When I write about how proud I am to be sober, it's true. When I write about how grateful I am for everything I've been through, it's true. When I celebrate all of life's complexity and uncertainty and weirdness, that celebration is sincere. And, when I write about feeling completely untethered and uncertain about anything at all, that's just as true as the rest, if not more so.
A few weeks ago, I was sitting in a one-on-one session with a new client of mine. This client came to therapy on her own volition to seek help with her depression, anxiety, isolation, and substance use issues. During this session, she became tearful as she spoke, and I could feel the pain emanating from … Continue reading Sitting with it
A few weeks ago, I wrote about a problem I was having with longstanding pain throughout my body. Most notably, I had been dealing with a searing pain in my shoulder and a general feeling of tightness, tension, and dull aching around my neck, my shoulders, and throughout my back. My therapist suggested I find … Continue reading Brain Magic for All Kinds of Pain: the Curable App
I have been feeling...disconnected from my sobriety lately. It's becoming more and more difficult for me to connect the current events of my life to being sober. It's true, much of what I have now wouldn't be in my life were I not sober. I probably wouldn't be dating my boyfriend. I wouldn't be living … Continue reading Feeling Disconnected from Sobriety
The Minnesota skyline of late has been a long, thick sheet of steely clouds, dotted occasionally with brief openings that reveal the sunshine above. It's a good reflection of my mood and energy--or, perhaps, my mood and energy are a direct reflection of the weather. I do tend to suffer that seasonal problem with being...oh, … Continue reading Grey Day Rambling
About a month and a half ago, I wrote a post about how I was nearly certain my relationship was going to end because of my boyfriend's need and desire to move back home to Indiana to be closer to his son (we're in Minnesota). I got frantic for a few weeks, wracked with anxiety … Continue reading Nothing Stays the Same, and That’s OK
I'm here,still sober & kickin' on this quiet October 1st. It's getting chilly up here in the North, though we're due to have an unseasonably warm burst of air midweek. I can't say I'm ready for winter to make her impending return. My last year of school is in full swing. I am settled in … Continue reading Simple Thoughts on Self-Care