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

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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

I’m 22 and Engaged, But Still a Strong Feminist

It surprises a lot of people that I am 22 and engaged. They quickly look at me with concern, even if they don’t intend to at first. Their puzzled looks don’t even insult me anymore because it has happened so many times. However, I still can’t get over their initial question of, “but why?” I … Continue Reading

Why Adoptive Parents ARE Real Parents

This article is a part of the #ShareWhatMatters campaign, a movement dedicated to sharing positivity, gratitude, activism and the stories that really matter.  “They may be mom and dad but they are NOT her parents.” Al Trautwig, a commentator for NBC said, and in doing so degraded Olympic gold medalist, Simone Biles’ parents. When I … Continue Reading

What No One Told Me About Losing My Mom

It’s been a month since my mom lost her fight with Multiple Myeloma, a type of blood cancer. Five weeks ago we were sharing a slice of my 23rd birthday cake and a week later I was picking out her coffin. While I received enormous support from family and friends, I wish someone had gone … Continue Reading

What It Means to Love Someone With Depression and Anxiety

Lasting love has no boundaries or limitations. It seeks no reward for thriving in the imperfect nature of humanity, that which makes all of our personal connections so vastly unique. Real love triumphs over the most dangerous of evils; those that exist inside each and every one of us. The intricacies of who are intertwine with … Continue Reading