Let’s Catch Up+ Some Rambles

June 20, 2017 in About Me / Balance

Hi friends! Usually I post on Monday’s but I was up late Sunday because I was at a concert (which was so fun)!! So I thought I’d pop in today to ramble a bit.

-I’ve been thinking a whole bunch about my future. (while making sure to stay in the present too of course!!) I have this crazy idea of wanting to write a book. If you know me, you know I love reading and writing poetry. I’ve been doing a lot of writing, and the thought of publishing my own book someday has been on my mind. Gah that would just be so amazing for me!! Until then- just more reading and writing. 🙂


(You can find some of my writing on Tumblr, or I have been posting some on my Instagram)

-I spent Saturday at a coffee shop with my mom and it was the best thing ever. We drank all the coffee and did all the writing and reading. This lady is just amazing and I cherish days like this with her. Setting time aside for the things that make my soul flourish is one thing I always need to make sure I am doing. Because afternoons like these make me feel SO dang good.


-Sunday I went to one of the best concerts of my life!! I saw SOJA and the Dirty Heads with my bff (and roomie next year) Krista! The energy at the concert was just so good and they played all my favorite songs. Music holds a very special place in my heart. If you haven’t heard of these bands you gotta check ’em out! SOJA especially has some very powerful lyrics.



**Sometimes I think people forget that those who have fought a mental illness and are recovered still do have bad days. And I just want to reinforce that my life is not perfect by any means. Anxiety plagues me from time to time, I can’t sleep some nights, I worry, I feel inadequate and fall into the comparison trap. I am human and it is normal to feel these things. Authenticity is something I value SO much, and it would be an utter shame to post myself on the internet as being the perfect most put-together person, because I’m not.

My headspace was a bit off last week. I felt overwhelmed, anxious, and pulled in a whole lot of different directions. If you saw my post last week, you know that I have always struggled with anxiety. Sometimes with life’s stressors it gets a bit worse. I will be leaving this Sunday for a month and will be taking on the long but rewarding journey of becoming a certified yoga instructor. The thought of leaving for a month has been freaking me out a bit, but I know that this has been one of my dreams for a very long time. After reading “You Are A Badass” (this book rocks) and hearing that life is too short to put your dreams on hold, it has definitely given me a push in the right direction. I have a whole lot of dreams and goals in my head, and I want to chase them head on.

I am so grateful for the good days in my life, and when the bad one’s hit and I am feeling at a place of struggle, I really dig deep and remind myself that I am human. I am flawed. And I do not have to be ashamed of feeling anxious or feeling weak just because I run a blog and Instagram on mental health. That is why I value authenticity SO much- because by showing you all that I am not perfect, I am showing you all what it is like to live a realistic life style. You are not going to wake up everyday ready to embrace each obstacle thrown at you, you just aren’t. Somedays you’ll wake up with a heavier heart and foggier mind but that doesn’t mean you should be frustrated with yourself. It means you are human, and that little bump in the road will too pass just like the other ones have as well. 73d97d8cf75d856df0629121d12c9541-1.jpg

The moment’s we are feeling uncomfortable? Embrace them. Be fearless in what scares your mind and makes your heart beat faster. I remind myself this daily. Be present, be calm. But do not be afraid of the anxious feeling in your chest or the uncertainty that the future holds, for life is too short to be lived in fear.

All over the place post, but I think I got everything out I wanted to say.  🙂


Do you think my mom and I look alike? (lol silly question IK) 

Favorite book you’ve read lately? 

Do you enjoy writing? 

(OH- and if you want to learn more about me check out this YouTube video I posted today!!)

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  • Reply Marina June 20, 2017 at 11:51 am

    I LOVE you and your Mom so much! You totally do look alike! 😉 My most recent read was called “The Couple Next Door”…if you want a great page-turner, do itttt. Literally finished it in 3 days!! SOOOO excited for you to complete your certification babe! You’re going to be a kickass yoga intsructor. Have so much fun and I mean it…we’re going to FT!!! <3 Love you bunches!

  • Reply Stephanie June 20, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    Thanks my dear for planning that day to spend together! I am so very thankful for you as a daughter and a person! To see you and be with you brings joy and happiness ! I enjoy listening and being a part of your life, listening to all you want to do and be! I love that you are so in touch with your emotions and though they can be scary you are so honest and willing to share them with me, thank you,thank you, thank you!!! I love you to the moon and stars!

  • Reply Emily June 20, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    Hmmm… It’s hard to say. Your mom and you have totally different shaped eyes; the color of your hair looks similar. I know what you mean sister by struggling with mental health, by not having those good days. I have seen the grace of God carry you through so much Lyss; it’s amazing to me how you continuously get up and encourage and spur others on with so much joy and hope. Also, I love hanging out with my mom. I love how much your mom supports you especially on Instagram.
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  • Reply Melanie June 20, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    You and your mom do look alike! Beautiful ladies. 🙂 Right now I’m reading “Eat Pray Love” and I am really enjoying it! I love writing a lot but I definitely need to practice a bit more! It’s such a great way to release and express how I’m feeling. Girl thank you so much for your little “rant” about authenticity. I admire your honesty and openness so much. I am so excited for you to become a yoga teacher- you are going to be AMAZING! 🙂 <3

  • Reply Megan June 20, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    Something I learnt from recovery is that those old vices and habits aren’t just fixed quickly. I thought I’d give it to God one time and be good but in reality it is this continual effort to release that issue to him. Gah it would be amazing if you wrote a book! I would totally read it girl. I believe in you.
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  • Reply Julia @ Drops of Jules June 21, 2017 at 2:03 am

    We need to have a poetry writing mesh if we ever meet!!
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  • Reply Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves June 22, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    You and your mom are beautiful! And you do look a bit like her 🙂
    It is so good that you share that you still have bad days, but it is the ways in which we deal with those bad days that we can improve.
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