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Blogging and Writing by a Bipolar Babe

What does a Bipolar Babe write about when she is lost for words and she has said so much already? I have shared so many words this month.

I have been blogging for HealthPlace.com’s website on my new Surviving Mental Health Stigma Blog. It has been amazing to say the least and I am astounded at the response, especially for the fact that I am new contributor. One of my latest pieces includes writing about ‘Mental Health Stigma in the Family.’ It received over 1700 likes on facebook and this is definitely a milestone in my writing career. I have also been writing for Beegreen.ca and my latest piece is on Mental Health Stigma and Recreating your World.

I also had the opportunity to be a guest blogger for Victoria Maxwell on her Psychology Today blog, which you can read here. I write about hope and mental health and how no matter what you just have to keep trying, fighting and of course to never lose hope.

Amidst all of this writing I have been traveling for work a lot lately. I was in Vancouver for a FamilySmart conference, a SPARK conference on knowledge translation for a few days and lastly I headed east to Calgary and Canmore for a CREST BD annual meeting. I am yet to go to Indiana for four days and attend a Clubhouse Workshop with Jackie Powell from the new mental health advocacy group in Victoria called ‘Moms Like Us.’

People ask me if the travel is burning me out and to be honest it has been a bit harder to stay awake and focus this week. I noticed my perseverance and will are not as strong and it has been extra hard to focus. Bipolar is not always the most welcome illness, especially when it comes to travel. I don’t intend to write a blog on tips for traveling as I have done that already in the past but refer to the latest link for a refresher.

I am so thankful to have a secret getaway coming up and will have a break from all the hustle and bustle; for two days anyway. I thoroughly enjoy my job though and feel blessed to have all these opportunities to grow, learn, and meet amazing people.

Maybe I am not at a loss for words after all. Big surprise! Have a lovely day.

A Quote to Ponder

I read the coolest quote the other day, it stated: "Beginnings are usually scary and endings are usually sad, but it's everything in between that makes life worth living."  It rings true in several senses as I embark on many new beginnings.  I am igniting the Teens2Twenties group and aiming to create a new one in the Westshore.  My boyfriend is moving in this Sunday.  Starting a new medication regime…and many more beginnings seem to be surfacing.  Although at times I feel afraid, wondering if all will work out, however, I am more hopeful and very excited as things unfold. 

For myself, endings are often sad.  The end of my last relationship seemed 'sad' but ended up being one of the best things for me.  The end of a friendship can be devastating, but sometimes you are forced to let go for your own well being and happiness. 

The stuff in between IS the best and from the time that I was born, until the day that I die, I will work to enjoy my entire life.  It comes down to choices.  Will I work the hardest to ensure that I am healthy, make choices that serve others and myself, and I have to ensure that I don't regret the choices that I do make.  I don't ever want to leave a true friend behind, or fear that my next relationship won't work out.  I need to stand still and embrace all that I have created in my life.  I am so blessed to be Bipolar Babe and know that without the diagnosis 9 years ago, none of these accomplishments would be possible.  I cannot loathe about what I have, but know who I am and be at peace with this thought…always.  XO 🙂  BABE

Stigma Stompin on New Ground

What’s new in the world of babe?  Well, I was in Burnaby with our President, Rachel Lariviere conducting presentations for working professionals in the educational field and I also presented to a small alternative school.  A young woman arranged the entire thing and she was so enthusiastic about our presence.  Every time I speak I realize why I am doing it and feel happy that I am taking the opportunity to share my personal story in hopes that it will help others better understand what life can be like for someone who has a mental illness.  I was a little unnerved by a young student that left the room because he had been in the psych ward and I suppose a lot of what I was saying was ‘hitting home’.  If my perception is correct, I recall feeling the same way a long time ago…defensive.  No matter what anybody said to me during my hospitalization, ‘they’ were all against me.  I was somewhat hurt when the young gentleman left as what I was actually trying to do was to make him feel comfortable with the reality of what simply is.  I asked the group to bring up images in their mind when I said ‘mental illness’ and one kid said ‘retards’ and another said ‘annoying’.  To say the least I had a tough crowd, probably the toughest yet!  Overall, it seemed to go over well in the end and the kid that said he pictured ‘retards’ was delighted to hand in an evaluation card that said ‘Great Job!’  Phew, I got through that one.  If you are keen to have a babe presentation please let us know and I will be happy to accommodate.  We have now brought our program off the island onto the mainland and are thrilled to be spreading the word.  Let’s keep ‘Stigma Stompin’ together!   

A special shout out to the Accent Inn in Burnaby!  They kindly gave us a night on them – complimentary!  The stay was so smooth and comfortable, we can't help but be super grateful.  Thank you for your continual support and generosity to local charities like us.  🙂