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It took 793 days!

Today, I am here to celebrate my win with you all. I am a bit nervous while typing this blog because it’s unbelievable what happened last night. You know that feeling when you fight so hard that your only mission is to win, but when you finally win you feel numb, like ‘is this for real’….

February 24, 2021
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The New Dawn
Each day, we wake up, rubbing our eyes to a new day. And what greets us as we open those eyes? Light! A new dawn greets us each day, but it is easy to overlook. Tempting to treat it as something mundane, something to be expected. What are the first actions you take to greet...
February 9, 2021
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Remembering to Have a Plan

Planning is essential to my recovery. Planning entails deciding in advance what will happen. Planning has the amazing benefit of giving you control over your life. Having control over your life is essential to feeling happy and fulfilled. In my experience, planning is so essential to recovery that it is important to always have a…

January 7, 2021
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Depression

Depression isn’t just a word. It’s something that can consume your life. It feels like an invisible entity on your shoulder that tells you everything wrong with you. It knows your weaknesses and it knows how to exploit them. Depression feels like a black hole and the harder it pulls, the harder it is to…

December 24, 2020
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Be Grateful To Move Forward In Life

I heard a phrase the other day. I wasn’t paying attention so I do not recall where I heard it, but the phrase struck me. The person speaking said the group of people they were referencing were “too busy surviving to dream”. For some reason, the term really resonated with me. It made me think…

December 22, 2020
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My Experience with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Have you ever heard someone say “I’m so OCD” because they like their surroundings to be neat and tidy? Have you ever said this yourself? If so, I have a shocking personal fact to tell you. I have OCD and I’m not bothered when my room gets messy. How could this be? While it’s true…

December 19, 2020
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Believe in Holiday Magic!

Hello! I hope you are doing well through these unprecedented times. Ever since COVID-19 hit our world, the number of people struggling with substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and mental health issues has spiked. The truth is these issues can impact any of us, especially during the holiday season. Labeling yourself as a person with depression,…

December 13, 2020
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My Journey through Depression, Unemployment, and Cooking
Unemployed, again. The stress has left me with depression and financial problems. After graduating with my undergraduate and graduate degrees, I spent my time unemployed. All in all, I’ve been unemployed for years at a time. I’ve had periods of job searching that have come up with absolutely nothing. I don’t blame the economy; I...
November 12, 2020
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Why Voting Is A Precious Right

…around the country, Americans are standing in lines for up to four hours if not longer to do the same thing I was able to do in just a few moments. It seems wrong. It seems unfortunate. It is our new reality. What I love is that, despite all the obstacles, people are making the effort to vote early despite the discomfort to make sure they are counted! Old people, young people―no demographic is left out. It is a beautiful sight to see!

October 27, 2020
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Art Therapy As A Coping Tool
I feel very lucky to say that I am both a peer with lived experience with bipolar disorder and a licensed art therapist. In addition, the therapist I’m in regular treatment with is an art therapist herself. During this pandemic, I have been able to use art therapy as a coping skill to soothe my...
September 18, 2020
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