• A Day in the Life

    N.O. = No

        In New Orleans the air was muggy, and I had to prepare myself to get back into SUV and travel 400 miles back to Georgia. We loaded the car and drove down a windy ramp to the main road to get our butts back to Atlanta ASAP. Zombies were still standing on their corner begging for life support. Although I was unsure about what they were using it for a clear bottle of the finest whiskey was available at every corner. But it could be a complete mind wrap if they were just poor citizens affected by Katrina, but that was years ago.     I was sure…

  • Healthy Living

    OCD? Not Much.

    I was diagnosed with OCD over a year again. Since then I have changed a lot. I’ve been taking my meds every day and not skipping a day. I am happy to see the change in myself. I haven’t been as obsessed with the things I was obsessed with before. I haven’t been cleaning as much, by which I mean over-cleaning. My urge for cleaning is becoming closer to normal. I haven’t been anxious or overly anxious. I am learning to relax and calm down knowing everything will be alright. I have taken a break from therapy and applying my coping skills to anxiety raising situations. I know therapy is…

  • Things I Like

    Futurama, the Best Show

    When I started watching Futurama I was reliving the past and recalling all the episodes I had watched while I was a kid. I didn’t know that within a few episodes I was going to find something that was going to help me whether I was happy, sad, or in between. Futurama is a classic. The jokes are still funny and the characters are always relatable. I know that I don’t have to worry about following a storyline because there really isn’t one. What keeps me watching the show is its lightheartedness. There is not political commentary shoved into every episode. Of course, there are a few jokes, but it…

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    Understanding the Hard Stuff

    My parents have been married for twenty-five years and though those years I have seen many things. Anyone who has both their parents or remember a time when their parents together knew there were those rifts in their marriage. It’s hard to see the people you love go through something that seems unsolvable. You wonder what you can do to help the situation and how can you prevent it from happening again. People who have divorced parents may not have to endure the hardships of having to watch your parents go through it. No matter how old you get, it always feels bad. No one wants their parents to divorce. You…

  • Understanding You

    Taking it One Day at a Time

    When I was diagnosed with OCD last year I wasn’t seeing much of my future. I was inside a bubble of fear, sure that nothing would ever change about me and that I was destined to be miserable for the rest of my life. The stability that I was going to gain didn’t seem logical and logical thinking was something that I had never really done anyway. My life felt as though it was going around and around and if the cycle was going to break I would to not only have to act different but think different. When your mentally ill your thoughts tend to overtake your life and…

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    I Don’t Like Breakfast

    That most important meal of the day is my least important meal of the hour. I don’t like eating between seven and ten in the morning. If I eat waffles I want them at six pm. I used eat breakfast because I had to but as I grew older I skipped the meal. I didn’t want eggs and pancakes in the morning, but I loved to eat them at lunch or for dinner. I was convinced that I had to only eat breakfast foods in the morning until my mom told me otherwise. She told me that my grandfather ate whatever he wanted for breakfast so this gave me the…

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    Being Mom Jr.

    As I got older I started to have to not only take care of myself but other members of my family too. It’s not anything serious, but with age comes responsibility. As a young adult, my mom gave me the task of taking care of my younger brother who is now eighteen. I didn’t realize that I would have to go to parent-teacher conferences, take him to appointments and feed him and he eats a lot. Although it may have not seemed like it, I was actually doing mom stuff. I didn’t think I would get that type of experience until I had my own children, but it came a…

  • Understanding You

    Spreading Love With a Sword in Your Back

    I can say from experience that loving people regardless is the hardest commandment in the bible to follow. It requires turning the other cheek a lot even when someone has scorn you. I have hurtful memories from people I haven’t seen in years and people who are close to me. Believe it or not, just because I’m a follower of Christ doesn’t mean the memories just disappear. I wish they could, but here’s the thing, you are always going to have something in your head you don’t want. What makes loving people regardless hard, is when you have a spirit of revenge like I do. It’s something that God is…

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    When I Got My Wisdom Teeth Pulled

    So I had my wisdom removed, this should have been super exciting for me because my mouth was sore and my gums began to soften for the breakthrough. From my x-rays, I thought that I could keep at least two of them with my bottom set of teeth. I wanted to be one of the few people that had their wisdom teeth lurking in the back of my mouth. But I wanted my teeth gone because I wasn’t going to spend another year in braces. I wanted my teeth extracted when I was sixteen but my mother was afraid that the procedure would be costly. She was drawing from her…

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    The Groans and Aches of Broken Bones

    I was six years old and leaning back in my green plastic kiddie chair in the living room watching evening cartoons with my little brother when I broke my wrist. I screamed and ran into my mom’s room with my floppy limb in my hands and I recall her saying, “I told you!” I had been told to not lean back in the chair, but it was fun and I never realized I had been doing it unless she said something to me about it. As a young child, I listened enough to get her off my back and then proceeded to do it again when she wasn’t in the…