About the girl

About the girl

My name is Michelle and I live in Edmonton, Alberta with my  two girls, two very large dogs and a tiny old cat. I used to live with a bunch of demons as well but day by day I am evicting them from my home and my life and finding the courage to be my authentic self.

I started blogging as a means of reflecting and healing after I was reunited with my son that I gave up for adoption when I was 16. Thousand Acre Heart is an honest, sometimes heart wrenching account of my journey from a scared and heart broken sixteen year old girl to a woman and a mother, struggling with love, trust and worthiness.

In January 2016 I started The W.I.S.E. Project because even though I thought I finally had everything I needed to live a happy life I wasn’t truly happy.  I have a deep and profound desire to seek and experience joy and live mindfully in the present.

In June 2017 I lost my husband, father of my children and the absolute love of my life to suicide after a long battle with mental illness. My family and I are devastated and working hard to heal from the trauma, to move forward in love and wellness and be ally’s for those suffering from Mental Health illnesses and a support for and their families.

I called my Blog “Dancing in the rain” because I absolutely love that feeling of total abandonment of your inhibitions when you dance in the rain. It makes me feel free, and whole!

I am learning to embrace and love who I am, in turn I am happier and I am able to live for the moment instead of stuck in the past or worrying about the future. I invite you to join me on this journey of self discovery. Lets get W.I.S.E.

With love xx

48 thoughts on “About the girl

  1. Your hubby and mine must be related since your description of yours matches my thoughts on mine! Wonderful space you have here and I appreciate that you popped over and followed my little corner of the blogosphere also!

  2. Michelle, thanks for sharing so honestly.

    My oldest brother was put up for adoption by my mother when she was very young and she suffered for a long time considering the ‘What Ifs’

    They eventually reconnected and unlike yourself the family he was placed with was not so wonderful 😦

    I think that placed more burden on her heart.

    About 2 years after that, she passed away.

    I’ve only come across your blog and intend to spend some time sifting through your posts to read about your journey!


    1. I appreciate your visit. Do you and your brother have a relationship? Writing has really helped me so feel free to ask if you have any questions. I am an open book!

  3. Funny timing you were on my list to visit tonight after seeing your blog on OM. After having a little poke around I am definitely looking forward to seeing what posts come in the future. I will see you round the blogging sphere. Jenni

  4. Hi Michelle – my sister Lynn directed me to your blog. I am cheering you on for your determination, empathy and well-chosen course.
    You’ve been through so much and have the ability to teach many how to cope with huge challenges in life.
    Looking forward to following your experiences in future. Please keep writing. It’s important.


    1. Thanks Carla, I believe our stories are poweful teachers but also great connectors. When we stand in our integrity and share our truth we let people know they are not alone. Thanks for your visit and comment xo

  5. Michelle I know I hadn’t known you for a long time but from the time I have know you, you have been such a happy delightful person. I know the struggles you have faced and are facing and I want you to know that I so admire the person you are and are becoming and only wish I had half the courage you have. Your such a beautiful, smart, amazing and such a delightful woman and I am honoured to know you. I love reading your stories and you truly inspire me.

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