So it’s been a few weeks since I blogged because, let’s face it, things have been super busy around here. Fundraisers, mental health first aid classes, TV and radio interviews, more podcasts and who knows what else. Oh, plus life. Yes, all good things. But today I had to stop mid-cooking-Friday-night-dinner to talk about WEIGHT […]Read More Pick 1: Fat or Depressed
Two words. SOLD – OUT! Never in my wildest dreams would I have ever thought that our very first fundraising event for Where is the Sunshine? would be a sold-out success. Our stars delivered! The audience was moved to laughter and tears. It was an incredible night!Read More We Came. We Saw. We KICKED ASS!
Instagram has played an important role in my mental health recovery and advocacy as it is where I started my organization “Where is the Sunshine?” My advocacy grew out of an account that I created to spread positive mental health awareness to myself and others while I was struggling with depression and anxiety. Suffice to […]Read More Instalove
In a little over 24 hours, our cast will be getting their BRAVE on! THIS IS MY BRAVE has been an incredible journey for me and our cast. It has taken us out of our everyday comfort zones and soon will be putting all of us in front of an audience to share our stories […]Read More 24 Hours ‘Til Brave
Jacksonville, FL, is ready and excited for its voices to be heard as Where is the Sunshine?presents This is My Brave on Saturday, May 20, 2017, at 7:30pm at the historic Friday Musicale. As the Founder and President of Where is the Sunshine?, I knew as soon as I read about the show in […]Read More Jacksonville presents THIS IS MY BRAVE
I thought a lot about this post, mostly because of it’s subject. Aaron Hernandez is a convicted felon. He was a first class thug who threw away a chance that so many young males only dream about. A $40 million contract. A spot on a team that won 2 Super Bowls and visited with the President on […]Read More Aaron Hernandez’ Death Isn’t a Punchline
*Note: This is pretty spoiler-ish. The show deals with triggers such as rape, bullying and suicide. And this blog may sound all over the place because that’s how I feel about this show. Teenage angst. I just love it. And I love shows and movies full of it despite my not having been a teenager for decades […]Read More Why 13 Reasons Why
Do your friends look like this? (please say no, please say no, seriously, please say no!) Good, because mine don’t either. Actually, I have no idea how to describe, categorize or even explain my friends or my friendships because I’m at a point where I’m not sure who my actual friends are. I at least […]Read More Transactional Friendships
I had hoped to return from vacation to share some fun and inspiration about the importance of relaxation and bonding with loved ones, and I will, however, I sit here at 1:00am unable to sleep thinking about her; Amy Bleuel. Our mental health community suffered a devastating loss this week upon receiving the news that […]Read More Chasing Amy
Imagine driving home from a fabulous party, falling asleep on the road and crashing head on into a wall. That’s Depression 2.0: The Reboot. And it’s way worse than Depression: Episode I: A No Hope. No one is ever immune to a relapse of depression, even those who preach mental health left and right like me […]Read More Depression’s Crash and Burn
This week, virtually every news outlet, late night talk show, stand-up comic, social media outlet, and magazine has commented on the mental state of President Donald J. Trump. Comments range from “insane” to “mentally ill” to “mentally unstable” to “off his meds” to “disturbed” to “crazy” to a whole slew of inflammatory and derogatory terms. Now, I […]Read More In Defense of Trump’s Brain
One year ago. I was thrown away by a group of people I genuinely thought cared about me. One year ago. I almost jumped off a bridge. One year ago. I entered a hospital. One year ago. I met people like me. One year ago. I found my purpose. One year ago. I had […]Read More 525,600 Minutes Ago…
Yes, you are reading that correctly! Our Founder will be presenting at the MENTAL HEALTH AMERICA National Conference in Washington, DC. This is so BEYOND AMAZING that Webster needs to invent a NEW WORD. We are thrilled, humbled and honored. And speechless! More details as the Conference gets closer…STAY TUNED! FOR A LIST OF THE […]Read More National Conference, Say What?
“They will ignore you until they need you” – Unknown (or my mom) A recent experience had me wondering what the definition of friendship really is… And I love that I have this tremendous public platform to help me figure it all out. As a person who has been known to say things like “I […]Read More Fake Plastic Friends
“Power is the ability to do good for others.” – Brooke Astor “We can’t help everyone, but we can help someone.” Ronald Reagan “We rise by lifting others.” Robert Ingersall When was the last time, you gave YOUR time? I don’t mean volunteer for the school bake sale (although that has merit, obviously.) I mean, […]Read More VolunTEAR
Well, I certainly was NOT expecting the incredible feedback and reaction to my New Year’s resolution blog on forgiveness or lack thereof (SEE HERE: When There Can’t Be Forgiveness.) The one question I have been asked repeatedly was “What was it that pushed you over the edge?” “Who could push you THAT far?” and “What happened?” […]Read More Apology, Need Not Apply
Nope, this is not your usual blogpost. In fact, it’s not a blogpost at all. If you’ve ever wanted more about Where is the Sunshine?, here’s a little bit of sunshine goodness in a nutshell (or totally sexy infographic!!!) https://magic.piktochart.com/embed/19634513-where-is-the-sunshine-infographicRead More Sunshine Basics: 101
Raise your hand if you remember the Britney Spears’ song “Toxic?” How many of you feel this way? Toxic, not in the emotional sense, but physically? Well, you’re not alone. I too feel like a cross between a pharmaceutical company trial run and the Toxic Avenger. I ended 2016 having developed an allergic reaction to […]Read More Natural Selection
WE ARE FEATURED IN TODAY’S FLORIDA TIMES UNION PAPER!!! CHECK IT OUT BY CLICKING HERE OR READING THE ARTICLE BELOW. When Jeanine Hoff wore her sunglasses inside, it wasn’t to avoid eye contact. When she spoke curtly to neighbors, friends and business contacts, it wasn’t to be brief or coarse or impolite. She now realizes […]Read More BREAKING NEWS: We are in the NEWS again!
THIS BLOG WAS ORIGINALLY POSTED ON ROMPER.COM. I WAS SO BLOWN AWAY BY THE HONESTY OF THE AUTHOR AND RELATED SO WELL TO HER CALORIE COUNTING, SCALE OBSESSION AND POST-BABY WEIGHT, THAT I ASKED HER IF I COULD SHARE IT HERE. ALEXIS BARAD-CUTLER IS A SUCCESSFUL CHILDREN’S BOOK AUTHOR. HERE IS HER STORY: One of the […]Read More GUEST BLOG: 6 Of The Cruelest Things Anyone Could Do To A Mom Suffering From An Eating Disorder
It’s 2017 and my New Year’s Resolution is not to forgive. There. I said it and I’m not apologizing. I plan on not forgiving this year. Not everyone, just some; the ones who don’t deserve it. Every religious leader. Every guru. Every spiritual adviser. They all preach the idea that forgiveness will somehow set you free. […]Read More When There Can’t Be Forgiveness