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I’m fine. This is fine.

There is pain today, as there is every day.  Unlike in years prior, before technology made it possible to know of hundreds of harms in a matter of minutes of internet wandering, people typically only knew of the grief of those within their town, within the fields of their local newspaper reporters, or within the…

Clear as dirt.

Yesterday, the ground was dry enough and the temperature warm enough for my kids to play outside.  By some odd twist of timing, our schedule was also free enough to allow this romp to happen.  I opened the front door and the back door and let the fresh air flow while I began to prepare…

Short hair doesn’t equal no shedding.

Greyhounds have smooth, sleek coats, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t work to keep up that silky texture and shiny gloss. Just like most dogs, greyhounds need to be brushed and occasionally have a moisturizer rubbed in to combat the dry air that comes with colder weather and gas heating indoors. Bella may have retired…

Maybe I should listen a little less to guilt.

I used to work at a cookie company and it was one of the most valuable jobs I’ve had. Not only did I learn how to unload a shipment, close out a register, count change in my head, and that a rash breaks out on my hands if I wear latex gloves repeatedly, I developed…

High Functioning Anxiety-What If City.

Being excessively prepared is normal to me.  I’ve learned that to others, this appears like I’m doing well, put together, on top of my game…  In reality, I’m prepared because I’m very afraid of what happens if I’m not.  I’m often the person in a room that has a band-aid, extra sanitary products, baby wipes,…

A tradition I can manage and actually enjoy.

My husband and I have tried to begin several food related traditions at Christmas, or so he says. Anxiety and depression can contribute to memory loss and I don’t remember these efforts he remembers. Apparently, we attempted to begin a sugar cookie tradition and a pancake breakfast too. I vaguely remember getting him a cookie…

One balloon of many.

Tonight is the longest night.  My friend will be there tonight at church, just as she was before.  I won’t be able to be near her, to cry in the pew beside her, to pass tissues, to mourn together.  I’ll be facing her while I help to lead the service.  Thankfully, if I cry with…

High Functioning Anxiety-I’m still tired.

A little while back, I shared one of the traits of high functioning anxiety, being worried about disappointing people—all the time.  Always being tired is another.  This is a state of being that is constantly with me, no matter whether I’ve slept 7 hours or 4.  Sure, my day is far more manageable with 7…

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