Dedicated to my niece Elizabeth, for her first birthday. Run with the wolves, my Darling. Run wild, run free. Be the leader of the pack, and never be afraid to let others hear your voice. Run with the wolves, my Darling. Let the wind always guide you to your dreams. Let it blow … More Run with the Wolves, My Darling
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.
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
4am. That is the time we needed to be up for to begin our hike to Machu Picchu. Those who know me, know I am far from a morning person. Before I left for my trip, my friends would laugh when I told them about this part of the trip. Surprisingly however, it was not … More My Journey in Peru: Day 6 – Machu Picchu
Waking up on the morning of the third day was tough. I hadn’t slept most of the night and was grumpy. Oh well. At least today was the easy day of hiking! I had that to look forward to. I was a quick downhill hiker. And, it had luckily stopped raining. We all ate breakfast … More My Journey in Peru: Day 5 -Descending Tears
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
The next morning we ate breakfast and weighed bags which were given to us at the beginning of the trip. The bags would carry items we did not need throughout the day and would be carried by Porters. Porters are very common in Peru. They assist many hikers and travel groups in their journey to … More My Journey in Peru: Day 3 – The Hiking Begins!
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
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