June Converse

My Journey from Awareness to Acceptance to Authenticity

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January 11, 2021
A Wild Ride: 2021 Here We Come

Alright, so 2020 sucked. It’s over now and we can’t go backwards. So, I’m putting on big girl pants and moving on. I can’t control COVID or elections. I can’t make hospitals bigger or people wear masks. But I can control how I spend my day and my mental energy. Before we move into 2021, […]

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December 28, 2020
Goodbye 2020, Hello 2021

This will be the last blog of the year! Can you believe it? I’ve been blogging for over 4 years. I hope – sincerely hope – I’ve helped just ONE person. If you’ve read my heart vs head debate, we (Dave and I together) agreed to follow my heart for 2021. One year at a […]

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December 21, 2020
When The Godiverse Speaks

I used to believe that God (the Christian God) guided our steps. If we’d just ask, He’d tell us what to do. I never once got an email or postcard from God. And as far as I know there is no “Dear June” from Genesis to Revelation. I’d see other people make a decision and […]

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December 7, 2020
Me and My Heart Can’t Get Along

There is one good thing about the dentist – nitrous gas! As I lay there this morning a little high with a drill in my mouth, and music in my ears, I was struck by a line in Ashley McBryde’s Andy (I Can’t Live Without You). You’re the only one who knows -- Me and […]

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November 23, 2020
The “Joy” That Wasn’t: Can Your Emotional Tank Run Empty?

I’ve been struggling to write this blog for several weeks. Not because I don’t want to share but because: I’m not sure I can get the message across I know I’m wrong and that I should feel differently. I also know that I don’t believe in the “should”. Readers will judge me. I judge myself. […]

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November 9, 2020
Emotional Woundings and Their Consequences

As you can imagine, as a writer, I have several different types of thesauruses. One is called The Emotional Wound Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Psychological Trauma by Ackerman and Puglisi. I use this to drill down to the deep soul-need in my character. Then I can construct the plot and force my character to […]

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October 26, 2020
The First Step Into Depression

Most of you know, I suffer with bi-polar. Let me change that verb. I have bi-polar. I decided not the use “suffer” because I don’t live a life of suffering. I live a life of challenges – the challenge to stay out of the pit, the challenge to stay focused and not cave to impulsive […]

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October 12, 2020
The SELFLESSNESS Of Suicide

A dear friend of mine chose to end his life recently. He was 33 and beautiful. Sweet, funny. Silly. Even when he was driving me crazy, he’d make me laugh. You never knew what was going to come out of his mouth and sometimes it was so inappropriate all I could do was wipe the […]

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September 28, 2020
Why? OR What?

Why? Do me a favor, ask yourself these questions. Pay attention to your tone and the look on your face (I know you can’t see your face, but you know what it’s doing!). As you ask these, pay attention to how your body feels and the answer your mind gives FIRST. Ready? -- Why did […]

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September 14, 2020
Criticism: How to Handle

When was the last time you were criticized? Did the answer come to you easily? We hear and absorb criticism so easily. We put the words on a continuous loop and the volume gets louder whenever we see the person who shot the arrow of criticism. Let me give you an example – an easy […]

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All of my novels, at least so far, have an element of mental illness within a character. Decide to Hope is the most autobiographical in that I struggle in many ways exactly as the female protagonist.
- J.C.
June Converse with purple hair
In April 2012 I had a mental breakdown. The real thing. I have about 36 hours that I don’t remember....
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