#TBT – #BellLetsTalk2021

Before KaliDesautelsSpeaks, before KaliDesautelsReads, there was Kalijd. There was a lot of life in the before. I tend to talk a lot about this season in my life as something I had to get passed to get here, and yes - I had anxiety and depression and an eating disorder and an unhealthy obsession with … Continue reading #TBT – #BellLetsTalk2021

Madam Vice-President

It’s finally begun. Madam Vice-President Kamala Harris has taken the oath of office. She has shattered another glass ceiling for BIPOCs and women in the United States, and offered an example to children all over the world. She is showing them that there can be change for the good. There can be beautiful sunny mornings, … Continue reading Madam Vice-President

Is It Illness or Is It Fibromyalgia?

It’s time for another fun game of Is It Illness Or Is It Fibromyalgia!! Cheeks flushed? ☑️Muscles aching? ☑️Headache? ☑️Scratchy throat? ☑️Intense shoulder pain? ☑️Overwhelming fatigue? ☑️On the edge of tears? ☑️Irritability? ☑️Feverish? ☑️Ears ringing? ☑️ So the consensus is???? Who the heck knows? If it looks like a horse, sounds like a horse, and … Continue reading Is It Illness or Is It Fibromyalgia?

Martin Luther King Jr Day 2021

A crucial reminder - honouring Dr King on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is easy; honouring him and his vision every single day of the year is where we put the work in. Commit to being anti-racist 365 days per year, every year for the entirety of your life. Commit to raising anti-racist children. Commit … Continue reading Martin Luther King Jr Day 2021

Black Shirt Day 2021

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. January 15th is #BlackShirtDay to honour and commemorate BIPOC and racialized Canadians. As the struggle to dismantle a colonial, white supremacist, heteronormative, cisgendered, Judie-Christian society continues, many of our … Continue reading Black Shirt Day 2021

Yesterday… she turned 13.

Yesterday… yesterday my baby turned 13. This amazing, stubborn, creative, kind, hilarious, silly, clever, empathetic, beautiful young woman is has graced us with her presence for 13 years. Yesterday… yesterday, I brought her home from the hospital with no idea what I was getting myself into. I was happy, grateful, scared, and deeply in love. … Continue reading Yesterday… she turned 13.

Happy Birthday, Danielle ❤️

Happy birthday, Danielle. I love you so much and am so grateful to have you in my family and my life. If you ever wonder what a person means to you, counts the moments. Who the person you are excited to share happy news with? Who do need to vent to? Where do you go … Continue reading Happy Birthday, Danielle ❤️

How Do You Measure a Year?

Welcome to 2021. This year will be… 365 days, 52 weeks, 12 months, 8760 hours, 525600 minutes, and 31536000 seconds. Some of these moments will inevitably be wonderful, amazing and transformative. Some of the moments will inevitably be hard, awful and transformative. This is life. This is what John Lennon said happens when we are … Continue reading How Do You Measure a Year?

Hindsight is 2020

I love the Top Nine each year mostly because I am addicted to Instagram and it is interesting to see which posts connected with people. 2020, man. What a year. If you are reading this, congratulations, you too survived COVID-19, out of control wildfires, bomb explosions, police brutality, collapsing piers, flooding, hurricanes, volcano eruptions, earthquakes, … Continue reading Hindsight is 2020

Bad Feminist ~ Roxane Gay (2014)

❤️❤️❤️❤️ In 2020, I had the honour of attending writing webinars by Dr. Roxane Gay. I admire her writings, and follow her social media, and adore things like her cute puppy dog and strong opinions. This year, I was determined to read Bad Feminist, which has been on my shelf and TBR pile for years. … Continue reading Bad Feminist ~ Roxane Gay (2014)