You Will Find Yourself Again

Since my mom’s diagnosis of cancer, I always felt like I had lost pieces of myself. Since she passed away, I know for sure I have lost pieces of myself. I feel less motivated, I feel less joy, less excitement, and less gratitude for life itself. This journey has been a confusing one for me. Simple tasks become really, really …

Take Time for Yourself

This week, I’m going on a much-needed vacation. As I write this, I’m actually in the car on the way to the lake house. I haven’t taken time off since October of 2020. Since then, as I’ve talked about in the past, I’ve been working approximately 70 hours every week. Roughly 40 of those have been working in the service …

My Mom Would Want Me to Keep Smiling

As many of you have seen through social media, my mother passed away on Wednesday, May 19th after a long, courageous fight with pancreatic cancer. We all knew my mom was going to pass soon, we were preparing to put her on hospice, so I knew it would happen soon and that she likely wouldn’t make it through the summer. …

Self-Care for Service Workers

Recently, as you may have noticed, there’s been a labor shortage in the foodservice industry. From coffee shops to drive-throughs to sit-down restaurants, the industry has seen both an increased demand for their product and a decreased supply of employees. It’s not my place, nor is this the platform, to speculate about why there’s a labor shortage. As an employee …

Listen to Your Body & Mind—Give Yourself What You Need

This week, I am tired. Emotionally. Physically. Tired. My therapist told me I should journal after visits with my mom, to reflect on what I’m feeling. At this point, we are all tired. It is tiring to watch the strongest woman I know be so physically weak. It is tiring to talk and think about what’s happening to her 24/7. …

It’s Okay to Lose Motivation for a Moment—It Will Come Back

It’s been a long week—one of those weeks that feels like it’ll never end. From working both of my jobs to getting ready to move to having a minor dog emergency, it feels like I’ve been in constant motion, both physically and emotionally. I’ve talked a lot about burnout and how to avoid it in the past, but sometimes it’s …

You Keep Showing Up—That’s Strength

You have good and bad days, but you keep showing up – that’s strength. These last few days with my mom has been an up and down rollercoaster. My mom made the tough, but right decision to stop treatment. Her body is weak. The chemo will likely do more harm than good. She doesn’t want to spend more time in …