You Deserve to Be Happy

I don’t know who needs to hear this today, but you deserve to be happy. You deserve to wake up and feel good. You deserve to be passionate, energetic, excited about life. For a very long time, I didn’t believe I could be happy. I didn’t even know what happiness was. I’ve gone between manic and depressive episodes, and I …

Accept Forgiveness from Yourself

CW: self-harm, suicidal thoughts Mental illness is so complex and volatile. One minute, you might feel great, and the next, you might feel like the world is crashing down around you. During my senior year of college, as many of you know, I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. While that diagnosis terrified me, it finally gave a name to what …

Mauri Shares Her #WarriorWednesday Story

This week for #WarriorWednesday, Mauri Hogan, a 24-year-old psychology doctoral student at Adler University in Chicago, shared her mental health journey. See what she has to say below, and be sure to listen to this week’s podcast on Saturday to hear more about her story and her experiences! As a clinical psychology doctoral student with a history of anxiety, PTSD, …

Chastity Shares Her #iAM1N5 Journey…

This week for Warrior Wednesday, Chastity Haxton, a retired college athlete, cheerleading coach, graduate student, friend, and mental health advocate shared her #IAM1N5 story of living with generalized anxiety disorder, depression and PTSD. She talks about how being a competitive athlete impacted her mental illnesses causing her to struggle with eating disorders and Body Dysmorphic Disorder. Follow along to see …

Jack Shares His #iAM1N5 Journey

This week for Warrior Wednesday, Jack Browner, an older brother of five, friend, boyfriend, dog owner, and want-to-be golf pro, shared his #iAM1N5story of living with generalized anxiety disorder, depression, substance abuse disorder, and his experience with a suicide attempt. He talked about how his symptoms started in high school, culminating with a 2-week stay at an inpatient facility when …

Check In With Yourself, Too

This week, I was inspired to write about checking in with yourself after reading Ivy’s blog about checking in with others. Her blog post resonated with me so much this week. On the day it came out, my partner talked to me about a lot of things he’d been wanting to share but didn’t know how or didn’t feel like …

Keep Checking In On Others

Keep checking in on those around you. You never know who needs it. We are so good about it in the beginning, when someone experiences a loss, a trauma, or a breakup, we are so good in the beginning about checking in, seeing how that person is doing. In time though, we stop. We stop asking how people are. We …

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 …