Life is messy, beautiful, amazing, and hard!

A woman smiles while surrounded by her three sons hugging and playing with her.

Life is messy, beautiful, amazing, and hard! Trying to do it all takes a toll on your mental health. Parenting, keeping the mental calendar for a family of 5, working multiple jobs, serving on the parent board at their schools, managing kids involved in multiple activities and also trying to find the time to take them on adventures is hard. That’s why I’m so passionate about sharing all sides of life. It’s not supposed to be perfect all the time and it’s normal to have issues, and bad days, and things just not going our way!

It feels good to talk about whether it’s with a friend, a spouse or a medical professional! Get someone in your corner even when you don’t think you need it. It can sometimes be difficult to know if the care you need is covered by your insurance, especially when you need support the most. Let’s make sure insurance companies cover the mental health services they are supposed to provide to their insured.I would spend time on social media seeing these perfect families, how everyone had their lives together and everything was perfectly in order and that just wasn’t the case for me. I felt like I was failing and I felt like I was doing life wrong. We have the need to try so hard to make sure our life is “picture perfect” but why? We need to be more aware of each other and make it known when something is going on. And we can’t do this without equal access to mental health care.

If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988. Crisis Text Line also provides free, 24/7, confidential support via text message to people in crisis when they text HOME to 741741.