I spend a lot of time thinking about what it is that I want my legacy to be. Maybe it is the teacher part of me that is constantly trying to create lasting lessons in my students while fostering the desire to become lifelong learners, or maybe being a mother has helped me to … Continue reading It’s Your Turn Series, Part 2: Post 3 “Imperfect is Perfect”
Renee is a client of mine. We started working together this past spring. When she came to me, she wanted to lose weight, but it was clear that we couldn't focus on numbers. She had been on her journey for a long time without a break. Mentally, it's exhausting and it can wear you down … Continue reading It’s Your Turn Series, Part 2: Post 2 “Redefining Happiness”
"I almost feel like I lost a part of myself."
So, if I was to write a letter to you – to all the peopleout there who feel burdened with grief, who feel less than, who are struggling to stay afloat and navigate the harsh waters of their reality, I would start with Dear Loved One.
I've talked about Alicia before. She's younger than me. She's a junior in college and I'm 27. Without social media our paths would have never crossed. Without peanut butter we would've never started talking. Without talking we would've never seen past the social media posts and learned that we are more alike than we could've … Continue reading Life of A Fit College Student Series: “It’s Your Turn Traditional Dozen – Mental Health and School Work”
This is my friend Ahmad. He pretty much started this series. What I mean is it was his words that set something off in me that made me think about the larger problem at hand. Yes, I am working through my own anxiety, my own PTSD, and I have no issue talking about it. But, … Continue reading It’s Your Turn Series: Post 11 “Life in My Days: 22 Years of Mental Illness and Counting”
There have been quite a few who have reached out to share their stories and how mental health has impacted them, their families and what they believe to be their ability to be a mother. We know that events trigger us to develop these disorders we've been talking about in this series, but I don't … Continue reading It’s Your Turn Series: Post 10 “A Fight Worth Fighting”
October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It was also Domestic Violence Awareness Month. I'm sure there's a third cause out there that was also supposed to be highlighted and educate the public. I will not downplay that both of these causes are important. 1 in 8 women are impacted by breast cancer. 1 in 3 … Continue reading It’s Your Turn Series: Post 9 “Scarlet Letter”
When I emailed with Sarah, she told me that she had pushed aside her anxiety out of how I might sound to someone else. She's not the only one. There are so many people that have experienced various traumas, almost all of which are out their control, but yet they take on shame. We are … Continue reading It’s Your Turn Series: Post 8 “I Am Not What Happened To Me, I Am What I Choose To Become.”
Many of us have a hard time pinpointing the moment we realized we weren't feeling like ourselves. We struggle to determine the time in our lives when depression or anxiety started. I think we have an idea, but I think some of us dismiss our own behavior as typical. Below is Meredith's story. She even … Continue reading It’s Your Turn Series: Post 7 “It Really Came Out During My College Years”