Stop Telling Us We are Suffering. We are SURVIVING!

Stop Telling Us We are Suffering. We are SURVIVING!

If you didn’t know already, May is the month of Mental Health, and because of this, I decided to start, and end the month with articles both surrounding this topic. It is no surprise that I am not a stranger to my own mental illnesses, but I am here to speak up for those that haven’t figured out a way to talk about their own.

I have never been a fan of using the adjective “Suffering” when it comes to describing how I choose to cope with my own struggles, for I have always thought the word “Surviving” would be more appropriate. We need to stop making it so easy for people to form a stigma around mental health. We need to show the world that we are surviving nonetheless, and we should not be treated any differently.

In this post, I challenge the all too common belief about mental health, and I offer a new perspective for those that may judge what they don’t understand.

Thank you for reading. I appreciate you. 

"What Do I Want to Do With My Life?" - Do We Ever Really Know?

"What Do I Want to Do With My Life?" - Do We Ever Really Know?

I am sure you have asked yourself at least once or twice, "What Do I Want to Do with My Life?" And the answer to this can be kind of scary, especially when you don't really have one. This goes for all ages of people, and of all levels in their career. 

Do we ever really know what we want to do for the rest of our lives? How is one truly supposed to know if we are living out our life's purpose? 

In this blog post, I point out some alarming statistics, and I beg the question, "What Do I Want to Do With My Life?"

Thank you for reading! I appreciate you!

Dear Mom,

Dear Mom,

In honor of tomorrow being Mother's day, I decided to do things a little differently, and express some of the things I have never been any good at saying out loud. 

In this personal post, I write to the woman who is half of the equation for who I am today. It has been a bumpy 25 years, but she has always remained my Mom through the worst of it. 

I haven't been the easiest daughter to raise, but because of her, I have learned what is important in life. 

To all of the Mom's out there, whether you be single mom's, single dad's, or a loving guardian, YOU ARE SO IMPORTANT, and you deserve so much more than one day.

Happy Day Before Mother's Day! ❤️

13 Reasons Why I Watched 13 Reasons Why

13 Reasons Why I Watched 13 Reasons Why

In 2007, there was a popular best-selling book that came out by author, Jay Asher, and it was titled, 13 Reasons Why

In 2017, Netflix came out with a series based on the popular book. It was a 13 episode series that told the story of a girl named, Hannah Baker, and she told us 13 reasons why she decided to commit suicide. 

With the hype over this show being unable to ignore, I decided to dive into the life and death of Hannah Baker, and share 13 reasons why I decided to watch it. 

Thank you for reading. I appreciate you. 

Let Go of Who Let Go of You

Let Go of Who Let Go of You

Heart break is hard, and what is even harder, is letting go of the person in charge of our pain, but why? Why is it so hard for us to move on, when it appears that it was so easy for them?

Heartbreak, although painful, was one of the best life lessons I could have ever learned.  

In this post, I discuss some of the steps you should take when it comes to moving on, and ultimately, letting go of the person who let go of you. 

A Letter to the Girl I Was 4 Years Ago

A Letter to the Girl I Was 4 Years Ago

4/21/2017 marked the 4 year anniversary of my arrest. 

In this post, I write a letter to the girl I was four years ago, and if I could give my past self any kind of advice, this is what I would say to her. 

In one of my most personal pieces to date, I share my most unflattering photo with the world, and I tell you the truth about the girl in the mugshot. 

Thank you for reading. I appreciate you.

Success: How Do You Define It? Is It Defining You?

Success: How Do You Define It? Is It Defining You?

We all define success differently, but the question is, are YOU defining it correctly? More times than not, we feel pressure to make the most money, have the nicest things, and live, in what one could argue, an unattainable lifestyle. So, where do we draw the line? And at what point does success no longer mean happiness?

In this blog post, I will challenge you to define what success means to you, and I will offer you a new way to answer the question, "What do you do for a living?"

 

7 Things I Learned While Packing Up My Life & Moving

7 Things I Learned While Packing Up My Life & Moving

So, I did it. I moved out of the area that I have lived for 95% of my life, and during the process, I learned a handful of things about myself. 

In this post, I talk about my experience through packing up my life, and moving away. I share some of the truths I learned through this process, and I discuss my reasons for moving to a new city. Read more, and share an experience in the comments that you have had through the process of moving your life to a new, undiscovered, place! Thank you for reading. I appreciate you. 

The Company You Keep... Is It Hurting You? Or Is It Helping You?

The Company You Keep... Is It Hurting You? Or Is It Helping You?

In this post, I talk about the importance of who we choose to surround ourselves with, and I beg the question: Are there people in your life that are holding you back? 

To become the best versions of ourself, the company that we keep has a lot to do with that. Their influence on our behaviors, and the way they lead their lives, will impact us either positively, or negatively. The good thing about this, is that we always have a say in who we decide to be inspired by. If there are toxic people in your life, now is the best time to start separating yourself from anything negative. So, I must ask you: Is the company that you keep, hurting you, or helping you?

HOW TO BE In A World That Is Telling You How To Be

HOW TO BE In A World That Is Telling You How To Be

Do you worry too much about the opinions of others? Are you constantly comparing yourself to what the media considers to be 'beautiful'? I don't blame you, because it is damn near impossible not to be bombarded with societal pressures every single day. So how do we see past our imperfections, and the little things that make us feel less than? 

In this blog post, I discuss how we can go about living out our days loving who we are, and how to be...ourselves.