May is mental health awareness month, so I wanted to make sure I talked about it before it was over. I feel like the past several posts have been about mental health in one way or another — my seven year clean date, my decision to make more time for this blog, and my announcement of my writing sabbatical in September. I’ll be sure to get back to fitness, food, and other helpful wellness posts, but this is always a passion of mine so we’ve got one more for you for now. I struggle with depression and anxiety, as do… View Post

I feel most comfortable when I’m writing. I’m normally not a very verbally emotional person simply because I don’t know how to do it and whenever I try I feel like it comes across as forced or insincere. It’s a work in process, but it’s something I never did well and struggle to do well presently. When I write, it’s a different story. When I write, it comes from a well of emotion. I’m not sure what it is about the act of writing, but I feel the most at peace and the most like I can actually change things… View Post

May 20th lands on a Saturday this year. I don’t post on Saturdays and many of you don’t read on Saturdays. Therefore, this post is coming a few days early and I’m breaking a rule of recovery rooms — don’t celebrate before it’s time because you never know what tomorrow may bring. I’m pretty sure, however, that after (almost) seven years I won’t pick up a bottle or use said bottle to wash down a handful of pills, so here goes. Obligatory warning — this post contains talk of depression and drug use, so if you find those things triggering, come… View Post

Last weekend’s conference couldn’t have come at a better time. I had been feeling overworked, unbalanced, and even wrote a post about it before I left for Utah. I’m pretty attuned to the symptoms of burnout and felt them creeping up on me as I pushed myself to make more and be more in my career. I have this instant gratification and impatience problem. 🙂 Last weekend’s conference left me feeling inspired and invigorated — exactly the opposite of how I had expected to feel after three consecutive weekends of travel. I felt like I did when I hit publish… View Post

I feel like I could use this topic to spin off all kinds of posts ranging from learning to say no to how to tap into your intuition. Maybe I still will. 🙂 I’ve mentioned here and there that I’ve been feeling overwhelmed for at least a good month or so. My problems are all good ones to have — too much work with not enough hours in the day. As much as I wish it weren’t true, there is too much of a good thing. I gave up one of my teaching jobs at the end of March. While… View Post