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 I finally reached a goal weight for the first time after 8 years

danielle walking lincoln

Ever since we arrived in California in August 2013 and I weighed myself for the first time since before we got married in May and saw I’d gained over 20 pounds in that one summer, it’s been on my mental to-do list to lose weight. now, I’ve lost over 20 pounds in the last year and I feel great. I stopped weighing myself in october once I reached the goal weight for my annual physical, and feel like I’ve been maintaining just doing what I’ve been doing since. After I wrote the “Fuck Being Fat” post last year, I actually never stuck with even one solid week of my own plan. Even though all the advice out there pretty much says that counting calories is the one surefire way […]

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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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Why Tarot?: my new personal development hobby explained

tarot reader

I thought I’d share a couple of stories about why I began learning how to read Tarot last fall, and how I view this as a helpful hobby both for personal development and for serving + building connections with others. How I got into learning to read Tarot My husband, Reid, and I were sitting at the RV dinette, playing a card game called Casino sometime in August 2019. A 2 and a 9 came out next to each other on the table in between us, and I had the random thought of, “Wouldn’t it be cool if there was some card game where the numerology and symbology of the cards that came out in a certain order during your game gave you a message from another dimension or […]

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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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Hello December, you last month of the decade you!

amazeballs armchair

Oh boy, November flew by. So fast, indeed, that I almost allowed myself to forget about failing at Nanowrimo… almost. But we’re moving forward into December! Alas, what with winterizing and moving out of the RV, moving into our new apartment, a trip to Austin, family in town for Thanksgiving, and my ever-persistent self-sabotage and lack of discipline, I did not win Nanowrimo this year. Not even close. A far cry from 50k with my 10,808 words, but hey, those are ten thousand words I wouldn’t have otherwise. And, I’ve finally decided on my first writing project, after changing up my plan and outline about 13 times over the course of the week and a half I was actually really trying for Nanowrimo — I’m committing to writing a […]

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