I’m Telling My Depression Story Through Music

LANSING | DETROIT | GRAND RAPIDS | BRIGHTON | JACKSON I’m doing a (mostly) solo house show series to continue the conversation about mental health that I’ve started with my blog, Dadding Depressed. Join me for an intimate evening with old and new songs in one of five Michigan cities. FIND MORE INFORMATION HERE! Check out…

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So Your Friend Told You They’re Depressed–Now What?

When a friend or loved one confides in you about their mental health, it can be difficult to respond appropriately. It's not uncommon to freeze--maybe hem and haw or awkwardly pat a shoulder before changing the subject to the Lions. If you take a moment and think about it, though, what an amazing opportunity you now have to deepen a relationship and affirm your love for a struggling soul! 

9 Ways I Should Have Seen My Bad Day Was Depression

Everybody has a bad day once in a while.  Or a bad week. So when I found myself trudging through an especially rough couple of days about a month ago, I brushed it under the rug as a typical ebb to life's ebb and flow. I embraced the mentality of "grin and bear it." It…

This System For Achieving Personal Goals Is A Game-Ender

Too often, we let ourselves feel overwhelmed by to-do lists and mounting phone reminders. We get caught up in all that we should do or shouldn't do and we pile expectations on top of one another like they're dirty clothes. But, what if we chose the day's single-most important task and made that the main objective? Sure, you can accomplish other chores throughout the day (you probably should), but all that will figure itself out. You focus your energy on that Golden Goal. 

I’m Back! Here’s How I Spent My Month Off

I took the month of August off from blogging on Dadding Depressed. In doing so, I had to remind myself of a few truths in order to grasp onto the freedom and rest I needed. Everything needs to breathe, and if I don't allow this project to inhale, I'll suffocate it, burn out, and probably…

On Clint Dempsey And Being In The Right Place At The Right Time

In honor of Clint Dempsey’s recent announcement of his retirement, here’s a post a wrote about him a while back.

DADDING DEPRESSED

When I was a kid, U.S. soccer was…well…kind of a joke. Alexi Lalas was an athletic Carrot Top and took a second job as an underwhelming rock musician. Cobi Jones was like the cute little alien from Space Jam version of Jermaine Jones (same number and everything). Still they were the stars I looked up to in ranks with Brian McBride, Kasey Keller, Eddie Pope, and Eric Wynalda. Through the years, however, U.S. soccer has improved tremendously and has finally started to earn the attention of the entire nation. Certainly, Clint Dempsey has had a part in that.

The 34-year-old from Texas is the second top scorer in the history of U.S. soccer, has captained both the national team and the Seattle Sounders FC, and continues to show up as a dependable workhorse striker. All this achievement and more without a single smile. He is the definition of hard-ass.

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