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December is a month when most people feel overwhelmed, less disciplined, and more hurried. For some people, this mindset extends year-round.

If you feel overwhelmed, take a look at the resilience hack in this issue about the importance of creating a "stop doing" list as part of your 2023 resolutions.

The holidays are a time when family and friends spend more time together. It’s also a time when some people's anxiety rises because they feel like outsiders in their family and friend circles. Others are alone and feel more lonely and depressed during the holidays. If you stumble across someone who might need some support, then consider practicing community care. It involves being there for someone without them having to take that first step, either because they won't or they can't. People who are marginalized and have lost their agency often don't ask for help because it's not a part of their culture and they don't want to be a burden to others.

One of the most important questions to ask someone who may be suffering in silence during the holiday season is to ask, “How can I support you?". Consider how you can use your agency to help someone live better and happier.

Spinning Forward has been doing audience listening by talking to BIPOC creatives and creators in the Greater Toronto Area. They said they enjoy reading the creator profiles and how they overcame challenges to succeed in areas that are unfamiliar because there are few models.

In 2023, there will be more profiles of racialized creators and we'll be adding audio and video content. There will also be a new podcast where creators from the GTA come together to discuss topics and issues important to them.

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What “Sort Of” has done and masterfully, is depict the space between total rejection and total acceptance that many queer people occupy when it comes to their families; a space in which parents say all the wrong things on a loop and then, out of the blue, something right.

-Samra Habib, author of the queer, Muslim memoir, “We Have Always Been Here"

  • Canada Reads 2020 winner
  • National bestseller
  • One of book riot's 100 most influential queer books of all time

Photo source: Samra Habib