Kyra Shaughnessy

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How Learning Languages Promotes Peace

Language has been a hot topic in Quebec (where I was born and raised) for as long as I can remember. I’ve had ample time and opportunity to mull over ever aspect of language as an element of culture and connection (or disconnection)...

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What if You Could Choose to “Live Your...

The conversation begins “wow, you mean you actually make a living doing this? You’re so lucky!” Lucky to do what I love, lucky to make ends meet as a young, female, independent singer-songwriter…”Lucky?” Well, I guess that’s one...

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What it Means to Be a Spiritual Activist

To Do or Not to Do To put it mildly, there is a bit of an obsession with “doing” in the current market culture. Productivity levels, infinite growth as a norm, success as climbing the social ladder. We are encouraged to use our time to...

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20 Ways to Let Go of Stress

Sometimes it seems like people are living their lives at breakneck speed. Perhaps it’s because we’re trying to match paces with technological advancements that require us to be in communication and “on top of things” 24/7. Maybe...

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Writing Great Songs Without Music Theory

Everyone has their own process when it comes to writing, be it song-writing, creative writing or writing a thesis. As a self-taught musician I’ve never had a very technical approach. I find a lot of people feel intimidated about getting...

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Are you Blocking Your Own Creative Flow?

I’m writing about this because one of the biggest, baddest monsters under the bed of most creative writers is the desire to please others. One of the most inspiration-crushing reflexes of the artist is to analyze and judge everything that...