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
...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'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
I came out of my self-imposed retirement from blogging to say a few things really quickly. I hope you all have been well. I'm an educator and I take pride in that. I was having a convo today with a colleague in which we talked about having to defend our profession to others. I educate … Continue reading Untitled…because this was too long to be a Facebook Status.
On this coming Saturday at 10 am, I will be seated in graduation regalia at Liberty University, impatiently waiting for the moment I hear my name called. This is a moment that admittedly almost didn't happen. When I started my tenure at Liberty, I began as a student in the Marriage and Family Therapy Masters program. … Continue reading The Degree that Almost Didn’t Happen
Hello and Happy Women's History Month to all! Also, Happy Dr. Seuss Day to all who celebrate! I come to you all today with a very particular problem in mind. I posted this very real interaction yesterday to my personal Facebook page: Him: Do you have any children? Me: No. Him: What are you waiting … Continue reading Let’s Talk About Questions…
I've been in church all of my life. My mother went into labor with me while she was teaching a children's Vacation Bible School class. So I guess you can say that if there was anyone who was predestined to be a church kid, it would be me. I was the church kid who stayed … Continue reading For Church Kids Who Are Grown Now & Aren’t Sure If They’re Saved Enuff