Beware: Mental Illness Affects All! You should know…

In 2006, while I was rehabbing from strokes and heart surgery, another member of our family was diagnosed with mental illness, and consequently hospitalized a number of times. Up until that point, we were blissfully ignorant of mental illness. We quickly learned that it affects not just the one with the diagnosis, but everyone who …

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Celebrating 28-years because and in spite of…

Last weekend Steve and I celebrated our 28th wedding anniversary. We enjoyed meals at new-to-us restaurants, visited Fort Worth, museums, Sundance Square, a night in a hotel, church with our youngest and his girlfriend, and reminisced about so many things we have experienced and learned over those years. Steve did some Facebook check-ins and status …

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Giving Paws–Book Review and Recommendation

Giving Paws, Martha L. Thompson, Self-Help: Personal Growth/Happiness Stars: 4.5 I must confess at the outset that this book was sent to me by the author. She discovered my website a number of months before her book was released. As we both write about experiences with invisible/chronic illnesses and our service dogs, we quickly connected. …

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What’s keeping you from soaring?

Do you ever feel like your creative endeavor isn’t worth the effort because you’ll never be as good at it as others are? You are not alone! This is something I struggle with more than anything else. I am competitive by nature, and was raised with the marching order: “If you’re going to do it, …

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Great Challenges Require Great Champions

I have lots of great ideas, and thanks to my love of research, I have more information and trivia stored in my head than is probably good for me. What I have always struggled with is self-discipline. I was one of those fortunate kids who had a lot of interests and talents, so I was able …

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5 Favorite Sources of Writing Inspiration

I am a writer. That means I am compelled to write. It might be a journal, blog post, fiction, Bible study, Facebook status update, or even Tweet, but I must write. It's been this way since childhood. When other children were drawing pictures, I was using those jumbo crayons to write. It didn't bother me one …

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Thank You!!

It's the two year anniversary of my blog!As of today, I've written 62 posts, received over 3,100 views, and have 558 followers. Slowly but surely I'm building my tribe. (Still optimistically hoping for a thousand followers by end of year.)I have learned a lot about writing, blogging, and publishing over the last two years. I started …

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Oh Calliope, Where Art Thou?

I have a confession to make. It's Thursday, and today I am struggling to honor my commitment/challenge to myself to blog twice a week, preferably on Mondays and Thursdays. Actually, I'm struggling to write anything. Life and illness keep getting in the way. I don't feel inspired or motivated. I haven't added any words to my …

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Encouragement from the Woman with the Issue of Blood

I've suffered from chronic and invisible illnesses since I was a teenager. Migraines at 15, endometriosis at 17, back issues thanks to a car accident in college, Crohn's Disease and Anylosing Spondylitis in my 20s, and then strokes which are probably symptomatic of a larger neurological disorder in my late 30s. I have frustrated family, …

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Motivation to jump-start 2014

I love swimming. Seriously. I LOVE swimming. I don't place any stock in astrology, but I am a Pisces and I am fascinated by marine biology --especially dolphins and whales-- and my happy place is always near water, specifically the Pacific Ocean at sunset. Did I mention I love swimming? I grew up swimming in …

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