I’m a preschool teacher and mother to a very active five-year-old boy with Type 1 Diabetes. I graduated Magna Cum Laude with distinction in Psychology from San Diego State University, and a few years later I went back to school to get my certificate in Child Development. This isn’t meant to impress. I just wanted to let you know that I’m not a moron without an education or any idea what I’m talking about; I’m actually pretty smart. Since I can’t prove this to you in person by us getting to know each other, giving you my credentials is the best I can do.
On a more personal note, I love animals, sometimes, and because of that I have a lot of pets that I alternately adore and want to kick out the front door. I spend too much time on my computer, too much time on my cell phone (which is basically a pocket-sized computer for me, since I’m rarely actually on a phone call), and too little time doing anything very productive. I enjoy reading, movies, and music, and for the most part I could care less about TV. I also like to bowl, and roller blade, and play Rock Band. I kick ass at Rock Band. The best I can say about the other two is that I’ve never seriously injured myself or anyone else while doing them, and I’m never the worst in the group when I do them in public.
I was diagnosed with depression in 2000 or so, and while family doctors aren’t always the best at mental health diagnosis, he was right on the money with me. I’ve struggled with it, on and off, ever since. Until recently, though, my treatment and management have been pretty awful. Better late than never, right?
While this is mostly meant to serve as a simple introduction and description of myself, I hope it also gives you a better idea of where I’m coming from when I write this blog. No one is bias-free; these are mine, out in the open for you to understand and criticize.
About this site
The purpose of this blog is to talk about the things that we all face every day – anxiety and stress, warped relationships with family and friends, getting everything done that needs to be done, etc. I want to share my experiences and insights with you, and I want you to share yours as well. Hopefully, with enough ideas, we can solve the world’s problems (and maybe our own as well). This isn’t the place to berate the opinions and knowledge of others, nor is it somewhere for you to vent your personal frustrations at other people. Talking about your problems and frustrations is one thing, and it’s encouraged. Whining and attacking others over these problems is another thing entirely, and is a good way to get your comments deleted or blocked altogether. Any other kind of personal attack will have the same result. I want this to be a place where people can feel comfortable discussing things, not where you’ll be afraid of saying something for fear of being judged or flamed. Play nice.
That said, this isn’t the place for cry-babies or eternal victims. I may, and likely WILL, offend you with something I say. I will tell you how and why you’re being stupid, but it’s for your own good. And I’m not trying to hurt your feelings. I will shock and offend you to get your attention and get you thinking, so then we can get down to the REAL problems we’re trying to solve. So get over yourself, open your mind, and keep reading. Or go away. It’s really up to you.
Run Faster, Work Harder, and Live Longer… or not. Self-improvement is NOT the goal. It’s actually the antithesis of the goal. Self-help is not self-improvement. Not always, and here, not even usually. Sometimes, the best way to change your life and be happier involves doing nothing, except maybe changing your point of view.
Making you aware of your stupid ideas and unrealistic expectations of society, health, and happiness is the biggest goal of this site, and it’s the most important step toward your own improved health and happiness. You won’t start looking for better solutions to your problems if you don’t realize the ones you have now are bad ones.