Florence, and other things…

It’s been almost five months since I’ve had the urge to type all of my feelings out in one place, on this page, and share them with the world. Honestly, I wasn’t sure if I would ever blog again.

So much has happened, I feel like I’m an entirely different person than who I was when I graduated undergraduate. I’m lucky, I’ve been faced with so many wonderful opportunities for personal growth and I can’t be happier that I’m growing, changing, in a positively wonderful way.

This is just an update so I won’t make it as long winded as I want to. I’d like to get back into the swing of things and sharing my experience with all of you; I’ve missed it.

Last month I gave-up social media for a graduate level class about addictions counseling. It turns out that I actually love it, addictions counseling. I came into the class with the idea that it wasn’t a necessary class and I was going to hate it but it honestly has just made me more aware of the need for people to be compassionate and empathic with others more often. I had this false knowledge about addiction being a choice, and it very clearly isn’t. It really opened my eyes and maybe I’ll share some more about it sometime.

Anyways, going without social media has been a real challenge for me and I plan to share that experience with you all in December when it ends.

In other news, Hurricane Florence is barreling towards North and South Carolina right now. At first I wasn’t afraid of her. I told myself, as I always do, that she would bring us rain and some wind but that we wouldn’t need to worry ourselves over her. Most every hurricane to hit us inland hasn’t made phenomenal damage, but Florence may change that. My family isn’t as prepared as I hoped they would be, but we have bread, apples, water, and hope that she’ll only bring us heavy rainfall to make our plants lively.

Those are the two biggest things going on in my life, but I’d love to hear about what’s going on in yours. Comment below or shoot me an email telling me all about what I’ve missed since I’ve been gone.

I’ll be back, sooner than before.

With love,


Author: jessicahollen

Hey everyone out there reading this, my name is Jessica. I prefer Jessie or Jess most of the time though, just because I like to keep conversation casual. When you call me Jessica, I assume I'm in trouble for eating someone's candy stash or something. I'm a 22 year-old graduate student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at my home-town university in South Carolina. I'm here to share my thoughts on life, spread awareness for Inappropriate Sinus Tachycardia, and fight the stigma surrounding mental illness!

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