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    Focus on What You Can Control

    Share this...FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestemailOne of my favorite coping strategies is to remind myself to focus on what I can control. There is so much that I can’t control in the world and it’s all scary! Yet, when my anxiety starts going 8 miles per minute, I bring myself back to life by focusing on what I can control.  Focusing on what I can control is not turning off the world. It’s just deprioritizing the mental space that you were giving that was never in your control. For example: I can’t control if people vote in this upcoming election OR what the outcome is. I can control if I vote or not. So, when my…

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    My COVID Story – Creating Magic from Nonsense

    Share this...FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestemailI spent 2019 “preparing for my year of victory.” I was working a job that pushed me to places I didn’t know I could go. I spent silent moments questioning why God gave me such a big vision for ODStorytime only to have it accompanied by crippling depression and anxiety that kept me from going after my dreams with everything I could. Eventually, I finally found some peace as I orchestrated my re-vamp around our wedding. This summer I planned to graduate esthetician school, get married in Paris, switch careers, honeymoon in Italy, and do so in a carefully curated vacation wardrobe of all white with rose-gold accessories. It…

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    Daily Affirmations in the Middle of a Pandemic

    Share this...FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestemailLike most- COVID-19 has tried to take my edges, it’s called me everything but a child of God and even tried to cancel my wedding. My immediate reaction was to freak out, cry, pray, and then start again from step one. Fortunately, I’m finally feeling at peace with the new reality this pandemic has ushered into my life. The best tool that I have used to get back to this place has been sticking with my morning routine. In the morning I get up, do some light stretches, journal, read my bible and start the morning with daily affirmations. These cards remind me who I am, keep me assured…

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    Healthy Coping Skills I’ve Learned

    Share this...FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestemailThe end of last year was hard. I wish I could say that it was this sudden event that caused my world to turn upside down but it wasn’t. It was a series of small actions that lead to me making myself small, not practicing healthy boundary settings, and the worst depressive episode I have ever had. After taking a very long pause on all things not absolutely necessary, getting back on anti-depressants, and finding a therapist I can trust – I have revised what coping skills I use. I learned painful lessons and as I’m starting to come through the other side, I am understanding that it’s the little…

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    Mistake Queen

    Share this...FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestemailGuess who’s #backtoblogging for the 800th time? ODStorytime is! I was forced to take a break from everything for a few reasons. I moved. My health started acting a plum fool. I started a new job. My world was turned upside down by a series of small events that added up to be a big freaking moment in my life. I wanted to blog my way through it. I truly did. I just couldn’t. Whenever I had a free moment, I would plan to create content. However, when the time came all I could do was sit on the couch and pray that soon the stress of it all would…

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    Journal Queen

    Share this...FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestemailMental Health Awareness Month! So this month I’m going to highlight a bunch of things that have helped with my anxiety and depression. The first task is journaling. Journaling has been a game changer for me. It allows me to get out ALL of my emotions and thoughts when my mind has too much going on. Do you know how good it feels to write our your frustrations? If you don’t then that’s a sign you should start journaling. I try to write at least once a day. Sometimes I do more and sometimes I only write once a week. But I take my journal with me everywhere. Whenever…

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    Abundantly Blessed

    Share this...FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestemailThe story behind how I spent my 24th birthday really begins with the 10 days before the 11th. I launched the #11ODdays campaign on my Instagram to push myself to release more content. What I didn’t know was that during this time all 800 of my jobs would want 100% of my attention. Between working overtime at my 9-5, putting an average of 20 hours a week at Ulta, and then finding time to plan, create, and edit content, I was stretched thin. Honestly, I live in a place of over-allocation. But the biggest “omg is this over yet” moment was the day before my birthday. I realized that…

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    Share this...FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestemailI’ve been teaching myself about the concept of self-care lately. For me, this means purposely taking the time to disconnect from my social media outlets and my computer in order to recharge, reflect, and de-stress. Since I’ve started consciously doing this, I’ve noticed that I gravitate to three tasks that help me refuel. 1. A Bubble Bath with Wine and a Great Book      This one is my favorite things to do in life. Listen, there is nothing as relaxing as feeling your troubles melt away while getting lost in a book. I make sure I do this at least once a week. When my troubles of the moment…