PTSD
Kendra

PTSD: Meditation vs. Medication

Haiti haunted our house, my Father’s days and nights seemed to revolve around the political chaos that was Haiti. For 3 years in Ottawa, I picked up the phone, overheard things I wasn’t supposed to, watched my Father leave and go back to the office at all hours of the night. When we finally left for our posting to Venezuela,

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Foreign Affairs
Kendra

10 Questions You Should Answer Before Joining the Foreign Service

I love asking former colleagues of my Father’s and mine the one question “Why did you become a Diplomat?” the answers have always varied, some are funny “I just thought I could meet more exotic women if I became a diplomat”, which always made me laugh, to “I wanted to be part of changing the world.” I was never a

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Grief
Kendra

Grief, Home and Bermuda

Home is definitely something that’s definition has alluded me over the years. While most people would think of a home or a city as a home. I had neither lived in the same city for long, or ever came back to the same house, so I guess the standard idea of home was not for me. Like most Diplomatic kids,

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PTSD
Kendra

Finding my Confidence Again

I am not sure if it happened to you, but the moment the placenta left my body, so did my confidence. I am not entirely sure where the hell it went, or what exactly happened, but everything shifted. I began to question myself, I had gained weight, I plagued myself with guilt and self hate. It was a slow downhill

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PTSD
Kendra

PTSD at Boarding School – It’s a hard knock life

I got to the small enclave of white and green buildings. I took a breath, it was fresh, it didn’t smell like garbage, open sewer, or damp mold. It was odd. I was alone in this experience, there was no going back. There I was, in a tiny town in Ontario, at a co-ed boarding school. My parents had dropped

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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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