How My Anxiety Has Taught and Empowered Me

I struggle with anxiety. No, not in the “OMG I’m so stressed out and anxious about this test,” kind of way either. The clinical and constant kind of anxiety. I am being treated for anxiety. Generalized Anxiety Disorder was the label stuck on it, specifically. I’m open and expressive about my story. I don’t do it … Continue Reading

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A Letter to My Childhood Bullies: Here’s What You Taught Me

To My Childhood Bullies, You know who you are. Or at least I hope you know who you are. You came into my life quickly and suddenly. Before you latched on, I was an outgoing child. I made friends frequently and easily. I was bright and curious about life.  You are the bullies who have … Continue Reading

10 Single Girl Activities for the Winter Months

Let’s be honest: it can suck to be single when the temperature drops and everyone seems to be pairing off to cuddle and do fun winter activities together. This is commonly referred to as “cuffing season.” In stark comparison to the carefree days of summer, the winter months make people just want to stay inside … Continue Reading

5 Resolutions for Fighting Mental Illness in 2017

  “Maybe the journey isn’t so much about becoming anything. Maybe it’s about unbecoming everything that isn’t really you, so you can be who you were really meant to be in the first place.” -Anonymous With each new year, we create a new set of goals. We make plans and rededicate ourselves to our own … Continue Reading

Using Fitness to Combat Depression and Anxiety

“Every day begins with an act of courage: getting out of bed.” -Mason Cooley The hardest part of the day is sometimes just starting it. Getting the momentum necessary to have a productive day is a battle every single time the sun comes up. Whether you suffer from a mental illness or not, a common … 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

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

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

Laughing and Learning Through Life’s Many Changes

This article is a part of the #ShareWhatMatters campaign, a movement dedicated to sharing positivity, gratitude, activism and the stories that really matter.  Growing up with a father who worked in the oil industry, I moved a lot. By a lot I mean almost every year of my life. Adjusting over and over was incredibly … 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