It’s been 9 months since my anxiety diagnosis. Here’s what has changed.

I had a follow-up appointment with my doctor yesterday. It has been 9 months since I was sobbing in her office because I was tired of fighting with my mind. Now, as time passes, I remember less and less about the broken woman that I was. Everyone feels anxiety – that’s just life. And it’s…

To Cry Or Not To Cry In Front Of Your Kids?

Crying is instinctual. It’s one of the first things we do when we enter the world. Nobody teaches us how. It’s second nature, like breathing. It’s our only way of communicating our needs before we learn to talk. So why, if it’s so natural, does it become taboo later in life? Do you ever feel…

Why You Need To Schedule A Personal Day Today

When is the last time you took a vacation? Or even simpler – a day off work? Not because you had the flu. Or because you had an appointment. Or because you had car trouble and couldn’t make it. When’s the last time you a day off to just…be? To catch up on your DVR…

Why I Embrace Being A Hot Mess Mom

My name is Paulette and I’m a hot mess mom. I don’t live a pretty, Instagram perfect life. My house is often a mess. On any given day I have at least two baskets of clean laundry that need to be put away – but probably won’t. I often use TV to distract my kids…

Fiction Friday: “A Life of Sundays”

The sun warmed her face as it shined through the white sheer curtains. A breeze blowing through the window shifted and folded the fabric, casting shadows onto the wall. She rolled over; her head coming to rest at the edge of the memory foam pillow. She lowered the white down comforter, tucking it at her…

Finding Innocence In The Face Of Tragedy

I woke up yesterday to news of the tragedy in Las Vegas. It made me wish I could pull my blanket over my head and go back to sleep until the world gets better. Unfortunately, hiding from life isn’t an option. So, I got up and got my kids ready for school. My innocent kids.…

Why I’m perfectly fine with being imperfect

I’ve been missing from my blog for a while. It’s not that I haven’t had anything to say. It’s just that I haven’t had the time or energy to write it. Between life and family and work and school, my schedule has been eating me alive. I’m over-extended and overwhelmed. And one of the biggest…

It’s My 6 Month Blogiversary. Here’s What I’ve Learned So Far.

This month marks six months since I’ve committed myself to this blog. I’ve blogged on and off for years. I’ve bought domain names and shut them down. But six months ago I decided to really commit to building something here at Socially Awkward Mom. To celebrate, I’d like to share 6 things I’ve learned the…