Episode 29: On Moving to Calgary, and Dating... (Life Updates with Addie)

Addie Van Rijn (@alexandratheoptimist) is one of my closest friends, as well as a model, writer, mental health advocate, and Shopify Guru. She shared her mental health journey in our last episode together

In this episode: 

  • why Addie moved from New Brunswick to Calgary
  • what she’s learned from going on 50 first dates
  • she tells us about the WORST date she’s been on 
  • how working outside of mental health advocacy has improved her mental health
  • Addie asks me if there’s been any awkward moments where new people in my life ‘discover’ my mental health journey online
  • why she went sugar-free for 30 days
  • on grieving after a friend has passed away 
  • we both open up about lessons learned from moving 

“When I started getting help for my anxiety disorders, I kind of made this decision to…. stay. And with that, I made a promise to myself to live life to the fullest. I have this mantra: you want this more than you’re afraid of it.”