Crystal Williams

Disability Advocate, Mental Health Advocate, Blogger, Kabuki Syndrome, Animal lover & Loves Travel

Hello everyone, it has been about a month since I have wrote a post on my website. Today I felt like I needed to post something because I have been thinking a lot about all of the forest fires that have been going on in my beautiful province of British Columbia, Canada. This has been on my mind for a little while now. It has been so hard to hear on the news and seeing so many posts all over social media. Knowing that so many people have had to evacuate their homes knowing that they would lose everything or hope that they still would have a home to come back to. Some people didn’t even get an evacuation warning some people had to grab things on the fly and just get out of their own home. There’s one town here in BC that was completely destroyed by the fires. Which to me is very heartbreaking. I’m still not sure if they know what caused that fire but all I know is that wether it was caused by a person or by another one of the fires, it’s still devastating. Now all of the smoke from the forest fires have finally made its way down into the lower mainland, which is really sad. It’s so sad to think that the forest fires keep getting worse and worse every year now. I feel that it has only started to get really bad in the last four to five years. I mean there has always been a forest fire somewhere in the summer but nothing likes this that I can remember.

Photo by Luc Tribolet on Unsplash

Now not only have the fires been horrible but the weather has been a big problem as well. We have had record breaking temperatures as well which has cause us to have a heat wave that has been up to the 40c which would be 104F. I can tell you that I have never experienced anything like this before ever. I am hoping that this heat wave will come to an end soon because this has been the second time this summer already that we have had very high temperatures. We have only had a tiny little bit of rain which doesn’t help. We need a few days of rain to help contain these fires. I also want to take this moment to thank all of the hard working fire fighters that have been working so hard to keep everyone safe. Thank you for sacrificing your own time away from your family and friends to do your job.

~Crystal~

Hi everyone, hope everyone is having a good week. It’s hard to believe that another week has gone by so fast. This week I was away on vacation with my husband and his family. We had planned this trip so long ago that I can’t remember when we had booked it. Anyways it was a much needed getaway that we all needed. We went to Tofino BC for four days. Tofino is on Vancouver Island for those of you who might have not heard of it before. I highly recommend going to the island if anyone ever comes to Vancouver BC it’s absolutely gorgeous. This was my first time going to Tofino and I would love to go back again. All of the places that I have been on the island is beautiful and they are all very different in there own ways. We stayed at Middle Beach Lodge in a beautiful cabin. They had complimentary breakfast service everyday. The breakfast was really good and they had a nice selection of food and drinks. We even had drinks at happy hour one night and the drinks were fantastic. We went to a couple different beaches and I was completely blown away at how beautiful they all were. We went to Chesterman Beach and Middle Beach. We also got to go into town to check out some of the stores and explore more of Tofino. We ate out at two different places while we were there, Tacofino for dinner one night and Bravocados for brunch. We even took a drive into the Ucluelet for a couple of hours and got to see a little bit there as well. Overall it was a great trip and I am looking forward to the next time I get to go to the island again.

~Crystal~

Hello everyone, I know it has been awhile since I have been on my blog. I am really excited to share something with everyone that I don’t usually talk about on my blog. This week I just got some new hearing aids. I have been wearing hearing aids since I was nine months old. I have a moderate severe hearing loss. Since I have been wearing hearing aids the technology has completely changed every time. I started out with wearing these big hearing aids that had ear molds where they would’ve have to take an impression of my ear so that the ear molds would fit just right for my ears. As I was growing up my ears were still growing too so that meant sometimes I would have to go back to my audiologist to get new impressions done for my ear molds because my ear molds would be too small and would leave sores in my ears. Once my ears stopped growing I didn’t have to worry about getting new ear molds. I wore those type of hearing aids till I was eighteen. Then once I became an adult then I got to wear hearing aids that weren’t as big and didn’t have the ear molds anymore. Instead I started wearing these smaller hearing aids that had a tiny little wire that is connected to a tiny little dome that I just push into my ears. The best part about those is it you can’t even see them because that’s how small they are. The sound quality has always gotten so much better each time I am due for new hearing aids. One thing that has always been a little bit challenging for me is when I am wear head phones while I am lisenting to music. I could never wear the big head phones on my hearing aids because they would hurt my ears and my hearing aids would make so much noise because the head phones would bother my hearing aids. Then on the other hand the smaller head phones would go right in my ears and I would have to turn the volume up a lot louder just so that I could hear. Over the last ten years or so the technology for hearing aids has been so much better because they have been able to make hearing aids have bluetooth so that the sound can go directly to your hearing aids. So what that means is that I don’t have to worry about not being able to hear my music or whatever else I need to hear. So now I don’t even need to wear head phones to listen to music, videos, podcasts, phone calls etc. This makes so happy because not only does my hearing aids help me everyday so that I can hear properly but it also lets me enjoy listening to music and everything else without having to damage my hearing. For everyone please remember that your hearing is really important because it’s something that you can’t get back once you lose it. Please don’t take you hearing for grated

~Crystal~

Theses were the first type of hearing aids that
I started wearing at 9 months old till I was 18 years old.
These were the first pair of my smaller hearing aids
that I started wearing when I became an adult
These were that last pair of hearing aids that I have worn
These are my newest pair of hearing aids.
Here are all the different pair of hearing aids
that I have worn all together over the years.

Hello everyone,

I hope that you are all having a great weekend. Today I am having a great day and I am feeling very energetic. This morning I did my workout on my stationary bike and as I was doing my workout this morning I felt like I needed to write on my blog. Today I felt so energetic after my workout that I felt like I wanted to talk about mindset on my blog. I have only finally realized this for myself two years ago. I have started to workout more and I have found that it really helps my mental health as well as my wellbeing. As much as working out is not one of my favourite things to do, I have found that my mindset has changed for the better throughout the rest of my day. Not only has working out made a huge difference for myself but, I have also changed my diet to being a vegetarian. I would have never thought changing my diet would make a big difference but it sure has. I have more energy, I also feel better and I don’t feel so down. I am in a better mood even when I am really struggling with my mental health. I still struggle with depression even on my tough days still but now I am able to push myself and not feel like I want to go hide away from everyone. I have also found that if I write in my journal what I am grateful for it keeps me in check and reminds me that I am worthy. Every so often I still get that little voice inside my head telling me that I am not worthy or that I am not good enough which brings me down. I try very hard to ignore that little voice as much as possible. When you are in the right mindset it’s amazing how much better you feel and how much it effects your day. I have found for myself that I am in such a better place because of my mindset and my wellbeing. Taking care of yourself is the most important thing because if you are not in a good spot people will not want to be around you if you are always negative. Being able to find the things that not only make you the happiest but also remembering to take care of your own mindset and wellbeing is super important as well. Finding things that make you happy can also make a huge difference. For myself writing is one of the things that makes me the happiest. I love being able to share my story with all of you on my blog or even if I am writing for just my enjoyment.

~Crystal~

Hello Everyone!

First off I want to say Happy March! Where has the time gone already. I hope that everyone is having a good week so far. Today is a good day because it’s the annual Spread The Word Inclusion day and this year they are talking about connection. Which I think that we can all agree that we need to be more connected more than ever, especially during this pandemic going on. It’s definitely been very hard on everyone because we haven’t been able to spend time with all our loved ones outside of our own households. It’s great that we are still able to stay connected with our loved ones even if we cannot be together in person by talking with them on the phone, by texting and also being able to still see them by video chat. For myself connection is so important because being able to connect with not only your family but also your community around you is extremely important. I know that a lot of people are probably missing being able to go out into the community doing the things that they love and seeing the people as well. We all need to be around people because that’s how we were created and we are not used to being told that we can’t be around other people. I know that for myself not being able to connect with people in person has been difficult on my mental health. I know that I am not the only one who has been struggling with their mental health during this pandemic. That’s why inclusion and connection both go hand and hand. Everyone wants to feel included weather that’s being part of a sports team, a work place, school event and or just being part of your community. The more inclusion that goes on in our world today means more connections. That’s why social media is so powerful in our world today, because we are able to connect with people from all parts of the world who can share the same interest and be connected. I am so grateful that I am able to use my social media platforms and my blog to connect with so many other people that are like myself with disabilities and also others who don’t have disabilities.

For those of you that would like to know more information about Spread The Word Inclusion or if you would like to take the pledge and be apart of this amazing non profit organization. You can go to their website or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Youtube.

https://www.spreadtheword.global