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Thank you for taking the time to visit our blog today! If this is your first time here, I especially want to say welcome. I hope you will find help here, as well as affirmation, and encouragement. Before you start reading all of my blog posts, I wanted to take some time to tell you about myself, and, most importantly, this blog and to answer some common questions I’ve been asked.

1. Who Are You?

My name is Jennifer and I am a mother of four beautiful little girls. To know more about me, and my family, check out our About Us Page.

2. Why Did You Start This Blog?

I have considered becoming a blogger for several years off and on, but never really took any action. While my ambition said, “Do it!” My depression said, “No one will ever read it.” Still, even without blogging, writing was always a part of my life, especially during some of the darker times.

When my husband, a beloved “man of God” (pastor of a church), and father of my children, came home one day to tell me that he was never truly a Christian and that he wanted a divorce, it was the darkest time I had ever experienced.

I started writing almost daily, and suddenly it hit me that I needed to start blogging. I didn’t anticipate anyone would be interested, but I thought, “Why not?” I figured I was venturing out into a new world as it was and therefore I might as well follow my almost decade long dream.

Research began in earnest, almost to the point of driving myself crazy. But it was good as it gave me a break from the emotional turmoil I felt. As our marriage healed, my mind healed, and I began to finally see a light at the end of the tunnel, I finally purchased my domain from Bluehost.com and started writing.

3. What Does The Name Mean?

Reclaiming The Smile came about because of the nickname of a family friend, Jack. He always referred to me as “Smiley” because it was true. Despite struggling with mental health, I always had a smile on my face. As I matured into an adult, however, I lost the will to fight and that smile disappeared more and more each passing year.

I originally chose the name, Reclaiming My Smile, because that was my ultimate goal. However, then I realized that it wasn’t good enough. I don’t just want to reclaim my own joy. I want to encourage you to reclaim your own as well. Thus, Reclaiming The Smile was born.

4. What Posts Should I Read First?

I am so glad you asked!

I would start with the linked pages above and then decide what you’re interested in.

If You Struggle With Poor Mental Health

My biggest recommendation is the mini-series that I did about mental health cycles┬ástarting with the first one, Physical and Mental Health. You see, at least in my own life, I tend to get stuck in a cycle where I do (or don’t do) something because of depression but then I can’t pull myself out of depression’s clutches because I have done (or haven’t been doing) that thing.

After starting this blog I’ve heard from more and more people who relate to this and tell me that it truly helped them to understand themselves better. And remember, understanding is great. But what you do with the information is what truly matters.

If You Want To Know More About Me or My Family

The My Journey category is full of my personal experiences, while the My Family one has stories about the kids, adventures, dating, and more.

I would personally recommend you check out the post explaining how anxiety and depression affect me and the letter I wrote to my family and friends.

If You Love Someone With Anxiety and Depression

In addition to the letter to my friends and family I would strongly recommend you read up on this article about the spoon theory. It can completely open your mind to some of the reasons your loved one may make the decisions that they make or the cause behind their frustrations.

After that, check out this one detailing things you should say to your loved one to help them instead of enabling them.

If you are a church goer, I must also recommend this post.

Thanks Again!

Thanks again for visiting my blog today. Please make sure to subscribe via the box to the right to get occasional updates and information about my journey to reclaim the smile. Make sure to contact me if you have any questions or just want to chat.

 

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