Mental Health First Aid

October is a big month for mental health. World Mental Health Day is coming up on October 10th. While it’s essential to use this time as a reminder, mental health is critical year-round. It can be intimidating to reach out during the first signs of mental illness, and often we don’t recognize them. Fortunately, there…

Never Stop Learning

School is back in session for many. It’s the time of year when we adjust to new schedules, new traffic, new weather, and maybe even new neighbors. Even if you’re not in school, it’s a season for learning. Most learning takes place outside of a classroom, and continues throughout our lives whether we actively seek…

Happiness Happens

The Secret Society of Happy People (SOHP) was founded in 1998. Their mission: encourage people around the globe to recognize happy moments and think about happiness in their daily life. Founder, Pamela Johnson of Irving, Texas, created the Society as a place where people can come together to share their happy moments free from the…

30 Pounds Lighter

This is a big deal to me.  Apart from that time in my early 20s when I lost 50 pounds in 8 months because I stopped working pizza delivery, I’ve never had this much success at losing weight.  I can’t give chronic illness all the credit for pushing me to make the change, but it…

Get Well Soon

Last month, I recommitted to my health and invited you on the journey with me, but I haven’t posted much of the progress.  I’ve been nervous to open up about something, because it could be upsetting to the people who care about me, but it has brought out self-discipline I didn’t know I had. When…

Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood

Synesthesia takes many forms; I see letters and numbers in color that isn’t really there.  I didn’t talk about it as a child, because I thought this was how everyone saw things.  I was a teenager when I learned that this was actually a condition with a name.  The initial sense of disconnect from “normal”…