Hello, you lovely creature.
My name is Sadie.
aka Blushy Ginger
I’m a mom to two little ones. James is 5 and Olivia is 3. I talk about them quite a bit on here.
I also talk about my husband, Jesse, who is my biggest supporter (even though you won’t see him in the comments!).
i write about
- Social anxiety disorder
- Body image
- Motherhood & marriage
Read more below!
More about me
Growing up shy
I’ve always been shy. As a teen, I used to call myself “cripplingly shy.” My dream was to become “functionally shy.”
In 2018, I was diagnosed with severe social anxiety disorder, as well as generalized anxiety disorder, perfectionism, and depression. I was 32 years old at the time, and my kids were very little. It was a hard time, but also a turning point.
This blog started as a place for me to write about my cognitive-behavioural group therapy for social anxiety.
Side note: Not everyone who is shy has social anxiety, and not everyone who has social anxiety is shy. I wrote a post on this topic here.
In 2019, I had a breakthrough in therapy (psychodynamic psychotherapy by this point).
A knot was finally loosening inside me, and I was starting to become okay with myself as a person. To berate myself a little less for my “inadequacies” as a mother. To become more self-compassionate and self-accepting.
I don’t have sunshine all day every day, but I’ve come so far since the time in my life when the skies were completely overcast.
I want to share what I have learned (and am still learning) about how to navigate life and parenting if you struggle with mental health issues and self-acceptance.
I’m not an expert. Not at parenting and not at mental health. I’m just an empathetic overthinker who likes to write candidly about this stuff.
I hope that my story can help you along your journey in some small way.