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
Reflection One: Canadian Passport Approximately a year and a half after hiking the Inca Trail, I find myself in a hotel room in San Jose, Costa Rica. On route since 2am. I felt pretty proud of myself. I got a taxi on my own to the hotel. Although my Spanish is limited, I was able … More My Journey to Costa Rica. Ocean, Eating, Reflection.
We live in a day in age, where many people have many opinions. Truthfully, I am one of those people. While having many of my own opinions, I try my best to take the time to understand someone’s point of view, even when it may differ from my own. However, sometimes this is easier said … More “Yes, I am Traveling on my Own” – My experience being an engaged, female solo-traveler.
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.
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.
Every day, you go to work. You support people during some of the saddest parts of their lives. You listen to stories, which should only be that. Stories. Yet unfortunately, are realities for so many of the people you serve in your day to day work. Neglect, crisis, mental health, addiction and societal injustices are … More Dear Social Workers, Take Care of You
I opened my eyes, and lay in bed. This was my final day in Peru. I had the morning and afternoon to myself, and needed to catch my flight around 5pm. Emmie and I went upstairs to eat our last breakfast, and made plans to meet up later with Iain and Matt for lunch. I … More My Journey in Peru: Day 7 – Saying Goodbye and Lessons Learned
I heard Fletcher whispering my name at approximately 6am “Jessy…Jessy”. I was pissed. It was early and I was cold. And sore. And not ready to start my day of hiking up the mountain. Day two of the Inca Trail hike is said to be the hardest day of hiking by most who have completed … More My Journey in Peru: Day 4 – Sweat and Altitude
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
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