Bullet Journal 101 – How to start a bullet journal (and maintain one)

I am declaring publicly that I, Jemma Michelle Bakker, am going to start a bullet journal. You heard right. I am going to start a bullet journal and hopefully keep it up for more than three weeks. I’m one of those people that can’t form a habit past three weeks. If you have any tips … Read moreBullet Journal 101 – How to start a bullet journal (and maintain one)

The low down – What actually is depression?

What exactly is depression? I have written a fair bit on depression on the blog so far but never really delved into what it actually is. As you may know from previous posts, I live with depression. I am reluctant to write suffer from depression. Yes, depression is hard, it is often soul-sucking, it feels … Read moreThe low down – What actually is depression?

How I lived with chronic depression and came out the other side (mostly)

The truth about living with chronic depression. My story, how I made it out the other side and some tips for you

This is my story. It is a bit raw but real. I never used to talk about my depression, I was ashamed and hid it from everyone. Until I hit rock bottom and had no choice in the matter when I ended up in the hospital after an attempt to take my own life. After … Read moreHow I lived with chronic depression and came out the other side (mostly)

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for the lazy gal (or guy) + bonus tips

Valentine's Day Gift Guide

Hello, Sorry, it’s been a wee while. Life has been a little bit ca-razy the last few weeks but ho hey, that’s life! To kick off being back in action I thought a Valentine’s Day Gift Guide was in order. Just ‘coz. Plus it’s the right time of year to do one. It would be … Read moreValentine’s Day Gift Guide for the lazy gal (or guy) + bonus tips

Positivity Jar: Want to make 2018 your best year ever?

Who here wants 2018 to be the best year yet? Can I have a, “hell yeah!” or simply a “yeah, ok”? That’s the spirit! Put your positive pants on   Before we get down to business yo, I just need to mention that there are affiliate links in this post. Ya’ll don’t have to click … Read morePositivity Jar: Want to make 2018 your best year ever?

How do you cope when your adult child is living with depression?

how do you cope when your adult child suffers from depression?

Depression is an isolating illness that people on the outside often struggle to understand. It is more than sadness. It is an all consuming illness that feeds off negativity and leaves you feeling empty.   I asked my Momma Bear to write about her experiences dealing with depression in the family. How she coped seeing … Read moreHow do you cope when your adult child is living with depression?

Emotional Well-Being: The Puzzle Piece Series

Emotional well-being

Last time was all about the social. This time it is all about the emotional well-being. This doesn’t mean tears and tribulations. It means how do we ensure we are balanced emotionally to cope with everyday life?     The better you are at mastering emotions, the greater your capacity to enjoy life, to cope … Read moreEmotional Well-Being: The Puzzle Piece Series