For I know the plans I have for you…

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 a knowing smirk and an eye roll. I know why that specific verse caused such a reaction. The frustration I[Read more]

Give me hope because it’s fading fast

After the launch of my blog, I spent weeks carefully crafting what was to be my first post. Then the last few days happened, and I realized, it needed to wait. It needed to wait because there are things that need to be said, because there are emotions that need to be processed, and because it’s hard to write about the goodness of God in the face of these latest tragedies. There have been plenty of people who have made statements[Read more]

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]

In the end, love will win

When our last issue of 2015 went to print, I wasn’t sure I was ready to share my column from that week on my blog. While it is online on our website, our readership is limited, and while it addressed specifically the refugee situation in our small town, I wasn’t sure I was ready for its reach to be extended. If you follow me as a blogger, a writer, or a journalist, you know I’ve rarely been one to shy[Read more]

Finding my faith revolution

Two weeks ago, I sat on my couch sobbing in my husband’s arms as I realized that the faith I had been raised in and the faith I connected with were not entirely one and the same. I had known something was different about the way I viewed faith for most of my life, but I’ve often kept quiet about much of it out of fear of how people, mainly Christians I know, would react. The first time I spoke[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]

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]

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 parents and I had fought over dishes, but it felt like so much more to me. Just one more thing[Read more]

Letters to my past self

This idea was originally posted by Samantha over on Jill Of All Trades, and more recently by Tim at That Tiny Website. While I sort out my thoughts on a more complicated post, I thought it was a good way to pass some time and get some fresh content out. I’ve only written a letter to my past self once before, as part of a blog project way back when I blogged at Geeky Ambiguous Me, which has long since[Read more]

Some thoughts on Charleston and what it means

By this point in time, if you haven’t heard about the Charleston, South Carolina shooting, I’m going to ask you to stop reading this post, go Google it, and read a few articles before coming back.It has been nearly 50 years since the end of the African-American Civil Rights movement, which fought to end racial segregation and provide all black Americans with the same rights as whites. In that time, we’ve seen huge developments in technology, in international efforts and[Read more]