• A Day in the Life

    Six Flags

    For the first time in many years, my family and I went to Six Flags during the summer. Of course, it was hot and my sweaty back drenched my entire t-shirt and my feet ached from not wearing the right shoes. But that was all apart of the fun. My dad called me at eleven in the morning to go on a spontaneous trip to Six Flags. We had been during Christmas time, but that was a completely different experience. I decided not to dread it being hot, because it was June. After a fabulous lunch at Wendy’s, we were off to Six Flags and were more hyped than ever.…

  • A Day in the Life

    Fogo De Chao

    When I go to a steakhouse, I pay for one steak and maybe two sides. But when I come to Fogo I get more than a traditional steak dinner. Fogo De Chao is the holy grail of restaurants if you want to endlessly stuff your face with pricey meat until you can’t take another bite. It’s actually insane and incredible that someone would think of this concept and give it to the world for everyone to enjoy. I was coming here for the second time and my family was coming here for their first time. Wasn’t going to forget my favorable experience once I sat down and chowed down. I…

  • A Day in the Life

    Popcorn Love

    My family loves popcorn. So much that we keep it in stock at the house. My dad will sometimes go to the movie theater to buy their popcorn. It tastes good and I didn’t know that you could buy movie theater popcorn without a ticket buy anyway. My dad eats popcorn every day, my younger brother, Devin, used too before braces and my mom and I make our popcorn. Frankly, I don’t think we could live without it. But I realized something about my family. Popcorn is more than our favorite snack it’s also a gift. For me, it’s how I say I’m sorry. Sounds weird. I make people popcorn…

  • Understanding You

    My Older Brother Hurt Me

    I don’t talk about my brother anymore. He stopped coming around when I was fifteen. I was content with that and so was my mom. My mom had never been a fan of him, but he never wanted to try with her. He only saw her as the woman married to our dad. She was more than that. She’s my mother and he never respected her. I believed he hated her. When he was younger he would do things to try to harm her. When he couldn’t harm her physically he would try to make our dad and my mom argue. He would tell lies to his mom to make…

  • Understanding You

    I am my father.

    Everything that annoys me about my dad I tend to do to other people. I find it funny that I get annoyed with myself. There is no explanation for how that works. But I  know my dad and I always have to have our way. I can never again complain about the things he does wrong because I will do it and sometimes worse. He is more charming when he convinces people and I use all of my emotions. I can never deny DNA because everything he does I do too. So my complaints about my father make no sense because we are the share we just have different ways…

  • Healthy Living,  Understanding You

    Experiencing the Daniel Fast

    The Daniel Fast is something my mom partakes in every year and for the past six years, I have avoided it. I have fasted before for one or two days. I only drank water during those times. Other times I have only eaten after twelve or after three. So fasting is nothing new to me. So you’re probably wondering why haven’t I’ve done this particular fast? Well… The Daniel Fast is completely different than other fasts because it lasts for twenty-one days. During this time, you are only allowed to eat food that comes from the ground. That means no animals or animal by-products. So it’s vegan, right? No! It’s…

  • Understanding You

    My OCD Has Become a Crutch.

    I never wanted to think as my OCD as paralyzing, but it definitely happened. I leaned so much on my mental illness that I couldn’t move forward in life. Simple life tasks seemed hard because I refused to do them because of my OCD. My mom decided to be completely honest with me. Like any mother, she said what I needed to hear in love. I realized that my mental health was getting worse instead of better. The medication I’m taking didn’t seem to be working because I’m not letting it work. I was not getting better because I didn’t think I could. If I am being completely honest I…

  • A Day in the Life,  Things I Like

    Merry Christmas!

    I hope that all your worries and fears are gone, even just for this day. People say that Christmas is magical (at least in movies.) I want to believe that. I want to believe that everyone can be joyful on this day even if the worse has happened in the past. I’m spending time with my family and we are having a fabulous time. A family doesn’t have to be mom and dad, it can be friends. Surround yourself with people who love you and support you. Remember that happiness comes from happenings, so be joyful, be joyful that you woke up and experienced this day. I hope you have…

  • Dealing With Stress,  Understanding You

    Mom Stress = My Stress

    When I was little I always paid attention to my mother when she cried. I never thought mommies could cry, but I learned at a young age. My mother’s pain was something I took on because I wanted my family to be perfect. If I took on her pain then I could understand her and help her get better. I know that I should not worry about my mother’s problems, but my OCD kicks in. I want a perfect family. When my mom is upset I feel as though the perfect family is falling apart. My mom is not good at hiding her feeling and I have watched her go…

  • Understanding You

    The Girl Who Cried, Daddy Issues

    Being a child with two parents I am more than thankful to have both a mom and dad. I never complained about having both my parents unless my parents’ relationship was on the rocks.  This affected the way I’ve seen my dad in recent years. I never thought that anything could affect my dad’s and I relationship, but one thing managed to; time. Time has changed me and my dad and we are not the same father-daughter team that spent our Sunday evenings at the park. I never wanted to be the girl that rolled her eyes at the sight of her dad, but I turned out that way. I started…