Special Thanks

Hi everybody! Today I’d like to share with you all how thankful I am for your support. As many of you know, life isn’t always easy and knowing that you have family and friends who care for and love you can make all the difference.

I’ve met many friends through blogging. While I haven’t met any of you in person, I can’t tell you how much your friendship means to me. Anxiety is not an easy thing to go through and knowing that I can count on you guys to really listen and respect what I have to say feels so incredibly wonderful. Really, words can’t describe how happy I am to have you in my life.

I’d like to go even further and say that I admire those of you who have shared your own stories of struggling – that is not an easy thing to do. Whether you’re a person who is relatively open about your life or someone who is rather shy, talking about your struggles can be difficult. Some people tend to be understanding, while others simply choose to walk away when others need them the most. With this being said, to share a part of you that you’re not always proud of can be a very hard thing to do. I admire those of you who have spoken up about your feelings and who try your hardest to help others. Also, even if you haven’t talked about whatever you struggle with, you are still strong. Whenever you’re ready to talk about what plagues your mind, there will be people who are kind and considerate.

So again I’d like to thank everyone who supports me in my journey to get through anxiety. I’d like to thank those of you who share your struggles in order to help yourself and others and those of you who take the time to listen and respect those around you. Thank you for your friendship and kindness. As cliché as it may sound, you really do make the world a better place!

Have a wonderful holiday!

-B.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

First of all, I’d like to wish everyone who celebrates, a happy Thanksgiving! For those of you who don’t celebrate, I hope you have a great day!

I would like to take some time to thank all of you who have supported, and continue to support, me in my journey to get through anxiety. As many of you know, dealing with anxiety is extremely difficult and it definitely helps to know that there are people out there who genuinely care about, and maybe even understand, what you are going through. Thank you for all of your support, advice, and kindness over the years. It means the world to me.

Please know that I am here for each and every one of you if you ever need to talk about your own mental health issues. I hope you all have a wonderful day. Stay strong and remember how truly amazing you are!

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

Okay, I have some pretty exciting news! I have officially reached over 1,000 followers on here! So many of you are such amazing friends and have continued to be utterly supportive throughout the years. I cannot thank you enough! I originally started this blog when my therapist and dad both told me that writing about my anxiety might help me feel better, along with help others to realize that they are not alone in their struggles. Just thinking that I could have made a difference means the world to me and the fact that so many of you have been here for me is truly inspirational and appreciated!

I know that I haven’t been on here as much as I used to be, and for that, I’m sorry. I intend to check in on you guys more often because so many of you have been here for me when I’ve needed someone to talk to. I wish I could express in words what that’s meant to me, but I don’t think that I can. Please just trust me when I say that your friendship and loving comments have truly made a difference.

I hope you all know that if you ever need to talk, I’m here for you. I hope you also know that even if it feels like you’re alone in dealing with your struggles, you’re not. There will always be people that will care about you and love you, and if you look carefully, you will find someone that you can trust and share your feelings and experiences with.

I also want to tell you this – you can get through your struggles and over your obstacles! If you work hard on a consistent basis and never give up, you will succeed. You may not get through your challenges overnight, but if you put in the effort to make progress, it will happen! I know that sometimes it may feel otherwise, I know there are times when I still wonder if I’ll ever get through my anxiety. I have to remember though that I have made progress, because you know what? I have!

So again, thank you to everyone who follows my blog! Thank you to all of the wonderful people I have met on here and to those of you who have been such amazing friends! Thanks for the incredibly kind and supportive comments and for reminding me that I am not alone in my journey of getting through anxiety!

Thank You,

-B.

 

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Being Your Own Best Friend

Out of My Thoughts

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You might know the actor Wentworth Miller as the main lead of Prison Break.  I have, admittedly, never seen Prison Break, but have only recently gotten acquainted with him after watching one his interviews posted by B. G. from her blog Getting Through Anxiety.  I have loved reading her blog and also the information she shares.  After watching and re-watching this interview, it has allowed me to reflect and re-assess how I deal with my anxiety in positive way.

There was so much that I connected to and learnt from listening to Wentworth that I couldn’t even possibly cover in one blogpost.  I think the one “aha” moment (sorry that is the only phrase that came to my mind) was when he discussed how he dealt with his depression.  He said he had to “start the work of being [his] best friend.” He then talked how he felt he had…

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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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Peace, Love, &…..Politics?

Kristian writes an amazing post on politics and religion and how friendship is more important!

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I can’t tell you the number of times I have sat down and started to write about my political views, because..well, quite frankly; I am fed up!  I can’t tell you the number of people who have told me they have lost friends over this years political debate. All I can do is shake my head. Can’t we just agree to disagree? If I decided to stop being friends with people who didn’t share the exact same political views that I do, well I wouldn’t have any friends. Seriously people, when your heart is hurting & you need to reach out to someone are you going to be able to call Donald Trump or Hilary Clinton? No, they have far more important things to deal with than your broken heart…it’s a shame you let your friends go, isn’t it?

Every time I try to write about politics it leads me…

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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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Friendship & Mental Illness

Matt shares this wonderful post on being careful online, but at the same time, connecting with some wonderful individuals!

In Silence We Suffer

This post was inspired by a piece of the same name written by Jenna (wishingwellblog) a couple of weeks back. I’ve included a link should you want to head over there and have a read at some point. I’d definitely recommend it!

As a child when we start to learn to use the computer we’re taught about the widespread dangers of the Internet, we’re taught to be careful about what we upload – once it’s out there, there is no controlling it. And above all else, we’re told not to talk to strangers. I can understand why. It’s all perfectly sound advice.

As Jenna did herself, I’d like to kick things off by asking you all a very simple question…

Have you ever lost a friend?

I have. I know you have too. Sometimes this is connected to mental illness, sometimes not. Sometimes we just drift apart. We can’t be expected to maintain an ever-expanding circle…

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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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Wind it Up by Gwen Stefani

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I TAG:

Laura Beth @ Hotshot Headlines

Carla @ The Melodramatic Confession of Carla Louise

Ariel @ Writing Radiation

Matt @ In Silence We Suffer

Sharon @ Curious Queendom