I can be a very stubborn person. It took me years to be able to admit that I was wrong about something. I would try to say it, but mentally something blocked my mouth from voicing the words. It was an extremely weird feeling — like trying to break through a brick wall that my mind had erected right in front of my mouth. The three hardest things I’ve had to deal with, and ultimately with professional help, have been my addiction, my issues with eating, and my mental health. I didn’t jump on the therapy bandwagon or immediately check… View Post

A lot of people make light of fitness resolutions in the new year. While it’s true that a large proportion will fall off as the year progresses, I commend anyone who makes an effort to live a healthier life. For those of you who start and stop, maybe right now is not your time. I wrote a post last year about how recovery and healthy living parallel each other. The biggest parallel I can draw is that a person won’t be able to commit until they’ve made the decision for themselves. Until the pain gets great enough. Until they’re sick… View Post

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Dove’s #SpeakBeautiful campaign. All anecdotes and opinions are my own. *Warning — this post contains descriptions of disordered eating and other behaviors that may be triggering to some people. Just a heads up! Almost a year ago, I wrote a post on here advocating for users to take responsibility for how certain social media accounts made them feel: if you’re not getting anything positive out of them, simply unfollow. I still agree that as adults, this is the way we should handle our responses to others’ social media profiles. But when it… View Post

The first week in October is Mental Illness Awareness Week. I first found out about it last year when I was diagnosed with depression. It’s been a year since I’ve written about those times (!), and even though I think it’s important to talk about it WHENEVER, I wanted to use today’s thinking out loud post to highlight it during this dedicated week. In case you’re new or missed my journey last year, here are a couple posts dealing with it specifically: Mental Illness Awareness Week There’s Always a Reason, But It May Not Be What You Think The Positive… View Post