Shelter Sister

I’ll never forget the day I met my shelter sister. As part of the youth shelter application process, prospective applicants were to attend a meet and greet style dinner with the young people who were already living there. I was nervous, and afraid, but looking forward to new beginnings. There were only two others living in the shelter…

Values, for what it’s worth.

I never really knew how to feel about my strong sense of emotional values. I would often be told to ‘get off my high horse’ for believing in being good to others. I’ve definitely struggled with identity issues, issues that were placed in how people perceived me. My intrinsic values on the other hand have…

Narcissism and Empathy

The topic of narcissism has been on my mind a lot recently. After writing a few posts on my insecurities when meeting new people, it become apparent to me that I was being consumed with external fears and values. I began to wonder if I had become a narcissist. Why have I been so concerned…

What does it mean to act loved?

In my last post I discussed some of my greatest insecurities. The first question of my deepest fears: Do I look/ speak/ act like someone who’s family didn’t love them unconditionally?  After deciding that wearing expensive clothing, avoiding ‘Aussie twang’ and not using profanity was hiding the reality my troubled childhood, I understood that positive body…