Category: Social Anxiety

dreaming again

Words have not come easily to me this past year. A rough copy of this post has sat open on my computer for the past few months and, after rewrite upon rewrite, I’m still not sure if I’ve… Read More

stop grieving the “only ifs”

ONE I sat nervously in a closet-sized room across from two school administrators, all too aware that the next hour would determine how I would spend my first year out of college and potentially, shape the course of… Read More

The Truth About Anxiety

I went bungee jumping despite promising my mother I wouldn’t. Although almost regularly experiencing an irrational urge to jump from high places (it’s a real thing – check out “high-place phenomenon”), bungee jumping was never on my bucket… Read More

When Sorry Isn’t Enough

Dear friend,   I’m sorry… but sorry isn’t enough. This isn’t the first time this has happened…and even though I’d like to deny it, it probably won’t be the last. I didn’t show up.

It’s Time For You To Give Up.

In a garden in Cambodia, hidden behind the leaves of overgrown trees, I spotted a small sign—a sign that I might have considered banal had it not been in “exotic” Asia. The following words, written with a black… Read More

It’s Not About You

I sat on a small, wet, creaky swing, looking into the abyss. Okay, maybe not the abyss, but a dark black hole…the hole of a camera lens, that is. I couldn’t believe I was actually doing it—I was… Read More

A Love Letter from Me to You: 5 Reasons Why You Should Share Your Story

Despite suffering from social anxiety and Selective Mutism the majority of my life, I appeared much the typical child to everyone except my family, coaches, and teachers, who saw my struggle firsthand. Ashamed of my friendless existence and… Read More

when only fear remains

I’ve heard it said that the way you welcome the New Year sets the tone for the next 365 days. I welcomed in 2016 asleep in a pool of sweat, while a growing crowd of people clamored outside… Read More

Goodbye Darkness, My Old Friend (and why you, Dear Reader, should stay)

To those who feel unseen and unheard…to those who talk without speaking…to those who feel as if their presence is inconsequential:    Don’t believe the lies you have been told. Believe Truth. Believe this: each of us was… Read More

Why THIS Isn’t the End of the Story

Two years ago, I was in desperate need of saving. With an intense distrust of people and a mind overflowing with unanswered questions, I was about to graduate from college. Life as I knew it would soon be… Read More