The Ultimate Secret to Raising Resilient Children in a Tragedy Stricken World

Every single day I check my social media. Yes, I'm a bit obsessed. Between seeing what all my friends are up to I read, "Murder!" "Terrorist attacks!" "Shooting!" "Death!" I feel my heart racing. Every single day something horrible is happening somewhere in the world and that terrifies me! I get scared to even check... Continue Reading →

Attention Mormons! 4 Ways You Are Doing Member Missionary Work Wrong by Trying to Be like the Missionaries

When my husband and I were first married he got called to be the ward mission leader and I as one of his ward missionaries. I remember turning to my husband and saying that I had no clue what I was doing and nothing seemed to work. After talking to my husband I realized that... Continue Reading →

Lottie’s Mental Health Story

I was diagnosed with Anxiety and Depression at the age of 20, after a bad time in my life, where I hurt myself and tried to take my own life, I spoke to a friend about what I was going through and they convinced me to go to the doctor.

8 Secrets to Balance Your Life

I felt unbearably claustrophobic even though I was sitting alone in a dark room. My breathing was faster than normal with quick short breaths over and over, never taking in enough air. Exhaustion filled every part of my body and I knew that no amount of sleep would make it go away. My life had... Continue Reading →

6 Essential Points for Understanding Depression

  I have known for years that I struggle with depression, but it is still hard to believe. I never wanted this. Growing up I was negatively affected by people with depression. I told myself that I would never be like them so as not to also hurt those around me. Like most people, I... Continue Reading →

What it is like going to the temple with mental illness

"What size dress do you want?" the lady asked me from behind the counter. Don't have a panic attack, don't have a panic attack, I kept thinking to myself as I replied, "I don't know. What sizes do you have?" The lady went on to explain all the different sizes that they offered while I... Continue Reading →

The Problem with Optimism

Despite my depression I have always thought of myself as an optimistic person, until the day my therapist told me to stop... People who seem to be the happiest are those that are the most optimistic. Because of this, there is a lot of push to be optimistic. Now, I'm not saying that optimism is... Continue Reading →

This is Depression

I woke up this morning feeling overwhelmed and anxious. I couldn't calm myself down and started feeling shameful and guilty. I've been so tired from a week of bad sleep that I just felt so physically and emotionally exhausted. No matter how much I tried I couldn't get myself out of bed. I ended up... Continue Reading →

So, this is what me and my dietitian really talk about…

I had just gotten out of my car and was walking toward the house when our sweet elderly neighbor asked me how my day had been. I mentioned that I was just getting back from my weekly meeting with my dietitian and she replied, "Oh, I should do that because I eat way to much."... Continue Reading →

The Everyday Fight

Today I sat at work just typing away as my coworker talked to another behind me. The conversation was nothing out of the ordinary but it affected me. I felt guilt and shame that has lasted throughout the day. This is because listening to them talk about exercise made my eating disorder start screaming at me.... Continue Reading →

A Difficult Sunday

Sunday... Sunday... Sunday... a day I in which I tend to mentally crash. I really don't know why Sunday's are so difficult for me. I could be because it is the start of a new week and that is really overwhelming for me. I also could have something to do with the fact that lately... Continue Reading →

Living with Mental Illness

The reality of life is that I have an eating disorder, depression, and anxiety. Even though they really affect my life I know that I am not alone in this struggle! I am also not afraid to talk about it. So, I want to better document what it is like to live with mental illness... Continue Reading →

The Greatest Gift (Day 12)

We walked down the streets of Temple Square. The lights sparked as they surrounded me. The cold biting my exposed cheeks. While standing in front of the temple my activity days leader handed me a shiny little golden box with a bow on top. All of us girls were so excited to see what could be... Continue Reading →

Look, Here Is What Happens When a Good Old LDS Mission Is Not Right for You

I did not serve an LDS mission. I wanted to, but didn't. I felt so strongly that I was to prepare for a mission. But as I went to hit the submit button for my papers I felt that I

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