Sun Going Up: Basking in the Risings and Settings of Life

He doesn’t know it, but he rattled my world. My five-year-old nephew has a very inquisitive little mind. He constantly asks questions of whoever will listen, always curious to know more about the world around him. “Where is the chimney?” “How does lightning make electricity?” “Can I help you crack that egg?” While spending time … Continue reading Sun Going Up: Basking in the Risings and Settings of Life

Just Enough: Living in Inherent Worthiness

This year has been weird. For the sake of everyone reading this, I will not even try to detail the many things that have made 2020 such a topsy-turvy year. You already know. There is one thing, though, that I wish to reflect on. The piece that continues to strike me out of everything that … Continue reading Just Enough: Living in Inherent Worthiness

IDK and That’s OK: Becoming Friends with Uncertainty

It was all too easy to fall back into my old habit. A while ago, I was out and about running an assortment of errands, and finished up by stopping at the grocery store for a much-needed restock of my pantry and fridge. Before starting to scour the aisles for a selection of on-the-go breakfast … Continue reading IDK and That’s OK: Becoming Friends with Uncertainty

World Mental Health Day 2019: My 10-Year Anniversary with Depression

So much has changed. No matter what part of my life I think about, this sentiment rings loud and true. Particularly in the last few years of my education in college and graduate school, and in the past couple of months in my new job, so much has changed. My life is totally surrounded by … Continue reading World Mental Health Day 2019: My 10-Year Anniversary with Depression

Life Outside the Shroud: Giving Counseling a Second Chance

I remember the first time I saw a counselor. As an attempt to prepare myself for meeting with my first psychiatrist, I sat on a faded blue couch in a room with a counselor who was supposed to help me feel more comfortable with whatever was about to happen that would change the course of … Continue reading Life Outside the Shroud: Giving Counseling a Second Chance

Finding My Voice: Letting Go of Perfection and Embracing the Real Me

I keep writing blog posts, and then not sharing them. I have a whole Google drive folder of post ideas. Some are a few sentences with a fizzled-out idea, others are half-written without an ending in mind, and a few are final drafts that are left untouched. One of my goals for 2019 was to … Continue reading Finding My Voice: Letting Go of Perfection and Embracing the Real Me

The Beauty of Becoming: Navigating The Struggle to Fill My Creative Well

Against my initial doubt, I made it to 100. This semester, I am taking a graduate course called Expressive and Creative Arts in Counseling. Designed as more of an experiential class, rather than lecture-based instruction, my group of fellow counselors-in-training and I have embarked on a journey to “fill our creative well” so that we … Continue reading The Beauty of Becoming: Navigating The Struggle to Fill My Creative Well

“So OCD”: The Truth Behind the Quirky Adjective

I overheard yet another joke about someone saying that they are “so OCD.” Unlike this uninformed jokester, I was diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) at the beginning of my second year of college. While sitting in the lab section of my Research Methods in Psychology course, the teaching assistant drew a diagram on the … Continue reading “So OCD”: The Truth Behind the Quirky Adjective

The Worth of Our All

Being able to introduce myself as a “therapist” has started to sink in a little bit. I recently finished my fourth semester of graduate school, and my first semester working in my internship as a Mental Health Counselor Intern. As part of my Practicum course where I received supervision from one of my Professors, alongside … Continue reading The Worth of Our All

Un-Engaged

I’m not where I thought I’d be. While speaking on a panel for a women’s day of reflection for the college Catholic campus ministry in my area, I sat beside three beautiful brides of Christ, who are religious sisters in the community of the Servants of the Pierced Heart of Jesus and Mary, as well … Continue reading Un-Engaged