You have to face a fear to get past it

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I’ve been feeling crippling anxiety over the past few weeks and I couldn’t quite get to the bottom of it.
 
It was such a departure from my typical silver lining, be here now self.
 
Last night I decided to allow myself to see what I was hiding from. I told the anxiety things will be okay if I know.
 
The truth is, as I’ve been working diligently with a few people on two exciting new projects.
 
Things I haven’t done before. That are requiring me to be more trusting, to give up control and allow myself to be seen on a larger scale.
 
Well that led to a whopping case of imposter syndrome.
 
Once I was able to name it the anxiety fell away because it was seen.
 
Emotion that is seen is shown the way out.
 
I feel much more calm, clear and centered today.
 
As someone with neurodiversity, stepping into new levels of growth or responsibility isn’t like getting that promotion at work.
 
You get the news, you celebrate, you start the new job.
 
For ND’s some big changes can feel like you’re being shoved through the birth canal again.
 
My introverted side has resisted opportunities like this for years. Not anymore.
 
Too many people are suffering to keep playing small.

Can you be a little mentally ill?

Listen to this post … Think of it this way.Say you gently poke your skin with a needle. You feel a slight pain. One that isn’t going to let up as long as the needle is there. But you could keep going if you had to. Though it would be hard.The needle is mental illness.Now

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There’s no such thing as a stupid question

Listen to this post … There is no such thing as a stupid question when you live with neurodiversity. I read an email from my son’s school this morning about registering him for classes for the next term. It listed the instructions on how to do it, but guess what happened? I began reading it

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You can be sick and happy

Listen to this post … I work with many chronically ill teens.I make clear to them they can feel sick and happy.I have yet to experience anything that keeps you aware of the interplay of life’s opposites like chronic illness does.Working to find that sweet spot between pain and comfort, exhausted and rested.It’s often hard

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Thank goodness for second chances

You’ll have your share of naysayers when you’re neurodivergent. When I first enrolled in the Social Work Program, I had a professor who didn’t like me. She went out of her way to try and get me to drop out of the program. It was the early 1990’s and about a decade before I’d learn

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When Facebook wants you to friend a childhood bully

Facebook just recommend I friend someone who literally used to torment me when we were kids. We have FB friends in common it seems. I felt anger at first as I looked at his face. I tried to see evidence of that kid I resented so much. I couldn’t see him. I didn’t know the

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Self-care is about more than getting enough rest

Listen to this post … Self-care isn’t simply about taking care of the parts of you that take care of everyone else. It’s about so much more.  It’s about taking care of the “self”, who you are, what fills you up and makes you feel most alive.  I focus on the self-care that strengthens the

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