Knowing the Difference Between A Comfort Zone and Limitations

I've always had big dreams. Even before I developed and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I wanted to go to an Ivy League college or an HBCU, I wanted to become a doctor, I wanted to have kids, I wanted to do a whole slew of big things. However, over the years I discovered, often times the hard way, that these big dreams just weren't within my reach. It had nothing to do with not being intelligent enough, or driven enough, or not trying hard enough. I simply have limitations that many other people don't. Just making it through undergrad was a struggle. It took me 8 years to finish....more

10 Reasons for Adults to PLAY!

1) It gives your brain a chance to rest. Our brains are very busy places; playing lets it wander in a different direction for while. 2) Temporarily shuts up our internal critic/editor that often interferes with questions of worthiness, ability, etc. 3) Social play, such a game nights or group sports improve social skills and help us feel connected to our community and world. 4) A mental health reboot. Not from having a mental illness but play often leads to feelings that make us feel good, even when we don’t think we can. ...more

I'm sweet, sweet-ish, kinda

Life Motto by allshewrotenotesWhere to begin?...more

Take Full Ownership Of Your Life And Watch Your Future Change Overnight

   Today I want to talk to you about a problem that affects a lot of people and that’s the lack of being self-reliant and taking ownership of your life....more

Is our lifespan about growth?

Humans aren't meant to live forever. We are born into this world, we grow from babies into adults and live about four score years and ten. Some live longer than others, attributing their age to various ways of living, food etc....more

The Grouchy Butterfly

Plenty of life's worthwhile experiences come with difficulties, struggles, and pain....more

Aren’t You Glad You Don’t Look Like What You’ve Been Through? I Am! Glory Hallelu!

When you meet with new trials and it seems difficult, remember how good God has been to you. He’s able. God’s faithfulness will sustain you.Be bold in your prayers. Come to God with audacious faith. Don’t let one circumstance stop your praise. Trust God. Life will be worth living....more

Growing Observations

Being around friends can sometimes be a challenge for me.  My past behavior when I didn't know that I am Bipolar and Borderline Personality caused me to lose friends because of my eradicate behavior. Over the last 4 or 5 years as I have been in treatment and working with my psychiatrist, some people have come back to my life. The commonality that is often said to me whether it be a therapist or a friend is "you are very determined and honest about your recovery". ...more

A New Tattoo: On The Art of Healing

It’s been a week since I had my 3 new (well, 2 new and a cover-up) tattoos done , and I’ve had a new observation. As I’ve watched my tattoos heal, I realize how much the process reflects not just the symbols I’ve inked into my body, but also how growth happens in life. Tattoos are art, and I believe there is an art in healing, too....more
Karen Ballum  Thanks so much Karen!more

Gratitude Linkup - Week of 6/8/14

One of the best ways to have perspective, for me, is to remember the things I'm grateful for. There have been times when I've gotten stuck in negativity that I've done a quick gratitude list (in my head or with another) and started on the path of releasing that negativity. Gratitude lists help me to remember what's beautiful and to remain present in my life.Each week, Laurel Regan's Gratitude linkup over at Alphabet Salad is a way for me to share a few of the things I'm grateful for with others....more