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Coming Soon!

For the past year I have been working on a new non-fiction novel and I am very excited to announce that at the end of March it will be published! Now this blog is not to be salesy (but of course I would love for you do read the full book) what I want to do is explain what it is about and why it is an important book.

This new book is called “Embracing Me” and is about embracing the parts of yourself (or myself) that we often try to hide from the world. If you haven’t had the pleasure of reading my first book (Thoughts of a Wanderer) you may not know that I have depression. I have tried hard to hide this (sometimes not so successfully) because I used to view it as a major weakness. I didn’t want to show that weakness to others.

Last year I was working on a goal setting book but I had this nagging thought that I wasn’t working on the right book. I felt the need to write about mental health awareness. Not just awareness but how to love yourself even when you may be dealing with some form of mental health trouble.

One of things that really bothers me is hearing how cavalier some people talk about or tease about those who are dealing with mental health problems. And I was compelled to let others know that even if you are struggling you aren’t broken, it is something I have been working on in my own life.

Throughout this book I share some of the tips that have helped me and explaining my story so that others don’t feel alone. One of the worst feelings is the of feeling you are the only one struggling with a problem. So I wanted to share my story for others to feel included. As well for others who simply want to understand how others might be feeling to better support a friend or family member this book is my story so that others may be able to understand others. Understanding is the first step to stop the stigma around mental health.

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List It!

To Do List
To Do Notebook

You may be able to relate to this – my mind is always racing. I get easily overwhelmed thinking about all of the things that need to be done and don’t end up doing any of it. I have tried various techniques to help with that and the one that I found works best for me was weekly to-do lists.

What I mean by that is the week divided up with a to do list under each day. No appointments on this list just all the things. The reason I need it divided up was because when I had one list it still seemed too overwhelming. I also tried listing based on category; home, work, kids, etc. That didn’t help.

Finally, my mother-in-law gave me a little pad of a weekly to do list. I could look at my calendar and see what days I had time to do which tasks and write those tasks in those days. Then I only needed to worry about what I was doing that day. If I finished everything then I could easily see what else needed to get done. This worked really well for me.

Then the little pad ran out of paper. I tried doing the same thing on a white board but it wasn’t the same. Being able to scratch out done tasks is too satisfying and seeing all the finished tasks was almost as important as seeing them divided up by day. It’s motivating.

Which is why I decided to make my own. I was just going to make one for me but thought that I can’t possibly be the only one struggling to find a solution to the overwhelm that is life and all it’s things. After I made it for me, I have published it on Amazon to order.

If you do happen to order the notebook, I want you to know that the cover picture are my actual dogs. They are my work helpers – or work procrastinators.

Everyone’s brain thinks differently. If you are having trouble with overwhelm just keep trying different techniques to help. Eventually you will find something that works for you.

To Do List
Weekly To Do Notebook