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b r a e l y n b j o r n s o n  πŸ“melbourne πŸ”„ vancouver l bcom 2017 πŸ‘©β€πŸŽ“l follow: @maddie_project + @maddiebcproject l❣️mental health advocate lπŸ‘‡πŸ»my attempt at a 'blog' πŸ˜‹l

https://braelynb.wordpress.com/

because you're my best friend and also happen to be my little sis - missing you everyday πŸ’“

whoever gets to bring lewis home is one hell of a lucky human πŸ˜™

Two weeks in Bali and -

1. I know what it feels like to have a monkey sit on my head while his sneaky friend unzips my purse and attempts to steal my belongings πŸ€”
2. I ate the most delicious food at a dangerously cheap price (pancakes - all the pancakes)
3. I've never seen such a beautiful sunset
4. I discovered @rachelkrips is a morning person and I, on the other hand, am not
5. I fell in love with a two-week old puppy (I named him Lewis)
6. I nearly drove a scooter through the window of a barber shop
7. I ripped a hole in my $2 bohemian style, Balinese pants - consequently, an entire cafe had the pleasure of seeing my bare naked ass
8. I took awhile to figure out the exchange rate - went out for a lovely dinner with friends and asked the waitress for my change of RP 5,000 - that's 50 cents, nice one Braelyn πŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ
9. I became well acquainted with some of the locals and was referred to as 'America' (I tried to explain that I am from Canada and that they are not the same thing πŸ™„)
10. I danced in a yoga barn for two hours (sober) with over 50 strangers - very freeing πŸ’ƒπŸ» Now, I return to my home for the next 12 months (visa approved) see you soon Melbourne ✌️Bali - thanks for having me, you're a beautiful place filled with beautiful people.

I don't think it gets better than this.

πŸ™ŠπŸ™‰πŸ™ˆ#explorebali

four years later, let's talk business πŸ€“

livin' life on the edge 🀘🏻(i know i hate myself for this caption too)

now i understand why you guys were standing like that, oops πŸ™ˆ

I am a firm believer that 'you are who you surround yourself with.' I do my best to apply this concept in both the personal and professional aspects of my life. Surround yourself with those who do not judge, those who you can trust, and those who love you for all that you are. Surround yourself with motivators, supporters, and game-changers. Surround yourself with inspiring beings. Surround yourself with those who challenge you and push you outside of your comfort zone. Surround yourself with those who teach you, not to work harder, but to work smarter. Surround yourself with inspiration, creativity, and passion. Surround yourself with beautiful people - 'beautiful people are kind people.' Surround yourself with those who remind you of how beautiful you are. Look to your people - if you aren't receiving the support, kindness, and love that you deserve - go get it. Remember, it's not just interests and hobbies that bring people together - it is lived experiences, hardships, and failures too. It is never too late to re-create your circle. The love you deserve is out there, I promise. I will always listen and I am always here. My circle is your circle. You are worthy of connections that foster kindness and compassion. Don't settle for anything less than what you are worth. You are, and you always have been, enough. πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

I have never been this overwhelmed – with love and gratitude. I have connected with numerous people all over the world. I have reconnected with friends I haven’t talked to in years. Connection – that is what I love and that is what I am grateful for. Thank you, to each and every person who reached out and shared their story with me. And thank you, to each and every person who listened to me share mine. I used to have troubles falling asleep at night – this is when my anxiety thrived, and my self-worth crippled. I still have troubles falling asleep at night – but now, it is because I am so inspired and motivated to make a change – I catch lmyself writing down mental health initiatives, campaign proposals, and blog topics in the middle of the night. I am overwhelmed with passion and inspiration. Every day I am connecting and collaborating with like-minded individuals. Every day my heart is filled with love and gratitude. Every day. I have so much love. I love all the people I surround myself with. I love the life-long friends I’ve made in Australia. I love the number of people who I miss, back in Canada, who are also life-long friends. I love that I also consider my family as life-long friends. I love that I love how much I love my friends (say that ten times fast). I just tried, it didn’t go so well. I love waking up early and admiring the pink sky. I love avocado on toast. I love Melbourne’s coffee (it is worth coming to Australia just for the coffee – just saying). I love laughing so hard my stomach hurts. I love when Spotify surprises you with a kickass playlist (I have some suggestions if you’re interested). I love waking up without an alarm (this doesn’t happen often). I love my plan to not have a plan (spontaneity is scary, but also exciting). I am so grateful. I am grateful that on the bad days I can look to my life-long friends to keep me grounded. I am grateful for discomfort because this is where I grow – this is where I jump outside of my comfort zone. I am grateful for the failures because they have taught me how to appreciate the successes. I am grateful for all that I have to be grateful for.

"Nothing is right. Aunty has cancer, the doctor says it is only a matter of time. I just failed all three of my midterms - the one thing I had going for me, and I can't even do that. Oh, and it's costing thousands of dollars. My best friend and I are fighting. The boy I like decided he doesn't like me anymore. I hate my job. I'm not good at anything - I'm unlovable and unworthy. I hate myself, every single part. All of it." This is what I wrote in my reflective journal the first week of attending the Vancouver Coastal Health Eating Disorder Program. Two years ago this was my reality - I lost control and desperately needed something to hold on to. Food became that thing I could control - it wasn't because I wanted to weigh a certain number or fit a certain size - of course, societies perception that 'to be beautiful is to be thin' didn't help - but this is not why my eating disorder developed. No one understood what was going on - they were frustrated, confused and scared. I pushed away everyone who tried to help me - not because I didn't want help, but because I didn't think I was worth helping. I was ashamed - how pathetic am I? I can't eat a meal. It's food, really Braelyn? You used to love food. What happened? Two years later and I am here to tell you - it's not your fault and it wasn't your choice. It was never about the food. And right now, you can't bare the thought of eating a nourishing meal - I know. But guess what? You are so much stronger than you think. You have a life to look forward to. And right now, this illness is winning and you're not living. You deserve to live, and I mean really live. You may have a mental illness but you are not your mental illness. You are not alone. The statistics speak for themselves - 1 in 5 Canadians will experience a mental illness. 1 in 5 - that is 20% - despite the statistics, it is still hard to talk about it. Why? Bell Media, a mass media company, has used their brand to engage in a controversial, stigmatized topic. A brand that is changing the game - and gives me hope that even 'the corporate world' can make a difference. Join the conversation, if you aren't already, let's talk. #bellletstalk #shinebright

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