Posts in Mental Health
The Boldly Vulnerable Series: Mental Health and Entrepreneurship Panel

To officially launch The Boldly Vulnerable Series, and in celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week, I hosted a panel conversation diving deep into the topic of mental health and entrepreneurship. We explored why entrepreneurs are particularly susceptible to experiencing mental illness, how we can better support our personal and community mental health, as well as providing tips for managing your business while experiencing a mental health setback.

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Let's Talk More About Mental Health and Entrepreneurship

I’ve been in the entrepreneurial space for a few years now, thanks to my side hustles and my work at Futurpreneur. And I noticed an unsettling trend then, but it’s becoming more apparent now: we don’t like to talk about our mental health. Sure, business owners will talk about not getting enough sleep, and you can find a ton of fluff pieces on self-care as an entrepreneur. But we seem to shy away from getting into the meat of our mental health and any experience with mental illness.

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Now Introducing Insomnia To My Mental Illness Cocktail

I’ve lived with mental illness for about ten years now, but I had not yet truly experienced insomnia before. Sure, I had the occasional bouts of restless sleep, times where I’ve struggled to fall asleep, or one all-nighter every now and then. But never in my life had I felt true insomnia.

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Reflections on Mental Illness and Family

I’ve been slowly reading My Lovely Wife In The Psych Ward by Mark Lukach.

The novel chronicles the life of Mark and his wife Giulia who, at 27, experiences an unexpected psychotic break. It is a memoir of Mark’s experiences as Giulia is admitted to the psych ward, her recovery process, their work to move their life forward after her psychosis, and then her eventual relapse two more times into psychosis.

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the scariest thing i've experienced living with depression

It's been a long time since I had to be honest with myself and admit I was living with depression. I first told someone what I was experiencing sometime in 2010, though not in the exact right words. I think I found those words as 2011 turned into 2012. By September 2013, I asked my doctor about anti-depressants after trying to manage without them all that time. 

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how to create days lived with intention: download the new sequoia life dayplanner

I talk about living with intention a lot. All the time. Almost an obsessive amount. It's not a new concept or an exotic idea I've introduced, but it is the fundamental principle that shows up in my day-to-day that keeps me sane. Well, sane-ish. Or sane-adjacent. 

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six reads to ignite a little self-love

The reality of this world is that no one can take care of you, but you. And yet, more often than not, we neglect our self-love in the service of others. Whether we feel selfish for focusing on the 'me', or it's easier to focus on other realities, self care can be easy to let slide. 

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creative, messy mindfulness

Staying in this past weekend was bliss, but I was intentional with the time I gifted myself. The cold snap Toronto faced provided me space to be mindful, and to express my creativity while doing so. Over the space of 54 hours, I painted, texturized, glued and drew two pieces of mixed media art I'm actually really proud of. 

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six realities of dating when you're an entrepreneur

Dating and building your business is not always easy. Your time is precious and a lot of responsibility falls on your shoulders. It’s up to you to pay the bills, pay your staff and keep the business growing. This often leaves room for little else. But it’s important to find balance as an entrepreneur, and that includes nurturing the personal relationships in your life.

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joyful with minted

In 24 years I hadn't missed a dinner - this includes a Christmas I had pneumonia and I should have missed the dinner. But with 4,365 KM between us, it's just not feasible to go home this year, and I know that's got to be tough on my loved ones back in BC. So I knew I had to do something special to let them all know how much they mean to me. 

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mindful gift guide

It's that time of year again! But for me, this will be the strangest Christmas ever. I won't be going back to Vancouver for the holidays so I plan on spending Christmas night at the movies followed by wine at home. But that's not stopping me from holiday shopping and so for the third year I present the In A Sequoia Mindful Holiday Gift Guide! 

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