Interviews

Embracing gratitude

July 9, 2018




Living in the city has given me a valuable lesson on finding new ways of embracing my life, which has changed considerably. And that’s a good thing. I’m no longer the same person I was before, I’ve gone through a spiritual metamorphosis where I feel more like a butterfly, free to explore my surroundings. 

Even though my routine is very different now and I’m still trying to figure out the best (ie: cheapest) grocery stores, restaurants and pet supplies, it’s an exciting venture for me to discover these places. And it’s even more fun when I’m with my fabulous neighbours, finding cool places to hang out in the community. The backdrop and change of pace is exactly what I needed. It has allowed me to grow and learn more about myself. 

Everyday, I count my blessings and find things to be grateful for, regardless of how big or small it may be. There is a reason for that. I had to change my perspective in order to get out of the habit of living in fear. There is a long story related to that which I cannot go into here but needless to say, it left a deep impression on me. I was dealing with anxiety and panic attacks, and it made me realize that it needed to be resolved urgently. 

This meant learning to walk away from situations or people that were too negative for me. Being exposed to difficult circumstances that I had no control over, forced me to look for more creative solutions. I had to take a step back and observe my surroundings in order to determine what was affecting me. That’s when I began to see a pattern. There were numerous factors that were infiltrating my personal space which was sapping my strength and emotional well being. By taking the time to literally meditate on what I needed, it gave me the tools to take the necessary steps for the sake of my sanity. 

It required finding moments of peace everyday. It didn’t matter if it was a quick run outside by the river, taking photos of the flowers nearby, playing with my purr-babies, doing Sudoku or reading one of Gabrielle Bernstein’s books (which I highly recommend). I needed to reconnect with myself, even just for a little while, in order to grow even more. 

I also needed to find gratitude in order to bring in more joy and attract good things. By doing that, it can help me accept what I have right now. It really does a make a difference to look for things to be grateful for. By focusing on the things that I appreciate, all around me, creates a more energetic shift within me. 

One of the biggest things that I discovered while doing this, has been finding ways of sharing my inspiration. And that is designing artwork featuring a short and inspirational quote to share with others. This is what Gabrielle Bernstein encourages all of us to do: by sharing our love, we can inspire others in the community,  and thereby encourage a more positive vibe to grow within us. 

 

Learning Curve

June 27, 2018



Moving from a small, rural community to a large city was a big change for me in many ways. Ironically, it’s the same city that I grew up in, except that it has morphed into a metropolis over the last decade. It was virtually unrecognizable when I first drove in, I was surrounded by brand new tall condos, lots of superstores and restaurants. The streets looked different too, the landscape had changed over time. 

For me, it was a new beginning, a fresh start and exciting stage in my life. I ...


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Inspire

June 19, 2018



When I recently posted an old childhood photo of me wearing a body aid, I had no idea as to how popular it would become. There was a flurry of responses from many other people who had a hearing loss like me. I was astounded. As I read their comments, I realized that the majority of us had the same opinion about it: we hated the body aid.

As a child, I personally saw it as a monstrosity that invited unkind remarks from complete strangers who typically said that I was “too young to wear one....


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Alive

June 17, 2018



What does it mean to be alive? That question seems to have popped up so many times lately in the wake of the suicides of designer Kate Spade and chef Anthony Bourdain. Strangely, around the same time this happened, there was a sense of a heavy pall around the world. Was there was a sudden shift in the earth’s magnetic poles? Or perhaps a change in the sun’s solar flares? Whatever the reason, there is a universal feeling that many of can sense that something is not right, deep down in our ...

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New beginnings

May 25, 2018
It's amazing how a new home can make a world of a difference in my life. I recently moved to a place that I'm familiar with and ironically the same city that my mother and I grew up in. For some reason, it felt right to go back home. It's a fresh start for me, a safe place where I already feel comfortable living. I really do feel blessed being here and grateful for everything. Within days of moving, I obtained a freelance job which was a wonderful surprise. Perfect timing too, I can use the f...
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Moving forward

April 9, 2018
As I move forward to new beginnings in my life, I've become more aware of how my daily experiences, particularly with a hearing loss, have become valuable lessons for me. 

Every single one of us goes through this every day, it's how we grow and evolve as human beings. It's how we discover our strengths and weaknesses, through the situations we face on a regular basis. Whether it's during our commute, at work, during sports or at home, there is always something for us to learn. 

It can be the sm...
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Making a difference

February 22, 2018


As I finalize the details of my upcoming trip, I’m going over every aspect of it to ensure that I receive the necessary assistance for a (mostly) smooth trip. Invariably, there will always be a hiccup along the way, such as delays or that someone forgot I had a disability. Yes, I do have a disability, I don’t sugarcoat it by saying things like “I’m more able than disabled”.  Even though my profound hearing loss is invisible, it’s very real and a huge obstacle for me to overcome on...

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Thank you Nyle

February 19, 2018



After a day of rain, the snow is finally melting. It’s a nice change to watch the fog rise in the air, and I can see the ground again, a sign that spring is on it’s way. I’ve grown tired of the huge mounds of snow on my driveway that were as tall as my small car. The amount of ice and snow we had this year was beyond ridiculous.

During a break this morning, I took a look at my social media feed and came across a trending, hot topic. Deaf model and dancer, Nyle DiMarco, tweeted about h...


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Symbol of Hope

February 11, 2018




As the snow continues to fall outside during another winter storm, I’ve been spending time on Pinterest looking for new Supergirl wallpapers to use on my tablet. Yes, I’ll admit that I love that show, for so many personal reasons. I think it’s because I can relate to her. As someone with a hearing loss, I’m always searching for inspiration, someone to look up to and I find  that she is a great choice. 

Even though Supergirl is incredibly strong, fearless and determined to help others, ...

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Matters of the heart

January 22, 2018


This past weekend has been unusually warm with temperatures hovering above 5C along with beautiful sunshine. It was a welcome reprieve to the bone chilling temperatures at minus 25C and a ridiculous amount of snow. Because of the warm weather, much of the deep snow has melted, I can now view the grass peeking through in the front field and actually see my driveway. Although that might not last very long, since there is another storm headed this way with freezing rain. To me, that's a fun phot...
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