As part of Mental Health Month, I will be sharing more on what my day to day life can be like as a Christian living with Bipolar 2 Disorder, Generalised Anxiety and Panic Disorder. I hope to uncover some real life battles that go on and how I am learning to manage the onslaught, fight the battle and come out stronger in my faith and my wellbeing.
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 … Continue reading Three Keys to Being Real
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 … Continue reading Overcoming The Fear of The Unknown, One Panic Attack at a Time
***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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … Continue reading Why I’m Not Monetising My Blog
If you’ve not read from the beginning, you can start here. Chapter 3 Photoshoot Mayhem Hannah woke to her alarm going off at 4:45 am. Stretching, cat like, she felt happy, excited. Today was a going to be a nice break from the emotional rollercoaster of the past few weeks and she jumped out of … Continue reading Chapter 3 Photoshoot Mayhem
Okay, I know it's late, but I just have to write this. And yes, I am on a tangent. Brace yourself 🙂 I hate writing pitch emails. I forget to do it all. the. time. Then I'll do three or four in a row and then totally forget again. It's a vicious cycle. And I've … Continue reading Why I’ve decided to stop pitching and spend more time networking
If you’ve not read from the beginning, you can start here. Chapter 3, Scene 1 It rained from Friday night until Monday morning. After such a massive week, no one really wanted to go out anyway, and the mood was as damp as the house. Even Hannah’s Moodle, Shelby, seemed to drag herself around, plopping … Continue reading Reconciled Chapter 3. A miserable weekend and a mystery to solve.