Life in Mason’s Jar – Chapter 13

Perseverance Perseverance is defined as the continued effort to do something, despite the difficulties, failure, or opposition. I witnessed some really surprising perseverance from Mason this past weekend. Mason started hockey this weekend. Being 3, the first lesson for him is learning to stand up on skates. He started out well on day 1. He…

The Other Side of Fear

Sometimes when we talk about fear or being afraid, we forget that anxiousness and worry are also encompassed under that umbrella of Fear.  Under normal circumstances, the times we experience fear are completely healthy.  Being afraid assists in keeping us from potentially dangerous situations or at least causes us to act more cautiously in a…

Life in Mason’s Jar – Chapter 12

Loving Like a Child I remember reading an article before Mason was even born that talked about some typical differences in the way toddler boys and girls love their parents.  I’m not going to go into any of the details of the article, other than the fact that it described a boy’s love to be…

Anxiety While Driving

Originally posted on The Bipolar Writer Mental Health Blog:
This morning I had my first panic attack in my car in almost six months. If you have been following the recent string of blog posts, you know that I am struggling with cycling mania and depression, and now social anxiety all at once. Today I…

Discovering the Key

In the 12 years that I’ve struggled with anxiety, my end goal was always the same for the majority of that time: to cure myself of anxiety.  It took a few years to understand the fact that a cure was not the proper goal.  Anyone reading this post that has or continues to have struggles…

Taking Back Control

I had always imagined that the solution for my anxiety would be big news.  Some mind-blowing realization that completely changed my life.  While the growing realization that I am finally feeling control of anxiety in my life is definitely mind-blowing, the solution was really quite simpler.  I’ve been taking the advice and incorporating it into…