Serve, in many ways, as an aid to my bipolar disorder recovery– I wanted to discipline myself to write on a regular basis, preferably as many week days of the year as possible. So often with bipolar disorder, energy, motivation, and concentration are issues. To be able to fulfill an assigned responsibility with regularity is great preparation for getting back to a normal life.
I also wanted to expand my thinking beyond my illness. Way too often, mental illness becomes too much of a daily focus. I had many interests and loves before my illness consumed me. It was time to revisit them, and explore new ones, too. Reading other peoples’ blogs has also been so enriching and educational for me. I follow bloggers who write nature poetry, travel or culinary-related pieces, social and political pieces, and much more. I also very much enjoy their camaraderie.
Exploremy creative side, and dabble in new styles of writing – Prior to starting this blog, writing was not really a major passion of mine. Sure, I wrote plenty of papers and essays at school and university. Many of my past jobs required a lot of writing, too, especially my most recent one. But all of that writing was communications, sales and marketing-type writing. I was good at it, but it sure got boring after a while! I wanted to write stories, reflections, poetic pieces, and articles on completely different things. I’ve written portions of a potential memoir, researched topics of interest to me, had a little fun, reminisced, and looked hard and deep at who I was, am now, and who I’d like to be in the future. Never before had I expressed such passion, emotion, and love in writing.
Share my bipolar disorder experience with others and help to fight stigma – I’ve spent plenty of time at in-person and online bipolar forums, supporting others and receiving wonderful support. I still do, but there are many people out there that are unfamiliar with or have skewed understanding of bipolar disorder, anxiety, and other mental health issues. I have readers of my blog without mental health issues. That makes me so happy! I also appreciate my readers who have shared their stories and comments.
Halfway through last year, I set a goal of publishing at least 200 posts. I’m happy to say that I exceeded 230 in 12 months! That’s enough writing to fill a book, and is the equivalent of almost one post per work day. I can’t believe it! Of these posts, about 50% include some reference to mental health, but the rest are about other topics completely. Looking back at my very first post The very beginning… I achieved what I set out to do. I am tickled pink!
I am looking forward to reading and writing posts throughout 2018. I’m not entirely sure what direction(s) I’ll take, but I think that’s OK. As time passes, this will be clearer to me.
It is about my journey through life, and that of my dog Scrappy Doodlepip, and as l say to everyone, we each have a story to tell. So l try to tell mine in the most eclectic and entertaining fashion that l can.
What inspired you to start your blog ?
In truth – l don’t really know. It’s strange l ask people this very same question all the time on my own interview series and everyone has a different reason for doing so, and yet l ask myself the same question and all l come back with is … why not? Not the most inspiring of answers l admit at my own concession – but l just love to write and it was literally a case of thinking, if everyone else can do it, surely l can too?
Brian was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on a cold January day in 1965.
Clearly, the odds were already against him.
But he persevered, slugging through this and that, and he quickly learned at a very young age that some people can achieve greatness with dedication and hard work, some people are destined to awe the world with their ineptness and lack of admirable qualities, and most people are quite happy to simply plod along in the middle, leading pleasant but mundane lives where they occasionally find a stash of misplaced quarters under a sofa cushion and everybody gets to go out for ice cream.
Brian was not impressed with any of these options. He looked up from his paperwork at the Life Goals Development Center, and studied the applicants around him. Everyone else was quickly selecting one of the three avenues, shoving their completed forms at one of the bored administrative people, and then rushing out the door, because “Charlie’s Angels” was on TV in a few minutes and you couldn’t really miss THAT.
In frustration, Brian turned over his application, intent on writing a scathing missive to Whoever Was In Charge that he really didn’t appreciate the skimpy menu of opportunities, and he noticed a fourth career path, hastily scribbled in by someone with vision: “Some people feel compelled to study the world and people around them, and then stay up all night writing down their thoughts on the matter.”
Brian smiled, checked the box, and added his signature with a flourish. And so it began.
My blog title is I refuse to give up. They say “what’s in the name?”……I say everything. This title is self explanatory. My blog is about spiritual journey through life lessons. I believe we are closest to our win just when we reach the toughest spot, so refuse to give up. Remember the Lowest points in your life come just before the beginning of your best phase.
This blog started on my toughest days , I had no clue what it will be like , while writing I realized my love for poetry and I am writing almost everyday since. The purpose is to inspire and motivate the readers and also stay motivated. I refuse to give up on hope …. I refuse to give up on myself ….come what may.
I originally started my blog as a means to cope with having a chronic illness. After coming down with what seemed to be the flu in September of 2014, I ended up sustaining long-term effects (memory problems, verbal fluency issues, physical aches and pains) which turned my whole world upside down. Two years later I was diagnosed with tickborne disease, SIBO, and immune dysfunction. It’s been such a challenging, lonely journey and I turned to blogging in an attempt to face my health struggles head on.
When I started, I never realized how rewarding blogging would be. It’s been wonderful to connect with so many people and to receive so much support. Now that my health is improving, the focus on my blog has transformed to not just being a form of self-expression but to also help others. So many people are living with a chronic illness and I want them to know that they’re not alone.
Through the lens of health, I write about what goes on in my inner world and various aspects of daily living. In that process I want to both allow others to get to know me and to raise awareness about the health struggles that many people don’t talk about. The value of your health cannot be overstated and I want more people to internalize that! My blog is one small piece in trying to spread that message.
I am inspired to write about various events in everyday life as influenced by the perspective I have as a dog-person. These might be observations of people who may remind me of a funny encounter between Dexter and Comet, a life lesson, or a personality issue that I am helping them ( my “pack” work through – which helps me empathize with people I may see during my day. Often I write about things that dogs do that seem very human.
From the time I was a toddler through present day, I have always had dogs in my life. They were constant companions when I was moving a lot due to my parents’ jobs or marital problems. For many years I had problems where I could not voice my thoughts clearly nor could, if put on the spot, speak without stuttering and confusing people.
When my wife’s creativity was noted by her friends who urged her to start blogging, I decided to encourage her blogging by trying it myself. Yet I found that as I continued blogging, my ability to think clearly grew, and my ability to speak also became more clear. Now when I am in front of people presenting – for work, for my church, or among my friends, I do not stutter and stumble over thoughts.
As a family doctor, I spend a lot of time thinking and studying about health, and helping people with their health.
I know people have many questions and concerns about their health, and don’t always know where to turn for reliable answers. So I started a blog to meet that need.
I don’t claim to have the definitive answers to these questions but I offer my thoughts, insights, observations, and sometimes opinions , and those of other health care professionals.
On my blog we explore common and less common medical conditions and treatments, medical history and news, books about health and medicine, stories about real doctors and patients, and try to answer the question “What is health and how do we maintain good health?”
My goal is to inform and inspire you as we all explore
I started the website with the intention to share career advice with those who felt that they are stuck in their jobs, not knowing how, where and when to get out. Many of us have so much passion in our lives but we are not living it.
MiddleMe empowers you to make a change (no matter how small or what is the risk) to pursue your passion in your career. Because life is too short to be stuck in a deadbeat job for 8 hours a day, watching the clock ticked by. Besides career empowerment, I share my relocation experiences in Shanghai, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur. More recently, I share my success stories as a freelancer building a solid reputation with a constant stream of clients.