Saturday, May 18, 2019      4 comments

For the first time in ages, I experienced what can be described as “normal” PMS. Prior to my period, I spent three days feeling lethargic and a little sad. I craved salt and carbs. I just wanted to lounge around in fuzzy pajamas, eat potat... Read more
A Low Point!
Friday, May 03, 2019      6 comments

I'm now at the lowest weight I have been in years! It's been a slow road, with lots of ups and downs... but I'm forever moving in the right direction. I'm so grateful for the support, love, encouragement, and feedback I've received on this ... Read more
Move It!
Wednesday, April 24, 2019      1 comments

I finally found something that actually seems to work for my premenstrual dysphoric disorder... really intense exercise. Sure walking or yoga help a tiny bit... but intense exercise seems to really kick my premenstrual dysphoric disorder s... Read more
Back on Track
Monday, March 25, 2019      4 comments

I'm finally getting back on track. My therapist gave me a little log sheet to fill in every day, tracking several factors that can affect my mental well-being... these include meditation, nutrition, sleep, exercise, medication, and stress. ... Read more
It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Month!
Monday, January 21, 2019      3 comments

It's the most wonderful time of the month! (sarcasm) I'm one of the lucky 3.7% of women who suffers from Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD). A lot of times, PMDD is described as a more severe version of PMS. As someone with PMDD, I can... Read more
Wish Upon A Shoothing Star
Sunday, January 06, 2019      1 comments

My mental health hasn't been the best lately, but I feel like it's getting a little better. I went to a dinner party at my boss's house this evening. This was the first time in a few weeks that I was able to eat a "normal" amount of food. ... Read more
Hike Day!
Wednesday, January 02, 2019      4 comments

I took today off from work as a mental health day. I feel like I really needed it. I spent the day out getting some much needed "hike therapy". I hiked two small mountains in Western Massachusetts. I feel like the movement, nature, and sun... Read more
Growing Forward
Tuesday, January 01, 2019      5 comments

I feel that my SPARK journey will be going wonderful places in 2019! This chickadee ended 2018 with some great weight loss, and has BIG & BOLD plans for the new year! I am hoping to eat and drink mindfully going forward. I have come to lear... Read more
Who am I?
Friday, December 07, 2018      7 comments

In the wake of my break-up, I am beginning to heal. I am starting the long, difficult process of figuring out who I really am. For all of my adult life I have been in a long term relationship, so I never had to form my identity independently of ... Read more
The Single Life
Thursday, November 29, 2018      9 comments

I am now single. My fiance had asked me to get help for my mental health, and I did. However, it was too little too late. My problems drove him away. I am hurting, but I am trying to look at this as a challenge and an opportunity for... Read more
Thoughts on CBD
Monday, November 26, 2018      6 comments

The past week has been full of ups and downs. My anxiety got really out of hand, and ended up sparking a major argument with my fiance. This led to more anxiety. We still haven't resolved things, but are working on it... slow but sure. ... Read more
Therapy and JUST DOING IT
Monday, November 19, 2018      4 comments

First off, I want to thank everyone who offered their love, prayers, and support after my last blog post. Things are still rough, but it seems to be getting easier with each day. Going back to therapy has been a helpful and insightful e... Read more
It's Been Quite a Month...
Thursday, November 15, 2018      8 comments

Well... November has been quite a month so far. My fiance's mom was chronically ill (kidney disease and heart problems ). She passed unexpectedly last week. The stress and trauma of losing my finace's mom just pushed me over the edge... Read more
November Goals!
Tuesday, October 30, 2018      4 comments

November is on its way, and I want to use it as a new beginning on my journey to better health. For now, I need to take baby steps, and build on whatever progress I make. I have a few little goals for November… I know I can achieve them if I j... Read more
Back on the SPARK!
Tuesday, October 30, 2018      4 comments

I'm back on the SPARK! Or… at least I will be starting November 1st. For Halloween, I'm selling my art in downtown Salem, Massachusetts. Halloween is a huge deal in Salem. It'll be a hectic day, for sure! I've somehow managed to maintain my... Read more

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