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Walking Through Fog

Four weeks tomorrow my brother died expectantly. I am just starting to get out of the fog that I have been walking through the last four weeks, but I know I am not all of the way out of it yet. There is still another week and a half before we bury him.

My brother died due to a drug overdose (for more info on that check out the Write or Die episode where I talk about it a little more). He had suffered with addiction (a mental health illness) for most of my life, most of his life. When someone you care about dies suddenly it is a complete shock to the system. Though I always feared this would be his outcome I still held out hope that it wouldn’t end this way.

I keep thinking to myself, is there something else that I could have done? Something I could have said? Something I missed?

But ultimately, thinking like that won’t bring him back, it will just keep me in this fog of sadness. I know he loved me. I hope he knew that I loved him too.

What I want to share right now is that if you are struggling reach out. Your family may have created a boundary but they still love you. You are not alone.

If you love someone who is hurting and you don’t know how to help. Reach out. One of the hardest things for me right now is the what ifs. It is the talking with my mom about what could have been done differently. It is hearing how she wishes she did more. That hurt and guilt is not healthy. Though it is normal, it needs to be worked through.

Speak up, be honest, and get help if you need it.

 

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Review: Yoga Cocaine by Daralyse Lyons

This is not the type of book I would normally pick up but I loved it and wanted to see how the main character’s life wouldB081W8SBVR end up. I am happy to say that I have not had to deal with drug addiction but I still felt a deep connection with this book and the struggle of the main character to get her life together. The struggle of failure and the fight to get some semblance of normalcy and happiness.

The book is written in a way that follows the 12-step program which was such an interesting structure. The other main topic of the book was incorporating yoga into recovery. I connected with this portion of the book so much that during one of my yoga flows I cried. Releasing some of the trauma that I had stored, the same way it was described in the book.

If you know someone who is struggling this is a book that you need to read. It will give you some understanding of what they may be going through and the thoughts of self-hatred. Addiction is not a choice that people make. It is a mental health illness that needs serious and long-term help and understanding.

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Review: Where the Light Shines by Kelly Inviere

I love poetry and have written quite a bit of it over the years. It was my main coping mechanism during my teenage years when I didn’t think that I could go on. That was how I compiled my first book Thoughts of a Wanderer and even added in some poetry to my mostWhere the Light Shines Through: A Memoir in Poetry by [Kelly Inviere] recent book. The point is I love poetry.

And the book Where the Light Shines by Kelly Inviere is a book of poetry. She uses poetry much in the same way that I did to cope with some difficult and traumatizing times in her life. She does a fantastic job!

Poetry is a very fluid form of expression and there are many ways to write it. Personally, using some type of rhyming scheme is a must. Which is a big positive for this book as Kelly incorporates various strategies of rhyming. It is an easy read but a heartfelt and deep dive read. The more poems that you read the more you can see how the story of her life unfolds. It is a very unique way to write an autobiography and it was a pleasure to read.

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The Man in the Pit Review by David Bishop

This book is short and sweet. If you are looking for a quick read that is still entertaining and informative this is the book for you. Just like the title says it is about a man in a  pit. Through this imagery the author shows how someone who is suffering with depression might feel and see the world. It also shows the side of society and how people with depression are often treated (or rather mistreated).

The Man in the Pit: A short story to help loved ones recognize, understand, and respond to depression by [David Bishop]

Now, before you start thinking that you can just read this book and everything will be roses in your life stop because this is not a replacement for treatment. This was not written by a doctor but someone who wanted to share his experiences with others in the hopes that it will help them to understand their loved ones who may be going through depression.

And he succeeds in this purpose. The way that he describes being the man in the pit and how others speak with him about being in the pit is so close to how I have experienced moments of depression.

If you want a quick read to help you understand a loved one who is experiencing depression this is the book for you.

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Write or Die Show

Wow…. that is all I can say about the amazing reception that I have gotten since starting my new show Write or Die. I knew that I wanted a podcast and I had tried a few different ideas but they just didn’t fit right. Finally, when I was speaking with Mike Ulmer (who is actually featured in the first episode) he gave me the idea to interview authors. And of course the main topic of discussion is mental health!

I don’t know how I never thought of that before. It was the perfect show for me. I started working on the prep work and then put out a call for guests. I never realized that I would have so many people request to be a guest. I thought the hardest part of the show would be finding people willing to be on the show and talk about their mental health. Boy was I wrong. I now have a list of 70 guests and have started a waitlist.

That’s right if you want to be a guest on the show you will now be added to the waitlist.

Plus, I figured one episode a week would be hard enough to complete. Before I even released the first episode I had enough guests lined up to release two episodes a week. I feel so blessed that this small idea has grown to a massive project.

If you have ever had a dream but was too scared or didn’t know how to start then this is what I say to that – just start. I had no idea what I was doing when I started this author thing in 2017 and now I have released 5 books and started my own YouTube channel with a waitlist of guests. I may not be making a million dollars (who knows maybe one day) but I am happy! I love doing what I am doing and that is worth more than a million dollars.

Follow your passions and try, here are a few things I have done and learned about following my passion:

  1. ask questions – lots of questions to people who have done it before. I have even talked to people that I wasn’t sure how we would fit together and learned from them
  2. try and fail and try again – like I said I tried different podcast ideas before realizing the one that was right for me
  3. join a networking group – the people I have met through my business networking group have inspired me and taught me so much about business.

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