Serve & Protect

Have you ever heard the saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover?” Well, for the most part, it’s true. The cover is only one part of something much greater. The only way you’ll learn this is if you read the book, despite the impression that the cover may give off. There’s always more than … Read moreServe & Protect

The Art of Grief

In under a year, I’ve lost two people in my life: my childhood friend and my childhood abuser. Both of them took their own lives. If you think that things are so bad right now that there’s simply no coming back from them, I’ll let you in on a little secret; there’s always one moment where … Read moreThe Art of Grief

What I Want Others to Understand about Depression

The Issues with Depression Depression can be difficult to talk about and even more difficult to explain. Depression is different for everyone and challenging to deal with especially when the symptoms conflict with completing everyday tasks. It can be debilitating and paralyzing, prohibiting you from doing what you usually do on a daily basis. Understanding … Read moreWhat I Want Others to Understand about Depression

Carrying On: Life After A Loved One’s Suicide

There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love. – Washington Irving Rest in peace, Nina. I hope you’re watching from above, knowing how much you’re … Read moreCarrying On: Life After A Loved One’s Suicide

How Six Feet of Water Changed my Anxiety

Vacations with Tati In the first week of May, I visited my closest friend Tati in Syracuse. When I’m with Tati we go on adventures and I have the opportunity to try new daring things I would otherwise pass up.  This May I went jogging in six feet of water for the first time. I … Read moreHow Six Feet of Water Changed my Anxiety

Schism (a.k.a. ‘What The World Needs Now’)

Schism: a split or division between strongly opposed sections or parties, caused by differences in opinion or belief. The world seems to be confused, angry and hurt; and whether it’s asking for it or not, what the world needs right now is more love. More light. More hope. A pathway to serenity. A few months ago, … Read moreSchism (a.k.a. ‘What The World Needs Now’)

Reversal

Infuse your life with action. Don’t wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honor your creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen… … Read moreReversal

When my Depression Silences Me

The Cycle of Depressive Silence It’s been some time since I’ve seen symptoms of my depression. Recently, however, I couldn’t help but notice the old cycles of those symptoms reoccurring and reappearing. I’m sleeping for longer hours, isolating myself, feeling a great sense of irritation and hopelessness and lastly losing my sense of communication. Since … Read moreWhen my Depression Silences Me

Having a Real Love

I keep seeing these articles about having “almost love”. An “almost relationship”. Something that either wasn’t felt by both people in the relationship or a relationship that wasn’t allowed to develop fully in some way. That’s what I gather from these phrases. I didn’t have an “almost love or relationship” I had the full package. … Read moreHaving a Real Love

Having a Real Love

I keep seeing these articles about having “almost love”. An “almost relationship”. Something that either wasn’t felt by both people in the relationship or a relationship that wasn’t allowed to develop fully in some way. That’s what I gather from these phrases. I didn’t have an “almost love or relationship” I had the full package. … Read moreHaving a Real Love