You Are Not Alone in Mental Illness

I was bullied, from Grade 6 through to the middle of Grade 11. There was a group of guys who made it their mission to make my life hell. They told me I was ugly and stupid and that no one liked me, and no one would ever love me. They said it every single […]

A Mild Case of the Januarys

By Shaley Hoogendoorn | Instagram:@messybeautywithshaley TRIGGER WARNING: The following post contains topics about mental health matters and eating disorders. If you are struggling with any mental health issues, we hope you will reach out and seek professional help. To watch Shaley’s full video, click here. Below is an edited transcription. Email subscribers, please click through to the website to watch the video.  […]

Mental Illness Cannot Contain Me

By Shaley Hoogendoorn | Twitter: @shaleyhoogs  Seven years ago I found myself in the emergency psych ward. Seven years ago I was diagnosed with Bipolar 1. To me it was actually not all that surprising. I have struggled my whole life with depression and anxiety. I have very high highs and very low lows. So high […]

A Letter to My Beautiful Mind

By Shaley Hoogendoorn | Twitter: @shaleyhoogs  Dear Mind, I used to hate you. I felt betrayed by you. I hated the way you turned my life into two moods—either dark depression or frenzied anxiety. I felt like you had chosen this path for us and I hated you for that. I despised the way you […]

Parsing it Out: Sacrifice or Duty?

What is it that makes a sacrifice truly sacrificial? Seems to me it has to be the modifier chosen for this month’s theme at SheLoves—willingness. I’m not sure that one idea can ever be successfully separated from the other, to tell you the truth. Choosing to give something up for the sake of someone else […]