Ximena González’s journey in becoming a journalist and staying true to herself

When Ximena González spent most of her early 20s dedicated to architecture, she never imagined she’d become a journalist.

Born and raised in Nayarit, a state on the west coast of Mexico, González, 38, moved to Calgary in…


Jordon Bourgeault always enjoyed art, but it wasn’t until a friend commissioned him a helmet to paint when he realized art could become his full-time job.

Bourgeault’s journey in becoming an artist –and one of the biggest Airbrush names in Western Canada — is showcased in the pilot episode of…


Cómo un barrio de Medellín superó la violencia y se convirtió en un punto internacional de arte urbano.

Para muchas personas, Colombia significa guerrillas, violencia y narcotraficantes.

Las series de televisión como Narcos sólo ayudan a perpetuar este estereotipo.

Sin embargo, lo que se ve en la televisión está en…


How one Colombian neighbourhood overcame violence to become an international urban art spot.

Operation Orion Mural by John Alexander Serna, “Chota 13” at the Comuna 13 in Medellin, Colombia. Photo by the author.

For many North Americans, Colombia has a bad reputation: gangs, violence, druglords, you name it. Television shows like Narcos don’t do it any help.

However, the Colombia depicted on TV is in the past. …


Nos engañaron para hacernos creer es mala.

Fotos por Alice Pasqual de Unsplash y Anna Shvets de Pexels. Gráfico por la autora.

A mis 23 años de edad, he escuchado a muchas mujeres en mi vida quejarse de su celulitis o piel de naranja, como le dicen en los anuncios y revistas.

Hablaban de cuánto aborrecían aquella “imperfección” y evitaban usar shorts o vestidos arriba…


Photos by Alice Pasqual from Unsplash and Anna Shvets from Pexels. Graphic by the author.

You were tricked into thinking it’s bad.

Growing up, I often heard the women in my life complain about having cellulite or orange skin, as magazines and advertisements call it.

They talked about how they despised the so-called imperfection and avoided wearing shorts or dresses above the knee to hide it.

When I was thirteen years old…


Toluca de Lerdo, Mexico. Photo by Ricardo Esquivel / Pexels.

On February 9th, Mexicans woke up to the news that Ingrid Escamilla, a 25-year-old was found dead in the north of Mexico City. Images of her violented body were found in Mexican tabloids, websites and social media.

Six days later, on Feb. 15, the entire country mourned over the death…


There are three major attachment styles: secure, avoidant and anxious. Image by Dallas Reedy/Unsplash.

Have you ever wondered why people jump from one relationship to another, why your friend always gets back with her/his ex after breaking up for the 5th time or why do some relationships really last forever?

There is a scientific answer to those questions: their attachment style.

But first, you…


I’m only 22, but I spent more than half of my life trying to lose weight.

When I was eight years old, on a Christmas eve, one of my aunts asked me what my bottom size was.

I felt ashamed of revealing I was a kid’s large since my other…

Andrea Juárez

Story teller & dessert lover. Born and raised in the Mexican sun, now living Canada’s roughest winters.

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