Even though I enjoy my runs, there are times when I just don't feel like doing it. I would rather sleep, watch television, eat junk food or clean a toilet (yup, my lack of motivation has provided my family with a clean bowl or two).
How often do you say those three words, "I love you," without stopping to think about the fact that you love this person? Most of the time, right?
A tradition that has stood the test of time in Canada and the United States is a love for the yeast-brewed, amber, foamy liquid known universally as beer. It doesn't matter where you are in these countries, you can always be sure to find at least one place where you can grab a pint, mug, bottle or can. The microbial manufacturer responsible for beer, yeast, loves to evolve. Many strains have changed over the years as have the tastes of their final outcomes. However, there is one strain of yeast that has remained exactly the same for over 100 years.
Ray bans. Red vines. Go train station stops in the suburbs. Shorts and high heels. Green tea ice cream. Beautiful girls from countries I've never heard of. Fresh fish, cockroaches and late-night club crawlers in Chinatown. I'm Anjulie. I sing and write pop music. These are the images I have of my summers in Toronto and this was my soundtrack.
Despite efforts by many municipalities to make streets more bike-friendly, cyclists are still at a major disadvantage when sharing the road with motor vehicles. In my practice as a personal injury lawyer in Ontario, some of the most devastating injuries we come across involve cyclists struck by cars.
The first person you need to be kind to is yourself. It's been said you can't give away something you don't have. It's near impossible to be genuinely kind to others if you do not treat yourself well.
The one aspect I constantly struggle with every Ramadan is my clothing choice. I feel that if I am fasting, I should dress closer in accordance with the Muslim dress code. But is my ultimate goal that one day I will leave Ramadan dressing more conservatively for the rest of the year? I am not sure, but maybe.
Do you think most people are selfish? Do you have difficulty trusting people, even when they treat you with kindness? If so, research shows your attitude may be affecting your income.
Most times at shelters you can find me reading a book or attending art class. It's not just that I have no place to call home. It's the things I am exposed to and the challenges I have to face that make being homeless exceptionally difficult. My road to homelessness is painful to talk about.
I believe your generation will do a better job than mine at fixing the problem of gender inequality. So we turn to you. You are the promise for a more equal world. Great leaders don't just develop people like them, they develop everyone. If you want to be a great leader, develop the women -- as well as the men -- at your companies.
Do you love someone who has to be dragged kicking and screaming to parties, and then has to spend the next day alone so he or she can decompress?
On Father's Day, I posted a picture on my Facebook profile of my daughter and myself. Well this led to my Facebook inbox blowing up. Not only due to the fact that my daughter is beautiful (yes, I am very biased) but due to the fact that I removed my locs.
The Zarathustis, a small minority community who originate in ancient Persia and follow the Lord Zoroaster's teachings, gathered for an event of a lifetime set up within the 10 acres of beautiful lawns of their centre. It was to pay homage to the priests who serve with their hearts and help keep this 5000-year-old religion alive.
For everyone who celebrates this week in Toronto, Pride is a recognition of this country's endorsement of sexual freedom but it will also be a reminder of the challenging issues that remain unresolved. Pride is inevitably a conflicting emotion because choosing to be proud of one thing is also a choice to not be proud of something else. Although gay Palestinians may not be proud of how their culture treats homosexuality, the people I met are proud because they accept themselves for who they are. This is the nucleus of pride that can be seen clearly across borders, with or without persecution, occupation or inequality.
Yoga has taught me to own up to myself and who I am now. Not who I was or who I could be. I never shamed my body or hated it, but I'm glad to be at a happy relationship with it. I look at my big chubby body and am happy and content with it. I feel it is important to see bigger bodied people out there. When I first started yoga, it was very rare and uncommon to see bigger yogis practicing yoga. Now I am so ecstatic that there so many people who are trying yoga for themselves.
Being heavily involved in the world of barbecue I have discovered that many well-known barbecue tips are in fact untrue. Having been around the barbecue block, let me share my best advice with those of you that will be lighting up your barbecues this coming Canada Day:
The clitoris doesn't usually get a lot of press. It's usually upstaged by the vagina, which is usually left in the dust by the attention that the penis gets. Brace yourself for some facts and thoughts about the clitoris. As artist Sophia Wallace states, 'the clitoris is not a button, it's an iceberg.'
Summer is in full swing here in Toronto and fabulous events like Pride and the Pan Am games will be bringing lots of visitors to the city. That also means lots of traffic, which means it's time for me to get back on my bicycle.
While many of us are searching for romantic love, remember that true love comes in many different forms and circumstances. Getting more love in your life requires more than dating tips; you'll have to work at it and make some inner changes to find love that has deeper meaning.