Life

What to do When Dreams Die

One of my favourite quotes from Walt Disney is “If you can dream it, you can do it.” For years, I took this as meaning that every single dream you have will come true. After all, Walt also said “All our dreams can come true if we have the strength to pursue them.” Growing up, I took both of these …

Tackling Control Issues Ruled by Fear

I am a control freak. It’s not fully my fault. As my mother and I discussed the other day, I am a control freak who was raised by a control freak. It makes for a terrible combination. One of the biggest problems with this is it really gets in the way of living by faith. Have you ever seen the …

September Is the Time For Renewing Yourself

Although there is something super special about the spring for me, the fall is my favourite season. It’s not just because of sweaters, tall boots, hot lattes, and leggings though. My love goes much deeper than that. Fall is marked every September by something incredible–a new beginning.

The world feels like it’s on fire

My heart is heavy, filled with a darkness I cannot describe. Every moment my love, hope, and passion for people is whittled away by the evil in the streets. Every moment, I feel myself bracing for the worst, and as the worst comes, I am no longer surprised. I am no longer surprised by the growing darkness, or by the …

We need to do better

I hesitated in sharing this particular column on my blog, but felt the message is worth the post. As much as this is about Chester Bennington’s suicide, it’s also bigger than that. Chester’s tragic end after a frightening and difficult battle only comes to the forefront of conversation because he, like many other celebrities, are already in the spotlight. But …

It’s okay to admit you’re struggling

I sat at my desk, staring at the computer screen with tears in my eyes, struggling to keep it together. There was no reason to be crying; nothing had happened to make me upset. But there I was, tears and all. A deep, dark, unsettling feeling lay heavy on my heart. It was the kind of feeling capable of making …

Don’t fear the mess

We live in a world obsessed with perfection. With the rise of social media programs designed to showcase our lives to the world through series of comments, snippets, and photos, we pick the best, add a filter, and publish. Much like Photoshop allows an artist or photographer to erase the blemishes, tidy up the blurred lines, tone, tighten, and brighten, …

A crying need for resources

One of the biggest battles in the mental health community supersedes the need to end stigma, settling on the area of recovery. We pour endless resources into raising awareness. While it is important, access to services are even more important. Canada has an incredibly long way to go when it comes to appropriate medical access for people with mental illnesses, …

Bible

Breaking down Jeremiah 29:11

I remember running into someone I had known before my life changed drastically from my mental breakdown. We spoke briefly about the struggle I had faced and why I left the Christian camp I worked at because of it. Noticing the tattoo script on my arm, they quickly said ‘Let me guess, Jeremiah 29:11?’ When I said yes, I received …

This is Mental Health

These days, it’s fairly common knowledge that mental health issues are far more widespread than we could have ever imagined. We know the statistics – over the past decade medical professionals and others passionate about making the issues known have rallied behind the banner to end stigma and spoken up. Talk is required to get the conversation going, but as …