Monthly Archives: September 2015

10 Reasons I’m Obsessed with Writing

It’s no secret that I have been writing my entire life. From the age of six, where I received my first diary, right up through elementary school. I probably got busted as often in high school for writing non-class related assignments as I did in public school for reading during class (which was pretty much at least once an hour). …

My mental illness taught me to fight for myself

If you asked me 15 years ago, 10 years ago, 5 years ago, I would have scoffed at the notion. All my Bipolar did was set me up for failure. Failure is an interesting thing — especially when the root comes from something you have no control over. It tends to do one of three things: cause you to give …

Prosperity Gospel vs Gospel Prosperity

The Prosperity Gospel is not a new concept. When the idea of televangelists first started to take over our tv’s, prosperity gospel seemed to go hand in hand with them. (If you haven’t seen John Oliver’s hilarious video on the topic, check it out here). Of course, John Oliver highlights some of the most ridiculous, obvious forms of prosperity gospel, …

Gerladina: Brightening Tanzanian Children’s Futures

Child sponsorship advertisements often tell us that for approximately a dollar a day, we have the power to change the life of a child in a poverty-stricken country. While it may be hard to fathom, there is a lot of truth to this message, which seems to be used by every organization seeking sponsorship. For one Orangeville resident, the experience …

The Prodigious Power of Words

It was around grade 7 or 8 when I first became aware that my love of writing was more than just a passion. Teachers had begun to notice the flare I had for the written word, and my capability to convey things concisely and clearly; often moreso than my classmates. I was always writing; scribbling away in a notebook and …

Tonight, are you willing to save a life?

It was Christmas Eve of the year 2000, and the night couldn’t have gone more horribly wrong. I stared at my image in the mirror; blotchy red spots, a tear-streaked face, and eyes that hadn’t sparkled in months. The bags under my eyes were massive, and the crushing feeling in my chest left me feeling like I was suffocating. My …

Finding My Voice Through the Written Word

When I first started into the blogging world I was a dramatic teenager, pouring my soul out to strangers on Xanga and Livejournal, long before blogging was a ‘thing’. As a college student, I stepped out of my comfort zone and started publishing blog posts about things that actually mattered, though I can’t take credit for the sudden change. It …

Crown of Midnight – S.J. Maas review

One of the things I’ve strongly disliked about this busy season in my life is the little time it has provided for reading. However, as I start to focus on better organization in my life, I’ve been able to fit the time in again. Which meant I finally had the opportunity to sit down and read Crown of Midnight, book …