I write to encourage perspective. I write to challenge readers to really peel back the layers of their mind and get their hands dirty. Our brains are fascinating and even moreso when we dive deep into their depths.
The Never-Ending Battle for Unity
The country is divided. The feelings of hope and prosperity dwindling. It’s us versus them and of course whatever side I am on is the correct side, right? Wait, the country really is divided, right? We all hate each other and identify by a donkey or an elephant… right?
A Mind of Refuge
This past year has been a year of deep inner work and self-development. At this point in time one year ago, I was having nightly panic attacks, many of them severe, leaving me gasping for breath in a cold sweat spiraling down a mental black hole.
Pitter Patter, It's Halloween
Halloween is a holiday entrenched in the fascination of death, and the polarity of humans engaging in completely faux behavior, adopting entirely different personalities to accompany their doctored appearance. In a way it’s comical to display such indifference to the harsh realities of life.
- Second Place in Body Art Challenge
The Man with the Box TattooSecond Place in Body Art Challenge
A portal exists on my left arm. Simple lines of ink bearing the bends that a canvas made of skin dictates, forms a cube open at one end. When the world around me consumes my will, when this reality pumped by a beating heart and rhythmic breaths misses a beat and grips my throat, I turn to the box on my arm.
3 Simple Things Harming Your Health
There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self. -Aldous Huxley I started Handmade Mind as a way to blend passions together to form a harmonic symphony. Writing has always been a passion I kept to myself until recently. Psychology and brain function became a passion in college, as well as pursuing a healthy, self-sustainable and eco friendly lifestyle. This article truly is a blend of all of them.
On the Road to Fatherhood
"My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it." -Clarence Budington Kelland Fear doesn't begin to describe the feelings I was experiencing as our midwife rubbed a small amount of jelly on Rachels lower stomach. Being a person already prone to unchoreographed racing thoughts, I felt as though my head was about to burst like a red supergiant star. Four of my five senses shut down, and all of my energy funneled to my ears.
4 Reasons to Build with Pallet Wood
Welcome to 2020, the year of wake-up calls and healthy reminders. One of those reminders is to stay on top of your finances and save money where you can. Arguably one of the best ways to save is by building instead of buying, and using recycled materials to build is icing on the cake. Not only will it save you money, but it’s a step in the right direction in creating a more self-sustainable lifestyle.
It's Time to Update Your Mental Maps
"The first rule of life: Be here now." - Laurence Gonzales What do you do when Instagram isn’t loading properly, or your Amazon app won’t open? ‘My internet is on and Safari is just fine. Maybe it needs to be updated.’ Your thumbs mosey on over to the app store and low-and-behold, it needs to be updated. We fixed some pesky bugs and made some improvements so the app works more smoothly. *UPDATE*.
Life Isn't Lived on a Screen
I sat in our new rocking chair we bought in preparation for our baby, angled so my view was directly outside. I was hit with flashbacks to my grandpa's ranch in rural Missouri. The patio faced endless rolling hills as you’d see in a Bob Ross painting; dotted with bison, patches of forest, and ponds splotched in the valleys. Chunks of my childhood summers were spent here, but in my memory I feel as though it was my true home.
Why We Need Halloween This Year
Honestly, how did we make it this far? This year has been nothing short of a tumultuous roller coaster made of rotting wood with no seatbelt. We approached 2020 with such high aspirations: Valentines: Friday, Cinco de Mayo was on Taco Tuesday, 4th of July: Saturday, Halloween: Saturday, Christmas: Friday.