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April 19, 2019

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  • writershilpa December 9, 2018 at 1:40 am

    Hugs to you! To some extent I can imagine how you must feel, but what I suffer from is minuscule when compared to what you do. I just hope things change, Life changes for the better and you are able to conquer this monster called ‘Anxiety’ some day…just like I am trying to.

    • soulstories84457110 December 9, 2018 at 2:46 pm

      Thank you so much!

      I hope for a change every day but it will only come through hard work! Best of luck to you as well!

  • Raven Lost December 22, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    I had to cringe looking at the second photo and seeing the difference. I’m so sorry you’re having to go through this (though it’s not my fault, but I just feel for you). But you do look a lot better in the last one! Stay positive! You CAN get back to the shape of that first one; I believe in you!

    • thehonestreader December 30, 2018 at 9:51 am

      It is totally fine, I cringe too! Thank you for all of your support!

  • Debra December 28, 2018 at 8:35 am

    Thanks for putting yourself out there and sharing. Your vulnerability will really help others that struggle with similar things.

    • thehonestreader December 30, 2018 at 9:52 am

      That is really my ultimate goal. When all of this started happening to me I really had no idea how to handle it and thought that I was very alone in my experience. Thank you for your kind words.

  • Scott DeNicola December 28, 2018 at 8:47 am

    Medication is a band aid for most things nowadays. Thanks for sharing your story.

    • thehonestreader December 30, 2018 at 9:54 am

      That is very much my opinion too! I believe a lot of things can be remedied by just taking care of your body!

  • Jasmin Closson December 28, 2018 at 8:56 am

    It’s so hard keeping our body weight exactly where we want it to be but it’s so sweet of you to share how you coped with this issue❤️

    • thehonestreader December 30, 2018 at 9:53 am

      It is such a struggle! The even bigger struggle is loving yourself no matter what that scale or mirror says! Thank you so much! <3

  • Renee Theresa December 28, 2018 at 9:19 am

    Thanks for sharing. I am on anxiety meds because I feel that for no reason I am having constant panic attacks. It doesn’t seem to do much though so maybe I will try some of these things!

    • thehonestreader December 30, 2018 at 9:56 am

      That is a really large reason as to why I started. My panic attacks were classified as unprovoked in many instances. So the therapy of working through my thoughts was not very helpful! That would be awesome! I really truly suggest acupuncture. It is amazing. I wrote a post where I talked about my alternate relief methods, which I will link below. Best wishes to you!

      http://www.thehonestreader.com/alternate-anxiety-relief-methods/

  • Treasures in Christ December 28, 2018 at 10:12 am

    So glad you were able to get off your meds and are taking an alternative route that has better results

    • thehonestreader December 30, 2018 at 9:57 am

      I am very thankful for this as well! It has made my body feel so much better!

  • Mrs. Type A December 28, 2018 at 11:24 am

    Thank you for your honesty and for sharing your experience. I know a lot of your readers will benefit from your thoughtful post.

    • thehonestreader December 30, 2018 at 9:58 am

      I am hoping that this will be the case. Getting my diagnosis and being thrown into the world of medication and therapy was such a stressful and confusing time. I only hope that I can help others in similar situations.

  • vballangel5 December 28, 2018 at 11:56 am

    I’m glad you’ve found something that works for you

    • thehonestreader December 30, 2018 at 9:58 am

      Thank you!

  • Shnooks December 28, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us, I also suffer from anxiety and I have been preferring not to use medication too, It’s just something that tells me that If I start using medication I will be depending on it for the rest of my life that’s why I prefer to always look for natural alternatives too 💗

    • thehonestreader December 30, 2018 at 10:00 am

      Yes! That was one of my biggest fears in going on anti-anxiety medication. They are so addictive and it is incredibly easy to become dependent on them. I am much more inclined to take good care of my body and pursue natural methods. I wrote a whole post about natural methods which I will link below in case you are interested. Anxiety is absolutely no fun and I wish you the best!

      http://www.thehonestreader.com/alternate-anxiety-relief-methods/

  • kutercarol December 28, 2018 at 11:02 pm

    Anxiety can be debilitating. I took meds for about two weeks and like you, felt dull and not on my game. I decided to go the natural way. It’s hard work. I love your healthy attitude, approach and awareness of the disease. Thanks for posting.

    • thehonestreader December 30, 2018 at 10:01 am

      It was extremely hard to be on medication, and very relieving to know that I am not alone in how I was feeling! Natural way is best!

  • Keshia Richmond December 28, 2018 at 11:56 pm

    Our body is our personal guidance system and when we listen to our body, we can heal so much.

    • thehonestreader December 30, 2018 at 10:02 am

      Absolutely! Paying attention to our body can tell us much of what we need!

  • Ivan Jose December 29, 2018 at 7:50 am

    Natural remedies are indeed the best Thank you for opening up about your anxiety and providing insights on overcoming it.

    • thehonestreader December 30, 2018 at 10:03 am

      100%! Thank you for taking the time to read about my experiences!

  • gloriousheights December 29, 2018 at 7:53 am

    I too prefer avoiding medincins I prefer homeopathic for anxiety. No side effects you can look into it. Also yoga and meditation helps a lot.

    • thehonestreader December 30, 2018 at 10:04 am

      Very interesting! I am always looking into more natural ways to treat my anxiety. Do you have any specific homeopathic remedies you like?

      • gloriousheights December 30, 2018 at 4:15 pm

        Yes I had an aunt who was a homeopathic doctor she helped me a lot. She told me about gelsemium I really like it. I have heard a lot about chamomile too. I suggest you meet a homeopathic expert because there’s a certain potency (like dosage) that one takes. Good Luck 👍🏻 I hope it helps you the way it helps me and my family members.

        • thehonestreader January 1, 2019 at 1:45 pm

          Thank you for the advice! I will have to see if I have a homeopathic expert around me!

  • chaddden2001 December 29, 2018 at 10:03 am

    I’ve tried a couple of meds and they’ve either had no affect whatsoever or made me feel worse in a different way, so I know where you’re coming from. For me, aromatherapy works best, but I’ve never tried acupuncture.

    • thehonestreader December 30, 2018 at 10:06 am

      Yes! The cons were always greater than the pros, so I just decided that it really was not for me. I do really love aromatherapy, I sleep with a diffuser every single night. If you would like I wrote a much more in depth post about my alternate relief methods, which includes a large section on my experience with acupuncture.

      Here is the link!

      http://www.thehonestreader.com/alternate-anxiety-relief-methods/

  • sincerelymissj December 29, 2018 at 11:03 am

    I agree with someone above medication is a band aid solution and therapy.Thank you for sharing your story.

    • thehonestreader December 30, 2018 at 10:07 am

      It absolutely is in some cases! Thank you for reading!

  • mbenton22 December 29, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    Wow I really enjoyed reading this. I have people close to me that suffer from anxiety!

  • Jeferson Beluso December 29, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    I’m glad you discover the wonder of natural solutions…..i have a relative who suffered the same and she’s taking those medications…. Honestly it does more harm than good as her conditions only worsen….. We should not be dependent on chemicals especially treating brain related disorders….. We don’t mess with our brain……

    • thehonestreader December 30, 2018 at 10:09 am

      I am very sorry to hear about your relative. It is truly terrible to become dependent on these types of drugs. It makes your body feel so much worse. If you would like, I have a post about other anxiety relief methods, maybe you could give it a read and make suggestions to your relative? Or if you would like any other information do not be afraid to reach out! Wishing the best for you and your relative.

      http://www.thehonestreader.com/alternate-anxiety-relief-methods/

  • Matija Antonić December 30, 2018 at 3:23 am

    It’s a good thing that you realized that although medication managed to lower your anxiety it robbed you of yourself, and decided to stop it,a lot of people wouldn’t, doctors prescribe what they think will help, now will it or it won’t it depends on the person, someone might take medication and feel completely fine, someone else might not, but there are always alternatives, and I am glad to hear that you are able to cope with it, continue fighting, and don’t give up.

    • thehonestreader January 1, 2019 at 1:47 pm

      I definitely agree, many people will forfeit their sense of self just to have relief from their symptoms (which I am not bashing at all I just think that it is unfortunate). And that is also very true, different methods work for different people. Thank you so much!

  • Jasmeet Singh December 30, 2018 at 7:07 am

    I think medication is temporary and have serious side effects. You have found a better solution. Thank you for sharing.

    • thehonestreader December 30, 2018 at 10:10 am

      I agree completely, it is simply not worth the risk. I believe I have! Thank you for reading!

  • Emilio Marcos Sierra December 30, 2018 at 3:15 pm

    Thank you for your honesty and your educated view on this matter. I am sure this will come in handy to so so many people

    • thehonestreader January 1, 2019 at 1:47 pm

      You are very welcome! I am really hoping that many people will benefit from my experience.

  • Coleccion De Fotografia December 31, 2018 at 1:33 am

    First of all I would want to say you are stronger than you think and second of all you are so brave to share this with us. I am so happy you have finally resorted to alternative cures and you are right acupuncture gets you that calming effects your mind and body is yearning for. Thanks for sharing such a great post!

    • thehonestreader January 1, 2019 at 1:48 pm

      Thank you so much. It was hard at first to share such intimate parts of my life, but if it will help another I think it is so worth it. Acupuncture rocks! Thank you for reading!

  • Jomar Allen Enecio December 31, 2018 at 5:51 am

    I love this article. I will definitely follow your blog to get more updates. I’m looking forward for your next article! Good read!

    • thehonestreader January 1, 2019 at 1:49 pm

      I am so happy that you would like to follow along! Thank you for your kind words!

  • lorabishop December 31, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    as someone with anxiety, i can relate to how you described the end of year feelings. i hope you have a great 2019 and achieve all of your goals!
    – lora
    http://www.mylifeaslora.com

    • thehonestreader January 1, 2019 at 1:35 pm

      Thank you! I am so glad that someone else can relate! Best wishes to you as well!

  • Krista Mills January 1, 2019 at 6:13 am

    As someone living with mental illness, including agoraphobia, I can totally relate with this post. Baby steps, remember. You’ve got this. Congrats on getting married.

    • thehonestreader January 1, 2019 at 1:36 pm

      Thank you for your encouragement! Baby steps are so important, even though they can sometimes be frustratingly slow! But progress is progress.

  • Jomar Allen Enecio January 1, 2019 at 6:32 am

    Great Read! I get the chance to learn new things! I will definitely follow this blog so I get updated for new articles!

  • pslater1972 January 1, 2019 at 7:06 am

    This is a lovely post. I can relate to so much of it. Your travel list is perfect for you and I hope you aren’t too hard on yourself in 2019.

    • thehonestreader January 1, 2019 at 1:37 pm

      Thank you for your kind words. Being too hard on myself is definitely a weakness of mine, but I am hoping 2019 will be great!

  • Shnooks January 1, 2019 at 7:11 am

    I really enjoyed reading your article,and that often happens to me too,In my head I plan a lot of fun experiences but I end up staying home because of fears that limjts me from doing what I love. But I do feel that 2019 is a year of change and I’m really excited for it 😍

    • thehonestreader January 1, 2019 at 1:38 pm

      I definitely relate to that. I put these large dreams and aspirations in my head but then anxiety gets the best of me. I am sure your 2019 will be absolutely amazing!

  • alyazia January 1, 2019 at 8:28 am

    I really loved your article ❤️

    • thehonestreader January 1, 2019 at 1:39 pm

      Thank you so much! <3

  • Neil Alvin Nicerio January 1, 2019 at 8:39 am

    Happy New Year to you. May you get more views this year. I’m excited to read more of your articles.

    For sure you’d achieve your goals this year. 🙂

    • thehonestreader January 1, 2019 at 1:40 pm

      Happy New Year! I am so glad that you are excited! I really hope that I do, and I am excited to write about the experiences that I will have.

  • Judy January 1, 2019 at 9:06 am

    I’m so sorry you struggle with this. I love your list. I can’t imagine how hard even that may be but I look forward to reading about your accomplishments on your list! You can do this!

    • thehonestreader January 1, 2019 at 1:42 pm

      I am really glad that you loved it. That is honestly my whole purpose, I have met so many people who feel so alone in their situation and I would like for other people who do not struggle to be aware. I am looking forward to sharing with you!

  • Elizabeth Varkey January 1, 2019 at 9:49 am

    I realy appreciate this post which spread empathy other than sympathy. You should share these with as many people as possible

    • thehonestreader January 1, 2019 at 1:43 pm

      I appreciate that you said that, I was really going for an opportunity to raise awareness for the struggles of people with severe anxiety and other mental health issues. Thank you for reading my list!

  • Mrs. Type A January 1, 2019 at 12:31 pm

    Thanks so much for your transparency. I like how your list of goals for 2019 is concrete and achievable and will certainly help you focus on the best things in life. I’m confident 2019 will be a good one for you!

    • thehonestreader January 1, 2019 at 1:43 pm

      You are so welcome! Thank you for your kind words. I hope that 2019 is great for you as well!

  • Lisa January 1, 2019 at 1:14 pm

    I wish you all the luck in achieving all your goals this year. It’s not easy but stay focused! Happy new year!

    • thehonestreader January 1, 2019 at 1:44 pm

      Thank you so much for all of your encouragement!

  • Lauren January 1, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    As someone who experiences anxiety, I can really relate. I think it’s amazinf that you wrote out your list…first and foremost for yourself. It’s also inspiring. I’m going to follow your blog after this comment so I can keep up to date with your journey!

    Lauren
    TheZenFashionista.Com

  • Sanjota Purohit January 1, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    Life is always about ups and downs. Don’t worry about anything and enjoy every moment of your life 🙂 You found the love of your life 🙂 I wish you a very happy new year 🙂

  • Viki de Lieme January 2, 2019 at 5:50 am

    Your anxiety is a wonderful mechanism you once created, to keep you safe. Just like many other good initiatives on your brain’s behalf, it turned against you. Try embracing it for what it is, instead of fighting it. No one likes a fight, and fight makes everything fight harder for it’s existence. Anxiety is the same. It can only be won over with compassion and empathy. Try seeing it this way. 2018 was good, and 2019 can be even better. Sending you love 🙂 And compassion and empathy 🙂

  • chaddden2001 January 2, 2019 at 7:43 am

    I’ve never been this ill with anxiety, but I know how it feels to be trapped indoors due to an illness, even if it’s not mental health related.

  • Ivan Jose January 2, 2019 at 9:29 am

    I hope you pull through your anxiety so that you get to enjoy life. As for travelling, well, it’s all about perspective. You don’t really have to go far in order to travel.

  • Jeferson Beluso January 2, 2019 at 9:42 am

    it’s nice to see your new list after a whirlwind previous year….it’s a great start hoping for a good year…..wishing you all the best….

  • Tatiana Barone January 2, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    This post it’s touching. I can’t write anything properly because it touched me so much and I feel like I wanna cry.

  • Kristine Nicole Alessandra January 2, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    This is so touching. I can feel your pain. Mental health is not an easy thing to deal with and I am glad to know that times have changed somehow and there is active campaigns to raise awareness. Hopefully, the stigma will end and more people who suffer will be given the proper attention and treatment.

  • The Panicked Foodie January 2, 2019 at 6:31 pm

    Your post made me cry. 🙁 I’m sorry that you have experienced this. I lost someone in my family to suicide 6 months ago, and it is one of the hardest deaths to grieve due to the mixed emotions that one experiences. This was beautifully written. I wish your loved one a Happy Birthday.

  • Elizabeth O January 2, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    Anxiety can be very debilitating and I applaud you for speaking up about it. Take your steps one at a time and enjoy them. Here’s to a courageous year for you!

  • Rupy January 3, 2019 at 9:58 am

    This is a good read for me. Your travel list is so good. I wish I can go any of these places. Happy new year.

  • Clarice January 3, 2019 at 11:04 am

    This is heart-breaking and I feel your pain while reading this post. Mental illness is a serious concern that shouldn’t be taken for granted. I just shared your post as I believe this can help in spreading awareness. Sending you virtual hugs.

  • Emilio Marcos Sierra January 3, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    I hope you manage to do everything on your travel list! Have a great NY and keep pushing through the times that tell you to stop 🙂

  • DrKLeeBanks January 3, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    I’m sorry for your loss and your pain, which clearly comes through your writing. I can so relate, however. My Dad passed in 2002 and my Mom in 2011. I still feel emotional with every birthday and special occasion (Father’s Day, Mother’s Day), and holiday that passes.

  • Danielle January 3, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    Your list looks perfect for you. I wish you well and hope that your year is amazing.

  • SiennyLovesDrawing January 3, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    Yeah!! Love your personal sharing here, all the best to achieving all, Happy New Year 2019 ya 😀
    cheers, siennylovesdrawing

  • folabest January 4, 2019 at 10:58 am

    The ideas towards the new year look amazing. Wish you a more successful new year.

  • Cyndi Buchanan January 4, 2019 at 12:20 pm

    What a moving post. I’m so sorry for your loss. I felt emotional this Christmas since it was the first Christmas without our Grandma. She is still very missed and always will be missed.

  • Grace January 4, 2019 at 5:07 pm

    What a beatifull way to express your feelings. I’m sorry for you loss. I know how it feels to loose loveones and to miss them on their birthdays and during the holidays. I lost my mom (2012) and dad (2014) to cancer and in 2016 my cousin took his own life while it seemed that he was finally in a good place. He lived in a open mental health clinic at the time but unfortunately still decided to end his life.

  • Danielle W. January 4, 2019 at 8:18 pm

    I have had similar side effects from anxiety medication. However; I found that for me, the pros outweighed the cons. Thank you for sharing your experience.

  • folabest January 5, 2019 at 3:56 am

    Hope this year will be greater than the previous ones. And you will be free from anxiety

  • Dalene Ekirapa January 5, 2019 at 8:06 am

    Such beautiful and touching words! I enjoyed reading how inspirational the piece is. Well, I hope the stigmatization regarding mental health can be dealt with since many are succumbing to suicide.

  • Dessy Markova January 6, 2019 at 9:59 am

    I feel your story so much. I have an eating disorder too, different than yours though. I hope you stay healthy! xoxo

  • Dessy Markova January 6, 2019 at 10:02 am

    Such a good post. I now relate to you, because I know how hard it is dealing with anxiety and even waking up with panic attacks. You sharing this makes me feel a little more understood.

  • brianmayroam January 6, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    Wow, it takes such courage to put such deep and intimate thoughts out for the world to read. Good for you and anyone who reads this!

  • myweethoughts January 6, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    Wish you all the best this year! May you achieve all the things on your travel list!

  • BohoVoyage January 8, 2019 at 8:32 am

    I like your story about how you came up with your blog name, and I like the name very much! I wish I would make more time to read. I always tell myself I am going to read more, however I never seem to make it happen. I appreciate you giving all of these recommendations. It’s hard for me to find good books to read. Especially ones that hook you in the beginning.

    • thehonestreader January 13, 2019 at 5:13 pm

      Thank you! I love giving book recommendations, one of the books on this list that really pulled me in the most was Sharp Objects!

  • promguide January 8, 2019 at 8:51 am

    It is nice of you to share your backstory of how you determined your name. Nice to read. Keshia Richmond

    • thehonestreader January 13, 2019 at 5:13 pm

      Thank you so much!

  • Neil Alvin Nicerio January 8, 2019 at 10:58 am

    Reminds me of where I got the name of my blog The Backpack Adventures…

    From my backpack that was forgotten and still managed to comeback in one piece.

    • thehonestreader January 13, 2019 at 5:13 pm

      That is a very fun name!

  • joliestarrett January 8, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    Thanks for sharing! Nice name.

  • Samar January 8, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    Death Be Not Proud is also one of my favorite 🙂

  • To be the perfect mother (@perfectmommy100) January 8, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    Nice name! I called my blog (to be the perfect mother) from a book I read and liked.

  • chartrends January 8, 2019 at 10:14 pm

    You do a great job of writing book reviews from your perspective. This makes me want to purchase some of these books to read.

  • Style High Guy January 9, 2019 at 3:16 am

    Wow, that’s incredible you’ve read so many books. It’s definitely something I need to do more of so thank you for the recommendations 🙂

  • ZyraKuma January 9, 2019 at 4:08 am

    I named my blog Zyrakuma because I play alot of League of Legends and I main the champion Zyra and the name Kuma comes from the Japanese word “bear”.

  • chaddden2001 January 9, 2019 at 8:00 am

    I love reading about how people pick their names for their blogs, maybe I should write a post on why I picked mine (finding my feet). Thanks for sharing, and thanks for the inspiration.
    Oh and I’ve also added a couple of these books to my ‘TBR’ list, so thank you again.

  • Jeferson Beluso January 9, 2019 at 8:32 am

    great picks…you’ll be my go to blog for books to read…I will definitely be following your post….

  • Jomar Allen Enecio January 9, 2019 at 12:10 pm

    Nice article. I got my name from my mom and dad.

  • Casey January 9, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    Very interesting post. Never read anything like this before, more please! Thx

  • Elizabeth O January 9, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    I was a bookworm growing up too and I read a lot. I continue to enjoy reading a wide range of books but, I do have my favorites and there are genres I wouldn’t read.

  • amayszingblogs January 9, 2019 at 9:38 pm

    Never heard all of these books I need to check them out! thanks for sharing.

  • Aashirvad Kumar January 10, 2019 at 12:13 am

    That’s awesome. The guide has many things which are really awesome for many peoples. Their many things are mentioned which are useful.

  • SiennyLovesDrawing January 10, 2019 at 9:16 am

    Happy New Year 2019!! Thanks for your personal sharing here. Love this, yes, keep it simple for my blog name to my love of art passion 😀 Let’s enjoy 2019 😀 cheers, siennylovesdrawing

  • Binge on Basics January 10, 2019 at 10:57 am

    Gone Girl is definitely on my favourites too. I also love the choice of your books selection. They are amazing indeed

  • Renee Baiano January 11, 2019 at 10:11 am

    Wow, just wow. I’ve never read a more honest and touching article. I truly hope things work out for you. I will be thinking about you.

  • mbenton22 January 11, 2019 at 11:05 am

    Wow way to be raw and really show your emotion!! Thank you for sharing!

  • Belle January 11, 2019 at 2:33 pm

    I commend your honesty in this post, and truly hope that you have your happy ending.

  • Mrs. Type A January 11, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    It’s so great that you are so aware and proactive about your feelings. That will serve you well in marriage and, if you decide, parenthood.

  • Luna S January 11, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    This was such a moving post and brought tears to my eyes, you both sound like very strong and amazing people. I have no doubt that when you are ready and blessed with a child that you will both make amazing parents and I wish you the best with everything.

  • Judy January 11, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    This is beautiful. I love reading others experiences with pregnancy and parenthood. I have a 10 month old and a 3 year old. I hated pregnancy and never want to do it again but man oh man do I love my little boys. They are such a blessing, even through the terrible twos and not sleeping at night.

  • Neil Alvin Nicerio January 11, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    I can relate. My wife and I never planned to have a baby yet after marriage as we wanted to explore the world. We’ll she got pregnant during our honeymoon and our family had been happier afterwards.

  • Keshia Richmond January 12, 2019 at 12:32 am

    It’s nice to bring new life into the world and quite a blessing to be a mother.

  • SiennyLovesDrawing January 12, 2019 at 1:52 am

    Woow!! Very nice post you have shared here!! Love it!! thank you : D
    cheers, siennylovesdrawing

  • BohoVoyage January 12, 2019 at 6:17 am

    Awww you have a fantastic husband!! Mental illness is SO HARD … and it will never be easy, even if we are on 100 medications, it’s just like suppressing it for a while. I sometimes wonder if I’ll ever have kids too… I was brought up with a mentally abusive family that wasnt blood.. but didnt tell me until I was going into high school.. Fun stuff.. I always get scared not knowing if I’ll be a good mom because I never had one. Nor a dad. But like you, I also know my husband would make a great dad and that gives me hope and strength to wait until we are ready.
    I cant wait to read more about your story!! Cheers to you both 🙂

  • italiantripabroad January 12, 2019 at 6:49 am

    This is really kind of you, and a really deep selfthought. Well done. Your baby is really lucky.

  • joliestarrett January 12, 2019 at 12:52 pm

    Very selfless post. Wish more had your perspective.

  • Sanjota Purohit January 12, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    Kids change the lives. As you said, we are afraid of taking responsibilities. If you are waiting for the right time to get baby then that time will never come. All you have to do is make your mind and accept whatever comes on the way.

  • chaddden2001 January 12, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    As much as I’ve always wanted a family, and I don’t have the same issues as you, I’ve got serious baby fever and it’s just not possible right now. Thanks for sharing and being so honest.

  • 3TravelBug January 12, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    Love how personal this post is! I always say I don’t want kids and everyone keeps saying “You will in the future” (I’m only 21, but I like my freedom and travel way too much haha)

  • Ivan Jose January 13, 2019 at 1:12 am

    My wife and I wanted to have children from the very beginning. Our boy, however, arrived 4 years after our marriage. He is so worth the wait.

  • Carmen | wellingtonworldtravels.com January 13, 2019 at 1:45 am

    OMG! This is so raw. I feel you, girl! I never wanted to have a baby at first. (I have 2 kids now) But after several years, the silence was deafening. We can’t wait to have little ones running around. Plus we aren’t getting younger. We hope that once we retire, at least our kids are over 18 y/o. Truth be told, I have some regrets and wished I had done some stuff before I had kids. But wouldn’t want it any other way. Basically you some up the other side of parenthood: “You have to listen to a baby cry all the time, and then once it is out of that stage, you have to deal with a toddlers million questions. Then they turn into hyperactive elementary school kids, then moody, smelly middle schoolers, and finally, teenagers who hate you and their existence.” – I am still cracking up lol. But they are are (or will be) your children No matter what, I know you will love them with all your heart. We, women, have a big heart and have so much love to give.

  • MELISSA F AY January 13, 2019 at 11:59 am

    Congratulation!! I am so happy for you guys. You guys look so cute together. I feel like you are going to shine like a star in 2019… And don’t forget to be kind to yourself before others and welcome every experience that comes to your way. You will realize day by day that you will learn something from each event that happens in your life and that will shape your personality. Don’t overthink and be happy.. Happy new year to you and your hubby!

    • thehonestreader January 13, 2019 at 5:11 pm

      Thank you for your kind words!

  • WanderlustBeautyDreams January 13, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    Thanks for sharing your story! Everyone’s journey and mindset is different especially in different periods of their life. Really enjoyed reading this post!

  • TheKitchenDoc January 14, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    Thanks for sharing this very important chapter of your like so honestly. It’s interesting how our viewpoints change with different stages of our life. Good luck ahead!

  • blair villanueva January 15, 2019 at 4:00 am

    I think I also have a similar feeling. Currently, children is not yet in my mind and I don’t know if I want them. But my partner says it will change once I’m already in that journey.

  • Elizabeth O January 15, 2019 at 7:58 am

    Your struggle is real and so is your pain. I wish for you all the good you deserve and hope that, day by day, you make strides towards that dream you hold dear.

  • pslater1972 January 15, 2019 at 8:41 am

    There’s loads on here I haven’t read. One of my favourite books, ‘The Book Thief’ is on your ‘honourable mentions’ list.

  • Danielle Jones January 15, 2019 at 8:45 am

    I’ve ALWAYS wanted to try acupuncture!! I must do it now!

  • Morgan Mitchell January 15, 2019 at 8:53 am

    Flowers for Algernon is one of my favorite books! ❤

  • Danielle Jones January 15, 2019 at 8:54 am

    Great list here. Important to make changes in order to get to the bottom of the situation

    • thehonestreader January 22, 2019 at 9:51 am

      Very true!

  • Supermompicks January 15, 2019 at 9:10 am

    I didn’t know this was a thing, although I certainly feel it in the winter months!

    • thehonestreader January 22, 2019 at 9:52 am

      I didn’t know it was a thing either until my therapist talked to me about it!

  • Neil Alvin Nicerio January 15, 2019 at 9:13 am

    I don’t know but I sometime experience those symptoms. Hehe. I hope I’m not SAD.

    • thehonestreader January 22, 2019 at 9:53 am

      I hope so as well!

  • Luna S January 15, 2019 at 10:22 am

    I deal with this during the winter sometimes, it is a bummer but I manage and I know others deal with it worse.

    • thehonestreader January 22, 2019 at 9:53 am

      It really is a bummer, and at times it still gets to me, but it really is important to stay positive!

  • Shnooks January 15, 2019 at 12:18 pm

    I wasn’t aware of this kind of disorder but I pretty much experience this phase in winter almost every year . Thank you so much for sharing this informative article 💗

    • thehonestreader January 22, 2019 at 9:55 am

      I am so sorry! You are very welcome!

  • Keshia Richmond January 15, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    Glad you’ve made some amazing strides in your recovery.

    • thehonestreader January 22, 2019 at 9:55 am

      Thank you!

  • Renee Theresa January 15, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    I get SAD every year. I love this post. Thanks!

    • thehonestreader January 22, 2019 at 9:55 am

      That is very unfortunate! You are very welcome!

  • Brandy January 15, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    This is a feeling many go through in the winter months. Our mind set going into anything can change so much with our perspective and feelings. Thank you for the great tips.

    • thehonestreader January 22, 2019 at 10:00 am

      That is extremely true! We can change so much when we change our perspective.

  • Kate @Kate These Days January 15, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    Thanks for sharing! I sometimes struggle with feeling fatigued and sluggish in the winter months. Having less hours of daylight on top of the extreme cold can really take its toll. Fortunately where I live we have had a very mild winter so far. I’m sure the cold and snow will come at some point though! So hopefully I can implement some of these changes you’ve made.

    • thehonestreader January 22, 2019 at 10:01 am

      We have had a rather mild winter here too! It has been such a blessing. I hope you can as well!

  • Adharsh G Raju January 15, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    Thank you for the tips…. There are people ou there who are suffering… It would be a great help .. keep going.

    • thehonestreader January 22, 2019 at 10:02 am

      That is truly my goal!

  • Viki de Lieme January 16, 2019 at 3:21 am

    Wow I’ve had this SAD for years and Ii didn’t even know there was an actual name to this disorder… Indeed the three ways you’ve accidentally found to manage these feelings are the top three ways any professional would have recommended. Good job 🙂

    • thehonestreader January 22, 2019 at 10:03 am

      I was not aware that it had a name either until my therapist mentioned it to me! Thank you so much.

  • Cassie January 16, 2019 at 6:38 am

    I hope your story reaches someone who is affected by these and uses your tips to help

    • thehonestreader January 22, 2019 at 10:04 am

      I surely hope so!

  • franklyfrankiee January 16, 2019 at 10:56 am

    Never experience this until I moved to the United States. I used to live on an island it was sunshine 365 days a year. My life was so much better there. Can’t wait to move back.

    • thehonestreader January 22, 2019 at 10:05 am

      Oh that sounds absolutely lovely! I dream of moving away from the States where there is beautiful weather all year round.

  • chaddden2001 January 16, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    These tips are really helpful, I’m going to talk to my mum and see if they can help her. Thanks!

    • thehonestreader January 22, 2019 at 10:05 am

      Oh I hope that they can! Send her my best.

  • Samantha Flores January 16, 2019 at 11:51 pm

    I love your reasons for not wanting to have children! Gave me a chuckle🤣 once I had my own son, I couldn’t imagine what life would be like without him.💖

  • ZyraKuma January 17, 2019 at 7:54 am

    I can really relate to you! I feel like I have SAD too cuz I’m always depressed when its gloomy or cold and happier when its sunny. When I was young, I use to love Winter because it was my birthday season and now I absolutely hate it! Summer and Spring is my current favourite seasons. And I also have Emetophobia too which is surprising to hear you have it too.

    • thehonestreader January 22, 2019 at 10:06 am

      Yes! I used to love winter so much. Honestly my emetophobia is one of the causes of my SAD because the stomach bug is everywhere and it makes me so anxious and gloomy!

  • Jomar Allen Enecio January 17, 2019 at 9:07 am

    great article. I’d definitely bookmark this one. Hope to find more like this.

    • thehonestreader January 22, 2019 at 10:07 am

      Thank you!

  • Style High Guy January 17, 2019 at 10:54 am

    SAD seems like such an untalked about thing. As someone who has struggled with mental health this topic absolutely fascinates me. Such an open post, thanks for sharing 🙂

  • amayszingblogs January 17, 2019 at 9:47 pm

    I totally relate with you I have some symptoms for this Seasonal Affective Disorder. great to know about these tips wonderful post

  • Blair villanueva January 18, 2019 at 4:20 am

    I wasn’t aware of this situation however, glad that you found ways to remedy it. I learned a lot today reading your story.

  • Puja January 18, 2019 at 6:03 am

    Thanks for sharing about SAD. I am sure your story will help many.

    • thehonestreader January 22, 2019 at 10:07 am

      I truly hope so!

  • Dermafity January 18, 2019 at 8:08 am

    Excellent explanation here. Agoraphobia is definitely a problem affecting many people without their knowledge. This article will definitely help

  • joliestarrett January 18, 2019 at 8:23 am

    So sorry you suffer from this. Thank you for bringing awareness.

  • Renee Theresa January 18, 2019 at 8:24 am

    So brave that you bring this up. I suffer from anxiety and can totally understand how people can have this condition.

  • Elizabeth O January 18, 2019 at 8:24 am

    Good for you for trying a number of things to do that helped your condition. Positive thinking goes a long way.

    • thehonestreader January 22, 2019 at 10:08 am

      I am all about trying all different ways to improve myself!

  • Neil Alvin Nicerio January 18, 2019 at 8:32 am

    So sorry to hear that you suffer from this one. But thanks for the information. It was very informative.

  • Nupur January 18, 2019 at 8:35 am

    Thank you for sharing this with us. I am so glad that you are bringing awareness to this. I did not know of this condition but now after reading your article I feel I understand it better. You are very brave and keep at it!

  • K Richmond January 18, 2019 at 9:04 am

    It’s great that you are bringing awareness to this condition. People will benefit from this.

  • The Crumby Vegan January 18, 2019 at 11:04 am

    Gosh this sounds difficult to cope with. It sounds like you’re coping well and thank you for sharing the information with us all 💚

  • Andrew McKoscielecky January 18, 2019 at 11:58 am

    Hmm, That’s interesting! Very informative!
    I never heard about agoraphobia.

  • latoyia12 January 18, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    Thank you for being brave and discussing this. It was a really informative and interesting read. I KNOW you can overcome it! Good luck!

  • Jeferson Beluso January 18, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    it’s good you make us aware of this condition….first time i’ve heard of it and it’s terrifying how you recount your daily life…..God bless you……

  • Lydia Smith January 19, 2019 at 4:08 am

    Thanks for the awareness and am sorry you going through this,but am rooting for you so am sure you will overcome this.Keep fighting..Much love.

  • Tom @ {Tech} for Travel January 19, 2019 at 6:05 am

    Agoraphobia destroyed my 20s. That coupled with panic attacks I was a mess. My family doctor never diagnosed me for 2 years and it was only after a severe attack and he was not available, I asked to see any doctor at the practice. The new one picked up on my symptoms and gave me a choice of betablockers or CBT!

    I took CBT, was very lucky to get a talented therapist, and after 8 months of treatment, was cured. I went from unable to even go on the front step of my home to a job that has me travelling the world!

  • Coleccion De Fotografia January 20, 2019 at 3:20 am

    I am relieved that agoraphobia is a treatable condition. Glad you are doing well now, sending you a lot of positive vibes and strength. Take care.

  • kidtalk11 January 20, 2019 at 10:04 am

    I like how you put a new look on the way you should see your body. Sometimes it’s needed to change if you are not healthy. We need to take care of ourselves and not look to the media. Rachel from Explore Kid Talk

    • thehonestreader January 22, 2019 at 9:46 am

      Thank you! I absolutely agree, I think the media really simplifies the issue more than it should be!

  • Carmen | wellingtonworldtravels.com January 20, 2019 at 11:14 pm

    Shucks. I have to look more into this. I might be suffering from this (or something similiar). I am 30 now, and I can’t seem to drive. I know how to drive; but everytime I do, I have panic attacks, I am shaking, sweating and having palpitations. My husband said I am just not confident. While it may be true, maybe there’s more into it?! Thank goodness, I ran into your post. I can confirm or cross reference this with my therapist.

  • 3TravelBug January 21, 2019 at 12:40 am

    I love that you’re bringing awareness to this issue! I didn’t really know very much about it at all before reading

  • lm10adhi January 21, 2019 at 8:09 am

    To be mentally and physically healthy, we have to be positive towards our body and future. Great Article. Thank you.

  • calciati January 21, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    I like your take on being body positive. For me, as a Personal Trainer, it’s about my clients learning to accept what is now with a view to transforming it into something that they find more desirable. It’s all about making the most of what you have right now and loving it as you work towards changing it. 🙂

    • thehonestreader January 22, 2019 at 9:47 am

      That is such a good way to put it! I believe you should always love where you are at, but always strive to change as well. This applies to our career, personality, and attitude as well!

  • Nina January 21, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    When I was a kid, I remember being so scared crossing the bridge. I’m so glad to have found this and learn more about agoraphobia!

  • Elizabeth O January 21, 2019 at 6:41 pm

    Even though I’m familiar with the condition and it’s connection to anxiety, I haven’t had a chance to read about it in a personal narrative. I applaud you for enlightening us about its impact and I pray that you will find eventual relief and healing through the research for treatment and the therapeutic channels available to you. Hugs and love

  • The Sunny Side January 21, 2019 at 11:31 pm

    Helpful to know, especially with kids as they work through their fears. Best wishes.

  • Elizabeth Varkey January 22, 2019 at 3:36 am

    Very proud of you because you are so brave to talk about your own issues and its impact on your life. This article will be helpful to all

  • remo ankelsaria January 22, 2019 at 3:40 am

    Thanks for sharing your intimate story. Very brave!

  • chaddden2001 January 22, 2019 at 8:55 am

    I read your post on emetophobia and was able to relate. This time, I can’t relate but I applaud you for being brave enough to talk about it. This article is very informative, and thank you for sharing such details about your life.

  • Evie Scott January 22, 2019 at 9:21 am

    This is a fantastic post. I love how you look at the complexities of being body confident, and understanding it. It’s a tricky subject, and I’m sure this post will resonate with everyone who reads it.

    • thehonestreader January 22, 2019 at 9:48 am

      It really is a complex issue that I think many oversimplify! Thank you for you comment!

  • mariaaar January 22, 2019 at 9:28 am

    It’s refreshing to read a different opinion in body positive. I do hope people can also start to open their mind and be accepting & not judgmental on a person’s physical appearance.

    • thehonestreader January 22, 2019 at 9:50 am

      I really hope that people can begin accepting others as well as encouraging them to strive for their best!

  • Luna S January 22, 2019 at 11:10 am

    I need to learn to be more body positive with myself, I am supportive of others and their journey yet I am overly heard on myself, it is a big flaw. This post is a great look on the subject and I agree some people need that push in order to make the change they are looking for.

  • Cassie January 22, 2019 at 12:55 pm

    Everyone is beautiful in their own way and you shouldn’t let anyone tell you otherwise

  • Brandi January 22, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    Very beautiful post, I hope you get to accomplish everything you want to this year!

  • Sanjota Purohit January 22, 2019 at 2:41 pm

    Why you haven’t listed Fiction novels? I must say you have great collection! I have saved this page. I will definitely look into Romance list.

  • Keshia Richmond January 22, 2019 at 6:47 pm

    Thanks for offering your views on body positivity. It is great that your post brings awareness to a different point of view. Many can benefit.

  • Neil Alvin Nicerio January 22, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    In his world full of negativity, it’s truly a gift to be positive. Thanks for sharing this wonderful article. 🙂

  • Jeferson Beluso January 22, 2019 at 11:35 pm

    Yes, body positivity is counter productive to say the least….. It promotes tolerance rather than really look into one’s health regardless of whatever is presented in media that leads to body shaming…. Health should be of paramount regardless of what looks good…

  • aisasami January 23, 2019 at 9:23 am

    What an inspiring post! I try to be body positive most of the time as I am not thin and oddly shaped. I try to think about daily exercising and healthy eating all the time.

  • Lisa January 23, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    I’m neutral on the whole body positivity topic. If you love yourself, no matter your size, that for me is a healthy approach.

  • Samar January 23, 2019 at 1:48 pm

    A lot of research is put down there regarding the positivity, really appreciate your hard work buddy 🙂

    Great post

  • amayszingblogs January 23, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    Despite all of trials and negativity you should stay remain enthusiastic and strong I really admire that Loving your post.

  • blair villanueva January 23, 2019 at 10:29 pm

    If you love yourself and your body then you can share that appreciation to others. Each of us is unique and be proud of it.

  • TheKitchenDoc January 23, 2019 at 10:56 pm

    It is really good to be supportive of those around and yourself about a positive body image. It makes you feel great

  • gloriousheights January 24, 2019 at 6:20 am

    I like your prospective it’s very nice.. body positivity isn’t just for overweight.. I’m underweight to due to some reasons and lying to me won’t help me at all. But telling me a lot about being really skinny and all bones only really scares me 🙈 We should try to have a healthy lifestyle.

  • latoyia12 January 24, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    I def needed this article.. Since I’ve gained a little weight, its been a little hard to be positive about my body. Great article..

  • Tiger Lily Evergreen January 24, 2019 at 10:30 pm

    Very inspiring to read. I look forward to your future posts.

  • lm10adhi January 25, 2019 at 12:44 am

    Our mind and body needs to be in positive condition for leading a joyous life. I liked ur views and opinions towards the topic. Thank you for sharing.

  • Style High Guy January 25, 2019 at 6:08 am

    This is a great take on body positivity. I too have friends that for medical reasons struggle with the way they see their bodies (I personally think they’re stunning but this is about how you see yourself eh). Personally I find the whole body positivity thing such a delicate balance between being not being tough on yourself VS. being too lenient and using it as an excuse to be unhealthy. It’s all a learning curve though right?

  • Elizabeth O January 25, 2019 at 7:22 am

    Body positivity sounds like self-love and self-care which ought to be paramount for each of us. Although it’s a slippery slope for so many, it can be achieved with patience, support and a mental shift. Kudos.

  • vballangel5 January 25, 2019 at 10:40 am

    It’s so helpful to have someone to lean on for support

  • Andrew McKoscielecky January 25, 2019 at 10:58 am

    Hmm Interesting point of view. I need to share your post with my wife !

  • wajihabaig January 25, 2019 at 4:16 pm

    a good husband/best friend is much better therapist then a therapist. So glad you have one!

  • Jess January 25, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    I adore how supportive he is of you and what you have going on. As wel as your ability to recognize that he needs to have something outside of the relationship

  • Keshia Richmond January 25, 2019 at 11:48 pm

    It is nice to have a support system in your husband – another rational mind.

  • SiennyLovesDrawing January 26, 2019 at 12:19 am

    Very lovely post, love all your positive vibes & tips shared here. Gonna learnt & always remind myself to be positif thinking 😀
    cheers, siennylovesdrawing

  • Coleccion De Fotografia January 26, 2019 at 12:28 am

    I am feeling so negative about my body. I had a terrible accident while backpacking, somehow now my fault. Anyway, to make the long story short I have added an extra 18KG on my weight. Sometimes, I feel that I am “body positive” but often times I am so discouraged. Thanks for sharing, I will try to do what is right for my body so I can give it a lot of love.

  • Matija Antonić January 26, 2019 at 3:47 am

    It’s good that you found someone who you trust and who cares for you, finding someone to lean on when need be is important and it makes life easier in the long run, don’t give up, just continue day by day

  • Neil Alvin Nicerio January 26, 2019 at 4:00 am

    It’s always great to have a partner who could help you be more rational. 🙂 I have my wife for that.

  • Jeferson Beluso January 26, 2019 at 7:29 am

    It’s really important to have someone who understands you…..it wil be a good support system …..

  • Lisa January 26, 2019 at 8:53 am

    Sounds like you have a wonderful husband. It’s so important to be able to talk to your partner about the issues that matter most.

  • Samar January 26, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    It’s always awesome to have someone so supportive 🙂

  • Barefoot Hippie January 26, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    Anxiety is terrible! I never had it until I became a stay at home mom. I’m glad your husband is such a great help for you!

  • Crinkle Hub January 27, 2019 at 1:47 am

    Looks like you have a great partner. It’s so significant to be able to talk to your husband about the issues that matters.

  • Jolie Starrett January 27, 2019 at 12:05 pm

    It’s nice to have a supportive spouse. You are blessed.

  • Everything On A Plate January 27, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    That’s just lovely. Even my husband is a pillar of strength for me

  • TheKitchenDoc January 27, 2019 at 1:13 pm

    It is so great to find someone who completely understands you. I am glad you found yours…

  • lm10adhi January 27, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    I think you are having a great time with such a helpful man. Good luck for your future life. Thanks for sharing.

  • Sandra Tanner January 28, 2019 at 11:03 am

    Thank you for being transparent and talking ABOUT THIS. This is so true in many ways .

  • CARMEN | Wellington World Travels January 28, 2019 at 8:21 pm

    That’s great. I’ve had anxiety issues in the past. And my husband has been my support as well. I think having ‘that person’ is vital so we don’t feel alone and depressed all the time – someone who is ready to pull us up from ‘darkness’.

  • Abu Zaid January 28, 2019 at 11:09 pm

    This is really really great article. I am agree with you. I am as a husband will support my wife until death separate us

  • blair villanueva January 29, 2019 at 1:47 am

    How lovely that you got someone to rely on! He is so lucky to have you.

  • Elizabeth O January 29, 2019 at 8:00 am

    Having a trusted partner when we have anxiety or other conditions can be a big help. Your hubby sounds Iike a great guy.

  • Jolie Starrett January 29, 2019 at 8:42 am

    I totally believe in SAD. I lived in Central California on the coast for a while and when it was foggy and gloomy I could tell I was in a different mood.

  • Crinkle Hub January 29, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    Very lovely post. thank you for sharing positivity and good vibes.

  • rapdoubleohbaby February 5, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    It’s crazy how you don’t think that someone who has your “goal” body could have weight or body issues. I think we all guilty of that and then we accuse them of want attention when they voice their body struggles. I guess it takes post like yours to change this thinking one person at a time!

  • asseenonjean88 February 6, 2019 at 2:08 pm

    What a touching post, thank you for being brave enough to share this. I know so many people who struggle with mental health including myself.

  • Sierra A. February 7, 2019 at 2:24 pm

    I agree with you that everyone has their torch to bear and I definitely agree with the fact that skinny women do struggle with being body shamed and even self hate and body dysmorphia. All of these are issues that deserve attention, and the victims of which deserve love. I will say that sometimes people assume that just because someone is shedding light on their own issue – for example, fat shaming – that it means they’re saying the inverse doesnt exist. No, they’re just speaking to their own experience. So the lesson we can learn from this is that its important to acknowledge everyone and what they’re going through.if someone big is being loud and trying to make a movement for body positivity for BIG GIRLS specifically, let them. Dont force them to be inclusive, if anything, create a similar movement for skinny people whiles each side acknowledges the others. By forcing another side to quiet their voice just because you too suffer, we kind of cancel out what we’re saying.

  • Sierra A. February 7, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    Having said that i love the write up! I’m definitely gonna follow- love your content

  • chaddden2001 February 8, 2019 at 9:10 am

    I love this – I’m underweight myself and trying desperately to gain weight. Not only so I’m healthy, but so I don’t have the risk of my medication being taken away from me, and so I feel good in my own skin. I’ve always been comfortable in my body, but the moment I noticed my hips sticking out and my ribs showing, I lost the ability to be that comfortable, and I miss it. I miss my old body.
    Thank you for sharing this, since skinny girls are always forgotten when it comes to being body positive. People forget that skinny girls can lose the ability to have a period, or that their bones can become brittle due to a lack of nutrients. Yes, being overweight is dangerous, but so is being underweight.

  • mydreamality February 11, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    I’m on the other side of the scale and I’d never really thought of how slim people also get body shamed. Wonderful post!

  • Bliss February 12, 2019 at 9:22 am

    I have had the same experience – when I was at my lightest, I got the most compliments for looking great and healthy and fit… when on the inside I was starving myself and a prisoner to my thoughts. Very unhealthy. Great post!!

  • Sierra A. February 21, 2019 at 3:40 am

    Congratulations! Happy anniversary !

  • Aditi Katwala March 3, 2019 at 10:54 am

    you look gorgeous!

  • Sierra A. March 10, 2019 at 9:57 am

    😞

  • Michelle March 16, 2019 at 10:35 am

    How was Outsider? I’m also waiting to read it!

    • Honest Reader March 16, 2019 at 10:40 am

      I really liked Outsider. It just seemed more manageable to me than some of his other books as far as length (IT I’m looking at you haha). And I really think he did an amazing job at almost mixing genres. It starts basically as a crime novel, and then as King is known to do, turns into absolute horror with an awesome monster as the main focus. So I really enjoyed it and would highly recommend it!

  • Jessica March 18, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    Happy early birthday !! 🌸 I hope it’s a great day for you !!!!
    https://jessierenea.com/perfection-isnt-needed-in-order-to-inspire-people/

  • obsessedbookluvr March 18, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    I really love how beautifully you said this,

    Happy Birthday to you btw. I hope you had an amazing day.

  • cendu March 19, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    This is such an awesome idea! I always stick to the same authors/genres because I guess I just got comfortable but I do love exploring new stuff and finding new favs. I don’t get as much time to read after baby but I would love to try a few of these.

  • Jessica March 22, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    This book is now on my list to get! Thank you!

    • thehonestreader March 22, 2019 at 4:30 pm

      Yes!!! It’s amazing, you won’t regret it!

  • Nyxinked March 25, 2019 at 9:20 am

    Adding to my reading list 😀

  • Linda March 25, 2019 at 11:14 am

    Need to Know by Karen Cleveland is great

    • thehonestreader March 25, 2019 at 11:40 am

      Ooo that looks so good! I need to add it to my list! I’m obsessed with thrillers.

  • Despite Pain March 31, 2019 at 8:50 am

    What a fantastic idea. I’ve read a few, watched some of the movies. But quite a few there I hadn’t heard of. Thanks for the recommendations.

    • thehonestreader March 31, 2019 at 9:14 pm

      Thank you! I am so glad!

  • cendu March 31, 2019 at 8:56 am

    This is such an awesome idea for a spring reading list! I didn’t think you could actually find a book for every state. To Kill a Mocking Bird is still a classic fav of mine, I should def read it again. You’ve got a ton on here I haven’t read yet either so I’m gonna save this for future reference.

    • thehonestreader March 31, 2019 at 9:16 pm

      Thank you so much! It was really hard, especially to find books that I had either read/had recommended/were critically acclaimed. I love To Kill A Mockingbird, but I probably haven’t read it since freshman year of college!

  • You, Me and Benny March 31, 2019 at 9:11 am

    I wondered if mine would be Gone Girl! haha and it was! Such a great book!!

    • thehonestreader March 31, 2019 at 9:17 pm

      I’m so sorry if I was predictable! 😀 I recently read Gone Girl for the first time after years of thinking it wouldn’t be that good, and it blew my socks off. I had to put it in here.

      • You, Me and Benny March 31, 2019 at 9:17 pm

        Haha oh no it wasn’t – I’m glad you listed it!! I love it!! I live an hour away from (and frequent) where it was shot. It’s cool!

        • thehonestreader March 31, 2019 at 9:19 pm

          That is sooo cool!

          • You, Me and Benny March 31, 2019 at 9:20 pm

            Yeah haha It really is! The Bar is still there (though revamped) and a lot of the places they shot were already standing and a part of the town.

          • thehonestreader March 31, 2019 at 9:44 pm

            That would be a really cool day trip for a nerd like me 😂😂 too bad I live far!

          • You, Me and Benny March 31, 2019 at 9:51 pm

            I’ll have to do a post about it sometime!!

          • thehonestreader March 31, 2019 at 10:03 pm

            That would be really great!

  • Abu Zaid March 31, 2019 at 11:40 am

    Wow, I think this is great effort of yours. You can manage book by each state this really amazing not much people doing like that.

    • thehonestreader March 31, 2019 at 9:17 pm

      Thank you for the kind words! It was definitely several days of research to get this post ready!

  • Dino Pebenito March 31, 2019 at 6:49 pm

    booo for California and North Carolina.

    • thehonestreader March 31, 2019 at 9:18 pm

      Which books would you have suggested instead for those states? Those were two books that I just loved and had to add!

  • Anna Love April 1, 2019 at 6:17 am

    Wow, a long list of good reads perhaps. What’s your basis of selecting which book is right for a particular state?

    https://www.annalovelife.com/mint-green-lace-midi-dress/

    • thehonestreader April 1, 2019 at 3:52 pm

      I chose these books based on whether or not I had personally read them, or if they had been referred to me or were critically acclaimed. I really wanted to suggest solid literature for each state so that they each could be done justice!

  • SiennyLovesDrawing April 1, 2019 at 7:56 am

    I had an interesting read here, 1st time aware there are books according to each state, thanks for sharing this. cheers, siennylovesdrawing

    • thehonestreader April 1, 2019 at 3:51 pm

      Thank you for your kind words, I am glad you enjoyed it!

  • Sanjota Purohit April 1, 2019 at 11:08 am

    Dandelion Wine is mine 😀 Haven’t read it! I have marked all these books. Thanks for this post.

    • thehonestreader April 1, 2019 at 3:50 pm

      Oh Dandelion Wine is such a good one!Also Illinois is beautiful!

  • Ara Patria April 1, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    Wow! I got quite interested in Dandelion Wine! I wanna try it, too!

    • thehonestreader April 1, 2019 at 6:47 pm

      Oh I’m so glad!

  • Nina April 2, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings is my personal favorite! Maya Angelou’s story was so moving and inspiring.

    • thehonestreader April 2, 2019 at 8:16 pm

      I’ve read it twice! Absolutely obsessed with it.

  • Margarida Vasconcelos (@daisyandthyme) April 4, 2019 at 5:21 am

    I can’t have a baby therefore I just don’t think about it to not turture myself. I wish you all the best.
    https://www.daisyandthyme.com/thyme-to-travel-daisycamera-bali/

    • thehonestreader April 5, 2019 at 9:37 am

      I am so sorry!

  • Andi Preston April 4, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    The Help and Girl on a Train are great! Adding Ready Player One to my TBR! Thanks 💙

    • thehonestreader April 5, 2019 at 9:37 am

      They really are! Do it! It was a great book!

  • Bill @ OthFit.com April 5, 2019 at 11:59 am

    This is so amazingly honest and brave. My wife,Summer, has gone through something similar so I can empathize. Thanks for sharing.

    • thehonestreader April 8, 2019 at 8:39 pm

      I am so sorry!

  • Ryan K Biddulph April 8, 2019 at 2:01 am

    These all look like fabulous reads. You can never go wrong with the Jurassic Park guy. I love his work.

    • thehonestreader April 8, 2019 at 8:39 pm

      He does have great writing!

  • Natalie April 8, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    These are some great book suggestions! I loved the Lovely Bones. With summertime coming up, I look forward to checking some of these out. Thanks for the tips.

    • thehonestreader April 8, 2019 at 8:39 pm

      I have read the Lovely Bones several times, I love it a lot!!! No problem!

  • aisasami April 10, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    This is an interestin post as you have different books for different places around the world. I really want to read Murakami’s works, especially the book about the Tokyo Sarin Attack. He is an interesting author.

  • budgetbelles80 April 19, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    I would love to read the last book because it sounds exciting with a lot twists!

    • thehonestreader April 19, 2019 at 6:10 pm

      You really should!!!