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6 Life Lessons My Vacation Taught Me

Summertime often means long-awaited vacations and holiday excursions to take us away from the real world and give us a chance to relax and unwind.  It has been no different for me.  Recently I took a vacation to sunny Tampa, Florida, and I found myself in situations of which I would never dream.  I learned some valuable life lessons that I can use, not just on vacation, but also to my life beyond the sandy beach.  Below are six life lessons my vacation taught me.  Don’t go anywhere until you read them first. Life Lesson 1: Make the best of a …

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How Grief Can Be a Blessing for Those Mourning

[convertkit form=5156465]   Grief.  It can cause numbness, emptiness, shock, abandonment, depression, crying, exhaustion, confusion, and much more.  If such pain is brought on by grief, who would think of themselves as  lucky when they lose someone they dearly love?  But being lucky is the conclusion toward which I’m slowly reaching.   For almost a month, I’ve been mired in grief and the accompanying depression and sadness that ebbs and mostly flows with the loss and mourning of my mom.  The overwhelming grief for my mom is a monster for which nothing could have prepared me; however, my perspective is …

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The Versatile Blogger Award

  There must be something in the water bloggers are drinking because I can’t imagine being nominated for another award that has anything to do with me or my blog.  But I’ll digress and take the compliment.   I have been nominated for a third award called The Versatile Blogger Award by Melanie at Fraser’s Fun House.   Fraser’s Fun House is not your average parenting blog.  Though she describes herself as a new blogger, there is nothing nascent or budding in the way she engages you and delightfully brings you into her world of fun.  She knows what she is …

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The Sunshine Blogger Award

It happened again!  I’ve been nominated for another award for my blog!  It is a gross understatement to say that I am truly humbled and genuinely honored to hear that my blog is important to people and that people care enough to nominate me.  The support of others is invaluable to my mission to help others and add meaning and value to their lives. I would like to thank Hilary at www.mudmilkandcoffee.blog for nominating me.  Not only is Hilary a mother and a college student, she is a phenomenal and versatile blogger who publishes relevant and valuable posts three times …

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The Liebster Award 2018

It’s something you hope for but never expect.  You pour out your heart and soul and think nobody is noticing,  but they notice.  Then one day you are reading a talented writer’s blog post and realize she has nominated you for the Liebster Award.  You blink and look again.  Did I really just read I’ve been nominated for an award?!  Surely not.  You think of a million reasons why you shouldn’t have been nominated, and then you finally scrape up a reason or two of why you should.  So with all the gratitude my heart can give, I thank Heidi …

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15 Reasons Why I Love Writing And How I Need To Change

The desire for self-expression afflicts people when they feel there is something of themselves which is not getting through to the outside world. ~ Fay Weldon My writing muse has been mute lately.  My writing has grown stale and unsatisfying to me. Though I wrote an article on the dangers of comparison found here, I can not help but admit my own weaknesses in comparing myself to others.  Because I feel inferior and less valuable as a result of comparing myself to others, I have started down a path where I blog for others and not for myself, and that …

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How Lack of Self-Care Might Lead to Depression

Depression.  Sometimes it happens.  I don’t know why, or maybe I do and don’t give it enough credit.  Either way, I am writing at this moment to shake off the desire to self-harm.  The urge only began a little while ago, but my mood has been unstable all day.  If you caught me on Twitter @missinginsight earlier, I posted the following picture. And this is exactly how I felt.  All within two hours, I went from happy to anxious to depressed.  There was no warning, no thought, no memory, and no feeling to prompt the mood changes.  They just happened. …

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If You Really Knew Me, Then You Would Know . . .

As I sat down to write this blog post, it was initially on a different topic.  I’m not narcissistic enough to think people want to 40 things about me, but I’m feeling a little introspective, so I wanted to share some things I am thinking.   I thought a post on things you do not know about me might be helpful, and you might even be able to connect and relate to what I feel or have experienced.    Let me tell you first that I have been diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder (D.I.D.), formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder.  I’M …

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The Hostage

“The Hostage” was originally posted 1-1-2013 A poem regarding a night of anxiety in my head with Dissociative Identity Disorder. ________________________________________________________________________ The Hostage Slowly the evening falls upon me. The possibility of peace is shattered into a fairy tale as the night struggles and collapses into the blackest hole. With her naked eye the moon stalks me into hiding. No light is spared. I hear the footsteps of my thoughts scatter inside my mind, running rampant, tunneling through the darkness until I’m found crouched in fear. A tightly woven web of chaos is assembled around me. Motionless, I sit under the glare of tyranny. With unbridled abandon they advance upon me: …

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Dear us, We Need to Talk

Dear Us, We need to talk.  I don’t know exactly how to start this conversation, but let me first say that I’m sorry I have not been your friend for ages and beyond. We learned early what it was like to be neglected and abused, and I didn’t know what to do with that, so I took it out on you.  To be honest, I still don’t know what to do with it all, and I know I’m still punishing you for things that were beyond your control.   An aggregation of labels binds us together and places us under …

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