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I Want to Renew Myself Like a Library Book

I want to renew myself like a library book. I'm tired, I'm not done reading myself, and I definitely need more time. But, I also need some care. My pages are worn and...you know what? This analogy isn't working for me. Let's try another one: I want to publish an updated version of myself, volume [...]

By | 2018-05-10T21:47:23+00:00 May 10th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on I Want to Renew Myself Like a Library Book

How Are You? I’m Fine. No I’m Not. I Just Got My Period.

When someone asks me how I am, I usually give an honest answer. If I'm not okay, I say something like "having a hard day." But typically I tend to overshare and say something that makes the person laugh, even if it's surprising or seeming inappropriate. "How are you?" "Well, I just got my period, [...]

By | 2018-05-09T18:07:43+00:00 May 9th, 2018|Deep Thoughts|Comments Off on How Are You? I’m Fine. No I’m Not. I Just Got My Period.

Depression Sucker Punches You

Remember Mike Tyson's Punch Out for Nintendo? There were different opponents to beat. Each boxer was harder to conquer than the next. There was that King Hippo with the big belly. You punched him right in the stomach and defeated him. When I think about depression, and how it comes out of nowhere, I remember [...]

By | 2018-05-29T15:33:28+00:00 May 4th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Depression Sucker Punches You

Failing is Succeeding

We all fail. We all stumble, fall on our faces, try hard to do something that explodes in the worst way possible. You might have labeled yourself a "failure" or a "loser." I'm guilty of doing this. Failure can feel intense to me and I adopt it temporarily as part of my identity. It's not that [...]

By | 2018-05-03T23:16:11+00:00 May 3rd, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Failing is Succeeding

Sharing Secrets about OCD

It takes a while for me to open up; share what's inside of me. I have to feel like I am in safe space, able to be who I am. One of the safest places I can think of is my therapist's office, sitting on her couch. Sometimes it's embarrassing admitting what I'm dealing with, [...]

By | 2018-05-01T22:26:39+00:00 May 1st, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Sharing Secrets about OCD

I’ll Have a Depression Sandwich Please

Nobody goes to the store and orders a depression sandwich because nobody wants to be depressed. So why would you spend your time standing in line waiting to order something that makes you feel bad? You wouldn't, however, sometimes you don't even realize that you've had a depression sandwich. Did somebody force feed it to [...]

By | 2018-04-29T22:22:13+00:00 April 29th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on I’ll Have a Depression Sandwich Please

In the 4th grade I was a conflict manager

In the fourth grade and my elementary school they offer a program where kids could become conflict managers. I wanted to be a part of this. The goal was to be a peer mediator on the playground. We learned about using “I Messages” to communicate our feelings. For example “I feel angry when you don’t listen [...]

By | 2018-04-27T05:28:57+00:00 April 27th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on In the 4th grade I was a conflict manager