Category Archives: this grrrl’s life

on defying gravity (again)

Tonight on my hobble-walk* I came across a playlist of show tunes on Spotify. Happily the first song that came on was one of my very favourites: “Defying Gravity” from Wicked.  I still remember the first time I saw the song performed in person, 3+ years ago. It was such an emotional experience for me (read: […]

Research as a human(ity) approach

Here’s the end-of-term reflection I ended up writing for my Research Methods grad course I took this term. It’s not the greatest thing I’ve written, but it sorta sums up what I’ve learned over the last few months. And now I’ll preserve it here for posterity When I began ERES 800 in January, I had […]

of blue skies and head space

Just a couple weeks ago I talked about my desire to practice being more mindful in my everyday life, and how much this practice has helped me over the years (particularly during the first few years of mamahood).  That said, I haven’t been as keen of a mindfulness practitioner over the last little while, which has […]


Tomorrow I’m helping lead a service at the Unitarian Centre that is all about presence. As part of the service, I was asked to reflect for 5-10 minutes on what I think about when it comes to presence. Of course here it is, after midnight on the day of the service, so perhaps I’ll embrace […]


Today was the first day, in a long time, where I realized I’m going to be okay. It happened during the most mundane of moments, which is usually when my big ah-ha lights go off. I was in my kitchen, finally tackling a recipe I’ve had open on my phone’s browser for months.  I haven’t really […]


The other day, while having lunch with a good friend, I was rehashing the state of my liminal life when she said something that challenged me — when looking back on my past relationship, she said that she thought I was an enabler of Jerry, in that I enabled him to be disengaged from his responsibilities. […]

Owning it

“I now see how owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do.”  Brené Brown Easier said than done, Dr. Brown. But I hear you. My story hasn’t been the most uplifting tale as of late, as this blog has well documented. Granted, I’m usually more melodramatic […]