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“Just Relax”

The ultimate relaxation would be an apology. I would love to sit down and write out an hour long lecture to the people I’m frustrated with or who I feel don’t see my point of view and just really give it to them. Intellectually. Up the ass.

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Active Trust vs. Passive Trust

Innately, we trust people emotionally because of our instincts. The way they treat us, make us feel, open themselves up, etc. We can see distinctly the way in which we can trust people by the way they act – whether we’re consciously making these distinctions or not.

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What I Learned From Dating Women Who Have Been Raped

And, you know, we always act like traumatized people are “broken” or something somehow, but my body knew exactly what it was doing. It did exactly the right thing.

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Labelled Disabled

I could say that receiving a diagnosis of having a learning disability and receiving what came along with that diagnosis, was the start of my understanding of how labels can change things, change perceptions. But, I think the first time I began to have an actual understanding of what it felt like to be “disabled” or how society reacted to disability was the day I began to walk with my cane.

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Actions Speak Louder Than Intentions

Everyone is familiar with the phrase “actions speak louder than words”. I believe in this whole heartedly, and while I still believe that honesty is important, I don’t think that being honest about what you’re doing is an excuse to do it. And that’s where a grey area comes in. A lot of people use […]

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The Empathy Loop (and 5 ways to break it)

As an empath, I absorb peoples moods like a sponge. Anywhere I go, the energy of the people or the place affects me. I’ve learned along the way to be able to hold my own – especially if I’m feeling good, but I’ve always felt a little too aware of how others are feeling. Sometimes, […]

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The Motivation of Fear

I’ve always struggled to be my best. I think we all do. We’ve been told to push ourselves past limits and be surprised at all we can be and do. This isn’t untrue – I have pushed myself, and been pleasantly surprised at the results. There’s an ever growing definition in each of us of […]

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Mental health is not a priority at this University

Dear Western University, I have been on the Dean’s Honor List, worked tirelessly on my faculty council and volunteered countless hours to the Orientation program, yet I am known to certain members of the administration as the girl who was in the psych ward. My journey accessing Western’s mental health resources (or lack thereof) began […]

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UnaffectedUnion (uAu)

UnaffectedUnion, otherwise known as uGold (Au being representative of Gold on the periodic table) is a Toronto based hip-hop group. Their easy listening sound and soothing instrumentals make these guys a excellent addition to a Drake playlist. Check them out on their soundcloud and find them on our Local Listening playlist. Stay tuned for an interview!

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Finding My Way Home

For me, home is predictable. Home is where things have a place, and I know where that place is. Home is being able to sit at a desk and write instead of cramped up on a bed, or being able to use all of the ingredients in my kitchen and not feel guilty for taking 2 days to clean the dishes. Home is where I can figure out my internal chaos without having the external contributing to it.

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