Spring Cleaning For Your Mental Health

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I recently heard about “Spring Cleaning” for your health – and to be honest, I wasn’t exactly sure what that meant. Turns out, it could mean two things; spring cleaning your brain (as in, working on ways to ‘clean’ your mental health) or it could mean actual cleaning – like your house – in order to help you feel better. I’m going to focus on the second of these two options. Continue reading “Spring Cleaning For Your Mental Health”

Happy Housiversary! What One Year In The Same Place Has Taught Me

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On March 14th, 2018, my husband and I gained possession of our first ever house. Now, if you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know that although this was our first owned house, it was definitely NOT the first place we lived.  Continue reading “Happy Housiversary! What One Year In The Same Place Has Taught Me”

“A Journey Of a Thousand Miles Begins With a Single Step” – Lao Tzu

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Although this quote about is a ‘travel quote,’ I think it works so well for those of us journeying (get it?!) with mental health issues.

Over the summer, I took the tiny step to simply talk to my doctor about an anxiety clinic I had heard about from someone from my church.

And that turned into a referral to the clinic, a consultation, two months of CBT, psychiatrist check-ups, which helped give me the courage to go through with other medical tests I needed to get done.

I never thought that step would actually lead to anything. I’ve seen so many doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, and specialists over the years. Nothing changed. But this time, it did lead to something – my own journey of a thousand miles.

I am feeling really encouraged lately.

That’s a new one for me.

My Therapist Basically Dismissed Me, I Got a Camera Shoved Down My Throat and Other Stories

Aside from my recent ranty post about Bell Let’s Talk, I haven’t blogged in almost 6 months. There are a few reasons for that, aside from writer’s block. First, I was re-evaluating what I wanted from this blog.

Second, I felt like I needed to do some aesthetic changes but not only had writer’s block, but also…creative (?) block. Third, my anxiety has been almost completely under control, which gives me very little to write about (yay?) However, after my brief hiatus, I am back! Continue reading “My Therapist Basically Dismissed Me, I Got a Camera Shoved Down My Throat and Other Stories”

Launching: Max & Olive

Hey everyone! I have some exciting news (well, maybe only exciting for those of you that are also dog-lovers) – but I have been working on a little side project for a few months now…and I have finally launched it!

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Max & Olive is my new blog dedicated to helping other dog owners learn more about dog behaviour, training, and life with a pup. This is NOT replacing I’m Fine, Stop Asking! This is just a way I can continue writing about something I am passionate on a platform that makes a bit more sense (writing my dog-related posts on here always feels a bit off to me)

So, if you are interested in following my dog adventures, head on over to Max & Olive to see this new project! If you don’t care at all about my dogs – that’s okay, don’t worry, I won’t be offended ;)

Life Update: September 8, 2018 – getting treatment, and getting a dog

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So, it’s been almost a month since I blogged last. I really thought it had only been a week or so, but the last month of summer really flew by faster than I could have imagined! I try to blog about once per week, but when I miss that for whatever reason, I usually post a “life update” to catch you all up on what’s been going on!  Continue reading “Life Update: September 8, 2018 – getting treatment, and getting a dog”

Blood Work and Ultrasounds and Therapy, Oh My!

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This past week(ish) has been the week of appointments. In total, I had four. FOUR medical appointments in less than a week. I had a blood work (AH!), a (very long, very extensive) ultrasound of my entire abdomen, my first appointment at an anxiety clinic (more on that later), and a follow up with my doctor. What a week it has been.  Continue reading “Blood Work and Ultrasounds and Therapy, Oh My!”

Let’s Talk About: People-Pleasing Anxiety

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I always thought of myself as someone who ‘didn’t care what people think’ (yes, yes, cliché, I know). In reality, everyone cares what people think in one way or another. But because I don’t really care what people think of my clothes or my crazy, tangled bed-head, and I don’t care when I leave the house without make-up, or when servers still literally offer me a child’s menu on a regular basis on restaurants, I thought I was ‘immune’ to caring.  Continue reading “Let’s Talk About: People-Pleasing Anxiety”

Home Renovations: Two Broke Millennials Edition (Part 2)

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Read Part One Here!

So, we have been living in our new house for almost exactly one month now! And it has been a busy one month. We have three months to complete scheduled renovations that are covered by a program we opted into, so our timeline is quite…small. Though we have done a lot of work inside (basement renovations in progress, installed a new furnace & new electrical panel, added in new floors, and more) one of my personal favourite projects is the backyard reno.  Continue reading “Home Renovations: Two Broke Millennials Edition (Part 2)”