Positives…

Once again there is a gap in posts. Some of that can be chalked up to life, some of it has to do with me, and some of it boils down to not knowing what to write. As I sat in front of the blank landscape of my computer screen I struggled. I struggled to … [Read more…]

Choices…

Things happen in life that can be difficult to handle. Something breaks, well laid plans fall apart, major repairs on a car, toxic people impact our lives, relationships dissolve, and sometimes the story ends for someone you know. Often when being told about these things I hear a sense of being out of control. At … [Read more…]

Life Happens

It’s been over two months since I’ve blogged and for both you and I; I apologize. Life happened. Some great things happened. Some heartbreaking things happened. That just seems to be how life goes sometimes. We can’t have one without the other. Getting through those challenges can be exhausting. For me there was about a … [Read more…]

Those Moments…

As the mental health community lower our eyes in grief and say our goodbyes to one of our own, it is difficult to really wrap our heads around what’s happened. Amy Bleuel, who began Project Semicolon in 2016 did not make it through one of those moments. However, her legacy and her story will live … [Read more…]

Taking Control

There’s this point after everything has fallen apart. This point where we have surrendered control of our very lives. Others make all our decisions for us. We’re told what to do, where to go, when to do this or that, take this, get up, come with me, tell him or her what you’re thinking, if … [Read more…]

Breaking the Chains

This is not just about recovery. This is for everyone. Lately I’ve been seeing this trend of diminishing others experience to either maintain or legitimize the status quo. In the realm of recovery from a mental health or substance abuse challenge diminishing someone’s experience can be devastating. Devastating to the point that it can and … [Read more…]

New Beginnings

Over the last few days I’ve had a lot going on. At times it’s felt very overwhelming and like I’m barely keeping my head above water. Even with all of this happening I’ve had to sit back and acknowledge the significance of it all. On one side I’m completing the process of closing an old … [Read more…]

Acceptance

Lately I’ve had a lot playing on my mind about how far I’ve come in my recovery and some of the things that have made that journey a little easier. Several people have talked to me about how hard it is, how sometimes even getting started seems impossible, they don’t know where to start, or … [Read more…]

Shave your legs…

Recently¬†I had the privilege of being invited to assist in training the staff of paws4people Foundation¬†on developing a Wellness Recovery Action Plan and some aspects of how to provide Peer Support. For someone who considers themselves healthy and happy developing a WRAP can be challenging because they often times don’t see the need for it. … [Read more…]

Looking Back

Sometimes we stop what we’re doing and we look back to where we were. As we contemplate where we are in our lives and the path we chose to get here there is a tidal wave of emotions. Those emotions aren’t always positive; but they should be. Allow me to be a little overly vague … [Read more…]