November 26, 2013


Today my friends at Prairie Yogi published an article I wrote on my experience with disordered eating, specifically a condition called Anorexia Athletica.

The response has been overwhelming, and I'm told by one of the PY women that there has been over 3,000 page views since it was posted this morning. I've received countless messages of support, empathy, and even stories of similar struggles.

Though I am clearly very comfortable with my story- at least enough to publish the most intimate details- I didn't think that "coming forward" with my experience would affect me. I was wrong. It has been a profoundly humbling experience, and I am so very appreciative to everyone who has gone out of their way to support this type of dialogue by commenting on it, sharing it, and messaging me.

If you haven't read it and would like to, please visit http://www.prairieyogimagazine.com/2013/11/hannahs-story-battle-with-anorexia.html

Namaste!

September 16, 2013

Survival Links

Ah, Fall. Colours begin to deepen, the morning air begins to bite, students are back on campus (yay!) and I've revived my blog. I've decided that taking on more freelance clients means that I should (and will) be revamping my blog/website, so please hold steadfast, my few readers, as I will be busy working behind the scenes to came up with wonderful new content for you all.

In the mean time, I thought I would post some great resources for students, including grammar-focused blogs (did that hyphen need to be there? I'm not sure. Look it up for me), PR/AD focused blogs, and "give me a laugh or I will die of excessive working in this claustrophobic edit suite" blogs.

For jobs: www.kentonlarsen.com, www.cprs.mb.ca, http://www.mediajobsearchcanada.com/

For grammar/school: http://oneproofshort.blogspot.ca/, http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/grammar-girl
 

For professional development: www.cprs.mb.ca, http://manitoba.iabc.com/
For fun: http://textsfromlastnight.com/, http://www.buzzfeed.com/maycie/heres-the-miley-cyrus-wrecking-ball-video-but-with-nicolas-c 


For CreComms: http://crecommblognetwork.blogspot.ca/ 


For grammar "fun": http://www.unnecessaryquotes.com/ 
 

 


 

May 24, 2013

April 29, 2013

One Step Closer

These past few months have been challenging, both personally and professionally.

"Challenging," is just how I like it.

At the risk of sounding like a complete dodo-head, I truly thrive on throwing myself into new challenges to sit back and watch how I come out of them. I'm extremely goal-oriented, and I love the opportunity to learn more about myself and grow both as a person and as a professional.

As I detailed in a January post, I decided to take a lesser travelled route by re-working my degree at the last minute and ditching my social sciences major for the newly created Bachelor's of Communications & Media. Is it a bit futile, since I also have a diploma in Creative Communications & 4+ years of communications experience? Maybe. But the opportunity to get the distinction of studying in communications & media in my undergrad degree was too tempting. (What can I say, I'm a resume hoarder!!)

It did involve a few challenges. I had to take extra theology courses- despite having TOO MANY credit hours in other studies. (Ah, the joys of dealing with your indecisive past self!!) I decided to get started and take a graduate level studies class in Preaching. Yes, this non-denominational often semi-religious girl was going to study with extremely talented theology students who are practicing to be preachers.

I'm proud to say that after delivering two 10-minute sermons (on the OT/NT) and attending 3 hour evening classes each Tuesday night, I aced the final exam and ended up with a B+ in the course. More importantly, I received extremely touching feedback from my classmates after giving my sermons, one even sharing that I moved him. After attending my first class, I was scared to death about what I had gotten myself into and the very unfamiliar feeling of being behind the class... I may have indulged in a 30 minute breakdown. After a good talk with the people that support me, I resolved that I would do my best, and let the chips fall where they may. Having gone through this experience and facing a huge fear (public speaking on a subject that I'm NOT an authority on), I have a greater sense of confidence and accomplishment on my ability to adapt, and subsequently, succeed.

I throw this challenge to anyone (is there anyone?) who wants to challenge themselves in 2013. Make a goal, especially if it's not one that seems easy or within your "comfort zone."I guarantee the commitment will payoff and carry not only over to your professional life, but your feeling of wellbeing and self-actualization.

Now "Go Get 'Em, Tigers!"