Dealing With Depression

I’ve been away from blogging for quite some time now.

While there’s been more than one reason for this, I realize that depression has been a large contributing factor. It’s hard to concentrate for long periods of time and the motivation to write or even read much simply hasn’t been there. I told myself I’d start writing again once I moved past this “issue”… But this heaviness persists and doesn’t go away just because you want it to. After so much progress, growth and time spent on personal development and working through “old stuff” the last 5 years, I’m surprised to find myself in this space again; particularly when one starts a blog based on the premise that it’s possible to choose contentment no matter the circumstances in life.

2018 is the final year for the “Write 31 Days Challenge”. While I’ve wanted to participate for the last several years, somehow I always found a way not to. At this point, it’s now or never. This month I will be writing on the topic of dealing with depression. I wanted to focus on a different subject, but this is the space I’m in right now. Generally, I prefer to spend a lot of time polishing a post before it’s published, so posting for 31 days straight will indeed be a challenge. (* Full disclosure: It took 4 days to write this introduction post and another two to post it!) Given the rate of production, all posts may not reflect my best work, but I think that’s ok…

I’m hoping that what I share will not only get me back in the flow of writing regularly, but also be an honest depiction of what it looks like to reconcile my questions of faith with the reality of experiencing depression. Thank you for reading. I hope you can join me!

*Please Note: This content will be moved to another blog address within the next week. As soon as the new link is available it will be posted here and you can keep up with this series at the new site.

Resetting Regret

Shoulda Coulda Wouldas about last year got ya down? Try resetting your regrets. More below…

Stumbling across the threshold of a New Year, I was in a reflective mood. The events of the last 12 months had left me thoroughly dissatisfied & discouraged. Per my usual, I’d approached the 1st month eagerly tackling a list of goals. Unfortunately, I’d hit wall after wall until the overwhelming unhappiness of my personal and professional life confronted me and said, “We ain’t goin’ nowhere”. Read more

A Mom’s View of Contentment in a Pinterest-Perfect World- Guest Post

I recently had the opportunity to connect with Gwen (aka…Momma Gwen ) through Compel Training. She’s a gifted writer with a wealth of experience and I am thrilled she has agreed to share some of her wisdom as a mother with our community! Please check it out and let her know what you think 🙂

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Moms, do you find yourself thinking that you are just not doing enough as a mother or that your life would be so much better just if you had what someone else has? Read more

What Day Stirs The Heart of a Woman More Than Any Other Day?


A holiday is approaching this month that is unrivaled in its ability to stir the heart of a woman—Mother’s Day. It’s a delicate subject. For one the day is filled with joy as they are celebrated by the fruit of their womb; for another it’s a day spent in remembrance honoring the legacy of a mother now gone; for many others it is a day when their heart aches and their strength and value as a woman is called in to question because they have no biological children of their own. Many in all three of those groups referenced wonder…. Read more

My “Year of Thanks”- Introducing the “Scoop on Scope” :) Periscope

Welcome Back!

Today, we are continuing our introduction into the various features of the ‘One Grateful Me’ community. Daily I share one thing I am grateful for via Periscope. Periscope is a live streaming app that allows broadcasters to directly interact with subscribers. Below are a few examples of ‘scopes’ from earlier this year. You can always find my most recent broadcast here. Join us!

#YearofThanks Day #34- Thankful… God has the final say

##YearofThanks Day #42- Thank God for the power to act! #stopcomplaining

Today I Am Grateful…Introducing Our Community

One Grateful Me Community

“Rejoice in the Lord always. Again, I will say rejoice!” – Philippians 4:4 NKJV

                  Scripture says to rejoice in the Lord always….the thing is in 2013 I couldn’t. Professional, financial, personal and relational challenges filled my heart with such bitterness that it was difficult to find joy in anything. Fast-forward to now (2016) – things have changed! One key to getting out of that pit was remembering what God taught me the years before…. Read more

Learning to Fly- Guest Post

The pathway towards contentment is not walked alone. We NEED Community and here at ‘One Grateful Me’ we’ve created just that- a community of women learning how to be content one day at a time. I’m often encouraged by the testimonies of others walking this path with me. Each month I’ve invited one woman to share her perspective on this journey.

I’m excited to introduce my dear friend and Author, Nicole D. Miller as the first guest writer on my blog! Let her know what you think 🙂 – Mia

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”(Phil 4:6-7)

I sat on the floor of my bedroom and read this verse over and over again… Read more

Worried About Tomorrow? 3 Alternatives

Bonus Content Today!!! This month there will be two features on ‘Barriers to Contentment’ Check out this post & let me know what you think!   

Scripture: Matthew 6:34 (MSG): “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.”

I’ve been pretty discontent for the past several months… Among the multitude of concerns pressing on my heart have been worries about my future.  Looking for greener grass I’ve sought comfort in thoughts like: “Life will be better once this situation is over ” or “I’ll be so happy when A, B or C happens”. Read more