Posts filed under: Well-Being

Short and Sweet Summary: Even though some days it’s hard to determine whether or not you’re bat-shit crazy, there’s one indisputable reason to put your fears to rest. Crazy people don’t typically qualify whether or not they’re crazy. So, I have this deep, guttural voice that emerges when I’ve reached...
My husband was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer on February 14, 2013, and died on February 2, 2014. Let’s just say I don’t love Valentine’s Day or February in general. Tie that into the dreary, cold Midwestern winters and you’ve got a recipe for grief overload. I don’t want to sound...
Has this happened to you? You’re going along all fine and dandy, smiling, maybe humming to yourself, the sun is shining, everything is A-Ok when all of a sudden…out of nowhere…an errant thought takes over your brain, anxiety rears its ugly head and the world is coming to an end....
Short and Sweet Summary: For years after my husband’s death, I only remembered his charming, likable characteristics in an effort to honor his soul. To make his time on Earth mean something. My dead husband’s position on the perfection pedestal rose higher and higher while I sunk deeper into negative...
Short and Sweet Summary: Now that you’re on your own, setting up an emergency fund is a practical way to reduce stress and alleviate the financial anxiety that comes with those not-planned-for emergencies. Simply cutting a few monthly expenses could help fund your emergency account and give you the peace...
Short and Sweet Summary: If you’ve surrendered your last remaining slivers of control to grief’s black abyss, it’s time for a friendly intervention. You are in control of a lot more than you think. When your life shatters in ways you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy, it’s easy to...
The agony of grief is enough to make you want to gouge out your eyeballs with jagged spikes dipped in molten lava because it would surely be less painful. We search for a way to fix grief because we know how grief feels and the pain is unbearable. Our pursuit...
When you find your car keys in the refrigerator or milk in the pantry, you can blame your confusion on a very real condition called widow brain. Grief has seized your brain cells, balled them up with its fist and chucked them right out the fucking window. It’s a good...
Short and Sweet Summary: If your irrational fear of dying limits your ability to enjoy life and be happy, welcome to my world. In my quest to manage this fear and lessen its white-knuckle grip, I’ve discovered ways to help me deal with the overwhelming anxiety of health-related issues. These...