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

 

The tree has been decorated, cards have been mailed, gifts have been wrapped, and cookies have been baked. With Christmas around the corner, UR Enough’s Twelve Days of Kindness was a reminder of what the holiday season should really be like. From calling old friends to mailing love lettersdonating canned food to celebrating local heroes, these are just some of the random acts of kindness that we have participated in.

Today is Day 12 of UR Enough’s Twelve Days of Kindness. While no gift receipt will be required, this gift of kindness should be added to all holiday to-do lists. So are you ready to hear what it is?

For Day 12 of UR Enough’s Twelve Days of Kindness we are writing letters to our future self. Life can be a rollercoaster. We can have a good day and then a bad day with no apparent rhythm in the frequency. The purpose of day 12 is to take a few moments and write a letter to your future self that you may read on one of your bad days. It is a way to remind yourself that you are doing amazing even when plans go astray. That you are loved even when you don’t feel it. That you are not alone and that an army is behind you. That you will be okay even if you feel like you won’t be. That your feelings are completely valid and to give encouragement of continuing. Provide examples of your success or strategies to help you see through the fog. This is an exercise that your future self will thank you for. Trust in yourself. Be kind to yourself. Love yourself.

Now seal the envelope, store it away and save it for that rainy day.

If you are challenging yourself by joining us to spread love and cheer this holiday season, remember to use the hashtag #UREnoughX12DaysofKindness.

Everyone could use a little motivation now and again, and there is nothing better than the encouragement of a good friend. A little motivation can help in achieving goals and attaining success. Not only this, but motivation can also help in overcoming fears.

It’s Day 11 of UR Enough’s Twelve Days of Kindness and we want to lift the spirits of someone who may have lost a little confidence in themselves. Whether it’s your siblings, your neighbour or friend, your family or relative, by sending a beautiful motivation message you might just put a smile on their face and help them in feeling inspired, determined and more importantly, enough. Everyone might need to hear a different sort of message, but one of our favourite mantras we like to share is:

“You are good enough. You are capable. You are important. You are worthy. You are loved. And you are not alone.”

These motivational messages are also great for tweeting on twitter and updating on Facebook. Try sending a motivational text to someone who you think needs to be reminded of their ‘enough-ness’.

Stay tuned for Day 12 of UR Enough’s Twelve Days of Kindness. If you are challenging yourself by joining us to spread love and cheer this holiday season, remember to use the hashtag #UREnoughX12DaysofKindness.

 

 

Half of all Canadians will either need blood or know someone who will need blood at some point in their lives. Yet only four percent of Canadians donate. Taking an hour of your time can save someone’s life. It’s that simple. When you donate blood, your donation can treat cancer patients, bring a car crash victim through surgery, even help a transplant patient’s new heart beat for the first time. It is truly that powerful.

For Day 10 of UR Enough’s Twelve Days of Kindness we will be rolling up our sleeves and donating blood to Canadian Blood Services. It is a simple act of kindness that we all have the power to share with others. Learn more about becoming a blood donor and give the gift of life.

Stay tuned for Day 11 of UR Enough’s Twelve Days of Kindness. If you are challenging yourself by joining us to spread love and cheer this holiday season, remember to use the hashtag #UREnoughX12DaysofKindness.

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“There are 1.6 million Canadians living with heart disease and stroke.”

“9 in 10 Canadians have at least one risk factor for heart disease and stroke.”

“Up to 80% of premature heart disease and stroke is preventable through lifestyle choices than can reduce key risk factors.”

The Heart and Stroke foundation of Canada is a source of information about stroke, heart disease, surgeries and treatments. This volunteer-based health charity leads in eliminating heart disease and stroke and reducing their impact through the advancement of research and its application, the promotion of healthy living, and advocacy.

For Day 9 of UR Enough’s Twelve Days of Kindness, we are donating our time to help make a difference in our community and in the lives of Canadians. We will be joining the Heart and Stroke gift wrapping team today at RBC Plaza (200 Bay Street) in Toronto. Donations received from the gift wrapping will help to support their mission of preventing disease, saving lives and promoting recovery.

While the holiday season might be the perfect time to give back, we do believe in volunteering regularly to make a more meaningful impact and to gain a better understanding of our community. If you are in Toronto and looking for opportunities that make a positive difference within your community, we would recommend visiting Volunteer Toronto.

Stay tuned for Day 10 of UR Enough’s Twelve Days of Kindness. If you are challenging yourself by joining us to spread love and cheer this holiday season, remember to use the hashtag #UREnoughX12DaysofKindness.