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Mental health isn’t always easy to talk about. So why is that? Is it because mental health issues aren’t always as visible as physical injuries? Is it because of cultural & societal expectations to have everything together? Is it because mental health isn’t part of a standard high school curriculum?

Let me share some stats. In any given year, 1 in 5 Canadians experience mental illness/addiction and 5 in 5 experience mental health. We all experience mental health! Whether it’s stress, anxiety, depression or another form, it’s important to recognize that experiencing mental health is *normal*. …


Iconic moment from the 2018–2019 NBA season

Following the fun and positive reception of 2018’s year-in-review, I’d like to share some highlights from 2019. Hope you enjoy!

1. Year of the Raptors!

As a basketball superfan, I have to recognize the incredible success of the Toronto Raptors in 2019. WE WON THE FREAKING NBA CHAMPIONSHIP!!! For a franchise that’s been considered the laughing stock to the rest of the NBA, winning a championship is the highest accomplishment there is.


Favourite photo from the 2017–2018 NBA season

As 2018 comes to a close, I’d like a chance to reflect on the past 12 months. In my usual basketball-infused style, I’ll be drawing inspiration from Zach Lowe and his popular 10 things I like and don’t like basketball column. Rather than just sharing fresh insights from the world of basketball, I’ll be recounting some important, recurring themes that were important to me in 2018. Let’s dive in.

  1. Mental Health.

Okay, 2018 was a BIG year for my role in mental health. For those that don’t know, I’ve been working on a mental health initiative since September 2018 and…


Often in life, we encounter other people who tell us about their lives or perhaps make suggestions about what we should be doing differently. It’s easy to forget at times that the opinions of others are simply that — mere opinions. They do not constitute the cheat code to life (there isn’t one) that we must follow to succeed and get where we want to go. And although the opinions of others can be beneficial, there are a few reasons why we should be a bit cautious.

  1. People’s opinions are not accurate representations of what actually happened.
    People lie okay. The…


It’s easy to talk with people you are close with and have known for years, but how much detail can there be in a conversation with a complete stranger? Simply put, a lot. Well depending on the circumstances and how comfortable you are talking with ‘unfamiliar individuals’ (and how comfortable they are talking with you), it can be really simple and even rewarding.

I don’t know exactly why, but in my experience people tend to exclude themselves to a small circle of friends that they feel comfortable with and talk with no one else. Ok, that statement is a bit…

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