Monday, April 22, 2019

How to Stay Positive (When People Keep Telling You to "Stay Positive")

Some housekeeping: My writing New Year's resolution has hit a bit of a slowdown lately. However, even though I haven't been blogging much I have been working on the blog. I'm working on a new version of the blog that will be a much nicer and more user-friendly design. It will be much easier for people to find Julia's posts, and to generally navigate around the site. So stay tuned!

Today I want to talk about positive thinking. By this, I mean something quite specific. I'm not referring to research findings from positive psychology about how to create positive emotions. This is extremely important, as I'll cover.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Resolutions for a New Year - and a New Me

Making resolutions feels strange after experiencing deep loss. Any sort of planning or dreaming - is there any point when you know more of life's vicissitudes could be around the corner?

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Reflections After 2 Years

Happy new year, folks! I hope you've all started off well with crushing those resolutions. I know I have, because one of my big ones is to write more! More on my resolutions in another blog post that will follow in the next few days.

For now, I'm going to share some reflections on where I've been and where I'm at in the grief department. This post will be about looking back and the next post will be about looking forward.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018


Today, July 4th, 2018, would be Julia's 30th birthday. Though we still celebrate Julia, as we should, on this day, it's no longer her birthday. Or at least, it's no longer the day on which she transitions from one age to the next. She is now ageless.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Discovering the New Me

Major life events change you.

I'm not sure if this is a controversial statement or not but I get the sense that many people don't want to believe it. Many people are uncomfortable with the idea that you can't always be 100% in control of your identity. Many people think that you can always choose who you are, what you believe, the communities you can exist in. I think I used to believe that - I can't remember exactly - but if I did, I don't anymore.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Suffering, Abandonment, and the Cross - My Interview at Cobourg Alliance Church

To be honest, I have a hard time being honest. At least with people I don't know well. It's not usually because I'm ashamed of anything or hate talking about my struggles. It's usually just because I don't have the energy to engage in the long conversations that go along with opening up.