I’m a mom to two little ones. James is 5 and Olivia is 3. I talk about them quite a bit on here.
I also talk about my husband, Jesse, who is my biggest supporter (even though you won’t see him in the comments!).
My family is extra incentive to keep working on accepting (and perhaps one day loving?) myself, so that I can show them how to love themselves, too.
Growing up “shy”
I’ve always been shy. As a teen, I used to call myself “cripplingly shy.” My dream was to become “functionally shy.”
In 2018, I was diagnosed with severe social anxiety disorder, as well as generalized anxiety disorder, perfectionism, and depression. I was 32 years old at the time, and my kids were very little. It was a hard time, but also a turning point.
This blog started as a place for me to write about my cognitive-behavioural group therapy for social anxiety.
Side note: Not everyone who is shy has social anxiety, and not everyone who has social anxiety is shy. I wrote a post on this topic here.
In 2019, I had a breakthrough in therapy (psychodynamic psychotherapy by this point).
A knot was finally loosening inside me, and I was starting to become okay with myself as a person. To berate myself a little less for my “inadequacies” as a mother. To become more self-compassionate and self-accepting.
I don’t have sunshine all day every day, but I’ve come so far since the time in my life when the skies were completely overcast.
I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about my Why.
I want to share what I have learned (and am still learning) about how to navigate life and parenting if you struggle with mental health issues and self-acceptance.
I’m not an expert. Not at parenting and not at mental health. I’m just an empathetic overthinker who likes to write candidly about this stuff.
I hope that my story can help you along your journey in some small way.
Thanks for reading!
Here are some posts I think you might like next:
- Interview with Sadie Hall about social anxiety
- 6 Ways Social Anxiety Impacts My Self-Confidence
- 14 Simple Ways To Love Your Socially Anxious Self
- 15 Things I Want You to Know About Anxiety Recovery
I’ve also got a little video (originally from my Instagram Stories) where I talk about why I talk about social anxiety 🙂