Our Top 15 Posts!

The following are the top 15 most popular posts published here on Defying Shadows. Let’s recap shall we?

15. fineI’m Fine!

We’ve all seen the meme’s on Facebook and Pinterest, the ones that say that if a Woman says she’s fine, she is anything but that. Sometimes this is true, and sometimes it is not, but that’s another conversation for another time. Today I am going to share what it means to be FINE.

 success14. What is Success?

I remember back at the end of high school, I told someone I wanted to be a motivational speaker. I wanted to share my story and encourage others who were struggling with depression, anxiety, and self-harm. What that person said to me was meant with the most love possible, but crushed my only dream at the time…

15698-Be-Happy13. 7 Ways to Increase Happiness

What if I told you there were seven activities you could add to your daily routine to lead you towards a healthier, and happier life? Would you try it if it meant only spending a couple of minutes each day and making very minor changes to your routine? I dare you to try it for one week and let me know how you feel at the end. Here is the list of 7 Steps to Increase Happiness…

coping_with_relapse12. Relapse – It’s Okay!

So you had a bad day… You tried so hard to be strong… But then you couldn’t hold off anymore. You relapsed. Now you feel bad. Your going to beat yourself up for days and be ashamed of what you have done. STOP!…

11.  The Silver Linings Playbook

silver_linings_playbook-t2Today’s Media Monday is on The Silver Linings Playbook starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper. The story begins as Pat Solatano (Bradley Cooper) is discharged from a mental health institution…

Are you normal.10. Does this make me weird?

I have written and rewritten my story so many times, and it has been a struggle to find the right words, and decide which parts needed to be taken out, which needed to be shortened, and which needed to be expanded. I have finally decided that instead of sharing it all at once…

smile.sflb9. Smile!

You’re always smiling, you don’t have any stress in your life.” My teacher told me this at the beginning of my second semester of college. I tried not to laugh because, well… College and stress go hand in hand. What that teacher did not know, was that I have an anxiety disorder…

IMG_0004 (3)8. The Birds and The Bees

I wanted to share with you all a piece that I wrote back in 2012. It was a defining moment in my life, one that helped change my whole path and potentially my future. “God, I don’t understand… I can’t make sense of all this. Why is this happening to me? Why now?” The hurt and angry tears streamed down my face as I leaned against the porch railing, my legs tucked…

you-are-not-alone7. I feel your pain!

Last week’s Flashback Friday brought us back to a summer night back in 2009, where I went with my youth group to a camp’s worship night nearby. Today we will pick up where we left off. While at the worship service, there was a girl there; one none of us knew. She announced that night to her youth group that she was planning to commit suicide that night…

baby-steps-big-dreams6. Baby Steps

On the days that it is so hard to wake up, even harder to get out of bed… The days where all you want to do is pull the covers back over your head. Those are the days where you need to get up. The days you need to go for a walk. Find yourself a job, a task, an activity – no matter how small…

numb5. I don’t feel… Anything.

For today’s Flashback Friday I am going to take us back to a summer evening back in 2009. I was going with my youth group to a camp an hour away for the night; We made a pit stop at a McDonald’s around suppertime, and amidst the commotion and chaos of getting out of the cars, my hand somehow got caught in one of the doors! I screamed for someone to open the door again… to let me out… but it wasn’t until I realized that…

OF-TWO-MINDS-poster-300x4414. Of Two Minds

I recently watched a documentary on bipolar disorder, called Of Two Minds. I found it very interesting and really helped me understand Bipolar Disorder better. (Note: There was a bit of swearing at times, and is not meant for younger audiences)…

Giving-Up-On-Life-Quotes3. I Quit! [Why giving up is not the answer]

Are you having a bad day? Have you hit your limit? Are you ready to throw the towel in and just give up? Take your hand and place it over your heart. Feel that? That’s your purpose; you woke up breathing this morning for a reason. Do Not Give Up.

main page2. Defying Shadows

When I was a teenager, I was obsessed with shadows because I felt like I was always hiding within them. I felt like the darkness followed me everywhere and I could not escape them. Eventually I got comfortable within them and truly believed my life would never get better. It took me a long time to defy the lies the darkness fed me…

enhanced-buzz-24491-1377192442-101. 16 Comics that explain Depression

Thanks to BuzzFeed for posting a similar article a few weeks ago. The above cartoons were borrowed from this article.

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