lifestyle changes my therapist recommended when I re-started therapy in 2021 + told her I wanted to stay off anxiety meds

therapy journal page

Here are all my notes from my journal page that July 2021 day I went back to therapy after stopping my anxiety meds in October 2020. my therapist’s recommendations for lifestyle changes to help manage anxiety without medication: start recognizing anxiety’s messages to me –> journal out anxious thoughts “do it tomorrow” = anxiety decrease caffeine —> I was never really a coffee person, but I’m for sure a tea person now put all goals IN WRITING – also share with my writing accountability partner 30 min walk 3x/week —> can also delay/prevent alzheimer’s (not fact-checked, but she said it so I wrote it) eat a variety of fruits + veggies, chicken + fish chemicals in our stomach help keep anxiety + depression away and/or supplement with vitamins below […]

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how to create a skincare ritual to manifest the best skin of your life

witch hazel blossoms

i’d struggled with acne from the time I was like, eleven. actually, I remember the scent of using my first face wash at a sleepover in 5th grade, which is yeah, 10-11 years old. and, any out-of-my-control acne issues were only exacerbated by my skin-picking tendencies, which is an anxious bad habit i’ve had for as long as i can remember. my amount of “new acne” + irritated redness reached a new level of looking terrible after I went away to college and i continued to try spot treatment after scrub of new products. i was grasping at anything that could possibly help make u-turns out of all my skin’s turns for the worse. i remember walking into the college station ulta yet again one day, only this time, i […]

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how to make your get fit plan with “fuck being fat”

how to make a plan to fuck being fat

i’ve been saying i want to lose weight since 2013, when reid and i got married and i gained 20 lbs in a summer. so, this is me committing to actually make a plan and take intentional, trackable action towards that end in december 2020. first off, alan roberts opens with a disclaimer so i feel i should take this opportunity to as well: i fully intend to use colorful language on my blog and in my novels, because i’m nothing if not colorful. i just think it’s the silliest thing that someone would create a word only for it to be deemed “bad” or “unsavory” or “offensive”. i personally think it’s offensive that someone would create a word with such great emphatic effect as “fuck” and then try […]

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mirror matrix habit tracker (my new moon goal-setting system)

mirror matrix

This has gotten to be a bit of a chunker of a blog post, so here’s a TLDR; last Friday was the new moon in Gemini and also Lincoln’s birthday, so first I talk pet numerology (what else?) and then go on to talk about my personal development plan for manifesting my dreams by goal-setting with the moon cycles including how I now track my habits towards my goals with what I call my “mirror matrix”. may 22, 2020 — new moon in gemini, and, Lincoln’s birthday! Just for funsies, I decided to look up some pet astrology and numerology for Lincoln on his solar return. If you take Lincoln’s date of birth (5.22.2016) and add up the digits (5 + 22 + 2 + 0 + 1 + […]

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thoughts I thought while in the shower today — “on me, my inner critic, & I”

shower thoughts

Today, I thought I’d wake up and write about stuff I thought about in the shower. I sometimes see it as a game to retrace my trains of thoughts to figure out, “How the heck did I start thinking about that?” I’m going through the Anxiety & Worry workbook my therapist recommended, and Chapter 3 includes a worksheet to fill out my “Dangerous Thinking” profile. This was the worksheet my therapist mentioned specifically, so naturally, I’m doing it today before my follow-up appointment is tomorrow. Hey, at least I’m not doing it the morning of — progress!! Now, I’m making an active effort to address my anxiety: instead of avoidance & procrastination of all the things, I’m dealing with or doing something about it! trying to capture my secret […]

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New Year, New Moon (New Me? Maybe, we’ll see…)

new moon tarot spread

Happy Astrological New Year and first New Moon in Aries! I’m about one week late for the new year and half a week for the new moon, but as I’m slowly but surely learning, late is better than never. It’s not too late, it’s never too late! Down with the procrastination!! (…my own personal patriarchy >_<) Anyways, I learned on the first Monday in January–as I was procrastinating doing a “2019 in Review” and setting goals for 2020–that the astrological new year is actually at the spring equinox on March 19th-21st (differs year to year depending on the day in terms of hours of daylight, and this year March 19th was the earliest it’s been since 1896!). I thought that was pretty perfect falling right after my birthday, so […]

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systems

productivity systems

I am a type B, go-with-the-flow, easy-going, Piscescapism (as I like to call it) kind of person for sure. This is great for my level of patience and ability to relax blatantly in the face of a massive to-do list, but, not so great for my whole, you know, capacity to be productive. I feel like I don’t see that many type B bloggers, specifically. I love me some Rachel Hollis, Jenna Kutcher, Melyssa Griffin, and many more, but they are all kinds of ambitious, driven, and truly care about learning and being a lady boss at the business side of things. I really don’t want to have to concern myself with the biz planning for how I’m going to make money blogging. In an ideal world, I write […]

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