Culture Shock
Kendra

Milk it Your Way

I gingerly walked from my condo to the hospital, throwing up in each open garbage bin along the way, looking like a well-dressed junky in Vancouver. Nobody even glanced over to me, as I heaved into the bin, I just looked like part of the scenery. As I arrived at the hospital, I quickly ran to the washroom, not even

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Culture Shock
Kendra

5 Ways To Help Knock out Culture Shock

Culture Shock is a tricky beast. No matter where you move, you are bound to experience a sprinkle or avalanche of culture shock. Moving is hard, and by hard, I mean, monumentally exhausting. I have seen gone through my fair share of culture shock, some lasted longer than others, but I have tricks, and tips.  I have 5 ways I

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PTSD
Kendra

PTSD Is not an illness

I find it peculiar that PTSD is categorized by many, as a mental illness. PTSD can certainly trigger a mental illness, but it isn’t and shouldn’t be categorized as one, it just sounds like you are broken and paints a picture that defines you. A mental health problem, yes, and should be addressed most definitely.  It is a natural response

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PTSD
Kendra

PTSD Abroad

If you haven’t read my first post about PTSD, you can check it out HERE. PTSD is more common than people think. Our brains can’t process trauma very well and we have to find ways of working through the trauma we experience, there are ways, but conventional psychology and medication aren’t necessarily the best roots, but I will cover that

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travel
Kendra

Vancouver, A City of Contrasts

Moving to Vancouver from Ottawa years ago, was easy, it wasn’t a difficult decision, nor was it a hard transition. It just seemed right, we fit. We threw ourselves into the outdoor life, hiking, snowshoeing, running, biking, and walking everywhere. We did what so many transplants do, we moved into a tiny 750 square foot apartment in Yaletown, our rent

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PTSD
Kendra

PTSD and Diplomats

Growing up, PTSD wasn’t a thing, I mean, there were always random passing conversations about my Grandfather’s post war condition, and that he suffered from shell shock, but he dealt with it the same way other veterans did, by going to the local pub and drinking with his fellow air force cronies once a week. There was no PTSD, it

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