What Self-Care Isn’t

Self-care has been a major topic of discussion in 2018, and is only gaining speed in 2019. The modern obsession with self-care has evolved into a $10 billion industry. The people of the Internet and mainstream media have latched onto a multitude of ideas around what self-care is or should be. The magnitude of information…

The Problem with Productivity Culture

Get it done. Work. Hustle. These are my productivity mantras. Through advancing my career, keeping my house clean, growing my spiritual life and making healthy-but-still edible recipes, there is a lot to handle in my life. Staying on top of everything 100% is stressful at best. At my worst, this juggling act can be debilitating….

Bird Box and Mental Illness

This post contains some spoilers of the new Netflix movie, Bird Box. There is also some discussion of suicide and criminal depictions of the mentally ill. If these topics are upsetting to you, please do what is best for you to keep your mind healthy. Since opening last week, Bird Box has had the most…

I Tried Failing for 5 Days… Here’s What I Learned

I’m pretty bad a failing. I hate the sticky residue failure leaves behind. Once that failure is on me, I feel as if I cannot get it off. In my mind, I know failure is necessary for success but in practice, I don’t want anything to do with it. I have trouble failing without feeling…

‘Tis the Season for Seasonal Affective Disorder

I love the anticipation of Christmas time. I’m the type of person who starts listening to Christmas music on November 1. My Christmas tree is up in my apartment the day after Thanksgiving. And as a Christian, Christmas also holds a special element of hope in the celebration of Christ’s birth.  And then, there’s my…

Cleanliness as Self Care

As a kid – and let’s be honest, even now – I never had a tidy room for more than a day. I hate doing the dishes and I hate folding laundry. And you can forget about actual scrubbing and sweeping. It’s just not fun, and my clothes are easier to find spread out on…

The 3 Types of Mental Illness

I have a theory about mental health that has proven useful to me in understanding my own mental highs and lows. I’m certainly not a psychologist or neurologist but since I have a mind, I’ve decided I’m qualified enough to develop a theory about the way the mind feels. My theory involves the definition of…

“I am stupid.”

I remember the first time I thought something bad about myself. I was a six years old in my first-grade language arts class. My favorite color was pink, and my best friend was Nicole. I liked stuffed animals and Madeline. I don’t remember much more than that, but I remember the thought. “I am stupid.” Before…