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

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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…

Self-love | Mental health

Use this strategy to transform your self-esteem

Photo by Billie on Unsplash

I’ve gained 50+ pounds since the first Toronto lockdown in March of 2020. I wish I could say that I’m thriving in this new body, but that’s not the case. These past 365 days have been hellish for my self-esteem and body image.

I grew up being stick thin; I could eat anything I wanted and not stretch an inch. Throughout University my metabolism started to slow, but Coronavirus has officially thrown my skinny-bod out the window. Now, I’m stuck here, trying to figure out how to not hate myself and the skin I wear.

I recently posted a picture…

Build your voice | Online initiative

Your questions answered

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To join BYV, click here:


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…

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.


Please give a warm welcome to our new team member Liz

Elizabeth Weiner, LCPC, M.S.

When I first joined Medium, I adored reading Creatures; it was the first publication I subscribed to. Eventually, I learned the ropes of Medium and realized I could submit my work. I’ll never forget how nervous I was submitting my first piece and how ecstatic I was to see it published. It is hard to believe I’ve come full circle and can now call myself an editor.

I graduated from The University of Maryland in 2005 and went on to obtain my Masters Degree in Psychology at Loyola University of Baltimore.

In my previous life, I was a practicing mental…


It will require many different tactics to get to our goal, and ensure care is accessible and available to all those in need.


Guest post by Phil Nichols — COO of Toronto Humane Society


Barriers to access to veterinary care have been a growing topic of conversation in the animal welfare industry, increasingly so over the last few years. It is a topic I think everyone needs to be aware of and understand. Today, however, I don’t want to get into great detail about all the ins and outs, if you are interested in that, there is a wonderful publication that does great justice to the issue and can be found here. Today, I want to talk about one barrier, the top barrier, and look at it a bit deeper than what may…

Newsletter | Creatures

With love and support from the team members at Creatures


*Update July 1st, 2021*

Creatures is not currently accepting new writer submissions. All new writer submissions sent to the email provided in our guidelines, will not be responded to at this time.

We appreciate your interest in writing for our pub, and we hope to open new writer submissions in the future. However, in the meantime, please keep an eye on this page for updates on our community.


These facts will keep you and your pet calm in trying times


Three weeks ago we took in our latest foster animal, Roscoe. Roscoe is a two-year-old lab mix from Florida. He wasn’t quite ready for adoption when he arrived in Toronto, due to his emaciation and diarrhea. As soon as I heard about his case, I knew he was the perfect fit for our home; I am an expert at making animals fat haha!

It had been about a year since our last canine foster contract; needless to say, I was ecstatic about the opportunity.

Soon after we picked him up, I remembered how much effort goes into caring for a…

Newsletter | BYV

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Attention Creatures writers and supporters!!!

All May BYV interviews are now available to the public. There are 3+ hours of footage and 5 professional perspectives at your fingertips!

I would love to hear your thoughts and feedback. Links are listed below!

Jordan Hart (Musician & Producer) —

Zulie Rane (Writer & Content Creator) —

Kern Carter (Author & Publisher) —

Jared Brookes (Photographer & Creative) —

Jessica Santa (PR Specialist) —

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