What I’m Thankful For

Yesterday I wrote a post on my Rest in Piece Book Blog, entitled A Writer’s Guide to Thankfulness. The post talked about what I’m thankful for as a writer. Today however, since Thanksgiving is approaching, I’d like to take some time to talk about some of the things that I am thankful for in general.

A Loving Family

  • While I do struggle with dealing with some members of my family and while family is never perfect, I know that they care for me and love me. I know that when I need them the most, my family members will come through for me. Some of them are more supportive than others, but I don’t doubt that they all love me. I know that some people struggle to get along with any of their family members and that sadly, many people don’t have any biological family members left in this world.

Amazing Friends

  • Whether talking about the friends I have actually met or those I’ve come to know through blogging, I have so many wonderful friends who listen to me, respect me, and care about me. I think that having people in your life that you feel that you can count on and be yourself around without judgement is so important and precious. The fact that I have people in my life who try their hardest to brighten my day and make me happy is amazing! To know that these individuals truly care for me is even more wonderful. I’m so happy to have people that I can relate to and that can relate to me. I’m so grateful for these friendships.

My Talents

  • While I talked about this in A Writer’s Guide to Thankfulness, I’m very thankful for my talents: to write, to listen to others, and to help others. While I know I’m not the best writer in the world, I also believe that I have the power to inspire and help through words. I think that’s a fantastic gift and talent to have. I’m also a very hardworking and dedicated individual which I also think is important.

Opportunities

  • From attending good schools and graduating college to being offered to write for some amazing people, I’ve been offered some great opportunities that I sometimes wondered if they would ever come my way. I am not only thankful for the opportunities but for the people who offered them to me.

Wonderful Teachers, etc.

  • I’ve been fortunate enough to have some pretty incredible teachers/professors. These individuals have not only given me great advice and taught me important lessons, but they have also respected me as a human being and shared with me how proud they were that I accomplished the goals that I set out to achieve. I’ve had so many inspiring teachers and for that, I’m utterly grateful.

My Health

  • While I do struggle with anxiety and while that utterly sucks, my health otherwise is pretty good. I know that a lot of people have to deal with a lot of other health issues, so I’m thankful that for the most part, I’m relatively healthy. Along with my health, I’m thankful for having food and shelter!

What are you thankful for? I hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving and fantastic Thursday!

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Being Around Great People, Compliments, and Good Days!

There’s definitely something to be said about being around people who respect, understand, and care for you. There are so many people in this world that just being around them, brightens your day. These people are amazing and they should be reminded as such. Not only are they there for you, but they make you feel good about yourself. They leave you feeling strong and extra-confident.

Yesterday I got my hair cut by an amazing woman. She’s smart, funny, and kind. She understands what I go through and she makes an effort to make me feel good about myself and really listen to what I have to say. I love having people like this in my life. Though there are some people that will never be able to understand what we go through and who have trouble showing respect, there are others who will go out of their way to make the world a better, kinder place. I am very happy to say that I have people like this in my life.

We should all aspire to be individuals who care for others. We should all offer sincere compliments, a listening ear, and a shoulder to cry on if needed. We should all strive to make someone’s day a little better and you know what? We all have the ability to be that kind of person!

Coming Soon: Exciting News!

Hey everyone! I have some very exciting news! I will soon be publishing my very first book EVER! I am so excited to share this special time in my life with all of you. After about one year of working on my story, I’ve finally finished and have come across the opportunity to publish it online. I want to thank all of you for your support with my writing!

While it is still a work in progress, due to the fact that I have not quite yet published the story, I have begun creating a new blog for my book! If you’d like, you can check out the blog here! You can also check out the blog by clicking the link located on the top menu of this blog. For now, the link is titled ‘Book Blog – Coming Soon’. The name will change after I publish the book. I will of course still do my regular posts on this blog, but information about the book will be available on the new one!

In addition, I will be writing a post letting you know when the book is officially published. I promise it will be very soon!

Publishing a book has been a long time dream of mine. I’m so happy that I’ll have the opportunity to publish my story and that I can share this wonderful news with all of you, some of whom have supported me for quite some time!

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The Happiness Tag!

The kind Jenny Marie from Peace From Panic has tagged me for The Happiness Tag! Thank you so much, Jenny Marie! Please check out her great blog!

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Five Things That Make Me Happy

1.) Having such a wonderful family – While not everyone in my family understand what I go through and while they can at times be impatient with dealing with my issues, I know they love me and that they are always here for me!

2.) Having such wonderful friends – I have so many great friends and have met so many great people in my life! I have been blessed to get the chance to connect with some wonderful people both through my blog and in person! So thank you guys!

3.) Having the ability to help people through writing – I’ve always enjoyed writing but I never imagined that I’d actually be able to help people. Thanks to my blog and to many individuals who have let me share my experiences, I believe I’ve been able to connect with and help people.

4.) Books – I love being able to read and become part of a new world. Without books and reading, I wouldn’t have become fascinated with writing!

5.) The Great Experiences I’ve Had – Between going to New York City and going to college, I’ve had some great experiences and opportunities!

Five Songs That Make Me Happy

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Life Uncommon by Jewel

Hands by Jewel

Wind it Up by Gwen Stefani

All American Girl by Train

Drops of Jupiter by Train

I TAG:

Laura Beth @ Hotshot Headlines

Carla @ The Melodramatic Confession of Carla Louise

Ariel @ Writing Radiation

Matt @ In Silence We Suffer

Sharon @ Curious Queendom

 

 

May Photo A Day Challenge & Book Challenge – May 19th

May Photo Challenge:

This is my favorite Snoopy item! I love how he’s typing! So cute!

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Wanna participate? See schedule below!

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May Book Challenge:

Today’s challenge is “fave family”. I don’t have a lot of books that have whole families in them, but I realized that not every family is blood related. In the book, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (a great book and even better movie – I highly recommend both!), the patients become a family, they support and love each other!

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Wanna participate? See schedule below!

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Mental Health Awareness

As many of you probably know, this month is Mental Health Awareness Month. I honestly wouldn’t have known this except for the fact that many of you have written posts, created tags, and started projects that center around this fact. Before I continue, I would like to thank all of you who have mentioned that May is Mental Health Awareness Month, along with all of you who dedicate your life to talking/raising awareness about mental health issues! Thank you!

I was thinking of creating my own tag for this month, but then I decided that I didn’t want to step on the toes of others who have already done a great job of this. Instead I thought I would write a little about what I think most of us who struggle with mental health issues would like the rest of the world to know! If you would like to add anything to this post, please feel free to add your comments in the comment section! Thanks!

 

Misconceptions

MISCONCEPTION: Those of us who struggle with mental health issues are just acting a certain way for attention.

TRUTH: Most of us actually don’t like getting the negative attention that comes from struggling. We don’t “put on a show” for attention. We genuinely struggle with mental health issues.

MISCONCEPTION: We want to struggle.

TRUTH: We hate struggling! Struggling with a mental health issue usually means sacrificing much of what we want.

MISCONCEPTION: We can just “snap out of it”

TRUTH: While it may be hard to understand, sometimes it’s easier to begin to feel anxious etc. than to stop feeling that way. Our mental health issues cannot just be turned off whenever we wish. If it were that simple, we would have done it already.

MISCONCEPTION: We are not trying to get better.

TRUTH: While it may not seem like it, many of us are trying on a daily basis to get through our mental health issues. It can just be really difficult to do.

MISCONCEPTION: Everyone who has mental health issues are unable to think properly, etc.

TRUTH: We are just as intelligent and capable of thinking as the next person. Sometimes our anxiety and other issues just makes things harder for us.

MISCONCEPTION: Struggling with anxiety or another mental health issue is a sign of weakness and/or immaturity.

TRUTH: Struggling with a mental health issue usually has nothing to do with immaturity. Even the most immature of individuals can struggle. It does not mean we don’t want to grow up. In fact, many of us want to be able to be more independent and successful. Many of us already are.

 

As you can see, there are many misconceptions about mental health issues and those who struggle with them. While not everyone is going to understand people struggle with anxiety, depression, etc. , kindness should always be offered. However, if it’s not, please understand that just because someone doesn’t know how to deal with something or help, it doesn’t mean they don’t love you!

 

What We Want:

Those of us who struggle with mental health issues want to be understood. However, many of us know that some individuals simply don’t. We want the ones we love to care for us and support us. Additionally, those of us who struggle with mental health issues want to get better, want to be able to manage them more effectively. For some of us, doing simple things can seem difficult because our anxiety and other issues get in the way. We want to be able to push through our obstacles and get things done.

 

What You Can Do For Those Who Struggle:

If you know someone who struggles with a mental health issue, you should treat them like you would anyone else that you care for. Remember that we are intelligent individuals who can think just as well as the rest of the world. If we are struggling, the best thing to do is remind us that you are here for us and that you care. If you want to know specific ways that you can help, ask. What we want most of all is kindness and effort in terms of trying your best to be here for us.

 

For All Of You Who Struggle With Mental Health Issues:

You are not alone. Seriously! I know that you might think that it’s just something everyone says, but it’s true. Chances are that at least one (and more than likely, more than one) person understands what you’re going through. They might not deal with the exact same issue as you do, but they probably deal with something very close. Don’t be afraid to talk to the people who you trust. Don’t be afraid to share your story with others (in a safe way, of course). Chances are that someone will understand and listen, someone will care!

 

Just A Few Great Reads, Projects, and Tags! :

Mindfulness and Me – Matt asks great questions to help others to talk about mental health issues and life in general.

Mental Illness Tag – Becca created this awesome tag to help people speak about their mental health issues!

Slippery When Wet – Carla wrote this amazing post on the truth about mental health issues!

 

I highly recommend that you check out these awesome posts, projects, and tags!

 

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“Is There Anyone Out There?”

Do you ever wonder if anyone else in the world feels like you do? Like a part of you knows that there are others who struggle, but still a part of you feels like you’re the only one who struggles in a very specific way?

While everyone struggles, everyone struggles with different issues. Also, everyone struggles in their own unique way. What do I mean by this? Let me give you an example.

I have severe anxiety. Now I know with 100% certainty that there are tons of others who struggle with severe anxiety. However, I also know that everyone struggles with anxiety in different ways and that everyone’s anxiety manifests in different ways.

Sometimes this is hard for me to deal with – the knowledge that I am probably the only one who struggles in the exact way that I do. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t want anyone to struggle in the same way that I do. However, at the same time, it would be comforting to know that I wasn’t the only one with these exact issues.

It can be difficult because I see how anxiety effects me, embarrasses me. I experience certain things that I don’t even mention on here – things that I hate and wonder if I’m the only one who experiences them.

The important thing to remember though is that everyone struggles. Even if it’s not with the exact same issues with the exact same effects, there are people who can relate; understand. There are people (and I thank every single one of you) who are here for me, who support me, and who have words of wisdom that they are more than happy to pass along. None of us are alone and all of us have the power to help each other and to be helped.

Still, I know what it’s like. I know what it’s like to wonder if anyone feels the exact same way as you and goes through the exact same things as you do. I know what it’s like to wonder if you’re ever going to get through your struggles, if you’re ever going to break free of what holds you back.

My point of this post is to remind you that even if people don’t go through the exact same things as you do, they go through very similar things and feel very similar to how you do. There are people out there who genuinely care about you and who will be there for you.

I want to thank everyone who supports me in my journey to get through my anxiety! I want to give an extra special shout out to Carla from The Melodramatic Confessions of Carla Louise, Matt from In Silence We Suffer, and Jen from The Anxiety Chronicles. You guys have helped me so much, especially this week!

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When you’re going through a hard time, remember that there are people who care!

I’m Sorry, But It’s True

I know I’ve said this before, but anxiety is exhausting. I’m so tired of going through this and I’m tired of everything seeming so difficult. The simplest things sometimes seem impossible and I can literally feel stress draining my energy. My eyes become tired and I feel hopeless.

I try to stay positive and some days it’s easier than others. Other days I struggle and I just wonder if I’ll ever get through this. I admit, sometimes I don’t try hard enough and I don’t practice consistently enough. Sometimes I get lazy and sometimes I just wish my anxiety would vanish.

I know it doesn’t work like that. I know in order to get through my anxiety, I have to work hard on a consistent basis. Still, I’ve been going through this for such a long time and I just want it to stop. I just want to go back to not struggling so much, especially when it comes to things that are supposed to be easy.

In addition to being really sad at the moment, I also feel bad. My dad is one of the only people who understand what I go through (other than you guys and a few other friends/relatives) and I was kind of mean. Sometimes it’s just hard to hear things like, “sometimes you just have to do it” or “just don’t think about it”. It’s hard because I wish it was that easy and sometimes I feel that people forget that it’s not.

I know that this isn’t the most positive post and I’m sorry. I know I’ve voiced several times before how tiring this is. I just feel so down right now, so upset. However, I know I have to stay hopeful and I know that if I work hard on a consistent basis, I will get through this. We all will. I just want you guys to know that I understand that it’s not always easy.

The Happiness Tag

So I wasn’t exactly tagged for this, but I thought it was really cool so I chose to participate. Alex from Happy Alex filled out this wonderful tag! Please check out her blog!

List Five Things That Make You Happy

1.) Getting Through My Anxiety/Not Experiencing Anxiety – I know this is probably obvious, but when I achieve a goal or do something without getting anxious, it feels wonderful! Also, I love how it feels to know that I have the strength to get through my anxiety and accomplish things!

2.) Getting genuinely kind comments from, making friends with, and helping, bloggers – So many of you are so kind and helpful. Your constant kindness and friendship makes me so happy!

3.) Spending time with animals – I love animals. They’re kind, loving, and being around them makes me happy.

4.) Being around friends and family – Being around friends and family, especially those who show love and support means the world to me!

5.) Listening to music/dancing anxiety free – I’ve always loved dancing and singing. Plus, listening to music is just a wonderful experience!

List Five Songs That Make You Happy

1.) Life Uncommon by Jewel – This song is great for reminding me that I have the strength to get through anxiety. It’s also a great reminder of how important it is to concentrate on the positive things in life instead of the negative. Plus, I love Jewel!

2.) Paint It Black (the Vanessa Carlton version) – While this song isn’t exactly happy, I love dancing to it!

3.) Wind It Up by Gwen Stefani – Another song I love dancing to!

4.) American Pie by Don McLean – I don’t know why, but singing this song just makes me happy. I really like the words and imagery it invokes!

5.) I Wish by Stevie Wonder – I just really like this song!

 

I Tag:

Mary’s Average Adventures

In Silence We Suffer

The Melodramatic Confessions of Carla Louise

Reads and Treats

Bookmark Chronicles

Anyone Who Wants To Participate!

 

I also have to mention that writing and reading makes me happy! I can’t forget those!!!