comitted Christian and have been all my life, I believe that if you have God you will never be able to hit rock bottom. After almost two years of unemployment I am back studying and getting my Cert. 4 in Community Services and loving it. My aim is to either go into community development/services in local government or work for a mental health organisation helping people get the help they need. I am a Youth Ambassador for ReachOut.com (you can read more about that here) which I love and can't imagine not doing, this has pushed me out of my comfort zone and given me a chance to share my story with having anxiety.
My life has never been easy but I have learnt to just trust God with it, its ok to cry and sometimes you just need to dance in the rain while waiting for the storm to pass.
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Here are 15 things that you should know about me:
- I was diagnosed with Dyspraxia when I was 2 and Anxiety when I was 12 (there is a link between them). Both cause me struggles but I always persevere and stay focused during the tough times. Dyspraxia means I can't play sports (no hand-eye coordination) and am super clumsy. Anxiety means I am always aware of my mental health and see a psychologist on a regular basis.
- I am the oldest out of 3 girls, my middle sister Megan has Down Syndrome and my youngest sister Jocelyn has red hair. I still live at home with them and my parents and for now its the right decision.
- I can't stand walking around barefoot and wear shoes even when I am just around the house.
- I live with 2 cats, one of which is mine (Rikki or Paprika) and the other is a family cat (Maddy). They were both adopted from my local cat shelter and make my house a home.
- I am currently studying to get my Cert. 4 in Community Services but I have previously worked as a customer service officer in local government but found that my it was making my anxiety flare up and made the tough decision to leave after much prayer and thought. I am unsure what my next job will be after finishing my studies but I am giving it to God and praying that he will guide me through this next stage in my life.
- I am a big binge watcher of shows and once I find a show I love I can't/won't stop watching until I've watched all available episodes. In the past I've binged Greek, Degrassi: The Next Generation, Scrubs, Parks and Recreation, The Office, Saving Hope, Friends, Greenhouse Academy, Dance Academy... I could go on and on! I love Canadian TV shows and I will give anything a go as long as its not horror or too dark.
- I started this blog when I was 15 and its grown from there, I have no idea where it will go but I have loved seeing it develop and hope to continue it for many years to come!
- I love to read books and enjoy reading before bed. I have an e-reader and take it with me everywhere and its not uncommon to find me in a café reading when I need some 'me time'. Once I find an author I love I will read all their books, I still read authors I discovered when I was in high school. Reading for me is an escape and I love a book that can make me laugh, cry and has a few twists. Some of my favourite authors are: Jenni B Jones, Erryn Mangum, Candace Calvert, Dee Henderson, Ally Carter, Sarah Dessen, Rachel Hauck and Cat Patrick.
- I am very creative and do a lot of craft and painting in my spare time. I can't not just watch TV so you will most likely find me watching a movie or TV show while crafting or painting.
- I love baking and am known for my baked goods among my friends and family! Baking is an escape for me and I love baking for my friends and family whenever the occasion arrives, be it bible study, for their birthdays or just because.
- I am a planner and need a routine to function, I also rely on lists and use a lot of post it notes.
- I am extremely clumsy (I blame Dyspraxia) but have never broken a bone (though I have bruised my knee bones quite a few times, so am banned from ice skating) I have fallen in a fish pond once, peeled the tip off my left pointer finger (its on a slight angle if you look at it closely) and have numerous scars from my various falls and mishaps.
- My love language is gift giving and I love finding the perfect gift for my friends and family. I am also known to buy people things just because (which my bank account hates).
- I'm a published author on The Mighty, you can check out the articles I have written here.
- I have a dream of publishing a book either fiction or about my life, but for now I blog. I hope you stay a while and see what I have to say.