One day, you found out I no longer call you “mom”. You found out I call you by your name. The day you discovered this, you sent me a message telling me that out of respect, I need to call you “mom” when talking to you or about you to others. You told me that … More You Can’t Make Me Call You “Mom”
To-do lists and depression? Usually those two things don’t go hand in hand… As someone who struggles with both anxiety and depression, I have made a to-do list to help me get through those rough days. I wanted to share it with the hope that it may help someone else. Close your eyes, focus on … More To-do List from Depression
As my tattoo artist sketched the dandelion on my arm, I mentioned that I found myself gaining a new appreciation for dandelions. I recently learned about the detoxifying benefits of the plant and felt connected to them. He looked at me and said, “I feel we have a wrong relationship with dandelions. I feel that … More Winter, Dandelions & Just Being
Dedicated to my counsellor. There is a book. A child’s book. Called “Are you my Mother”. One morning, the day felt heavy. A trigger started to spin in her head. It became louder…and LoUdEr…and LOUDER… She thought of her mother. She thought of the book. Where the baby animal goes to all different animal mothers … More Trauma is but a Sentence
Anyone who knows me, knows that I am the type of person who “doesn’t stop”. You know, that person who can’t watch a movie and just sit through it. That person who has a list of 50 things to do all the time. That person who multi-tasks constantly because they can’t just focus on one … More My Journey with Self Permission
Monday February 6, 2017. I was frustrated. I was scrolling through Instagram over my lunch hour. Mindlessly scrolling. Scrolling through photos of all these people I didn’t know, doing things with their life that I wish I could do. People I didn’t know, who seem to get paid for merely being beautiful, good at yoga, … More My Journey with Social Media: The Day I Stopped Living for Instagram and Started Living for Myself.
Recently, Queen Street Yoga in Kitchener began offering Queer & Trans Yoga as a part of their weekly yoga class schedule. It is basic level class with a sliding scale monetary donation request, specifically for members of the LGTBQ+ community. The class originally started last year after consultations with local LGTBQ+ community members, but had … More Queer & Trans Yoga: A Reflection on why it is needed and the purpose it provides.
Everyone grows up. Everyone grows up differently. Everyone grows up learning different lessons that shape who they become (to a certain extent). In some cases, some people need to re-learn the lessons they learned as a child in order to become the person their heart whispers to them that they truly are. *** I grew … More My Journey with Traveling: Re-learning what I was Taught.
Recently I have begun meditating. After reading some books and blogs, after practicing yoga and after seeing a Naturopath who suggested the practice of mediation as a way to balance my anxiety. I have always been intrigued by meditation. The practice of being in the moment and silencing the mind. It is something many of … More 20 Minutes of Perfect Meditating, Imperfectly.
A short personal reflection written for Adopt 4 Life: Ontario’s Adoptive Parent’s Association. May 15, 2015. My Name is Jessica. I have grown up sharing my story. I have shared my story with the Radio, newspapers, community events, television programs, award ceremonies, publishers, teachers, friends, extended family, youth in care and advocacy groups to … More My Journey with Trauma Alongside Me