A story about coping with loss and grief

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I love the French martini, but the French martini does not love me. It’s a dangerous delight. So dangerous, in fact, that my family now calls them by a new name… the fence martini.

The fence martini came into being a couple of months ago during a particularly stressful week. I was starting a new job and interviewing for another, which triggered so much anxiety that I barely slept.

To add to the work stress was fence stress. That week, I emailed back and forth with my neighbours about putting up a fence in the backyard. My boyfriend and I…

It’s not what I want, what I really, really want

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I joined TikTok about a year ago after several influencers I follow talked about the app on their Instagram and YouTube pages. I downloaded the app, intending to delete it later, but got stuck for two hours on the “for you” page. It’s easy to do. The content on TikTok is short and sweet, and the payoff for time spent is almost instant. If I’m not careful, I can fall victim to the vortex that is Tiktok; an app designed like a well-crafted marketing funnel. The funnel starts with one looped video. This video is just entertaining enough to keep…

From one new writer to another

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I am a new writer. I started on Medium two months ago. Since then, I have written 5 published articles. This will be my sixth.

When I started on Medium, I knew very little about the platform. I knew that it was a place where someone could easily and quickly publish their writing, but I had no idea what made someone a successful writer here. I knew nothing about curation or even that new writers could submit work to publications. …

One interpretation and what we can learn from it

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Last week saw the premiere of Angelita, a new short film starring social media creators Chelsea Yamase and Sam Kolder. The film, directed and shot by Josiah Gordon, is an incredibly thought-provoking piece that doesn’t run short of things to say despite its lack of dialogue. The story’s meaning is hinted at by the film’s creators but mostly left to the audience’s interpretation. Chelsea Yamase posted the film to Instagram on Tuesday and captioned it, “a story about depth, love and the decisions we make in pursuit of all things which require courage. Trust in the process. …

It’s all about the #piratelife

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Tattooed and bearded, the six-foot-two YouTuber Peter McKinnon looks every bit the part of a modern-day pirate. Decorated in rings and head to toe black, the man is uniformed and a true embodiment of the brand he promotes on social media.

Peter McKinnon has been a character of fascination for many. On YouTube Peter is captivatingly witty, humorous and charismatic. His passion and excitement for photography and video are truly contagious and he has a loyal following of ever-growing, engaged fans.

And then there are Peter’s two Instagram accounts. Both accounts are brimming with beautifully curated photos that showcase Peter’s…

How to figure out what you want to do with your life

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Turning 30 last year made my head spin. I was a university graduate who had decided to quit a career I spent 4 years in school for while still struggling with mounds of student debt and no savings. I felt like a complete failure.

I guess I just figured by 30 I would have it figured out. I thought I would be settled into a career that I love. I thought I would have travelled more than a handful of places and started the blog I’ve been wanting to write ever since I knew what a blog was. …

A story of tragedy, pain and guilt

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15 years ago my dog died and it was my fault. It was horrible and tragic and the guilt has been crushing. It’s my most painful memory.

To be honest, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to share this story. I’ve already written it, published it, re-edited and deleted it. I’ve been imagining someone reading these words and hating me. I think it’s because when I read these words I hate me.

How can someone be so careless with something they love?

I don’t know, but I was.

My dog’s name was Ben. He died because he was hit by…

Easy ways to earn money on your phone that require zero brainpower

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I am going to preface this article by stating that there are a lot of apps out there that are complete scams. I’m going to be honest, I’ve been pulled in by several apps claiming that you can make $1000 in a day. I mean, what if I could right? How stupid would I feel if it was real money and I didn’t even bother trying? Oh, the traps you can fall into with this thinking. If it sounds too good to be true, chances are it is. …

Kerri Kinney

Canadian-made adventurer, storyteller and obsessive list maker. I like to write about personal experiences, travel and random things I find on the internet.

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