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February 17, 2020
Eating Disorder: A Study in Grief

“Recovery is a lifestyle. You have to change how you see the world and how you see yourself.” ~ The Shadows We Hide by Allen Eskens If you had the chance to read my last post, Back To Therapy, you know my Eating Disorder has reared her ugly head again. I was naïve to think […]

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February 4, 2020
Body Kindness Sends Me Back To Therapy

If you read one of my recent posts, I had planned to start doing what I’ve been told to do. I had decided to take all that excellent professional advice instead of finding excuses and continuing to whine. I had planned to work through Body Kindness by Rebecca Scritchfield, RDN.  I bought the book. I […]

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January 7, 2020
Am I Stuck Like This?

An Introduction to Discovery-Acceptance-Change Recently I was told that we cannot change our character. Is that true? Am I stuck? Are you? Certainly, some aspects of self are hardwired. I have blue eyes. I am five feet tall. I am female. I carry my extra weight around my middle. If I don’t get enough sleep, […]

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December 31, 2019
Why Did You Ask Me?

Has someone ever asked you for advice? Has someone asked for advice then not taken it? Has someone asked for advice then not taken it AND kept complaining about the situation? You sit listening to the whining for the thousandth time. But the person refuses your or anyone’s advice. Do you want to pull your […]

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December 16, 2019
All I Want for My Children

Over the last few weeks, I’ve heard the following phrases in a variety of places (conversations, TV, books) so I decided the Godiverse wanted me to think about this concept: “All I want for my children is for them to be happy.” Doesn’t that sound lovely? But, if that’s truly your only goal for your […]

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December 2, 2019
The Bad Part About The Good Part

As many of you know, I had the amazing opportunity to spend two weeks in Europe and one of those weeks was a solo trip to Scotland. That was GOOD. You may know that I scuba dive. That is GOOD. You may know that I teach and have always been teaching something. That is GOOD. […]

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November 26, 2019
Is There Something Wrong With Me?

Recently, someone I knew very well passed away. She was 51 and the death was a shock to all. I had not seen this person in almost 5 years. We didn’t have a falling out. We just moved in different circles and then I literally moved away. Her passing was sad. I was particularly sad […]

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November 18, 2019
My Primary Bi-polar Symptoms: Compulsivity (#2)

Last time, I talked about irritability being a major bi-polar symptom for me.  But compulsive behavior is my worst symptom. Whereas irritability comes and goes, compulsiveness is a CONSTANT problem. At all times, I’m having to talk myself out of something: another cookie, another book, another project, another nap, another TV show. Those don’t sound […]

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November 11, 2019
My Primary Bi-Polar Symptoms: Irritability (#1)

If you told me you had a cold, what symptoms would you have? For me, a cold is that horrible headache behind the bridge of the nose and tight ears. For my husband, he’s suffering from a sore throat and dull headache on the crown of his head. The point? No two colds look exactly […]

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November 4, 2019
A Friend's Kindness Freaked Me Out

If you read my blog regularly then you know I lost both my parents inside of 6 weeks. You may also know that after my breakdown (April 2012), I lost most of my friends (all but 2). I have been lucky enough to create new relationships. Wonderful women. Accepting of my idiosyncrasies. The Godiverse has […]

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