the Vision for Living Simply
First and foremost, I want you to know this: my motivation for creating this blog—and for making it a success—IS YOU.
I AM SINCERELY GRATEFUL YOU’RE HERE.
Each and every one of us struggles at some point in life. There’s no escaping that possibility. Those of us who live day-to-day with mental illness, though–we don’t just struggle. We fight. We fight depression, or anxiety, or bipolar, or whatever else has chosen to bless us with it’s presence (enter sarcasm).
We HAVE to fight. EVERY. DAY. Otherwise–we lose ourselves.
We all know on some days the fight is easier to win. But on those other days, it can be absolutely brutal.
My ambition is that Living Simply become…
- a source of support & motivation
- a venue for learning
- strategies to strengthen your resilience, self-worth, & positivity
- proactive methods of self-care
- the value of crisis plan development
- so much more…
- an outlet to safely share your story and find comfort in knowing you are not alone
- and among other things, an endless fountain of humor, smiles, and joy!
Yep, we’re gonna do fun stuff too!
the Lesson’s I’ve Learned…
I’ve lived with depression and anxiety for more than 20 years. (Ugh! Feeling old.)
Over those 20ish years, I have traveled through the ridiculous hills, valleys, craters, and other ginormously-large depths of mental illness. I feel like I’ve been prescribed every imaginable antidepressant known to man, and I’ve had countless unproductive conversations with my husband in an effort to help him understand what things feel like inside my head.
I’ve also worked for many years with juvenile offenders; many of who battled a wide spectrum of mental health issues. I’ve been upfront and personalwith the struggles (and triumphs) that accompany living a life with mental illness.
But ya know what? I’ve learned so, so much along the way. Not only that, but I’ve researched the hell out of depression, anxiety, mental health, and wellness in general. The rabbit holes of the Internet have distracted the crap out of me for years, but that actually helped me learn as much as I have.
In fact, I’ll share one of the most important things I’ve learned. Ya ready? Ya sure? Okay, listen up … ’cause this is important.
Mental illness puts us at a ridiculous disadvantage. But if you’re not willing to do some work on YOU–all the self-help in the world … is worthless.
There. I said it. And here it is again … Mental illness most definitely puts us at a disadvantage, but if you’re not willing to do the work, the information I share with you is worthless.
I believe I am uniquely qualified to partner with you in your endeavor to find a stronger, happier you. You deserve to live a less stressed, more satisfying, and fulfilling life.
Do I have it all figured out? Oh, hell no! I won’t lie to you and tell you I know everything there is to know. I don’t. I’m also not a doctor or a medical professional.
What I am is someone who’s experienced the pain, helplessness, numbness, panic, and misery you may be feeling–and someone with a strong desire to do my small part in helping others feel less alone during the struggle.
I’m in a far better place than I’ve been in 20 years, but I still say “good morning bitches” and “dammit, you’re still here…” to Depression and Anxiety every morning. The difference is that I am now FAR more equipped with proactive strategies, tools, and survival skills to fight them. And you will get there too.
If you’re curious about my world and those I love… read on, but ya don’t have to!
We are a military family who’ve moved umpteen times and lived in umpteen different places. We currently live on the Gulf Coast of Florida and feel like we may have finally found our forever home. Maybe. It’s beautiful here, and the beach… IS A BEACH!
I have two stinky teenage boys and a wonderfully supportive husband I adore; all of who make me laugh–even when I don’t want to. They’ve taught me to embrace my sense of humor, and they support me when I need a little extra encouragement, even though they do that without fully understanding why I need it.
Thankfully, the hold depression and anxiety have held on our lives isn’t nearly as strong as in the past.
Now, I want to hear about YOU. Send me an email and tell me stuff!