“Don’t count the number of friends you have, but the number of friends you can count on.” – Unknown
I’m only 25, and I’ve experienced many ups and downs when it comes to friendship. Friends come and go; they’re close when distant, or lost in their own life without a worry for you.
I felt like writing this post because I have reached a point in my life where I have no time for nonsense people, and I genuinely appreciate the ones in my life that make me truly happy.
This post isn’t to bash any friends I have made in the past that aren’t in my life anymore, or to overly praise myself as being a great friend. I’ve made mistakes too, and still do. We’re all far from perfect, but there are definitely traits we all carry that make us immediately connect and stay with someone. These are just some important things I’ve learned in my bold age when it comes to friendship, and to keeping the ones that are genuine.
The hot weather is finally nice and consistent here in Toronto! If you follow my instagram @michxmash, you will notice a few of my recent posts have been me enjoying the “outdoors.” Here are a couple of crops I’ve been rocking so far!
I can’t believe I did it, but I purchased quite an expensive water bottle from S’Well. Similar to the S’well Founder’s aim, I want to stop using plastic water bottles. I have been provided 1L to 1.5L water bottles daily at work for the past 3 years, and always drink out of them. Little did I realize at the time I may have been harming my body more than doing it good from keeping hydrated.
A Little 101 on Plastic Bottles
Aside from the absolute waste of plastic us humans go through on the daily and the price we pay to have access to “fresh” Canadian water, it’s most likely we’ve been drinking from low quality plastic bottles. By this I mean they have Bisphenol A (BPA) and pthalates.
“Bisphenol A is just one chemical that’s been in the news — and in many plastic bottles — recently. This compound mimics estrogens (human female hormones) and has been linked to breast and ovarian cancers and childhood developmental problems. It is found in clear, hard polycarbonate plastic commonly used in household and commercial water coolers and some reusable bottles, and it’s just one potentially harmful substance associated with plastic containers.”
“[Pthalates] are commonly used in the U.S. to make plastics such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC) more flexible. Phthalates are also endocrine-disrupting chemicals that have been linked to a wide range of developmental and reproductive effects, including reduced sperm count, testicular abnormality and tumors, and gender development issues.”