• the importance of taking time for yourself
    I write. It’s my “thing.” A little more than a hobby, closer to an obsession. I write, in one form or another, everyday. That said, there are different levels of effort, different audiences I address, and different goals I have for my writing. When I work on a blog post, I have a totally different … Read more
  • how i talk to myself when i’m anxious
    As someone who suffers deeply from anxiety and super intense panic attacks–suffers as you would from an affliction, not an attitude–it affects my life in a variety of very damaging ways, and often leaves me feeling as if I'm totally dysfunctional, which in turn causes more anxiety. A lot of the coping mechanisms in my … Read more
  • how to transform fear
    I'm afraid of a lot of things. Aren't you? I have so many fears, I can categorize them. My least favorites? The ones that have to do with my self worth. Being afraid of my physical health failing in some horrible way will keep me up at night, but I usually fall asleep sooner or … Read more
  • how to improve your writing in 5 steps
    Integrate: I don’t like to “steal.” It’s not my favorite way of saying what I’m about to say. Why? Because plagiarists steal. Artistic theft is wrong. What I mean when I say to integrate is to take a technical aspect of someone’s writing and incorporate it into your own stylized content. Appreciate your influences, and … Read more
  • practice does not mean failure
    Before I say anything else, may I just interject? Ouch. Seriously, though. Ouch. My pride. My head. My lungs. My throat. In that order, I reckon. Just what'd I do this time? I tried to quit smoking cold turkey. Big whoop. All it takes to ease that particular anxiety and solvet that problem is a … Read more
  • why i want to quit smoking
    I could have titled this, “why i need to quit smoking,” but I didn’t. Why? Simple answer to this one. I’ve known smokers who had emphysema. They’ve come into my work and I’ve sold them cigarettes. No, it wasn’t great for my soul, but when you work at a gas station you don’t really have … Read more
  • working on my morning routine
    It's super difficult for me to wake up in the morning for a couple of reasons (I'm sleepy, for one, and I'm stressed, for another, and when I'm not stressed I'm usually anxious), but once I'm up, it's time to work on my morning routine. Wait. Stop. Why? I'm at a point in my life … Read more
  • how i started smoking
    not an uncommon story I have something to confess: I poison myself on the regular, and most people are really cool with it. Isn’t that strange? Lemme explain. I picked up a cigarette at the tender age of fifteen, and just about never looked back. I’d been severely depressed for four years by then, and … Read more
  • how i deal with my anxious mornings
    the coffee's kinda cold n old today The above picture is provided courtesy of Mighty Mouse, who fricken loves his selfies. Okay, I'm lyin. I took the picture of the cat. Unfortunately, we just don't live in a world where we have cats capable of operating cameras, which I really don't think is a cat … Read more
  • what it’s all about
    woof. the coffee's good today. Blah blah fricken blah. (^How I express myself articulately.) Allow me to introduce myself. My name's Audrey, and I'm a little hungover this morning (it's 1:35pm). I woke up today feeling like I'd been runover by a truck (not an infrequent feeling when I wake up dehydrated), and ended up … Read more

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