TRIGGER WARNING – This article contains discussion of disordered eating which may be triggering to survivors. Please read at your own discretion.

It was six years. Six years of inpatients and outpatients, the first admission and the slippery sliding of a wheelchair down the narrow corridors of hell. The meticulous meal plans and mantra of eat, rest, repeat, the manipulative mayhem, crumb stuffed bras, defiance and devious deceit in the chocolate squares up sneaking sleeves.

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TRIGGER WARNING – This article contains information of the mental state of someone suffering abuse and engaging in self-harming behaviour which may be triggering to survivors.

Hi. My name is Mandy and this is my story of fighting addiction, trauma, and mental health. I am sharing my story for not only my own healing, but because I know the value that a story of vulnerability and hope holds for others who are seeking their own.

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Last summer was the summer of rosé. This summer, we are making it the summer of self love. This is going to be really fun!

What is 31 Days of Self Love?

It is 31 days of exercises and thought-provoking questions designed to encourage you to like yourself, expand your views about yourself, and fall a little bit more in love with yourself. We’ll explore the polarity of your light and dark side, self-forgiveness, self-acceptance, how you feel about your body and so much more.

This isn’t your average Self Love list. There are no massages, there are no spa days, no nature walks… these prompts are meant to be meaningful and to really make you think about your relationship with yourself! Self-care is more than just the fun stuff. A lot of the time it’s taking a really deep look at the things that aren’t going right in your life and then doing what you need to do to fix those things. That’s not easy! Self-care is hard. Loving yourself is hard, but you can do it!

How do you join?

It’s easy! Just bookmark this page and come back every day to check out the prompts.

On social media, use the hashtag #loveURself.

 

31 Day Self Love Challenge:

Day One: What is your biggest struggle with loving yourself?

Day Two: Get rid of a limiting belief that you have about yourself or your abilities.

Day Three: What good habit do you want to begin this month?

Day Four: What is a compliment that you struggle to accept about yourself?

Day Five: What is something you need to start saying “yes” to?

Day Six: What do you need to forgive yourself for?

Day Seven: Name a thing you love about your body and your personality?

Day Eight: Where in your life do you need to slow down and take your time?

Day Nine: What’s something in your life that you need to get rid of?

Day Ten: How can you set better boundaries in you life?

Day Eleven: How would you describe yourself, in a loving way, to a stranger?

Day Twelve: What things make you feel happy to be alive?

Day Thirteen: Take a selfie. Just as you are. Find one thing you love about it.

Day Fourteen: What would your younger self be proud of you for today?

Day Fifteen: What are you afraid to ask for? What do you need to speak up about?

Day Sixteen: What is the most loving thing you’ve ever done for yourself?

Day Seventeen: When was the last time you indulged yourself and how?

Day Eighteen: What’s one change you can make to increase your happiness?

Day Nineteen: How are you making the world a better place?

Day Twenty: How can you give yourself a break today? [Mentally, physically, or emotionally.]

Day Twenty-One: What’s something you’re working on believing that you deserve?

Day Twenty-Two: What things make you feel bad, but you find yourself doing them anyways?

Day Twenty-Three: What does your support system look like? How can you make it stronger?

Day Twenty-Four: What’s something you wish someone would say to you?

Day Twenty-Five: What things are you really really good at?

Day Twenty-Six: What parts of yourself are you ashamed of? What does your shadow self look like?

Day Twenty-Seven: What’s one choice you can make right now that your future self will thank you for?

Day Twenty-Eight: Who are your role models and what qualities do you share with them?

Day Twenty-Nine: What words or beliefs do you (want to) live your life by?

Day Thirty: What labels (negative and positive) do you assign yourself?

Day Thirty-One: Going forward how can you commit to loving yourself everyday?

I feel strange being so open. It leaves me vulnerable. Exposed. Embarrassed. Ashamed.

This is the part where I tell you that I live with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development.

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On June 15th, over 30 people gathered at STAY GOLD to support Femme Fatale Friday. A night dedicated to celebrating diversity with a charity sweat, conversation, and social, we left feeling inspired and empowered to just #BeYou.

We have Mia Mazin to thank our next day sore bodies from her upbeat workout. Our favorite part of her workout was at the end when she connected us all together for a ‘killer’ friendship-circle plank.

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Dreams do come true, and I’m living proof of this. If I had told myself 10 years ago, even
2 years ago
that I would be where I am doing what I am doing I wouldn’t have believed it. I am the first openly transgender woman to play in the CWHL. As most people know there aren’t many openly transgender athletes at the elite level, so coming out publicly was a decision that took a lot of thought. Although I expected to be on the receiving end of a lot of negativity, I knew with where I am in my life and along with my support systems that I would be okay. It’s incredibly important for transgender people to be visible because without this visibility, others will not learn that it’s okay to be your authentic self. Growing up it’s something I never knew was possible.

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My name is Mitch and this is my story of taking shame and turning it into acceptance. I live with anxiety and finally, I’m good with it.

My intention for writing this is twofold. First, the more I talk about it, the better I feel (more about that later) and second, to inspire and encourage others to do the same. If you are reading this right now, trust me when I say You are not alone. You’re not the only one feeling the feelings you are feeling. The shame you might feel about your suffering is simply a construct of your mind.

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My name is Moe Bsat and I struggle with anxiety.

My struggle began in Law School. It started with weight gain, depressive moods, excessive drinking, and a lack of sleep. In my last year of school, I couldn’t sleep anymore. I was filled with the pressure of doing well in school in order to set myself up for future success. Mental health issues have always been the dirty little secret within law school. Everyone knows the pressures of good grades, securing an articling position, and getting a job out of school; this pressure destroys a lot of young lawyers mentally. I was no different.

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Trigger warning: this article does contain discussion of disordered eating. Please read at your own discretion.

I spent months praying for something bad to happen to me; waiting for the day that I would pass out and end up in the hospital, or behind the wheel and accidentally crash my car, or maybe my heart would just give out on me. I was waiting for my rockbottom “moment” to find the will to recover, the motivation to truly fighting my illness. Little did I know I was already at rockbottom, I had that trip to the hospital, I was struggling to concentrate while driving, I was having blackouts and almost passing out while standing on my feet all day at work. I was there and I couldn’t see it.. I haven’t been able to see it, because of the illness taking over my mind.

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On March 19, 2013, I took my last breath. I had just experienced a traumatic brain injury (TBI) from a ski accident in Whistler, Blackcomb. Buried in an avalanche, upside down and four feet under snow, I was found unconscious and not breathing. My body was without oxygen for roughly 4 minutes. From that moment on, my life would no longer be what it once was; I would need to adapt to a new way of living.

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The day my son was born was the happiest day of my life. It also quickly became the most fearful and most difficult time of my life. On the one hand, I had this beautiful baby boy and felt so lucky… on the other hand, he was not well from the beginning and it became an emotionally challenging time.

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2017 was a year of beautiful beginnings. We managed to turn down a road that we didn’t know existed. Our new year already feels of purpose and we hope that we may continue to embrace the vulnerabilities that make us our unique selves and celebrate each of us for the individuals we always were meant to be.

This year we will continue our ongoing movement – connecting with people and their stories. We all have within us a story to tell and when we tell our stories for others to hear, the notion that we are disconnected beings dissolves and we are reminded that we are not alone. UR Enough will continue to be the platform to share your story — stories of struggle, addiction, mental health, vulnerability, but more importantly, stories of hope, inspiration, and of your undefinable worth. From your story, you have the power to affect others’ lives. Sharing your story will inspire others to be courageous when they live out their own story.

Along with dabbing and fidget spinners, this year we are ready to leave perfection behind in the year 2017. Our hope is that you will join us and make your 2018 New Year’s resolution to fall back in love with yourself. To make yourself a priority. To learn how to practice kindness to ourselves. To treat ourselves with the same love and respect that we do others. This New Year’s goal will not be easy for everyone and may even take longer than a year, but how could your world, relationships, views and experiences change if you loved who you are? If you loved the skin you are in?

Our mission is to inspire others to be their authentic self and comfortable in their own skin. UR Enough hopes to be the stepping stone and platform to showcase other’s journey to self-love, sharing stories that highlight the qualities that make us most real and human. Each story will be unique but with something of beauty. These stories will make us reflect on our own vulnerabilities and be a reminder that we are not alone and that you matter. Throughout 2018, UR Enough will be your supportive guide to self-love providing opportunities to embrace your authentic self through collaborations, community events, and workshops.

To hear truth. To inspire. To feel courage. To be vulnerable. To encourage. To connect. So that we may all learn that we are enough. Now all together, “I am Enough.”

Happy New Year!

Many Hugs,

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“Self-compassion involves treating yourself with the same kindness, concern, and support you’d show to a good friend. When faced with difficult life struggles, or confronting personal mistakes, failures, and inadequacies, self-compassion responds with kindness rather than harsh self-judgment, recognizing that imperfection is part of the shared human experience.” – Kristin Neff