It’s time to have another conversation – #BellLetsTalk

Since 2012,  I have sat down every year to speak about the importance of #BellLetsTalk, an annual event designed to break the stigma surrounding mental health and access to mental health care in Canada. My having Bi-Polar and two anxiety disorders is no longer a secret, and part of that is in thanks to #BellLetsTalk. Through meeting one of their spokes people (Olympian Clara Hughes), to reading the hundreds of stories that pour out on this day each year, and[Read more]

The invisible illness doctors denied

Up until the year 2014, Chronic Lyme Disease (as well as normal Lyme Disease) was regularly denied by doctors in Canada. As the disease had not been present in the country for a while, doctors would diagnose a million different reasons for the symptoms, but wouldn’t consider the illness. As ticks carrying the disease started to appear throughout the country, they chose not to test them. Some are still denying the existence of the illness. A big part of the[Read more]

The night the political junkie in me resurfaced hardcore

Monday night was my first time since college that I had the opportunity to cover a federal election, making it the first time I’ve done so as an official, genuine reporter. It was an exciting night for me — waiting with baited breath to see whether Canada would welcome change or remain with the stagnant, and cheering on the Blue Jays as they battled it out in game 3 against the Kansas City Royals for the ALCS (American League Championship[Read more]

Just a girl, someday a wife; the letter series

Two Saturdays ago, I introduced the new weekly series I will be doing regarding letters I wrote to my husband during my dating hiatus after college, and how they helped prepare me for marriage. I didn’t know him yet, but you can find the explanation as to why on my first post. Each week, I will be posting a letter and a little insight into each of them, in the hopes that someone out there who may be struggling like[Read more]

10 Reasons I’m Obsessed with Writing

*This post is part four of an eight week series by Janet Brent at the Purple Panda Posse 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). I wrote[Read more]

September Ipsy Glam Bag Review

Although I love my make-up and love playing around with it, I’ve never really been one to blow a lot of money on it; particularly not since getting married. I’ve often sacrificed any kind of quality makeup at all for the cheap stuff from Ardene’s, Claire’s, or some of the really cheap brands at Walmart and Shopper’s. Unfortunately, that usually means either it doesn’t last very long, or sometimes doesn’t look the greatest. So in July when a friend posted[Read more]

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, but it highlights a problem that runs rampant through the Church today, often in milder, almost unnoticeable forms. Prosperity Gospel[Read more]

Writing letters changed my perspective

Growing up, I was never the pretty girl, never the one the boys had a crush on. I had a few boyfriends through high school, but nothing serious. Whether or not they actually even liked me that way can be questioned for several. I was insecure. I was always chubby, and I was always the outcast. Combined with my depression, I felt worthless. I know our parents try to teach us that our worth is not determined by what boys[Read more]

Brightening Tanzanian children’s futures

*This article appeared in the Orangeville Citizen Newspaper on September 10, 2015 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 of seeing how a little bit of funding[Read more]

The 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 taking what time my parents allowed me on the computer to pound out the stories that were dancing around in[Read more]