Blogger Recognition Award

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Thank you to Ann Marie Ruby and Sam for nominating me for this award. As a fairly new blogger, I’m so grateful to have been nominated twice for an award allowing bloggers to recognize other bloggers. Please check out both of their blogs, because they’re both crazy talented bloggers.

 

Rules

  • Thank the blogger that nominated you and link to their blog
  • Write a post to show your award
  • Give a brief story about how your blog started
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers
  • Select bloggers you want to give this award to
  • Comment on each blog to let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created

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Why You Shouldn’t Aim for Emotional Mastery

As someone who is very passionate about mental health, I will sometimes come across ideas or solutions to mental health problems that frustrate me.

Today’s post will be ranting about a piece of advice I came across recently that I vehemently disagree with.

I found this blog post saying, essentially, “Your goal should be to completely control all your emotions, regardless of what happens around you. If you get fired, you should train yourself to be happy and view it as a good thing in the moment. If someone dies, you can force yourself to feel happy about it.”Read More »

Why I’m Leaving Graduate School

Okay, this will probably be a long post. I would recommend making a cup of your favorite hot beverage or lighting your favorite candle before reading this post, but I’ll try to make it worth your while.

As I’m sure you could guess from the title, I have decided to leave my graduate program. This decision has been at least 8 months in the making, but realistically I’ve been considering this since before I got to graduate school two years ago. During the time that I was trying to make this decision, I felt completely alone.

I’m hoping that by writing this, I might help someone else going through the same thing feel less alone.

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5 Simple Meditation Practices for Beginners

Starting your meditation journey can be really intimidating. Before I even started meditating, I thought it would be impossible for someone like me. I have a tendency to over-think things, and my mind is never what anyone would consider a peaceful and quiet place to reflect. However, I’ve managed to build up a pretty good set of mindfulness tools that allow me to center myself and focus on the present moment. Today, I’d like to share 5 easy ways for beginners to start a mindfulness practice.

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Perfectionism & Panic Attacks

It’s such a strange thing to simultaneously be a perfectionist and someone who has been diagnosed with a mental disorder. Even though I’m doing much better than I once was, any amount of struggle I go through feels like failure some days. Today is one of those days.

I’m going through a pretty stressful situation at work right now, and a series of mild panic attacks snuck up on me. I was doing pretty well for most of the day, but about halfway through the day I started to ruminate on what I’ll call the “decision” and the “situation” (which are two separate big things going on in my life right now because sometimes life just works out that way). At first, it was fine, but then my heartbeat started racing, which for me is usually the first sign of a panic attack.Read More »