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Probably unpopular opinions of a Personal-Growth addict

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I may get some hate for saying some of the things I’m about to talk about, but at this point, I’m done caring what others think of my opinions. It’s as simple as clicking away from the article if you read something you disagree with. But hey, here’s a little disclaimer just the same, in the spirit of being PC-ish:

The thoughts, ideas and opinions in the article below are mine and mine alone. I do not expect you to share them, and I am in no way insinuating that you must think or believe the same things, or that…


Hello, friends!

I’m Edie; thanks for stopping by!

I joined Medium back in June of 2019, have been on a bit of a topsy-turvy rollercoaster ride ever since. If you stick around, you’ll probably notice that sometimes I publish a lot, and other times, I can go for long dry spells. That’s just the multipotentialite in me getting wrapped up in other things (like building a business and publishing books).

A little about me…

Still trying to adjust to the empty-nester life, I live with my husband and fur-babies in Ontario, Canada. …


We go along to get along

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Individuality has been conditioned out of us — and it goes so much deeper than skin-deep. We truly do live in an age of appearances; the way others perceive us has always been fundamental to many of us. The sad thing is, this isn’t a new concept. Humans are a vain species, and we’ve been worried about the opinions of others probably as long as we’ve been walking upright.

You’ll find thousands of articles — in magazines (going as far back as the early 1800s), online forums, social media, and pretty much anywhere written word is published — talking about…


Keep the promises you make to yourself

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October 2017, I began (again) my journey. It wasn’t simply one of weight loss, but overall “whole” health.
I was determined, motivated (especially by the girl who stared back at me from the mirror — needless to say, I didn’t love her very much), and driven to find success; I found it. Unfortunately, it was rather short-lived.

Over the course of fourteen months, I pushed myself past those self-imposed limits I never knew were there. I stretched myself to new heights, constantly beat my personal bests, and reach that elusive ‘goal.’ Not only did I lose nearly 50 pounds, countless…


Some opinions should be kept to ourselves

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“Our mission is to help people find and share books they love.” — Goodreads

A fantastic concept and a marvellous mission. When some of my bookish friends told me about Goodreads and invited me to join them on it a few years ago, I was excited. I thought it was an excellent opportunity to become part of the “world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations.” I mean, what self-proclaimed book nerd wouldn’t?

It didn’t take very long for me to realize that what I had considered to be a sacred space for readers, was in fact, crawling with some…


The burden of grief

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How can the sun keep shining, rising, setting, it’s too bright now, too white, blinding, scorching. Let me burn, burn the hollow to ashes, burn the ashes to powder, to dust, fill the void with them, and flowers. Lots of flowers, yellow and pink and red and blue. They dance to the stings you pluck, in the wind that shouldn’t blow, on the grass that shouldn’t grow. I hear the fiddle singing, the banjo twanging, the harmonica whining. I hear the guitar strumming, in the kitchen, New Year’s Eve. The music, the laughter, the chatter, the love. Too many people…


Embrace your beautiful human imperfections

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Real life isn’t photoshopped!

For decades, we’ve been programmed and brain-washed into believing the simple-minded falsehood of how the ideal body should look—smooth, flawless skin, free of pimples and dimples, scars and stretch marks. I mean, god forbid you look human! Hide those nasty imperfections! Um…No. Just no.

We think it’s cute on baby bottoms—we ooh and ahh over their dimpled bums and Michelin Man rolls. But the moment an adult sports the same look, it becomes unsightly and shameful. Kind of makes you go, hmmm…

Media does a great job of teaching us that to be considered attractive, we have to hold a…


THE THINNING OF THE VEIL

Hollywood fiction versus historical fact

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Halloween. The spooky holiday. The one day of the year when we get to dress up as famous movie characters or superheroes, ghouls and creatures of the night, or even our favourite Starbucks drink, complete with cotton batting whipped cream topping. We pull our pillows out of their cases and make our way up and down the streets of our neighbourhood, begging for treats. Except for this year, as most cities have all but cancelled, or ‘postponed,’ one of the most anticipated — by children and adults alike — days of the year.

This is the month when scary movies…


Rebuilding in a never-ending apocalypse

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It’s been a long, hard ride, and it doesn’t look like it’s about to end anytime soon. I started 2020 with high hopes — the “year of clear vision,” I was told. Oh, the delusions.

It hit us out seemingly of nowhere — some harder than others — like something out of a Stephen King novel, only much more terrifying because reality is always scarier than fiction. There were no creatures coming out of the mist, no haunted hotels with decaying grannies, and no cursed strawberry pies. No, this was much worse, because it affected the entire world. Is there…

Edie Tuck

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