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’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 (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…
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. …
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…
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…
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…
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) — https://lnkd.in/esBTA6u
Zulie Rane (Writer & Content Creator) — https://lnkd.in/eckTASA
Kern Carter (Author & Publisher) — https://lnkd.in/ekA2JeU
Jared Brookes (Photographer & Creative) — https://lnkd.in/e8PUmYZ
Jessica Santa (PR Specialist) — https://lnkd.in/eauw6Pk
Len grew up with cats, dogs, and fish as pets, but also has a family of rabbits living under his backyard shed. In recent years he’s learned about pet personalities and has donated to animal rights organizations.
In 2005 Len founded Elite Writing Enterprises, a freelance copywriting business. When he was a member of Helium (2007–2011), he authored more than 160 magazine-style articles and became part of the editing team.
In July of 2014, Len self-published The Black Orb, an interactive fantasy/adventure e-book based on his early role-playing gamer days and various life experiences.
In August of 2015, he self-published…