I’ve never been diagnosed with depression, bipolar or any other mental illness.

I know what anxiety feels like but it doesn’t ruin my life. I am just learning now what this feels like and how to deal with it.

But this day is not for me. I can talk about how I feel. I know how my mental health affects the rest of my life.

My sister has been diagnosed with bi-polar, depression and learning disorders.

But this day is not for her either. She’s worked at South Saskatchewan Independent Living Centre in Regina and volunteered at the Canadian Mental Health Association. She doesn’t shy away from talking about how her life has been effected by her mental health. She embraces her life, writes about, wants to public speak about it.

I know many people on both sides of the spectrum.

I can never fully understand how my sister lives, nor will I understand how other members of my family stigmatize those who need help.

Lets Talk is not about understanding someone but about not judging someone even when you can’t understand what they are going through.

#LetsTalk is about breaking the stigma, helping people learn what mental health is all about and how it can effect their own lives, whether it’s their own health or the health of a family member.

If you need help, don’t be afraid to come forward and say it.

Everyone needs help and no one should treat you any differently for admitting it.


Book reviews: Graveyard Shift by Angela Roquet

Lana Harvey’s life is in limbo. Literally. In Angela Roquet’s version of limbo anyway.

Lana is a reapers, living in Limbo City and working to bring souls to the afterlife from the human realm for the next couple thousand years. For souls, there are many places to go from there; hell, heaven, Hades, Valhalla, you name it. For Lana, life is transporting souls and John Wayne movies until she is thrown into chaos by the many Gods’ fight for power in the underworld. Lana is put right in the middle of it all and all she wants is to get out without losing her job, or her existence.

Thoroughly an enjoyable and inventive setting with a charming character, Roquet’s creates a brand new look at the afterlife with all of its problems and conflicts. However, her introduction to the Lana’s world falls flat in creating the thrilling climax and ending it deserved. Most of the exciting parts were in the middle so by the end of the novel, the story just kind of stopped and you were just left there hold the book as it were. Lana’s story continues in the next three books, so in a way the story hasn’t really ended yet. I will be reading on to see where Roquet takes Lana and her afterlife.

From Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Graveyard-Shift-Lana-Harvey-Reapers-ebook/dp/B009M0ARH0

Book Review: Shamblings Guide to New York City by Mur Lafferty

From Amazon: A travel writer takes a job with a shady publishing company in New York, only to find that she must write a guide to the city – for the undead!

Because of the disaster that was her last job, Zoe is searching for a fresh start as a travel book editor in the tourist-centric New York City. After stumbling across a seemingly perfect position though, Zoe is blocked at every turn because of the one thing she can’t take off her resume — human.

Not to be put off by anything — especially not her blood drinking boss or death goddess coworker — Zoe delves deep into the monster world. But her job turns deadly when the careful balance between human and monsters starts to crumble — with Zoe right in the middle. – http://www.amazon.com/Shambling-Guide-York-City-Guides/dp/0316221171

I loved Mur Lafferty’s first Shambling guide and I would love to read the next one; Shambling Guide to New Orleans. Lafferty knows how to write a tough female character in Zoe, a normal human thrown from her previous life in North Carolina by her ex-lover and his wife into the world of the New York supernatural as she takes a job as editor of an occult travel guide. Faced with the new world of zombies, vampires, fairies and other creatures, Zoe takes on all the challenges of this new world while keeping herself from getting killed by those same creatures who would consider her a delightful meal.

Zoe is fearless, strong and kick ass in her first encounter with the paranormal culture living in New York. She is the vision of a normal person rising to take on an extraordinary situation. She wasn’t a born fighter, she had to become one through having to fight for her job, her friends, and her lover. I can’t see anyone not falling in love with Zoe and her supernatural life.

Join the party in Toronto on January 9th

If you are in the GTA on January 9th, be sure to check out the YOUeffect webseries launch party. Kelly Lovell and team have been working hard for the past 6 months to bring uplifting and inspirational posts to the blogosphere with YOU Effect.

Now we are launching a webseries to bring you videos about how people are making the world better. Be there to see how it all starts on Friday night.

Get your tickets and check out the YOUeffect blog.

Here is a sneak peak of the #awesomeness the #emulatorpro is bringing to the party. #DJofthefuture seems fitting for our event.


Don’t forget to reserve your tickets! http://www.youeffect.eventbrite.ca

Outside the Dumpster

Living in an apartment, you share space with a lot of people.

This usually doesn’t bother me, until I see what people throw in the dumpster.

Here are some pictures of a few of the find my boyfriend and I have had outside our apartment in Halifax. This isn’t including my computer chair that we brought in around Christmas time last year that was in amazing condition if not a little wet.

I post my finds on Twitter with #outsidethedumpster and I share everything on my instagram. (http://instagram.com/bexzim/)

Join the conversation and tell me your stories of dumpster finds.

What my boyfriend has dubbed, the pepto-bismol chair. Looks comfy though.
What my boyfriend has dubbed, the pepto-bismol chair. Looks comfy though.
I would have taken the ottoman
I would have taken the ottoman
We need a bookshelf
We need a bookshelf
Some of this could have been salvaged.
And we grabbed this one. Well, the boyfriend did. Thanks, baby.
And we grabbed this one. Well, the boyfriend did. Thanks, baby.