13 Reasons Why, Welcome To Your Tape

Hey, it’s Kellie.  Kellie Anderson. Don’t adjust your… whatever device you’re reading this on. It’s me, live and in print.  No return engagements, no encore, and this time, absolutely no requests.  Get a snack. Settle in.  Because I’m about to tell you why 13 Reasons Why deserves a tape.  Let’s get started. In honour of…

I Need To Talk About 13 Reasons Why

As soon as I finished episode one, I knew I was going to have to write about 13 Reasons Why. Actually, as soon as I heard about the show, I knew I was going to have to write about it. “Have to?” – You might be asking. “No, Kellie, you don’t have to. No one…

13 Life Lessons From 13 Reasons Why

13. High school will not be the best time of your life. There’s so much more outside of the bubble. 12. Guys become assholes when their peers expect, permit, and encourage them to be assholes. This needs to stop. 11.You can’t change other people, but you can change yourself. Take ownership of your mistakes and keep working…

How I Discovered the Meaning of Life

It’s been three months since I last wrote a blog post. Weird. I guess life really has a way of, well, getting in the way. But tonight I’ve chosen to write. Because as much as I owe it to the people who have followed my story, I also owe it to myself – to take…

I Need To Travel So Badly That It Hurts

My whole life leading up to this past summer (when I received the opportunity to intern in Madrid, Spain) I felt that something was missing. I had received glimpses of that “something” when travelling to Florida as a child… a tiny bit. And then I found it a little more in Mexico…when I toured the…

My Life-Long Battle With High Functioning Depression & Anxiety

“Do you think if I died, my parents would get back together”. I was roughly 5 years old when I first showed signs of being “off” or “different”. My parents had broken the news to my brother and I while the four of us sat in a circle on their King bed. They assured us…

What Happens After The Good Die Young?

When the young die suddenly… grief ripples unlike that of when an elderly person, who has lived a full life, passes. Yes, all grief is grief. It is hard, painful, and raw – but the death of a young person, a person taken far, far, far too soon, and so very fast… before they graduated…

It’s Been Two Years Since I Last Wanted To Die

It’s been almost two years since I last wanted to die, and in honour of World Mental Health Day, this accomplishment deserves a post. Sure we all joke like, “omg I want to die” or sigh with a “kill me” on our Monday mornings back to work…. but I’m not talking about that kind of…

Why I Sympathize With Amanda Knox

I recently just watched the new Neftlix documentary on Amanda Knox, a young American woman accused of murdering her roommate while studying abroad in Italy. While the documentary doesn’t take any clear bias, I couldn’t help be feel sorry for this young woman. When I first heard about this story years ago, I will freely…

I Take Medication For My Mental Health – So What?

Not that it’s really anyone’s business, nor should I have to justify what medications I take, but I feel that writing an article on this topic is important – for I have vowed to be open and honest about my mental health and the hardships I have subsequently faced. To be very honest – my…

The Myth Of The “Cool Girl” And How It’s Hurting All Of Us

For the past few years I’ve been what some people may call – overly emotional. Since tackling my anxiety and depression, I have since become less emotional, but I still feel things very deeply, and often feel the need to express myself. I have, for years now, worked to justify why I feel the way…

My Post-Grad Funk

I don’t know how to start this. I also don’t know how this will end. But I do know this: I am really confused, and I’m going to try to write about why. Next Wednesday I turn 22 years old, and for the first time in my entire life, I’m not overly excited for my…