3 Topics of Interest: What You can Learn from Me

3 Topics of Interest: What You can Learn from Me

Did you know 1 in 5 people suffer from an anxiety disorder? I found that, according to Mental Health America, that amounts to over 40 million people!
 
That shocked me too until I realized I am one of those 40 million people. That’s why I wanted to talk about mental health and the importance of self-care for anxious people like me.
 

Three Topics of Interest: What You can Learn from Me

3 Topics of Interest- What You can Learn from Me

I’ve always suffered from anxiety and the idea that being over the ideal weight for girls my age is wrong. I know now that this second idea is delusional.
 
I may have been born with my anxiety and I can’t change that but I can show you how to cope with it. I can share the ways that I use in my daily life to make it easier for me to cope with the anxiety.
 
I know you’re wondering why I’m an expert in these topics. Here’s my answer to that, my new friend. I’ve got an anxiety disorder, I’m body-positive because I’m overweight, and I’m a huge feminist.
 
There are three topics that I wanted to share my expertise in so you won’t go through the period of ignorance that I did. If you are going through that period, I aim to get you out of that slump.
 
I’ve also got a video for you to watch if you don’t have time or don’t want to read this post.

 First Topic of Interest: Mental Health

This is the first of three topics of interest and it’s one of the most important for me. I love to talk about mental health because of my own mental health issues.
 
I grew up in a family of people with anxiety disorders so I know all about what it feels like to have one. I’ve had generalized anxiety disorder ever since I can remember.
 
I can remember having it before I even had a name for it. I went through high school with it ever present in the back of my mind. I couldn’t leave my room without it on my mind.
 
I finally found a name for it by accident when I heard my parents talk about my father’s medication for anxiety. I didn’t realize until much later that anxiety was what I’ve been dealing with for years.
 
You don’t have to go through it alone because I’m right there with you. You have never been alone even if you didn’t realize that until now. I know what you’re going through and how much it costs you.
 
I know what it feels like to miss out on social events because you’re too anxious to leave your room. I know what it feels like to not want to leave your bed because you can’t force yourself out of it.
 
Yes, I know all about that feeling of dreading the new day because of a job you hate. I know what it feels like to dread a new day because of what you’ll have to go through during it.
 
My posts on this topic will help you through the toughest days since I’ve gone through them myself. I know exactly how you feel and I want to help you through it.
 

Second Topic of Interest: Body Positivity

 
My second of three topics of interest is also important to me. Body positivity is a huge deal for me because I’m overweight. I’ve not always been the chubby girl you see in pictures today.
 
In fact, I was tiny when I was born in the 1990s. I was six pounds, six ounces when I was born if you can believe that! Who knew I’d end up being 4 feet, 9 inches and 180 pounds almost 30 years later?
 
I know what it’s like to hate your body when you wake up in the morning. I know what it’s like to not want to look in mirrors because you know what you’ll see. Trust me, I’ve been there too.
 
I know what it’s like to not find shirts in your size when shopping because the shirts don’t fit around your boobs. I deal with that to this day and it’s infuriating, to say the least!
 
To say that I’ve been there is an understatement. To say that I’ve had periods of hating my body is also an understatement. I want to help you get past this feeling of hatred so you can love your body.
 
I don’t want you to be stuck in this period of hatred because it won’t get you anywhere. It won’t let you live your life in the way you should. It’ll keep you stuck in quick sand you can’t escape from.
 

Third Topic of Interest: Feminism

 
The third of my three topics of interest is something I stumbled onto by accident. I was reading through Emma Watson’s reading list and there are a bunch of books about feminism.
 
I became very interested in the idea of feminism and the idea that everyone should have equal rights. No one should stop someone else from pursuing their dreams for any reason.
 
If a woman wants to be the president of the United States, then we should let her instead of judging her. If a trans woman wants to run a business, let her run that business without judgment!
 
I want to talk about feminism because I want you to realize that there are other female business owners. We have every right to own our own business and to run it like a man would.
 
Who has the right to stop us? We are as capable of doing anything we put our minds to as men are, right? Then why should we let them stop us?
 

Conclusion: Three Topics of Interest Explained

 
Mental health, body positivity, and feminism are three topics of interest to me. I hope they are for you too and that I can provide helpful tips for you.
 
I know what it feels like to be in your shoes, which makes me an expert in these topics. Knowing you aren’t alone in your journey toward optimal mental health is not a journey to take alone.
 
You can learn how to love your body the way it is, no matter how much you weigh. Let me help you achieve that level of self-love, my new buddy!
 
Being a feminist means that I am an advocate for each reader of this post, no matter who you are. I couldn’t care less as long as you learn something and know that you aren’t alone.
 
What are you hoping to learn from my blog? Put it in the comments below so I can make sure to cover the topic properly for you!
5 Things about Me: An Introduction

5 Things about Me: An Introduction

According to the dictionary, an anecdote means a short account of a particular incident or event, especially of an interesting or amusing nature. Yes, I looked the definition up for your benefit more than my own. I knew what it meant.

I have plenty of these from my years growing up, especially when it comes to being embarrassed about something, bullied, or whatever. The hours spent reading them, though, might bore you so I’ll spare ya the hassle.

The Five Pieces of an Introduction

 

5 Things about Me – Pin me!

 

That’s not why I’m writing this article for you, though. Instead, I wanted to tell you a little more about me. That way, you can get to know me a better since not many people can say they know me very well.

I suppose this introduction will have to do for your personal anecdote for the week or so, won’t it? Will it do any good to promise you to have anecdotes in the future, my dear reader(s)? If you want to watch the video instead of reading through all of this material, I have one for you.

This won’t be an exact transcription but I’ll make it close enough that you’ll be able to follow along pretty well. I have five things about me that I want readers like you to know. I don’t want you reading anything from a stranger, after all.

1. I have generalized anxiety disorder.

I got diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder this past March (March of 2017) after over 10 years of dealing with it. This means I’m nervous and anxious all the time – there was no relief in sight.

After the diagnosis, I felt so much relief. A psychiatrist I’m still seeing put me on medication for it (Prozac for antidepressants and Clonezapam for the anxiety) and I’ll be seeing a therapist at the end of June of 2017.

I’ve never really believed in seeing a therapist before since I’ve had bad experiences with therapists before. After those experiences, finding the right therapist for you is key to your success in therapy.

Not everyone will find therapy to be a success at first. Trust me when I say that, like some other things, therapy takes time to take effect. There is no such thing as overnight success when it comes to therapy.

The same is said for medication. I started out on a child’s dosage of each medication. The psychiatrist doubled it after he realized I wasn’t seeing any sort of effect.

I am on an adult’s dosage of 20mg of Prozac and 1mg of Clonezapam. It makes me woozy at times and makes me stumble quite a bit. Can you say “drunk, much”? It looks hilarious but is quite scary when done at work.

2. I’m classified as an INFJ.

What this means is that I’m a huge-ass introvert. I’m intuitive person by nature and base my decisions on how I judge the situation I find myself in. Having an anxiety disorder also means I am an emotional person as well more often than not.

I don’t speak much to other people unless you speak to me first. That’s the way it’s always been with me. Kids bullied me a lot as a younger woman because I refused to speak up for myself.

I didn’t speak up for myself because I didn’t know how to speak up for myself. To the other children, me not doing anything signified that they could keep bullying me. This also means they also walked all over me as a child.

A lot of this has changed since middle school but that doesn’t mean I’m any louder. I’m still a very quiet person and I read books instead of speaking to the person next to me.

3. I’m an avid reader and prefer the fantasy genre.

I used to read so much in my school years that I used to get into trouble for it. This sub-header sounds so much better with that sentence to start it off. Teachers used to take my book away because I wouldn’t put it down.

A teacher called me out for reading during a test because she thought I was cheating. She was calling out the questions slower than I liked. I thought it was a good idea to read between questions after I’d answered them.

Not such a good idea, folks. She called me out in front of the entire class while telling me to close the classroom door. She chose me to close the door so she could chew me out, so to speak.

That is not a fond memory but it sets the tone here for my love of books. There are some books I read so many times that I could recite them to you. I used to be able to recite the entire first chapter of the first Harry Potter novel.

All in all, I prefer the fantasy genre than any other one I’ve read to date. I have been getting into memoirs, though, while going through Emma Watson’s reading list. That list has been an interesting “ride”, to say the least!

4. I’m a feminist who cares more about equality than female domination.

You could call me a feminist if you wanted to put a label on me. I believe in equal rights more than anything else. Women shouldn’t have power over the men or anything like that.

When reading the Bible, it says that we women were made from the rib cage of a man named Adam. I don’t talk religion much, though my parents raised me in a religious home. But yeah…the Big Guy created men dominant for some reason.

Do I believe in that theory? Not a chance, bub! (Yes, that was Wolverine/Logan reference. I am a geek, people.) I do believe we should get equal pay, equal jail time, etc.

5. I also listen to a ton of music and am currently in a Lindsey Stirling binge.

I got my first CD player for Christmas in 2000 when I was 10 years old. My aunt gave it to me and it worked for 16 years. Who knew I’d keep it that long or that it would even work after 18 years?

The devastating moment came earlier this year when the CD player stopped working. I was not using it anymore due to iTunes and my gorgeous gold iPod but I still kept it anyway. I suppose it’s the sentimental value that counts, right?

As I was saying, I’m on a Lindsey Stirling binge when I’m not listening to body positivity podcasts. I am now a podcast maniac after finding them a few weeks ago.

Being an entrepreneur means working on your own a lot so I’ve learned how to keep to myself. Music has helped me do that quite well, as have the podcasts I listen to.

The Conclusion

I hope you enjoyed the five things I decided to share with you. You may believe me to be a weird person but you know what? That’s perfectly alright with me because I am weird at the end of the day.

Not having an anecdote to tell you now doesn’t mean I won’t have one for you later. I like warming you up a bit before I dive right into my hard-core content. I am not one of those people who jumps right into the pool first, after all.

Are you ready for some blog posts about body positivity, health and wellness, and mental illness? I hope you are because that’s what you’re getting! Stick around and you might learn a thing or two about yourself!

Do you have any questions for me about what I just told you? Maybe you have a question about the topics I’ll be discussing in future posts. Either way, place them in the comments below, my friend!