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Freelance Writer (Lifestyle, Mental Health, Relationships, Business, and Animals) | Editor-in-Chief — Creatures | CEO — Build Your Voice (BYV)

Entrepreneur | Freelancer

Your quirky Canadian

Hey everyone,

It’s lovely to meet you all! My name’s Darby Days, I’m a 22-year-old writer, editor, and creative mentor. I live in Toronto with my two cats, two rabbits, and one monkey (my partner).

Me as an individual in short:

  • I’m an animal enthusiast, mental health advocate, and unqualified therapist to friends and family.
  • I’d like to think of my three descriptors as quirky, funny, and caring.
  • I’m very open about having Generalized Anxiety, OCD, and PTSD.
  • My favourite foods are spaghetti bolognese, red curry, and Wendy’s burgers.
  • My biggest accomplishments are my Medium publication ‘Creatures’, my online initiative…


Build your voice | Online initiative

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To join BYV, click here: https://www.patreon.com/darbydays

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Build Your Voice (BYV) is an online initiative that supports creators in their personal branding journeys (no, these aren’t voice classes LOL).

This initiative isn’t just for Creatures writers, it’s for anyone. BYV is for individuals who want to learn about their voice, want to explore who they are and how they can speak their minds. It’s for creatives who need support, aspirational entrepreneurs, and professional writers seeking an alternative perspective.

I deeply understand how difficult it is to build up the courage to speak your mind, how overwhelming it is to join a community and shape a brand…


Animal Advocacy | Humor | Anecdote

How a raccoon stumped me

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Toronto brought beautiful weather this afternoon; a perfect day to have the screen door cracked. And of course, as my partner and I are obsessed with our kitties, we had to ensure they experienced this bliss to the fullest.

We decided to build a makeshift ‘observation deck’ for our three ladies to enjoy. The deck consisted of a hefty delivery box and a plush blanket, pressed against the open-air screen.

With the sun beaming through the mesh and the warm breeze grazing their whiskers, it’s safe to say our invention was a hit!

Little did we know, the observation deck…


Self Improvement | Perspective | Lifestyle

Finding silver linings in dark times

Photo by Andrew Neel on Unsplash

Yes, I just got fired. This is my first experience of the sort. It all happened so fast — one minute I was receiving the news that I failed the training program, the next I was walking out the door jobless…papers signed and all.

Frankly, I was relieved. I’d been miserable in the position for a while.

I didn’t have the best relationship with my trainer, this job was the biggest learning curve I’d ever taken on, and my tactics for handling the whole experience weren’t ideal.

I knew I was going to fail due to all of these variables…


Disability rights

Photo by Lauren Rachael Photography/used with permission

I never have to think about life in my day-to-day existence, I just live. I can go into any store, I can walk down any street, and I can talk to most people and feel respected. And though I wouldn’t describe myself as ableist, I can’t say that I have been a trustworthy advocate for accessibility and disability rights.

I have watched people in wheelchairs wait outside of a store while their loved one ran an errand because there were steps to enter the building… I have watched this and said nothing, felt nothing. This is a problem.


Newsletter | Animal training

One of our writers has started a new project! Let’s support her endeavour!

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Hello Creatures community,

I hope you’re doing well!

I have a fantastic writer who is ready to take on some beta-clients for her latest project:

“At the moment I have just set up an online program teaching the basics of dog dancing. Part of the package includes membership to a private facebook group where I plan to have informative posts and guest speakers.”

She’s looking for dog owners who are interested in trying the program for a DISCOUNTED PRICE. In return, you provide her with photos and videos of you and your pet’s progress in learning dog dancing.

If you are interested in participating, contact Nicola at: nikki_478@hotmail.co.uk


Education | Pet ownership

Tips on improving a stereotypically traumatic experience

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No matter how hard we try, our pets will at some point need medical attention. Unfortunately, medicating your pet can be difficult and stressful; most animal medications have poor mouth taste and feel, and administering prescriptions is a whole other obstacle.

Thankfully, over the years of working as a Veterinary Assistant and through fostering animals, I’ve identified multiple strategies that help make medicating your pet stress-free.

Let’s get started!

The Meatball — Put your pet’s medication into the centre of a wet food ball.

Supplies:

  • Wet food
  • Your pet’s medication
  • A spoon
  • A bowl or plate
  • Gloves (if you don’t want to get your hands dirty)
  • Your pet’s regular food bowl

How to:

  1. Scoop a heaping tablespoon of…


Newsletter | Build Your Voice

As Creatures writers and supporters, you are the perfect candidates for this initiative!

“The two-way nature of this course was what made it worth paying for. One of the unique values for me, given my personal situation, was the chance to push myself into interaction, even though I had trouble with full participation.

I may have had ‘brain freeze’ during the course, but it unlocked my inner writer, and I’ve been writing madly every day since. I have 4 blog posts I am pretty sure I will have the nerve to post. I didn’t just learn from you, Darby, I learned from every other member of the class. I really value being part…


Humor | Mental health

Thinking of life in a different light

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It’s been over a decade now… Over a decade of treatments, therapy programs, and living with multiple diagnoses. You’d think after all this chaos I would be ‘cured’ or ‘stable’, yet, that’s far from the truth.

My brain is hardwired to think of life in the most pessimistic and dark fashion — Glass half full? More like, glass empty, smashed on the ground, and covered in spit.

Nevertheless, I’m at a point in my life where going to therapy is just as important as accepting who I am. …


Interview | Public Relations

Advice from a PR Specialist

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Are you interested in becoming an entrepreneur? Are you looking to build a personal brand? Then this article is a perfect read!

I recently interviewed a skillful public relations specialist, Jessica Santa, on how to effectively build a personal brand. Jessica works as a music publicist for two different PR agencies. She connects with numerous brands and artists across Canada and internationally, working to gain them press through traditional and online means.

I, myself, am working towards the goal of having a self-sustaining brand, but I’ve been struggling with growing my online presence. …

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