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I started this blog to share my life experiences with Bipolar Disorder and my journey to happiness. Today I had a great inspirational friend send me an email telling me that she has decided to share her story in the same ‘real’ way I have. To put it all out there and take that risk that others will not support her and may not understand.

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Looking back at my Bipolar past

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I have been doing some reflecting on my past, prior to treatment to getting into treatment and the years of counseling, doctor appointments and medicines. I have to say there were many years that were rocky at best especially prior to treatment, when I had no idea what was wrong and why I was such a bitch sometimes. There is no other way to put it sorry!

I remember that lost lonely, angry, sad, hopeless feeling that I had day after day after day. The out of control emotions, the anger, the screaming (for no reason), the abuse I put my family through (verbal).

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Second Keurig Vue V700 Giveaway

This is the second of two Keurig Vue giveaways! Once again, I love my Keurig machine, it isn’t the Vue but I do enjoy it daily. This is your second chance at winning one so don’t delay get entered for your chance to win prior to 02/11/13. After that you will have missed your chance. Thank you all for your support and good luck to you!

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Seeing Double! Keurig Vue V700 Event

Hosted by Mom To Bed by 8 and Donna’s Deals and More

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LeanOnUs.co 1 Year Anniversary/Milestone #Giveaway

As some of you know, others may not know, I support a website called LeanOnUs.co. They have reached their 1 yr anniversary/milestone this month and they have pulled together a couple giveaways to celebrate. It’s been a long haul but with great support from everyone they have made it to the 1 yr mark. You will find 4 rafflecopter forms below for the giveaways please read the requirements/information above each one prior to entering. 

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My Birthday and Mother’s Day… How Do I Feel?

This weekend was my 43rd birthday and the following day was Image of tulips beautiful Mother’s Day! Two very special days in a row for me. This year is probably the best one I have ever had. I am blessed by the people in my life.

I have great friends who gave me a nice party and dinner, Carl took me to a special dinner of Lobster, shrimp and Scallops, my dad took us all out to dinner, my girls spent the entire weekend with me, my youngest did all the dishes and wiped all the counters down in the kitchen and helped to clean up the house, I got terrific gifts… All my online blogging buddies and friends were very sweet to me with all the good wishes. I can’t believe how many terrific caring people I have in my life.

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Woohoo! LeanOnUs.co’s New Site has Launched

Wow! Party time!! Our site is now published! Woohoo!

Sonya has worked super hard but it’s time to Party now! The site looks awesome, there may be some technical glitches only time will tell. I would ask that if any of you notice anything please contact us and we will fix it. We rely on your help so don’t be shy.

Go visit LeanOnUs.co for the full announcement and to check out site!

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Reaching Out, Taking Chances…

I want to share a recent experience I have had, with a new neighbor! First, I must explain that I have had some problems with people here and really haven’t been friendly with anyone since moving in almost 2 years ago! The apartments are set up to where you see each other all the time but still no real interaction until now. :)

Over this past weekend a new person moved into the apartment directly next door to me. Our doors actually open up into each other so you can’t come and go at the same time. Sometimes its comical, especially when your neighbors aren’t friendly.  I went to leave the other day and bumped into my new neighbor.  He is a single dad with two girls and a very friendly person.  I immediately got the feeling he was having a hard time emotionally. I didn’t say anything at that time just introduced Carl and ran out! Image of a hand shake on a new day

The next day he came by and said Hi and we were talking a bit and it came out that he was having a hard time. I asked him if he wanted to come in and chat but he didn.t want to at that time and said he would explain another time why.  We talked a bit more at the door but something really made me want to reach out to him, but I didn’t want to push. I made it clear to him that I was around if he needed anything. 

The next day he pops up again and we got to chatting and he kinda spilled some stuff about having concerns that he might be bipolar.  Of course before he said that I had told him I didn’t work and he asked why and being me I told him the truth.  He said he was really interested in talking more about it but I had to leave so I talked with him for a bit and then I had to run off.  I really get the feeling he needs some support, just friendly support.  

I really took a chance telling a brand new neighbor about my illness but I dont keep it quiet. If I did I would be making the stigma that surrounds mental illness worse so I take these chances and times like these it pays off.  I really do want to help people understand mental illness and help them be brave enough to get real help. This man is worried about his mental status and has lost many jobs over his mood swings etc.  He needs someone to talk to about this to help him sort things out and I think that fate put him next door to me so I could help him out.  

We talked a bit again tonight and he wants to talk more another time so I just told him anytime he wants to chat to knock on the door or if its open to call in to me.  He said you might be the best person for me right now! I’m not sure I agree but I can listen and tell him what I have been through.

It is sometimes frightening to take that type of chance but if we continue to hide our illness and allow people to shame us the stigma will never change.  We must be brave and confident in the decisions to reach out to people!! 

Now go reach out to someone, even if it is just a friendly hello it might change their entire day! 

 

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More Versatile Blogger Awards…

Wow! I have been honored with this award several times over!  I am so appreciative that I am thought of by these great bloggers in this way. I simply started blogging as a way to get my story out about mental illness and help reduce the stigma, but I have been received so well, encouraged and supported by so many of you out there that I have been truly touched by the kindness.  Then on top of it I have received many nominations for the versatile blogger award and one for the Liebster Blog award.

Here I am again, receiving a very thoughtful nomination for Versatile blogger by a terrific person with a lovely blog,  AllAboutLemon.  I have received this several times and was in the midst of well Life’s  BS and moving my blog and making changes in my life and I failed to post about it.  No excuses I failed to get it done not much more I can say.  I am making a list of the blogs that have given me this award and I hope you will ALL go check them out and follow them.

Blogs that nominated me for Versatile blogger award

  1. AllAboutLemon
  2. MyLifeInPills
  3. SeasonsChangeandChange
  4. WhatJeanLikes
  5. hyperSensationalism 
  6. HalfwayBetweenTheGutterAndTheStars
The Rules are as follows for this award: 
  1. Post a picture of the award.
  2. Thank the award giver.
  3. Share 7 random facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 15 other bloggers about this and tell them by leaving comments on their blog.

7 Random Facts about Me: 

  1. I wear almost no shoes but Flip flops. Casual girl! :)
  2. I love to read but can’t concentrate long enough to do it.
  3. My hair is brown.
  4. My toenails are usually painted Pink. Deep pink!
  5. Random Sounds annoy me! Can completely change my mood.
  6. I don’t wear earrings even though my ears are pierced.
  7. I have a giant clock on my wall that is an hour off as I haven’t changed it.

My 15 nominations for the Versatile Blogger Award:

  1. The Kids are Grown, Now What?
  2. Dark to Light
  3. Haphazard Humor and Topics of Curiosity
  4. James Claims – A Manic Depressives Journey Through Life, Philosophy and Science
  5. A Day in the Life of a Busy Gal
  6. Bay Area Mommy
  7. My UN-entitled Life
  8. Romancing 
  9. The Jolly Blogger
  10. Being Mama
  11. Escaping Mediocrity
  12. Just a Smidgen
  13. Miriam Gomberg
  14. Natasha McNeely’s Guide to the Beyond
  15. Miss Mental Health’s Rant Space

These blogs are blogs I enjoy and I feel they are worthy of this award. I hope some of you enjoy them as much as I do, so go check them out and follow them!! 

Once again, Thank you to the several bloggers who have honored me with this award!! Your support and kindness has truly touched my life!

Just sharing a quote!

Believe with all of your heart that you will do what you were made to do. ~Orison Swett Marden

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Supportive Online Friends

I am sitting here tonight reflecting on the last few months and the last few days. The people I have met online and the support I have received is astounding!  

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The last few days I have received some really thoughtful comments and I appreciate them! I have been a bit whiny the last few days, for that I am sorry! Seems there has been unnecessary BS popping up  in my life again, but you all have helped me to feel better!! The sweet comments and thoughtful expression on my blog has uplifted me, I want you all to know how much I appreciate it!! 

I hope if I can do anything to help uplift any of you,  you will drop by here or at the Website (LeanOnUs.co) and make sure you let me know how I can help you.  I will do what I can! :)

Thank you all for your support and I will attempt to return the support to you all! 

 

I hope the New Year has started off great for you all! 

 

 

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Complain, Complain Complain… Thankful!

Do you ever feel like you get in a rut and negativity starts to poke its ugly head out and influence your life?  I know I do and I’m here to say it’s not staying for long!  A positive thought process has taken me a long way over the last few years so I’m not letting ugly negativity visit my life for an extended period! 

Sun Breaking thru the clouds  I have thought lately and I feel like I have just been  complaining.  I am having a hard time now but Life is  good at  the same time.   

 I have had so many people support me that I have just met on  twitter, Facebook, Our Mom Spot, A Band of Wives, other  bloggers and so many more, too many to mention… I am  thankful for the much-needed kind words and encouragement from you all.  I certainly have many things to be happy about and I want you all to know that I appreciate your support and kind words and funny interactions! 

The comments that have been left for me on my posts have meant a lot to me.  You are all encouraging, thoughtful and can really boost someone up.  Simply knowing I’m not alone or semi understood brings a bit of peace to my sometimes crazy whirlwind mind.   

The blogs and websites that I have been shown by you all have been very inspiring and I might say eye-opening.  I have family that is there for me , my girls are the light of my life and lets not forget that special guy in my life Carl but this online world means a lot to me too.   

I have a blog roll running of the sites I enjoy, you should go take a look at them.  I do have some to add just have to get organized.. ha ha ha Good luck with that right.. LOL 

I am kept very busy at the site im partnering with Sonya on, it’s called LeanOnUs.co and I don’t get to spend as much time on a lot of these sites I enjoy so much.  It’s nice to know that you are all there and just a click away if I’m  looking for inspiration or advice.  I have really enjoyed the new friends I have made on twitter. 

Our site LeanOnUs.co is a friendship, support, informational site/forum meant to be a safe haven to share your views/opinions  and for those of us that need help with the difficult days life can bring.  We do not pretend to be doctors, just caring people there to lend a hand.  I would love you to visit and register to be part of our Dream. 

I don’t mean to be corny but I love you all… There is a special spot in my heart for you! 

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