42 and Counting: Why I’m Celebrating Another Year

As I approach my 42nd birthday this week, I do so as a survivor of congenital heart disease, depression, and anxiety. I am glad to be alive for if my suicide attempt twenty-six years ago had been successful, I would have missed my sisters’ weddings, the birth of their children, meaningful friendships, and life-changing theatreContinue reading “42 and Counting: Why I’m Celebrating Another Year”

My Birthday Wish: Making 40 Count

“What do you want for your birthday?” – This question stumps me every year even though books, CDs, DVDs, and writing supplies are staple responses. However, as I turn 40 this May I know exactly what I want: I need your help supporting causes that matter to me on a personal level. Who am I?Continue reading “My Birthday Wish: Making 40 Count”

Day Twenty-Six of the 111 Day Writer’s Journey

DAY 26: Journaling My foray into writing began over twenty-five years ago as journaling. I was a shy, people-pleasing pre-teen who didn’t like conflict. Sidenote: I still don’t like conflict.  Anyway, writing my thoughts and feelings in a journal became my healthy outlet for what eventually morphed into depression. I’ve overcome many struggles so far,Continue reading “Day Twenty-Six of the 111 Day Writer’s Journey”

Day Twelve of the 111 Day Writer’s Journey: Sunday SoulJourn

DAY 12: Distressed Whole Ever feel like you’re immersed in a world so distressed that no amount of love, joy, positivity, compassion, wisdom, acceptance, or hope you exude can make an impact? That’s what depression feels like. I look at the world around me and I see anger, hatred, bigotry, violence, cruelty, and social injustice.Continue reading “Day Twelve of the 111 Day Writer’s Journey: Sunday SoulJourn”