From the Comfort of My Prison Cell

Sometimes living with mental illness feels like a life sentence in jail. You become a prisoner of your own mind, and you slowly lose your ability to function in the outside world. All you know is the four walls of your prison cell. Anything outside of that becomes foreign, distant, confusing, and even more worrisome … Continue reading From the Comfort of My Prison Cell

So Long Comfort Zone

The following excerpt is taken from an email I wrote to Ryan on January 9th, 2008: I’m so unbelievably out of my comfort zone. A while ago I wrote a tune called “Seasons” that discussed the cyclical nature of my eating disorder (and my life), and my dependence on that cycle. Even though I had an innate desire to … Continue reading So Long Comfort Zone

Looking Back and Moving Forward

I started Braver Than Before just over one month ago and it has been an absolutely amazing journey! Since my first post, braverthanbefore.com has been viewed over 6500 times by people in 50 countries around the globe! I am utterly humbled and so deeply honoured by these statistics. When I started out on this venture, … Continue reading Looking Back and Moving Forward

My Manifesto: An Unnamed Poem from the Past

It is the final day of Eating Disorder Awareness week here in Canada, and I felt I should contribute one more time. I wrote the following piece of poetry on January 9th, 2003. At this time, at age 16, I was entering a day treatment program for adolescents with eating disorders in the Psych Health … Continue reading My Manifesto: An Unnamed Poem from the Past

Eating Disorder Awareness Week – Thoughts from a Survivor

We are in the middle of Eating Disorder Awareness Week here in Canada (February 1- 7). As an eating disorder survivor, this subject is very near and dear to my heart. You can read a little bit more about my recovery journey here, but today, I want to share some of my thoughts on what … Continue reading Eating Disorder Awareness Week – Thoughts from a Survivor

Axe the Act: Making a Shift from Fake to Free

As I’ve opened up about my struggles over the years, I have had numerous people—ones that know me fairly well—tell me that if I hadn’t said anything, they never would have guessed that I struggle with social anxiety. I can understand why they would say that. I know that I can tend to come across … Continue reading Axe the Act: Making a Shift from Fake to Free