Getting Myself Right Through Forgiveness

I believe there are six blocks of wellness: physical, emotional, mental, social, vocational/educational, and spiritual. I spend a lot of time talking about emotional and mental wellness, but I realized this week that I was in serious need of some spiritual health.  Most people associate spiritual health with religion, and of course that can beContinue reading “Getting Myself Right Through Forgiveness”

Can I Just Put the Good Days on Auto-Repeat?

I want to have more healthy days. I want consistency. I want to see results in changing this awful body, and I want to feel good. I want every day to be like yesterday. I want to rewire my brain so I can be a problem-solver and not a train wreck. But what am I going to do? Write these things down? Journal? Make a list? Schedule them? Honey, I do that every day.

Eating Disorder Relapse and Medication Withdrawal

I started a medication called Wellbutrin a few months ago. It’s supposed to lift you out of depression, and help get you out of bed when the depression monster steals your energy. Last monday (April 13th) I had a meeting with my prescriber. It was at that time she realized my script had been writtenContinue reading “Eating Disorder Relapse and Medication Withdrawal”

Sounds That Soothe Me – by Jacen Sherwood (Age 9)

Here are some sounds that keep me calm. One sound that keeps me calm are the soothing sounds of thunder. The second sound that calms me down is the faint sounds of the whistling winds. The third sound that calms me down is “Asriel’s theme” from ‘Undertale.’ And the fourth and final sound that calmsContinue reading “Sounds That Soothe Me – by Jacen Sherwood (Age 9)”

My COVID-19 Tips to Retain Mama’s Sanity

Sometimes my kids are confused, and they ask questions. More importantly though, sometimes I am confused and I don’t know how to answer. At first I thought I was failing them, but now I realize it’s okay to not know all the answers. This is real life, and it’s a time where we can prepare our kids for the future by setting a good example. During my internship I once had a doctor tell me, “It’s okay not to know all the answers. The important part is knowing how to FIND the correct answers.” You are only human, so be honest. It’s okay to say ‘I don’t know’ when it’s the truth. Learn together, stay calm together, and grow together.

We are almost two whole hours behind schedule.

Today we  broke the rules. We snoozed the alarm, we stayed in bed. We are almost two whole hours behind schedule. What do we do now? We are making the choice to get it together. To know that the deviation from our routine was worth it. It was special. It was loving. The world, however,Continue reading “We are almost two whole hours behind schedule.”

I don’t have to wear shoes.

This time quarantined has been trying for everyone. Mike is even more overworked than normal, I’m trying to juggle the mom/hometeacher/chef/maid hats, and keeping Lucy on her vaccine schedule has been especially stressful. Anna is her typical goof-ball, wild child self and Arielle has thrown us through a few loops this month. It seemed theContinue reading “I don’t have to wear shoes.”

Stay Sane and Healthy, Go Outside at Home.

The weather is FINALLY cooperating where I live, so we were able to spend some time outside. Even when we aren’t in quarantine, I stay home with the kids. I’m embarrassed to say that even with daily opportunities, I’m really bad about getting outdoors. Don’t get me wrong, we totally do big things like theContinue reading “Stay Sane and Healthy, Go Outside at Home.”

CBT, Shame Boomerangs, and That Bitch Carole Baskin.

Using CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) For Anxiety Last week I suffered with some really dark thoughts. They still come and go, but I’m getting better at keeping them at bay. CBT is a great therapy to stop the ‘looping’ cycle by proving the dark thought is not real. A perfect example of this is whenContinue reading “CBT, Shame Boomerangs, and That Bitch Carole Baskin.”