I think a lot of people my age (early 20s) dream of traveling for work. While it’s not something I do often, I’ve been doing a lot of it the past month which has been exciting and exhausting! One thing people don’t acknowledge about traveling for work is the toll it can take on your mental health.Read More
Sanaya Set is a seasonal collection of intentional products focused on self care and social justice. This beautifully curated set, available by subscription or as a stand-alone purchase, is empowering womxn and educating individuals on intersectionality. No, womxn is not a typo silly, keep on reading!Read More
I try to be very transparent with writing about my struggle with anxiety. I think the more we start the conversation we build a community and are able to remind others struggling that they are not alone. These are a few products I have tried and, as someone who struggles with mental health, honestly would have loved to receive as a gift of encouragement. If you have a friend struggling a nice gesture or positive reminder can go a long way.Read More
I was you once. And today my thoughts are with you. I'm thanking God that I'm not going back to school today.Read More
It started at dinner. From the outside it looked like a quaint little place. The reviews online were good. It was an older restaurant with neighborhood charm. One of those restaurants where everyone scribbles their names on the wall. The white walls were covered in an array of colored signatures.Read More
If we're being honest, anxiety runs my business. It's the constant checking of the e-mail in fear that I have messed something up. It's double checking & triple checking everything I send out. It's constantly checking the time, if someone is one minute late to a meeting and being convinced that I'm at the wrong place or read the wrong time.Read More
Two years ago TODAY I was sitting in my dorm room at Belmont University when I made a pixelated logo in Powerpoint and typed up out the words The Honest Consumer. I had no idea what was ahead of me.Read More
Missing my Valentine today, but very grateful to call him mine. Jake is the absolute best. The past few years of long distance haven't always been easy, but have definitely been worth it. We've been able to grow as individuals and as a couple.Read More
We've all said it. I can't. The phrase has recently become trendy between young adults when talking about going to class or someone you're not fond of. Common responses include I can't, I just can't, or I can't even. All joking aside, moments when you just can't are real.Read More
I'm sitting in bed exhausted, unable to fall asleep. My chest feels like it could collapse and tears are slowly streaming down my face. I looked at a calendar yesterday and a heaviness came over me. Eight days until a new semester.The thought of walking into class makes me want to hurl.Read More
I absolutely adore the holidays, don't get me wrong, but they tend to take a lot out of me. If you're like me, you've already started mentally preparing. For me, I start by thinking about the questions your family members are going to ask.Read More
Dear Optimist, Your "look on the bright side" attitude is great for you, but not for me. I need to be in this moment and acknowledge my feelings, not be ashamed of them.Read More
I think as an entrepreneur it can be a challenge to try and figure out where to focus your energy: so many things that need to be done, bills that need to be paid, and not enough hours in the day. Recently, I've been stuck in this anxious mindset holding myself back, the fear of failure. I think a lot of entrepreneurs experience this and it can be incredibly crippling.Read More
There's too many people in a confined space. People I don't know. It's loud to the point where I can't hear a word the person next to me is saying. Alone in a room full of people...cliche, but reality.Read More
Recently, I've made two lifestyle changes that have dramatically impacted my mental health in a positive way. I've been off of my anxiety meds for weeks. Typically, when I am doing well and try going off my meds, I only last 3-4 days and then I crash and burn, but this time things have been different. I've been able to stay off my meds.Read More
I'm the girl who wakes up twenty minutes before a meeting or class, throws on a bra, deodorant, brushes her teeth, and runs out the door. I'm the girl with a mind running at 1,000 miles an hour in five different directions. I literally have a sign in my living room that says, "Welcome to the Shit Show" because I'm all over the place, all the time.Read More
It's that time of year again. Back to school. Tired eyes, chapped lips, and picked nails. I know I'm not the only one dreading it. I'm sitting here drowning myself in design work for clients, writing, and procrastinating even LOOKING at my homework. Don't get me wrong, I'm incredibly grateful for my education because I recognize what a privilege it truly is.Read More
I was opposed to talk therapy for quite sometime because I had the wrong counselors. After crashing and burning in college, I decided it was time to try again. Finally, on the fourth counselor I found a match. All it took was a recommendation from a friend to change my life. Since I started counseling with this lovely lady, I have learned a lot about myself, my triggers, and grown as a person.Read More
"Just Breathe." We've all heard it and probably said it to someone. Maybe you tell yourself this sometimes? Quite frankly it is one of my pet peeves when I'm struggling with anxiety and somebody tells me to just breathe as if I am consciously making the choice not to breathe. Trust me, if I could "just breathe" I would. It's not always that simple.
Just Be seems to be a more effective strategy for me when dealing with anxiety. It tends to help me acknowledge my feelings and embrace the struggle. During panic attacks I tell myself that I'm going to be in this moment and that it's going to be hard, but it will be over soon.
If you are a family member or friend to someone who suffers from anxiety you can use this strategy too. Just be in the moment with the person suffering. You don't always have to say things like just breathe or it'll be okay. Typically, I prefer if you don't. Hold your loved one, hug them while they cry, and just be in the moment with them. I'm not saying the Just Be strategy works better for everyone, but if you, or someone you love, is struggling it is an approach to try.
Acknowledging our feelings can be difficult because socially we are always taught to hide them, but just be encourages us to embrace and acknowledge the struggle. Just breathe focuses on the moment being over and everything being okay, sometimes making me feel ashamed for having a moment of sadness or struggle. It's human to feel sad, hurt, and all these emotions that tend to have a negative connotation. Your feelings are valid. Your struggle is real. You are strong. Just be.
Time: 3:04 a.m. I broke my rule. I checked my phone when the baby woke up to breastfeed. Just one little peek, I swear. I got an email asking to review my subscription box on instagram. So, a good 15 minutes later looking at the account and I’m still not sure if it’s a good fit. Gaw. The kids are asleep and I should be too. Dang it. Double fail.Read More