Even The Man of Steel Weeps: Talking to the “Men Don’t Cry” Generation

Manscaping, metrosexuality, hipsters and the like – the script has certainly flipped for men in the last 10+ years. In my father’s heyday, men paid for everything, they didn’t cry and they certainly didn’t speak openly about their emotions. Things are very different today. It’s common for couples to go “dutch” (splitting the check), men…

Little hands old the reminders of hope for tomorrow

I slept 13 hours last night and thus the snowball effect of today began. I’m usually up and well into the house tidying routine by 1:45 but I didn’t even manage to make the beds before having to jump in the shower to go pick up my children from school. “Hopeless” has been the thought…

My First Manic Episode Altered My Life Forever

I was once asked if I was aware of the damage my Bipolar Disorder has caused to those around me. I was asked in a rather pointed fashion so I dismissed the thought entirely. But I admit it’s a question that tore at me on the inside for a long time. Did I know, really?…

Mental Stability is Key to Being a Good Mother, Bipolar Disorder Or Not

What does it take to be a good mother? Boy that’s a loaded question. Everyone has an opinion and they aren’t all the same. Breastfeeding v. formula, the circumcision debate, spanking or attachment parenting … the battle lines are being drawn everywhere, among families, across generations and online. No matter what you do, you will…

Insomnia: Can someone shut off my brain and get me a pillow and bed?

I am a walking zombie. Four hours of sleep in the last 48 is making my body scream, “No more”! I’m getting clumsy and very unfocused. It’s even difficult to think straight enough to write this. But my brain won’t turn off because I’m extremely nervous that this lack of sleep will lead to a…

Starring Down Fears: Speaker Says Address Them Head On

Each of us has our own good and bad that comes along with Bipolar Disorder. Some enjoy creativity, others enjoy euphoric highs. As for the lows, I don’t think I’d be wrong in saying there’s not one person who enjoys feeling worthless, helpless, hopeless or suicidal. Now what’s one trait that almost universal for us?…

The Silver Lining: Thank God for Creative Bipolar-Inspired Days

I’m preparing to paint this so this is just a short entry. I’m thankful for days that my Bipolar inspires me to be creative. It’s days like this that I wouldn’t trade my illness for anything. So while it may drag us down, it inspires us too. And that’s a great thing!

Bipolar & Divorce: You don’t have to kiss your spouse goodbye

Divorce sucks. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been there yourself or if you’re a child of divorce. Any way you slice it, divorce hurts. If you’re lucky enough to not be in either category, hats off to you. Statistically you’re an anomaly. I’m twice divorced and remarried. I’m pretty sure the third time is a…

Let’s get personal: 10 things about this blogger you should know

I’ve resisted writing this so far because it wreaks of Facebook antics to me. You’ve seen those silly 25 Things About Me posts. Who has time to read that junk? Then tonight I thought about the list from a different perspective. Ha! That’s one of the greatest things about us, our perspectives can change daily!…