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Do What You Can

do what you can ladyI used to do so much. I was an editor of a lifestyle magazine and managed all that and attended functions like art balls, gallery opening, restaurant opening, happy hours, store openings. If it was going down in Austin, I was probably there.

Then I tacked on a weekly fashion trend spot on a commercial radio station for over 2 years.

Then I snagged a fashion trend TV gig.

Then I moved on to a bigger magazine with a bigger title before my name. I was a media rockstar.

Cut to today: I blog. I work from home. I have no co-workers. The only times I go out to mingle in this new city is if I attend a meetup.

I need more money so I am applying for part-time jobs. I had a great interview at a local pet shop. Then today I talked my way into an interview at Starbucks on Wednesday and you know what, that is perfectly fine with me. I don’t mind making your latte. I could never handle all the work I once did. I could never handle all the crowds ALL THE TIME. The ever-pressing deadlines. Life has changed for me because of my mental health.

You do what you can do. If that is a full-time, kick-ass job, you go, lady! If it a part-time, peaceful gig – go for it. If you can’t work at all, that is okay. Take care of yourself. If all you can do is muster the strength to take a shower and put on clean pajamas – I applaud you.

Don’t compare what you did before mental illness entered your life with what you can do now. Don’t compare yourself to others. Do what YOU can do. That is enough.


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Do What You Can

Elaina J. Martin

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Martin, E. (2016). Do What You Can. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 6, 2019, from


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