As I mentioned in Monday’s post, I recently completed my time as a practicum student at Murray State University. This represented my first, real, hands-on experience as a counselor since I came back to school to obtain my master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling. It was daunting and downright scary at times, and I… Read More


It’s very interesting to me that as long as I’ve written this blog, I can’t ever recall touching on the topic of shame. I say that because shame has been a driving force in my life for as long as I can recall. If I remember correctly, I once heard the difference between guilt and… Read More


Why can a laptop not just come ready to use straight out of the box? For the past two evenings, I have been attempting to get my new ASUS laptop up to speed enough to where I can finally begin using it. I’m happy to report I’m typing this blog on it right now, but,… Read More


I don’t enjoy not doing anything. If I am not doing something I feel is productive, I get very anxious and begin to criticize myself for not knowing what to do. It’s as if I have to be accomplishing something all the time or I’m not happy.… Read More


I had a pretty good day today. Went to church, took three of my kids to the mall, got some Starbucks coffee, and even scored a pretty sweet deal on some Disney Infinity stuff. And now I’m sitting here doing one of my favorite things in life, which is writing not for a paycheck or… Read More


One week ago today, almost at the very hour I am writing this, I was ready to cash in my chips. I could not find the good in anything. Everything seemed pointless. I felt like a burden to everyone around me. I had no hope of ever feeling any better. I was done.… Read More


I think people worry about me a lot. I can’t say I blame them. Heck, I worry about me a lot. I believe the level of worry concerning me rose, however, when I started being more open about my struggles with depression. Again, this is totally understandable. There is no way to sugarcoat a condition… Read More


Although I don’t remember a great deal about it as a whole, there is a scene in the 2000 motion picture The Perfect Storm that has always stuck in my mind. It happens near the end of the film, once the fishing boat Andrea Gail has sunk to the bottom of the sea. George Clooney… Read More


Many months ago, I reconnected on Facebook with a friend I had not seen since I was in elementary school. To be honest, I was surprised she even remembered me, considering people I met last week seem to have a tendency to forget who I am the next time I see them. I try to… Read More