Love, Life & Community

Ten Years’ Difference: Hope For Parents of Teens

“I HATE YOU!” I screamed at my parents and stomped out of the room, up the stairs, and into my bedroom, with a satisfactory and pointed slam of the door for good measure. I sat on my bed, stiff and angry, until eventually the anger broke down and I simply burst into tears. “They just…… Continue reading Ten Years’ Difference: Hope For Parents of Teens

Mental Health & Recovery

The Best Thing To Say To Someone With Mental Illness

I’m just going to say it. I have major depression, the clinical, needs medication kind. I’m pretty open about it and I freely tell my friends and family. Much of the time, they don’t know how to respond. I know it’s hard to know what to say. All the “what not to say” lists make it especially…… Continue reading The Best Thing To Say To Someone With Mental Illness

Love, Life & Community

No One is #Winning Or #Losing The Game of Life

They say comparison is the thief of joy. More than that, I think comparison is just silly. So many people, especially young adults, seem to feel guilty that their life is not progressing in the typical fashion. Or more often, they feel inferior to those whose lifestyle happens to match “normal”. Who decided that the…… Continue reading No One is #Winning Or #Losing The Game of Life

Mental Health & Recovery

Recovery Is Like A Garden

Recovery from mental illness is hard. Really freaking hard. Anyone who tells you otherwise is either extremely naive or trying to sell you something. One of the hardest aspects of recovering from depression is staying motivated to keep trying. Keep going to therapy, keep exercising, keep taking medication and vitamins, keep using therapy skills. It’s…… Continue reading Recovery Is Like A Garden