Hope :: Using Busy-Ness to Keep from Thinking/Feeling

Ouch. Yeah, read that again if you need to. If you’re like me, you stay busy to keep from thinking. Worse for me is to keep from feeling. I don’t like to feel my feelings, especially if they’re negative emotions. Double ouch. What I’ve learned throughout my life, though, is keeping busy doesn’t help youContinue reading “Hope :: Using Busy-Ness to Keep from Thinking/Feeling”

Hope :: I Don’t Want to Do Anything

You’ve had those days right? Or weeks… months… years… Those seasons in life where you just can’t get yourself motivated to do anything except curl up like a burrito and watch tv or read or stare at the wall? I can tell you that I’ve definitely been there. I struggle with it often. For me,Continue reading “Hope :: I Don’t Want to Do Anything”

Hope :: There is Always Hope

Bad things are going to happen. There’s no denying that fact. We can do everything right. We can make the right choices, hang out with the right people, do all the right things. And life still knocks us down and holds us under the waves. When that happens over and over again, it can wearContinue reading “Hope :: There is Always Hope”

Hope :: How Do I Re-Energize?

2020 has been an exceptionally bad year for many of us. 9 months ago, we were told things would change for the next two weeks before we got back to normal. That was 39 weeks ago. At this point, going back to our regular ‘normal’ is a pipe dream. We just want to not beContinue reading “Hope :: How Do I Re-Energize?”

Hope :: Why Do Bad Things Happen?

If you’re anything like me, you see the negatives in your life much easier than the positives. When bad things happen, I struggle to stay positive. Especially since I spend my time so carefully trying to help others and do the right things. Then I look around at people who couldn’t care less about anyoneContinue reading “Hope :: Why Do Bad Things Happen?”

Hope :: Dealing With Difficult People/Situations

We’ve talked before about the people who just rub us the wrong way on a whole. What about those who are family and/or friends who can be extremely difficult sometimes? They’re people we care deeply for, but when they’re difficult we just wish they would go away. We don’t want to deal with it. MyContinue reading “Hope :: Dealing With Difficult People/Situations”

Hope :: What if I Do Something Bad?

What if I’ve: smoked gotten drunk done drugs had sex done sexual activities attempted suicide What if I struggle with: depression anxiety self-harm anorexia bulimia overeating addiction Do you see yourself in any of the above words? Do you relate with any of those things? Do you believe that falling into any of those categoriesContinue reading “Hope :: What if I Do Something Bad?”

Hope :: Celebrating the Small Things

Does it feel like every single thing you do seems to fail? Or that every single part of your life is wrong and just falling apart? More often than not, we get so overwhelmed by the negative things in life that we can’t even see a sliver of light. I challenge you right now: writeContinue reading “Hope :: Celebrating the Small Things”

Hope :: How to Be There for Others

I’ve traveled about 1200 miles over the past two days (well, Saturday and Sunday because I’ll be driving when this post goes live!) As I started out my second day of the journey, my cat Kota – pictured above – was not listening and I had to shut him in his carrier because he keptContinue reading “Hope :: How to Be There for Others”

Hope :: Why Bother?

Have you ever reached the point where you take a look at everything that’s happening (or not happening) in your life and wondered, “Why am I even trying? Why bother? It’s not like anything is going my way!”? I don’t know about you, but I’ve definitely been there. I’ve been right at the brink ofContinue reading “Hope :: Why Bother?”