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A Farewell

Self Care isn't Selfish

For the past year, it’s been our pleasure to share mental health resources, collaborate with our friends, and, most importantly, help you tell your stories. We’re very grateful to you, our writers, and our volunteer editor team for making this blog special. The three of us signed on to this project for various reasons but one that we all had in common was that we loved Is This Adulting? and wanted to support its message of mental health awareness. We’ve had a great time doing so and we couldn’t have done it without you.

As we bring this project to a close alongside the podcast, we’re in the midst of a truly troubling year. The world is plagued by a pandemic and, in the United States at least, we are also in the midst of confronting systemic racism, which has reared its ugly head yet again, this time with the world a more captive audience than in years past. It’s a difficult time that is impacting both our physical health and our mental health with challenges that many of us aren’t accustomed to facing and that impact us all in different ways.

And so we leave you with this simple request: please don’t lose hope. As I write, there are scientists rushing to create a vaccine. There are doctors and nurses working to save lives. There are neighbors raising money and collecting food to share with those most impacted by crises worldwide. There are people finding new creative ways to reach out to others. To borrow a quote from Lord of the Rings, “Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines, it will shine out the clearer.”

You aren’t alone. We still care.

Now, be happy, stay healthy, and give yourself a hug from us.

Katie, Emily, and Sara

Katie Clarke

A few words about me

Katie is a gentle soul with a snarky side who loves curries, traveling, and cats, is deeply afraid of losing all her friends and/or being lost at sea, and thinks cake is dreadfully overrated as a food item. She aspires to be as good a human being as she can be and to leave the world a little better than how she found it.

Emily Ridener

A few words about me

Emily is a graduate of Wayne State University in Midtown, Detroit with a BA in Journalism and a BA in English (yes, she’s a nerd who chased two different degrees because reading and writing are LIFE). Born and raised in, like the Journey song says, south of Detroit in a small town that few have heard of, she currently works in pagination trying to come up with punny headlines. She loves a documentary, a good rock band, a strong coffee and a spoiled rescue shorkie named Eleonora.

sara schwartz

Sara Schwartz

A few words about me

Sara is a recent college graduate from New York. When she’s not writing pen pal letters, she’s listening to podcasts or working as a web designer.