• Life,  Personal Life

    Giving In to Moods

    I’ll preface this by saying that I am a generally moody person — with quick and unpredictable shifts that catch me by surprise and appear to have no reason or pattern — and that what I’m talking about may not apply to everyone, but hopefully it helps someone. When I originally had the idea to write about letting a mood…

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    You Are Not Your Mental Illness

    Disclaimer: This article does not intend to invalidate any type of mental illness; the point is to bring more light and awareness toward the more severe types of anxiety and/or depression. Anxiety and depression are two separate words that are often thrown around together and very carelessly. A person who is feeling a little blue or panicky about something automatically…

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    You Are Powerful

    We, as humans, are powerful. We are so, so powerful. I mean, with all the resources we have, we potentially have the ability to do anything. Think about it. It may sound cool, but it is also dangerous. One false move sends us packing, and we are off to jail. One false move makes us lose our balance and fall…

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    Seven Spices of Teenage Life

    Our teenage life kicks in when we realize how important we are to ourselves. It’s when every little aspect matters: from little details in the eye makeup to the little toe being painted with the perfect matching shiny lacquer; from the spikes in our hair to the best brand sneakers; and all the ABCs of our looks, outfits, and accessories.…

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    Pushovers

    For most of my life, I’ve struggled with being what people call a “pushover”: someone who gives in easily, who agrees even if they internally don’t, who will never say “no” when anyone asks them to do something. Until about the age of fifteen, it never occurred to me that there was anything wrong. I could say “no,” and I…

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    Happy Anniversary, Depression

    It has been one year since I was diagnosed — although I’ve unknowingly experienced you for much longer than just these past twelve months. Since then, I have accepted much through therapy, hospitalization, and self-reflection. The learning curve was steep since I did not understand you before I was diagnosed. I still can’t completely comprehend you — the spectrum of…

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    Dear Family Member

    “Our job as nurses is to cushion the sorrow and celebrate the job everyday, while we are ‘just doing our jobs'” – Christine Belle Dear family member, Let me start by saying the words that you’re about to hear, again, and again: I’m sorry for your loss. It is a heartfelt message, but with repetition it may just become weightless to…

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    Becoming a Chameleon

    Big, beady eyes. Scaly, rigid body. Minute, stealthy movements. All to keep hidden in plain sight and remain unnoticed, surviving with comfort. Don’t we all wish (at some point in our lives) that we could be a chameleon? If there is one thing I have noticed in transitions in life, it’s that we all wish for the easiest way out —…

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    Moving Away from Ungrateful

    Despite being able to feel sensations like course and smooth, to think and ponder over nearly anything and everything we wish, and to listen to the chirping of the birds welcoming sunrise, we continue to grieve over things which, although trivial in nature, seem as insurmountable as a mountain. This idea of “making a mountain out of a mole hill” is…