A Review of Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Book Recommendations , Books , Uncategorized / February 27, 2019

Normally I do not do book reviews, as it falls a bit outside of my realm of mental health awareness. However, I think that I may start doing a “Wednesday Book of the Week”, because reading is so important to me. Books have changed my life, and they are one of the objects I rely on the most when I am anxious or depressed. The most recent book I finished absolutely blew me away. I have made a list of my favorite books before, which you can read here. Gillian Flynn made it on that list twice. Well, she now gets an entire post. What I Expected Reading Dark Places If I have learned one thing from reading Flynn in the past, it is that she enjoys suspense as well as topics that are on the darker side. I have not once been able to guess the ending of a novel. Gone Girl literally changed my life and left me with my mouth hanging open. Sharp Objects disturbed me as well as confused me down to the last page. Therefore, when I came into Dark Places I expected the same treatment. Disturbing topics are just a part of life for…

The Day We Got Married
Uncategorized / February 20, 2019

Yesterday marked six months since I married the love of my life. We also got our wedding pictures back about a week ago. What better time to take you on a ride through our day and the happiest I have been in a very long time? I hope you enjoy this sneak peek into our day! This was when I was originally getting ready for our day. I was so nervous this entire time, but our photographer, Captured Moments by Jennifer, did such an incredible job making sure I still looked put together! Obviously, this is the exact moment that we became husband and wife. This picture means so much to me because it was the end of months of stress and doubt. Up until two days before our wedding, I was not sure if my anxiety was going to stop me from being able to go and get legally married, so this moment was sweet. Here we are entering the reception. This is one of my favorite pictures because it accurately captures my excitement and joy at not only seeing our gorgeous indoor/outdoor reception tent for the first time, but also all of the people who came to support…

Body Shaming for Skinny People
Anxiety , Mental Health / February 5, 2019

In my last post, I talked about body posititivity. I spoke to the fact that while we should always make people feel comfortable and confident, we cannot allow this body positivity movement to mold our society into a place where growth and personal improvement is not encouraged. If you would like to check out my thoughts on being truly body positive, go ahead and click here. However, in this post, I would like to make a record straight that I believe has been wrong for a very long time. The body positivity movement is largely geared towards people of a larger size, or people who have physical disabilities. While this is all good, I believe it makes a large assumption that our entire country has made for a long time. People who are skinny are not always the ideal body shape, and their body shape is not always something they believe should be celebrated. In order to illustrate my point, I will offer a current personal story. I went wedding dress shopping in the winter of 2018. Obviously in order to find the size for my dress, I had to be professionally measured. I stood patiently while this woman took…

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