No Praise Like Home

You know how trauma workbooks commonly offer a warning to stop, to practice self-care, and to return to a chapter at a future time if any material in it becomes too triggering? I have never paid much attention to those warnings, even during those years when my mistrust of the system was so intense that … Continue reading No Praise Like Home

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The American Dread

This time last year, I was about to go on my not-FMLA. I had pre-written a blog post about how to protest with chronic illness for the Fourth of July, and - as that is a rather date-specific post - I went ahead and posted that. But, while I certainly went to protests as best … Continue reading The American Dread

Stick with It

Sometimes I have a flare and want to save my poor swollen hands for work. Since I always write on July 4th, check back then for a full post! In the meantime, if anyone needs any encouragement this week: If my squishy can stick to the ceiling for a full 15 seconds through sheer grit … Continue reading Stick with It

Coat in the Act

Some people are aware of everything, including their clothes, to the point that they can instantly pick out their generic solid-colored raincoat from among all others. There may be many like it, but that one is theirs. My Partner is one of these people. He's acutely aware of color shades and such minute (to me) details, … Continue reading Coat in the Act

Work/Life Int-egg-ration

I used to think my boss's term for work-life imbalance was something he made up. I don't know why I thought this, other than that he always said it so confidently and without attribution. I’d never have had the confidence to pass off a saying that often without crediting the original source, so I just … Continue reading Work/Life Int-egg-ration

Where’s Whoopsie #20: Snow Wrist

Career lessons for the chronically ill: Write out your routine in your planner, including basic self-care essentials like physical therapy and tracking water intake and medications, alongside your work deadlines. It's a nice little shot of dopamine to cross off basic self-care tasks in your planner, and it helps with managing energy levels at work. … Continue reading Where’s Whoopsie #20: Snow Wrist

Eek! Previews

Emotional flashbacks are tricky to recognize. You can become thoroughly caught up in the fight/flight/freeze responses of the past without even realizing you have shifted. And, even if you do realize you are in one, it can be tricky to recognize to what, exactly, you are flashing back. There are, after all, so many discreet … Continue reading Eek! Previews

Where’s Whoopsie #18/Subway Sociology #5: Mixed Martial Arts

First, for those wondering. The bad news is that I don't have a new job quite yet. The good news is that that is because the interview process keeps getting longer each time I go through it. I'm not finished with it yet, but I'm also not out of the running yet, either. There are … Continue reading Where’s Whoopsie #18/Subway Sociology #5: Mixed Martial Arts

Trust in Mental Health Treatment (Part 4): Choose Your Own Adventure

So, I potentially have good news. I've gotten to the final round of the interview process for a new job in my same city. It's what I do now but with a different organization. I'll update eventually whether I got the job, but talking about it right now feels a bit too much like tempting … Continue reading Trust in Mental Health Treatment (Part 4): Choose Your Own Adventure

Messages in a Bottle #10: Random Acts of Baked Goods Generation

It's that time of year again: end of year reviews at work! As my trusty Passion Planner reminds me, this year has mostly been a trash fire. Also, I'm only "self-reflecting" upon nine months of work, because I spent three months on leave. Yet, I did fill out the monthly reflections for those three months … Continue reading Messages in a Bottle #10: Random Acts of Baked Goods Generation