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
Despite what Instagram may lead you to think, there are times when buying a plane ticket or leaving for a road trip and living in a van for weeks is just not possible. Maybe you’re in school, maybe you have a sick family member, maybe your rent is due and you are left with $60 … More When the Travel Bug Hits & You Just Can’t Go.
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.
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.
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
Dear Bio-Mom, Today is the day where my FaceBook and Twitter fill up with “Happy Mother’s Day” statuses. I have had a long journey with this day. From looking at the Hallmark cards and not knowing which one to buy you, because none of them really said what I needed them to, to not looking … More Dear Bio-Mom: 10 years after Foster Care
A few days ago, I got a job offer for a job I wanted for a very long time. Most of what I have done schooling wise and career wise had been to get me to a place where I could get this job. And now I got it. After years of hard work. Yet, … More My Journey with Celebrating
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