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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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June 18, 2018
Bi-polar Does Not Equal Criminal

Okay, I’m PISSED off …. Seriously PISSED off. I read A LOT – up to five books a week – mostly romance and mystery/crime/psychological thriller. I also enjoy any mystery/crime television show. I have noticed a pattern – when the criminal is identified or profiled, they are often labeled as bi-polar. Bi-polar is like the […]

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June 4, 2018
Hypomania: My Own Private Party An Aspect of Being Bi-Polar

Many of you have never heard of hypomania. I thought the best way to explain hypomania is with a drawing. [insert my roller coaster drawing] Notice that hypomania is not quite manic. (hypo = under/below) The Party of One and Others I’ve mentioned in other blogs the concept of “others”. Basically others are those elements […]

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March 5, 2018
What Is Hell?

As many of my readers know, I struggle far too often with suicidal ideation. Yesterday, this was the primary topic at my therapy session. She asked me a variety of questions but the one I want to “talk” to you about is this: What stops me? I have all the tools, I know how, I’m […]

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February 19, 2018
The Pits

The first time was in eighth grade. The little bottles were arranged like soldiers. There were fourteen bottles -- one for every year of my life. I didn’t make that connection then but looking back that seems poetic or foreshadowing. The little red one I remember the most. It was the exact size and shape […]

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February 12, 2018
Dammit

I have purple hair. My husband wears a three-piece suit. We have a dragon for a pet. Our dragon – let’s call her Dammit – loves Oreos and has discovered coffee is quite tasty if it costs $5. Dammit rests on the precipice between an unruly toddler and an insufferable teenager. Give her the Oreos, […]

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January 1, 2018
Accept Yourself in 2018

This year, I will continue to write about my goals/ habits/ trials/ success/ anguish.  I will let you into a mind that suffers.   I’ll continue to crack myself open so that YOU feel safe to be who YOU are, feel what YOU feel, realize YOU are not alone, trust YOU are valuable just because […]

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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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