Gave up my whole weekend this week to be trained as an In Our Own Voice (IOOV) presenter for NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness). The training was really good and I am excited to do my first presentation (as yet to be scheduled).
The IOOV program has two speakers who talk about their own experiences with mental illness: Dark Days, Acceptance, Treatment, Coping Mechanisms and Dreams and Successes. We were led through activities to develop our own stories (in three minute segments).
Let me tell you it is HARD to come up with the most effective way to communicate your darkest days in one to three minutes. It was great to hear how other people worded their stories and even better to hear how they modified them to be even more powerful.
For now I am kinda storied-out, but I think in a future post I will put together a draft of my IOOV personal story. I think writing it out will give me a chance to shape it into something that will work well for me.
I missed working out on Saturday and I really don't feel like working out right now. Maybe later today. I know that I should. I just said should. Crap. Shouldn't do that. Ha.
Family is not home now so I have some time to myself, which is maybe just right after spending two days with a bunch of people baring my soul.
Grateful Crap: being able to tell my story through to successes and dreams.
meds (lamotrigine - 300 mg)
volunteer work (meeting new people)
(managed to avoid and was not really tempted by treats that I really like. including ice cream sandwiches.)
I think that once my thirty days on this whole no grains/no legumes/no dairy/no sugar thing is done I will end up eliminating most dairy, and most simple carbohydrates. And I will carefully choose when, how much, and what I choose to eat in terms of high-sugar items. Don't want to eliminate entirely, because that is not healthy way for me to think.
Quaker, teacher, parent,