There is a recurring misconception that college students are doomed to a diet consisting of ready-made microwavable meals, ramen noodles, boxed cereal or daily runs to Starbucks, McDonalds and Tim Horton. Although diet was a big part of my lifestyle back home in Jamaica and I tried to have healthy, balanced meals daily, when I decided to go back to school I pretty much made up my mind that my healthy diet would have to take a back seat while I study as I would need to save money to pay for school and I also wouldn’t have time to…


Cherry blossom walk in High Park

When I decided to swap the easy going, laid back island life for the hustle and bustle of a big city life like Toronto, it was an initial struggle to navigate city life and take care of my “wellbeing”. My last article speaks about the power of mindfulness in a big city, https://medium.com/@dashofpaprika/the-power-of-mindfulness-when-moving-to-a-new-country-f42206ec1ef3?source=friends_link&sk=c349af47563dd568813873c69acf255a.

While mindfulness is so important, it is just a fraction of our wellness. According to World Health Organization, wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices towards a healthy and fulfilling life. Wellness is the general umbrella in which mindfulness falls under. To…


Change is inevitable and with any change comes stress and uncertainty. Whether it is a new job, a new home or even a new friend, change is a part of life. However when the change involves a move to a new country, new city or a new environment, the stress and uncertainty becomes tenfold. While there is the element of excitement about the possibilities and the opportunities for development, when reality hits, one is often left feeling anxious about whether or not they made the right decision and how they will cope being away from family, friends and everything that…


Toronto, Canada

It’s hard to believe that it has been more than six months since I left my home in Jamaica to embark on this crazy journey in a new country. It has been a long six months and I have learnt so much about myself as well as this beautiful country that I am in. If you are thinking of making the trip to Canada, especially Toronto, here is my list of the top 5 things Canadians want you to know.

1. Winter is real:

There is a reason this is number one on this list. It might have to do…


What did I get myself into?

As I write this, it is officially the first week of spring. The last couple months have been straight out of a nightmare at times. My first winter in Canada was not the best experience and it didn’t help that Toronto experienced the worst winter storms in ten years either. There were times I wanted to call it quits, pack my bags and go back to my tropical paradise (like seriously, what was I thinking?)

Now that I have passed the worst of it, I can use my experience to give tips to fellow newcomers on how to survive a…

Sherika “A dash of paprika”

Island girl from Jamaica on an adventure. Follow me as I navigate this crazy life.

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