An Open Letter to Anyone Who’s Lost Someone Too Soon

Dear friend, I know you’ve received your share of condolences. There have been enough letters, calls, texts, hugs and little cards on flower arrangements to last you a lifetime. I know those messages will keep appearing every time another person recognizes the hole in your life that this loss has left you with. I know … Continue Reading

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This is Me, Forgiving You.

Honestly, I haven’t really struggled with forgiveness much in my life. I would say that I forgive easily, and pretty much always have. I couldn’t tell you why, and it’s not to make me sound any better than anyone else for being this way. It’s just not something I have found to be incredibly difficult. … Continue Reading

To the Girl Who’s Struggling to Accept Change

Dear Friend- Accepting and confronting life’s many changes is tremendously difficult, and you aren’t alone. We all experience the fear and longing. We all struggle to let go of the people and places we care about deeply. Everyone has a story. This is my mine. It’s the lessons I have learned – through various instances of … Continue Reading

When It’s Time to Let Go of Friendships

Letting go of friendships is incredibly difficult…at least it is for me. I don’t like to give up on my relationships. I want to fix everything. This has caused me immense stress and heartbreak over the years, and I know I’m not alone. But guess what? IT’S OKAY TO LET GO. It really is. I’m … Continue Reading

5 Things People With Anxiety Need to Hear

I am no stranger to anxiety. I have had thoughts so crippling and debilitating that I would cry until I felt physically sick. I have had panic attacks so severe that I would have to pull over and wait ten minutes until I could resume normal breathing and for the color to return to my … Continue Reading

8 Truths You Need to Accept in Your Early Twenties

Our early twenties are a roller-coaster of emotions, laughter, tears, on-and-off again relationships, friends both lost and found, and crazy deadlines. However, in this exciting and frustrating time we can learn one important thing: We’re exactly where we are supposed to be.   1. You are loved beyond measure. Even at your loneliest time, you need … Continue Reading

The Honest Truth About High School

My younger cousin just began her journey into high school– the shortest and longest four years of conflicted adolescent development — and it’s caused me to reflect about the realities I have learned since leaving high school, college and every other varying stage of my life. To start, it wasn’t until years after graduation that … Continue Reading

What I Have Learned From Living With Mental Illness

We learn lessons every day from both the incredible and challenging pieces of who we are. Those lessons strengthen our hearts. They change us. They move us in the direction of greatness, even if it means overcoming intense adversity. I live with mental illness and it’s taught me lessons I couldn’t begin to describe. If … Continue Reading

4 Skills You Acquire From Owning a Dog in Your Twenties

I fell in love at the age of 23. The cute face, calm eyes, and adorable spots got me within minutes of meeting her. I had always planned on getting a dog at some point in my life, I just didn’t know when until it was actually happening. Ryder walked into our life and I … Continue Reading

An Open Letter To My Anxious Mind

Dear mind, Every day I wonder why I am the way that I am and it’s because of you. The constant struggles, and the living in fear of what happens next come from you. The fear that all the people around me will one day realize that I’m not the fun-loving 19-year-old woman that I … Continue Reading