Bipolar Confessions from a Wife, Mother, and Friend.

I struggle with type 2 bipolar disorder.

Bipolar has transformed my life into a monumental challenge, and I feel guilty when it affects my family and friends.

Fatigue

Smiling, interacting, being part of the family unit or social circle… all can be exhausting. Between my medications and pushing through the day, I sometimes slip into a landslide of lassitude. Naps are not only a nicety, but a necessity…or neither. Continue reading “Bipolar Confessions from a Wife, Mother, and Friend.”

Outing My Bipolar Self

Friendships are hard for a bipolar, anxiety-ridden introvert.

Other than my years of being bullied, friendships were good overall. By 11th grade…and college…and early years of my career, friends were sprinkled throughout. Not many, but enough. None lasted, although I thought they would. As much as I tried to keep them near, they drifted further and further away. Eventually, I stopped trying. I’d converse with my colleagues at work, but doing anything outside of work or home became extremely rare. Continue reading “Outing My Bipolar Self”

The Mentally Ill are Taking the Fall for Gun Violence.

Are You Brave Enough to Stand Up for Them?

In the aftermath of yet another senseless school shooting, the masses cry out.

Not only is gun control one of the first discussion points, so is mental illness. Because, you know, (inject sarcasm) that’s the single most comprehensible explanation for anyone to commit such an atrocity!

I have bipolar, and I am also a responsible gun owner.

Being mentally ill does not mean I’m going on a shooting spree.

The news commentators and government and social media call out, “We have a mental health problem!” No shit, Sherlock; however, that’s not why these shootings occur. Continue reading “The Mentally Ill are Taking the Fall for Gun Violence.”

2018: My Year of Kaizen

Going Small for New Year’s Resolutions

 

Kaizen is a Japanese word that roughly translates to “good change” meaning “improvement”. This simple term has morphed into a philosophy of “constant, continuous improvement” and is a mindset you can apply anywhere in your life.

Kaizen

So, cheers to kaizen of 2018! In opposition of March’s ole weather folklore of “in like a lion, out like a lamb,” I’ll shall begin 2018 under the radar and end the year strong, awesome, and changed for the better.

When struggling with mental illness, baby steps are necessary anyway. Little changes make a huge difference. Yet, mental illness or not, many of us just need to begin small. Keeping up with small changes is easier than keeping up with large changes.

Kaizen is a Japanese word that roughly translates to “good change” meaning “improvement”. Cheers to kaizen in 2018! Click To Tweet

Here are my 20 baby steps I plan on implementing:

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