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Managing Depression | My aha Moment

Managing depression can be as simple as an aha moment.

Managing Depression

I LOVE aha moments. Oprah Winfrey describes aha moments as “those moments when I sit down to talk to somebody and they say something that makes me look at life or a situation in a completely different way. And I say, ‘Aha! I get it!’ Light bulb . . . and the little hairs on your arm stand up. That is an aha moment.” After recognizing my depression, the next step was managing depression. My aha moment was a critical part of that. It helped me fully understand my depression, and what I was going through. read more

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My Story with Endometrial Ablation

Endometrial ablation, what is it, and how it saved my sanity.

Endometrial ablation

Parents tend to put themselves on the back burner once they have kids. Women are especially guilty of this, even if is at the expense of our health. We put off doctor appointments, eat unhealthy food, don’t get enough exercise, don’t get the sleep we need, and we put off to tomorrow what needs to be done today. This was certainly the case in failing to recognize my depression when my children were younger. But sometimes, putting off ourselves can have negative consequences on our physical health. read more

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Recognizing my Depression

Depression and motherhood are often talked about. But how do you know if you have it? I know my road to recognizing my depression wasn't what it normally looks like. The first step in understanding and overcoming depression is recognizing it within yourself. Signs of depression shouldn't be ignored. There is help! Click here to read my story.

This is a super fun topic: depression. I am writing this in pure hope that it helps someone else. I am not looking for sympathy or for anyone to feel bad for me. I’m not here to change people’s minds on how they feel about depression. Plain and simple, it’s my experience coming to the realization I was depressed.

The onset of my depression didn’t come where you would expect it. It didn’t come after my father-in-law died. It didn’t come after the dissolution of a 15 year-long friendship. It didn’t come after trying to conceive with no results. It didn’t come after my uncle died. It didn’t come after the birth of either of my kids. It didn’t come after my dad got a blood infection in knee and almost lost his leg. It came in November of 2011 when comedian Patrice O’Neal died. read more

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Mary Kay Clear Proof Acne System Review and Giveaway

Have you been wanting to try Mary Kay's Clear Proof Acne System? Check out this blog post for a Mary Kay Review!

I have a super exciting post for you today! On a previous Taking Care of Me Monday I discussed my skin care regime and how I was looking for a few different products to try once my current ones ran out. My amazing cousin Betsy sent me a Facebook message asking if I wanted to test out Mary Kay’s new product line: Mary Kay Clear Proof Acne System. I figured, why not? Mary Kay is a super-reputable company, and my cousin wouldn’t steer me wrong. I mean we practically grew up together.

I mean, she may be the reason I am damn near deaf, but I am sure my sister told her to do this anyway. read more

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“Taking Care of Me” Monday – Weight loss

Ugh. I was/am dreading writing this post. Sometimes taking care of yourself is not fun. It’s not Sunday night tv, a good book, or treating yourself to a new outfit. Sometimes taking care of yourself involves work, i.e. weight loss. For as many Jillian Michaels DVDs I have, you would think I would be in better shape. But for reals. Right at this very moment I weigh 150 pounds. The most I have ever weighed, non pregnant. People I knew in high school, feel free to make fun now. I expect it. Have a good laugh on me. I know I have done it. read more