Rainy Day Joys

I woke up today to a cloudy, gray, rainy day. And I loved it. Sure, I didn’t have to go out today so I could enjoy it from inside with a nice cup of coffee, but that isn’t why I loved it. I loved it because I love the rain.   And I know I […]

Cat Assisted Meditation

So I wanted to share a cute albeit annoying distraction that occurred during one of my recent efforts to improve my meditation practice. I was distracted by a meowing kitty prowling back and forth across my lap before settling down and wondering why meditation doesn’t include petting the cat.  Yet this was, in fact, a […]

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 […]

Damn You Baby Yoda

Like so many others, I’ve gotten into Disney Plus. And Star Wars fan that I am, I’m very excited about the Mandalorian. And even if you aren’t into the Mandalorian, you’ve probably seen the memes of Baby Yoda flooding your social media feed. And damn you Baby Yoda, not just because how cute you are, […]

I Wasn’t Going To Do This, But…

I wasn’t going to make a post today, but as you can see I changed my mind. I wasn’t going to make a post today because my depression and anxiety have been particularly bad all week, but fuck it, if I’m going to have a site telling the stories of mental illness maybe I should […]

Self-Care Starts With Self Honesty 

Self-care is essential for managing any mental illness. There are days that I just can’t handle the world. I need coffee and Netflix and a cat on my lap. I need rest. I need self-care. But that is only possible if I am honest with myself.  On the surface, this starts with being honest with […]

Filling the Darkness

Depression is a darkness. It is an emptiness within. It is the place where your joy and your interests and your ability to engage with the world once existed, but depression steals those things away. And in its place it leaves an empty darkness. This emptiness, this darkness, it isn’t how humans are supposed to […]