Remembering 9/11, its impact on my mental health journey

Due to the smoke from forest fires the moon was an orange-red on Sept. 10, 2022. (Kevin J Sabo photo) It seems almost fitting that the full moon last night was red. Twenty-one years ago, the United State was hit with an almost unimaginable tragedy. The events of Sept. 11, 2001 are forever etched in … Continue reading Remembering 9/11, its impact on my mental health journey

Tweaking things…

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com It is unbelievably the middle of July already. This year has been flying by. Between work, school and cramming in some time for Lynn my schedule has been pretty busy. Still, despite the craziness I have been pushing myself to make some changes. I've been out wildlife shooting a bit … Continue reading Tweaking things…

Finding routines…

Photo by Polina Zimmerman on Pexels.com I think something that has been helping my mental health so much lately has been a matter of routine. Getting up and going to bed at around the same time every day has really helped with that. Usually, my first alarm goes off at 0640-hrs, with me normally out … Continue reading Finding routines…

Contemplating life’s pathways…

Photo by Eva Elijas on Pexels.com As another week draws to an end, I find myself in a contemplative mood. I'm feeling better than I have in I don't know how long. I'm feeling stronger. Calmer. At peace. Yet, this fall has been brutal. I've lost friends to cancer and friends to COVID. Regardless, I've … Continue reading Contemplating life’s pathways…

Closing in on the end…

Well, the end is in sight for another of my courses. I completed the seventh module -of eight- of my Communications 201 course yesterday morning. Which it complete, and still around six weeks left of my contract, I am in good shape to complete the course by the Dec. 31, 2021, deadline. With the module … Continue reading Closing in on the end…

A year out of hospital…an update…

Photo by Anna Nekrashevich on Pexels.com I've fallen into a fairly steady rhythm with work and school over the last couple weeks. The days have definitely been full, chasing stories for several papers and working through my two university level courses. Still, slow as it may be, I am making definite forward progress. As far … Continue reading A year out of hospital…an update…

Growth in challenge…

Photo by David Selbert on Pexels.com Unfortunately, I've had a little bit of a reality check lately. I got my second assignment done for my Prose class, as well as the first course for my Communications. The assignment for the Communications course was okay, however the Prose I am finding challenging. I ended up with … Continue reading Growth in challenge…

Shining through…

Today was definitely productive. It honestly wouldn't have been anywhere near as productive if it hadn't of been for Lynn. Fortunately she was able to get someone to cover the store today, so I could settle into the office and catch up on some work. And catch up I did. I still have a couple … Continue reading Shining through…

Changing chapters…

Photo by Markus Winkler on Pexels.com It is time to close one chapter, and begin another; at least as far as school goes. After an intense week of studying, I wrote the final exam for my twentieth century history class yesterday, and received my results this evening. I ended up with an 85 on the … Continue reading Changing chapters…

A bitter sweet day…

Photo by Anna Tarazevich on Pexels.com Today was bitter sweet. After nearly a year, I had my final appointment with the therapist from the local mental health unit. She is leaving the service as the end of next week, which has me sad. I had a good therapeutic relationship with her, and I feel that … Continue reading A bitter sweet day…

Crazy…

Photo by Bich Tran on Pexels.com How did we get past the middle of June already? The last few weeks have absolutely flown by. When I have weeks like I've had this week, that is not hard. This week has gone from zero to stupid in a heartbeat. Just because of how the calendar fell … Continue reading Crazy…

Building on successes…an update

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com I love productive days. In honour of the long weekend I let myself sleep in a bit this morning. After I finally got up, I spent some time playing Star Trek Online, a free-to-play game I have downloaded on my PS4. I've had the game for years, however I haven't … Continue reading Building on successes…an update

A walk through history…

I'm on a whirlwind trip to Saskatchewan. Travelling out here on Monday, I'm here to drive Lynn's mom to a couple of appointments in Regina today, before I head home on Friday. Yesterday was a pretty low-key day, covering a council meeting remotely...or at least trying to. I was having some tech issues yesterday morning … Continue reading A walk through history…

Learning and growing…

Even with my two weeks in Saskatchewan in March, March was one of the busiest months I've had with the newspaper, writing 28 stories in total. April surpassed that number by one. The last couple of months have been one big push, one which I've tolerated none-the-worse for wear, even if I did struggle for … Continue reading Learning and growing…

A much needed confidence boost…

Today has been one of the most productive and highest energy days that I've had in weeks. I managed to stay busy most of the day working on various projects, and then I did an introduction to the photography editing software I use, Adobe's Lightroom. While not quite a train wreck,. the session definitely did … Continue reading A much needed confidence boost…

Struggling with sleep…

Photo by Christian Domingues on Pexels.com I think one of the biggest reasons being admitted to hospital helps as much as it does is because it helps reset my sleep patterns. Looking back at all the times I've struggled and ended up in hospital, one common thread is that my sleep patterns have been screwed … Continue reading Struggling with sleep…

Figuring out what to master…

This has been turning into quite the week. I was covering council meetings for the local paper both Monday night and Tuesday morning. The Monday night meeting was fairly light so only ended up getting one story out of it. The Tuesday morning meeting had more substance to it and I ended up generating three … Continue reading Figuring out what to master…

Heading home…

My time in Saskatchewan is drawing to a close. I came out here two weeks ago to help my mother-in-law recover from surgery, and with a clean bill of health by the surgeon yesterday, that mission has come to an end. Despite some complications immediately following the surgery, the last week has gone well, with … Continue reading Heading home…

Trauma…

Trauma affects everyone differently. Some people are able to push through the trauma, leaving them relatively unscathed. Some may crawl into the bottle while others may turn to self-harm. Generally speaking, people affected by trauma can have problems with their self-esteem and their self-identity. They can lose track of who they are. While my mental … Continue reading Trauma…

Just beginning…

So, my plans to switch over to a communications degree have hit a bit of a snag. The program on offer is a Bachelor of Professional Arts in communication, however I don't meet the minimum requirements to enter the program. I need to be at minimum finished second-year of university before I can even apply. … Continue reading Just beginning…

Unstable sense of self…

I wish I had more faith in myself. Surprising me incredibly, I got my exam results back yesterday for the twentieth century history final I wrote on Friday. First off, I was surprised that the exam was marked and back to me so fast. Secondly, I was surprised that I passed, and by a fairly … Continue reading Unstable sense of self…

Stress test

After an intense three week push, it's all over but the crying. I wrote the final exam for the first half of twentieth century history today. I say this after every exam, but I do not have a good feeling about this one. The exam was three long answer questions where you were expected to … Continue reading Stress test

In good stead…

I am feeling somewhat relieved tonight. I received an email from my school today, notifying me that my essay, which I agonized over for a month, was graded. The resulting mark was a much needed confidence boost. The mark for the assignment was 84 per cent, which was consistent with the 82 per cent for … Continue reading In good stead…

Plans and goals…

I am happy to be coasting into the weekend after what turned into a fairly busy week. I have a few things to work on tomorrow, but I should be able to get some good downtime as well this weekend. My goal for tomorrow is to get the final tweaks done on my essay done, … Continue reading Plans and goals…

Pulling back into my 3 ft. world…

I'd like to thank the new followers on this blog. I appreciate the support, and am encouraged by the slow growth I've been having. After some deliberations, I've decided to press pause on my YouTube channel, instead focusing on my blog here. While I still intend to start filming later on in the year, at … Continue reading Pulling back into my 3 ft. world…