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Maria Senise
Maria Vallejo (formerly Senise) is a 32 year old mental health blogger who lives with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, OCD, and sporadic Depression. It's a grand old time in her brain. She is obsessed with cats, especially her own Moo, Lord of the Rings, and anything fantasy-related or comedic. She has a ridiculously loud laugh that's saved her sanity.

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Entries by Maria Senise

How to Curl Your Hair With a Flat Iron

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 4:40 PM

Curling your hair with a flat iron sounds like a contradiction, doesn't it? Why would you do such a thing when a curling iron is meant to curl the hair? I mean, the word 'curl' is in the tool's name for crying out loud. The answer is this: a flat...

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How to 'Pump up the Volume' of Your Hair

(1) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 3:42 PM

I have a lot of clients who come to me complaining about their inability to achieve volume in their hair at home. When I hear this, I always provide them a mini tutorial and tips on how to achieve the sought after height and bounce on their own. Since you're...

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How to Preserve That Red Hair Color

(0) Comments | Posted January 16, 2015 | 4:27 PM

Ahhh, the anomaly of red hair color -- we go for reds because of their richness and vibrancy, and yet, they are the colors to fade and dull the fastest. Sigh...

Why does this infuriating phenomenon happen? A scientific explanation does, in fact, exist. You see, red hair molecules are...

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Ways to Fix Your Dry, Brittle Hair

(1) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 3:30 PM

There's something that is intensely gratifying about making a woman feel beautiful. Whether a lady is coming in for a refresh or a complete, transformative change, she is always seeking that moment when she looks in the mirror, and thinks, "Damn, I look good!" I cherish those moments, and I...

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The Body-Image Solution: Elastic Pants

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 1:35 PM

My 30s hit me a couple of years ago, and my metabolism went down the shi*ter. I miss the days when I could work out a reasonable, non-obsessive amount, eat moderately, go out drinking 'til 2 in the morning then have a greasy pizza, and still wake up thin every...

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Why We All Need a Vacation

(2) Comments | Posted December 23, 2014 | 4:55 PM

Let's talk about something else for a change... vacation. I hadn't been on one in God knows how long; my only trips in the last seven years were obligatory -- either to visit family or for business. This was the first time my husband and I took a trip just...

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Back on Track

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 1:43 PM

I had a much-needed visit with my besties the other day. I haven't seen my girls since my wedding, which was over two months ago, and that's simply too long of a time to go without an estrogen-charged festival. We hung out for hours drinking wine, laughing a lot, and...

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Creating Is a Drug

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 7:31 AM


Creating, producing, making, enhancing, growing. All of these things provide pure, exuberant joy in my soul. I am completely happy when I'm using my creativity, and I am blessed and grateful to say that I'm able to do this through writing and doing...

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Ever Feel Like Punching Everyone in the Face?

(1) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 7:44 AM


RAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRR!!!!! Whoops... still not done...

Ever feel like punching everyone in the face? Nope? That just me? Am I the only person who becomes consumed by a heinously, monstrous mood from time to time? I'm not kidding when I say that right now...

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Should I Go Au Naturale (With My Medication)?

(1) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 11:36 AM

Lately, I've been pondering the notion of switching my antidepressant medication. I can't tell if mine is effective at all, since my OCD and anxiety have worsened. I can't tell if they've raged out of control due to my meds not being all that effective or if these disorders simply...

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What Do Normal People Think About?

(1) Comments | Posted November 6, 2014 | 3:24 PM

In order to help ease my anxiety, I have to distract myself. Moving around and being productive makes it a bit easier for me to ignore the worries that threaten to overtake my mind like a plague of ridiculously fast-moving ants.

(Here's a video I made discussing this very topic...

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Does Anxiety Afflict the Creative?

(1) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 10:41 AM

My whole life I struggled with the battle between desire and practicality. I've always been a free spirit who didn't want to be caged, who yearned to spread her creative wings, yet I felt pressure from the world around me that I needed to clip my wings in order to...

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Laughter Trumps Nerves

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 6:06 PM

There's nothing like showing up a week early to a substitute teaching training session. I can't stop laughing at my own ridiculousness that came out in full force this morning.

On my way in to the school building, I realized I had driven to the wrong entrance. On the verge...

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The Question of Energy: Positive vs. Negative

(0) Comments | Posted October 19, 2014 | 5:38 PM

Blech. That's the sound that I hear in my mind when I think about how I'm feeling at the moment. Just blech. I'm unmotivated, empty of words, out of creativity, but full of nervous energy. There's a definite correlation between when I feel blech and when my uterine lining sheds...

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Stop Thinking, Just Move: Combatting OCD

(1) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 12:55 PM

Is there any way to get an on/off button for my thoughts? They don't shut up, they never give me a moment's peace, and I'm sick of it. My relentless OCD is the heinous b*tch behind it all. She's like a nagging, miserable old woman who refuses to cease her...

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Secrets Suck

(1) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 1:17 PM

Has anyone heard the song "Secrets" by Mary Lambert? Lyrically, it's one of my new favorites. Here are a few of the most poignant lines, the ones that really hit home for me:

"I've got bipolar disorder
My sh*t's not in order...
I've got too many things to...

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Tunnel Vision: Our Wedding Day, Sept. 27, 2014

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2014 | 3:54 PM

All I saw that day was my husband. All the anticipatory nervousness about being in front of everyone completely dissipated; nothing mattered besides marrying my love.

I don't know if it was because he and I had no expectations or concerns over details going into our wedding day, (besides getting...

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Metamorphosis Into Marriage

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 12:36 PM

It's almost here -- my wedding day. I have been more than ready to marry my fiance for quite some time; he's the most amazing man on the planet, and I'm truly blessed to have him. The whole wedding thing, on the other hand, is a little more nerve-wracking. I...

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My Cat Is My Role Model

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 4:58 PM

My cat, or rather daughter, is the most beautiful creature on the planet. Her name is Moo, and she is my role model.

She is so calm and chill all the time. No, let me rephrase that; she's calm and chill all the time except when she's excited and playful....

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Joan Rivers and Chelsea Handler: Antidotes for Self-Doubt

(2) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 4:59 PM

Okay, here's the deal: I love Joan Rivers and Chelsea Handler. Both are women who don't apologize for anything they say, think, or do, and became incredibly successful for not doing so. They inspire me. They drive me to do what I do. They push me not to fear. However,...

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