A couple of months ago, my sister Natalie wrote about her experience with a company called A Wish For You. This company allows you to personalize gifts to loved ones and friends through a 3-step process with a great price point. Sounds awesome, right? I know! I hit that "like" button on their Instagram page … Continue reading A Wish For You: My Wish Box Experience for a Partner and Mentor
There are times in life where you are able to see that other people are more invested in your discomfort than you are. And the thing is - people don't necessarily mean to be. When this year started, I was tapped to be the Maid of Honor in one wedding. By February, I was tapped … Continue reading Donating Discomfort.
...and that's a big deal. I have been threatening to go back to counseling at least since last year. I remember feeling like I was succumbing under the pressure of working a full time job in DC and then driving an hour to Manassas at least three times a week to perform another at least 10 … Continue reading I Went to Counseling for the First Time in Four Years.
I've been on a break from most things this summer. Like...there was zero motivation to do anything regarding the blog or anything that required too much energy. I just didn't have it in me. I didn't come to fully appreciate mental health really until this summer when I could feel myself falling back into depression. … Continue reading The Summer that Saved My Life
Today is the last day of Mental Health Awareness Month in the United States. It has been a long May for me personally, with lots of waiting and lots of personal boundaries pushed. I have felt tons of pressure to always be present and always be helpful and it has left me feeling drained. Completely … Continue reading Mental Health Awareness Month: Self-Care as a Priority
I am going to be very honest. I don't know the last time I spoke to God about things concerning my life. The big things. The things that scare me. The things in my heart to do. The things that I struggle with God about in some major ways. I just...haven't had the words, per … Continue reading Approaching Reciprocity, Part 2: Why I Still Struggle with God
I've always been one who has bent over backwards to support other people. Perhaps it's the way I was raised, perhaps it's natural bend of my personality. At any rate, I try my best to be there for the people in my life, especially when they are doing the good work to start a movement or … Continue reading Approaching Reciprocity.
Today's VLOG is a discussion with my good friend, Lisa Gilliam, about mental health. She is a counselor by profession, a licensed minister, and founder of Celebrate Life - an annual event that uses the creative arts to spread a message of hope and educate about mental health. We had great time talking and sharing … Continue reading #NuancedExposures: Mental Health with Lisa Gilliam
In my life, the beginning and the ending of years always contain the most amount of turmoil for whatever reason. The end of 2016/beginning of 2017 has been no different, and it's almost taken me down. While I don't consider myself to be a naturally optimistic person, I'm not a pessimist either. Sometimes when life … Continue reading 2017 is Already Flipping My Life Around.
Over the past few years, I have undergone a faith shift of sorts. The faith of my youth has shattered under the pressures of life, the convictions I refuse to let go of about God, and the dogma that has weighed me down spiritually. Throughout this process, I have learned (and am still learning) to … Continue reading #NuancedExposures: Responsible Theology