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 :: 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 :: 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?”

Hope :: Why Do Things Have to Change

Change is hard. Oftentimes, even if it’s a good thing, it’s hard and it most definitely hurts. It doesn’t necessarily physically hurt; that’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about internal, mental, and emotional pain. Some of the best things in life bring certain pains: marriage (you now have someone else’s habits you haveContinue reading “Hope :: Why Do Things Have to Change”

Hope :: What IS Hope?

It’s a long post, but I hope you’ll stick it out to the end! 💙 So I’ve been naming these blog posts ‘Hope’ for many weeks now, but it only just occurred to me that I’ve never taken the time to actually explain what I believe hope is and how it works. So, my apologies!Continue reading “Hope :: What IS Hope?”

Hope :: The Silent Self

If you struggle with anxiety or depression, you know with full confidence that they are anything but silent. You know that often you are internally screaming and shouting for someone to notice… to say something… but they never do. That’s because anxiety and depression are your silent self. It’s the ‘you’ that hides beneath theContinue reading “Hope :: The Silent Self”

Hope :: It Starts With One

One thought. One choice. One step. That’s all it takes to send your life soaring into the future or crashing down to the ground. Just one thought… choice… step… We blame the negative things in our lives on everyone else. And believe me, others DO have some parts of ruining our happiness and disrupting ourContinue reading “Hope :: It Starts With One”

Hope :: When Anger Strikes

You know those moments where everything is fine until suddenly it’s not? Where you’ve been having a pretty good day and all of a sudden you’re overcome with this raging anger that takes over out of nowhere? This was me just last week. I live 3000 miles away from my family, but I try toContinue reading “Hope :: When Anger Strikes”

Hope :: Getting Back Up Again

Have you had those days where it felt like everything that could go wrong has gone wrong? Whole weeks? Months? And in the case of 2020 – an entire year? Have you ever felt like life tripped you? Then shoved you flat to the ground? Then kicked you for the fun of it, adding justContinue reading “Hope :: Getting Back Up Again”