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Independent Woman

How I Stopped Letting Anxiety Keep Me Up At Night

“Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. “ Understanding my own mental health has become almost an obsession of mine. Especially since I realized that understanding it enabled me to have more of a choice in how I approach and react to life. It is something I am very passionate about sharing with people! So today,…


Why Is It So Hard To Take Our Own Advice?

Location: Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa At Montelucia It’s no secret that I love giving advice (Hence, the creation of Life Off The Reel). I get a thrill out of successfully overcoming emotional hurdles and sharing how I did it. I love listening to other people’s problems, talking through them and helping them figure out how to overcome them. I’m not sure why, maybe I should have been a psychologist? Maybe I’ll end up being some sort of coach some…

Settle In

You Can Settle In Without Settling

You know that feeling that pit in your stomach feeling, when you look around and your life doesn’t look the way you want it to. You want more, you know you’re capable of more, you deserve better, but you look around and life just isn’t what you want it to be. You refuse to settle for this life. You’re so determined to get to where you want to go, that where you’re at almost drains you. You can’t enjoy the…

Dear Dad

Dear Dad, Thank You

It is funny when you grow up a bit and start to notice all the ways your parents shaped you. I got really lucky, not the kind of lucky where everything was perfect and dandy. The kind of lucky where the really hard shit in life, ended up being the greatest blessing in the world. Well, today is the day we celebrate the birthday of the greatest blessing of my entire life - my dad. Dear Dad, My first job…

Dream Big

You Don’t Have To Dream Big To Be Happy

I just need to get something off my chest, it weighs on me a bit. I hate the thought of someone watching me say things like “chase your dreams,” “take risks,” or use hashtags like #dreambig and feel like if they have no desire to do those things there is something wrong with that. To be clear, those are things that make ME happy; thinking big, having something seemingly unattainable to work towards, taking risks and putting my creative work…

This Is 25

You know that cheesy new years quote "2015 was warm up, 2016 was practice, 2017 is game time" or whatever the quote is? That is kind of what it feels like turning 25, it feels like it is finally game time. And not like the get myself pumped up, read a bunch of motivational quotes and try to naively convince myself that I've done enough practice that I'm ready for the olympics when I've never even played on a legit…


Dear Anxiety, Chill The Eff Out

Dear Anxiety, We need to talk, again. We’ve had this conversation before; you need to chill the eff out. I’m writing you this letter to remind myself that you are not a part of me, you are simply a confused, weak and insecure voice inside my head, and I am the observer of your insanity. I am the quiet, confident, calmness that exists when I remember that all those anxious thoughts are not me. While you are rambling on and…