What’s Behind Your Smile? Let it Flow

What is behind your smile? Behind my smile is where I hid for years. Behind the smile that people saw, there was pain and self-hate. Throughout the years, I have grown to hide less behind my smile, but I still find my moments where it feels more comfortable, safer and easier, to show up and hide behind that smile. In …

Eating Disorder Survivor Takes Over Insta

This week for #freeyourmindfriday, Meagan Connley, a mental health advocate and eating disorder survivor, took over our Instagram stories to talk about mental health and recovery. Check out her bio below! Last week, 1N5 shared my story of living with anxiety and having lived with depression and eating disorders. Now, I’m taking over their Insta stories to talk more about …

Don’t Compare Yourself. Where You Are is Beautiful

Our lives can be full of comparison. We might feel like we are always falling short. We see someone else living the “perfect” life or experiencing the “perfect” relationship, and we feel like what we have isn’t good enough. We look at where we once were and get frustrated with ourselves that we might not be in that space anymore. …

Positive Mindset is Key

I’m not naturally an optimist. For a long time, I worried about everything from getting an A on a homework assignment to how I would pay rent. I lived in a constant state of stress, worrying that if I didn’t do everything just right, it would all just fall apart. That kind of lifestyle, constantly chasing some nonexistent end result …

Relationship + Connection Expert Takes Over Insta

This week for #freeyourmindfriday, Teri Murphy, a licensed marriage and family therapist with a PhD in clinical counseling, education and supervision, took over our Instagram stories! Check out her bio below! I’m a Relationship and Connection Expert, Couples Therapist, Self-Healing Sage, Sci-Fi Junkie, and Drinker of the Coffee. I was an Air Force rocket scientist before I became a therapist …

Meagan’s #iAM1N5 Journey…

Happy #WarriorWednesday! Meet Meagan Connley, an introvert, highly sensitive person, cat mom, wife, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. She is sharing her #iAM1N5 journey of living with anxiety and her experience with depression and eating disorders. Meagan remembers her eating disorder starting in high school. Her parents noticed a change in her behavior and appearance, and they got help for …

You Deserve to See the Light Within You

You deserve to see the light within you that others see about you. How often do we dismiss the love and compliments that others give to us because we aren’t able to see it for ourselves? When we do that, we only create this cycle of feelings of not being good enough. We so often forget to see that we …

Marriage + Family Therapist Takes Over Insta

This week for #freeyourmindfriday, Emily Sanders, LMFT, took over our Instagram stories to talk about mental health and therapy. Check out her bio below! Hi! My name is Emily and I’m a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California.  I practice privately in Orange County, and I absolutely love what I do. I’ve been practicing since 2012, …

Others May Not Believe in Your Dreams, Keep Believing in Yourself Anyway

I can still get discouraged easily. It’s hard when you have poured your whole heart and effort into a project, and for people to question it or tell you no. This may seem similar to you. You may have a dream or goal that people tell you that you can’t reach. They may not believe in you, and that makes …

Recognize the Love You Deserve

It goes without saying that the past year has been one of the most challenging in recent history for nearly everyone. We all know what we’ve gone through globally, nationally, and individually. Through all of the hardships, heartbreak, and loss, though, we have persevered. Over the past 12 months, I’ve endured challenges I never expected to experience, and it all …