it’s always been something […]

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An Open Letter to my Future Self

Hey you, I hope things are going well. Did you move yet? I’d assume you have by the time you read this. Are you still working at your fabulous job? I mean, how could you not be there, that would be crazy. Did you get married yet (hehe)? I don’t know how you’re supposed to […]

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Are You Doing Too Much?: A Fun Guide to Time Management

When I was in university, I took a full course load, worked full-time, and had a part-time gig on the side. For some reason, being that busy made me commit to my studies; I knew if I messed up, I would be forced to either restart or honestly, quit altogether.  The other day, someone asked […]

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My Summer Playlist

Every summer, there is an album or song that defines those warm sunny days in the city, on the beach, or wherever you spend time relaxing. I love summer music because it reminds you of an easy time and you can revisit it any time of the year when you need something simple during a […]

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Writing Prompts

Do you like to use writing prompts? Sometimes if I need quick inspiration or an idea, I’ll search 365 Creative Writing Prompts to get the juices flowing hopefully. More often than not, I am too overwhelmed with ideas and topics even to begin.  I came across a few that sort of sparked my interest: addict, […]

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Enough is Enough

All around the world, people are marching against racism, and I stand with them. It’s tough to write this for a few reasons. I want you to understand my intentions, to know we support the fight against racism, and I’m tired of hearing what BIPOCs are still going through. It’s disgusting; why is this happening? […]

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Puppies for Days

If you haven’t heard the big news, I got a puppy! My boyfriend and I picked up our Mini Australian Shepherd on May 11, which was the most exciting day ever. We had a name picked out even before she was born, Riven — Any League of Legends fans out there? We’ve had our furry […]

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Quarantine for Introverts

Hej och välkommen. My name is Gin, and I’m an introvert.  Last week, Maria wrote about dealing with quarantine as an extrovert; I’m here to explain the other side of things. A little while ago, I wrote about being an introvert in ‘I Wish‘. And while the public consensus is that introverts are made for quarantine, […]

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I Want to Ride My Bicycle

My brain has been one hell of a foggy mess these past few weeks. I haven’t been able to focus much on anything other than work and thinking of what I’m going to eat. Although, it finally cleared up over the long weekend when I took my bike out for the first ride of the […]

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I Wish

I wish for you to be brave with your words with your walk with your…I wish for you to be happy of your body of your mind of your… I wish that I could finish that poem.  In all honesty, I’ve been trying for a very long time, and I can’t finish it. Maybe it’s […]

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Not Your Average Gamer

Video games. They’re something that has always been in my life, but not something that I do regularly. I’m what some would call a “casual gamer.”  I started my life as a gamer when I was a young kid on the Super Nintendo. I would play Super Mario World (1990), Donkey Kong Country (1994), and […]

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BBB – Beginner Burlesque Baby

Have you ever been to a burlesque show? I would say no, but I went to a Winnipeg Burlesque show put on by Prairie Diva, which is a company by M Funk Dance Productions. I always thought a burlesque show was something for adults-only and was about the hyper-sexualization of women. But it was anything […]

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The Procrastinator

In February 2016, Tim Urban did a TED Talk about procrastination called, “Inside the mind of a master procrastination.” Coincidentally, I was perusing the internet instead of writing this piece about procrastination.  As if by fate, I came across this TED Talk.  What is procrastination? Before I started the video, I decided to do some […]

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New Year’s Resolutions and Why They Suck

I have never been the type of person to complete a task, let alone a New Year’s resolution. I do enjoy the excitement behind creating a plan that will one day make you look like a million bucks or a small accomplished goal. But, that doesn’t happen for a few reasons; I’m a lazy person […]

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Freedom

Starting new is scary. Whether you’re starting a new job, moving to a new home, or beginning a new project, it’s scary. You never know what the outcome is going to be unless you try.  I’m about to begin a new journey soon at a new job. A new job that has already opened so […]

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Monster Lead Me Home

Have you ever been in a place where you thought you were worthless, underappreciated, wrecked, and unloved? That’s what it was like to live in the other world.  When I first arrived in the other world, it was a place of optimism with the promise to grow into a wonderful person. They offered a comfortable […]

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My Favourite Film

Why do I like scary movies? I love them because they give me an adrenaline rush, especially when I’m watching slasher film. My friends and I always start a discussion on how to defeat the killer or escape him, whichever is more relevant in the situation of the film. Either way, these types of films […]

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More about Gin:

I’m a Winnipeg-based writer, podcaster, and beer enthusiast. I have a BA in Communications and Media and a Digital Marketing Specialist diploma. Safe to say, I love social media. I also love to my puppy, and I run her Instagram account (follow @riven.the.aussie for puppy pics). I’m an avid reader who also loves craft beer!

I enjoy writing about personal growth, procrastination, and a few of my favourite things. Happy reading!