Category Archives: mental health

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…

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…

How Ditching Coffee For Tea Helped My Anxiety

How many cups of coffee do you need to get through the day? I’ll admit, I used to be a coffee addict. My day didn’t start without a cup. And I usually had one – or two – more to get through to the evening. But now I don’t drink it at all. Seriously. Before…

Video: What Happened When My Mom Read My Blog

It’s been nearly six months since I began treatment for my anxiety and depression. Around the same time I started this blog to chronicle my experience with mental illness. Here’s an update on my mental health journey and the (not so) surprising reaction from my mom when she read my blog.

10 Budget Friendly Self Care Tips You Should Check Out This Weekend

Becoming a mom has enhanced my life in so many ways. I’ve gained knowledge, experience, perspective and the ability to love in a way that I never knew possible. But for all that I’ve gained in motherhood, there are some things I’ve lost. One of the main things is the desire to take care of…

To My Children: You Saved My Life

I love my life, but there are days when I don’t want to exist. This feeling often surfaces with no rhyme or reason. It can happen whether or not I’ve had a bad day. In fact, most times when I feel this way, everything is going right. That’s the thing about depression. It can sneak…

Video: The Surprising Impact Our Words Have On Our Children

I’m sure you’ve heard some iteration of this saying before: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” But this isn’t entirely true. Our words hold a lot of power – especially the ones we use toward our children. The things we say to our kids – both encouraging and…

Coping With Separation Anxiety While Traveling Without My Kids

My husband and I spent Memorial Day weekend in Washington, D.C. It was a nice, much-needed getaway. The weather wasn’t terrible and we got to see my brother who lives in Virginia. And did I mention we were kid free? This made our trip much simpler than when we all go somewhere. We didn’t have…