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Lent 2022: Growth & Gratitude

            I was hesitant about Lent this year. In the weeks following the death of my cat, I wasn’t doing well and wasn’t sure how sacrificing something for faith would actually benefit me. My meals were sporadic, and my appetite was small so food didn’t make sense. I’d already given up on my Squishmallow habit… Continue reading Lent 2022: Growth & Gratitude

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10 Film Analogies for My Grief

               Grief is weird. And, if you’re like me, you get tired of people asking how you’re feeling or if you’re okay because the answer is no or some flavor of fine, but most people don’t want to hear that. When you lose someone close to you—a beloved pet in my case—you should be allowed… Continue reading 10 Film Analogies for My Grief

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The Depression Post

               Cue: “Fake Happy” by Paramore.                I’ve been trying to write this blog since March. I thought I was turning a corner then, or trying to but then I got busy. And it would be better to write this as a retrospective. So May, I thought, since it was Mental Health Awareness Month but… Continue reading The Depression Post

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My Year Without an Oven

            In the year where, perhaps, more people than ever actually used their ovens to bake and cook delicious new things while stuck at home, I did the complete opposite. From approximately February 2020 to April 2021, I didn’t use my oven at all. No obsessively baking sourdough for me. Instead, I stuck to the… Continue reading My Year Without an Oven

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My Isolation Survival Guide

               On March 9, 2020, I came home from my trip to San Antonio for AWP. On March 11, another TA asked me: “How did it feel to go to the last conference ever?” Then, on March 12, with no classes or reason to be on campus, I stayed home…And the university decided all classes… Continue reading My Isolation Survival Guide

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Sad Girl Summer: Ranking My Depressive Episodes

The fun thing about lockdown is it gives you a lot of time to ponder. And, about almost two months in, when I found myself googling, “does corona make you depressed” and “living alone with mental illness during lockdown”, I knew it was going to be a fun summer. Not that this is my first… Continue reading Sad Girl Summer: Ranking My Depressive Episodes

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How Anxiety & Depression Ruined My Semester

  To say that the winter holidays of 2014/2015 were hard would be an understatement. The two pieces of sanity within my house were gone, leaving only The Captain and me to deal with our less-than-stellar roommate. So it seemed natural that I would be having anxiety and depression issues with how unhappy I was… Continue reading How Anxiety & Depression Ruined My Semester