Hello, friends and newbies!
My name is Diane. Some of you know me, the rest of you don’t…yet. I’m not new to blogging. I have, however, been away from the blogging world for several years. Why? Well let me tell you, my world got turned upside down, run over, tossed in the air, thrown to the pavement, kicked to the curb and tossed around some more! It sucks, but as my Granny used to say “No matter how bad things are, they can’t eat you!”
The good news is, I’m still standing. And not just standing; standing stronger than ever. I may be bent, but I’m not broken…not anymore. I have a strong support system and people who love and believe in me. That’s a lot of blessings right there, folks.
For those who don’t know me, I’m a believer in kindness, a dreamer, married 34 years to the love of my life and a mom to four grown children. I am silly, talk a lot, text a lot, swear sometimes, a bit controlling (a work in progress), spiritual, love God, my family and friends, as well as a good cup of coffee or a glass of sweet tea. To quote Augusten Burroughs, “I myself am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions.”
For many years, I tried being who everyone wanted or needed me to…everyone, but myself that is. I got lost somewhere along the way and wound up stressed out and in the throws of a major depressive disorder with horrible anxiety attacks. Yikes!
With the help of a good therapist and medication (yes, I said therapist and medication…it’s okay, really), I am doing well and discovering my authentic self. I’m learning to kick ass while still being a kind, loving and nurturing human being.
In posts to come I’ll share with you my thoughts on living with depression/anxiety and learning to find joy even in the midst of chaos. I don’t have all the answers and the truth is I never will. There will be stumbling and falling on this journey, but I will pick myself up and march forward. It would be great if you could join me. Life is better with friends. Who knows, you might just find something here to make you giggle or lift your spirits. You never know.
Blessings, peace and love,