that’s not what I wanted

Sometimes life has a way of leading you down a different road than the one you thought you were traveling. Maybe it takes twists and turns you follow because you are avoiding something else…maybe it just is. The harder you try, the more amplified any obstacle will become. Recently, I’ve been working so hard at…



are you thinking too much

As an introvert, sometimes I think too much. A defining attribute for us introverts but a little balance is good too! Thinking is not a bad thing if it is solution oriented. It can otherwise lead to a downward spiral. It’s obsessive and compulsive behaviour and can be changed. It can paralyse and lead to…

gone fishing – so to speak

I’ve taken a little hiatus but it’s nothing to worry about. Over the summer months, I tend not to blog as often on cope with life and focus on simply stephen, my site about green and off grid minimal living in my tiny home (an RV). The reverse is often true for the winter when…

introverts revolt, take back your personal space

This news flash is really nothing new. Today, I thought I’d encourage all introverts to speak out. I know it may not be something you are particularly good at but the effort will be worth the gain. As an introvert, I struggle to ask the extroverted world for a bit of space. It’s getting crowded…

when people don’t like your introverted talking style

I often find people get irritated with my style of speech. As an extreme introvert (and now that I live off grid in the woods), I don’t talk to people that often. When I do, sometimes I actually rant, rave and go off on tangents to get to my point. I think it’s because I…

being told you are NOT introverted (when you know you are)

Time after time people tell me “you are not introverted” and I resist the urge to explode. It’s not my job to justify, convince, educate and defend. Usually, I’m steaming when they insist they know introversion better than me (an extreme introvert who has studied the topic and read countless books – not to mention…

finally time to think: pros and cons of living off the grid

For those of you who don’t know, I recently pursued my dream and moved off the grid. I’m currently living in an 18 foot recreational vehicle on 100 beautiful acres in the Muskoka Region of Ontario, Canada. I’ve got forests, streams, rock faces and plenty of wildlife to enjoy. The region itself has lots of…

a long term approach to systematically dealing with depression and anxiety

In 2005 when I had my “big nervous breakdown” and depressive episode(s), I made a decision to focus on my mental and long term health. Permanently. It became my life goal to rid myself of depression anxiety and rediscover my purpose and passion in life, a life I was happy with. healing takes dedicated commitment…

the season of change

Spring brings about change… Like the changes you are seeing on the site. I told you they were coming along with (Lessons In Life) LiL Helpers, a free mini course with actions to help you cope with life. I wish I’d learnt some of them sooner.  Look for the sign up form soon. Did I…

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