On Dahlias, Joni Mitchell, and Dad

When I was 15,  I found myself living in a temporary situation. I’d left home and my future looked scary. I had an apprenticeship at a hair salon, but at minimum wage, I could not afford to live on my own. I was too young, no one would let me rent a space, plus I was […]

Learning to Hug My Inner Child

I was standing at the threshold of my home. My broken family had gathered. I hurt. I hurt with the pain that made me want to run from my body. The ache was so painful, I feared I would shatter into a million pieces. That was the first time in my life I knew I would never […]

How I Learned to See the Future

I got my first job in the hair industry at 15. At the time, I was technically homeless and not going to school either. I answered an ad to a small shop hiring a receptionist/apprentice. At that time, you could earn a trade license through an apprenticeship. I worked for a quirky Japanese man who was cheeky, but […]

The Gift of Loneliness

Ten months after my son was born, I was diagnosed with postpartum depression. At the time, I was heavily involved in my church. I served in leadership, ran a cell group in my home and worked in our community outreach. My depression ate at me. The more I tried to ignore it, the more it […]

I Want a Big LOVE Campaign

I stepped out of the car, feeling both a looming dread and a sense of relief. It was finally going to be over. I’d never felt so terrified, lost, and alone. My driver hustled me past some people standing outside the building. They tried to pass me something. I stretched out my hand, but my companion pushed me […]