• 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

    Letting Go of Old Friends

    Sometimes when you get older, you grow apart from certain things. For example, when you become a teenager, you no longer want to watch Sesame Street anymore (well maybe.) But you catch my drift. You start to have different tastes in food and different interest in tv. And sometimes, friends. Well recently, I had this friend I stopped talking to. We were close, but once I graduated from college, I had different plans for life and he didn’t really fit in it. I decided to start a business and help more people with my blog. He is not really moving, he is staying still. I used to think it was…

  • 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…

  • Dealing With Stress

    What Not To Do When Someone Is In An Abusive Relationship

    I never thought I would meet someone in an abusive relationship. Relationships are supposed to be healthy and bring joy to a person’s life. When a person is drastically changing and staying away from their family, that’s when there is a problem. It brings a lot of emotional stress to the people around the person they love so much. We all hate to see that person fail or get hurt. I have a relative who couldn’t even stay during a Christmas Eve party because she wanted to get to her boyfriend. As her family, we were all upset, but we really didn’t know what we could say, so we figured…

  • A Day in the Life

    Friends, They Are Great!

    As much as I like to be alone, every so often you want someone to talk to other than yourself. I don’t have a lot of friends, but the ones I do have are great. They listen and understand me. When we argue we understand each other’s point of view. For me, it’s hard to keep friends, but I realize that the people who I befriend never had my best interest at heart. People who truly love you think of you first. They don’t just think about how they benefit. When you find a friend that treats you right don’t take advantage of them. You may just not find another…

  • Things That Bother Me Badly

    Things I Can’t Talk About

    I have a lot of things that have happened in my life that I am perfectly fine talking about. I can put almost anything out there, but somethings hold me back. Talking about certain things with my family and friends that make me uncomfortable. I recently published a post called “What Triggered My OCD.” I read the stats and saw that not too many people saw it and then deleted the post, the word document and deleted the trash. I was a little scared only two people saw it, but it was better than thirty. I am fearful of being judged for certain things in my life because I have…

  • A Day in the Life,  Anxiety,  Dealing With Stress

    Hiding You. I Mean Your Compulsions.

    No one understands compulsions. For starters, it’s hard to explain OCD to people period. A lot of the stresses that you go through most people think you should just get over. It’ hard to explain to people why you jump over cracks in the floor or why you only enter through doors on the left and never on the right. Those things make us feel better. Being around people that see you do this often isn’t a big deal. Family and friends who know you and your habits are used to you, but what do you do when you are around people who don’t know your habits? One of my…

  • Anxiety,  Understanding You

    Coming Out About Me

    When I first got diagnosed with OCD/Anxiety, I didn’t want to tell anymore. I was embarrassed about having a mental illness. I wanted to be normal and normal didn’t mean taking meds to help my moods. But thinking back on it may have been my OCD that made me feel this way. When I got diagnosed with Depression, I embraced it. I was in denial about it for a few months. I even stopped taking my birth control believing it was the sole cause of my loss of joy, but I had been depressed for years. The first person I told about my illness was my friend who also had…

  • Understanding You

    I Once Shamed Mental Illness

    I remember shaming mental illness. This was long ago before any of this applied to me. I used to think that depression was something that you just got over. “Why were people always sad?” I thought. “Just get over it,” were my other thoughts. No one ever educated me on mental illness. I got educated on sex and history and street language, but never mental illness. I thought that people who were crazy looked crazy and had drool coming from their mouths. I thought that they would stare into space for long periods of time never saying a word. When they did decide to speak it didn’t make sense or…

  • Understanding You

    Things That Dwell In My Head

    For starters having OCD makes it to where to I can’t let things go. I mean I can hold on to things for years and never let go. To be fair with some medicine and therapy I have been doing better. But one thing that I tend to hold on to is my interactions with people. Let me explain. When I have an interaction with someone, depending on how it goes, I think about what went right and wrong in the situation. If I have an argument with someone I think about what I said and rather or not I was wrong. I can do this for days afterward. I…