Skinned: My [Incomplete] Journey to Self Love

Firstly - HAPPY NEW YEAR!  May 2016 be everything sweet! I may have told this story before but I'm telling it again. When I was 7 years old, I was playing on the stairs of my childhood church when I lost my footing and fell down the entire staircase.  Thankfully, I was not seriously injured … Continue reading Skinned: My [Incomplete] Journey to Self Love

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Gifts with Different Labels

I've always been considered sensitive.  From my earliest collections of memories, I could always feel things deeply and react to them, usual with tears.  Over the years, I have had to learn to be more tough-skinned, mostly through being shamed about it. You need to grow some thick skin! You're so sensitive! Stop that crying! … Continue reading Gifts with Different Labels

I Admitted It. Now What?

Why are we so afraid to feel? Because denial. Denial keeps us unbothered.  Denial keeps us advancing.  Denial keeps us healing from those hurtful situations. Denial keeps us so bothered that it comes out in a number of ways.  Denial keeps us connected to situations and people for the sake of "saving face".  Denial convinces … Continue reading I Admitted It. Now What?

Open Secrets: The Church and Mental Health Pt. 1

(Source: bengordoncenter.org) May is Mental Health Awareness Month and as a graduate student pursuing a degree and career as a Professional Counselor, I could not let this month pass without using this platform to shed some light on mental illness. I grew up in the Church and I am generally grateful for the path my … Continue reading Open Secrets: The Church and Mental Health Pt. 1

Being Unbothered (…and Other Things We Don’t Mean)

I've noticed a trend in the past couple of years as social media has taken a prominent spot in the landscape of our lives.  There seems to be this idea of trying to make oneself seem as carefree or careless as possible.  The only problem is - our actions don't uphold what we "post" to … Continue reading Being Unbothered (…and Other Things We Don’t Mean)