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Let’s Talk

Let’s talk. Because all to often we don’t. We don’t talk about our pain, we don’t talk about our struggles, we don’t talk about our personal battles because we don’t talk  about mental illness. One in four adults suffer from a diagnosed mental illness in a given year. Now look around you…. at your colleagues, your family, your neighbor, your loved ones and your closest friends. One in four. And yet so many of us are completely oblivious to who is suffering around us. These stats should be alarming, but sadly our society silences these ‘problems’. Continue reading


Enjoyment

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New Years. The cliche time of year where many of us cling to ideas, goals and promises we hope to achieve in the upcoming year. By no means am I against New Years Resolutions. I think having goals is essential for personal development and being able to better ourselves. However, I find that all to often we forget one of the most crucial aspects of self development and growth Continue reading


Sweet November

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Something I will never take for granted about where I live is the ability to experience all four seasons, but there is still something about fall that resonates with my soul. The beauty of nature visually transforming every day carries a feeling of change, reflection and subtle sense of slowing down. The busy summer lifestyle slowly yields itself to quieter days and longer nights, yet this shift doesn’t come without a bittersweet feeling of another summer come and gone. In a city buzzing with young families, tourists and outdoor lovers I’ve never been one to Continue reading


My Honest Nursing Story

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 Although my son is now three years old, nursing my little one is a memory that remains fresh in my mind and heart.  Regardless of how much times passes, I think that the more awareness and knowledge new moms have, the better.

When I found out I was pregnant, I was a dozen emotions all wrapped up into one hormonal bundle. Sure I was ready to be pregnant. Come on, I had seen enough social media to be prepared for 9 months of cute maternity clothes, a perfectly glowing complexion, Rapunzel like hair, and an unlimited supply of ice cream in the freezer. How hard could pregnancy be? Reality sunk in quite quickly, when the body that had once been entirely my own, was now morphing into unrecognizable shapes seemingly overnight. As well as symptoms that WebMD had not prepared me for. Sleepless nights sumo wrestling pillows trying to get comfortable-ish, heart burn equivalent to swallowing a heated curling iron and days spent waddling around in sweatpants with a container of stale donuts in hand, convincing myself I was fashionably casual. Oh, pregnancy at its best.

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Lest We Forget

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The question this Remembrance Day is not whether or not we remember, it is about what we chose to remember. Those who gave their lives and fought for a better tomorrow should be respected for many years to come. But this day is not about honoring war and violence, it should be about honoring peace and unity among a nation. And paying respects to all those who were affected by the war. Remembering those who not only lost their lives on the battle field, but also those who Continue reading


Train Like A Girl

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I never accepted being a girl as a reason for not being able to physically do something. As a little girl I always looked up to my older brother. I watched him in envy as he raced his dirt bike through the trees and as soon as my little four year old feet could reach the kick start I was right behind him. When he signed up for BMX racing, so did I. When other girls were on their way to piano lessons I was more interested in racing my bike off a dock into the lake. When the backyard apple trees were no longer difficult to climb my dad would simply harness me up with a rope and let me climb something taller. I realized my love for adrenaline at a Continue reading


Lost at Sea

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Ever since I can remember, I have loved and admired the tranquility of the ocean. My childhood summers were spent alongside my family on vacation and I cannot recall a single summer where I didn’t spend at least one weekend listening to the waves lap against the shore. As a little girl I would spend entire days picking sand dollars out of the tide pools, drawing pictures in wet sand and chasing crabs from underneath their rocks. Evenings were either spent jumping barefoot across sun bleached driftwood in search of the perfect sea shell or curled up in a beach towel watching the sunlight play along the horizon before its final descent.

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Passion is the Reward When You Realize Fear is a Choice

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Everyone is meant to feel passion in life. Our culture tends to associate passion with relationships exclusively, but passion is simply feeling the fullest expression of love. However, the most common obstacle in the way of living a passionate and fulfilling life is fear. A great friend of mine shared a simple quote with me about how fear manifests in all of us. Fear is simply, False Evidence Appearing Real.

Fear is a powerful emotion that twists our common sense. Life will never give us 100% guarantees for Continue reading


When a Healthy Lifestyle Becomes Unhealthy Living

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Most people only ever associate fitness with positive connotations and results, however this has become far from the truth for many individuals, especially women. In a society obsessed with outward images, the healthy approach to fitness has  shifted to an unhealthy obsession and addiction.

Facebook, Twitter, Snapcrap and Instagam is saturated with Continue reading


Let Love In

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In a time when social media blurs the line between reality and fantasy it’s hard to distinguish what is genuine anymore. Whether it’s a relationship, career, friendship or lifestyle, we have forgotten how to accept life for what it truly is….. imperfect and flawed. It’s as simple as a few well taken photos and one can paint a picture of the quintessential life. We choose to hide the mistakes, the flaws, the less than perfect moments in a desperate attempt to prove ourselves. And yet the audience of approval is a sea of strangers.  In this constant striving for perfection we fight feelings of insecurity, low self esteem and doubt. Whether we like it or not, we are now in a generation where Continue reading