Being Bold: Advocating while Educating

I had the privilege of being the keynote speaker for a local school district’s Mental Health Summit. The Summit was attended by 100 high school students from the various high schools in the district- all of which were chosen by teachers, counselors, and administrators. These teens attended the Summit in order to become mental health... Continue Reading →

My Grandma. My Rock.

This lady right here turned 95 in October. I am, personally, lucky enough to call her Grandma. I utterly adore her. I didn’t get to call her and wish her “Happy Birthday” until close to 7pm that night, but she picked up and the first thing she said was, “I knew I’d hear from you.”... Continue Reading →

Echoes of Jealousy, Weakness, & Will

I’ve been trying to decide how to approach this post. I’ve been trying to get my thoughts together and emotions worked out. August 2012. I started to feel the slight rise of mania. I contacted my psychiatrist. We adjusted the medication we were using as a mood stabilizer. I continued going up. The cause, we... Continue Reading →

Barn Goals & Confidence

I am a nerd and a creative. I know it. I’m proud of it. I am filled with information that I will likely never use; and information that most people will probably never care about. I can snap a picture or stroke a paintbrush with sure fingers and near perfect hues. The first (knowledge) is... Continue Reading →

My Illness & My Faith V

I know the post I wanted to write. That I still do. I’ve been having a hard time with it, however. The words have just not been coming to me. When I have been able to sit and get some typing done, the experience has been a bit triggering. It just wasn't the time to... Continue Reading →

Mania: A Silent Chaos

  Do you hear that? It’s as close to completely silent as I’ve been able to get. I hate (yes, hate) several symptoms of mania, but none for than this. It’s the first to show up; and it quickly wears out its welcome. Noises are everywhere. Yes. Yes, I do know that; and I love... Continue Reading →

Maybe the Storm is Your Purpose

I’ve been doing REALLY well. Other than a trigger in February that led to a short but intense bout, I’ve been just about completely stable since last August. Definitely a new record for me. I’m going 3 months between psych appointments; and my therapist and I are trying every 3 weeks as opposed to every... Continue Reading →

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