To Support, or Not Support? That Should Not be the Question…

Three weeks ago, a wonderful thing happened – I was introduced to women passionate about playing hockey and giving back to young women who can’t afford to join the sport. The Grindstone Award Foundation entered my life at a time when I needed to put my education, knowledge, and skills to good use. More than…

You’re such a Meanie…

When I worked at Guest Services at the mall, one of the regulars was a man in his late 50s. He had cerebral palsy, which bound him to a wheelchair, impaired his speech and basic movements, and often caused situations where he was misunderstood by others. Getting to know him was one of the greatest…

On Fear…

Out of all human experiences, FEAR is the most debilitating but also the most rewarding one. Fear is all-consuming and requires a large amount of courage, trust in oneself, and support to overcome. At times, a dose of Fu<k-It-All is required. An observation I`ve made is that fear often does not display itself as just…

Job Interviews…

Job interviews are not my favorite. Not because I have to sell myself to a potential employer, but because of always being asked, ”Tell me about yourself.” According to the advice given to me over the years, I should keep the description short, preferably under two minutes. I should use buzzwords, such as assertive, dynamic,…

My Journey…

jour·ney /ˈjərnē/ noun 1. an act of traveling from one place to another. 2. an act of rebellion. 3. the act of growing up. My life was the perfect Master Plan. The design was flawless, aimed at maximum success by mid to late twenties. Get straight A`s. Go to a great university, utilize my passion…

Spotting the Hidden…

Here`s a trick to see the hidden: find yourself in familiar places, let life flow its way, and stop looking for anything! And just when you least expect it, you will find a random single shoe and an abandoned boot enjoying life, love in a bowl of cereal, followed by your soup protesting the act…

On Beauty and Body Shaming…

Before I begin, here are some facts. When I step on a scale, it shows my number is 180 lbs (roughly 80 kg). I wear clothes that range from size 10 to 14 (M to XL). I have a round butt and thick legs (courtesy of my Russian peasant ancestry). I have a belly and…

The Other…

The Others, and the Ultimate Other I apologize in advance for what I`m about to share. Everything I`ve written is solely based on my own observations and experiences, and it`s not intended as an insult to anyone. I welcome everyone to comment and share their thoughts. When I first moved to Canada, I had no…

Let`s Start The Journey…

Hi! Welcome, and thank you for stopping by! My name is Elina, I am a 28-year-old Latvian living in Canada since 2011. Welcome, and thank you for stopping by! The story of an immigrant is never easy to tell. We all leave our home countries for different reasons – love, work, adventure – but we…