The Gypsy 15

by Gillian on July 1, 2014

In my past year of gypsy adventures I have put an extra 15 pounds on my body.


This is scary to admit, to myself, and publicly.  With my history of an eating disorder and body image issues, it can feel terrifying.

But I’ve come a hell of a long way.  I still think I look beautiful.  It was been one hell of an adventure, full of great food, libations, travel, sleepless nights, and an insane amount of fun that brought me here.

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How to Unbreak Your Heart

by Gillian on June 26, 2014

Someone I love is going through a heartbreak right now.  She is amazing.  He fucked up.  And now she is left to pick up the pieces.


Heartbreak sucks.  You feel empty and alone and no matter how it ends your ego cries “Why wasn’t I good enough?  Why didn’t it work?  What is wrong with me?”

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Courage My Heart

by Gillian on June 23, 2014

This weekend I made love to the mountain air.

I have spent the past few months daydreaming about mountains and forests, knowing I need nature to feed my soul.  So we drove up to the mountains and feasted.

In the morning hours I walked through trails with a dog by my side as the sun crawled over the trees and the first mountain bikers hit the dirt.  In the early evening I sat on the front of a bike and screamed with excitement as we rode down hills, the smell of cedar combing through my hair.

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I’ll Take You Home

June 11, 2014
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Rave On

June 9, 2014

A few days away at the cottage helped ease my tired head. Toronto has been yet another whirlwind in this year of adventure, and I’m finding myself, after so much happiness and excitement, feeling exhausted.

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Owning my Body

June 3, 2014

I am changing. It’s been over a year of re-claiming my life and freedom, and most recently, my body.

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May 28, 2014


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Caffeinated in Vancouver

May 21, 2014

Few things make me happier than discovering new coffee shops and trying their various brews. Here are some of my favourites since moving back to Vancouver. Musette Probably my favourite coffee shop in Vancouver.  A cozy spot in Chinatown filled with the owner’s collection of cycling memorabilia.  When I’ve got a big day ahead I […]

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Shit We Can Change for Women

May 13, 2014

Body shaming  Most of us are raised with the idea that we should hate our thighs, wish for bigger breasts or longer legs.  It’s practically taboo to say “I love my ass.  I look great.”  Women of all shapes and sizes complain about their body.  And when one starts, others chime in.  My greatest weapon […]

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A Letter to Yvonne

May 11, 2014

You have always been a great mother. When I think of you growing up, I think of you wearing long flowing dresses in Florence and silk nightgowns at home. I think of the sound of the coffee machine at 4 a.m. and your morning shuffle as you head outside to your little house in the […]

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