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Posted by Kelly Gauthier on May 31, 2015 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (1)


Vision and creativity are wondrous things.  They give us the freedom to share thoughts and ideas that we might otherwise keep hidden.  Thoughts and ideas that we deem true.  They say a picture is worth a 1000 words ... I say a picture is worth more than any number of words. 

A picture needs no language for it contains a story that is as individual as its viewer and can only be told through feeling.  A picture is the one thing that can contain more truths than it does lies.


Blog June 2015

Air Tragedy

Posted by Kelly Gauthier on March 28, 2015 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (0)


In light of the recent air tragedy PYW is doing it's part to help change the face of mental health.

If we are going to change the way people see mental health then we need to do our part to change how we present it.  PYW is COLOURING IT FORWARD!

If you would like to join us in our campaign to COLOUR IT FORWARD and help change how people see mental health, send us an email at [email protected] or twitter us @kellyg46

Colour It Forward Copyright ©2010 


An Inspiring Story

Posted by Kelly Gauthier on March 26, 2015 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)

The school that I am currently working with recognized world Down Syndrome Day today. In addition to all the staff and children wearing colourful and crazy patterned socks, we had the privilege of meeting an incredible young man who embraces his differences. He left me inspired and feeling proud to have had the privilege of meeting him in person. 

This video is one you will be glad you watched.  His gift to all of us.  http://youtu.be/CVAnkwqDi0A



Fragments of Myself

Posted by Kelly Gauthier on March 15, 2015 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)

This is what my life has offered me - MOMENTS.  And in each of these moments I have come to see fragments of myself and of my existence.  Now all that is left is to put together all the fragments to create the truth of who I am and where I belong.  The heart of my own existence lies within this bigger picture, this completed image.

Fragments - March 15, 2015


Thought for Today

Posted by Kelly Gauthier on March 8, 2015 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

"I'm here to observe. It is when something moves me and takes me outside myself that I am reminded of this. It is in that moment that I am totally in love with myself and my life".

"And then someone, somewhere, needs my help and I am right back in my life again. It is in that moment that I know for certain why I am here".

K. Gauthier

(#8) The Tree In Me - Sunday's Best

Posted by Kelly Gauthier on March 1, 2015 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)



I hadn't realized how heavy the darkness was until it was gone.  My clothing fit the same way it always had, and yet I felt a 100 pounds lighter. I felt like I was floating now rather than sinking.  What a wonderful feeling it was!  I remember taking each step forward with such pride, because for the first time in a long time I was leading myself.  This time my life was my own to create.  I was given this brand new white canvas that I could colour anyway I wanted, and boy was I excited.  Having the freedom to choose was something I had deprived myself of for far too long.  Now that the door was open again I was going to take every opportunity I could to walk through it.  And I did. 

My journey has been a long one, and while it has changed and grown for the better, it still contains moments of darkness.  However I am now able to identify these moments and see them for what they are.  Just moments.  I take every opportunity to remind myself of the goodness that resides in my life and that I am the one responsible for that.  As long as I feel good about my choices, I feel good about me. 

I remember not too long ago uttering these words "there but for the GRACE of God go I".  And somehow despite all the darkness and fear that had followed me in, I found my way out.

Blog 9 - 2015TTIM



(#7) The Tree In Me - Sunday's Best

Posted by Kelly Gauthier on February 22, 2015 at 3:10 AM Comments comments (0)


The forest had somehow grown thicker.  The trees seemed to have multiplied leaving only a few openings from which to enter or exit from.  I found myself faced with a decision that I was not prepared to make.  Would I keep going or would I go back to where I came from? An unspeakable fear arose inside me when I thought about moving forward.  The uncertainty of where I would end up left me shaking.  However when I thought about going back to where I had come from the same fear arose inside me, only this time it was much stronger.  I knew I could never return to that life I had been living - what a contradiction of words it was.  If I was to find my true self then I could only do so by moving forward.  

I stood in front of that dark forest for quite sometime before I found the courage to enter it.  Everything was a blur.  Picturing myself already on the other side in a forest of lush green trees and blue sky was the only thing that got me through.  I held onto that image every step of the way.  And somehow despite all of the darkness and fear that had followed me in, I found my way out.

Blog 8 - 2015TTIM

(#6) The Tree In Me - Sunday's Best

Posted by Kelly Gauthier on February 16, 2015 at 6:05 AM Comments comments (0)



Self-destruction is a hard truth to swallow.  Let's face it, passing blame is so much easier than catching responsibility.  So choosing to be a truthful me despite everyone else's expectations was only half the battle.  The other half came like the perfect storm.  Years of judgement, negativity, and self-blame aligned itself perfectly to create an unimaginable turn of events.  Drowning in the judgement of others is one thing, but drowning in self-deprecation was beyond words. The realization that I was the culprit of all the terrible things being said about myself was devastating.  How could one person dislike themselves so much that they would be willing to destroy their own self-worth?  It was the darkest of secrets I had ever kept, but one that I could keep no longer.  This was my dark forest to walk through, not theirs.  

Blog 7 - 2015TTIM



(#5) The Tree In Me - Sunday's Best

Posted by Kelly Gauthier on February 8, 2015 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)



I remember that forest very well.  I remember its unmistakable smell, its empty sound, and its unseen touch.  I lived in that forest for what seemed like forever.  I lived and breathed it.  It became a part of me.  In fact, it became all of me!  I found comfort in its emptiness and relief in its ability to make me feel invisible.  Here I didn't have to be the sturdy tree that held all the branches in place and gave life to new leaves.  I didn't have to be anything ... or anyone.  And so I stayed there in that empty forest feeling content to be invisible and unnecessary.  I now welcomed the stranger with no face that I had once feared.

At certain times in our lives I believe we need to feel invisible and unnecessary in order to survive.  To take it upon ourselves to walk away from all the pressures and worries of everyday life, and venture to a place where no one thing matters enough to cause you to be untrue.  I had always prided myself on being strong enough to know that fear had no place amongst the living.  However it took dying inside for me to realize that as truth.  I now face myself with open eyes and a warm embrace.  All that I am is a result of all that I have been.  I choose to be a truthful me regardless of everyone else's expectations.  That is their dark forest, not mine.


Blog 6 - 2015TTIM




(#4) The Tree In Me - Sunday's Best

Posted by Kelly Gauthier on February 1, 2015 at 8:25 AM Comments comments (0)



It's terrifying to think just how strong fear can be.  How one single emotion can take over all the rest and render you helpless and alone.  You go along minding your own business and suddenly out from behind your life jumps this thug named fear that scares the shit out of you.  If it were a movie you could cover your eyes until the scene was over, but in real life the scene stays the same until you decide to change it.  And deciding is only half the battle! 

So now what?  Here I am stuck in this movie watching this horrifying scene that I don't want to be watching, but that I can't bring myself to stop watching because I'm too afraid to close my eyes.  If I close my eyes I have no control over what else I might see.  I know the images in my mind will be much worse than the scene I am watching, so I keep watching.   I don't move.  I don't breath.  I just watch.  I am trapped in this horrific life I use to call mine with a faceless stranger I use to call me.  A dark forest with no exit.  Fear was just too strong for me. 


Blog 5 - 2015TTIM