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When Your Child Is Diagnosed with Anxiety and Depression, Part 2

When Your Child Is Diagnosed with Anxiety and Depression, Part 2 After finding out the horrible things that had been said to my daughter on the bus, and still reeling to the point that my very insides were shaking, I called the school immediately and left a message for the principal. I sent notes to school and spoke with teachers and did everything I possibly could just shy of getting up on […]


To My 20-Year-Old Self

We’ve been through a lot, don’t you agree? We’ve had to grow up so fast. It’s actually quite tiring thinking about it. We thought that once we were in our twenties it would get better. We have always dreamt marrying our one and only when were 27. Hope that we have a career by then. Hope that we have money in our bank account. Spoiler alert! – it doesn’t go the way […]


Daily Issues Those With Chronic Illness Go Through

Life with an invisible illness to anyone that doesn’t live with one is impossible to understand.” How can people who have an ordinary well functioning immune system possibly understand what life is like? The answer – They cant. I have created a list of daily issues that people with chronic illness go through to try to explain to people without our illnesses what daily life is like We are constantly in pain. […]


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Why I Love The Customizr Theme In WordPress

When I first started blogging, I tried a number of different themes but I didn’t fall in love with any of them. Some of them were cute for sure but none of them were exactly what I needed. There would always be that one thing I wished I could change about it but couldn’t. But then I found the Customizr. I love this theme. I cannot stress that enough. I love the […]


To My 37-Year-Old Self

There are a lot of things I wish for you. There are a lot more things I am curious about. Here are a few… + I hope you’re happy now. Truly happy. Inside and out. + I hope your health is better + I hope you are no longer in pain + I hope you are no longer battling this psoriasiform dermatitis + Do you still get migraines? + Do we have […]


Returning to Work After Baby… and Surviving It!

Returning to Work After Baby…and Surviving it No matter how short or long your maternity leave is (for me, 8 weeks with baby 1 and 14 weeks with baby 2), going back to work and figuring out how to actually arrive at work at a decent time is the hardest thing you will experience after having a new baby. So many tears will be shed and the first full day that you […]


When Your Child Is Diagnosed with Anxiety and Depression (Part 1)

When Your Child Is Diagnosed with Anxiety and Depression, Part 1 My daughter has always been one of the smartest children you could ever imagine. I cannot tell you how many times I, and others, have called her “wise beyond her years”. Not only is she smart in regards to schoolwork, but she has a level of common sense that most children do not get, even past their high school years. I […]


Happy Monday!

I’m sure that it’s safe to say that we’ve all had times in our lives when we thought that we couldn’t it. Whether it be a big exam, a nerve-wrecking interview for a job that you really want, or just a large rollercoaster you wanted to try – we’ve all been there. I’ve had numerous times in my life when I felt that way – from being pregnant at 16, my first […]


One young woman's health journey

One Young Woman’s Health Journey

My life as a spoonie-from the beginning. I was 17 years when all my problems first started.  I have pretty much stumbled through life, struggling in one way or another with some form of illness. I think my spoonie life first started when I was actually around 2 years old.  My mum told me I was under a consultant with suspected precocious puberty.  I had to have MRI scans and tests as […]


The Struggle Is Real

Read about one woman’s journey with depression and anxiety and the notebook that keeps her health in check. The Struggle Is Real We all have our own struggles. My struggles are what I was told everyone has. The only problem is, I have depression and Social Anxiety Disorder. That old saying, “Don’t cry over spilt milk”. Yeah, that was made because of me, I am sure of it. I worry about everything. Seriously. […]


Happy Monday

Happy Monday!

You may know that I haven’t been feeling well the last couple of weeks. My body has been so achy and I’ve had nonstop headaches. Last week, I started my new medication and one of the side effects has me down for the count! I’ve been so lethargic and so sleepy that I spent majority of my birthday weekend in bed! I really do need to remember this quote more often. I […]


A letter to my 16 year old self

To My 16-Year-Old Self

We learned a lot this year. And I mean *A LOT*. Thinking about it now, that was a lot for a 16-year-old to handle. Good on you! If I were to compare ourselves and the events occurred between our 16-year-old self and our 27-year-old self… I’m pretty sure we could write a book. How did 2004 start? We were still choreographing. I believe we just finished a competition just before Christmas and […]


A letter to a stoic husband

A Letter To a Stoic Husband – From Your Wife Who Suffered Mental Illness

  To my good man, thank-you for teaching me the meaning of unconditional love. In the beginning you were my companion for carefree nights out. You were my super cute boyfriend and together we knew only good times. It’s hard to reconcile that from the seeds of that friendship an unbreakable bond would grow. It would carry me through the darkest of days. You would become my soul-mate and your love would […]


How to grow old without getting sick

How to Grow Old Without Getting Sick

How to Grow Old Without Getting Sick Many people believe that growing old goes hand in hand with frequent trips to the doctor, along with a gradual loss of memory and the ability to learn new things. They’re afraid of aging because they think they’ll become a burden on society. Is this a fair generalization? From a statistical standpoint, getting older does increase your risk of chronic disease, including those associated with […]


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Anorexia Ate Me Alive

We must all remember that our words can truly affect someone’s life. We must choose our words wisely and with care. We must teach our children to do the same. We can really have an impact on someone whether or not we realize it. This is Jessica’s story. Anorexia Ate Me Alive We all have iconic moments in our lives where our destiny’s change forever. This was one of them. It was like […]


The best view comes after the hardest climb

Happy Monday!

When times get rough we all want to quit. We have to remember that certain things take work. We have to work hard for what we want. Life isn’t easy. Life is work. If we love something, we have to work hard for it. We have to work hard to get ourselves to the top of the mountain before we get to appreciate the beautiful view.


What helped me during my darkest days

What Helped Me During My Darkest Days

I started the #BrighteningMyDarkestDays hashtag because I’ve been there. I’ve had my dark days where everything is so dark and everything seems so pointless. I also knew that it wouldn’t last, but I just didn’t know how to get myself out of it. So I started #BrighteningMyDarkestDays in hopes that we could all share what helped get us through it in hopes that it’ll help others through their darkest days. Let’s help others get out […]


FeatureFridays - 4 ways to soothe a colicky baby

4 Ways to Soothe a Colicky Baby

Parents… we’ve all been here, right? Our baby who won’t stop crying no matter what we did. It’s worrisome, really. All I thought was “Okay, you just woke up, I just changed you and you’ve been fed and burped. What’s the matter?! Why are you still crying?” Maybe they were colicky, maybe they weren’t. According the BabyCenter, Colic is uncontrollable crying in an otherwise healthy baby. Your baby is considered colicky if he’s […]


#MotivateMonday

Happy Monday!

We all have those moments… difficult moments that make you want to pull your hair out, sweep your desk clean and just give up. Moments that frustrate us. Moments that annoy us. But we take a deep breath, and continue with what we were doing. …because we are AWESOME! So here is a little something to motivate you this Monday!


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Just Because You Can’t See Me Struggling Doesn’t Mean I’m Not

I am in pain And I struggle everyday. I constantly argue with myself. It’s tough to have your mind tell you That you’re not good enough… That you’ll never be good enough…. That no one will read this… (Because noone will care…) Why would they want to? Why should you get out of bed…? Don’t bother doing anything… You’ll do it wrong anyway. And then they’ll get mad at you. Do you […]


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Why I Have A Different Definition Of Health

I am so excited to introduce our #FeatureFriday blogger! Margaret Stuart from Margfit.com is a fitness enthusiast who is passionate about helping others achieve their fitness goals. She dropped by the blog today to share with us her definition of health while being chronically ill.   Why I Have A Different Definition Of Health   I am currently in my last semester of college, finishing out my degree in Public Health and in […]


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5 Must Have WordPress Plugins For Your Blog

Plugins are a MUST HAVE for your WordPress blog! They allow you to further customize your blog to your liking and make it more “user friendly”.  They can help make your blog more appealing and more functional. …But there are SO MANY out there to choose from! How do you know which one to install? The following list are the plugins that I think every blogger must add to their blog without delay!   […]


How to improve your blog's IG account

How To Improve Your Blog’s Instagram Account!!!

So you have a blog and you want people to notice it. Maybe you already have an Instagram account for your blog but want to know how to make it better. Today I’m going to list 5 simple things that you can do today to improve your blog’s Instagram account! Make It A Business Account Whether your blog is a “personal” blog or it’s a “business” blog, make your Instagram account a business […]


10 ways to manage a relationship with depression

10 Ways To Manage a Relationship With Depression

It’s always such a pleasure to meet like-minded people. I’ve suffered with depression during my life time, but only recently have I been diagnosed with clinical depression. I have always wondered what it was like to be on the other side of a partnership where depression exists. I am excited that through my new love of blogging, I met Alexandra – a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist based in New York – who […]


Snow day

I love it when it snows – the bigger the flakes the better! Snow makes me happy and I love how you can still see at night because of all the snow! Of course I only like it when I’m inside looking out… all comfortable… in my pajamas…. while drinking coffee and only when the snow is fresh! Yeah… you got me. I super-really-majorly dislike being cold!! I wonder if we’re going […]


To my 8-year-old self

It may not seem like it now, but it will get better. Trust me. You just have to stay strong like I know you can. The children you’re going to be surrounded with in the next couple of years just don’t know. I know that it is difficult and that you will cry to yourself quietly during recess and lunch. I know that it is difficult to leave a place you grew up […]