The Exhaustion of Anxiety + Social Interaction

Last night I pushed myself to get out of the house and attend a social event. I’d met a few of the people before, but didn’t know them well. It was a casual social + dinner event, but I felt like I was struggling to find things in common and relate. After those four hours I was anxious, my lips were chapped, the hang nails on my fingers were picked, and I was exhausted. I felt like I’d just run a marathon….but no it was just a simple social interaction. And it didn’t end there. That night I laid in my bed replaying conversations in my head…Could I have contributed to the conversation more? Why did I say that? Did I sound dumb? They probably think I’m a failure. Instead I tried to remind myself, you did it. You went. You survived. But the anxious thoughts kept winning.

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Pushing Through The Entrepreneur Burnout

Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life….right? Myth busted. Entrepreneurship seems to be really glorified these days. Social media makes running a business appear easy, makes it seem common for an overnight success story, and fails to shine a light on a lot of entrepreneur's failures before success. The reality is entrepreneurship is hard as hell, not for the faint of heart, and the entrepreneur burnout is a serious side effect.

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10:49 am: An Anxious Mind

Does anyone else ever have those days where the world just throws too much at you and you want to curl up in bed and cry? I’ve had a few of them recently. Days where the anxiety takes over me and I enter shutdown mode. I can’t think. I can’t be present. I can’t be productive. But I can physically feel the anxiety weighing down on me. Our little puppy dog has been sick for about a month and with multiple vet visits, waking up in the night with him, and having to take days off work to sit at the vet only to receive no answers….I’ve been struggling. I’ve fallen behind on work. I’m a sleep deprived mess. AND I haven’t been practicing adequate self care.

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Mental Health Struggles + Running a Small Business

My anxiety took over. My mind felt cloudy. So much to do. I didn’t know where to start or how to jump back in. And it started to consume me. Couldn’t sleep which took away my focus which decreased my productivity. This isn’t the first time something like this has happened. I tend to beat myself up when these mental health moments (by moments I mean weeks of fogginess) happen because I feel like I’m failing my business and our community. And I know I shouldn’t. Mental health is real and it’s important. I have the privilege and opportunity to be self employment which allows me to stop and address my mental health when I need to.

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4 Self Care Reminders For The Holidays

The holiday season bring a lot of joy, togetherness.,..and anxiety. For those of us who struggle with mental health, it can be an incredibly difficult challenge to find that balance between self care, togetherness, holiday joy, and holiday stress. For me personally, I put a pressure on myself that I have to be with loved ones the entire time I’m home, since we live in another state. The pressure to spend time with everyone often results in me feeling drained and exhausted because I don’t practice self-care, specifically having downtime for myself. Here are a few thing I try to remind myself when going home for the holidays.

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World Mental Health Day: 8 Phrases You Should Not Say to Someone Struggling with Mental Health

Happy World Mental Health Day! Try and take part in the conversation today whether you struggle with mental health or not. It's important to learn! You will definitely feel some angst in this post because, as someone who struggles with anxiety, I’ve been told the wrong thing SO many times. But I’m writing this because it’s important to educate people on how individuals struggling with mental health feel, what to say, and what not to say. Be sure to read to the end to learn a few phrases that you SHOULD use.

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Sanaya Set: Self Care & Social Justice

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!

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6 Gift Ideas to Remind Anyone Struggling with Mental Health That They're Not Alone

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.

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Small Business Owner Struggles: Anxiety Taking Over

When my anxiety sets in and effects my business it can be a crazy spiral. Organization goes out the window, I fall behind on e-mails, and the worst is that I beat myself up about little things. My anxiety tells me that I’m not doing things right and that I’m going to fail. My anxiety tells me that people are not going to be happy with my content.

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When in Rome...Have a Panic Attack

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.

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Traveling with Anxiety: Demons & Dungeons

For me, loud noises, large groups of people, and crowded spaces are triggering. All of these are characteristics of your typical tourist attractions. For the most part I've done pretty well. We've spent the past four days exploring London. However, one attraction in particular really had me on edge, The Tower of London. 

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Anxiety: Founder & CEO

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. 

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Weighting Comforts: Find Relaxation with a Weighted Blanket

Weighting Comforts is making it possible for troubled sleepers to catch some z's with weighted blankets. Weighted blankets have been used to help people with anxiety, depression, PTSD, autism, and insomnia reach a relaxed state. This family run company also provides employment opportunities for refugees through their partnership with the non-profit Sew for Hope. 

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Happy Birthday: Two Years Old

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.

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The Secret to Love

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.  

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When You "Just Can't"

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.

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Owning It.

Sometimes I feel as though I'm a Sim and the big man in the sky is looking down laughing at me. In my first week of "real" adulting (my post graduation life back in Nashville after the holidays) I was bombarded with chaos. My dear friend Malayna and I had a terrifying experience driving from Texas back to Nashville. We were caught in snow, ice, and witnessed an 80 car pileup....needless to say we had a guardian angel. 

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Back to School Blues: 10:33pm

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. 

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New Year, Better You: Embracing Personal Growth

2017 was a year of a lot of laughs, a lot of cries, and a lot of learning to embrace it all. I learned so much about myself and experienced personal growth in ways I couldn't imagine a year ago. I wanted to share a few of my key experiences from 2017 in hopes that it may inspire you to embrace personal growth in 2018.

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Mentally Preparing for the Holidays

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.

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