Selfish Gain

We all are selfish at times. Sometimes we lose track of where the line of determination and self-care/support becomes selfish pursuit. It’s easy to convince ourselves that we are doing things for others, when in fact, it’s all about us. There are a lot of selfish people within the Church. People who take advantage of the hearts and generosity of …

How Creative Planning Keeps Me Motivated

Like many people struggling with mental health issues, getting motivated can be a challenge at times. For me, I basically have two modes — super motivated and completely unmotivated. Over the years, one of my biggest challenges has been finding ways to overcome this. Looking at what stifles your motivation can reveal a lot of interesting things. One of the …

Why Pregnancy April Fool’s Jokes are Cruel and Unfunny

Without fail, at least one person on my news feed annually takes the opportunity to make an April Fool’s joke about pregnancy. People laugh in amusement and then mock those who comment saying it’s hurtful. “Learn to take a joke!” “Take a chill pill!” And more recently, “You’re such a snowflake!” Here’s the thing though — there is literally nothing …

The Crown Princess’ Voyage: Book Review

Some of you may recall a book review I did last January for a book called “The Gift Knight’s Quest.” I had the privilege of reading the sequel to this book over the past year. Much like the first, it is quite enjoyable and features an interesting premise. The only criticism I had regarding the first book was the difficult …

Dragon Age’s Varric to be a Published Author

If you’re a fan of the Bioware series Dragon Age, then you’re likely more than aware of Hard in Hightown. The novel is a piece of fiction within the fiction–a book written by Varric Tethras, one of the main characters of Dragon Age:2. For those unfamiliar with the game series, Varric is a smooth talking, wry, poetic, and witty ‘sexy’ …

Mid-Month Short Story Challenge

Tim, a blogger that I follow, and an incredible writer, has been hosting a mid-month story challenge for several months now. Although I was super-excited right from the beginning, this is the first one I’ve been able to finish. The challenge is posted (as the title suggests) in the middle of each month. It is due on the first of …

Stigma Does More than Create Misconceptions

There are a lot of terms that have been used to describe people with mental illness over the years. Crazy. Unreasonable. Uncontrollable. Psycho. Disturbed. Schizo. In 2007, the National Center for Biotechnology Information released a study concluding over 250 negative terms associated with those who have mental illnesses. These labels are a major part of the stigma surrounding mental health …

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Depression Does Not Have a One-Size-Fits-All Solution

Depression is a dark demon many of us face. More of us than most would like to acknoweldge. Yesterday, I discussed the importance of campaigns like Bell Let’s Talk, designed to ignite the conversation around mental health. In my post, I introduced you all to Jane, sharing her story and battle with the Canadian mental healthcare system. Today, a friend …

Breaking the Stigma One Story at a Time

Tomorrow is Bell Let’s Talk day, an initiative aimed at breaking the stigma surrounding mental health and raising funds to help mental healthcare in Canada. Since its launch in 2010, this campaign has evolved into so much more. It’s become an opportunity for many people to share their stories. To let the world have a glimpse of what it’s like …

What Does it Mean to Burn Out?

At the end of the summer, I was forced to admit my depression had exceeded my control, prompting me to seek treatment for it. My life had become a blur of busyness and I felt like I couldn’t breathe. There was never enough time in the day. After a few weeks, my medication helped clear the fog from my mind …