Blog Posts

It’s been a while…

I thought my absence from this blog reflected having more pressing things to attend to (with school and work being back in full swing) but I realized this afternoon that it might be a reflection of the larger trend of not prioritizing my own recovery or self-care. With school once again providing a competitive atmosphere [...]

10 Free Mental Health Apps

With the power of technology and connection these days we really have the ability to make or break habits in the palm of our hands. Taking responsibility for my social media usage and the kind of content I engage with has been really beneficial in my recovery journey. Battling mental illness can be nothing short [...]

I'm feeling challenged right now. There's some sort of September Stress nipping at my heels. A stone in the pit of my stomach as a nagging reminder of of how this time of year typically goes. That queasy nightmare feeling. If I went from four stressors in the summer I must be at 44 by [...]

Remember Your WHY – Coping with Triggers in Eating Disorder Recovery

In most eating disorder recovery groups I've attended the inevitable debate about how to deal with triggering information always comes up. Some people believe there's no point in censoring what patients share because triggers are (truthfully) unavoidable. Others believe that creating the safest space possible is important for navigating early recovery. Personally, I think I [...]

How to Talk About Suicide — Mental Health Awareness Project

For Suicide Awareness Month, I thought I’d share what I learned having been taught elementary intervention for those contemplating suicide. Being trained to be a suicide alert helper showed me how to navigate a serious subject with candor.Here are a few important take-aways. 1. Know Your ResourcesAnyone has the ability to be a helper… via How [...]

Free From Shame

Here's something I wrote for Libero Magazine. Let me tell you, putting "my story" into (fewer than 1,000) words was difficult, but something I couldn't even consider doing a year ago. As hard as its been to get to where I am and as confusing as it is to think about it all, I'm generally [...]

keeper of the keys

It's a difficult thing to do - to take responsibility for your future without shaming yourself for your past. It's not easy to welcome what I know now without turning around and feeling guilty for not seeing before. It's been hard for me to grasp that moving forward doesn't in any way invalidate where I [...]