Truly, what is the world coming to?

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Imagine living in a world where a 6-year-old child is arrested for picking a tulip while waiting for his bus.

No need to imagine, because this is the world we live in.

And I don’t know about you, but such a thing is a despicable world to live in.

How many of you picked flowers as a child? Likely, all of you. Whether they were wildflowers in a field, or dandelions you blew on so that the seeds soared, or a gorgeous, nice smelling flower that you wanted to take with you.

Maybe you wanted to take it because it…


You should definitely feel both insulted and concerned.

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“6 weeks ago I have decided start running with Joggo and became fit again. For 20 years, I did no sports at all and peaked weighing 180 lbs. Now, I am at a weight of 140 lbs and feel absolutely amazing.”

I don’t know about you, but I’m so damn tired and frustrated with having toxic diet culture shoved down our throats, day in, day out.

And it’s only gotten worse since COVID, since gyms are routinely closed and many of us have been eating our emotions to mentally survive this pandemic.

Seeing this ad on my Instagram…


He got famous by screwing over his ex-girlfriend Britney Spears, and should absolutely be ashamed of the cost of his fame.

Screenshot from N’Sync’s ‘I Drive Myself Crazy’ music video.

For anyone who’s had a crappy boyfriend in the past (oh wait, are all of us raising our hands?), there’s a lot about Justin Timberlake that can be triggering.

And because of that, we can all feel a special kinship with Britney Spears (especially in the wake of the #FreeBritney movement), because she like all of us has boarded the Douchebag Ex-Boyfriend train once or twice. And her worst ex by far?

Yup, it’s Justin Timberlake (no need to guess it, it’s right there in the title for you).

If we want to get right to the fact of the…


1 in 8 Americans over 40 have a measurable smell disorder.

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We’ve all been through the uncomfortable changes that come with puberty. It’s an awkward, challenging, and overall uncomfortable time for anyone.

Now, imagine having chronic body odor. And on top of that, having to battle your condition whilst being judged by your most critical audience — pre-teen peers.

The National Institute of Deafness and Other Communications Disorders reports that 1 in 8 Americans over the age of 40 are reported as having a measurable smell disorder.

The NIDCD also states that the prevalence of smell impairment decreases with age, thus older individuals may naturally reduce their hygiene practices for the…


Floral arrangements are a gift for more than just women.

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Here are some statistics that might interest you.

A poll was taken for valentine’s Day sales, and the results are as follows: 64% percent of men buy flowers, while only 36% percent of women did so.

And even with those numbers, 61% of men of all ages still said that they would love to receive flowers from a woman for Valentine’s Day.

That’s right — over half of all men would love to receive flowers as a gift of affection.

Until recently, I hadn’t ever gifted a man flowers… that is until I just flat out asked my husband if…


In relation to the numbers in 2019, this is an alarming increase.

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The numbers are in, and unsurprising to anyone, the pandemic has taken a major toll on our mental health and wellbeing.

US Health Statistics are seeing a worrisome, but not surprising increase in mental health struggles for adults as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Data has found that, during the pandemic, 4 in 10 adults in the United States reported symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorder between January to June 2020.

Comparatively, in 2019 only 1 in 10 adults reported these same symptoms.

As a result of the pandemic, adults struggling with these mental difficulties have gone from 10%…


And many of the triggers to come with it are unexpected.

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Have you ever experienced a traumatic event? If you’re reading this wondering odds are you have, or at least you will, at some point within your lifetime.

Data has found that 70% of adults will experience at least one traumatic event in their life. And moreover, 20% of those same people will experience PTSD symptoms as a result of their trauma.

I am among that 20%. I was sexually assaulted in 2013, and diagnosed with PTSD in 2016. I am still actively working through my trauma 8 years after my assault, and my work is not yet done.

A traumatic…


While Zuckerberg claims Facebook cannot be directly linked to symptoms of depression, science has to disagree (you know, because scientific data is actually relevant).

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Last month, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg came out publicly to state that research linking Facebook to depression was “inconclusive”.

If you’ve read this sentence and felt that it may be a little bit off, then you’re right on the money — just because Mark Zuckerberg says something, certainly does not mean it’s true.

In fact, scientists and researchers have to entirely disagree with this “inconclusive link”.

If anything, there is more than enough data to back up that there is a significant link between social media and depression, and Facebook isn’t considered to be an exception to this data in…


A look inside some of the most disturbing minds that walk among us.

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Several months ago, a landlord not far from me on the East Coast of Canada was arrested for voyeurism after it was discovered he had installed a two-way mirror in a tenant’s bathroom.

The tenants were two young women, and the two-way mirror allowed this man to watch them in the bathroom during their most private and vulnerable moments.

This story absolutely horrified me — and it also had me contemplating the psychology that is involved in crimes such as these.

As a survivor of sexual assault myself, I have often wondered where the characteristic to violate another human being…


If you’re wondering how to make a more decent (and diverse) living from your writing, this is the article for you.

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I’ve been a professional copywriter and creative writer for several years now, and let me tell you that I (like many of you reading this) never thought it was possible to make a living off of my writing.

Mostly because everyone in my life, from Grade 1 to university, told me it was unrealistic to make a feasible living as a writer (or a creative, for that matter).

What I have to say to that is bullsh*t.

I’ve made a successful writing career for myself — and many people ask me how they can make a living from their writing…

Gillian Sisley

Online solopreneur. Tea drinker. Committed optimist. I write about womanhood, writing & entrepreneurship. Never miss a single beat 👉 https://bit.ly/33XgtKT

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