A Blessing for These Strange and Fearful Times

Hello, Beloved. We wanted to check in with you. How are you doing? Are you worried? Perplexed? Frozen because of fear? Crippled because of anxiety? Confused how to feel? Numb? Vulnerable? We know, these are strange and wild times. So many questions and not enough answers. As the world seemingly swells with fear, remember this—Love […]

When You’re Resistant To Change

I don’t have a particularly good track record when it comes to change. I don’t like it. I always assume it’s going to end badly and, because of that, I tend to stay in situations longer than I should. The familiar unpleasant is less terrifying to me than the unknown. When it comes to thinking […]

Sisters in Mental Illness: Healing Trauma Through Self Love

“Radical self love and radical self compassion is really one of the key ways to heal yourself from trauma. You have to release yourself. You have to choose yourself.” —Grace Sandra. This month, Shaley sits down with award-winning blogger and author Grace Sandra. Grace has experienced postpartum depression, divorce and remarriage, childhood abuse, rape, miscarriages, […]

Is This Renovation? Beatitudes and New Diagnoses

In January, I went to my gynecologist mildly concerned about some itchiness and pain in my nether regions. I expected a simple diagnosis—some kind of weird bacterial infection or an allergic reaction. Instead, I learned that I have a chronic condition called lichen sclerosus (LS), which is believed to be an auto-immune disorder. Basically, my […]

Sisters in Mental Illness: Shaley Hoogendoorn Talks to Jessica Birak of Mint & Birch

[ Trigger Warning: Mention of abuse, as well as an eating disorder.] This month, Shaley Hoogendoorn talks to Jessica Birak, founder of the jewelry company Mint & Birch, who is also a vulnerable and honest advocate for mental health. They talk about topics related to anxiety, depression, postpartum, hypochondria, eating disorders and healing from childhood […]