The Secret to Functional Relationships

Boundaries. The secret to functional relationships are those invisible lines that tell others what we will and will not allow. The word ’no,’ plays an important role in developing healthy boundaries. Those of us who have grown up with abuse often have skewed views of boundaries, however. Our minds or our bodies have not belongedContinue reading “The Secret to Functional Relationships”

Celebrating Every Victory

Even in pain, there can be purpose – a lesson we can use to turn our setback into a success story. Journaling can help us zero-in on our victories, even as we walk through the healing process. As you might now know, I recently experienced a little setback called conversion disorder. This “setback” involved temporaryContinue reading “Celebrating Every Victory”

Damn the Gram?

In an age where societal norms no longer reflect the quintessential charms of Mayberry, there are now apps on which to build relationships, forums on which to swap stories, and social media, on which to connect with others.  Though the Leave It To Beaver neighborhoods and the Lucy and Ethel camaraderies have all but dissolved,Continue reading Damn the Gram?

Stories of Hope

Sometimes, given our various situations, we can feel unmotivated or hopeless. We might think to ourselves, ”I can’t overcome the odds,” or, ”the deck is stacked against me.” If we ever need reminders of how much power we actually hold, we can just look in the history books. Let’s check out these historical examples ofContinue reading “Stories of Hope”

Thought Life

“Train your mind to see the good in everything. Positivity is a choice. The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts.” Anonymous Our mental health, as we are now aware, is just as important as our physical health. The thoughts running through our heads are more than simple to-do lists; theyContinue reading “Thought Life”

A Lil’ Self Care

Sometimes, we need to take a bit of time for ourselves, regardless of how busy life might be. This is what a small slice of R&R heaven looks like to me: A vanilla latte face mask & exfoliating scrub Organic Vanilla Bean Coffee Grounds Unrefined coconut oil Mix 3/4 parts coffee grounds to 1/4 partsContinue reading “A Lil’ Self Care”

Gratitude, The Antidepressant

“Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions.” Zig Ziglar Dopamine and serotonin – 2 out of the 4 neurochemicals in the brain – are a winning combo. In fact, their combined strength can rival that of a prescribed antidepressant! How do we tap into these ‘reward’ and ‘mood booster’ chemicals? The answer is simple;Continue reading “Gratitude, The Antidepressant”

Socialization – The Ultimate Therapy

It was during one of my socially anxious periods that I began to withdraw from the company of others. I isolated to the tipping point of my mental health, but it wasn’t until I sought the friendship of others that I truly began to break free of self-placed restrictions and negative thought patterns. For me,Continue reading “Socialization – The Ultimate Therapy”

The Stranger (An Original Poem)

Once there was a mining town, that cleaved upon the desert brown. In this town was a saloon; beer was drunk from dawn till noon. Men clutched mugs of liquid gold, their drunkenness a fight forebode. Empty holster, empty head – deadeye discharged flying lead. He, gunslinger broad of chest, was well-regarded in the West.Continue reading “The Stranger (An Original Poem)”