As I’m writing this, I’m watching the rain drops slide down my window. It’s a rainy spring day and I’m loving it. As someone who’s not a big fan of gray skies and cold, I’ll admit it’s the not the weather that’s making me smile. It’s not Mother’s Day or Mental Health month that’s got me either.

So what is it?

It’s the realization that we really do have control over our own lives. We can create our experiences and not feel ashamed, guilty or sad that we don’t have the life someone else or society told us we’re supposed to have. This may mean redefining mental illness or not believing we need to have the so-called “perfect” body and instead embracing a different type of reality. A reality that’s much closer to the one you already own.

Wonderful isn’t it?

It just so happens it’s also the theme of this week’s best of our blog posts. So let’s get started!

15 Body Image Boosters from the Blogosphere

(Weightlesss) – Grappling with body image issues and need a boost? This post is chock full of ideas, articles and tips on ways to improve your body image. A one stop list of 15 resources to help for those struggling with body image and self image issues.

Sweet Sorrows: Depression and Grief Have Great Value

(Bipolar Advantage) – We often focus on the success and happiness of our lives and overlook the pain and heartache that got us there. This popular post reminds us to be gracious for the hardships we’re going through now so that we can reap the rewards of our struggles in the future.

How to Live a Writer’s Life

(Writer’s Mind) – If you always dreamed of being a writer, tune into the Writer’s Mind. In this post, Susan Perry provides 5 tips based on Jeff VanderMeer’s Booklife: Strategies and Tips for the 21st-Century Writer on how to make writing your life. If you’re passionate about writing, you won’t want to miss it!

Looking at Lies and Liars

(Anxiety and OCD Exposed) – Have a liar in your life? We all know someone who lies and wonder why-why do they lie? In this post, liars are exposed. You might finally discover what reasons led someone in your life to commit this all too common sin.

My Illness is Not My Identity

(World of Psychology) – We’re not our disease or our mental illness. In this empowering post, Therese Borchard takes her identity back and inspires others to do so. A profound look into the path towards greater acceptance and awareness of one’s mental health issues without identifying with its limitations.