• How To Stop Feeling Anxious | Anxiety and Depression | Anxiety Relief
    Self-Care

    7 Things to Do When You’re Feeling Anxious

    Your heart is pounding.  Your mind is racing.  A weight rests on your chest making it difficult to breathe.  You’re too restless to sit but you don’t have the energy to stand.  You wish you could just calm down, but you don’t know how.  You don’t know what caused this anxious feeling.  And you don’t know how to get rid of it. If there was a switch you could just turn off, you would.  If there was something you could avoid or something you could do to keep yourself from feeling this way, you would do it.  You’re going through all the day’s moments.  Did I take my medicine?  Yes…maybe…?  Did…

  • Dealing with Unrealistic Expectations | Expectations and Reality | Depression and Life
    Faith

    When You Can’t Do It All…

    It’s Thursday morning. Coffee is steaming in the mug next to me. Sunlight is streaming into my office. The makings of a To-Do list are staring me down. And I am determined to cross off every item on my list today. My determination comes from the past few days’ failure. You see, Tuesday and Wednesday were marked by self-gratification and self-indulgence. And the guilt of not being productive, not exercising, and not saying ‘No’ to that last batch of cookies is weighing on my soul.     We’ve all been here before. Disappointment with our self is channeled into the resolve to change. So we make a new plan, start…

  • Working from Home Helps Manage Depression
    Self-Care

    How Working from Home Helps me Manage My Depression

    Depression is a debilitating disease.  There are days it paralyzes me, moments it takes my breath away, and weeks it causes me nothing but pain and sadness.  Yet, I refuse to let my depression win.  I seek to arm myself with every tool available to fight it – whether that’s how I exercise, eat, decorate my home, or even how I work.     I’ve learned a lot about myself and the way I like to work over the past few years.  You see, when I first started my career as an Interior Designer, I worked in a very formal environment at an architecture firm.  This was before casual Friday…

  • Faith

    My Struggle with Life, Faith, and Mental Illness

    As an Interior Designer, I love seeing the final outcome of a design.  Its amazing to compare the “after” to the “before” picture and see exactly how far we’ve come.  I find it easy and rewarding to show off these before and after sequences.  I get lots of praise and acclaim for them.  But it’s not so easy to just show off the “befores”.  The “befores” are ugly, raw, and messy.  They are not something a Designer would show off – at least not without an “after” to go with it.  After all, I’m crafting a portfolio of my work to garner me praise, respect and potential clients.  I don’t…

  • Lesson in Childlike Faith | Faith is a tough concept for me. Learning to trust God even when you don't see His plans is like a little child trusting His daddy will provide.
    Faith

    A Lesson in Childlike Faith and Prayer

    Faith is a tough concept for me. It’s something that I seem to have to learn again and again in my life. As a list-maker, planner, and designer, you might say I like to be in control. I like to be in the driver’s seat with the map and know the WHOLE plan for getting to where I’m going. Unfortunately (or fortunately?) that’s not how faith – or God – operates. God is more of the friend in the passenger seat who tells you exactly when to turn. He doesn’t always tell you where you’re going – the final destination. And He certainly doesn’t tell you all the steps you’re…