Woman in Pain
Anxiety, Chronic Pain, Fear, Recovery, Self-Care

My Chronic Pain is Manageable

– and other lies I tell myself Meme Credit: Memes Monkey The pain is excruciating. I can barely breathe. It is so bad that I chose to take a painkiller today – something I don’t ever do because I hate painkillers. I hate the way that painkillers change my mood. I hate how they make… Continue reading My Chronic Pain is Manageable

Showing Compassion
Anxiety, Fear, Finances, Kindness

See the Need. Be the Change.

To The Man Stranded at the Gas Station: I saw you when I first pulled in. You were pacing around the gas station, phone in hand, anxiously scrolling. It was clear that you were making phone calls, and whoever you were calling wasn’t answering. I watched you approach another man exiting the gas station store.… Continue reading See the Need. Be the Change.

Saying "no"
Anxiety, Boundaries, Fear, Parenting, Relationships

I Said “No.”

Have you ever agreed to do something and immediately regretted doing so? Welcome to my life. I do it almost daily because I don’t like telling people “no” – I worry that they won’t like me. I don’t want them to think I am not a team player. I want to be helpful. Truth is,… Continue reading I Said “No.”