My Journey in Peru: Day 7 – Saying Goodbye and Lessons Learned

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

My Journey in Peru: Day 1 – Arriving in Peru

My biological father was a traveller and spoke five languages. Unfortunately, it appears that I did not get the languages gene. But, my desire to travel began to emerge during my years in university. Like many students, I did not have the funds to travel during university – instead, I promised myself that I would … More My Journey in Peru: Day 1 – Arriving in Peru

My Journey with Trauma Alongside Me

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

10 Years Later: A reflection on the memoir “House Rules” by Rachel Sontag

I was at Chapters one day and was browsing through the bargain books. I saw a book titled “House Rules”. I picked it up, as I was drawn to the title and what it represented for me; growing up in a home suffocated by rules and restrictions. The description of the book described the memoir … More 10 Years Later: A reflection on the memoir “House Rules” by Rachel Sontag