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Of Kindness and Pound Cake: Hope for 2019

Of Kindness and Pound Cake: Hope for 2019

Kindness. Think about that word for a moment. Kindness. Does it bring a smile? A tear? A shiver? When was the last time you were treated with kindness? When was...
5 Healthy Ways to Heal a Broken Heart

5 Healthy Ways to Heal a Broken Heart

Put the pieces back together again. Trying to figure out how to move on after a breakup is rough. Having a broken heart is no cup of tea — and...
The Case for Downtime

The Case for Downtime

I’m scared of downtime. That’s right, relaxation is downright uncomfortable for me. Part of me craves it like every other human being. Yet as soon as it is here, I...

How To Pick A Gynecologist

When I was 18-years-old, and it was time to go see a gynecologist, I remember asking a few friends if they thought it was better to have a male or female gynecologist. Some...
OCD and Emetophobia

OCD and Emetophobia

The fear of vomiting, or emetophobia, affects people of all ages. It is often seen in childhood and if left untreated, can become debilitating. It is also known to develop...
Today I Love Early Morning Walks

Today I Love Early Morning Walks

Today I love early morning walks in almost mild weather. I love that I don’t have to clean the car and truck off right away, though I do have to...
The Power Of Community

The Power Of Community

“When you’re down and out, When you’re on the street, When evening falls so hard, I will comfort you” Paul Simon  Perhaps the hardest thing about mental illness is the...
A Lovely Fresh Way to Pray

A Lovely Fresh Way to Pray

I’ve never been completely sure I know how to pray. Even when I say to myself, “I am going to pray” or “I need to pray” or “I am praying,”...
Best of Our Blogs: January 15, 2019

Best of Our Blogs: January 15, 2019

I love when mainstream media covers mental illness is a positive way. It normalizes what we’re all experiencing and yet many still feel scared, ashamed and afraid to talk about...
Longevity and Bipolar Disorder

Longevity and Bipolar Disorder

What’s the average lifespan of someone with bipolar disorder? Now that I’m in my 50s, and now that I’ve lived with the diagnosis for nearly three decades, I wonder if...
Resourcefulness: Compassionate Problem-Solving

Resourcefulness: Compassionate Problem-Solving

My blog is all about how to engage conflict without casualties. I’ve written quite a bit about reframing our relationship with conflict and drama. In this post I suggested that...
The “Perfect” Foster Parent

The “Perfect” Foster Parent

Someone recently commented on a Facebook post of mine and said, “You’re basically the perfect foster parent, but I’d like to read a blog about those foster parents who aren’t...
Medication Shame Has A High Cost

Medication Shame Has A High Cost

Shame is a powerful demotivator with many negative outcomes.  While there’s possibly a temporary, positive effect of shame in some areas of life. I think about my diet and food shaming myself...
Electric Ecstasy

Electric Ecstasy

Hey, you! Do you have ADHD? You do? How tidy are you? Me? Not so much. I work hard enough at it and I’m moderately successful at it, but I’m...
Your True Identity: Coping with Change

Your True Identity: Coping with Change

A stream, from a far-off mountain, passed down through the countryside, until it at last reached the sands of the desert. Just as it had crossed every other barrier, the...
21 Days of Motivation to Help You Lose Weight

21 Days of Motivation to Help You Lose Weight

Give Me 21 Days and I’ll Give You Successful Ideas to Motivate Yourself to Lose Weight. Did you know January is National Weight Loss Awareness Month? What will motivate you...