We All Struggle

The stigma around mental health is real. Is it really because of the term mental health? Two words makes everyone cringe, turn their heads, and never want to speak about something? I really have trouble believing that! Obviously it's not just that. It's what people think about when they hear the term mental health. It's … Continue reading We All Struggle

Flip the Paradigm

I pose the question: “What is the difference between the phrase “mental health” and the phrase “physical health?” I mean, besides the one innocent word preceding the term “health,” of course. Let’s be honest here, if I were to initiate a conversation about physical health, I could expect an immediate understanding, and lively discussion about … Continue reading Flip the Paradigm

Excerpt about Therapy

Therapy for me was, and is, dare I say fun..wait what? Yes, I actually loved it. I mean, I loved the journey of it. Ok, let’s be honest, obviously it sucked... a lot. I cried for the entire session a majority of the first year I was there. I was extremely upset, heartbroken, and in … Continue reading Excerpt about Therapy

I Pressed On

Perspective. Tunnel Vision. Wide open view. You choose. Well, they say you choose. But do you...? They say "be positive," "it will pass," "just get over it," or anything else that makes you want to scream and rip someone's face off in the slight attempt to get someone to understand that if it were that … Continue reading I Pressed On

Mental Health Month

People ask me how I changed my life around. Short answer: I had to. Something happened and not changing was no longer an option. In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, I reflect on the last few years! After suffering from anxiety and depression starting in high school, not knowing what was going on at … Continue reading Mental Health Month

Never Judge A Book

Being aware of your struggles is one thing but once you are in control of your own struggles, being aware that other people struggle offers a whole separate level of empathy and compassion. Today I took a few minutes to respond to a post in a support group on Facebook from someone who went out … Continue reading Never Judge A Book

Love, Simon

I just saw the movie Love, Simon and besides it being a great movie with a lot of feels attached to it and a lot of messages in it, a few things came out of it for me. 1. "Sometimes I feel like I’m always on the outside, there’s this invisible line that I have to … Continue reading Love, Simon

Fighting Your Own Fears

Recently I announced that an article I wrote was published on an international website and that announcement exposed me. It exposed things I struggle with, it exposed intimate details about myself that otherwise I wouldn't share with the world, it made me vulnerable and open for critique, but yet it made me, me. Of course … Continue reading Fighting Your Own Fears