ON THE BLOG: The Seemingly Unattainable Goal
We stand there, pouring over the words of Mary Oliver, E.B White, and Bob Winn. You, your backpack full of words, ideas, and a future you have yet to unfold, and me, standing in those same shoes, with that same curious look, gears always turning and mind never dull.
Writers, I think. What a thing to be a writer —an expression of myself.
An extension of myself.
I’m never going to leave you, I think, as time sheds its layers and I’m here, writing this under a soft blanket, promising to remind you of that time, in the library, where you thought that one quick thought — I heard you.
I still hear you, and the answer is yes.
Yes, amongst so many things, you too are a writer.
REAL TALK: On why I’ve separated myself from the things I’ve shared; dreams of traveling books; discovering where my worth stands; on being there for my younger self, the expression of us + so much more, on the blog 👉🏼 LINK IN BIO #morethanlyme 📷 a self portrait inspired by @elliexplores
Hello. My name is Heather and I was inspired by @idontmind and so I am going to tell you about something. I’ve always a shy girl but when I moved to NC I was not only shy but also very insecure. I still am very insecure with everything about me. That’s not what I’m here to say. I have anxiety and it’s really bad. I get nervous and worried about the littlest thing. It’s exam week and I’m freaking out. When I worry or get nervous about something, it overwhelms me. I try to control it as best as I can, but it’s hard. I struggle with it. It’s hard for me to admit how bad my anxiety is. I just know that I needed to talk this and get it off my chest. My parents knew I had anxiety, but yesterday they realized how bad it was. I have finally accepted how bad my anxiety is. I used to think that I was just weak, but it’s more complicated than that. I hope you all will accept me for who I am and be encouraged to talk about these types of things. It’s important. Thank you for letting me share my story with you. #idontmind
so, it’s been a couple of months since I posted my first #idontmind post. I thought I’d take a minute to reflect on the impact it’s had on my life.
Based on the picture, you’d think I haven’t made any progress: I am wearing makeup and put a filter on the picture, which is something I admitted that I struggled not to do in my last post. My smile doesn’t seem real since I don’t have any teeth showing. I’m not wearing my glasses and my hair is done. That’s what you may think, but I have made progress. A lot of it.
To be completely honest, I posted my last #idontmind post just to support Chris and Melissa and the amazing campaign and I added a personal note just to feel not so ‘left out’. Yes, I knew I had anxiety and OCD, but I figured I could just shrug it off like society tells me to do. But I couldn’t. Something in me just kind of clicked whenever I posted that and acknowledged the fact that I’m not entirely okay. I thought I’d just shrug it off, but I couldn’t. That was weird for me because that’s what I’ve always done when supporting a campaign. Just shrug it off. However, with this one, I just couldn’t. I started facing my OCD by admitting it. My New Year’s Resolution was not only to listen to directions better but be more open about ME. It’s January 22nd and I did falter a little bit, I’ll be honest, but I succeeded in more of a way than I’ve ever thought possible. I admitted to my friend that I had OCD, and I was extremely scared to do so. But she was supportive. And right when I did that, I felt this big weight, a weight that had been on my chest for years, become weightless. I suddenly felt a happiness and acceptance like I’ve never known possible.
So don’t let the picture fool you, I have made progress. More than anyone will ever know. I am forever proud to say #IDONTMIND
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Somehow over the past few days, @rynmik will come home and take D outside to play for some #daddydaughtertime so myself and this little nugget are able to get a few minutes of quiet, down time.
I kid you not, as soon as Dawson and Ry get out the door, this guy passes out. He knows a good nap time opportunity when he sees one! 😂😂😴😴 #carterryan#mommysontime#naptime#sleepsonmommy#idontmind
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Been reflecting a lot on the value of education through life experience. In philosophy we read a passage about how our education system prepares us to fit into a societal machine. We go to school, get a job, get married, have kids, and then we just go through the motions. For some that is all they want. For others, those big life dreams to travel or make a name for ourselves get pushed aside. It states that true intelligence is lack of fear. To have no fear is to have freedom. Freedom starts when we break past that societal barrier.
What dreams do you want to pursue? What is holding you back? .
Also, congrats to @werl.a for winning the self care giveaway. DM me to redeem💚 Next giveaway at 900 followers. Thank you for helping me get to 800. Love you all!
This campaign is so important for some people. It is great to see some actors like @melissabenoist and @christophrwood invest into that ! Well, pray for @idontmind becomes famous around the world ! Congratulations @melissabenoist and @christophrwood, it’s so great to have people like you in our earth so God bless you both ! ❤️ Your mind matters. Talk about it. #IDONTMIND
Falar sobre as diferenças é sempre um desafio, assumir os medos e limitações, pedir ajuda, mudar... olhar para o que ninguém mais vê, falar sobre o que ninguém mais fala, fazer o que ninguém mais faz ... são coisas das quais muitas vezes fugimos. Mas, são justamente essas coisas que nos fazem perceber que estamos vivos! "because, your mental health is just as important as your physical health."
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Never give up where there is love and inspiration, you can't go wrong.
If friends don't take you like you are or don't support you in every way. Then there is no place in your life for them. Use the place for people from all over the world. It's better to have internet friends who care, then real friends who let you down when you need them.
In the past few days, I noticed that you, my community around @idontmind, @shethority and @namicommunicate, are really good friends. You see, you read, you listen, you care.
And so do I. If you need someone to talk, my DM's are open. Don't be afraid, nothing, really nothing you may say, write or show is weird. Because we all suffer with something. And we all need someone to talk, for support, to get our backs.
"The first one is more from the lingering pain when someone abuses you and how it effects the way you feel inside. The next one is how inescapable and overpowering depression is."
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2nd 24hrs @waltdisneyworld great first night in Vista. Decided to bless my room-mates by making dinner for them. It seems I've been appointed the chef of the dorm... 😅 #idontmind#vistaway#disneycollegeprogram @disneycollegeprogram @disneyhousing
That evening, through the mesh in the car, I found you spilling over the desert scape, full and glorious, casting long shadows with such a delicate touch.
As the day folds it’s wings and the night takes flight, I find you there. Big and round or small as could be, always reminding me to look up and see
A sliver behind curtains,
yellow glow between dusty blinds.
A mistaken headlight In the rear view mirror, or giant orb, resting just above the branches of that tree.
There you are, holding me captive with your gaze. With your ability to make my jaw drop and anxiety fade, opening the floodgates to the wonderment, endless curiosity, and gratitude for the magnitude of you.
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“Without struggle, there is no progress.” I have this quote on my ribs, I got it when I was 18 and to this day I still have to remind myself the meaning of it. The past few months I have been physically, mentally, and emotionally drained. My health shot to the ground and so did everything else. But here I am, trying to pick myself up and fight my demons from constantly bringing me down. Having my friends to keep me busy, a job that I love, and the gym when I’m healthy enough to go; I know I can get through the struggles I’m experiencing. It’s just gonna take me a little extra time. #littlevent#sorryibecamevulnerable#idontmind#health#gym#mentalhealth#gymtherapy#gainingstrengthback
Slowly but surely making my way out of my depression, and currently sporting my @drunkelephantskincare #tlcsukaribabyfacial#glow 🌟 It’s full of glycolic, tartaric, lactic, citric, and salicylic acids, hence the redness, but it makes my skin feel and look amazing! I follow the mask with all DE products - #bhydra , #virginmarulaoil , #protini , and #lalaretrowhippedcream 🧖🏻♀️ I usually add a pump of #framboos in there, but not tonight since I used Babyfacial! It feels good getting back into my skincare routine. During my depressive episode, I didn’t do much of anything except lay in bed - I didn’t even wash my face, which is a big deal for me since I am so diligent about my skincare. It feels good to be getting back on track into my regular routine again. I started taking a new medication called Effexor a little over a week ago now. Crossing my fingers it helps! 🤞🏻 As always, thanks for letting me be open and honest here ♥️ #mentalhealth#anxiety#depression#idontmind#skincare#skincareroutine#drunkelephant#nofilter