hey babes!

how’s your heart? did you know that May is the Mental Health Awareness Month? of course, this holds a very special space in my heart. as someone who has battled anxiety disorders, phobias, and depression for nearly her whole life, caring for my mental health & making others aware of the reality of mental illness, is super important to me.

so, in celebration of this month, I thought I’d share with you some thoughts & ideas for caring for your own mental health.

because, honestly, your mental health is the MOST important- it affects every other type of health… physical, emotional, and spiritual.

so, loves, here are some ideas for taking care of yourself and silencing the shame surrounding mental illness. Continue reading “TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF (70+ IDEAS)”

praying for lightning bolts (or, a lesson in forgiveness)

you know what sucks?
forgiving people.

you know what’s awesome?
forgiving people.

yup. I’m a walking contradiction. (which, by the way, we all are.)

and let me be real: while I know forgiveness is something I’ll be glad for after the fact… in those moments of hurt and pain, I just don’t wanna.

can you identify? (don’t you dare say no, ya little liar!)

because on days like today, when I’m still reaping the consequences of someone else’s cruel decisions, I feel a bit like praying for lightning bolts.

praying for lightning

you see, sometimes the pain lingers for longer than you’d like. sometimes the wounds inflicted upon you get infected. sometimes the consequences of their bad choices are yours to pay for a while. and it’s not fair. and it sucks. Continue reading “praying for lightning bolts (or, a lesson in forgiveness)”

5 characteristics of a good doctor

I’ve had some truly terrible experiences with doctors and doctors’ offices. sometimes it still takes me a while to trust a doctor, just because of the ways I’ve been taken advantage of, denied certain things without explanation, talked into tests I didn’t want done, or been brushed off and not taken seriously in the past by doctors.

it’s taken a while, but I finally know what to look for, and what are warning signs when it comes to choosing a doctor. I’m happy that I have a GREAT doctor where I live (and an awesome OBGYN a couple of hours away), but it was a long time coming!

here are 5 characteristics of a good doctor:

good doctor
                       (original photo from CNN.com)

1.) they have good bedside manner
your doctor shouldn’t be grumpy or irritated. she shouldn’t be taking out her day’s frustration on you. she should make eye contact, be friendly, and communicate well. great humor is just a bonus! 🙂 this may seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be amazed how many doctors I’ve seen that fail to exhibit this first important characteristic.  Continue reading “5 characteristics of a good doctor”