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.
Your mom and dad made you. They brought you into this world. They love you. But even though mom and dad love you, they hurt you sometimes. Sometimes they use their hands – other times, their words. Sometimes you are not fed. Sometimes they don’t come home. You know that something isn’t right, and that … More Swimming Against the Current
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
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
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
Dedicated to my partner. The Special Person in my life. Once upon a time, There was a little girl who ran away. She ran away from the loud voices, the mean words and the people who would hurt her sometimes. You see, the girl, even though she was a little big, was still little. She … More The Running Little Girl Who Stayed