Getting a new family member is always extremely exciting, but it can also be quite daunting – especially if it is for the first time. This applies to new human family members, yes, but it also applies to new animal family members. In the days before picking up our first cat, Onyx, I was so nervous. What would she be like? Would she like us? Would I like her? Onyx was around 5 years old when we picked her up from her foster home. She had found life in the rescue centre very stressful and was placed with a family in a flat. We did not know much about her history; she was a clean slate for us but we knew she’s had 5 years of experiences. So for anyone else facing the same situation as we were, I wanted to give some advice on how to introduce your new cat into your home.
You may have never heard about Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). It’s not something that’s often talked about in wider society, but as someone who works in Pediatrics (young people’s health services) I hear the term used frequently. I even have the disorder myself. A lot of children and adults don’t know about the condition until they come to our services, so I decided to write a brief explanation of what the condition is, and what it means for adults and children with the condition.
If you want my honest opinion, I could not recommend quitting enough. I have seen so many benefits that made me wish I had quit sooner. I have been smoke free since January 1, 2018, and I feel so much better in myself. Here are just a small handful of things that I have noticed since quitting:
Judging by the title, I wouldn't blame you for thinking this is going to be a rage piece—a rant against cis LGB people. It's not. I've come to terms with the fact that, as a trans person, I have to be cautious of every single cis person I meet, regardless of whether they are also LGB. I want to explain what I mean by that, because there is every chance that there is a cis LGB person reading this and thinking, "but why? we're in the same community," and you wouldn't be wrong, but for trans people it's not that simple.
For the past three years I've had a part time job as a bartender to get me through university. This summer I'm about to graduate, which means leaving the bar work behind me for a full time job. I wanted to look back on the past three years and think about what advice I would give to past me to save myself (and you) some aggro. So I've compiled a list of 10 things you should know about bar tending based on my own experiences on the front line.
Rose Quartz is widely regarded as the ultimate love crystal; it attracts love to the beholder, encourages them to be loving to others, and encourages self-love.