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World Suicide Prevention Day

September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day and would have been my dad’s 64th birthday. My dad died by suicide in January of 2015. Suicide and mental health are topics our family openly talks about. Every year 800,000 people around the world die by suicide. When someone dies by suicide their family, friends and communityContinue reading “World Suicide Prevention Day”

Tell Your Story Together

Kane and I tell our healthcare story together through photography. At this stage of the game, for Kane, I think it’s something fun to do with mom, something to pass the time at hospital appointments. For me, it’s how I manage the nerves and feelings that come up around those same hospital appointments. Photography isContinue reading “Tell Your Story Together”

Personal Project: 100 New Friends

As strange as it sounds, Covid-19 and the physical distancing protocols put in place in Alberta led me to complete a variation of one of the personal photography projects on my bucket list. In December 2019, I completed my sixth consecutive project 52. For those of you new to personal photography projects, a project 52Continue reading “Personal Project: 100 New Friends”

Throwback Post: A Day in My 2015 Life

This post is a throwback to the very first time I did an entire day in the life. This post was originally published in October 2015 and I am bringing it out of retirement to share with my Personal Photography Projects class through artsPlace. I love looking back to see just how far my photographyContinue reading “Throwback Post: A Day in My 2015 Life”

Personal Project: Corona Stories

We’ve been physical distancing for a month and a half now. Some days feel routine. Some days make my skin crawl. Some days my eyes are open to the details around me. Some days I’m just struggling to find things to be grateful for. But this is where I am at right now and IContinue reading “Personal Project: Corona Stories”

Personal Projects: Finding Meaning

“Perspective is a function of experience. Kids can feel like their worlds are ending because their worlds are smaller than ours…So, what we can do, is let them feel. Give them permission to feel. And more importantly, be super brave, and let them see us feel. Let them watch us navigate our feelings in awkward,Continue reading “Personal Projects: Finding Meaning”

Personal Project: March Madness

Join me on a little visual journey of our new normal… Kane’s spring concert was the last group event we attended. It was way back on March 11th. Our home has begun to look a little different as we have tried to create some consistency and routines following Alberta school closures on March 16th. AndContinue reading “Personal Project: March Madness”

Child Life…a gratitude letter

On September 23rd, 2019 my six year old son, Kane, underwent his second open heart surgery at the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta. In the months leading up to Kane’s surgery, I kept struggling with two challenging thoughts… I was really concerned with how different this surgery would be than Kane’s first heart surgery when he wasContinue reading “Child Life…a gratitude letter”

Flourish After a Suicide

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day and would have been my dad’s 60th birthday. My dad died by suicide in January of 2015. My life was forever changed by suicide that January, though my family was not able to openly talk about suicide until we received the coroner’s final decision in March 2016. I don’tContinue reading “Flourish After a Suicide”