Favourites-October Edition

I’ve decided to go back to doing my Friday Favourites posts, but instead of doing them weekly and on a Friday, I’m going to post them monthly. Doing this reminds me of things that make me happy and helps to keep me focused on the positive. Below you’ll find a few of my favourite things for this month!

  1. Fall! Fall is here. There are beautiful colours everywhere. The leaves crunch under my feet. The temperature is finally cooler, I can wear sweaters and boots. And it’s almost Halloween.

October favourites

2. PSL! Pumpkin Spice Lattes are back at Starbucks. My favourite October treat! Yummy! (Special thanks to my friend T.J. who brought me my first one this year)

October favourites


3. Aberfoyle Flea Market- This isn’t just a monthly favourite. it’s an all the time favourite. a great way to spend the day with family. Looking at antiques and other flea market finds. You never know what treasures might be there. We go a few times each year.

October favourites


4. Hocus Pocus & Haunted Mansion-my two favourite Halloween theme-ish movies to watch this time of year. I do not like scary movies at all. These two are about as scary as I will go.



5. Craft Beer- My husband is becoming quite the beer connoisseur and loves going to the craft breweries we have in town. I like going with him. We split the beer and usually something to eat and spend some great time together. We recently visited the Descendants Brewery. Loved their new concoction for Oktoberfest.



I’d love to hear about your favourite things, what do you love right now? Leave a comment below.

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A Case of the Wishes


I’ve come down with a case of the “wishes”. It doesn’t involve a fever or the flu but it is that feeling that overcomes you when you want your life to be different and you spend time wishing for what it could be.  Like these ones that came over me today:

  • I wish I wasn’t in pain
  • I wish I wasn’t anxious all the time
  • I wish I was there was a cure for fibromyalgia
  • I wish there was a cure for depression
  • I wish there was a cure for PTSD
  • I wish I could work
  • I wish I could contribute somehow
  • I wish I was thinner and pretty
  • I wish I could read a book in a day like I use to
  • I wish money wasn’t a concern for us
  • I  wish I could fix up the house the way we’d like to
  • I wish Trump wasn’t running for President of the U.S. (this scares me)
  • I wish people always had a safe place to live and food in their bellies
  • I wish I was really really smart and could solve the worlds problems

One of the biggest problems with a “case of the wishes” is that it makes you feel powerless over your life.

Where do you begin to change things? and is it even possible?

In my case, getting what I wish for just isn’t going to happen. So what do I do?

I think there are two remedies that can cure a case of the wishes. A good dose of reality and spending the time to create a gratitude list or at least looking at one you’ve already created- like this one I made here. That’s what I intend to do this afternoon. Make a cup of tea and spend time with a feeling of gratitude and remind myself that my life is really blessed.

Have you ever been hit with a case of the wishes? What’s one wish you have? What about one thing you’re grateful for? Let me know in the comments.

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Your Brain on PTSD

Brain and PTSD

I have PTSD, and as some of you know this past summer I was in a program for PTSD Recovery. Though I’d say that it was more of an emotional stabilization program than anything, I did learn a lot while I was there. Lot’s of skills and techniques to help with my depressive and anxiety symptoms. What I found most interesting was when we learned about the ways PTSD effects the brain. It actually changes it. We also learned how PTSD triggers are processed by the brain. I felt such relief learning this, it meant that I wasn’t just crazy.

PTSD occurs because of trauma, it could be trauma from childhood, from being a first responder, a car accident and much more. This is how trauma often affects us- causing these symptoms of PTSD:


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It’s how my traumas have affected me. There isn’t a symptom up there that I don’t have or relate to in some way.

This is how our brain responds when triggered by a traumatic memory or something that reminds us of the event.


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I live in a world of panic, hyper-vigilance, anxiety, and depression. But it’s not something I can just snap my fingers and fix. It’s also not just “all in my head”. There are physical and chemical changes to my brain. So how do I heal from that?

I just started with a new therapist who is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). EMDR is “an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma and many other mental health problems”. (from the EMDR Canada website) It’s been proven clinically to help people with PTSD. Things are going well with the new therapist. I like her and I feel hopeful that she can help me. But I have a long road ahead.

Thanks in advance for your understanding and support.

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Pain Exhibit-A Chronic Pain Gallery

I stumbled across the Pain Exhibit website one day while doing a search for organizations that help those with chronic pain.

The Pain Exhibit “is an online educational, visual arts exhibit from artists with chronic pain with their art expressing some facet of the pain experience. The mission is to educate healthcare providers and the public about chronic pain through art, and to give voice to the many who suffer in silence.” (from their website).  You can find out more about their organization, how to participate or even how to support their initiatives by clicking here.

I’m thrilled to announce the the Pain Exhibit has accepted two of my art pieces for their online galleries. I feel so excited to be part of this organization in some small way.

The two pieces they accepted:

Pain Exhibit


This piece speaks to what feels like my daily meals. I take many medications each and every day to manage my pain and my mental health. This “meal” includes the four “food” groups – medications for: pain, inflammation, anxiety and depression


Pain Exhibit

Zentangled Spine

I have strong feelings of hate towards my body. Especially my back. It brings so much pain. But in this moment I tried to think of it as beautiful and this is the image I created. (I’ve zentangled other “parts” as well you can check them out here.)

I hope you’ll take the time to check out their website and online galleries. Lot’s of incredibly inspirational art there.

I use art as an outlet for my pain and emotions. Have you ever tried a creative form to express yourself? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.

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