My research suggests John Jay wrote “To hope for the best and prepare for the worst, is a trite but a good maxim,” in 1813. So I will credit him to this quote knowing I … Continue reading Hope for the best and prepare for the worst
I am a writer. It's funny how long it took me to admit this without feeling shame or fearful I was spinning lies. I also read, garden, and a mental health advocate. My side hustle is writing and my undercover job is as an IT Recruiter.
When a person I care about does something I don’t agree with, I become overly vocal. I force myself opinions on them so they know exactly why they are wrong. Not … Continue reading I’m Gonna Worry About Me
Maybe I should be grateful you’ve disappeared from my life. Though it’s hard to think that way, you’ve been a friend since we were pre-teens. Our lives both treacherous, though … Continue reading Six Months of Silence from You
I lay in bed, my brain twisting with horrible thoughts. This weekend my husband takes two of our small children to a baseball game without me because I’ll stay home … Continue reading Nightmares While I’m Awake
I can go into public places without fearing something will happen to my children or me. This is tremendous progress. Yesterday I went into a clothing store alone. I thought … Continue reading I’m Okay. Why Do I Still Seek Therapy?
I sit at the public pool, it’s Ladies Night, and I’m surrounded by women I know. One of them is a school teacher who tells us about a body image … Continue reading My Aging Body Image
I was born with anxiety. A fact that was not obvious to me until just recently. As a child, I compared myself to others and constantly searched for ways to … Continue reading The Different Stages of My Anxiety
I’m in a rather crisis situation with a friend I have known since we were little girls. I’m not even sure where to begin. We are both in our early … Continue reading How Do I Get My Friend Help?
Several years ago, it became hard to go into public places without using the “buddy system.” I’m not exactly sure why this happened but I believe it stemmed from years … Continue reading Social Anxiety: Earning My “I Voted” Sticker
When we try to move beyond something that haunts or hurts us an overnight remedy is simply unrealistic. I know this to be true yet I still search for that … Continue reading Celebrating My Son’s Big Step with You
I am a 41-year-old mom with three children. I suffer from generalized anxiety disorder. My mother also suffers from anxiety, and she revealed to me that my grandfather was also … Continue reading Son, I’m Sorry I Gave This to You
Fear has caused me to avoid certain situations, like long lines in the grocery store. I feared a panic attack and being stuck with no way out. Trapped. With therapy … Continue reading When Fear Cleared I Found Anger