Have You Ever Been Depressed?

"Have you ever been depressed?" 32,000 feet in the air, my mom turned to me, clear-eyed and interested, and asked me this question. I thought to myself she doesn't know? Well, of course, she doesn't. I don't exactly broadcast my mental health the way I should. Staring out the plane window, I took a deep [...]

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Surviving the holidays: An introvert’s survival guide {Guest Post by Johnzelle}

Friends, I am pleased to be hosting my first guest blog post by the awesome Johnzelle of Perfectly Imperfectly. Johnzelle is an encouraging force in the blogging community and a wonderful human being. If you enjoy this post, I highly suggest visiting his blog for more relatable content. Without further adieu, take it away Johnzelle! [...]

AwkAnxAvg 6: Alarm Clock

"Hey, girl!" No, not again. "Psst, I know you hear me. Don't be like that!" "I am not opening my eyes, I refuse. Be gone!" "You're funny." This is the third night in a row. I just want to sleep. This little whisper in my ear is enough to make me stir and open my [...]

AwkAnxAvg 5: You Up?

"Hey" with three dots, an ellipses, what does that mean? Remember, we are learning not to panic. My fingers fumble as I prepare to respond back. Each text exchange feels like it's the first. I don't know why, maybe because I am not used to people wanting to chat with me. Those treacherous three dots [...]

AwkAnxAvg 4: Revelations

If you are not ruining things, you are completely halting their potential. You could have a good thing here. Hi positive thoughts, thank you for joining us. You make a valid point, now hear me out, she could realize she is wasting her time and quickly come to the conclusion that I am boring and [...]

Really, Six Months? What’s My Appeal?

It is interesting (it's probably not) I went from being someone who barely uses a Facebook account to creating and maintaining a blog and twitter. Did anyone else see that coming? I certainly did not. I am not someone who has been quick to do anything, especially if it involves the internet. I like to [...]

AwkAnxAvg 3: Chicken Fingers

"I would like the chicken fingers." "I would like the chicken fingers, please." "I would like..." "What are you doing?" Her voice broke my rehearsing. Why do I think out loud? For once, I will not overthink it, I am going to try and play it cool. "Hmm, what's that?" Real cool. "What are you [...]

An Anxious Kid, All Grown Up

Before I could give it a name to it, I exhibited signs as of being an extremely anxious child. My parents would tell my teachers I was very shy and needed more time to warm up. I had regular stomachaches, was irritable, sensitive, and hardly spoke. My first-grade teacher did not think I could read [...]

Small Talk: A Workplace Curse

The funny thing about my anxiety is that if there is chaos around me, I can act without overthinking or being afraid of the outcome. All focus is on a specific situation, I do not have a chance to think about myself. Decisions need to happen now or something can go awry. However, on those [...]