Dear Friend: An Open Letter About My Alcoholic Boyfriend

My significant other is an out of work, depressed alcoholic.It's Friday night right now. Like other Friday nights, when I got home from work today, he was already passed out drunk. In about an hour, he will stumble out of bed, into the kitchen looking for food and shovel it into his mouth. Afterwards he might stumble back into bed and not show his face for another few hours, at which point I will have already called it a night. Or he may wander around the apartment ranting about anything from Rob Ford to how he doesn't like a bunny that lives in the park beside our apartment....more
Wow - Love this! You've just shown me another side to this situation. An important side. Your ...more

I lost this battle, but I will win the war.

While I have struggled with anxiety and depression my whole life, I can usually maintain control over it. There are times, however, when it has much more control over me than I over it. It won a recent battle, and as a result I had to take a three week medical leave from work. While this was a huge blow to me, I can happily say that I took advantage of that three week leave to put some truths and strategies in place to help myself recover... and hopefully to prevent this from happening again....more
@Denise Thank you Denise! :)more

Not Myself Today

I really have to applaud Partners for Mental Health's Not Myself Today campaign – a campaign to raise awareness of mental illnesses in the workplace. I wish this had been done a lot sooner, but am very happy to see that it's finally getting some well-needed exposure....more
They've done some good commercials for this campaign, haven't they?more

On the topic of shoe maintenance...

Like many women, I have a bit of a shoe fetish. And by "a bit" I mean that I have enough shoes that I could wear at least one different pair every day for a month and not wear the same pair twice.It's both lucky and unlucky for me that I no longer work in a shoe store. While it means that I no longer get a discount on shoes, it also means that I'm not nearly as tempted to buy new shoes on a weekly basis....more
@rachkmc LOL you're awesomemore

I have been eating gluten free for exactly four weeks today.

Since the beginning of the year, I had been feeling progressively worse and worse both mentally and physically. I was always exhausted, no matter how much (or little) sleep I got and my digestive system was bothering me more and more. My worst fear was that my anxiety and depression had escalated to a level where I would need to increase the dosage of my anti-depressants, so I put off going to see the doctor as long as possible. Five weeks ago, it came to a point where I couldn’t deal with feeling gross anymore, so finally sucked it up and made that doctor’s appointment....more

Canadian Businesses and Social Responsibility

Today, Macleans posted two articles that I found highly interesting. The first was Canada the good?, a look at why Canada is ranked very low on having socially responsible companies. The second article, Top 50 socially responsible corporations, takes a look at companies in Canada who are socially responsible, and what exactly it is that makes them socially responsible....more

Quebec City Holidays

Last year I went to San Diego Comic Con. While it was tonnes of fun, I had a revelation - I had officially now been to more locations in the USA than I had of my own beautiful country, Canada. And so I vowed to myself that within the next decade, I would visit at least one city in each province and territory in Canada.* Bonus points for those locations with some sort of historical significance....more

It's definitely a good long-weekend destination, especially since you are already relatively ...more

Cooking for One

I have been living on my own for almost five years now. I enjoy the freedom not having roommates gives me, and I must say that even having a boyfriend who lives in another city is a blessing when it comes to be time to cook dinner. ...more

I have had this open and been meaning to comment for two days. Ha!

Cooking for one is hard. ...more

Do you ever really get over the embarrassment and humiliation of harassment in the workplace?

I work in an industry where the number of males greatly outnumbers the females, and this is evident in the company I work for, where there is one woman to every five men. (And even that is a huge improvement to where it was a year ago.) So I work with a lot of males. And most of the time I highly enjoy that - I have a lot more in common with my male coworkers than I do with female friends....more

Most of me knows that... just not all of me. Thanks. :)more