Anxiety, Life In General

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”

Anxiety, Faith

Happy Five Years, I’m Fine, Stop Asking!

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My 5 year WordPress anniversary is today. I thought it was May 23rd (which is also my wedding anniversary and inspired this post last year) because I received the ‘happy anniversary’ notification late last year, but it is actually the 21st (Whatever, close enough to still make my previous post relevant!) So, happy five year anniversary, I’m Fine, Stop Asking!  Continue reading “Happy Five Years, I’m Fine, Stop Asking!”

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)”

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”

Life In General

Two Broke Millennials Go House Hunting: Part One

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Hey everyone, as promised here is the first update on our house hunting experience so far! Spoiler alert: it hasn’t been great. As time goes on, I can’t even remember why I thought that it would be, in any way, fun. Continue reading “Two Broke Millennials Go House Hunting: Part One”

Anxiety, marriage

Give and Take

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Relationships are supposed to be give and take. Everyone will tell you that. They will also tell you that not everything is always fair or even. During one season of life, one partner is doing more giving, and during the next, it’s the other partner’s turn. But what happens when one partner suffers from serious mental health issues?  Continue reading “Give and Take”

Anxiety, Life In General

Stuck

Stuck

Right now, things are going pretty well. (Although if you know me at all, you’ll know how terrifying that is for me to say). My husband Jefferson and I have been living (and doing well) in my parent’s basement for almost two months now, we are both thriving in our workplaces, and I finally feel like I have a stable community of people who care for me. But still, I feel…stuck.  Continue reading “Stuck”