The Bipolar Writer Podcast Episode Five

In the episode, I got the honor of interviewing Bri, a mental health advocate and a blogger. In the interview, she tells us about her mental illness and shares her journey from its origins to today, where she deals with a plethora of diagnoses daily.

Signs of Hope and More

I am an Etsy shop owner. When I first opened my Etsy shop my goal was to make a line of gifts, cards, magnets, stickers and wall art for MENTAL HEALTH RECOVERY AND WELLNESS. I thought… there is not much out there that I am aware of–not many cards or gifts specifically for people with… Continue reading Signs of Hope and More

Find Your Purpose and Joy

There have been many things I have learned throughout two decades of stumbling, and crashing and eventually living and thriving with mental illness. As we know, acceptance is the first step in recovery. Acceptance comes in many forms. There is the acceptance of your diagnosis and the realizations of losses– some of them temporary and… Continue reading Find Your Purpose and Joy

Don’t Forget MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS

I have been encouraged by the BLACK LIVES MATTER movement and pray it will make a positive change in America and around the world. It is time and it is necessary. Please keep in mind as you read the following words I do NOT want to EVER take anything away from the Black Lives Matter… Continue reading Don’t Forget MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS

Shame Ate My Soul – My Memoir is Published (finally)

My memoir is finally a book. It is done. It is completed. Finished. My book is published and is available on Amazon in ebook or in print. It is beautiful. I used Adobe Illustrator to make my book cover and edited it and formatted my entire book myself (and is also why it is not… Continue reading Shame Ate My Soul – My Memoir is Published (finally)

Signs of Hope

Signs of hope are everywhere. Hope is always present. Sometimes we have to search for it but it is always there. It has been about two and a half months since the last time I wrote. Since the last time I wrote, the world changed… and asked me to stay home. I isolated for years… Continue reading Signs of Hope

Kind of Like a War Hero

I’m a war hero. At least I’m kind of like a war hero. I survived a war, but was never in the military. I have battle scars, but was never in combat. I have PTSD. That illness you understand for veterans. I survived a war, that I’m still battling. I’m a survivor, but I’m still… Continue reading Kind of Like a War Hero

Don’t Be a Negative Nelly

My brain is always moving quickly–thinking, planning, reminiscing, dreaming, creating and is actively working. It doesn’t shut down much. It has always been like this and it always will. That is a part of who I am. Sometimes my thoughts are happy and pleasant and other times they are negative, intrusive and alarming. When negative… Continue reading Don’t Be a Negative Nelly

Can You Have a “Little” Binge Eating Disorder?

I have battled with my weight my entire life and was thin until I became pregnant with my first daughter. I followed the example of others around me at the time, twenty-seven years ago and I gained 70–yes 70 pounds when I was pregnant. The good news was that I lost it all minus 20… Continue reading Can You Have a “Little” Binge Eating Disorder?

The Stigma Bubble – a poem

I once lived in a bubble the mental illness kind of bubble. I didn’t know the truth, only what I saw on TV. Pretending it wasn’t real. Refusing to see the truth of mental illness and the reality of its huge prevalence from sea to shining sea. One day I became the statistic, the one in five. Forced… Continue reading The Stigma Bubble – a poem