The Power of Words and Kristen Bell

Buckle up, kids. It’s story time. This morning my mom and I went to Walgreen’s. I have strep throat and wanted a Gatorade and some popsicles, so we stopped in for a second. When we were leaving and approaching the exit of the parking lot, we stopped short because a woman in a Subaru came barreling in like she was the only person in the whole universe. She swung out wide and used the entire space to enter the lot. So we stopped in order to avoid being hit. She saw us looking at her, so she rolled down her…

5 Lessons I’ve Learned From Spending Time With My Grandparents With Alzheimer’s

By Jessica Mixner I’m sure most of you reading this know, but for those of you who don’t, Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease that destroys mental functions; most notably, memory. Unfortunately, my family has been affected by this disease several times. While it is devastating to watch your loved ones slowly deteriorate, I have learned very valuable lessons from it that have forever changed the way I live my life.  1. If you want something, or want to do something, don’t think about it, just do it. Maybe that is a tad impulsive, but life is too short, and I…

This Is How My Anxiety Medication Changed Everything

This post was originally published on Thought Catalog. When I started taking medication for Generalized Anxiety Disorder last December, I was terrified about what it would do to me. I was afraid of becoming numb. The only thing worse than being anxious all the time, I thought, was not feeling anything at all. My doctor, who gave me the meds, my mom, who is on similar meds, and my friends, who aren’t on the meds but were supportive of me trying them, all warned me not to read the side effects too closely. When I picked up my first prescription…

5 Podcasts That Changed the Way My Brain Works

Fun fact about me: I listen to a lot of podcasts. And I’m ashamed to say that I never took advantage of the pure gold mine that is the Apple Podcasts app up until a few years ago. Most of the people close to me don’t know that I spend many of my lunch hours, rain or shine, sitting in my car in a parking lot down the street from work listening to something. And, for the record, the rainy days are my favorite. Just sayin’. Why am I sitting alone in a car instead of mingling with friends at…

What Being an Only Child Taught Me About My Parents

Growing up, I reveled in the fact that I didn’t have siblings to share things with or parents whose attention I had to compete for. As a kid, I played every sport I wanted and maybe got too many Christmas presents – but my parents only had one kid and they wanted me to have every experience. I knew that not every kid had the same kind of life, but for me, it was fine as long as I wasn’t an asshole. Until I graduated from college, this was something I took for granted.  I don’t consider myself to be…

The People Like Us

It was February when our longstanding foursome was cut down to three. Since that day, we had settled into our new roles as a mundane trio: J, the leader, E, the sister, and me. After all was said and done, I was no longer sure of my title. A, the exiled one, hadn’t shown her face since the night she broke our collective heart. Standing in her living room, she decided that a man she had known for less than a year was the sun to her stars and the gravitational pull to her earth. When E, her sister, confronted…