Consent Videos

Here are two really amazing videos as shared by Aura Burditt of the London Anti-Human Trafficking Committee:

The first one is “Consent for Kids.” This is a really cool and short video, highlighting what this means and directed toward the important little people in our world:
Click here for that: Consent For Kids Video

This next one is directed toward adults:
Tea Consent Video

While the concepts may be obvious to some of us, they aren’t to everyone. And definitely not to the children we are here to protect and teach. I definitely recommend checking them out and sharing with any children, parents or other adults you feel may possibly benefit.

Renee

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Full-time Role at SLCS Women’s Facility:)

Last week I had an interview for a full-time, benefited position with St. Leonard’s Community Services (where I began working late Winter) in the Women’s Facility: Maison Louise Arbour (MLA).

Well…I got it!! 🙂

Out of the four facilities with SLCS I’ve been covering shifts at, this has been my favourite. I’ve liked jobs, but have never felt more comfortable in a role or as happy to be there as I feel at MLA.

Here is some more info about MLA:

“The centre, named for former Chief Justice Madame Louise Arbour, is an eight bed, twenty-four hour facility that offers a safe home for women involved in the justice system who are challenged by mental health, substance abuse, and related concerns. This multi-level service had been previously non-existent for women. The women are federal, forensic, probation and mental health short-term bed residents and has the ability to provide for women and their children. We offer support, case and crisis management, planning and assistance to develop realistic discharge and achievable goals by using women’s strengths as guides. Our residential counselors (Justice and Reintegration Workers) offer one-to-one counseling, a structured environment, medication compliance, crisis planning, education in substance abuse, educational/vocational networks, relapse prevention programming, and life skills.”

A picture from one of our wicked-awesome Stress Reduction, Fun Arts and Crafts nights.

Our positions are called “Justice Workers.” The center is staffed by Justice Workers 24-7. I will be working day time shifts (switching between morning and afternoon starts). This is very exciting to me.

We have a really amazing team, serve incredible women from all sorts of backgrounds and needing and wanting a wide variety of supports and community connections.

This full-time role starts on August 1st. In the meantime, I continue my part-time/relief position in the four residential facilities.

If you’re interested in more of what St. Leonard’s offers, check out the site: St. Leonard’s Community Services: http://www.slcs.ca

I’ll share more in the future, if you’re interested in that.

Thank you for reading and Happy Canada Day!

Renee

Social Media Break

Yesterday, I deactivated Facebook temporarily and, today, I temporarily deactivated Instagram. I’ve also deleted (permanently), librarything.com. These communication/social media platforms combined equal to ~10,000 followers (give or take 100 or 200). But I don’t know many of these people on a personal level. And that feels a little weird to me.

I love a lot of things about social media; I love that it can connect those who may not know each other (or of each other’s work, etc.) otherwise, I love it to keep in contact with those we may not see very often, and for a lot of other reasons. But, I also think it’s turned into a bit of a monster in some ways and that it can take over in more ways than it likely should.

Do you wanna know what I really love? I really love being more consistently present to my immediate environment; I really love existing in the real world a little more; I love taking care of my “introversion” and needs for decompression by journaling more, by doing more artistic practices, or other ways recharging in ways that I really feel and love. I love being more productive in the ways that mean most to me. Social media intrudes on this a bit (or a lot sometimes :)).

Right now, I don’t want to be hanging around on social media, wasting time, missing real recharging opportunities, self and other connecting time, and opportunities for those incredible periods of inspiration, insight, and synchronicity that can come to us when we’re really present.

The thought is to have a 30-day break, just to have some distance from most of “the virtual world”, to re-evaluate my relationship with these things, to be more present to my immediate environment, and to be more productive in the ways that matter most to me.

Here we go. 🙂

Thank you for reading.

Renee

Mynx Browbar and Ground Up Café

Recently, my friend Nicole Storey asked me to be a model/test subject for her Micro-blading certification. I said yes because I trust her and know how hard-working and conscientious she is. I knew that whatever she was getting into, it would be quality work and would be something awesome. And it definitely was.

I had no idea what micro-blading was but am more than happy that I did trust her and started doing this with her.

On the left is the before and after of our first session. On the right is the touch up and re-shaping completed just this week. If you’re local and would like to try this out, I definitely recommend her (and not just because she is my friend). She will talk to you about what you want, draw an outline of the shape you’re looking for, and check in with you during the procedure to see how you’re doing.

If this is something you’re interested in, here is the facebook page to connect: Mynx Brow Bar and The Instagram Handle: @mynxbrowbar.

Ground Up Café:

This is another local business I am loving supporting and spending time at from time to time. I like to have quiet time to myself at coffee shops and to meet people at occasionally. Also, since last year (late summer/early fall) I started slowly transitioning to Vegan/Vegetarian eating. While I don’t like to label things, because there are certain occasions I will eat meat (a special meal a client has prepared and is proud of, supporting an individual’s cultural diversity and sharing, some family occasions) my choice is to eat to support the environment and animals.

I hope to add another post about this and personal choices surrounding this in the future but, in the meantime, if you would like to support a local business doing great things in the world with their Plant based, organic, eco-conscious options (and if you’re from London, Ontario), The Ground Up Café is a really great one to support.: Facebook page and Instagram handle: @grounduporganiccafe .

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Tonight I stopped there before my regular therapy appointment in the area to do some work, have some downtime, and organize thoughts.

I believe, if we are to take care of others in the world, we have to take care of ourselves and, a huge part of that, is trusting others enough to be there for us. I love the work my therapist does and love having her there to talk to.

If you’re looking for someone to be there for you, please don’t hesitate to reach out or think you’re a “weirdo” for wanting to have an objective and qualified presence. The stigma surrounding seeking help is really bothersome. We all need support, sometimes or often, and often just to have a consistent presence and objective party is absolutely incredible, whether for a specific challenge or everyday life stuff. A great resource to find someone in your area is here: Psychology today

I hope you’re doing well and thank you for reading!

Renée