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Gillian Farber

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My name is Gillian Farber and I am a Communications graduate from Wilfrid Laurier University. I was born in Toronto, Ontario and was brought up in Thornhill, a suburb just north of the city. Throughout my University career I was a feature writer for the Wilfrid Laurier student newspaper, The Cord. Recognized as one of Canada's most important and read student publications I wrote on a weekly basis about student life on campus. After graduation, I taught English to Elementary school students in Gwangju, South Korea for 2 years which is also where I met my British husband. I moved to Brighton, England after my teaching stint in Korea and lived there for another 2 years. We were married in Toronto, Canada in September 2014 and now have a partner in crime to venture the world with.
Why Did I Assume She Was His

Why Did I Assume She Was His Nanny?

I don't know about you but I feel like a real asshole assuming the Asian woman in BBC North Korea professor viral video was his nanny instead of his wife. I didn't even think twice when I was telling my co-worker she needs to watch a hilarious video clip, giggling at how the nanny scoops the kids up at the end. I even wondered if the father would be upset with the nanny for not monitoring the toddlers carefully enough while he was being interviewed on live TV. Sadly, it never occurred to me that the woman was his wife. Now I'm trying to figure out why.
03/16/2017 04:43 EDT
7 One-Of-A-Kind Gifts For The Holiday

7 One-Of-A-Kind Gifts For The Holiday Season

Rather than spending hours searching online or actually entering a shopping mall (but let's be honest, no one is leaving their house in a blizzard) I've taken the time to narrow down the extensive list to seven one-of-a-kind, out-of-the-box gift ideas for personalities of all types. You're welcome.
12/20/2016 01:16 EST
Self-Care Keeps Me Healthy (And Sane) Amid The Holiday

Self-Care Keeps Me Healthy (And Sane) Amid The Holiday Chaos

For many the month is packed with running around shopping malls (like a lunatic), spending money (you don't have) and eating all of the food (all of it). We rarely remember to take care of the most important person in our lives: ourselves.
11/30/2016 01:20 EST
I Didn't Know How Addicted I Was To My Phone Until It

I Didn't Know How Addicted I Was To My Phone Until It Broke

Whether it's pleasure, convenience, acceptance or all three, consumers have been made to feel like they constantly need a distraction in their lives. I know I'm dependent on my phone but I didn't know how much it truly impacted my life and my ability to be present in the moment.
05/03/2016 02:17 EDT
How Consumers Can Do Their Part To Protect Our

How Consumers Can Do Their Part To Protect Our Earth

With Earth Day quickly approaching, it's time we take a good look at our own lives and what we are doing personally to help make the world a better place for future generations. Here is a list of five eco-friendly gadgets and companies working towards a sustainable, long term, green solution to climate change.
04/04/2016 04:44 EDT
8 Gift Ideas For Every Personality On Your

8 Gift Ideas For Every Personality On Your List

Taking into consideration all of the diverse character traits that make up our boyfriends, girlfriends, husbands, wives, or even our stubborn best friend, I've put together a list of gift ideas fit for each unique personality -- for him and her.
12/18/2015 03:36 EST
Charity Isn't Just About Giving

Charity Isn't Just About Giving Money

Charity should not just be about giving away money, rather, one can give away almost anything to anyone in need. I'm not saying don't give -- I'm saying to do your research to find something that has importance and to give with thoughtfulness, true spirit and a genuine desire to help.
10/21/2015 05:08 EDT
10 Unique Gift Ideas for Every Type of

10 Unique Gift Ideas for Every Type of Mom

I've taken it upon myself to shamelessly type cast 10 different mom-personalities and came up with a helpful list you last minute mother's day shoppers might find useful... if you have a mother who falls under one of these categories, of course.
05/08/2015 05:12 EDT
7 Bold Summer Drinks to Kick Off Patio

7 Bold Summer Drinks to Kick Off Patio Season

After enduring a long, brutally cold winter, nothing indicates summer more for Canadians than their first cocktail outside on a patio. "Patio weather" has not only become a common phrase for us Canadians but it's actually developed into its own season.
04/29/2015 05:30 EDT
10 Unique Ways to Stay Fit Without Joining a

10 Unique Ways to Stay Fit Without Joining a Gym

For all of you gym haters out there who may want to start working out but aren't quite sure where to start, here are ten unique and fun ways to get fit this spring and ready for the beach this summer -- without stepping foot inside a horrible death maze. I mean, gym.
04/12/2015 01:16 EDT
Planet of the

Planet of the Apps

The world is becoming increasingly mobile...literally. Seven billion people worldwide own a mobile phone and one in every
03/23/2015 04:03 EDT
How to Find the Perfect

How to Find the Perfect Jeans

Just like searching for a suitable partner, consumers ultimately want to find that one pair of jeans we simply cannot live without. So to help narrow your search for the perfect pair of denim jeans, here are some tips you may want to consider before buying into a never ending Canadian clothing staple for both men and women of all ages.
03/15/2015 11:16 EDT
Five Logical Ways to Recruit More Women in

Five Logical Ways to Recruit More Women in Technology

With International Women's Day quickly approaching, I felt it was important to shed a light on why some women in today's society are still feeling held back by barriers that seem to be embedded in professional environments, specifically in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
03/02/2015 06:09 EST
The

The "Ideal Female Body" Seems to Change With Every Timezone

Each and every country around the world has its own definition of beauty, and while I was living and working in South Korea, I discovered that was more evident than ever. The truth is, whether we'd like to admit it or not, aesthetics do matter and have a profound effect on our successes in the world.
01/22/2015 12:59 EST
A Jew's Guide to Unique Christmas

A Jew's Guide to Unique Christmas Gifts

The holiday season is fast approaching, and if you are like me, it's hard to find the right gift for the right people. Growing up Jewish I never felt the excitement of waking up on Christmas day to heeps of colourful presents sitting under a big green tree. Instead, while Santa flew past my house, I endured eight days of singing infront of a candle lit Menorah with the family eating kosher food and missing a day or two of school.
12/04/2014 06:01 EST
The Addictive Nature of

The Addictive Nature of Instagram

Instagram has changed the way people have viewed the world and each other. While some post shameless selfies, others use it for good or to allow people to open their minds to what else is out there.
10/05/2014 10:41 EDT
Five Great Expectations When Planning a Wedding

Five Great Expectations When Planning a Wedding Abroad

Living abroad is one thing -- planning a wedding from abroad is a whole other story. A very complicated, internet driven, blog obsessed story that involves checking your email 24/7 and a secret love affair with Pinterest. So from one traveller/amateur bride-to-be to another, here are my "Five Great Expectations" leading up to your big day.
07/31/2014 05:38 EDT
This Father's Day Give Dad Food Fit For a

This Father's Day Give Dad Food Fit For a King

Fathers (or at least mine) aren't very complex. One thing I know that can and will make my dad a very happy father, is simply good food. So for those of you who enjoy food as much as your dad, here are some do-it-yourself on budget ideas to help fill his belly this father's day (and yours too)!
06/12/2014 05:42 EDT
New Age Music With A Side of Meat

New Age Music With A Side of Meat Loaf

It's quite clear that musical tastes change with each generation and so do the outlets which allow music to be heard. I can understand why new age music might not be readily accepted by the older generation. Our ever changing music industry is constantly expanding into various avenues which make it easier for the average singer or talented artist to be discovered.
04/11/2014 03:49 EDT