Category: Life Lessons

A quick update

It’s been a few weeks. Things have been a bit crazy, so been focusing on getting through the muck, which means I haven’t been writing, nor even doing much art. My attempt to taper off the anti-depressants flopped, but I’m now okay with this (I wasn’t at first – I felt like a huge failure). […]

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First Two Weeks Tapering Off Antidepressants

I officially began my lower dose of Effexor XR July 23, from 150 mg to 112.5 mg (37.5 mg is the smallest capsule size). Overall withdrawal has been non-severe, which is good. First few days I did have severe tension headaches, but ibuprofen took care of that. However, I did have a couple of weird […]

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#FirstWorldProblems, Meet Gratitude

I love this cartoon:   That poor individual on the right, that’s me. Yes, mindfulness and meditation has helped calm me a great deal, but I would be lying if I said I was 100% Zen 100% of the time. Boy, I would love to be calm and in the moment all the time. I’m […]

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A life without antidepressants – is it possible?

I’m about to begin a scary journey, one I’ve been thinking about for a while but was too scared to start. As I’ve mentioned before, I have had clinical depression (also known as major depression) for many years now. For the past eleven years I have been taking Effexor XR (150 mg) daily, which improved […]

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It is what it is

As I was getting ready to take a shower yesterday evening, I was thinking about life. A thought came to me: “I am 45 years old. I have, if I’m fortunate, another 45-50 or more years left on this planet.” And in that moment, I felt so small, so insignificant. And a bit scared. Just […]

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Back at it

Been gone awhile again. I have no excuses – I just haven’t been in the mood to write. Well, technically, to type. I’ve been doing well with my journaling, and I do enjoy it more than doing posts here. I think it’s the intimacy of it. It’s all truly just for me, and there’s no […]

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Stressed out

Unrushed serenity is about slowing down, taking your time with each activity. I have problems with rushing – with anything. It stresses me out. Big time. For the longest time I felt like the oddball because it seemed like everyone around me was rushing, and simply accepting it as a part of life. Rushing to […]

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Definition of success

What is success? Merriam-Webster defines it as: a :  degree or measure of succeeding b :  favorable or desired outcome; also :  the attainment of wealth, favor, or eminence. The portion I like to go with is, “favorable or desired outcome”. I find it sad our society views it more as the second part, the attainment of […]

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A Break From The Online World

Digital detoxes, unplugging, going radio silent are phrases tossed around about the need from us to detach ourselves from the internet and email from time to time. After reading a post yesterday from George Taylor on whether we’ve become slaves to the internet (Is Our Reliance on Technology Sustainable?), I knew I had to make some serious […]

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Aggravation & Mindfulness

I am easily aggravated – there’s no sense in sugar-coating it. It has improved since I’ve started my journey towards mastering mindfulness, but I have much work to do. I have been able to recognize times it happens the most: when I’ve allowed outside events control the flow of my day(s) or when I haven’t […]

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