welcome

Hi, I’m Alyssa. My last name used to be Zerkle, but now it’s Reid. I love the man attached to my new name, but I just can’t bring myself to completely get rid of my old name. I like to be busy. I work part-time, go to school full-time, teach piano lessons, serve in my…

work + school + play

Guys. I started this blog because so much goes on in my life. All. The. Time. Tons of things happen in such a short amount of time. WORK I’ve been working at Brain Balance for almost 2 years. I started off as just a coach. Then in December, I was trained to be an assessor…

temple trip + shoe shopping

On Friday, Nate & I traveled to Logandale to hang out with my family. We ate an ice cream cake my mom wanted out of her freezer & watched Star Wars with my dad. My sister had her friends over to help her make a poster to answer “yes” to the guy that asked her…

pre-cancer + endo

Here are a couple pictures that represent how I’ve been feeling about my health lately. I should start further back, but I’ll just go over the past few months. JANUARY ONCE UPON A TIME, in January, I received a letter from my gynecologist’s office. It just said that they’ve been trying to reach me, I…

azul + werewords

Our friend group hung out on Tuesday night, & I got to busy to post about it yesterday, so sorry this is a couple days late! On Tuesday nights, we often goes to Buffalo Wild Wings for their BOGO boneless wing deal. Then we debate about where we’ll play board games. Here’s our predicament: we…

musical background

This photo is one of my senior pictures from 2012, so I’m not that skinny anymore, but I have a bigger passion for music (which I didn’t think was possible). Everyone who knew me growing up knew that I played the piano. I performed & accompanied ALL. THE. TIME. And I loved it. Now that…

families

First of all, my favorite thing about this picture is the height difference between my husband’s family & mine. Nate & I both come from families of 6 kids (if you’re counting the people in the picture, there’s one extra on each side because we included my family’s foreign exchange student from Germany & my…

bipolar II + medications

I wanted to briefly describe bipolar II disorder real quick. I think this visual aid will help:   Basically my moods are a little more extreme than “normal” people’s. The high points are called “hypomania” (bipolar I means that their high points are higher, called “mania”), and my low points are depressive states, similar to…