It is with great joy that I (finally) put together and share with you my blog. My hopes are that you can find encouragement, advice, and science-backed information about emotional health that is consistent with the values and theology of the Catholic Church. I love the Lord and am passionate about how God uses women for His kingdom. After all, we are the shining crown of his creation :)
My sincerest hope is that all women may find something interesting here. Let me share a little bit more about me, yall.
I am a clinical psychologist who practices in the Austin, TX area (woohoo BBQ and longhorns!) As a Catholic Christian in the mental health field, I have often felt alone in the very secular world of psychology. In fact, many psychological theories that I studied in school had such a bias against believers that they suggested that having a religious conviction or faith was neurotic or illogical. Even though my faith never left me in graduate school, I felt lonely and isolated.
As I developed my skills and practice after school, I realized that I couldn't keep my faith separate from being a psychologist. I realized psychotherapy could also be a mission. After all, if I am here to help the whole person sitting across from me, who am I to keep away an integral part of who I am as a follower of Jesus? This blog is not just about my hopes to help yall, but also is a part of my own growth as I attempt to become more and more transformed by the Love of Christ and molded into His image.
I am deeply passionate about women's mental health.
Women are unique and different from men and often experience many different emotional issues and needs. Trust. As I sit here and write this, I recognize the absolute truth and power of hormones. It's almost like I can feel the surges of progesterone in my body as a preggo momma (more on that later).
We are His crowning glory, co-makers of life, living out the sacrifice of womanhood and motherhood. When we are living His purpose in our lives, we personify sacrifice and love. And while the world may try to malign this as "oppressive and limiting," I call it the truest and most honest meaning of empowerment.
I am passionate about college age/early twenties women, sexual purity, dating, and knowing one's self worth. And that passion comes from my own experience. I will share with you my mistakes, and hilltop moments in an unfiltered and honest manner. I've made my fair share of mistakes, yall. And God knows that our mistakes can be powerfully and beautifully stitched and woven into the fabric of our story.
I plan on writing further on topics similar to those you may have seen on Instagram (@Grace_Filled_Mind). I write about therapy, self-esteem, self-care, dating, singleness, relationships, marriage, boundaries, and pregnancy. I am humbled and honored by your support on Instagram -- this blog wouldn't exist otherwise.
Mississippi is my home, and I am proud of it.
Yup. I was born and raised in MS and a southern belle I will always be. I miss the world of sweet tea, corn bread, and southern accents, but I make do in Austin, TX. Take it from a true Southerner -- Texas is NOT the South. I hope you don't mind that I write with a casual Southern accent. Feel free to read it that way too (think Julia Roberts in the movie Steel Magnolias). While I may not have gotten the most rigorous high school education, I did learn how to sew a quilt, set a formal table, pick the perfect shade of lipstick (always BRIGHT), and fish off a boat.
I was married (a few months ago) at 30, pregnant by 31.
There have been a lot of changes in life recently for me! I got married October 14, 2017 to my incredible husband Jonathan. A few short months later we got pregnant with our little avocado. He's due January 1st. I didn't think I would ever get married, not because of any intention of mine but because I struggled with discernment and communication in my manyyyyy years of dating. Through the early stages of marriage that I am still fumbling my way through, I realize I have a lot to learn still. I am so grateful for a community of women here in Austin and also friends in other places who help me grow in holiness every day.
I'd love to hear from you!
Find me on Instagram @Grace_Filled_Mind! Ask a question, offer a suggestion, shoot me your prayer requests. Heck, give me advice (please!) Because the community of women is an unstoppable and powerful force. I love learning from (and for) my sisters.
Please note, no future posts regarding mental health is educational in nature only, and not intended to be or replace medical advice.
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