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    Mental Health,  Self Care

    Self Care After Elections // Tips and Resources

    Have you thought about how to practice self care after elections? I’ve seen a few posts about dealing with stress before election day, but waking up this morning, I realized that I needed to prioritize rest and mindfulness after an election. Whether or not your desired candidate wins, there is still a LOT to process after an election. Many people’s roles change and some stay the same. Even if your chosen candidates are elected, its possible to feel grief with ANY change—not just the changes you don’t want. For this reason, I pulled together a few resources that might be helpful after election day… Affordable Counseling Options As a reminder,…

  • Mental Health,  Self Care

    How to Get Free Counseling // Free or Affordable Therapy

    I’m a firm believer that everyone should try therapy at some point. But the cost of therapy prohibits some people who need it from trying it out. I did some research and developed a list of free or super affordable options. Here’s how to get free counseling, including both free or affordable options. Benefits of Counseling Before I jump into free counseling options, I also want to talk about the benefits of therapy in general. Like I mentioned—I firmly believe that everyone should try therapy. I’ve been to therapy during several phases of my life, but the longest and most impactful phase was when I was in my twenties. I…

  • Confidence,  Mental Health,  Self Love,  Spiritual,  Videos

    Building Self Esteem, Confidence and Honoring Intuition // Live Event Recap

    I was invited to speak live in  a Facebook group, where I covered Building Self Esteem, Confidence and Honoring Intuition through sharing the most transitional 7 years of my life.     I discussed how to make difficult changes, accepting transformation and how to utilize and practice self care and I broke it down into three phases… Phase 1: Building Self Esteem Phase 2: Building Confidence Phase 3: Honoring Intuition A lot of what I shared in this event are things I’ve shared in the past through various articles, so below, I’m going include 1) references to the full story whenever possible and 2) any resources that viewers may find…

  • Featured,  Health,  Mental Health,  Self Care

    BetterHelp Online Therapy Review // I Tried Online Counseling

    For years, I went to therapy every week and I gained so much from it—but I never thought I’d try online therapy until recently. I decided to give BetterHelp Online Therapy a try and review it and…I have a lot to say after my own experience and reading Betterhelp reviews. If you’ve ever been interested in online therapy, I’d recommend trying BetterHelp due to their low cost and low commitment. (Disclaimer: I get a referral fee if you use my link). Get the full scoop in the video! Note: I am an affiliate of BetterHelp. After trying it out and reading other people’s BetterHelp reviews, I thought this was something that…

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    Mental Health

    Three Benefits of Self Esteem During Social Interactions

    Having self esteem definitely has advantages when interacting with people. Below, I’ve outlined 3 benefits of self esteem during social interactions. That said…what if you don’t have a high self esteem? I know this is a struggle for many people, including myself. That’s why below, I’ve also outlined some of the techniques I use to improve my confidence. Hope it helps! First: You Can Be Yourself One of the benefits of self esteem is that if you have self esteem and some level of confidence, it makes it easier to be yourself. Generally speaking, I think people can sense authenticity. If you feel comfortable being yourself, you’re more likely to…

  • unexpected death - dealing with grief and losing my dad - alison reeves
    Grief,  Mental Health,  Self Care

    How to Deal with Death – The Story of Losing My Dad

    My dad passed away unexpectedly a few years ago, and this year it hit me hard. I’ve been learning how to deal with death, and wanted to share my experience. I know this topic isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but part of making videos consistently every single week is that…sometimes I have to make them about what is going on in my head. I didn’t make videos for over 2 years because so much had happened and I didn’t know how to write about it or white to say. This blog and YouTube channel is an outlet for me—so thanks for letting me share. When my dad passed away, I…

  • Mental Health,  Videos

    Why I started Drinking Again // Getting Honest…

    Hey guys! I want to share with you all why I started drinking again, since a lot of my posts in the past talked about why I don’t drink, and gave tips on how not to drink. After watching the series collaboration between Bunny Meyers (Grav3yardGirl) and Shane Dawson, I felt like I wanted to start making videos again. But first…I need to come clean. A lot of my videos in the past talked about why I stopped drinking and didn’t drink for 4 or 5 years. Welp, I started drinking again a couple years ago and now I feel I should let you know why I started drinking again.…

  • How to,  Mental Health,  Spiritual

    Listening To Your Gut

    By: Melanie Masterson As my job search continues, I face many options for making money and sometimes I just have to listen to my gut. Some jobs may be right for some people, but not right for me. We are each blessed with specific talents through our life experiences and sometimes we need to search to find the job that fits our particular personality. I have been waiting to hear back from an interview a couple weeks ago and in the mean time I was approached with a business opportunity due to a resume I posted on Craigslist. A women named Sierra called me and asked if I would like…

  • Grief,  Intentional Living,  Mental Health

    My Experience On The Other Side and Why #MarriageEquality Made Me Cry

      I am taking some new risks by writing this. No offense intended to anyone who has played a part in my life- just stating the facts as they happened. This post is about why #standbywendy and #marriageequality made me cry. Check out the links on the hashtags for more about what happened today. A few weeks ago, I had dinner with a gay friend I’d just met. He is involved in sex education and promoting equal rights through a non profit organization (more on that in another post). He shared a story with me regarding an opportunity he had to share some information with a young gay teen. The teen…

  • Mental Health,  Relationships,  Self Love

    4 Signs to Spot Emotional Abuse

    Thankfully, I never experienced physical abuse in any relationship; but I did experience emotional abuse and in this post, want to share 4 signs to spot emotional abuse. Many years ago before I met my now husband, I entered a relationship that looked great “on paper”. At the time, I was a Christian wanting to date a fellow Christian leader (I’m much more moderate now!). I met this guy in 12-step recovery during the 4 years I avoided alcohol. He was handsome, polite and incredibly charming. I remember one night leaving a 12-step meeting, he was leaving in his car. He drove by, rolled down his window, and told me…