MENTAL HEALTH

Dealing With Stress & Anxiety During a Pandemic

I am a stressed out momma of two. One teenager with special needs. One pre-teen girl who is completely neurotypical and has such a big heart. My family has been in quarantine since March 13th when the kids came home from school for spring break. We decided to isolate then since we’re moving and we…

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Why “Finding Yourself” is Bullshit

You Can’t FInd Something That Isn’t Lost. Unpopular opinion: I have been struggling for the last few years to “find myself” as I’m sure a lot of you have. Shit, some people are making millions of dollars on the idea that women need to figure out who they are and they sell books and courses…

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My Super Awesome Playlist

I recently posted a playlist I found on Pinterest for a happy/pick-me-up kinda day and I wanted to create my own to share with you guys. These are the songs that if they come on I can’t help singing along with – no matter where I am. Target, drs. office, car, whatever. Music is one…

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What’s Your TRUE JOY?

Rachel Hollis challenged the world recently to make a Joy List. So I thought I would put into blog format just what my top 10 (and a bonus!) joy list is. It is in no particular order. These are the things that spark TRUE JOY in my life. Catching my husband’s eye across the room…

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Depression & Anxiety at Christmas

Mental Health is Hardest During the Holidays for Some I have the kind of depression and anxiety that doesn’t allow me to stay in bed and sleep when I feel like the world is caving in around me. My anxiety says that if I do that then my kids suffer and my marriage suffers and…

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The Mama Meltdown

I recently had a Mama Meltdown. You know the kind. You’re stressed. You’re under pressure from the day and one tiny little thing just sets you off. For me, it was my adult-sized son pooping in his pants. He didn’t make a huge mess. It certainly could’ve been worse but the code brown, while I…

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Family Guilt Trips

A Family Trip I Don’t Enjoy Sometimes, family isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. I mean, I absolutely LOVE my family. I would do anything for my husband, kids, sister, brother, the in-laws, nieces, and nephews. This includes the family I’ve chosen for myself, the friends who are family, or framily. But there are…

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Getting Back to Yourself: Mama Edition

I have an affinity for this subject, finding oneself. And maybe the reason is that I have felt so lost on so many days of my motherhood that I didn’t know where to go. I didn’t know who to turn to, or what to even say to my husband. I wasn’t sure who I was…

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My Mother Was Stolen

Our lives changed the day she got her diagnosis. I wasn’t so young that I wasn’t aware of what it meant, but I was quite certain she would beat it. A young girl of 16 doesn’t see death coming. I was more interested in boys, friends, and band. I wasn’t worried about my mom. She…

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Finding Your Mom Tribe

What is a Mom Tribe, anyway? And how do I find one? Well, a Mom Tribe is a group of women who count on each other; whether it’s sharing the carpool duty for after-school activities, bus stop hovering, helping out when one of the group is sick, and just generally being a shoulder to lean…

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Mommin’ Ain’t Easy

The Overwhelming Moments of Motherhood Most days I feel like I have it together…pretty much. I get up, get my kids ready for school with the help of my awesome husband, get breakfast ready, make the coffee, get myself ready for work, and send everyone off for their busy days. I’m no different than millions…

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Hold On, Pain Ends

Today is Wishful Wednesday and that means that I’ve been sitting here thinking of wishes, listening to my heart.  What’s on my heart today is the struggle we all face as Modified Mamas.  The struggle to be the same people we were before our kids were diagnosed.  That struggle, that pulling at your very being,…

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Enough is Enough for Me

Thankfulness.  It’s something we should all strive for.  If we think we have nothing for which to be thankful, we have a sad life, indeed.  Whenever I start to feel down about something, I try to remind myself of the things I have that are amazing.  For instance, when I feel down about my weight,…

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I’m drifting.

I’ve been stewing.  Sitting here wondering how to get more readers when what I should be focusing on is venting through my writing.  And enjoying the process of writing.  I don’t know if anyone is reading this, other than my writing partner, Nicole.  At this point, I really just want to talk about my life…

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This isn’t what I signed up for.

So, when Joel and I got married, we dreamed of having a baby right away. We got married in September, and by December, we were expecting. Unlike some of our dearest friends, we have never had any trouble getting pregnant. Seriously, it was like he looked at me funny, and BAM! I was pregnant. What…

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