When You Can’t Afford To Take A Mental Health Day

Every time I hear about a celebrity going to a hospital or cancelling tour dates due to exhaustion, I think to myself, how nice would it be to have the ability to pause life when it all becomes too much? The thought usually comes as my kids are destroying the house, or I’m washing dishes…

Surviving Mother’s Day With A Toxic Mother-Child Relationship

It’s almost Mother’s Day. You can tell by the jewelry commercials on TV, the flower, candy and card displays in every store, and the print ads in your mailbox. For me, Mother’s Day means getting cards and drawings from my kids – and inevitably having to purge art from years past to make room. And…

Why I Don’t Want My Daughters To Be Like Me

There’s no feeling like the adoration of my daughters. To see them get excited about things like dressing like me or wearing their hair similar to mine. My oldest shares my love of writing. And my youngest, my love of art. It’s important to me to set a good example for my daughters and to…

The Important Lesson I Learned From Failure

I’ve had my fair share of disappointment in my lifetime. Lost jobs. Crappy relationships. Missed Opportunities. I graduated high school in 2005. Two kids and one husband later, I’m still working on my bachelor’s degree and trying to figure out what I ultimately want to do with my life. This week I noticed multiple people…

How My Anxiety Diagnosis Made Me A Better Mom

Parenting is hard. It’s a 24-hour job with late nights and early mornings. There are no lunch breaks or vacation days. You don’t get paid and there are no accolades. When I think about it, I wonder if I’m crazy for signing up for this – twice. But then I remember I do get paid.…

An Open Letter To My 16-Year-Old Self

Life is pretty hard right now, isn’t it? You probably feel like you’ll never have it figured out. But trust me, you will eventually see the reasons for everything that you’re going through. You’re stuck in this place where you have great friends but you yearn to be “popular.” I know right now it seems…

Mental Illness and Why We Need To Take Cries For Help Seriously

Police are searching for a man in Cleveland, Ohio who posted a series of disturbing Facebook videos on Easter Sunday, one of which showed him shooting and killing a man he simply saw walking down the street. Before choosing his victim at random, he posted a video stating that he had “snapped” and was about…

How A BuzzFeed Podcast Led To My Anxiety Diagnosis

Two months ago I was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. It was a diagnosis that was a long time coming. I’ve suffered my entire life with overwhelming and irrational thoughts, embarrassing nervous habits and missing out on things due to paralyzing nervousness. I was always written off as quiet or shy and I accepted those…