Blogmas Day 4: Secret Santa VS White Elephant

It is not uncommon this time of year for families, friend groups, teams, and even offices to partake in Secret Santa or White Elephant gift exchanges. However, it's also not uncommon for people to use these terms interchangeably, but the guidelines for each of these exchanges are very different.  Generally, during a Secret Santa gift … Continue reading Blogmas Day 4: Secret Santa VS White Elephant

Blogmas Day 3: Christmas Over the Years

Like most families, our family dynamic has changed and that has effected how we have celebrated holidays in general, but most significantly how we celebrate Christmas. My dad and Brooke (egg donor) separated when I was just 4 or 5 years old. Once they were officially separated, she stopped coming around for her designated supervised … Continue reading Blogmas Day 3: Christmas Over the Years

Blogmas Day 2: Why Christmas Isn’t My Favorite Holiday

I mentioned in Blogmas Day 1 that since my (step) mom passed in March of 2011, our family has struggled to muster the Christmas cheer. I haven’t really talk about my mom’s death here… not for any particular reason, it just hasn’t really felt like the appropriate time. Maybe I will share more after the … Continue reading Blogmas Day 2: Why Christmas Isn’t My Favorite Holiday

Blogmas Day 1: Spirit of Christmas

I have decided to participate in Blogmas this year. I think that it will help kick my bum into Christmas gear. Ever since my (step) mom passed almost 7 and a half years ago, Christmas just hasn't felt like Christmas... We'll talk more about that in another post, but my goal this Christmas is to … Continue reading Blogmas Day 1: Spirit of Christmas

The Impact Your Chronic Illness Can Have on Your Mental Health

Trigger Warning: Suicidal Thoughts & Vomit I have occasionally mentioned here that I struggle with my mental health. I have been diagnosed with Anxiety,Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) as a result of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)… And then I got sick. That's something they don't tell you about mental illnesses… as … Continue reading The Impact Your Chronic Illness Can Have on Your Mental Health

Communication is a Two Way Street Paved in Frequent Misunderstandings

Shortly after becoming ill, in June of 2016, I started a support group for people who have intracranial hypertension and their loved ones called IIH Warriors. This group gives people who have IIH or are a caregiver of someone with IIH a place to commiserate in their pain and difficult experiences, share helpful tips, vent, … Continue reading Communication is a Two Way Street Paved in Frequent Misunderstandings