This is the story of what one woman learned as she battled disordered eating.
Hope is a living prayer that makes living a life that is so much more than survival possible.
I Am Alexander: The story of my transition from female to make & from America to Australia.
Joe has a mission in life & that mission is to help others. This is his story.
Growing up in an open-minded & accepting community afforded Alex the opportunity to come to terms with her sexuality on her own. This is her story.
Travel is a life changing experience & a journey to find yourself.
This is the story of standing beside your closest friend as they go through a difficult time & make choices you wish they wouldn't make.
After going through more than any human should have to go through, Jessica is learning to trust again.
First there was confusion, then there was depression & then came anger. After all of that, Claire is a confident individual with a positive message for anyone struggling with feelings of confusion related to their sexuality.
Going through the Catholic school system, Bo was terrified in the concept of hell & what they meant for an LGBTQ+ individual. Fortunately, Bo found a welcoming community & a brighter tomorrow, now they want to spread the message that you will find a brighter tomorrow as well.
A story of how life does not always go as planned, even when you’ve got big plans!
You might think marriage equality doesn't affect you, but it does & this why.
As Australia has a plebiscite in which we will vote on marriage equality, this is what LGBTQ+ individuals face in Pakistan.
A story of the sudden loss of a young mother & the struggle for a daughter to cope & understand what life is like without her.
For Kenny Matthews, his life is so much bigger than being a burn survivor. His life is about being a human being who has been given the opportunity to shine his life into the world.
Sometimes, discovering your inner creative isn't a visual journey, it's a written one.
Great poetry is inspired by many things, including grief. These heartfelt poems were inspired by the untimely passing of one young woman's mother.
Speeding around town on a Schwinn bicycle might not seem like much to some people, but when you're coming to terms with depression & it helps to clear your mind, speeding around on that Schwinn means everything.
Do you take a lackadaisical approach to the undies that you wear? You might want to rethink what you're wearing under your clothing.
At Just 6-months-old, Indira suffered 3rd degree burns. Today, she shares her story of finding her purpose in helping others live without fear.
When it's real love, you just know...but how do you know when letting go & moving on is the healthiest thing?
Living in Vancouver moulded & shaped me in so many ways. Of all the places I have been, Vancouver takes up the largest space in my heart.
There are two side to every story. This is the story of what growing up as an adopted child is like.
Sometimes, the best way to navigate life is by using your gut as a compass, even if it means people disagree with your decisions & don't support you as your follow your gut feelings.
Depression might be a part of your life, but it doesn't have to define you. Be open with your struggles & your feelings.
When you find out you've got the "breast cancer gene", life changes dramatically.
When you lose someone that you love, the loss never gets easier, you just become more familiar with the loss.
When Michelle & her boyfriend took to the road to live the #VanLife, they believed it would be just like what they see on Instagram. #VanLife turned out to be a little bit different.
Music has the power to move your soul. It also has the power to save a life.
At just a year old, Sonia was living on the streets of India with her homeless grandfather. He passed away when she was just 4-years-old & that was when her life changed forever.
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