CategoryHealth and Wellness

What Gut Health is, and Why it Matters


More people are becoming interested in their digestive health. The accepted belief today is that the gut is the “second brain”, and there is even evidence showing that depression and anxiety can follow digestive problems. With mental health being more openly talked about now, this is an interesting find, because almost half the population at some point experiences digestive problems. (Hopkins...

Integrating the Alcoholic Using Compassion


Something that I have come to understand the past few weeks as I spread awareness on the plight of the alcoholic, is that some people are not ready to humanize this disease. I can understand this complication, because alcoholism appears to be something that we choose to do to ourselves, and therefore anger and frustration tend to follow. However, the alcoholic is generally defined by having lost...

Cleaning out my Closet


The problem with being a recovered alcoholic, is the temptation to forget that we have a mental illness that’s simply in remission. For me, I went so far as to reject the disease theory, thinking that the 12 Step model was outdated. Fortunately, I had a moment of clarity where I understood, if alcoholism is not an illness, and is merely a crippling coping mechanism to manage trauma, then that...

Treating the Alcoholic with Compassion


After writing my passion paper that was worth 40% of my final grade, and sharing it as an invitation for people who qualify as Al-Anon members to view the disease of alcoholism with compassion, I discovered the tension that some people might have to this concept of openly loving someone who is slowly destroying themselves (and hurting others while they do it). Sadly, this...

Intergenerational Trauma and Alcohol Dependency


This was my passion paper that was 40% of my final grade in a course I just finished as part of a crisis intervention and trauma support certificate. I wrote it with the intention of sharing it publicly, which helped me meet the minimum 1500 word prerequisite, seeing a “purpose” to it. My goal is to invite people who qualify as Al-Anon members to view this disease and their loved ones...

On This Canada Day


I’m wishing my fellow Canadians a restful national holiday. While I have no desire to “cancel” Canada, I do want to be empathetic and mindful, and therefore I’ve been spending the past couple of weeks in study. This article is an excellent piece about “Canada’s” history, which entails the complete dismissal of Indigenous peoples. I am so passionate about...

Learning New Ways to Heal From Trauma


I’ve been working to understand more about trauma, and in this I am coming to realize that I have been possibly misunderstanding mental illness. When my father died of an alcohol related illness, most notably through his heart, but also most likely through liver and brain degradation as well, I blamed his drinking. I understood alcoholism as a disease, and I believed that he made bad choices...

The Challenges of Being a Coach


One of the definitions of being a coach is to help a person take actions which support their wellbeing, every single day. I didn’t realize that I also need to take actions that support my motivation to coach, every single day as well.  We live in a world where our idea of health is backwards. We talk about smoking cessation, but really have just made it unacceptable to smoke indoors; we talk...

Healing From Trauma


“Tormented by thirst, they continued to argue with Moses. ‘Why did you bring us out of Egypt? Are you trying to kill us, our children, and our livestock with thirst?’ Then Moses cried out to the Lord, ‘What should I do with these people? They are ready to stone me!’” Exodus 17.3 I started reading the Bible following the Lectio Divina practice, which is a very...

A Letter to Those Affected by Alcoholism


This is a letter I have written for anyone who is undergoing the tragedy of watching a loved one be consumed by alcoholism. While there is no concrete way to navigate this disease, coming from a place of compassion, which requires self-care, will be our greatest ally as we battle this seemingly insurmountable darkness. One of the biggest problems of alcoholism, is the afflicted does it to...

Carly Blackwell

About Me

I began my wellness journey 15 years ago when I took my first kundalini yoga class. I went on to attain my level 1 teaching certificate, and after that I began a deep search within the Christian mysteries to go further into spiritual healing.

Around this same time I began to get help for a drug and alcohol dependency that I had developed since I was in high school. This catapulted my spirituality and wellness into new heights, where I met so many amazing people who contributed to the wholehearted individual that I am today.

Blackwell Health is the demonstration of the hard work I have put into my own wellness over the years. Whether I have the privilege to coach you, or to simply provide a resource through this platform for your own health and wellness, I hope to remind you that while we might not feel that we have full control in our lives, we can always take steps toward our wellbeing.