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Breaking down Jeremiah 29:11

Bible

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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Letters to my past self

This idea to write letters to your past self 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 …

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 …

In loving memory of Priscilla Halfyard

A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to sit down with a young woman whom I’ve known for over ten years, the daughter of two people who I consider dear friends. A young woman who spent the last year of her life battling an incurable cancer, and knowing that her life would not go on much longer. Although …