Mental health Monday: Looking forward…

In what was an incredibly quick turnaround, I received my marks back from the final exam I wrote last week, and I am not unhappy with the results. I ended up scoring 87 per cent on the exam, which gave me an 85 overall average for the composition course. On the down side, it was … Continue reading Mental health Monday: Looking forward…

Where have three years gone? 650 posts…

Photo by Jessica Lewis on Pexels.com I've fallen of writing as frequently as I was. Between work and school I've been busy. I've actually been maintaining a level of activity that that I didn't think would be possible again. I haven't been as busy as I am now since I quit working full-time on the … Continue reading Where have three years gone? 650 posts…

Small steps today, big steps tomorrow…

Photo by Adrianna Calvo on Pexels.com Today was another busy day. I met B at ten to film his first weekly devotional, taking over from the pastor who took over from him while he was away on his sabbatical. Aside from a minor technical issue, the filming went well and we got the video done … Continue reading Small steps today, big steps tomorrow…

Driven…

As far as my schooling goes, one chapter is drawing to a close and another is beginning. I got my marks for my final assignment, and despite the piece not being one of my strongest submissions, I still managed to keep my mark into the eighties, which is a relief. The instructor commented that I … Continue reading Driven…

Adding up…

Photo by George Becker on Pexels.com The fatigue is back, and it feels like it's brought reinforcements. I've been tired over the past few days, and it doesn't seem to matter how much I sleep. I ended up taking last weekend off from my workout routine, and I have yet to get back into it. … Continue reading Adding up…

Pushing through the discomfort to find growth

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com The last few days have been pretty busy. I've been sustaining my workout regime, as well as digging back into my textbooks to prepare for the final exam I have coming up in a week and a half. My workouts over the last few days have been challenging. I pushed … Continue reading Pushing through the discomfort to find growth

Pushing through your limits…

Photo by Lee Catherine Collins on Pexels.com Today has been... productive. After filming the Pastor's devotional this morning, I headed home, did the editing and then uploaded it to Facebook. After that I dug into my school work, and completed a passable first draft of my next assignment for university. All told, the essay comes … Continue reading Pushing through your limits…

Steadily moving forward…

Photo by Cody King on Pexels.com I'm definitely feeling some fatigue tonight, but then again it's been a busy day. I was up and out early this morning, because I had a table at the Castor Farmer's market with my photography. The market was pretty quiet, but still not bad. I sold three of my … Continue reading Steadily moving forward…

Pushing through the discomfort…

Photo by Victor Freitas on Pexels.com "Don't quit when you're tired, quit when you're done," is a quote by former Navy SEAL turned motivational speaker, David Goggins. At a quick blush, it seems like sound, and easy, advice to follow. Peeling back the layers of this quote unlock something else though. With the fatigue I've … Continue reading Pushing through the discomfort…

Hanging onto the feeling…

Today has been quiet. I spent some time playing "The Outer Worlds," which I am really enjoying. As well, I did some chores at home, did a workout, and spent a solid couple hours working on my next assignment for school. I'm down to crunch time. I have until the end of the month to … Continue reading Hanging onto the feeling…

Grateful for a bit of down-time…

I am always grateful for light days. With nothing on the agenda and with how fatigued I've been feeling I cut myself some slack today. I played a couple hours of "The Outer Worlds," did some reading for my next assignment, did a couple of miles on the treadmill, and participated in an online forum … Continue reading Grateful for a bit of down-time…

Pushing through…

Today has been another high fatigue day. I'm getting over it. Still, despite the fatigue I managed to have a fairly productive day. Church went well this morning, and after church we came home and I made lunch. This afternoon I did a run out to Halkirk for an errand, then came home and finished … Continue reading Pushing through…

Opposite action

Photo by Ruel Madelo on Pexels.com One tool that has helped me significantly in my mental struggles is the concept of opposite action. Simply put, opposite action is doing the opposite of what you are feeling at a given time. Don't feel like getting out of bed? Get out of bed anyways. Don't feel like … Continue reading Opposite action

Cardio day

It's only been a few days, but the work is already paying off. Today was a cardio day, and I ended up doing one and three-quarter miles on the treadmill tonight, in forty-five minutes. The amusing thing is that I'm feeling more awake after the workout than I was before. I'm working on slowly stretching … Continue reading Cardio day

Setting SMART goals

Photo by Breakingpic on Pexels.com I've really got enjoy a relatively laid back day. First thing this morning I headed up to Alliance for an errand, before coming home and settling into the office for a few hours. I polished off and submitted a couple of stories for both the Advance and the Independent, before … Continue reading Setting SMART goals

Paying off…

I ended up working a pretty quiet day at the store today. Lynn was out of commission with a migraine, and seeing as I had a light day I offered to cover. Despite the store being quiet, I was not unproductive. I ended up getting a couple of articles written, and I have a couple … Continue reading Paying off…

A bit of good news…

Not a bad day all around, today. I was up and out early for a meeting this morning, which was long and panful, but part of the job. At least it will give me a couple more articles to write for this week. After the meeting ended, I stopped at the store to have lunch … Continue reading A bit of good news…

Long days…

Photo by Aphiwat chuangchoem on Pexels.com Well, today has been a day. It was long, but semi-productive. I spent most of the day listening to a hearing going on in our county, covering it for the paper. Can't say it was my idea of a good time, but it was interesting. Unfortunately, there's a second … Continue reading Long days…

Bouncing back…

I'm feeling better today than I have in awhile. I've definitely got more energy and the fatigue isn't wearing on me quite as badly as it was. Our church opened it's doors for a Sunday service for the first time in months today, which was nice. One more piece of normal falling back into place. … Continue reading Bouncing back…

Learning to switch myself ‘off’ sometimes…

Today was just what I needed. The day was low-key, and not spent at the keyboard, which felt fantastic. I ended up spending the day at the store with Lynn, and there was a steady stream of well-wishers to wish her a belated happy birthday. A friend I commissioned tot make a birthday cake for … Continue reading Learning to switch myself ‘off’ sometimes…

Taking a break…

I have been dragging ass all day. The fatigue is just killing me today. I've had very little motivation to get things done, though the day was still somewhat productive. I started the morning with an appointment with the kinesiologist to get some core exercises to work on. After that I headed home, and just … Continue reading Taking a break…

Running in the red…

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com Today has been a day. I was up and out relatively early, taking Willow to see the vet in Stettler. The vet ended up keeping her for a few hours so she could do some tests, which left me with time to kill. The good news is that the vet … Continue reading Running in the red…

Contemplating the -near- future…

Photo by Andrea Piacquadio on Pexels.com This evening, I am feeling grateful for friends. A friend of mine reached out this morning offering to pick up the pet food from Alliance for me today, seeing as they were up there anyway on other business. This kind gesture saved me a trip up there, for which … Continue reading Contemplating the -near- future…

Dealing with change…

I'm struggling today. Photo by Alexas Fotos on Pexels.com The fatigue is really bad today, and I'm just feeling stressed with life in general. It doesn't help that my plans for today ended up going sideways; I had intended to do some work in the office today, working on researching my next assignment for my … Continue reading Dealing with change…

Seeing in grey…

Recovery in mental illness is hard. It's not like a physical injury that can be seen. There is no casino splints, nothing visual that clues people in that something is wrong. Mental illness is all internal. Mental illness is painful. It affects relationships. It makes you question your own abilities and confidence. For significant mental … Continue reading Seeing in grey…