19 years ago today, my Dad died. I still think it’s weird to say that. It doesn’t sound right in my mouth. Gets caught in my throat. He had so much life left to live. Not that he didn’t live. He lived. He made the most out of the life he had. He was happy. … More 19 Years
I am 49 years old (closing in on 50 in March) and even though science says we stop having physical growth spurts when we are teenagers I hope that I’ll continue to have mental, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual growth spurts until the day I die. I feel that a growth spurt is on the horizon. … More Growth Spurt
I saw this quote a while back from Dr. Rebecca Ray. It stayed with me. I’ve traveled back to it time and time again because I’m not a natural sitter. What is IT? A problem, a trauma, pain, confusion, hurt, frustration indecision…anxiety. The quote is powerful. Take a look. “Sit with it. Sit with it. … More Can You Sit With It?
For the last 4 years, I have been tutoring ESL to people around the world. What was supposed to be an easy way to earn a little money became something that would change my life. I was lucky enough to meet a group of people that transformed from students into friends. These lovely souls opted … More A Different Kind of Love Letter
Those of us living with mental illnesses work hard every single day to manage our disorders. Most of us find our own personal way and hopefully end up having more good days than bad. I have found what works for me and these practices have allowed me to make massive positive changes in my ability … More $hitty Moments.
*Originally written and posted on The Mighty in 2017* When you grow up surrounded by addiction, you take notice. You see things in others and in yourself that some people might miss. You learn quickly addiction is not always black and white. A lot of addiction lies in the gray area of life. When I … More Why I Choose to be Sober
The other day I was speaking with a friend about living with a mental illness. I have OCD. She does not. She is incredibly supportive. She promised that she was not judging me and that she would always ask questions to learn more and try to understand as much as she could. She said she … More I Believe You
Negative self-talk is one of the quickest and certainly the most convenient way to torture ourselves. People with and without mental health issues all do it. It’s universal. Now some people are better at controlling it, out-thinking it, or even stopping it altogether. Those of us with mental health issues are not normally successful at … More Negative Self Talk – Mental Health Awareness Month
I’ve been intrigued with card reading since I was a little girl. I remember sitting at the kitchen table watching the grown-ups read Tarot. I could feel the power and mysterious energy even as a child. Knowing that there is guidance for us if only we ask has always made me feel like I have … More What’s with the Oracle cards?
Last year I read a book by Nancy Levin called ‘Jump and Your Life Will Appear’. It was fabulous. As with all self-help books, there are short snippets from others who have jumped and the ‘hows’ and ‘whys’ of it all. One person shared about purchasing a ring for herself as a reminder of all … More A Different Kind of Promise Ring