Happy New Years Eve and New Years Day!

Hey guys! I just want to wish you all a Happy New Year’s Eve or Happy New Year depending on what part of the world you live in. I hope everyone has a fun and safe day and that you not only celebrate the joy of 2015 but also look forward to a great year ahead! I’m not going to go into a long post filled with thank yous again, but I do want to quickly thank everyone on here that has supported me. I appreciate your kind words and your constant support. Please never doubt for a second how much your friendship means to me.

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A new year of dreams and inspiration

My good friend Kim from Peace, Love and Patchouli has shared some great advice! Please check out her blog. Thanks!

Peace, Love and Patchouli

Coming soon in a moment near you, a new year filled with the richest dreams and blessings of happiness. I hate resolutions and the idea of them so I like to think of it as dreamsolutions instead. To write out what I want and then go about making it happen. The universe has my back, I just need to let it do its job with a little creativity from my mind.

So on this New Year’s Eve, another day filled with little relevance except to know that every moment in life counts, not just today but every day, and that not just only today, but each and every one of them we are given should be a joyous celebration of all good things.

I’ve made a list, not necessarily in any order of things I have had the pleasure of learning this year, and I know this coming one will…

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The Sunshine Blogger Award

Once again I’ve been nominated for The Sunshine Blogger Award. This time I’ve been nominated by Jen over at Motivation for Today’s Reality. Jen is so kind and thoughtful. Thank you so much for the nomination!

The Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you
  2. Answer the 11 questions from your nominator
  3. Nominate 11 bloggers and give them 11 questions to answer

The Questions from Jen:

  1. What is your favorite color?
    • Blue!
  2. What is your favorite part of blogging?
    • Helping others and “meeting” them
  3. Have you set goals for 2016 and what are your top 3?
    • Yes
      •  Practice and exercise more
      • Don’t allow others to take away my happiness or knowledge that I am trying my best to get through my anxiety
      • Work harder to get through my anxiety
  4. What would be your dream career?
    • Professional fiction writer
  5. What are your 3 top (positive) traits about yourself?
    • I’m kind
    • I’m caring
    • I’m honest
  6. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
    • Italy!
  7. What language do you wish you could speak?
    • Italian maybe
  8. Do you think money equals happiness?
    • Nope
  9. Do you believe everyone has a soulmate?
    • I think so
  10. If you could be ANY type of doctor, what kind of doctor would you be?
    • Oh man, that’s hard. Maybe a therapist or heart surgeon. They’re both pretty important.
  11. What is something people don’t know about you?
    • I’m not sure if anyone knows this, but when I was younger I kind of thought it would be cool to be a fashion designer!

My nominees:

  1. Carla from The Melodramatic Confessions of Carla Louise
  2. Rae from Bookmark Chronicles
  3. The Life in an Ocean of Fear
  4. Shaun from Tales in Anxiety
  5. Emily from Anxiety in NYC
  6. Jude from Reaching for Happiness Blog
  7. Sheilagh from Bags of Nerves Lady
  8. Jade from Jade Moore
  9. Donna from A Little Bird Tweets
  10. Miriam from Out an’ About
  11. Abbi from Butterflies and Lollipops

My Questions (no need to answer if you don’t want to):

  1. What’s your favorite thing about blog awards?
  2. What is your favorite way to help people?
  3. What’s the most meaningful gift you remember ever getting?
  4. Think of all the photographs you own. What’s your favorite?
  5. If you could write a novel, what genre would it be and why?
  6. Do you plan on blogging for a long time or is it just a temporary hobby?
  7. Have you ever been to a sporting event? Can you remember which was the first you’ve ever been to?
  8. If you can remember, what’s the nicest compliment you ever got?
  9. Do you have a favorite Disney character? What is it?
  10. If you could design your own house, what would it be like?
  11. What’s your favorite motivational word and why?

Have you been nominated by me for The Sunshine Blogger Award before? Check here!


Brotherhood of Man

The Lonely Author fuses together Imagine by John Lennon with his own beautiful poem! Please check out his blog.

The Lonely Author

Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today…

……………..John Lennon

Brotherhood of Man

We witness brother killing brother
Violence against children too
Nothing more repulsive than the news
Mankind really has no clue

What are we teaching in classrooms
Tolerance is currently the plan
We should educate our children on
Acceptance of the other man

Differences can be settled differently
Violence is not the only choice
Perhaps we can rid the world of hate
If we all speak up in one voice

You can choose any God or evolution
Every hawk should be a dove
We could be a brotherhood of man
Imagine one community of love

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as on

……………………John  Lennon

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How I Wish – A Poem

This poem was inspired by Matt over at The Pebble In My Shoe. I think a lot of people who struggle with mental health issues can relate.


How I Wish

Snap my fingers
Make it disappear
How nice it would be
If I could just turn off the fear

Turn off the switch
No more stress for today
Watch as the anxiety
Just fades away

How I wish it was this easy
How I wish it would just let me be
How I wish it would just leave me alone
How I wish that I could be free

So while it may not be simple
I’ll try my best to get through
Because I know deep down in my heart
That that’s the best thing I can do


© B.G. , gettingthroughanxiety.wordpress.com, 2015.

Yes, This Is Another Thank You Post!

I know that I’ve written tons of thank you posts and that you may be tired of them, but I really want to stress how much I appreciate you guys. I’ve met so many wonderful people through blogging and I’ve witnessed so much kindness through your support, kind words, and amazing gestures. You guys have inspired me to write more and try my hardest to help both myself and others.

I’ve always enjoyed writing and while I do think I’m good at it, I think all writers sometimes doubt their talent. However, through your helpful, honest, and kind feedback, you have helped restore my faith in my writing. You have provided me with the extra boost of confidence that writers (or wanna be writers, for that matter) so often need.

Not only have you all been a huge part of my writing ventures, but you have also made me realize that I can help others through sharing my experiences. I started this blog because I thought it would help me with my anxiety and I think it has. However, I didn’t realize just how much I’d be able to help others. While I can’t be sure that I have, you guys often let me know that I’ve been helpful. It means the world to me that I can help in some small way.

I’ve made some wonderful friends through blogging. I’ve found that so many of you have similar struggles, interests, and opinions as I do. You guys have helped me realize that I’m not alone in dealing with my anxiety.

Due to the fact that the world can at times be an unsafe place, I will most likely never meet you guys in real life. However, this does not stop me from considering some of you very good friends and there are many of you that, if the world was a safer place, I would love to try and meet.

What I’m about to do is list some, not all, of the wonderful people I have met through blogging. I want all of you to realize that every single one of you that has been supportive of my journey means the world to me. I would not list names in this post, but I feel as if some of you deserve extra recognition. Again though, this does not mean that the people I don’t name mean any less to me. Please know that I genuinely mean this.

I would like to give a special shout out to the following individuals and their blogs:

Mary from Mary’s Average Adventures: Mary has been here reading my blog since the beginning. Mary, it means so much to me that you offer continuous support and are always here to listen. Thank you so much for your kindness and friendship. I can’t tell you how much it means to me that you’re always here to offer help and words of encouragement. You are so brave to have traveled like you did. Never doubt your ability to do great things!

Amber from Journey to Freedom from Anxiety: Thank you also for your kindness, support, and advice. I really feel like you’re here for me and you go out of your way to offer help. Thanks for being such a good friend!

Kim from Peace, Love and Patchouli: You are so talented, kind, and supportive. I love talking to you and working with you. Thank you so much for allowing me to collaborate on poetry with you. It’s an honor to work with someone so talented!

Carla from The Melodramatic Confessions of Carla Louise: Carla, you are so passionate and opinionated. Those are two great qualities that I admire! I keep saying this, but you are such a wonderful person and you have such a big heart. Not everyone is willing to stand up for those whom they might not even know, but you are. Also, I love our conversations and the fact that we get along so well. I really believe that you’ll be successful with whatever path you choose! Thank you for your friendship, kindness, understanding, and support!

“M” from The Seeds 4 Life: I didn’t know if you wanted me to put your full first name on here, but I’d like to thank you. Through your blog, I have been able to help myself and hopefully others while doing what I love best – writing. You have inspired me to use my talents to help others. You have been so kind and supportive and have gone out of your way to assure me that you appreciate me as a person and a writer. Thank you so much for continued support and friendship.

Sandy from Sandycademy: You are so strong! Thank you for being such a good friend and for inspiring me and all your other readers. Thanks for creating the Grains of Sand project. It’s really helpful in reminding ourselves of all the accomplishments we have made.

Becky from A (Mostly) Music Blog: Becky, you were another one of the first people that I really felt that I could connect with. We both shared the common issue of becoming anxious in class. You were and still are so supportive and kind. Thank you for all your support!

Jade from Jade Moore: Jade, while I just recently “met” you, you have been so kind and supportive. You have such a big heart. You created the project, Letters to the Mind, which is both helpful and inspirational. You are such a talented writer and you have chosen to use your talent to help others. Thank you so much for your friendship and support!

Jen from The Anxiety Chronicles: You are so helpful and inspirational. You are kind and are always putting a smile on my face. Thank you so much for your friendship!

Thank you to everyone who has read, “liked”, commented on, and followed my blog. Your kindness, support, and friendship means the world to me. NEVER DOUBT THAT!


I Just Don’t Know

Decisions, decisions, decisions.

Oftentimes, decisions are not easy to make. However, for those of us who struggle with anxiety, decisions or opportunities that seem like they should be easy to make or go for, oftentimes seem extremely hard for us. For example, take going to church. I used to go all the time when I was younger. However, I first stopped going after an incident happened. I still struggled with anxiety when the “incident” happened, but I had found a way to go to church and feel comfortable. However, the priest at the time that was there, was quite rude and after he said something to my mom and I that was less than kind, I stopped going.

By the time I started going to church again, my anxiety had become worse. This wasn’t due to the incident, however, but rather because my anxiety had just worsened over time in general. Because of this, I haven’t gone to church in a while. I think the whole thing makes me anxious for a lot of reasons. For one thing, while I hate to say this, church isn’t always the most exciting thing. I have tried to pay attention in the past so that I could keep my mind off of my anxiety and well, be a good Catholic, but it wasn’t always easy. Also, while I don’t have a huge problem with crowds in general, being anxious and being around a lot of people isn’t always easy.

Another issue I have with going to church is that if you have to leave, that’s not always easy. Even if you get an end seat, you feel like you’re causing a distraction (for the record that’s kind of what the “incident” had to do with). Lastly, while I love her, my mom isn’t very patient when it comes to my anxiety and she’s the one that would be taking me to church. If I got anxious and wanted to go home, I don’t think that would go over well.

Why am I bringing all of this up? My mom asked me today if I’d like to try to start going back to church. To be honest, a part of me wouldn’t mind trying. Not only is this because I don’t exactly hate church, but also because it would help me practice facing my anxiety. However, a part of me feels extremely anxious to try to go back to church.

My mom told me that the church now has chairs that I’d feel more comfortable sitting in, but there are still a lot of factors that cause me to worry about possibly going again. I just don’t know what to do. If anyone has any suggestions or has experienced something like this, please feel free to let me know!