High emotions, solidarity and a whole lot of self-reflection is how many would describe this year in a nutshell. Let’s be honest, this year has been tragic for many, but it has also opened our eyes to a lot of things about the world, our community and ourselves.
From witnessing the injustice that the black community has gone through for decades, the shift a global pandemic has made, a whole lot of devastating deaths and ongoing tragedies, this year felt like it would never come to an end. Every time you checked your phone or turned on the tv, all it was filled with was ongoing negative and disheartening news.
We saw heroic actions take place from health care workers, retail workers, strangers, neighbours, colleagues, family members, friends, social workers, students, teachers, business owners and so many more.
There is a lot that 2020 has taught us about our relationships, our values, our courage, and our passions. As we made our 2019 New Year’s resolutions, we had nothing but hope and faith jumping into the new year, knowing we would be faced with challenges along the way. But 2020, however, had different plans. If we could take away everything that happened this year, we would but we can’t so let’s look at the silver lining. From tough times comes tough lessons, personal growth, and many learning opportunities.
Here we are reflecting on what this crazy year has taught us.
2. Finding happiness in the simple things
You need darkness for there to be light, so when everything was closing and shutting down, we had to shift our focus onto something else besides our everyday lives. Small things like, the way the sun shines through your bedroom window, the way the fresh coffee grounds smell in the morning or even just delighting yourself in a zoom call with a family member, these small things showed us that we don’t need anything big to make us happy, it’s all within.
3. Actions matter more than words
Dreaming is different than doing, thinking something is different than showing up and being there for someone during their tough times. As the world keeps shifting and changing daily, we saw people that have never met, come together to fight for the same equality and justice. People from every corner of the world came together to fight for the same thing, whether that was through wearing a mask and keeping your distance or fighting for the injustice of the black community, the world supported one another.
4.Different times reveal the truth
It’s funny how 2020 opened our eyes to a lot of new things in our lives. Did any of your friendships or relationships fizzle out during this year or surprisingly reignite and grow stronger than ever during this year?
5 Follow Your Passions
Do the things that light a fire in your heart. This year showed us just how much time we can have. Being stuck inside for days to weeks helped reignite that creativity we use to experience as a young child. Our imagination went wild when it came to the things, we realized that we really wanted to do with our lives.
This year showed us we need to give ourselves time to breathe in and breathe out. A time to focus on our physical health but more importantly our mental health. It showed us that even if we are working daily and interacting with others, there could be some internal issues that need to be focused on. With being in lockdown, it gave us tons of time for self-reflection and growth.
You got one life baby! So why not live in the way you want to? The year 2020 showed us that this is your life, and it can be lived whichever way you envision it. It helps us to stop being afraid of owning your authentic self and to start living and embodying who we truly are.
8.Never Stop Learning
Heck, when you get bored, what’s the best thing to do to fill your time? Learn!
We all tend to say, well if I had time, I would love to learn how to do that. Well, this year has given you the opportunity to take up something new, whether that be baking, karate, singing or learning more about yourself, this year has been helpful with that!
I know I’ve done it; I usually don’t acknowledge all the things I do have in my life. This year showed me how amazing life can be when you start realizing all the things you have. And I’m not taking about a Nintendo switch or the newest X-Box game, I’m taking about the small things. Clean water, a roof over your head and food in your belly. These are small things that help me realized how good my life is.
What 2020 has taught us might be different from what it taught you, but this year has still been a year of self-growth and eye-opening things that happened in the world that put things in a new perspective for us. What has 2020 taught you? Leave us an answer in the comments below!
The holidays are a time for celebration and to get together with family. We share a meal, catch up with each other, and enjoy the company.
Although, sometimes, the holidays can come with a lot of stress. Whether you're the one preparing the feast, interacting with difficult family members and being overwhelmed by a room full of people, the holidays can be a little stressful.
Since Windsor just recently went in lockdown, we know some of you are stuck with what to do with your holidays but whether you are having family gathering, or you're spending it in lockdown, here are some tips to help the day go as smooth and painless as possible.
Here are some tips if you’re having a family gathering this year:
If you're the one preparing the big feast, try to prepare as many meals ahead of time.
Cooking a turkey is time-consuming.
A lot of people tend to cook the turkey and other oversized items the day of.
They spend the majority of the day in the kitchen and not enough time enjoying company.
If you're one of these people, try to prepare as much food as you can a day or two before and put in the oven or zap it in the microwave when it's almost time to eat.
Don't be afraid to cook and carve that turkey a day ahead and heat it the next day in the oven. It will still turn out delicious and you can enjoy your company.
Don't be afraid to accept help from others.
If your mother-in-law pops her head in the kitchen and offers to help you, it's very easy to shoo her off and say, "I've got this."
But giving them tasks like preparing the salad or setting the table can help meal prep go smoother.
Don't be afraid to step out. This goes for anyone. If you feel overwhelmed by the number of people in the room, whether you're celebrating at your house or someone else's, it's very easy to feel a little claustrophobic.
Don't be afraid to “hideaway” for a moment to collect yourself.
Find a place where you can get some space. Sit in an empty bedroom or bathroom or stand on the front porch to get some air, for example.
This can give you a space to get away from the hustle and bustle inside the house.
Remember that everyone will leave.
Some family members are difficult to deal with. No matter what, they will always feel the need to put their 2 cents into everything. They'll judge how your house looks, the way you prepared the food, and what you should and shouldn’t be doing.
The same goes for family members who make comments or argue about opposing political views or lifestyle choices.
It's up to you whether to speak up if they cross a line. You might also decide to just let it slide depending on the comment, since you only see these people once or twice a year.
Remember that they will leave eventually and if you need to, remember to take a step back by finding a space to collect yourself.
Try to keep sensitive topics under control and off the table.
Due to lockdown restrictions, some of you might not be able to see family members during this time, so here are some tips on how to stay connected during a holiday in lockdown.
Call family members and friends
Take some time during the holidays to give warm wishes to family and friends by giving them a call, or a video chat to get some face time. This way, you can still see loved ones over the holidays while social distancing.
Socially Distant Visits or Gift Drop Off
Take a drive to see that family member or friend, but remember to keep your distance. Have them stay on their front porch while you greet them by keeping your distance a few feet away.
Or you can drop off their gift with a special note or card on their porch and greet them while they pick it up.
Just remember to keep it brief and wear a mask!
Christmas in the Spring
It might sound a little weird, but some people are opting to celebrate Christmas much later, once restrictions are lifted and once it’s nicer so people can gather outdoors. This may not be ideal when it comes to exchanging gifts since you only have 30 days to return items, but celebrations can happen anytime of the year. And in a weird year like 2020, why not celebrate Christmas after December 25th?
The holidays are a time to laugh and spend time with family. Whether you’re gathering together, or spending it in lockdown, the tips above should help with whatever situation you’re in.
From all of us at FABU, Happy Holidays!
YOU WILL NEED:
-Ghirardelli Semi-Sweet Chocolate Baking Bar
TO MAKE THE BROWNIES
4 ounces Ghirardelli Semi-Sweet Chocolate Baking Bar
1/2 cup (1 stick)Butter, unsalted, cut into pieces
1 cup Brown sugar, dark or light, packed
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons All-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoonBaking powder
1/2 cup Ghirardelli Semi-Sweet Chocolate Baking Chips
ONCE BROWNIES ARE COOKED:
-Cut them into triangles
-Then add your green icing in the format of a Christmas tree
-Add your sprinkles
-Add your Candy Canes (CUT IN HALF)
Santa doesn’t need Rudolph’s nose to find Leamington this Christmas.
For over a year or so, light pollution has been under investigation in the Kingsville/Leamington area. It has been the center of many complaints among its residents.
What is often dubbed as the “Leamington Glow”, this occurrence is essentially an orange, yellow or sometimes purple light that illuminates the sky at night due to the heating lamps in greenhouses to stimulate growth during colder months.
The greenhouse industry in the area is growing, and so is the amount of attention. The glow has even caught the attention of residents across the border.
Channel 4, the local NBC affiliate in Detroit, made a whole news segment about the glow, coining the term “Southern Lights” when discussing them during a segment that aired on November 25.
After a few years of resident complaints, enough was enough.
According to the Windsor Star, Leamington proposed a bylaw that would require greenhouse owners to install blackout curtains on the walls of their greenhouses by April 2021 and ceilings by October 2021. It also must be closed from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. to block all light from shining on neighbouring properties or into the sky at night.
Christmas came early for Leamington because by Tuesday, December 8, Leamington Council passed the bylaw for greenhouses to eliminate 90 percent of the light coming from their facilities between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.
If a greenhouse doesn’t have the proper curtains in place, it will not be allowed to operate the lights and subject to a $1000 fine each day.
It looks like the people of Leamington will finally be getting their wish this year. By 2021, the Leamington glow will finally extinguish, and the sky will be dark once again.
Tell us in the comments if you can see the lights from where you are, and let us know what you think of the lights and if you’re looking forward to dark skies again in Leamington.
Here’s what you’ll need:
You’re busy, you’re stressed and guess what, you’re definitely not in the mood for anything. It seems that science has it fully figured out when it’s comes to helping men’s boners stand at full attention, but when it comes to a women’s sexuality, things start to become a little more complicated.
One of the reason’s that women’s sex drives are not as high as the opposite sex, is potentially due to psychological, physical, and emotional stress. Many experts believe a combination of things influence the libido and with emotional and mental stress being a leading cause, this is one of the many reasons why you’re never in the mood. According to webmd.com, a recent study showed that nearly one-third of women ages 18 to 59 suffer from a lost interest in sex.
So how do you fix it? Well, no one has the ultimate answer to how you can magically make your libido go up, but here are some of the reasons that many experts have collected over the years as to why your sex drive has potentially, driven away.
There are many more reasons why your sex drive many be low, including low self esteem, previous negative experience with sex, post menopausal, pain during sex or maybe you just had surgery. Many things can lower your sex drive and the stress behind it all can lead to you having no desire for it.
Photo courtesy of Windsorite.ca
Despite the ever changing restrictions to COVID-19, The Santa Claus Parade, the event which brings families out for the chance to see the big man in the red suit, will be held tomorrow at 6 p.m. at the St. Clair College Windsor Campus.
This colourful, magical and jolly event will be a reverse parade this year, meaning the parade floats will be stationary while people will have the opportunity to drive around the floats with their families to view them.
Anyone interested in driving through the parade has to pre-book their free tickets and schedule a designated time at https://www.stclaircollege.ca/2020-parade. To avoid congestion and long wait times there will be 30 minute time blocks for families to view the parade.
All people attending are only allowed to enter the parade route from the entrance located on Cabana Rd. Walkers and bikers are permitted from entering the parade. If you would like to attend but are unable to, it will be screened on YourTV Windsor later in December.
With Christmas right around the corner, one charity that should be highlighted is The Shoebox Project.
The Shoebox Project's mission is to give gifts to women who are experiencing homelessness, poverty, or are staying in a shelter during the holidays.
Approximately 200 people are struggling with homelessness in Windsor alone and according to the City Of Windsor Homelessness Point In Time Count, 25 per cent of them are women.
Up until this day, The Shoebox Project has collected and distributed approximately 245,000 shoeboxes. Each box is valued at $50 and is designed to increase self-esteem and decrease feelings of loneliness and isolation around the holidays.
Individuals can fill a box with items that women need in previous years, include a handwritten card and wrap it in your favourite wrapping paper.
However, this year will be different due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, you can donate by visiting their website shoeboxproject.com to build a virtual shoebox.
The process begins by selecting your location, through the website you can choose to fill your box with different item options in each category.
The categories are something useful, something warm, something luxurious and a gift card of your choice. You can also include a note or digital card to add that extra special touch and hopefully make a woman's day.
With many making boxes throughout the holiday season, there is also the option to just leave a monetary donation or a gift card donation.
Homelessness is such a prevalent topic in today's society. This organization is doing all it can to let local women know they have not been forgotten about during the holiday season.
Visit their website and follow the steps to support their cause and help women less fortunate feel valued and appreciated this Christmas.