June Converse

My Journey from Awareness to Acceptance to Authenticity

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November 6, 2017
Suicide from the Inside

This will be the hardest piece I’ve ever written -- it is the piece I never wanted to write.  It is the piece I’m scared will destroy me.  But, it must be written as it is important and in some ways, eating me alive.  I am not a therapist.  I have no statistical studies for […]

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October 30, 2017
Failure Reframed

Have you ever failed?  Of course you have.  Maybe in small ways.  Maybe in huge ways.  Failure is as universal as anger, sadness, joy, tears and laughter.  If you’ve followed my blogs, then you are aware that I had a mental breakdown in April 2012.  At the time, I owned and taught at a small […]

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October 23, 2017
Going To the Dogs?

Do me a favor – take a few deep breaths, get as calm as you possibly can.  Get a sense of how hard your heart is beating and any other body sensations you can identify.  Got it?  Now I want you to think about a time you’ve been extremely angry or frightened. Remember the circumstances, […]

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October 16, 2017
I Can Eat the Whole Pie

Are you expecting a blog about food?  Sorry to disappoint you but I do think this is an important topic – owning the entire complement (pie) of our emotions.  Let’s get started … Imagine the last time you felt a strong (negative) emotion.  Maybe you were angry with your partner or your kids or your […]

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October 9, 2017
What People Think of You?

Over the least 3 days I’ve had several people say something like …. “But, what will people think?”  I personally have thought the following at least 20 times:  “I’m scared to do it because of what people will think.”  I know what people think …ready?  Please think _______________________________________.  NOTHING! Let me prove it! Me-Myself-Mine Take […]

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October 2, 2017
Do I Have To Be Excellent or Good Enough?

Last week, our daughter called to tell us she was struggling with a class.  She’d already dropped this class once so she felt some serious pressure to get through it.  And, she’s a people pleaser through-and-through so she is serious about getting good grades and keeping that GPA up.  I take credit – and blame […]

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September 25, 2017
The Ego vs The Soul: Only One Can Prevail

What is the Job of the Ego? The ego has a primary job – to make you feel self-important.  The ego accomplishes this by showing you where you are “better” than others and beating you to death with how you are “less” than others.  Your inner critic is the voice of the ego.  That part […]

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September 18, 2017
Covering Your But...

Okay, I’ll admit it -- I stole this title from a cell phone commercial.  It’s so perfect I’ll take the risk …. I know you have a habit you want to build or a habit you want to stop or a goal you want to reach.  Likely there are several.  I’ve asked around and here […]

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September 11, 2017
If You Can't Say Something Nice ...

We all know how that phrase ends …. If you can’t say something nice, then don’t say anything at all (my father said it better … If you can’t say something nice, then keep your damn mouth shut.) What the phrase doesn’t say is that if we can’t say something nice then lie!  Re-read that […]

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September 4, 2017
It Matters ... It Shouldn't Matter!

Several weeks ago, I joined Orange Theory Fitness (OTF). It’s a pretty hardcore workout that pushes you to earn “splat points” or to be in the “orange zone”.  Now, I’m fit and doing the workout is tough but doable.  Yet, I cannot get those damn splat points.  I know I shouldn’t do it, but I […]

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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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