Mental Health

The Cycle of Anxiety and Depression

“Are you afraid of anxiety and depression?”

Jonny and I are sitting at our dining room table (read: our card table, decorated with a pretty white and turquoise tablecloth, located in the section of apartment designated the dining room despite its lack of room-indicating walls). We’re talking over empty plates, too full to move from the fold-able chairs to comfortable seats.

Content Warning: anxiety, depression, overcompensation

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100 Notes for 100 Followers!

Thank you, thank you, thank you! If you’re reading this, it’s because you’re probably following me somewhere — WordPress, Twitter, or Instagram — and have therefore seen this post pop up, so thank you. I have now reached 100 followers on the blog! That’s amazing! Every single one of you is incredible and precious to me.

When I first started my blog, Shaz was one of the first people I found. She was funny, honest, and welcoming — perfect for a newbie blogger. I followed her because she seemed kind and because I liked her Letters to My Readers series. (So much so that I asked for one of my own, and she wrote to me!)

To celebrate your excellence and my milestone, I would like to take Shaz’s series and do something similar: I want to hand write notes to all of you!

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Liebster Award!

Guys, I’ve been nominated for another award! I am so touched and honored. I haven’t reached two whole months of blogging just yet, but here I am with award #2! I’m feeling #blessed and full to bursting with love. 🙂 ❤ x

Thank you again to Afiyah over at WhenLifeAwakens for nominating me (2 weeks ago…), this time for the Liebster Award! Afiyah posts all about being successful: in blogging, university, traveling, and life. One of her recent post is about Canva, a hella useful tool for bloggers new to graphic design. My favorites are her #BEABOSS posts, as they’re inspirational and informative. You should all check her out! Her blog is a gem.

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Autumn Bucket List

Happy September! Autumn is basically here! To celebrate and prepare — and following my August in Retrospect post — I present… my autumn bucket list. Below are a bunch of things I want to do, try, or see before winter comes and warm colors turn to cool blues (or, more specifically, by the end of October).

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Happy Monthiversary, AQN!

I started this blog, Adventures on Quiet Nights, one month (and three days) ago! Woo! (This past weekend was a whirlwind of activity and socializing, so I hardly looked at the internet, much less sat down to write. So! Let’s celebrate now. Better late than never.)

I think we’ve come a long way. Here are my current stats:

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Months in Retrospect

August in Retrospect

Guys, August has come and gone! The end of August always feels like the end of summer to me. When I was in school, it meant there were just a few days left of summer vacation because schools in Michigan start up the Tuesday following Labor Day. But I’m a full grown adult now (how and when did that happen?) and while it still feels like the end of summer, I’m buoyed by the fact that I no longer have to deal with the education system. 🙂 (*devoutly ignores looming student loans*)

So, here is my August in Retrospect, the first in a series I plan on doing at the end of every month. I’ll focus on a few categories that have been most prominent this month, say a bit about each, and wrap it up with my favorite blogs for the past few weeks and what I’m looking forward to in September.

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Lifestyle, Mental Health

Stressed? Cry at Walmart.

Other than retrospective posts about where Jonny and I have traveled, I want to share things about my day-to-day life with you. I keep thinking about the best way to do that — where do I start? — and settling on nothing. It’s a struggle for my voice and my footing, grounding myself at a certain point and just going. So, without a well-crafted transition…

I feel like I’ve spent the past two years trying to put all of the pieces of our lives together, and that stress resulted in me having an emotional breakdown in Walmart last week.

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Mental Health

Managing Stress & Anxiety with a Task Tracker

A Facebook friend of mine posted about her new method for handling her anxiety levels, routines, and to-do lists. Through organizing my priorities and detailing my tasks, and sorting them into a simple task tracker, I hope to turn her idea into something that helps with my own anxiety (which has been at high levels for a few weeks). It’s too easy to get caught up in all of the things I didn’t accomplish in a day, and I think tracking my tasks will help me focus on the fact that I can and do get things done.

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