Hey, y’all! My name is Cassie, and I’m the one-woman show behind Cozy in Carolina. I grew up bouncing across North Carolina. Wilmington and Canton are equally home. These days I hang out in Fayetteville. I live here in the Ville with Brandon, my husband of 17 years. We have two amazing daughters, Bug and Belle. I have the pleasure of homeschooling our kids, which has been the most rewarding experience of my life. Thanks to these guys, my life is full of love and happiness.
Cozy in Carolina is my third blog. My first was about genealogy. It received a fair bit of attention, but I gave it up to pursue a career as a frontend developer with an e-cig company. I blogged for them too, and several of my posts reached thousands of viewers. Afterward, I became the co-owner of an e-liquid company. All I can say about that is: partners suck. When the e-liquid company came crashing to the ground, I needed a break from all the pressure.
My Struggle With Anxiety
My break started two years ago, and I needed every second to get my head straight. You see, I suffer from multiple types of anxiety. I have PTSD, GAD, Panic Disorder, and OCD. My first diagnosis came on the heels of my 19th birthday. After working in a high-stress job, my symptoms were the worst they had ever been. Taking a break was necessary for my mental health.
For the first time in my life, I realized I needed to change the way I was dealing with my illness. I could no longer go on as I had in the past. I was tired of bouncing from one SSRI to another. Talk therapy always seemed to make matters worse. What was left? What was I missing? As I asked myself these questions, it dawned on me that I knew very little about my own illness. I rectified this by taking the time to learn about anxiety.
During my research, I discovered anxiety isn’t as curable as patients are led to believe. As a matter of fact, people who are “cured” are probably going through remission. At any time, their anxiety could pop back up. This tiny piece of information changed the way I view my illness.
My Healing Journey
Anxiety may be a permanent factor in my life. It was time to accept my illness and learn to live alongside it. It was surprisingly easy to make peace with myself. This acceptance allowed me to explore new ways to treat my symptoms. Instead of chasing a cure, I taught myself coping mechanisms and relaxing techniques. I completely reorganized my life in ways designed to be beneficial to my mental health.
It worked! My life is better than it’s ever been. I have days without anxiety and experience short remissions. My first lasted a few months. I was sad when it ended, but I wasn’t defeated. Even better: my anxiety flares are no longer as crippling as they were before. I’m finally thriving.
Since my illness has improved, I’ve been wondering what’s next. I toyed with the idea of looking for an IT position, but I don’t know if I’m ready. Next, I toyed with the idea of creating an online store, but that felt like a lot of unnecessary pressure. Then I started thinking about blogging. I’ve always loved writing, and I have the skills to make it work.
The Birth of Cozy in Carolina
After my aha moment, I started checking out anxiety blogs. I was a little disappointed. There’s not much out there. A lot of it triggered my anxiety, even some of the motivational stuff. None of it gave me an inside view of how others are thriving alongside their anxiety. The bloggers I came across were still succumbing to their illness or were in remission. I’m neither of those things, so none of the other blog styles seemed to fit where I’m at in my own life. That’s how I ended up sitting down at the computer to create an anxiety lifestyle site.
I want to connect with others who, like me, are living with anxiety. I’m looking for people who are doing everything they can to find some peace of mind. Moms who struggle to walk inside packed grocery stores, or young professionals frustrated over the results of their sixth prescription adjustment. You guys are my tribe. I’ve been there, some days I’m still there. I salute you.
Here at Cozy in Carolina, I’m striving to build an anxiety friendly lifestyle for myself. I’m focused on being calm and cozy in everything I do – whether that be shopping, decorating, or cooking dinner. If you want to keep up with me, please sign up for my newsletter to receive new post notifications. I’ll be discussing topics ranging from mindfulness to travel and everything between. So come back, y’all! There’s a lot to discuss.
P. S. Don’t forget to leave a comment to introduce yourself. I’d love to hear from you. Are you an anxiety blogger too? Feel free to drop a link. I can’t wait to get to know you guys better!