Preparing Yourself for the Halloween Chaos

Preparing for Halloween can be one of the most stressful times of the year! You’re constantly preparing the house and decorating it for visitors, plus you have to monitor the front door just in case you have visitors.   It can especially be stressful for introverts whose place will be visited many times throughout the night. BUT, whether you’re an introvert or not, there are numerous ways to mentally and physically prepare and prep yourself (You’ll thank me for it!).   Preparing Decorations   One of the first things you should consider is whether or not you will be decorating…

What I Sing on the Hard Days

Hard days come whether we’re ready for them or not. What’s worse, is there isn’t a tried and true way to make the hard days better. Everyone has  his or her own way of dealing with hard days.   For me, music has (and maybe it always will) made the difference. If I can get lost in the right song on the right day, it’s a game-changer. Feeling the music puts me at ease.   I know that when I was in the depths of my struggles with anxiety and depression, sometimes I just needed to feel it and let…

An Open Letter to the Man Who Broke My Heart

Believe it or not, this is the article that inspired me to start this blog. Not so long ago I had my heart crushed by a man I cared about and loved very much. I fell from ‘Cloud 9’ at an alarmingly fast pace and was disoriented for months afterward.   It’s hard to be forced to live out a life you hadn’t planned to be living, but what I learned from it all was that things happen for a reason and the reasons are usually good ones.   Bad things happen all the time in this world and, when…

Taking Time to Jump in the Leaf Piles

I chuckled. I actually chuckled the first time I saw this article title and, honestly, it’s a bit sad it’s come to that. Should it be this hard to enjoy the small things in life? Surely not. Maybe we’re just a little over-conditioned to the monotony and bullshit of everyday life and run down by time.   That’s what I wonder, at least...   I don’t think we realize exactly how much there is to celebrate about life until the moments have passed. You know, I’ve been caught up so much in this blog, work, having a puppy, trying to…

The Truth About Body Image in America

Body image is becoming a rampant problem all over the world, but in the United States it’s not just rampant...it’s devastating. Being bloated has become “fat” and the term “plus size” starts being applied once you hit size 10.   It’s an absolute travesty that women are being conditioned to believe weighing 150 pounds means that they’ve let things go too far.   My Personal Image Experience   Let me tell you something. I was 108 pounds when I graduated high school and in the two years it took for me to turn 20, I gained 45 pounds. Not only…

The Best Advice I Was Ever Given

A few months back I was going through a very, very rough time when my long-time boyfriend and I broke up. We were together for 4 years and things did not end well. Break-ups are always hard, but that one what especially tough.   At that moment, I honestly wasn’t sure what the future had in store for me. I didn’t know if it could even make up for the pain I was feeling in the moment. I was starting to lose hope.   With nowhere to look but up,  I decided to call up an old friend and see…

Daily Meditation for Stress Relief

Hey friends! Happy Saturday!   Weekends are the perfect time to de-stress from a long week at work, while getting rested up for the next one. Relaxing doesn’t have to be a weekends only activity, though! In fact, one of my favorite forms of relaxation is meditation and there are plenty of ways to sneak meditation into your daily routine.   If you do it right, your weeks will feel stress-free, despite the chaotic work week. Stress-Reducing Meditation Apps   The apps available for meditation support are limitless! One of my favorites is . ‘Simple Habit- Meditation’. It’s a really…

How To Be An Introvert With A Healthy Social Life

Blurring the lines of social isolation and introversion is easier than you think. It’s all about finding that perfect mix of carving out alone time and peeping out of your shell every once in awhile.   This is a difficult thing to balance as an introvert and I don’t blame you if you’d rather curl up on the couch with a good book and pretend you never read this article! However, it’s also important to consider the other people out there who care about you and the fact that healthy social lives are incredibly important part of human morale.  …

3 Things to Add to Your Nightly Routine For Better Sleep

Hi friends and happy Saturday! :)   People who struggle with mental illnesses have a special place in my heart. You see, mental illness isn’t just schizophrenia and white rooms with white walls. It’s also depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorders. Mental illness is a real thing real people struggle with, including myself.     You may not see it on the day to day because people are often terrified of the judgement that sometimes comes. If I’m completely honest, anxiety is one of my biggest struggles of all time and I’ve hit some pretty dark places because of it. Living with…

Exercise and the Introvert

  I hate to exercise around other people, don't you? I feel like I’m being watched and critiqued the whole time. Who knows? Maybe it’s just all in my head...   Regardless, I wanted to write this article to encourage other introverts to get out there and get fit! Since I’ve gotten back on the exercising wagon, I’ve realized how much better I feel! I have way more energy, don’t crave sugar all the time, and I feel accomplished when I finish working out or when I’m able to try something new.   So, without further ado, here’s a way for…