Unshouldering – Heart Dump

A vulnerable open letter. This post straddles a place between rant and open letter, hopefully more the latter. It’s a heart dump. I’m not entirely sure why I’m writing it except for the fact that last night something started to change. So I am sharing it with you. Yesterday, on a crisp fall evening, IContinue reading “Unshouldering – Heart Dump”

Your “Hard Life” Is Your Gift | Why some people’s lives are harder than others – What you need to read today

Why are some people’s lives objectively harder than others? Yes, “everyone has their shit,” but still, since the dawn of time this question has plagued philosophers, clergymen, doctors, artists, and yes, even us mere mortals. I myself have looked at those around me and pondered this great mystery. But isn’t it funny. The answer isContinue reading “Your “Hard Life” Is Your Gift | Why some people’s lives are harder than others – What you need to read today”

How To NOT Snap – My String Strategy | Harnessing Indifference To Stay Centered

Imagine a string that comprises all aspects of mental health: mood (positive and negative), emotion (happiness, sadness, anger, joy, grief), stress, anxiety, and of course, illness. At rest, the string is stable with weight distributed equally. Then something happens, a trigger. Maybe an incident at work or a fight with a spouse. Add a weightContinue reading “How To NOT Snap – My String Strategy | Harnessing Indifference To Stay Centered”

Three Ways to Cope With Uncertainty | by Christine L. Carter, Ph.D.

What should we do when everything feels so out of control? Living with so much uncertainty is hard. Human beings crave information about the future in the same way we crave food, sex, and other primary rewards. Our brains perceive ambiguity as a threat, and they try to protect us by diminishing our ability toContinue reading “Three Ways to Cope With Uncertainty | by Christine L. Carter, Ph.D.”

VIDEO BLOG – Mental Health & Relationships | From getting ghosted to finding love, how to navigate the messy bits

Today I’m talking all things love. When, how, if ever to discuss your mental health within the context of a romantic relationship is, well, confusing. There’s no blue print to follow on navigating the conversation with a love interest, whether new, after a few dates, or even after a few years. That said, I’ve assessedContinue reading “VIDEO BLOG – Mental Health & Relationships | From getting ghosted to finding love, how to navigate the messy bits”

Harnessing Positive Vibes | 6 Ways To Make The Most Of Your Mental Health “Good Days”

“…use your disability to be more clutch, not as a crutch.” When we talk about mental health in the news, social media, medicine, so often the conversation has a tendency towards “doom and gloom.” I too am guilty of focusing on the challenges of living with a mental health disability, as if every day isContinue reading “Harnessing Positive Vibes | 6 Ways To Make The Most Of Your Mental Health “Good Days””

VIDEO – Early Warning Signs | My Mental Health Diagnosis Journey

Only my second video so I am still getting the hang of it but I hope you find this helpful. My ‘Early Warning Signs’ video is about my Diagnosis Journey. I’ve never talked about the path to my bipolar diagnosis, a journey that took over 15 years. Here I am going into detail about theContinue reading “VIDEO – Early Warning Signs | My Mental Health Diagnosis Journey”

No-Vacation Nation | No, You Still Can’t Cancel Summer

Although taking a vacation in 2020 may seem unattainable — which is completely on brand for this insane year — there’s significant scientific evidence to prove taking time off is more important now than ever. The 2008 article “No-Vacation Nation” authored by my fellow University of Florida alum, John de Graaf, explores the workaholic U.S.Continue reading “No-Vacation Nation | No, You Still Can’t Cancel Summer”

I Didn’t Think I’d Be Doing A Part II So Soon | The Silenced Grief – Miscarriage

Video post. Last week I wrote about my struggle with “complicated grief” after the death of my grandmother. This weekend my family had another major loss. I promise to return to talking top travel and skincare tips soon, but first, this.

Grief. It’s Complicated.

I know people are yearning for positive content in an effort to escape our distressing reality, but for many, the path to “normal” post-COVID will be through grief. So while this may not be what anyone necessarily wants to read right now, this is what everyone needs to read. *This will not be my mostContinue reading “Grief. It’s Complicated.”