Lessons from Old Glory

Here in the United States, today is a big day. It is the day we celebrate our freedom. Our independence. But our freedoms have definitely come at a cost. When I think of our flag, of the history it represents, I think of many things. One of those things is our National Anthem, which celebrates […]

How Many Fourths Are There?

If your neighborhood is anything like mine, or my mother-in-law’s, or my mom’s, or my friends, then you might have heard some bangs in the last few days as people start getting ready for their own personal Fourth of July celebrations here in the U.S. But really, how many Fourths can there be? I ask […]

Self-Care From Nature

Since today is Earth Day, I wanted to take a moment to talk about how nature helps with my self-care, and how it can help with your self-care too. I consider myself an environmentalist for a number of reasons, but one of those reasons, perhaps one of the most selfish reasons, is the simple pleasure […]

A Reminder This Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day can be hard for a lot of people. It used to be hard for me because I feared I was unlovable. Yet that is just the lies mental illness likes to whisper. Don’t listen to them. Don’t listen to them no matter where you are in life or how your romantic prospects look. […]

Family and Mental Health

This past holiday season I had lots of time with family. And while there were times that the noise and festive gatherings were a bit much for my social anxiety, it truly was a blessing. It was a blessing because family are terrific at challenging the lies of mental illness that tell you that you […]

A New Start

Okay, so the title might be a little corny given that this is the first post of 2020, but it works for me. The New Year brings not only a new calendar on the wall but new challenges for me. Yesterday was my last day at my old job, courtesy of a contract that the […]

Holiday Recovery

Christmas is now behind us, Hanukkah is moving along, Kwanzaa is just starting, and many of the other year-end traditions are in various stages of completion. Family have come and gone, or maybe the celebrations were a little more low key. Maybe there were friends or feasts, maybe there wasn’t. Maybe you found yourself wishing […]

Giving Thanks, Even In the Darkness

Today is Thanksgiving. The day we give thanks. And I know that at some point today my grandmother will ask what we are thankful for. So, I figured I’d get a head start on the question and put some of my thoughts down here. In past years, years when the darkness was all around me, […]

Give Me Back My Spoons!

Over the next few days, I am doing a bit of traveling. First, I am off to Pennsylvania for Thanksgiving, then I’m doing a quick weekend stop in Austin for a wedding. And while I am excited to see anyone, I really hope my mental illnesses decide to give me back some of my spoons […]