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January 12, 2018

For as long as I can remember, I've felt isolated. As a child, I got along better with adults than I ever did with my peers. Before I could name what I was feeling as anxiety, I knew only that I felt uncomfortable and out of step with what was happening around me. I sa...

January 7, 2018

My friend and I, both avid gamers, were talking recently about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. I didn’t enjoy The Champions' Ballad expansion because it heavily features some of my least favourite game mechanics: spatial reasoning puzzles as opposed to open-wo...

January 4, 2018

We spend a lot of time talking about the power of vulnerability, of being real, but are we really being honest?

I see a lot of content that glosses over how difficult things can really be, that still puts the sheen of social media on people's experiences. We see the suc...

January 2, 2018

I teared up during the opening credits of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

As the familiar overture swelled, I looked around the packed theater and was keenly aware that this was a moment of cultural significance.

I thought about all the children who watched the original trilog...

December 30, 2017

What does living with a disability look like?

I would describe myself as an educated, well spoken, highly driven overachiever. In university, I was in the honours program, involved with student governance, and a leader of extracurricular initiatives within my department...

December 30, 2017

I’ve struggled this week. It’s the most time off I’ve had since May, and while having this time and space has felt very luxurious, it’s also been marked with guilt, fear, and anxiety.

I find myself writing things I’m proud of in the moment, only to hesitate to share the...

December 17, 2017

I have a confession to make.

When I decided to write this blog, I didn’t really know what I was going to write about. I have a very full life right now, and I found myself getting increasingly anxious about not being able to follow through on my commitment.

And then I re...

December 14, 2017

I’m angry, and it’s my fault.

When you’re good at what you do, people are going to ask for your time, your energy, and your talent. It’s your job as a creative person to protect yourself and say no when you need to, when something doesn’t feel good or right to you.

How m...

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