© Depositphotos.com/Ksuksann You're my hero if you've ever…. spoken or performed in front of a crowd of enough people that it scared you eaten some questionable local delicacy just to appease your hosts moved to another part of the country, or a whole *new* country for the sake of school, a job, or love left… Read More

© Depositphotos.com/Yaruta So I'm driving in Calgary last month, I pull up to a stop light and I see a truck parked across the way that says Men in Kilts Window Cleaning. I look up and sure enough, there's a dude in a kilt, cleaning the windows of an office building. I can't say whether… Read More

© Depositphotos.com/IgorKlimov A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post called "You'll always fail - a love letter" and it sparked some interesting offshoot conversations around the concept of bravery which got me thinking… It's easy to think of bravery as something reserved for soldiers going out to battle or someone saving a child… Read More

Picture this: I'm standing on stage, 12 years old, shoulder to shoulder with a few of my classmates who are also trying out for a part in our annual school musical. I had never sung in public before but I kinda wanted one of the good roles in the musical, so I kinda had to… Read More

Three years ago I wrote this post called Death By Desk Job. I ended it leaving people dangling…with a promise to continue the conversation. It took me three years to want to circle back and continue on the topic. I don't know why…but I'm a listen-to-your-gut kinda girl. So here we are. And here I… Read More

I used to get stopped by this insanely chatty guy in Peru when I was walking the dog. Well, he didn't exactly stop me....rather he'd start talking to me and fall into step beside me and then basically keep me hostage for up to an hour. Even as I was walking away up the stairs… Read More

Image from Neato Shop   You have a good heart. (If you're bitchy, petty, or overly judgemental...move along. Nothing to see here.) Really, you have a good heart. So when the shit hits the fan, take the high road. Always. There's not a single good thing that can come of meeting negativity with negativity, so… Read More

I have a funny relationship with Twitter. I love it, and I want to be on it, but I often forget that it exists. Then I go on there randomly once every ten days and discover all this amazing stuff. I binge on my Twitter feed like my dog on horse poo when he stumbles… Read More

If you’re new around here, this is the best way to get caught up with the happenings of the Republic. Below are half of my most popular posts, as decided by you, my readers. Poke around – I hope you find some ideas that resonate.  … Read More

Remember when you were a teenager and you did a lot of dumb shit? Anything from the sin of terrible fashion to large scale dumbassery (like that time they called the po po)? Don't deny it, friend - not one of us made it through that evolution unscathed by the occasional #FAIL. True, the happiest times...but… Read More

Lately I've been getting loads of questions from my readers so every few weeks I like to grab a tough one and give it a stab here on the blog. This one is from Kate U who works in a steady job that she doesn't really like who asked, "How do I overcome my addiction… Read More

It's a bit crazy to imagine, but it's only been about a decade and a half since the prospect of running an online business became a reality. It used to be that you had to get an MBA to learn about business principals, or come from a family of small business owners who taught you… Read More