Coffee & Contemplation: Pride Month

June is Pride Month. It’s about being proud of who you are and your sexuality, whatever it is. Homosexual, heterosexual, bisexual, pansexual, demisexual, asexual; it comes in all shapes and sizes. The point is being proud of who you are. I identify as demisexual. This means I cannot reach full sexual arousal unless I have an emotional connection with the person. I’m not going to go into further details in this post. 

June is also PTSD Awareness Month. May was Mental Health Awareness Month so we’ll continue spreading awareness. June 27 is PTSD Awareness Day, and I’ll share more about that around that time. I have PTSD from various traumas I’ve experienced since childhood. This also caused me to have anxiety and depression. I have spent the last few years attempting to overcome some of my issues. I succeeded in some places and failed in others. 

The biggest thing for me is to no longer feel ashamed of having a mental illness. And to no longer feel ashamed of past transgressions. I’ve made many mistakes. I’ve lost people I cared about because I wouldn’t face my problems. I won’t feel sorry for myself anymore. I ask that everyone have pride in fighting against a mental illness. Be proud of the progress you’ve made. The point of Pride Month is to love yourself. So, bring awareness to your community and be proud of everything you’ve overcome.

What’s New Wednesday: June 3

There are some small changes coming to the blog this June. First, I fixed the links for the books to the online store. I didn’t know until recently that these didn’t work after my store service changed their providers. I updated some information about my Works in Progress. I’ll share more about each of these projects later this month. June is also Pride Month. I share my own experiences with Pride and in other posts I talk about some historic things that happened during the month of June. 

June is PTSD Awareness Month. I continue to struggle with PTSD along with many of my family members. There are many people who don’t understand much about PTSD and others who are not aware that they have PTSD. In later posts, I’ll share some of my own experiences. I’ve decided to continue the Wacky Wednesday posts. I’m adding a little more to them besides wacky words. I’m including some wacky holidays. There are many obscure things celebrated. And there’s something to celebrate every day of the year. I’ll share some of my favorites and the ones that hold a special meaning for me.

Everything else with the blog is remaining the same. I’m spending less time of social media to focus on writing. Not only writing for this blog but writing fiction and poetry. I’m two-thirds finished writing my first full length novel. It should finish at 80,000 words. That’s the most I’ve written for one story. I’m excited for the new things ahead. I hope you all are too.

Coffee & Contemplation: Mental Health

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. I have dealt with my own mental health issues for many years. I have a long way to go in my recovery, but writing has always been helpful and therapeutic. Not only do I write for my personal blog, fiction, and poetry, I also write on occasion for another blog. I don’t get paid. I write because it helps me, and I hope it helps others who read what I share. It’s called The Bipolar Writer Mental Health Blog. I don’t have bipolar disorder, but I am allowed to write about my experiences.

I have also written for The Mighty. A site that covers many different kinds of mental and chronic health issues. I deal with childhood trauma and many other traumatic events. This has caused anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress. I spent years trying to make sense of these things. Early on, I wasn’t aware of all my symptoms. I wasn’t aware of how I allowed these painful memories to impact my daily life. As I overcame one obstacle, another would take its place. A never-ending battle. I continue on doing as much as I can and trying to stay positive. 

After two years of writing for these sites and on my own, I decided to compile many of these blog posts into one collection. I share my thoughts in my collection Mushaburui: A Mental Health Journey. It’s on sale in paperback and Amazon Kindle. My hope with that book was to help others realize they were not alone. I hope others read my experiences and they get the desire to keep fighting. Calling myself a mental health warrior helps build confidence in myself. I want to help build confidence in others. I want others to know they still have a fighting chance.