Self-Care Adds Up!

ErinDay-to-Day Life5 Comments

If you’re walking down the sidewalk and you see a dollar, what do you do? You pick it up! Is it going to buy you a meal? Nope. Is it going to buy you car? No way. A trip around the world? Hell no. But it counts. You know a dollar counts, you know that by saving up your dollars … Read More

ErinSelf-Care Adds Up!

Halloween Trauma Triggers

ErinThe Big Picture10 Comments

I am proud to say that readers from around the world visit and subscribe to Daisies and Bruises. Mental health is a universal issue, so I’m hoping even a few advanced alien species pick up on my site now and then. So if you’re reading from somewhere that doesn’t celebrate Halloween, here’s a link to explain the traditions and celebrations … Read More

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Little Matchstick Girl

ErinSurvival7 Comments

Sometimes I write an upbeat blog post, not because that’s how I feel all the time, but because it’s how I feel for a moment. For a moment, the other day, I thought, “Hell yes, I’m rocking my unhappiness!” And then later, when I inevitably feel weak again, I can go back to my blog and read up on how … Read More

ErinLittle Matchstick Girl

Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit

ErinPsych Ward, The Mental Health System, Uncategorized17 Comments

I’m finally ready to write about this. You know how I’ve talked about there being an infinite amount of rock bottoms, at least in my life? During my last hospital stay, I ended up in the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit for the first time in my twelve years of being in London Ontario’s mental health care system. To back up … Read More

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You Aren’t Alone

ErinSurvival14 Comments

From the age of eleven I felt depression weighing me down every day, but it wasn’t diagnosed until I was sixteen. Why? I thought it was normal to feel that way. I’d always felt sad as a kid but I could live with it. Then when I got into my double digits it became a lot bigger because people in … Read More

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The Carousel

ErinThe Big Picture, Uncategorized1 Comment

I forget if I’ve told you that I live next door to a daycare for preschool-aged children. They play in the yard between my building and theirs, and sometimes I’m lucky enough to catch some of their conversations. As I was stepping off my porch this morning I saw a girl in a pink snow suit sort of lounging by … Read More

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Awakening Truth

ErinBook Reviews, Hindsight2 Comments

Although there are several titles I have saved up in my head that I would like to purchase, instead I bought a young adult novel today at Chapters called The Whole Truth. I came across the title on amazon.com, the silhouette and bold colours catching my eye. Then of course, I saw Kit Pearson as the author and it was … Read More

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Glue for the Soul

ErinDay-to-Day Life, Therapy5 Comments

There is something calming in creating something myself. I make buttons and hair clips, I embroider and decoupage. I paint and art journal and customize everything. I took art in high school but always felt stifled with the amount of rules that were enforced. I never connected with art until I let myself create freely. Collages were my first medium. … Read More

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Fake It Till You Make It

ErinDay-to-Day Life2 Comments

I am pretending that I don’t have a headache, that I haven’t been lying on the couch for over an hour with an ice pack on my head, cursing every living thing, pill, or cure that isn’t helping me feel better. I really don’t feel strong enough to write a blog post but sometimes that’s the best we can do. … Read More

ErinFake It Till You Make It