It’s time to take your own mental health seriously

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I was 13 years old and in Universal Studios. We were on our family’s first trip to Florida and to an amusement park. My two sisters and I couldn’t wait until my parents spent the day drinking.

By nightfall on the early Spring day, I was alone amongst thousands of…

The life-changing power of choice

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“Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.” — Frank Tyger

How many times have you found yourself looking at the calendar, and you realize that none of the dates filled out with a vent or anything that you’ve chosen to do? Instead, they’re full of…

We need to change our perceptions entirely

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I remember sitting in a doctor’s office about ten years into my mom’s addiction, and the doctor turned to me and said, that your mom will die if she stays in her current state. …

20 years later and that collective spirit reminds us the importance of the little things

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“Even the smallest act of service, the simplest act of kindness, is a way to honor those we lost, a way to reclaim that spirit of unity that followed 9/11.” — President Obama

At 8:46 am on September 11, 2001, I left my house to walk to my elementary school…

How the Happiest Place on Earth is becoming quite the opposite

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“To all who come to this happy place, welcome.” — Walt Disney

Disney World is miserable, and only a select few could pay the price of admission. Your happy place is anything but that anymore, Walt.

Over the past twenty years, Disney has been slowly introducing significant changes to their…

Constant daily actions do much more than what you initially intended

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“It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives. It’s what we do consistently.”- Anthony Robbins

The importance of consistency is no secret. Odds are, you read numerous quotes and stories that all point towards constant actions resulting in the individual’s success. …

‘It’s okay to not be okay’ needs to be improved immediately

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The statement was created to normalize mental health. The idea was that it sends a message to anyone struggling that that’s okay.

I agree with the core idea of the statement. I’m afraid I have to disagree that it’s a statement that encompasses enough. …

Every once of energy can lead to the ‘ah ha’ moment they need

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Today, I picked my mom up around noon to run a couple of errands and help watch my 6-month old daughter. It was monotonous errands, and the baby was fussy from teething most of the time. Yet, we had a blast. …

How I’m using my 27th birthday to change my approach to life

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When I turned 26, I was searching for my meaning of success and what I want it to look like. …

Four simple realizations can immediately help shape the life you crave

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“If one advances confidently in the direction of one’s dreams, and endeavors to live the life which one has imagined, one will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” – Henry David Thoreau

As I stand in four inches of sewage water in my house for the sixth time…

A. T. Micalizzi

Author. Poet. Teacher. Mental Health Advocate. My life experiences shape my writing. Check out all of my work ➡

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