In a Nutshell

I'm Jamie Mullins. My husband Jackson and I spend our days herding cats. Well, by herding I mean raising and by cats I mean teenagers. We have three teenage boys; Ross, Jacob, and Michael. So, yeah, herding cats.
We are your average family. My husband and I were both raised by single parents. We have both been married before. Jackson and I are so different, yet so alike. Not too alike. We balance each other perfectly. We are a team. We lean on each other; stand side by side; share the cooking, cleaning, and child-rearing; and do our best to show the kids how they should be equal with their future significant others.
So, let's get down to the nitty-gritty. Motherhood. 
Motherhood is a non-stop roller coaster. Even the sanest of us can feel overwhelmed and outnumbered. Crunchy, hipster, hot mess, newbie, old pro, etc. As mothers, we know that we are not perfect. We also know one mom that somehow seems to always have her shit together (NOTE: "seems"). Yeah. I'm not her. I am average. Not only am I average, I like being average. 
Okay, I use the term average very loosely. On the outside I'm an average. On the inside, well, that's different. Here is a breakdown of my brain:

Okay, well, there's that, plus the following:
Hemicrania continua: "..a rare, relentless, constant one-sided headache"  Link to Johns Hopkins

Conversion Disorder: "...a mental or emotional crisis — a scary or stressful incident of some kind — and converts to a physical problem." Link to Mayo Clinic

Depression: "Depression does not have a single cause. It can be triggered, or it may occur spontaneously without being associated with a life crisis, physical illness or other risk." Link to NAMI - National Alliance on Mental Illness

Anxiety: "Depression and anxiety disorders are different, but people with depression often experience symptoms similar to those of an anxiety disorder, such as nervousness, irritability, and problems sleeping and concentrating. But each disorder has its own causes and its own emotional and behavioral symptoms. Many people who develop depression have a history of an anxiety disorder earlier in life. There is no evidence one disorder causes the other, but there is clear evidence that many people suffer from both disorders." Link to Anxiety and Depression Association of America

So, yep, that's my nut in a nutshell. Stay tuned!

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