Rise Above

So today we decided to head out for lunch and go back to my favorite vegan restaurant in St. Catharines- Rise Above! They are fully plant based and have the most amazing and delicious food ever!

I’m going to be honest- not all places that have vegan food are good because a lot of places have very bland vegan options that really are not well done but Rise Above is totally different! I think one of the reasons their food is so delicious is because they make it themselves like even the vegan alternatives instead of using store bought stuff. It definitely makes a difference. Their food is so good most of the time I can’t even tell that it’s vegan and they don’t have the usual bland vegan options like salad (honestly no one wants that!) they have so many different and creative foods!

And their portions are amazing too! I usually eat way more than average and I rarely have food remaining after a meal but with this place I never seem to finish (which is great because I get to take it home and eat it again!)

Here are some pictures of the amazing food we had!!

If you’re ever in St. Catharines even if you’re not vegan I would still highly recommend checking out this place! I think you may be pleasantly surprised!

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Writer Survival 101 (Guest Post)

By Lisa Reynolds

The life of a writer is one of hard work and trying to get your work noticed. In such a highly populated field so many works are passed over simply because readers can only read so much at any given time. But if you keep going, you never know what is around the corner. So this article is not so much about how to get your books sold but more about how to keep going even when the sales are not what you dreamed they might be. The following is five tips to keep you smiling (and working!) when the chips aren’t rolling your way …

1. Remember Why You Began Writing In The First Place

OK, this tip is not going to be much use to you if you began writing with the main goal of becoming a best-selling author like Agatha Christie or James Patterson but it will if it wasn’t your first reason for entering the world of writing. Many successful writers including the two writers I have mentioned here didn’t achieve major success straightaway. But something keeps writers doing what they do even when their writing isn’t exactly financing enough Cornflakes. Usually it’s a love of the craft and especially a love for the characters they create. Nine times out of ten if a writer hasn’t this love, they don’t last very long. If money was the main aim after all we’d all have went into the business world or something. So when you are feeling disappointed with how things are going, remember what it is you love about writing and why you were attracted to it in the first place. It usually puts the fire back in your belly to keep going with your chosen craft.

2. Don’t Put Down The Achievements You Have Accomplished

As humans, many of us have a tendency to look at the glass as being half full. Instead if we think positively, we’ll find that we have accomplished a lot more than we first thought. For example blogging or publishing a book are accomplishments in and of themselves without the books being a worldwide hit with their covers pasted on the side of buses. The latter would be nice of course but dwelling on what you haven’t achieved won’t do you any good. Be proud of the things you have achieved and continue with a positive attitude to continue building your achievements. Try not to look at the negatives.

3. Write More, Think Less

Instead of thinking about the last book and how it’s success is going, start into the next book. As writers we go off in our own world when we’re writing so that would help rid yourself of any negative thoughts regarding sales or your work not being noticed. Many of us worry that we haven’t marketed our books enough when in reality it’s often more because there is so much choice and competition out there that our books are often not at the top of everyone’s list. But I was given this advice from a fellow writer and, I’ll share it here, to not worry about marketing past books and to just get on and finish the next one and get it out there. And I think that’s advice worth following.

4. Cherish The Readers You Have

You might want lots and lots of people reading your work and it would be great if there was. But remember that the people that are reading your work, however many that is, are taking time to do so. And time is the most precious gift one can give. So appreciate their time and support. Value them as readers and be proud that you created something that these people out there liked. And the more you write, the more people who will become familiar with your work too so keep writing and keep valuing every new reader.

5. Don’t Envy Other Authors

By this I don’t mean things such as ‘I wish I was as successful as they were’ or ‘I wish I could write like that’. That’s more of a compliment about fellow writers and it’s grand as long as you go back to your work after and continue on. What I really mean here is procrastinating and being so envious that it makes you think that your own work is worthless and that you aren’t a good writer. Or alternatively that you copy these writers and that doesn’t work well either because a writer always writes better when it’s their own writer’s voice, when it’s from the heart. Admire other writers, be playfully envious of their talents but never let it get to a stage where you give up on your own talents.

Remember that whether huge, in-between or small success is in the future that you have a voice and so much opportunity nowadays to get your work out there. Don’t give up on that. Though it might not seem it at times, you have a gift. Share it and don’t deprive the world of what you have to offer.

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Kristina Gallo

Before I start this post I just want to encourage you guys to check out Kristina’s work:

Her blog: https://kristinagallo.wordpress.com/

Her books: https://kristinagallo.wordpress.com/

As you guys know I’m always happy to support fellow bloggers when they have books out or are doing anything awesome and it turns out Kristina has a new book out that I read last week!

Kristina is a Croatian blogger and indie author who’s writing is mainly about psychology, sociology, human relations and society. She has not only a very thought provoking blog but an interesting new book out! Her latest book is also incredible thought provoking and is about a women trapped in an abusive relationship. It is incredibly realistic and no it’s not your usual guy meets girl story but I would highly recommend it because it gives a great insight into abusive relationships. If this is something you would be interested in reading about I would definitely recommend this book!

Here’s a link to her book: http://a.co/fGLoKcn

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Opher Goodwin

If you haven’t heard of Opher Goodwin you need to check him out right now before I get into this post!

Check out his blog here: https://opherworld.wordpress.com/

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So I finally finished Ebola in the Garden of Eden and I have to say it was absolutely phenomenal! Unfortunately, I have had the book for ages but I hadn’t been able to finish it because university was suffocating me!

Back to the book, it’s a futuristic book about The Synod which is a group of the most powerful politicians and science. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is into science, politics or futuristic books!

Also he has a bunch of other books in lots of different genres so check out the list and find something you like! He’s an amazing writer and I’m sure you won’t be disappointed!

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Top 5 Books You Have To Read Before Spring (Guest Post)

By Stefan

Whether you’re looking for the latest editions or want to catch up on some old classics that are
being resurrected thanks to television, you’re in good hands. In addition to getting your book
suggestions off celebrity snapchats, we’d also like you to check out our list of books to read this
autumn and not only be well-informed about the popular novels, but actually read some
awesome books!

Book #1: American Gods by Neil Gaiman

In case you still haven’t read American Gods, you simply must do it this autumn. Not only is
season 1 of a TV show of the same name based on Neil Gaiman’s novel out already to some
stellar reviews, but the book itself if worth a read, not once but at least twice to truly grasp all the
details and character development techniques that make American Gods one of the must-reads of
any season! If George R.R. Martin says it’s “original, engrossing and endlessly inventive”, you
know you’d be in for a real treat.

Book #2: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

If you want to be in the know and follow all the latest trends in books and TV shows, The
Handmaid’s Tale is a must, unless you went to high school in Canada, of course, which means
you’ve already read this Atwood classic first published in 1985. This dystopian novel set in the
near future follows the life of a woman forced to live as a concubine under a fundamentalist
dictatorship, and it tells a story of women subjected to severe misogyny.

Book #3: The Golden House by Salman Rushdie

Fear not, Rushdie stays true to his craft and doesn’t disappoint. This autumn give his The Golden
House a try for a story about a real estate mogul who moves his family into the United States and
installs them in a posh part of Manhattan. No amount of money or glitz and glamour can hide
deep, dark family secrets. You’re in for a thrilling ride!

Book #4: What Happened? by Hilary Rodham Clinton

If love stories are not your thing this autumn, maybe what happened during Clinton’s
unsuccessful bid for presidency in 2016 is more to your liking. If you’d like a peek behind the
scenes, look no further than this Simon & Schuster edition on political intrigue, ambition,
betrayal, and the turmoil that ensued. If you’re a fan of House of Cards, then What Happened is
the perfect choice for your autumn read now that the dust over the presidential election and
defeat has settled.

Book #5: Central Park by Guillaume Musso

Guillaume Musso is one of the most popular modern French writers and for a good reason! His
books are thrilling yet relatable, and all of them have that French je ne sais quoi about them. If
you’re looking for a romantic yet exciting autumn read, look no further than Musso’s Central
Park. Without revealing any spoilers, it’s Paris meets New York at its contemporary best. A love
story complicated by circumstance, Central Park is one of those books that you can get through
in one sitting.

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Great News – The Banning of Ivory and Tusks from Being Imported Into the U.S. – Change.Org

Finally some good news!!

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Ban elephant ivory and tusks from being imported into the U.S.

1M supporters

Petition update


Kathleen Martin
Vancouver, WA

28 Jan 2018 — After months of limbo, the Trump Administration just officially announced the reversal of the ban lift of African elephant trophy imports into the United States! This victory was won by you, and the more than 1.1 million Change.org supporters who rallied together to protect the threatened African elephant.

I started this petition because we are not powerless to effect change in any administration. Because of your incredible support, this is true, and our voices were heard! Thank you to every individual who signed and shared. Together we reversed a policy that would have been disastrous for the majestic African elephant, and I am so hopeful we changed this future together.

Thanks so much!

Kathleen Martin

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New Years Resolutions?

So I usually don’t like to make New Years resolutions because if I want to change something about my life I think I should do it whenever not at a specific time but I understand how a new year can serve as motivation for change for a lot of people and thought I would try it out myself!

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I decided to make some goals for the coming year and share them with you guys so we can take the journey together and see if I can stick to them or lose interest in a few weeks…

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And before I share my list I want to wish everyone else who has a resolution this year good luck!

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  1. Make more time for blogging
  2. Eat healthier
  3. Write at least one page a day
  4. Include new topics on the blog like recipes
  5. Study in advance and don’t leave assignments for last minute
  6. Explore more
  7. Read more
  8. Build a snowman (that one’s just for fun!)
  9. Don’t give up on German!
  10. Learn something new everyday
  11. Start a YouTube Channel over summer
  12. Support more blogs
  13. Get a job
  14. Be more communicative with my feelings instead of repressing everything

That’s it for now! Let’s see if I get through all of them… or any of them!

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Please help save the Elephants! They are being slaughtered! Please sign the petition!

We need all the support we can get!!

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Every day dozens of elephants are killed for the ivory from their tusks. [1] Unless we stop poaching for the ivory trade, elephants could be extinct within a few years. [2]

Shockingly, at the moment the UK is the largest exporter of carved ivory in the world. [3] But right now we’ve got an opportunity to stop that. The government is considering a ban, and this month they’re holding a consultation to find out what the public think. [4] They could then bring in a ban on trading ivory…OR they could do nothing.

Chris, that’s where you come in. If tens of thousands of us sign a petition, we can prove that there’s overwhelming public support for an ivory trade ban to help save elephants. Please will you sign today?

We all like to think of the UK as a country that does its bit to protect…

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Top 5 Dystopic Novels (Guest Post)

By Stefan

The Internet truly is a wondrous place. It gives us an opportunity to reconnect with family and friends,
find love via free singles dating sites, but most importantly, it allows us to lose ourselves; in the vast
ocean of breathtaking art. If you enjoy watching some of the popular movies and TV shows such as Black
Mirror, The Walking Dead, I Am Legend, and Blade Runner, you will definitely be interested in reading
these 5 amazing dystopian novels. Check out our top 5 list and see which one intrigues you the most.
We recommend them all!

5. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Yes, that new popular TV show with the same name was based on this masterpiece by Margaret
Atwood. This classic was originally published back in 1985 and it tells a heartbreaking story about a
dystopian world where women have absolutely no rights. It is a brutal and sad tale about a handmaid
named Offred who struggles to survive in the world completely dominated by men. It is a very powerful
and heavy read, so don’t be surprised if you get really emotional and angry.

4. Synanon Kid by C.A. Wittman
C.A. Wittman is a talented novelist who is inspired by dystopian worlds, dogmatic religion, corrupt
leaders and corporations, and secret pasts. She absolutely thrives on these ideas and her new novel,
Synanon Kid is an exhilarating story about a girl who was kidnapped during a visit to her uncle’s home in
Riverside Valley. She was abducted by two women, members of Synanon cult’s Kidsnatchers group. This
puzzling event changed her life forever. Synanon Kid is a dark, thought-provoking, and mysterious book
that certainly deserves to be on your bookshelf.

3. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
This brilliant book is a definite proof that Anthony Burgess was ahead of his time. As you probably
already know, this masterpiece inspired Stanley Kubrick to create a cult movie with the same name.
Anyway, this novel describes a very depressing dystopian future filled with countless ultra-violent gangs
who are terrorizing the entire England. The story is focused on a violent young man named Alex who is
the leader of his dreadful gang. After one of his "adventures" goes south, Alex gets himself arrested and
while doing his time in the prison, he becomes a subject of a new behavior modification experiment.

2. Unwind by Neal Shusterman
Unwind is a truly horrifyingly beautiful dystopian novel set in America after the civil war between Pro-
Life and Pro-Choice parties. As you probably guessed by now, it’s about abortion. After the war, two
factions managed to reach an agreement that guarantees a safe life for all the babies in the country.
However, the dark side of that covenant says that if these babies start causing problems when they
grow up, they have to be sent to an organ harvesting institution.

1. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro                                                                                                                  The innocent and rather careless beginning of this book may fool you, but you must never let your guard
down. This is a story about a young girl named Kathy who while attending a boarding school in England
finds herself in an awkward love triangle. However, as she grows older, Kathy and her friends start to realize that they are just pawns controlled by a dominant system. Their fate is being decided for them
while rebellion remains a distant dream.

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There Is A Place (Guest Post)

There is a place,

Where the moon

Isn’t afraid to say

How much it loves the stars


There is a place,

Made of glass

So aesthetic yet so fragile,


A promise which was meant to last forever

Didn’t matter anymore

And suddenly

And these pieces start to scream in dark

They scream for someone to hear them

To fix them back

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