Relapse, continued…

Taking a break from Instagram for most of July was a good move. I knew it would be a challenging month, but not because of less interaction with social media. My time away could be described as 'survival mode'. I simply needed the time and space to process life, without exposure to everyone else's highlight reels.... Continue Reading →

Coping with a relapse

The hardest thing I've found about chronic illness flares and relapses is not so much the physical discomfort. It's managing one's mindset, and trying not to get overwhelmed by negative thoughts. I've been in this long enough to know how it goes. A physical setback, left unchecked, can soon spiral into depression. Journalling is one... Continue Reading →

Expectations vs. reality

Have you ever had an experience where you were eagerly anticipating something, only to find out the reality was different from what you had imagined? Like, way different. (Uh-huh. We've probably all been there!) I won't go into the details of my most recent experience, but I suppose it's worth reflecting on the lessons that... Continue Reading →

Procrastination vs. progress

I'm currently working on my first real academic essay in what's been about a decade, and wow, what a trial. So much reading, so much writing, so much thinking! On some level, I suppose I'm enjoying it, but I'd forgotten how challenging study is. Especially when it's in a discipline you're only just getting acquainted... Continue Reading →

One year on…

It's been one year since record-breaking floods swept through my hometown and surrounding regions. For many, it was a harrowing time. Several people tragically died, and many more were in serious danger. Thousands were ordered to evacuate. While our street is elevated enough not to flood, homes only a few kilometres away were inundated with... Continue Reading →

Re-entry

It is interesting how when things are going relatively well, and your options open up, there emerges a need to zoom in and refocus on where you're going. On the other hand, when you cannot do much (or have precious few resources with which to move forward), then you are prone to clutch at whatever... Continue Reading →

Taking the next exit

Whenever I start thinking about the future, I'm prone to look at it through lenses from the past. That is, allowing past experiences and setbacks to have too much influence in shaping the future. To some degree, this can happen unconsciously. Recently, I was having an interesting conversation with someone. An intriguing point they made... Continue Reading →

New Year’s Eve

It's that time again: when one reflects on the past year, and thinks about what the new year might bring. (For me, the highlight of 2017 was becoming an aunt to a very cute nephew!) However, some events of this year remain difficult to think about. The year was marred by tragedy, both close to... Continue Reading →

Departure day

Today is a long-awaited day for me. For the first time in over 1.5 years, I'll be flying! As I think about this upcoming trip, I feel a little nervous. Not so much about being in a plane thousands of feet above the ground, I don't really mind that. It's just that it's been awhile... Continue Reading →

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