Personal Stories

August 12, 2019

I was raised in a household with a white, conservative male father, who conditioned me to believe that “women are far too emotional to run a country.” Men always had the upper hand because emotions made the rest of us weak.

I got pregnant and had my daughter all by the age of 20. I wanted so badly for the baby to be a girl so I could dress her up in frilly pink bows and pigtails. For a few years, I got my wish. It wasn’t until...

August 8, 2019

What is trauma? I learned a long time ago not to define my trauma as worse or better, easier or harder than someone else's. To one person, it may be falling and needing surgery; to another person it may be a physical or sexual assault; to another person it may be losing a close family member or friend. To yet someone else, it may be a car crash or another accident that terrified and traumatized them.

Trauma, defined, is a deepl...

August 7, 2019

Trigger Warning: this post may be difficult for those struggling with anxiety, depression, ADHD, or disordered eating. 

Mental Health struggles can be difficult to grasp for someone who never lived it. So not only am I trying to raise awareness by making you understand what’s going on in my head…

(ps. this is literally in the space of a few minutes)

My anxiety:

why aren’t they inviting me? 

why am I such a loser when it comes to so...

August 5, 2019

I never experienced loneliness for very long as a child, teenager, or even a young adult, until this past year. Sure, there were a few times at recess or the first day of a new school, but those lasted days or hours.

Having grown up, and having the most life experience yet, I definitely feel that I should have the most friends I’ve ever had. Then I wonder “more friends isn’t necessarily going to make me less lonely.” I could ha...

July 19, 2019

I finished my university classes back in December 2018 and was eager to begin my career. I had been applying to jobs throughout my final year and after nine months of applying in Ottawa, my options were running thin. It was brought to my attention that there was an opening as an Event Planner in a small town. Since I had several years of event planning experience already, I felt I was highly qualified to apply. I made it throu...

July 4, 2019

I’ve been asking myself this more and more recently. Over the last few years, I have become less inclined to socialize and more inclined to hibernate. Just to be clear, I have never been a 24-hour party girl, but I do find that it's becoming more of a rarity for me to be out past daylight hours! 

After hearing a few comments from my peers, I started to wonder if this was an issue I should be concerned about. I don't want to bec...

With Pride month here in Toronto coming to a close (or maybe it’s just beginning where you are), I’ve been thinking a lot about coming out and what that means.

At 15, I knew I was bisexual. However, I didn’t fully admit it to myself until I was 20. 

I grew up in a Christian household that was fairly judgmental of “otherness.” That includes the LGBTQ community, those with mental illnesses, and even other cultures. Even the concep...

June 14, 2019

I was in fifth grade the first time I used my hair as an act of defiance. At this time, I was bullied by my peers. In response, I wanted to redefine myself and create distance from the girls who tormented me. I remember bringing in the photo of the popstar “Pink” to my hairdresser. Her song “So What” had been an anthem of sorts, and I sought to channel that energy into my life. Pink embodied the swagger of a punk rock woman wh...

May 8, 2019

I travelled halfway across the planet for non-job-related reasons, completely alone, and I did it on purpose.

May 7, 2019

I remember joking around with my boyfriend about this future kid of ours. I also remember being panicked when it hit me that this was actually happening.But how ultimately excited I was to go into this next chapter! Then within a week of finding out, it was over.

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