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January 7, 2019
Resolved Not To Change

It’s that time of year when we are all challenged to make resolutions. For me, making resolutions requires me to focus on what I don’t like about myself or my life. That seems like a crappy way to start 2019. Instead, I’ve decided to reverse that process and make a resolution of the things in […]

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December 17, 2018
Dropping the Pain

“Memories begin to creep forward from hidden corners of your mind. Passing disappointments. Lost chances, and lost causes. Heartbreaks and pain and desolate, horrible loneliness. Sorrows you thought long forgotten mingle with still-fresh wounds. The stone [of memories] feels heavier in your hand. [But] When you drop it … you feel lighter. As though you […]

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December 3, 2018
Gratefulness and Adult Children

Last week, I wrote about being truly grateful for the everyday things of life. You have to be MINDFUL of the day-to-day. I presented one approach for expressing gratitude to your significant other. By the way, I just sent him his two sentences! I mentioned the book The Gratitude Diaries by Janice Kaplan and I’m […]

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November 19, 2018
Gratefulness and Mindfulness: A Perfect Pairing

“Because it’s not depending on specific events, gratitude is long lasting and impervious to change or adversity. It requires an emotional involvement.” “…concluded that gratitude may have the highest connection to mental health and happiness.” ~The Gratitude Diaries by Janice Kaplan, emphasis added It’s Thanksgiving week in the US, so what better topic than gratitude? […]

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November 5, 2018
Pros and Cons ~ An Adapted DBT Style: Rational + Emotional = Wise

FROM A BILLBOARD NEAR ME: Everything happens for a reason. Sometimes the reason is you're stupid and make bad decisions. Imagine you have been offered a new job and you want to do a pros and cons analysis. Would it look something like this? PROS More money Better insurance Corner Office CONS Commute (from 30 […]

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October 22, 2018
Split Personalities (A DBT Concept)

I tried to determine the best way to describe the Wise Mind concept from Marsha Linehan’s DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) mode. This particular treatment/coping modality has been the most helpful to me. Ms. Linehan has developed many tools to help someone like me calm myself and make rational decisions. Over the next several weeks, I […]

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October 8, 2018
Two Steps Forward, Three Steps Back (and a comment from the husband)

The last two posts I have shared with you a problem that occurred while vacationing in paradise with my family (husband, daughter, son and future daughter-in-law). Basically, I got my feelings hurt in three ways (having breakfast alone every morning, my children not reading my novel, and my family playing without me). I used Tara […]

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September 24, 2018
“R.A.I.N”ing In Paradise: Part 2

Last week, I wrote about hurt feelings turning to anger while I sat in a paradise. I walked through the R.A.I.N process and stopped when I got to I[nvestigate]. In order to investigate, I had to ask myself: What am I believing about myself? How is this situation feeding my story? That sounds easy but […]

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September 17, 2018
Unhappy In Paradise: let it R.A.I.N.

Seventy-five degrees. Swaying palm trees. Heaven. Paradise. Free food, free drinks and even pool boys to deliver. Warm blue water. Paradise. Heaven. It’s 7:15AM and there I sat. The sunrise filtered through the trees and reflected off the pure white sand. The night before, my entire family laughed and teased and simply enjoyed each other. […]

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September 11, 2018
Mental Health and Alphabet Soup: My Journey to Accept & Transform

My Goal for Myself and This Blog Over the last month, I’ve been considering what I want to accomplish with this blog. Over the last two years, I’ve tried to show what life is like inside a bi-polar mind – the good and the bad. When I embarked on that writing plan, I had several […]

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    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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  • 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. 
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