Hanging On

With the recent suicide of Linkin Park’s frontman, Chester Bennington, I can’t help but wonder how someone could become so driven to dispair that they thought death was better than life.  (In case you don’t know, Linkin Park is a band that has been popular for years in the pop-culture music industry.) The reason why […]

Refueling for What’s Next

We all have good and bad days and sometimes, we even have good and bad within one day.  The latter is exactly how I would define my last few weeks. Of course, sitting on a Caribbean beach for eight days will do a body good and can certainly constitute as a good (actually awesome) day.  […]

Choose Joy

As the days have gone on and I’ve become less anxious about having another panic attack, I’ve been trying to discern what I should change and what I can do to better prepare myself for the next time I’m faced with a fearful situation. I am definitely beginning to think that this panic disorder is […]

The Blessing in the Fear

In case you were wondering why I didn’t post a GEM this past Tuesday – I could not find the wherewithal to put two words together because I was paralyzed by an unfounded fear due to a horrific panic attack I experienced on Sunday night and am still dealing with today. As most of you […]

The Sky Is Falling…OH NO!!!

Every time I share my struggle with panic, I am amazed at the outpouring of support, encouragement and similar circumstances.  It always saddens me to see how many people in the world deal with this very prevalent issue. I know, I know…it stinks that misery loves company, but it’s sure nice not to be alone! […]


Summertime is fun.  It’s full of awesome outdoor activities, great sun tans, less make-up, less clothes, later bedtimes, sleeping in and a little bit of lazy!  What’s not to like? For me…it’s always been just a bit stressful. Of course, kids add a new dimension with activities and entertainment, but they also get bored easily […]

Struggling in the Stillness

Sunday was an amazing day! Even though the day didn’t start as I had planned because I slept through the alarm and never made it to church, it ended up being filled with fun, sun and friends. No complaints here and I am thankful to have been blessed in spite of my mistake!!! As I […]

Making Plans

Summer is swiftly approaching.  Well, it’s more like looming over my head with a cloud of question marks!!  Of course, there are many things I’d like to accomplish and lots of fun to be had, but planning and priorities seem a little daunting at the moment. Instead of looking forward to a time with my […]


Fall weather, family, friends, football and cozy evenings in front of the fireplace – what more could a girl ask for?  All of these are wrapped up in the Thanksgiving weekend for my family.  It is the one time of the year when everyone gathers together to romp and rip through my parent’s house.  We […]