Faith in Humanity Restored

I tend to write about mental health, struggles, coping ... all of which I am passionate about. However, on Wednesday of this week I beheld two beautiful incidents in a coffee shop that made me really pause. These brief moments of human kindness and connection really helped restore something within me that's fights cynicism. It's [...]

Relationship Obsession

I've given this a lot of thought. I think living in the United States especially ... as well as the influence of social media, really encourages relationship obsession. Meaning that if you aren't in a romantic relationship and posting Instagram perfect photos as "evidence" then there's something wrong with you. Disney movies likely don't help [...]

Wellness Wednesday

Haven't done one of these in a while. We see posts all the time telling us to always be kind because we don't know what battles people are fighting. And I just was reflecting on the people who have been kind to me in my life and it is so, so appreciated, especially because for [...]

Today was too much. Lol.

Too much angst. Excitement. Goodness. Just everything. Lol. I did pass my dissertation proposal defense. Was told I did a great job and my chair and mentor gave me this sticker for my laptop. Everyone seems to know I love the sea and it's critters. 🙂 Now just have to do the stats and discussion. [...]

2019 Reflection and 2020 Goals

I can't believe another year has gone by... time really does fly. If 2019 taught me anything, it’s that you can’t wait for people to show up for you how you want them to and the sooner you accept yourself for who you are— your true nature, the less time you’ll waste and the less [...]

True Romance Movie Review [yes, spoilers]

  Apparently I saw this movie years ago and just don't remember, which is typical of my memory I guess. The only scene I really remembered was Bama doing cartwheels by the train yard... which is also a fitting image for the whole tone of this movie: endearing, raw, but also nuts. I love this [...]

One of my favorite Jane Eyre quotes

That a greater fool than Jane Eyre had never breathed the breath of life; that a more fantastic idiot had never surfeited herself on sweet lies, and swallowed poison as if it were nectar. -Charlotte Bronte   I have always so identified with this story... even though I'm not an orphan, in many ways I [...]

Anxiety During the Holidays

Today was just one of those days that I tried really hard. Lifted. Went on a walk because it was gorgeous out. And my anxiety was still very, very bad most of the day. I made it through seeing my two clients but overall my anxiety just ended up being unbearable. I'm tired of my [...]

Trauma and Shrinking

Let's just start by saying relational trauma is a thing. And it can make connecting with people especially hard. I realize that certain tendencies within myself are trauma responses. My tendency to clean when I'm anxious and don't feel well. Why do kids who grow up in unstable environments feel the need to be perfect [...]