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#FaceDepression

In the way that the world works, once you open yourself to something, the universe brings more of it to you. I recently wrote about my decision to start getting more involved in mental health advocacy. I contacted JAMHAN and indicated my willingness to participate in their organisation. Around the same time that I did…

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Going beyond myself

For the last several years, I have not hidden that I deal with depression. Initially, only my family knew. Then I shared with close friends. It took some years before I was comfortable enough sharing it outside my circle. I’ve now mentioned it many times here on my blog (just search for depression). Recently, I…

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A place for my thoughts

I have written before about writing as therapy. I freely admit that when I stop writing (whether blog posts, poetry, or anything else), I feel something missing. The less I write, the less I feel like writing, which often means I talk even less. I’ve tackled journalling before as part of my approach to dealing…

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Blindsided by breaks

It seems every so often I find myself facing the reality that I have completely abandoned writing though I know how much it means to me. I had no idea that nearly six months had passed since I last wrote. Of course, there are a few reasons for my absence. I’ve been doing some freelance…

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Laying the foundation for 2015

Each year, as I review the previous 12 months, I identify what didn’t work. My theme for the coming year often reflects this as I aim to correct the issues and fill in the gaps. As I have said, 2014 was, for me, directionless. I had no theme, no goals, no real plan – and…

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The Year That Was 2014

I had kind of decided I was not going to do a review of 2014 since I had pretty much drifted along aimlessly and the waves just tossed me around. But 2 days ago I read Chris Guillebeau’s Annual Review and it inspired me (again), in more ways than one. Clearly, I was inspired to write…

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Sure, I’m ok

It’s become easier and easier to just smile and pretend that I’m ok, but I’m not. The fact that I’ve been up since 1 a.m., and have sorted my laundry, prepped some vegetables for cooking and salads, and written in my journal, all by 3 a.m., says that I am not ok. The fact that…

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Writing as therapy

There is no question, to my mind, that writing is a good thing. If you have read much of what I’ve written then you realize how much of myself comes across in my writing. I pour out the feelings and emotions that inspire the writing, whether they be joy, excitement, anticipation, or sorrow, loneliness, despair.…

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The dark before the light

So in my last post, my first in a while, I hinted at some challenges faced over the last several months. Everyone has challenges, and people deal with theirs differently. As I have mentioned before on this blog, I have a diagnosis of clinical depression that I have struggled with for several years. Though I…

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The Absolutely Best Stuff I Read This Week #1

I read widely and have pretty varied interests. This shows up in how I consume information online. There is a lot of crap but there are some shining moments. For your Sunday reading pleasure, here is The Absolutely Best Stuff I Read This Week.

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Why you need to nurture your support system

Whether you like large social groups, have lots of friends or stay close to only a few people, you have a support system. Humans are social beings. They were not actually meant to be alone. One of my goals for this year was to foster healthy relationships with friends, colleagues, and family. So here’s to a renewed focus on the people I surround myself with!

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What’s the plan for 2013? (Part 2)

So having sorted out the direction for this year, the Year of Abundance, I have decided to bring a bit more specificity to my efforts. This year I want to focus on specific areas of my life, and outline beforehand the kind of improvement I want to create. While all areas are important, there is…

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