Time to Talk Day

#TimetoTalk Day 2019: Talking about my social anxiety and experiences with depression has been one of the most helpful parts of my recovery and coping. Back when I thought it was this dark secret, it ate at me from the inside. It isolated me. It hurt me. It told me that I would never be…

What 4 Years Together Has Brought Us

Here’s what 4 years with my partner has looked like… (Anniversary inspired post) Travelled to 5 countries together: South Africa, France, Portugal, Italy, Netherlands. Many road trips Both attending university, one of us finishing. He’s owned two cars, and driven about 7! I’ve driven 2. Quad biking in Africa. Horse riding in Africa. Go-karting in…

How My Puppy Has Changed My Life

as a socially anxious, introverted work-from-home writer… *and by “change my life” I don’t mean in an exaggerated, I-will-never-be-the-same-again kind of way; I just mean changed my perspective and routine etc.* Teaching me patience I put this first because oh-wow, a puppy really does test your patience! I’ve never had a dog before and with…

Oh January – Poem

Oh January, how you’ve tested me. Poked and prodded and tried to best me. Rejection. Loss. Fear. Sadness. Fatigue. Sickness. Frustration. All of it, inside me. All of it, weakening me. Or is it? Maybe, just maybe, it’s giving me strength. Maybe it’s making me better. Pushing me further. After all, never before have I…

Poem for mom on her birthday

I believe that everything happens for a reason. Each mistake a lesson forged by my shaking hands. But there’s someone very special, Who holds my hands when they shake. My mother. Oh, mom. You angel, you. The burdens you bear, The fear you withstand, The trials you’ve suffered. Don’t you know how strong they’ve made…

New Beginnings

What the New Year means to me Not, “New Year, New Me“. Not “New Year’s Resolutions“. Not trying to fix every “bad” thing in your life. Not going 100mph into every goal and dream you’ve ever had then inevitably burning out. Nope. No. Uh-uh. For me, the New Year means a clean slate. A fresh…

15 Things I Learned in 2018

I can be happy when I buy (and own) fewer clothes! This is my lowest clothing haul year ever! I can produce consistent, interesting content, but I still have a lot of growing to do and that’s OK. I can be ME and the right people will come my way and love me for it….

Things to remember at Christmas time

We don’t get to receive It’s not supposed to be about how many presents we get It’s not a competition of who got the best gift Don’t overeat like crazy just because it’s the holidays If you can’t afford a present, don’t put yourself in debt to get it. The person you’re getting it for…

Break It Down – Goal Setting for 2019

I’ve been super excited about setting my goals and intentions (and wishes) for 2019 already, but I know that for some, goal setting can be really difficult. It’s normal to feel a little anxiety (or a lot, as I’ve experienced some years), or even depression at this time of year. It’s daunting. It’s overwhelming. Time…

What My Panic Attack Taught Me

I had a (small) panic attack Sunday night. I was crying, sweating, thinking a million things at once, breathing rapidly, and shaking. My chest was tight. I felt out of control. And it wasn’t nice. It wasn’t fun. I hadn’t had a panic in a while, so I did beat myself up for it having…