A Beginner’s Guide to Mental Health and Healing: What I’ve Learned After Five Years in Therapy (And How It Might Help You)

Before I found a therapist I liked and could trust, I didn't know much about mental health aside from what I'd learned in AP Psychology in high school (which was taught from an outdated nineteen-eighties textbook that had pictures that currently brings to mind murder documentaries. It essentially demonized anyone with an atypical brain or life experience and loved using language like "chemical imbalance" which is no longer a thing professionals use. I also learned a lot about mental health from movies that usually did a terrible job accurately portraying what it's like to struggle with things like anxiety or depression. I knew next to nothing about self-care, trauma, or the symptoms of things that I actually lived with every day.

The Demon Jay From The Pits of Hell

I was recently traumatized by a demon death bird from hell and because I hate to sit with these horrors alone, I thought I'd share with you. Like a form of bloggy Trauma Bonding. My son and I were in the backyard the other day raking an area that had become overgrown with weeds so…

Jesus Christ, Nancy: Parenting and Trolls

When I found out I was pregnant, I panicked and ran out to buy a billion books on parenting and pregnancy. I'm a reader. A nerd who researches everything. Mostly because I realized a long time ago that I mostly lack common sense and need ideas on how to function as a basic adult in…

How To Write A Book (Or Tackle Any Daunting Goal) When You Have Absolutely No Free Time

I wrote an Instagram post about my writing process because I've been doing some new and scary things (writing fiction for the first time alongside my second memoir), not because I'm an expert because holy shit I’m not (just look at all of the mistakes in this post, by the end you’ll be like holy…

How to Tackle the Holidays in a Mixed-Culture Family

Hello, hi, ciao, salam! Holy shit, folks, it's December and in my insane multicultural family we have about a thousand traditions. And this year, now that we have a toddler, I'm trying to nail down which ones we keep and which ones we don't and find a balance between "chill and relaxing with hot cocoa"…