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
Dear Anxiety, at 26 years old, meet Depression. Anxiety, while you make my head feel busy and overwhelmed, Depression doesn’t like to think at all. While you can make me get many things on my to-do list done, even when I am exhausted, Depression makes me too exhausted to move. While you make me high … More Anxiety, Meet Depression.
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.
A reflection I wrote apx. 2-3 years ago. Articles of Clothing Over the last 6 months or so, I have donated over 6 garbage bags of clothing. Yesterday night, I went through my closet and again, donated another 3 bags. As I have been doing this. Many thoughts have gone through my mind. Frustration with … More My Journey with Articles of Clothing
A bag of chips sat on a shelf in a grocery store – Until, someone bought it, and another bag. Different flavours. The bag of chips heard the person buying them, say that they didn’t know if the boy would eat them, but that they remembered him saying they were his favourite kinds – he … More A Bag of Chips
Tomorrow is May 14th. As of three years ago, May 14th has been declared Child and Youth in Care Day as this is a population that deserves to be celebrated as often times, the opposite occurs. Sadly, there is an unwritten, automatic, preconceived idea that due to the trauma children and youth in care experience, … More May14th and University Degrees
There is a theory named the 40 Developmental Assets. The idea is, is that there are 40 major assets found in a healthy child or adults life. The more assets the child or adult has, the more likely they are to be better connected to their community and display positive development physically, emotionally and psychologically. … More My Journey with Friends. Then to Now. None to Some.
I remember the first time I changed offices at work. I got grumpy and anxious and frustrated that the space around me was becoming unraveled. I was moving from my office roommate, whom I had built a strong relationship with and I needed to take down all those photos I had just put up. I … More Changing Offices: My Journey with Change