Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month.

I want to be very clear- I’m not a mental health professional.

I am; however, someone who has continually worked through anxiety and depression.

Because of my journey with anxiety and depression, I’m a big believer in sharing experiences. I believe that sharing experiences can be a source of healing to the person “going through it”. In my opinion, it can help to hear stories from those who have gone before you. I know, because it’s one of the things that helped me on my journey.

One of the many sayings I’ve heard over and over was: I wish I knew, then, that other people went through x,y,z.

Thankfully, talking about Mental Health is becoming more and more accepted.

This month, I’d like to share and re-share my journey.

I’d love to share resources.

I’d love to share hope.

If you or someone you know battles with Mental Health, know that you are loved. You are not alone.

Please visit https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/find-help/ if you need resources.

Flexibility

One of the things that I absolutely love, right now, is flexibility. We can get school work done quickly, or we can pause in the middle of the day and finish later.

It’s something we couldn’t do, before. I’m so thankful for my husband’s new job! On his slow days, we can go swimming or exploring in the middle of the day.

Years ago, I had partnered with a company, and something we did was make Vision Boards. Some of the things on my vision board were travel and flexibility.

I thought that we had to be at a certain income level to be able to do that.

What I learned was, that I don’t have to reach x,y,z expectation before doing anything. If we just take that first step, God will lead us. Our motto over the last few years has been: We will say yes until God says no.

It’s been amazing to see how He shows up, when I get out of my own way!

What are some of your dreams? What would you give up to get there?!

Smoothies and Simplicity

I don’t know if it’s because it’s starting to warm up, or what- but the kids and I have been on a smoothie kick, lately.

I love how easy it is to throw a few simple ingredients in my ninja, and bam- less than 5 minutes later my breakfast, lunch, supper or snack is ready.

In my 20’s, I was on board with doing things “the hard way”, if it saved money.

However, in my 30s, I’m willing to pay a little more to make life simpler.

This conversation came up with my hubby and I the other night.

We were looking at camper vans, and dreaming about what we would want to get when the kids are older and have moved out. I told him, I’d much rather pay someone to professionally build out a camper van for us.

There are some things, in life, I haven’t enjoyed, simply because I felt like the process made me feel like I was fitting a square peg in a round hole. But, once I bought x,y,z- it made the process much more enjoyable.

What’s something you have bought to make life a little simpler?!