Still, I do have some regrets about my past relationships, like everyone does.
Some of my biggest regrets turned into lessons, so I guess they worked out in the end. But one of the main ones has really stuck to me, and over the years, I realized it did turn into a huge learning experience for me.
A while back, I was in a relationship with a guy I really liked. Still, as much as I liked him, I found myself never being able to fully commit to him.
At first, we were just seeing each other, so it was cool for me. I knew I liked him a lot, and he liked me, too.
After a little while, he suggested maybe we become exclusive. And that's when I panicked.
I don't know why I freaked out so much, but for some reason, the idea of settling down with him just made me straight-up uncomfortable.
Still, I agreed. I reasoned that I liked him, and being exclusive with him would maybe make me change my mind... except that it didn't.
Whenever he wanted to hang out, I'd pick going clubbing with my friends over chilling with him. I told him to join for sure, but he was never interested - probably because he just wanted to do his own thing with me.
Honestly, it never felt like a real relationship. As much as I liked him, I always picked other commitments over him, as if we were still just dating and not actually trying to be in a serious relationship.
I don't know if I was insecure or scared, or if I didn't really like him all that much in the first place.
I do know that after a while, he got fed up. He broke it off with me after a couple of months, and honestly, I don't blame him. It hurt at the time, but I got over it eventually... and did realize that I'd fucked up, big time.
So the lesson I learned was this: always, whenever you're getting serious with someone, make them a priority. Commit to them, or else don't commit to a relationship with them.
The creator of this site, Katarina Radovanovic, describes the lessons, which are all in French, as providing students with the "confidence to tackle real-world situations later" and says it is thanks to Ana Bautista that the platform exists.
Being offered online, the activities adapt to everyone's schedule and different learning paces. Plus, every activity is 25 minutes or less, so you can learn something new quickly and easily.
"We believe it is important not only to talk about essential subjects, but also to present them in a simple, practical, and actional way to make learning relevant and engaging at all times," Radovanovic told MTL Blog.
You can read our interview with Neo Collège's creator below.
Answers have been edited and condensed for clarity.
How did Neo Collège come to be?
At a very young age, I started volunteering for the Multi-Ethnic Association for the Integration of Handicapped People in Montreal. It exposed me to many usually invisible realities surrounding us.
Since then, I've been working with young people.
During my high school years, I asked myself a lot of questions about my future life. There are so many things that students will need throughout their lives, but that aren't taught in the classroom, whether in personal health, finance, and civic engagement.
To ensure we get the most out of life, Neo Collège was created and is currently developing activities on topics that would be useful in the long term.
What benefits do you think Neo Collège's activities can provide people with?
Adolescence is the time to open up to the world and begin to develop as a person. The behaviours and skills acquired during this period can shape many spheres in adulthood: relationships, career, health, and many more.
We want to help them get excited about a green lifestyle, healthy habits, essential life skills through new ways of doing things, widening their perspectives and making them aware of their possibilities.
By discussing topics such as finances, mental health, relationships, we hope to help build a generation of resilient and fulfilled adults.
At the end of each activity, we provide various external resources related to the topic presented.
And if resources are your thing, you can get an ebook full of resources during our crowdfunding launched this week during School perseverance week.
More than 100 organizations and programs offering services for teenagers are listed.
You will find sports programs, leadership, entrepreneurship, social involvement, career development support, etc. You can also find hotlines, school resources, immersion opportunities, and much more.
A must for young people who want to develop their skills and take advantage of the many programs offered in Québec.
What type of subjects are covered in the different activities?
"What happens after an arrest," "Reading nutritional values," "Understanding your paycheck," "Living with roommates" and "Intro to sign language" are all examples of topics we will cover.
Teens can find activities on subjects that are essential to everyday life but are forgotten by a traditional school.
There are three main categories: society, including politics, law, community; sustainable living, including environment, finances, physical and mental health; and healthy relationships, including communication, personal development, family-friend-love relationships.
Basically, we touch all life skills that will prepare teenagers for real-world challenges.
Why do you think the lessons taught at Neo Collège are an important addition to students' education?
To create a stable foundation on which to build a strong society based on reality, diversity and inclusiveness, education must be built on these same values.
It is by developing the soft skills of citizens that we contribute to tomorrow's society. Young people are full-fledged citizens, it is imperative to provide them with the means to build their critical sense, their ability to communicate their thoughts, know their rights, etc.
As teens become adults they need to find resources that can teach them the essential skills they don't yet possess, and we are there to support them in their journey.
We will encounter all of these topics sooner or later, and as Nelson Mandela said, "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.''
If you'd like to donate to Neo Collège and all that it does, you can do so here.
December is generally a month spent with loved ones, wrapping up the past year while setting intentions for the new one. But with holiday gatherings cancelled in Quebec red zones, it's bound to be different this time around.
What's In Store For December: Fiery Aries natives are known to be aggressive, self-focused and driven to pursue their life goals.
This month, Robertson says, the December 14 eclipse in Sagittarius will affect their ninth house of travel and higher education. The eclipse on November 30 is focused on their area of communication, siblings and local environments.
Robertson advises Aries natives to allow for detours if they have any travel plans during the month of December — make sure you have all your paperwork in order to avoid any pitfalls.
Since many quick changes and unexpected events can occur around eclipses, Aries people should watch for any surprises in education and how they communicate, as well as avoid Twitter fights and arguments via Instagram or Facebook comments.
Mars in Aries will be squaring Pluto around December 22 and 25. Robertson says to be mindful of power dynamics this holiday season and reminds Aries not to push the boundaries of gathering rules or pick fights with family.
What's In Store For December: Taureans, being the earthy, Venus-ruled bulls they are, are best known as connoisseurs of the finer things in life — great food, a love of the outdoors and expensive material items.
The upcoming December 14 eclipse will put emphasis on other people's money for Taurus — this could mean the money they share with their partner, or it could be money they receive through the government or a business partnership.
While eclipses aren't good or bad, Robertson says, they can signify changes in Taurus' life. Taurus might receive money they weren't expecting in December, or see money coming in rather than going out.
On December 6, Venus in Scorpio will trine Neptune and Pisces — she says this is a great time for Taurus to connect romantically with their significant other, creating a very sweet start to the month.
What's In Store For December: Gemini, known as a quick-witted, sociable and inconsistent air sign, is represented by the twins — mostly due to the duality of their nature.
Geminis might be experiencing significant change or movement in their life during this time, especially in relationships. The eclipse on December 14 will affect their relationship sector.
Robertson says the first half of December will be focused on self-discovery for Gemini natives — they'll be thinking about what they want and what they need, either in their own lives or in relationships with others.
By December 21, Jupiter and Saturn will be conjunct in their area of money. Robertson advises Geminis that this might be a great time to get their shit together financially — it's a great time to apply for grants and loans, especially if they're an entrepreneur.
Jupiter is an abundant and gift-giving planet, but Saturn makes you work for it. Gemini natives will have to put in the hours and be organized about their goals — only then will they see the returns of their labour.
What's In Store For December: Cancers, represented by the crab, are known for their compassionate nature, their intuitiveness and their sentimentality.
This past month, Robertson says, things might have felt heavy for Cancers when it comes to supporting their partner or career.
However, Saturn is finally moving out of their relationship sector in December. For the last three years, they may have had to learn some tough lessons in relationships or may have had some bad breakups.
But with Saturn and Jupiter finally moving out of their relationships on December 17 and 19, they may start to feel a sense of relief or lightness.
Next year might be a great time for Cancer to apply their cardinal energy to their work ethic and possibly see the fruits of their labour, Robertson says.
Their career goals might land on receptive ears in December when Mercury in Sagittarius is sending a lovely angle to Mars in their work sector.
What's In Store For December: Leos, the creative, passionate and fiery kings and queens of the zodiac, are known for their great hair, their loyalty and their luxurious nature.
Leos might be dealing with themes that keep coming up between their friends and how they unwind and have fun, says Robertson.
It could be that they're trying to find ways to catch up with the people in their lives when they're currently unable to gather in red zones, or they could be thinking of friends that may be fading from their lives.
A question Robertson has for Leos in December: How do you reach out to people who could be more distant and maintain your relationships?
This year, derailed by COVID-19, Leos might have lost touch with some of their close acquaintances.
If they're creative, December is a great time to dedicate hours to working on their craft. A lot of electric ideas could be coming to them this month, according to Robertson.
Venus will enter this creative area on December 15, adding some of that keen eye for beauty and aesthetics so many Leos inherently possess.
They could also see positive results from their work over the last year — they might feel a sense of satisfaction by what they've accomplished. Be aware and be proud, Robertson advises Leos.
What's In Store For December: Virgo, the shrewd and methodical Virgin, is known for their nitpicky, organized and chaotic earth sign nature.
This month, Robertson says the December 14 eclipse will focus on Virgo's area of home, family and roots.
With the November 30 eclipse focusing on their career sector, it could be that Virgos are in the midst of changing jobs or shifting their workflow to adapt to COVID-19.
It could also be that their career changes are having a ripple effect on their home-life — but it doesn't seem negative, Robertson says. It could just be an agent of change or energy in their home situation.
According to Robertson, December could bring awareness to Virgo about the way they handle the relationships in their lives. It could be a good time to make space to spend time with loved ones during this period.
What's In Store For December: Scorpios are known as intense water signs, infamous for their trust issues, their laser focus and their secretive nature.
With the December 14 eclipse focusing on their earnings, there could be shifts to how they're bringing in money — they could receive a generous bonus they weren't expecting or, alternately, there could be unexpected costs they didn't see coming.
When Mercury and Mars trine in their job sector, December will provide Scorpios with the ability to think clearly in response to change. They might be able to power through work issues this month, Robertson says.
In mid-to-late December, Saturn and Jupiter move into Scorpio's home sector — they might have to start dealing with unresolved issues in their family or they might have to face the music with regard to issues at home.
However, Robertson says Scorpios will emerge stronger, happier and more whole after dealing with issues head-on.
What's In Store For December: Sagittarians are the travel-loving, expansive and philosophical fire signs of the zodiac. They're known for their great sense of humour but can often promise more than they can deliver.
December is officially Sag season, and these archers are celebrating their solar return this month. With the December 14 eclipse focusing on their area of identity and self, they might be experiencing some shifts in the way they prioritize their goals.
If they're queer or transgender, it might be a good time to come out — it's the perfect time for change.
With Venus entering Sagittarius on December 15, they could have more personal magnetism or charisma. Sagittarians might feel more confident during this period — and it's a great time for them to make changes to their appearance.
With Mercury and the Sun in positive aspects to their place of creativity, it's a great time for them to work on their craft.
If they've been feeling financially squeezed lately, Robertson says they might feel some relief around December 17, when Saturn moves into Aquarius.
What's In Store For December: Capricorns are the hardworking CEOs of the zodiac. Known as the old guard, these earth signs are focused on climbing the corporate ladder and achieving financial security.
Robertson says Capricorns might have had a tough few years, but it'll all be over in 2020.
With Venus in Scorpio, sextile Jupiter and Saturn focusing on their friendship and community sector in December, Capricorns could find their friends showing up for them more, and they're able to spend time with friends who make them feel less alone and who can take the sting off of their last few months of hardships.
The Sun will square Pluto and Mars this month, so Robertson advises Capricorns to avoid reckless behaviour — it's not a good time to light anything on fire, she says.
What's In Store For December: Aquarius is the forward-thinking and innovative rebel of the zodiac, known for their independent nature and humanitarian air sign qualities.
Saturn and Jupiter will be in their sign on December 17 and 19 — many astrologers refer to this period as the 'Age of Aquarius.'
Saturn will force them to wake up to reality, Robertson says. If they're kidding themselves about something or ignoring something they need to work on, Saturn doesn't leave them an option.
Since Saturn's move into each chart only occurs every 28 to 30 years, they can be feeling like there's lots of work to be done. But as of 2021, Aquarians might feel some hope that they're not going through things alone.
Jupiter will be Saturn's handmaiden next year, Robertson says. They might receive help from an unexpected place. It could also be a great time to see friends they haven't seen in a while, and they'll feel some new energy around the December 14 eclipse.
What's In Store For December: Pisces, a water sign represented by two fish, is the last constellation of the zodiac and is known for its mercurial, emotional and artistic sensibilities.
With the December 14 eclipse focusing on Pisces' area of career, there could be changes coming to their work life this month. There might be shifts in work rules or changes in personnel in their immediate work environments.
Around the same date, Mercury will be sending a trine to Mars in their earnings sector. According to Robertson, this seems positive — if some of their work involves appealing to people through the use of words, there will be a good flow in the way they express themselves at work.
This could result in positive effects where it comes to their earnings. With Venus in their career sector on December 15, they could receive positive recognition at work despite feeling like they've been working hard without being noticed.
Certain people may come into their life this month who can open professional doors for them, Robertson says.
Gemini, aka the evil twins, is the third and most hated astrological sign of the zodiac. They're known for their duality and their witty, sharp and speedy air-sign minds.
These social butterflies will be heavily affected by the lunar eclipse at the end of the month. Robertson says eclipses bring surprises, plot twists and unpredictability — not unlike Geminis' core personality traits.
When Mars goes directly into their friendships and community zone on November 13, they might start to move forward on community projects they've been working on.
They could also see resolution with friends they've experienced tension with this past month, or they could possibly find more time to devote to their friendships.
Cancer is known for being soft, intuitive and highly emotional. Represented by the crab, the fourth sign of the zodiac is focused on self-care, moodiness and hanging out with their families.
Robertson says Cancers may be bickering more with their partner or have less energy to communicate in a healthy way. They may have trouble dealing with normal human dynamics at this time, she says.
The new moon on November 14 will affect their self-expression, creativity and kids. If they have kids, Cancers will benefit from devoting more time to them or trying to figure out how to be present with the stress of lockdown.
If they have an artistic practice, Robertson says the new moon may be a good period for them to devote time to their craft, or create a plan so they can keep working on artistic pursuits.
Leos, the fifth sign of the zodiac, are infamous for being the kings and queens of astrology. These vivacious, fiery and loyal lions love to bask in the spotlight and celebrate themselves, and they make great hype-people for their loved ones.
For Leos, Robertson says the Mars retrograde has been in their area of travel and higher education. Leos in school might be feeling worn out by the semester and frustrated by the classes they're taking or with their load of assignments.
Since travel in Quebec is currently limited due to COVID-19, Robertson encourages Leos to find ways to expand their minds and their horizons that don't involve travel, like reading a new book, watching foreign films or learning a different language.
In their current job, Robertson says the money might be alright, but it probably feels like a lot of work without much progress. They might feel like they're toiling in the daily grind.
When Mercury enters Scorpio on November 16, it will affect Leos' home and family. While that might initiate communication with family or roommates, it could also bring news that's unsettling or surprising. So it's a wild card.
Virgos are represented by the virgin and are known for being detail-oriented, pragmatic and frugal workhorses. They're anxious earth signs, and they're focused on their health and being of service to the people in their lives.
Robertson says Virgos may be experiencing debt or could be anxious about money, or their income could be challenged by the pandemic in Quebec.
The new moon on November 14 will affect Virgos' communication, siblings and local environments, including neighbours. Robertson says there may be an opportunity for new life in those areas.
The end of the month's lunar eclipse will happen in their area of career — it might be a good time to start a communications project, blog, diary or podcast.
Libras are the fair-minded, diplomatic and gracious air signs of the zodiac. Represented by the scales, people born under Libra are peaceful, fair and hate being alone. They're known for avoiding conflict and having an intellectual mind.
This month, Robertson says Libras may be feeling trapped in their relationships — especially family relationships — like they don't have the freedom to move or do their own thing.
Robertson advises Libras to remember that they naturally tend to be good diplomats, to avoid escalating conflict if it comes up, to take space if they need it and to keep in mind this phase will pass.
The new moon will happen in their place of earnings, so it could be a time to set a new budget for the month, especially if their budget has been impacted by the employment reality of COVID-19.
Robertson also says they may find a new revenue source or get a new gig of some sort by the end of the month.
Scorpios are the scary, intense and secretive scorpions of the zodiac. Known for being loyal but having trust issues, these water signs make great ride-or-dies — if they like you.
The new moon on the 14th will be in Scorpio — it's the perfect time to set goals and intentions, as well as make plans for where they want to be, even if they don't have the freedom they'd otherwise enjoy because of the Quebec lockdown.
Robertson tells Scorpios that they might have a boost of confidence on November 22, when Venus enters their sign. They might have an extra spark to them or a more magnetic quality. They may also find they're attracting a lot of people and that meeting new people is easier.
Uranus is in their area of relationships until 2026, so Robertson says there might be an ongoing sense of individuation during this period, finding a relationship that's really unique and not heteronormative.
Sagittarians are the ninth sign of the zodiac, and being ruled by Jupiter, they're known for being philosophical, outdoorsy and happy-go-lucky fire signs. Pro tip: don't try to tie them down in a relationship — they'll move to another country when you least expect it.
Robertson says Sagittarians will see their solar return on the 22, so they may be feeling more visible, like their name is out there.
The lunar eclipse on November 30 will be in their place of relationships. They can expect surprises or sudden changes in that area of their life, or they might meet someone new and be swept off their feet.
Robertson says it should feel like very potent energy and won't be boring.
Capricorn, represented by the sea-goat, is known for being smart, hardworking and fully in control of their destiny. They're the CEOs, goal-getters and conservative spenders of the zodiac.
Robertson says Capricorns have been the hosts of the 2020 "shitshow." The conjunction between Saturn and Pluto has been in their sign, representing the COVID-19 pandemic and all the difficulties that came with it.
Capricorn people may have been carrying this year's baggage with them, and have heavy issues going on in their lives. Robertson says they've been tested in many ways and may have to take responsibility when other people aren't.
Mars was in retrograde in their place of home and family, so there may have been tension, conflict or fighting there. On the bright side, it's almost over — Capricorns have had the hardest year out of every sign and it's finally coming to an end.
Aquarians are the innovative, enigmatic and unique wild children of the zodiac. These rebellious air signs, represented by the water bearer, are the anti-conforming social justice warriors in your life.
Robertson says Venus will enter their area of career on November 22, bringing them a bit of luck, softness and gentleness — but not without a few curveballs.
Uranus is in Aquarius's home sector, so their environment may be in flux. They might want to move, or be independent of their family.
When the new moon on November 14 enters their area of careers, they may feel new energy or a fresh start in their work life. Some career activities may have halted and they may get the green light to move forward.
These tricky little fish are known for being constantly trapped between fantasy and reality. Pisces natives are empathetic and compassionate water signs, but they may have trouble with a martyr complex.
Pisces will be most affected by the lunar eclipse at the end of the month, which will take place in their area of family and home, Robertson says.
They might find out they need to move or alternatively receive a housing offer they can't turn down.
Robertson says Pisces might have experienced a lot of financial uncertainty and that certain revenue sources may have been closed to them. On November 13, they may start to see improvement in that area.
For Pisces, Robertson says the Pluto conjunct in Capricorn is in their area of friendships — so they may be feeling inspired to volunteer, help out, or bring soup to their friends who live alone in Quebec.
Are you an absolute foodie like me? Looking to try something new? Or maybe looking to take your favourite dishes to the next level. Well, the team from Montreal's iconic Sushi Momo recently opened Casa Kaizen and it's worth a stop for your next meal.
Casa Kaizen is a plant-based restaurant that offers Mexican plates with a Japanese influence.
The perfect place for when your taste buds are craving an adventure and your craving something new on the Montreal food scene.
And yes, it's vegan, but trust me, this spot is for everyone...
One of the best parts about living in such a foodie and a diverse city is getting a variety of cultures and cuisines that combine to make for some pretty incredible menus.
Bringing together two cultures from opposite sides of the world, the Casa Kaizen team created plates, combining the culinary traditions and influences of two countries that offer simple, yet tasty plates.
You'll also find recipes from each country, like "tataki" and "sashimi" from Japanese and guacamole from Mexico.
And, of course, you can grab a margarita or some sake. There's also wine, other cocktails and mocktails.