Let’s Talk About Mental Health

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Life always has a way of working itself out. That is my mantra.

I tend to evaluate and reflect this time of year. Four years ago was the lowest I’d ever been. For a short time, I could not justify a reason to stay alive. I’d never hated myself and everything around me so much. And I didn’t let on that a single thing was wrong or off to anyone. I didn’t want to bother anyone, be a burden or an inconvenience. I thought the world might be better off without me; certainly would be an easy out for me and what I was struggling with, but I realize now it would’ve been the worst and most selfish decision I could’ve made.

Since then, I’ve learned a lot. A lot about myself, the life I’ve created around me, and how to do the best job I can at creating it. You are not simply given a good life filled with easy joy; you must want, work for, and choose happiness on a daily basis. I’ve learned about what mental health is and how important it is to take care of yourself, both inside and out. I’ve learned and recently come to terms with, the fact that it’s not a quick fix, but rather an ongoing battle. Anxiety and depression aren’t cured with one good day or happy thought. Wouldn’t that be a perfect world?
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The best advise I can give someone struggling with their mental wellness is to learn what you can lean on, what makes you happy. For me, among other things, family helps, my dogs help, stand-up comedy helps, getting outside helps, good food and good coffee help, and hockey helps. Find what you enjoy, the things that can make you smile even for a moment no matter what, and hold on to them with all you’ve got.

On another note, let’s not ignore the technology revolution we are going through. Our parents never had to deal with posting life online as a young, learning adult for anyone and everyone to see. Social media is awesome. I’ll admit I am on it during much of my day (although producing online content is part of my job) and I really enjoy it. We put our best selves out to the world through the internet, posting fun nights out, career accomplishments, and beautiful vacation spots. But it’s rare to see a post about heartbreak, someone had a panic attack that day or had a fight with a loved one. You put online what you want others to see, and that’s fine. Hell, that’s the point. Social media is great, but we must not forget that nobody’s life is perfect or void of struggle and disappointment. Life doesn’t live online, real life is real life.

Oprah said, “You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.” I still struggle with asking for help and proving to myself through my actions that I matter. There is NO shame in talking about mental health, therapy, feeling like shit or pissed off for no concrete reason. It is okay to not be okay. If you have struggled with it or are struggling, I urge you to get help any way you can/that feels right for YOU.

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Every individual walks their own path, but we’re all just trying our best to get through this thing called life together. Be kind to one another and believe in the good things coming.
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St. Cloud State Men’s Hockey Wears Pink For Breast Cancer Awareness

St. Cloud State University‘s men’s hockey team participated in a Pink The Rink game this past Saturday, October 14. The team played in pink jerseys and held a jersey auction in an effort to help raise awareness and funds for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Central Minnesota in 2017.

The Huskies swept their weekend series against the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a 5-4 OT win on Saturday. It was sophomore forward Nick Poehling with the overtime winner.

See the full photo gallery here.

Summer 2017

Another summer back home, working at That’s My Dog, and family love

Magazine & Palmer Printing

In SCSU’s Art 320 class we were assigned to design a magazine about design. We were given guidelines on subject matter and page layout, but overall given creative freedom. I went through many major design changes through this process and ultimately came out with this:

Art 320_Magazine (Click link for full interactive PDF)

On Tuesday, March 28th, our class attended a trip outside of the classroom to Palmer Printing located in St. Cloud, Minn. We were shown the layout and environment of an everyday professional printing press. It was a much larger space than I was expecting. Palmer offers almost any type of printing on any material you can imagine. They also have a large creative and sales staff that work in the front-of-house directly with clients.

Designers should know and understand the basics of printing. This was made clear to us because even through a designer can come up with the creative product in their head, on paper, or on a computer; the outcome they desire is not always translated through the printing process. Although printers can do a lot creatively, they can’t create the impossible. It is important for designers to have a clear and open conversation with their printer to ensure everyone is happy with the end result.