Exiting the Intersection

January, 2019, will be one year since I walked out of my office, and away from employment I had known for the last 10 years. After much support and encouragement from my employer and colleagues to take some time off due to stress and the evident deterioration of my mental well-being, I made a hard and uncomfortable decision to take a couple weeks off to restore my health. 

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Martina Kelades
Self-Care is Self-Priority

Life management can be tricky at times, and I often feel a bit of societal pressure to have a perfectly balanced life.

For many years, I taught Personal Development classes, and often talked about the importance of work-life balance - helping individuals reflect on how we prioritize these areas - how much time spent working, sleeping, spending time with family, etc. etc., and at the time it seemed like a pretty simple task.

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Serendipity

Last week, I attended the Canadian Mental Health Association’s national conference in Montreal, Quebec. This was a conference that brought together the voices of people from various backgrounds in mental health, including Government agencies, business, non-profit groups, and course, the very important voices of individuals with lived experiences. 

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Focus to Remain Focused

Have you ever tried to do new things with the old order? I have, and guess what? Sometimes (actually lot of the times), this method does not work. I am in the process of restructuring and reorganizing my life and career, and I’m discovering that I need to refocus for where I am going, and not where I have been. 

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Seas the Day

I drove out with every intention to lay by the ocean, to feel the sand between my toes and close my eyes to breathe in the fresh, crisp ocean air.

But something happened to me on the way in …

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Martina Kelades