Anxiety, Life In General

Don’t Cry Over Burnt Bacon

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Hey everyone, I’m back from my temporary settling-into-my-new-house-trying-not-to-have-a-mental-breakdown hiatus! I’ll be back to posting once a week now, and here is an update on my life. As you can probably imagine from my title, I did just cry over burnt bacon and I’m having a bad day.  Continue reading “Don’t Cry Over Burnt Bacon”

Life In General

Home Renovations: Two Broke Millennials Edition (Part 1)

Home Renovations

Hey everyone! I have been a bit AWOL lately, but I think I have a pretty good excuse this time – Jefferson and I are finally homeowners! We officially owned our home on Wednesday and have been travelling across the city almost every single day since then to work on our first set of renovations. Since I promised in one of my Two Broke Millennials Go House Hunting posts that I would keep you updated on our future renovations…here we go! Continue reading “Home Renovations: Two Broke Millennials Edition (Part 1)”

Anxiety

“It’s Stress.”

So, yesterday I woke up with chest pain and basically non-stop skip beats. If you read my recent post, I have been struggling a lot with health anxiety lately so this incident just put me over the edge. I debated going to the ER, but logically knew it was unlikely to be anything serious (knowing my anxiety has made me feel similar ways in the past). So, I went to my family doctor and guess what?  Continue reading ““It’s Stress.””

Anxiety, Life In General

Three Years Ago; One Week From Now

Three years ago I thought I was going through the most stressful time of my life. I thought I would barely make it through March. I wanted to quit school and skip town. I wanted the year to be over with. I wanted to “fast forward” to the future.

Continue reading “Three Years Ago; One Week From Now”

Guest Posts

GUEST POST: Dealing With School Pressures

 

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Hey everyone! So, I’m excited to announce another guest post written by blogger Emma from Anxiety Girl Online. Get ready for some great tips for dealing with mental health issues while still working your way through school. Thanks Emma for the awesome opportunity to collaborate!

You can check out my post about working through panic disorder on her blog right here!

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I have no hesitation in sharing that anxiety in school has been one of the biggest challenges in my life so far. Exam pressure on top of general and unbearable anxiety isn’t ideal, and the teachers don’t really seem to understand student mental health in modern society.  Continue reading “GUEST POST: Dealing With School Pressures”

Life In General

Snapshots Of My Life

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[I don’t often write creative non-fiction on my blog, but I found this super old post and really loved it, edited it, and here is the new version.]

When I was in kindergarten, I peed my pants at school.

It was our Arts and Crafts period. It was the end of the day. I wanted to finish my painting. I had to finish it. But my tiny, five-year-old bladder couldn’t take it. When I was five years old, that was the most horrific thing I could imagine happening.
“Why didn’t you ask to go to the washroom?” My teacher asked.
“Because…Because…” I said in between sobs, “I just wanted to finish my painting.”

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Anxiety

Just A Five Minute Drive

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When I was a kid, I would have a breakdown every single time my parents left the house. It doesn’t matter who babysat me – my grandmother, aunts or uncles, that cool teenage girl from my church…nope, didn’t matter. I would cry almost the entire time they were gone. Shake. Panic. Scream. Everyone assumed I had a terrible case of separation anxiety, but I didn’t.  Continue reading “Just A Five Minute Drive”

Life In General

Dear Young Me: Letters To My Past Self (#6)

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Dear twenty-one year old Lauren,

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Do you know what’s happening in this picture? Aside from the panic attack you are not-so-obviously having, you’re on one of your very first dates with your future husband. I don’t really know why the two of you thought it would be a good idea to take a picture together immediately, but I guess it all worked out, didn’t it?

Continue reading “Dear Young Me: Letters To My Past Self (#6)”

Anxiety

What Is Emetophobia?

What Is Emetophobia?

What is emetophobia? Emetophobia is the phobia of vomiting. I was diagnosed with severe emetophobia at just 8 years old – so yeah, I have a lot of experience with this often debilitating phobia. Although there is SO much more information about emetophobia now than there used to be (there’s even a Buzzfeed article on it! Like, what!), it is still a relatively unknown disorder.

Since I talk about my experience with emetophobia so often on my blog, I thought I would create a “what is emetophobia” resource page in case any of my new readers don’t really know what I’m talking about.  Continue reading “What Is Emetophobia?”

Life In General

Two Broke Millennials Go House Hunting: Final Update

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Hey everyone! This is the final chapter in my “Two Broke Millenials Go House Hunting” series. (Read Part One & Part Two). After almost one month of house hunting (a.k.a the most stressful experience of my life), I have some exciting news. We did it. We bought a house!  Continue reading “Two Broke Millennials Go House Hunting: Final Update”