I’ve been thinking about suffering lately. I am coming to believe that we live in a society that values happiness and it’s continual pursuit over the necessity of acknowledging struggle, fear, grief and suffering. This leaves many of us feeling overwhelmed and hopeless. It sends a message that if we can’t find happiness we must be broken. BUT I believe that it takes … Continue reading What if happiness is a lure and not an antidote?
Being real, and working toward understanding who we are, is really hard work. It’s not just daily, it can be hourly. Minute by minute. But over the past six months or so I’ve been learning (much to my frustration, of course) some keys that seem to be relevant in moving forward and becoming more healthy in mind, body and spirit. I’ve been toying with the … Continue reading Three Keys to Being Real
No one teaches us how to navigate a relationship when mental illness is part of the picture. It is a road of pot holes, and there is no caregiver instruction manual. Sure you have to navigate your feelings and keep encouraging to provide hope, but mental illness has no schedule and nor can it be dictated. Looking back, I can see that caring for a… Continue reading Four Reasons Why It’s Okay Not to Know it All
Today I want to talk about overcoming the fear of the unknown. I realise that everyone deals with ‘the unknown’ in different ways and the things that cause them to fear it are complex, unpredictable and diverse. My current challenges lie within two predominant areas: flying and being around large congested crowds. I’m going to talk about flying, because it has been the larger problem … Continue reading Overcoming The Fear of The Unknown, One Panic Attack at a Time
Just over two weeks ago I flew from Sydney to Paris, caught the fast train to Bordeaux and spent the next 12 days in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. After two more days whirling around Paris to see The Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, Musèe de Orsay, Notre Dame and the Gardens at The Versailles Cheateau (palace, actually!), I left Paris and … Continue reading Am I depressed or just exhausted? Learning the difference.
***UPDATE*** I’ve finally had a formal assessment for my mental health. Even though I feel the jury is still out on Cyclothymia, my psychiatrist has confirmed the original diagnosis of Bipolar 2, Generalised Anxiety Disorder and Panic Disorder. To be honest, I am not worried. I am still ‘relearning’ about Bipolar 2 and how it differs from Cyclothymia, and will probably post more about it at some point. Suffice … Continue reading The daily swings explained: understanding a Cyclothymic mind.
If you’ve read any of my posts in the past you may already be aware of my journey with mental illness and know that for many years I have managed my life as best as I can when you have a mental illness and have relied on God’s love, healing and help and the support of family and friends for much of it. And this … Continue reading In order for the new to awaken, the old must die
If you’ve not read from the beginning, you can start here. Thomas Garfield, or otherwise known as Red to his family and everyone in Wagga Wagga where he grew up, didn’t consider himself to be too tall, for the right girl, of course, and knew that his lopsided grin had a habit of throwing him into hot water now and then. He prided himself on … Continue reading Reconciled Chapter 4. The Ultimate Distraction
There’s been something on my mind over the past week and I have to discuss it. As I’ve been getting my new book, Becoming You, ready for sale, I’ve been thinking about monetisation, blogging, affiliations and the like and I realised that I needed to draw a line in the sand, that for me, would determine where I make money and where I choose not … Continue reading Why I’m Not Monetising My Blog
I’ve learned something important this week about running with inspiration. Sometimes it hits like a tidal wave and as we run to catch the crest of it, we see from a new height. It’s in these moments that we should open up and create because as we do, we tend to birth the most significant portion of that creative work, in that one sublime moment. … Continue reading Ride the wave and plant the forrest