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Abuse

The Effects of Trauma from “Growing up Too Fast”

One of the most common euphemisms and justifications for a certain type of childhood trauma is “growing up too fast.” It is a euphemism because it is used to minimize the pain that the person felt as a child when their needs weren’t being met by describing it in seemingly neutral or even positive language. It’s...


Hope

Today I Love Saturday Mornings Downtown

Dragon in the house ...Today I love Saturday mornings downtown and all around my happy little city. I love that there have been things we wanted to take care of for a while now and they got taken care of this morning. I love that we wanted to...


How we live now

I Am Happy Because I Am Single

“You radiate this internal happiness and joy for life… Where do you think your happiness comes from?” I never met the person who asked me that question, but she had watched my TEDx talk, “What no one ever told you about people who are single,” and that was one of her questions.


General

What’s Behind Imposter Syndrome?

What would be necessary to create the (albeit convincing) illusion that we call imposter syndrome? This post is the first in a series that outlines the psychological phenomena behind imposter syndrome as I have experienced it.As I’ve grappled with imposter syndrome over the course of my adult life, a key element of the...


General

We Need to Feel Seen

Source:This meme appeared on my Facebook feed last week and I knew immediately that it would inspire a post. If it’s not clear on your device, it says, “Just because someone carries it well doesn’t mean it is not heavy.” This is the source of much of the dissonance in my life.I like to look...


Bipolar Disorder

Childhood Injuries and Bipolar Disorder

Can a severe physical injury later lead to bipolar disorder?Most agree there’s a genetic component to BP.  Studies suggest that some environmental factor causes the genes responsible for the disease to express themselves before bipolar disorder develops.But how long before?  And what kind of factors?


ADHD

Ignorance Is Bliss?

What price ignorance?This morning at breakfast my partner and I had a conversation.It was about my life and my ADHD and my not knowing as a child.She was pondering what I might have done with my life if I'd had a diagnosis. And what I might have become if...


Hope

Today I Love The Random Dancing Snowflakes

It snowed, it snowed ...Today I love the random dancing snowflakes as they wander here and there, left and right, back and forth and North and South, East and West, and always down, slowly down to settle until they stick or melt or get caught up in a...


Uncategorized

Is It Possible For Kids to be “Too Far Gone” to Improve?

Too many times over the past five years, I've heard educators say things like, "There's not much we can do for this kid. He's already (blank) years old so we might as well just spend our time helping kids who can actually benefit from our services."While I get the sentiment behind not pouring resources down the...


I Stopped Smoking Weed?

I'm not quite sure how it happened, when it happened, or why it happened, but I stopped smoking marijuana. I spend most of my 20's and 30's smoking a fair amount of...


Hope

Today I Love Easy Moods

I will persevere ... maybeToday I love easy moods and light days. I love taking care of myself and my family as best I can. I love making a difference in my home and in my world. I love discovering things that I can do to make...