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If ever there were a perfect highlight reel that prevented you from scrolling through the lengthy archives of my blog, it would look something like this.

So far in my journey – with migraine and my blog – we’ve moved through three incredibly unique chapters that all take on their own tone and purpose. Here I’ve broken down the key points in my story to help you get to know me a bit better so that no matter when you decided to hop on this train, you can feel connected and know the whole story.

Chapter 1

Chapter One captures the individual who was sick, while being sick and tired of everyone else and their assumptions. The posts were angry, and closely followed the original intent of the blog: black and white photos with words used to fill in the grey to help people better understand migraine. They follow my journey through my final semester and final job, and deciding to allow my health to be my priority upon moving home. A lot of change occurs through chapter one and the transition occurred from “angry and needing space to vent” to recognizing where educational opportunities could be found and spread to those around me.

Screen grab of blog title page: "Sensory Overload: A Tale" with black and white photo of legs that are crossed and insulated coffee thermos being held in the frame.
May 10th, 2018 ~ The first time I really stepped back and created a story describing what my symptoms and experience was like.
Screen grab of title page: "When Life Does Get In The Way" with photo of older blog post. Older post shows a drawing of various destinations like Australia, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Empire State Building. The text in the photo states: "We spend our teenage years looking forward to all the things we will accomplish once we're adults. We dream and wish for all sorts of different things: love, family, stability, travel. But when does it all actually come true? When we're in our 30's and we wonder when we'll have the time between work and getting enough sleep to enjoy life? When we're in our 50's and we're striving for the youth we once had, but still don't have the time to do the things we've always dreamed of? Or when we're 90 and we've got all the time in the world but it's too late?"
May 20th, 2018 ~ A piece that looks back a bit and reflects on where I’ve been and where I want to be.
Screen grab of blog title page: "You See What I Show" with a black and white photo of a girl with her hair nicely curled and makeup done.
July 18th, 2018 ~ Digging deeper into how difficult living with chronic migraine is when it is truly an invisible condition.
Screen grab of blog title page: "Over When It's Over" with black and white photo of cars sitting in traffic with dark skies in the distance.
July 24th, 2018 ~ After spending months working my hardest at a job I loved, I had to face the reality of deciding between work, school, and my health.
Screen grab of blog title page: "Rediscovering Fortitude" with a black and white image of a girl with her hair pulled back, facing away from the camera focusing on a tattoo on her back. The tattoo is of a lotus flower with "fortitude" inscribed in the center.
August 6th, 2018 ~ Digging back into my past and recognizing what fortitude meant to me then and the powerful meaning it holds alongside my health journey.
Screen grab of blog title page: "Home" with a photo taken at night of the moon hanging high above the pier that is illuminated by lights. The waves are gently crashing against the sandy beach.
August 13th, 2018 ~ That pivotal moment where I recognized that leaving Wisconsin and coming home was right for me.
Screen grab of blog title page: "Here's My Advice, Take It of Leave It" with black and white photo of John Mayer records strewn across a grey sofa.
August 17th, 2018 ~ My first collaborative piece that combines both individuals needing advice and those giving it. A wonderful exploration into how we perceive advice and how we can always work to improve.
Screen grab of blog title page: "Ravi D'avior Fait Votre Connaissance as They Say in France" with photo looking in to a bedroom with various photos and artwork pieces lining the wall.
November 12th, 2018 ~ The day I decided to step back. To close the book and re-evaluate what my purpose was.

Chapter 2

Chapter Two brings an entirely new life to my life and this blog, it captured both aspects of my life and my migraine and allowed them to build off one another while being separate entities. Although this was an incredible time full of growth and development, it was also a time where I hit rock bottom emotionally and had a lot of learning to do.

Screen grab of blog title page: "Chapter 2" with a photo of a blonde girl standing in a cornfield.
December 4th, 2018 ~ After stepping back and reflecting, I came back. I reinvented what this space would be and how it would be utilized. This marks a new start in my journey and really introduces who I am beyond my migraines.
Screen grab of blog title page: "2019, The Year of Recovery" with a photo of part of a lotus chandelier made with white shell like material.
December 31st, 2018 ~ reflecting on the year and deciding how to move forward. New Year’s Resolutions were thrown out and a theme took it’s place.
Screen Grab of blog title page: "Disabled on Paper" with a photo of a blonde girl with long hair with beachy waves, freckled skin, holding up a peace sign wearing a Def Leppard T-shirt. She's smiling in this photo.
January 6th, 2019 ~ After finalizing all of the paperwork and officially being “disabled” this piece digs into how I got here.
Screen grab of blog title page: "To the Best Friend, Who Gets It" with a photo of blonde and brunette dressed in spring clothing standing in front of a floral backdrop at Skinny Dip Coffee and Wine Bar.
February 7th, 2019 ~ This piece is incredibly special to me because it focuses in on the one person in my life who truly understands what I’m going through and has been constant support since the day we became friends.
Screen grab of blog title page: "I'm Still A Student" with a photo of Clemson University's campus looking down upon the white library and orange toned brick buildings.
February 17th, 2019 ~ One of the hardest aspects of migraine and disability was not being in school anymore. However, not being able to be in school doesn’t take away the fact that I’m still a student.
Screen grab of blog title page: "Chopping Off The Dead Ends" with a photo of a blonde girl with a short, shoulder length haircut.
March 9th, 2019 ~ Although focusing on Recovery for the year came with good intentions, recovery is a bumpy road and it takes a lot. After 3 months, I had to sit back and really fight for my recovery.
Screen grab of blog title page: "What is My Migraine 'Story'..." with a black and white photo of a girl wearing a flannel shirt reaching out to pet a small cow through a wired fence.
March 28th, 2019 ~ In accepting my health and taking a risk on a more lifestyle change approach to healing, I had to address the question “what is my migraine story?”
Screen grab of blog title page: "Why Migraine Doesn't Impact My Mental Health" with photo of blonde girl reaching out towards a sunflower with her hand. She has a confused, yet curious expression on her face.
April 7th, 2019 ~ After having struggled with the concept of “positivity” and defining why I could remain so happy despite my pain, I was able to connect the dots to my mental health and the choices I had made that lead me to this point in time.
Screen grab of blog title page: "My Affirmations Are Present In My Spaces" with photo of a bedroom with black walls, focusing on a blush velvet chair sitting at a vanity with twinkly lights along the wall.
May 10th, 2019 ~ Being an interior designer and having a passion for creating meaningful spaces had surprising translations into the spaces I created to best suit my health and needs.
Screen grab of blog title page: "A Permanent Abortive Break" with photo of black felt board spelling out "goodbye and good riddance" surrounded by knick-knacks including crystals, jewelry, and a candle.
May 21st, 2019 ~ A pivotal point in my journey came when I made the decision to stop relying on abortive medications to dampen the pain or side effects of my migraine attacks.

Chapter 3

Chapter Three is really just getting started, but at the very root of this chapter is a dedication to healing and discovering who I want to be. This chapter comes out of recognizing that healing is possible and that it is inevitable.

Screen grab of blog title page: "Chapter 3: Finding Life" with photo of blonde girl in a white dress carrying cowboy boots walking along the beach with a red and white lighthouse off in the distance.
June 14th, 2019 ~ A new journey and a new focus on finding life and really being intentional with the healing process.
Screen grab of blog title page: "When I Say I'm An Advocate..." with photo of blonde girl wearing a red t-shirt that says "The Mighty" surrounded by plants and a stack of old vinyl records.
June 29th, 2019 ~ On my journey, I’ve come to recognize that I am an advocate. However what I consider advocacy is quite different and this piece breaks down what I think proper advocacy looks like.
Screen grab of blog title page: "Battling Impostor Syndrome" with black and white photo of blonde girl with long hair staring off into the distance.
July 22nd, 2019 ~ Healing while acknowledging that pain is still very present is a complicated area. This piece touches on an area I’ve struggled with for years: Impostor Syndrome and how I can take my understanding and reframe to not let those thoughts and feelings control my narrative.
Screen grab of blog title page: "When I Say I'm Healing" with photo of black felt board spelling out "looking at healing" with large pothos plant in the background.
July 27th, 2019 ~ Healing is a subject that many people are uncomfortable with. To me, breaking through the concept of what healing “is” and what it means to me is an incredibly important step in allowing others to understand that in my world healing doesn’t equate to finding or even looking for a cure.
Screen grab of blog title page: "Sometimes It's More Than A Speed Bump" with black and white photo of blonde girl with short hair and serious expression on her face.
August 26th, 2019 ~ Healing is something that is far from linear and although many bumps are really just bumps that we learn to take differently, August could be viewed more as a setback on my personal journey.
Screen grab of title page for blog: "I'll Have My Brunch, And Eat It Too" with image of felt board spelling out "but really... disabled" surrounded by various small plants and geodes.
November 1st, 2019 ~ An important follow up to my piece “Disabled On Paper” where I discuss where my thought process and life has changed since being approved for disability.
Screen grab of the title of blog: "Checking for Fibromyalgia as a Migraine Patient" with photo of felt board with letters spelling out "a new diagnosis"
November 26th, 2019 ~ Discussing the implications of a diagnosis of fibromyalgia and the continued search for answers regarding undiagnosed abdominal pain.