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
*Trigger warning* We waited at the bus stop after school for my mother to pick me up. I told him not to kiss me when she arrived. He teased me, saying he would. I told him not to kiss me. When the van came into the parking lot, I stood up and walked towards … More When I Told Him Not to Kiss Me
October 23. 2017 Do you remember that one time… I was maybe 14. I looked at myself in the bathroom mirror and thought to myself that maybe I could be pretty naturally. I came out of the washroom… And said to you, As you were doing dishes… “I think I actually look pretty without make-up” … More Bio Blank Thoughts
Dedicated to my counsellor. There is a book. A child’s book. Called “Are you my Mother”. One morning, the day felt heavy. A trigger started to spin in her head. It became louder…and LoUdEr…and LOUDER… She thought of her mother. She thought of the book. Where the baby animal goes to all different animal mothers … More Trauma is but a Sentence
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