Welcome! I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for being here.
I’m a full-time television news reporter, part time blogger, and around the clock dog momma. If you know me, you know I’ve been talking about this blog for far too long. I’m so excited to finally be taking the leap.
If you quickly glance at my Instagram feed or see me on TV, it probably looks like I have it all together. Take a closer look at those captions, though, and you’ll find some raw, and at times brutal honesty. Full disclosure off the top, I certainly do NOT have it all together.
But I’ve always appeared to be one of those people who does. From a young age, I was the over-achiever, the straight-A student, the girl with a plan and the drive to make it happen.
Then I found myself in a spot where that all went away. When I was a senior in college my whole world came crashing down following a pretty terrible situation. In a matter of weeks I went from being confident and full of life to someone who was simply existing.
Panic, anxiety, and depression quickly took over and suddenly, I didn’t recognize myself. At my lowest, I didn’t really want to exist. At my lowest, I didn’t care that I got my dream job as a reporter, something I had worked my entire life for.
I missed out on what was supposed to be the best semester of college. The culmination of all the hard work. I missed out on precious time with my mom as she spent the week following graduation helping me move into my first apartment, all because I couldn’t get out of bed.
When I got to Wilmington, I started to see a therapist and little by little things got easier.
With a lot of hard work I beat depression, and was able to take myself off antidepressants. Once that fog lifted, it was still difficult to adjust to ‘adult life’. I was working two jobs and still living paycheck to paycheck, while constantly comparing myself to friends (and strangers) on Instagram.
I share this not for you to feel sorry for me, I certainly don’t feel sorry for myself. I share this for the person who may be going through something similar. For anyone who feels like they’re behind or unsure of their exact place in the world. You always have a place here.
As I write this I am able to look back on my experience with the sincerest gratitude. I wouldn’t be the person I am now without those hard times.
Today, I am healthier in mind, body, and spirit than I have been in a long time. And while I still certainly don’t have it figured out, I do know that life is the most beautiful gift, and want to live mine to the fullest.
My hope for this is to provide a small dose of reality in a world full of flawlessly curated Instagram feeds and a constant pressure to be and do more.
If you’re looking for another perfect blog, you won’t find it here. If you’re looking for honestly and realness, combined with some lifestyle tips and all the fun stuff sprinkled in, I hope to be your girl.
Cheers to the start of what I hope to be a beautiful adventure!