promises

It can be so easy to get caught up in the idea of forever when it comes to relationships. Every day, I see people in brand new relationships throw the word around on social media. It's almost addicting. It's a huge relief when someone promises you that they aren't going anywhere. But who can really... Continue Reading →

independence

If there's anything that damages your confidence from the very beginning, it's a parent not showing any interest in your life. Growing up, my dad wasn't around very much. He skipped out on most of the important things that were going on in my life. I've competed in hundreds of swim meets. Summer league, club... Continue Reading →

waves

Have you ever been in the ocean during high tide? When the waves are coming so fast that you can't seem to catch your breath? That's the best way to explain how I've felt for the past year. Last summer, I was going through a difficult breakup. It happened in the end of June, and... Continue Reading →

courage

In my last post, I wrote about anticipating a three day hospital stay to undergo brain scans. I shared that I was experiencing severe anxiety about the testing, mainly because I knew the doctors would be trying to induce seizure activity throughout my stay. During my first day and night at the hospital, I was... Continue Reading →

cherish

At this point in my life, I am thoroughly convinced that the loss of a friendship is significantly more painful than the loss of a romantic relationship. It's no secret that having your heart broken by your significant other is a horrible feeling. Losing the person you counted on to understand you and go through... Continue Reading →

balance

Even as a high-level athlete for ten-plus years, I have struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember. I believed that I was overweight, when in reality, I was the perfect size. I used to believe that once the scale displayed a certain number, I would be happy. Boy, was I wrong.... Continue Reading →

push

Ever since I started taking my anti-seizure medication, it has had a huge effect on my mood and my overall energy levels throughout the day. It makes me much more inclined to feel exhausted and irritable. My dosage has fluctuated many times, which has made it even harder to adjust to these big life changes.... Continue Reading →

purpose

A few months ago, I woke up on what I thought would be a typical Tuesday morning to an email that one of my classmates had passed. Even though I didn't know her very well, I knew that she was a very sweet girl. I had a class with her and we had spoken a... Continue Reading →

time

Lately, I've found myself very guilty of wishing time away. To combat the negativity of doctor's appointments and long work days, I have found it helpful to look forward to exciting things that are coming up. Right now, there are a lot of exciting things coming up. The biggest and most important thing for me... Continue Reading →

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