Ever feel like you have things completely figured out? You are ROCKING this life thing like a boss? Nah, me neither. I don’t know a damn thing. I question every decision I make, and blame myself HARD for every struggle. Do you know that for awhile, I was convinced I had an incurable illness, and… Read More On anger, guilt, fear, and shame. But most of all, faith.
I like to look put together. I’m no fashion model, and my hair and makeup routine is pretty efficient, but I have the basics down. Earrings are a must. Hair wrestled into straight lines or pulled back, enough makeup to look even-toned and bright-eyed. Outfit pulled together and un-spilled-upon (at least to start). Ready to… Read More Pulled Together on the Inside
Welcome to the very first GUEST BLOGGER post on Starfish Diaries! I’m beyond thrilled to introduce you to the talented, brilliant, hilarious Emilie Castro, who I have been so lucky to know for the vast majority of my life. In honor of May being Mental Health Awareness Month, I thought it would be a good… Read More Guest Blogger Emilie Castro: In Honor Of Mental Health Awareness Month
“Stop worrying about whether you’re doing it right, because you’re probably not.” I heard some version of this quote on a podcast recently, in a discussion about the best advice one had ever gotten from a yoga teacher. I loved it immediately, not only because it rings comically true for my yoga practice, but also… Read More How to shake a bad case of the “shoulds.”
As a person with anxiety, I find that I have to be a vigilant gatekeeper for the information that I allow myself to digest. For example, I am very careful not to read books or watch movies that are very sad or very scary. Scratch that- even a little sad or a little scary. I’m… Read More The Vigilant Gatekeeper: protecting myself from anxiety triggers, and fun facts about popcorn.
*Warning. This post describes a panic attack, as I’ve experienced them. If you are struggling with mental health and easily triggered, please be aware that this could bring up intense feelings, and carefully decide whether it is the right time for you to have that experience. This is different from my usual posts, but it’s… Read More Anatomy of a Panic Attack*
You know that feeling you get when it’s alllmost the weekend? Or the day before vacation? You can practically taste it- the fun, the freedom, the seemingly endless span of “me time” ahead? You CANNOT beat that feeling. It’s delicious. How about that feeling you get when you have a big deadline looming? An exam… Read More Living in the moment. Let’s do that more, shall we?
This post is going to be another practice in contradiction– just puttin it out there now. I have two very important, very opposing points that are central to my message, and while that might be confusing at first, it will come together in the end. Teaser much? Very Important Point #1: You are special.… Read More Adventures In Anxiety Part 0.01, a.k.a. Everybody’s Got Their Shit