The Sound of Silence

I am lucky that I can wear headphones when I’m in my office, so long as there isn’t a client visiting that day. Music and podcasts are essential to helping me get through some of the more mundane parts of my job. Yet sometimes the headphones are simply a barrier between me and the rest […]

Sometimes Being Surrounded by People is a Good Thing

I write a decent amount about my social anxiety and the troubles I have at being surrounded by people. But being surrounded by people isn’t always a bad thing. When it is the right people that are surrounding you, that can make all the difference.  A common misconception about introverts is that we hate being […]

A Day of Rest

The last few weeks have been very busy, with some distinct highs (such as my vacation) and lows (such as issues that have popped up at work), but all together it has led to me feeling very burnt out and needing a day of rest where I can completely recharge. Today being Sunday, it seems […]

I Want to Be Part of Your World

Mental illness is incredibly isolating. It makes you feel like you are the only one who is struggling, the only one who doesn’t have your shit together. It seems like everyone else is so on top of the world while you are drowning. In some ways it makes me feel like Ariel wishing I could […]

Trees & Trails to Concrete Canyons

Okay, one last vacation related post. Then I’ll stop subjecting you to tales of my wanderings.  My vacation involved a lot of camping, hiking, and enjoying nature. Now I am back in the claustrophobic rat race that is commuting in a big city. Essentially, I’ve gone from trees and trails to concrete canyons. And I […]

The Unsocial Media

As an introvert with social anxiety issues, I find social media to be a wonderful creation. When the world gets to be too much, I can stay connected while curling up and hiding from the physical world. Yet it can also be extremely dangerous because it, like mental illness, lies to you.  People don’t typically […]

The Mask, and Our Very Own Horror Show

People are hard for me. Trusting them. Interacting with them. Understanding them. And yet all these things that have so escaped me are things I have to do if I want to work, and pay the mortgage, and pay bills, and put food on the table,  and so much more. And so I put on […]