Cheers for a new year

CoffeeCatDogKid | recap of 2016

This year the Down family bit off a little more than we could chew. 2016 delivered several big life changes, from buying a house to bringing home a baby and everything in between. Somehow we managed to survive—just barely—but we've dedicated the twelve months ahead of us to just living life instead of introducing more … Continue reading Cheers for a new year

What Carrie Fisher taught me about normalizing mental illness

CoffeeCatDogKid | What Carrie Fisher taught me about normalizing mental illness

Carrie Fisher died today. She was a hero of normalizing mental illness, in a society that otherwise stigmatizes it—to the point that many people subconsciously, and even consciously, opt against treatment when we see ourselves going off the rails. In honor of her memory, I want to share my own story. I find myself at … Continue reading What Carrie Fisher taught me about normalizing mental illness

An open letter to my unborn daughter after the election of Donald Trump

CoffeeCatDogKid | An open letter to my unborn daughter after the election of Donald Trump

To my unborn daughter, due mere days after Donald Trump is elected: I imagined yesterday that I would be writing a much different letter than this one. I imagined I would write about how you’d never know any reality except for that in which a woman could be elected president. I imagined I would write … Continue reading An open letter to my unborn daughter after the election of Donald Trump