“Surviving Happiness” (and other better writers)

I was scrolling through my Facebook news feed, when I noticed an old friend shared a link to her brother’s blog. The title of the post was “Surviving Happiness”. I chuckled at the resemblance to Surviving by Living and decided to check it out. What I found was a brilliantly articulated and illustrated comic book about the reality of depression. It expressed all the things I keep trying to articulate on my blog, but in a better and more entertaining way. So instead of making you read all my boring words, check out Aqil Dhanani’s work below. Trust me, it’s worth every second.

Surviving Happiness

I also want to take a minute to recognize four of my favourite blogs that I read because of how completely open they are. These ladies have very different blogs with very different purposes, but each one of them writes honestly and candidly without hesitation – my favourite kind of writing. So here they are, in no particular order:

First up: Living Vazzy

Living Vazzy is a great blog by my good friend Wendy. For every 30 seconds I spend talking to Wendy, I probably smile for 5 minutes after. She does awesome things like yoga for 30 days straight, or records the most adorable covers of songs with her ukulele. She brings passion and positivity to the posts she writes, and is always trying new things.

Next: Candid Commerce

I met Kinsey, the face behind Candid Commerce and immediately hated her. Why? Because she was smarter than me, talked better than me, and stole all my answers in a marketing class. Once I got over that, I realized she was absolutely brilliant. Kinsey’s blog is the best business blog I’ve seen. She says what she thinks and is unapologetic about it, which is awesome because she’s practically always right. In one of her posts, she says “don’t compare your insides to everyone’s outsides” and I know she meant this in more of a business-y sense, but it’s true for mental health too. You never know what people are really dealing with, so try not to judge them before giving them a chance.

Third: As We Are

As We Are is a style blog by Zoya Jiwa dedicated to looking at how health challenges, both physical and mental, influence someone’s personal style. It’s really cool. Style isn’t something we don’t always think about when we consider what our health changes about us, but it totally does. I didn’t realize how my depression and conversion disorder affected my style until Zoya did a feature on me (you can see it here). Zoya’s one of the most courageous people I know, and As We Are is just one of the many things she’s doing to make the world a better place.

Finally: Kayley Reed

Kayley’s website and self-titled blog is total #bloggoals. As the co-founder of Wear Your Label, Kayley is kind of a big deal. Her blog gives an inside look at what happens behind the scenes of a start-up and chronicles the life of a mental health advocate in the fashion world. She’s been featured on RBC Change Agents, MTV, spoken at WeDay all over Canada and is always up to something ridiculously cool. I think Kayley has probably figured out a way to make the day 36 hours instead of 24 because she does all the things.

Thanks to all five of these people for sharing their message, and making me want to be better at sharing mine.

Keep Surviving by Living.


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