Hi! Thank you for visiting my blog and being open to the conversation about mental health, especially in The Filipino Community.

I’m Maryann, a first generation Filipinx American, Gen-Xer, Christ follower, born and raised in The Bay Area, California. I am a fairly new, transplant to the Phoenix area, mom of five, wife of 16 years to my amazingly supportive husband, and an active member at our home church. I have been a stay-at-home mom for most of my adult life and now work part-time remotely from home for a tech company.  I love spending time with my family and friends, cooking, crafting, going to MOPs, unapologetically filling my house with houseplants (#plantlady), spa days, restorative yoga, and long uninterrupted naps. I am slightly addicted to my Instant Pot, Passion Planner, NBC’s This is Us, and collecting bowls of all sizes.

The “Why?” behind my blog

If you were to meet all five feet of me, it’s easy to assume that my life in the desert is picture-perfect, since I am very good at hiding behind a happy, smiling face and positive outlook on life. Behind that smile is a high-functioning depressed woman who has a hard time getting out of bed most days, is anxious every time she has to do something new, hates socializing, uses food to hide her feelings and is insecure about her parenting capabilities. It’s amazing what you can hide behind a smile, right?

Through my years of managing my depression and anxiety, I have become a self-proclaimed mental health advocate. I am not shy about sharing my struggles because I have learned being vocal and transparent helps others who are afraid to speak about their pain.

I am not a mental health professional by any means and would like to utilize this blog as a way to share my experiences through my own mental health diagnosis, helping my kids through their mental health journey, and most importantly, opening up the conversation in the Filipino community about mental health.

Thank you for being here and joining me on this journey. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me – I am always willing to help in any way I can.