My Year To Thrive

"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." ~Maya Angelou


Happy Birthday To Me!

The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.
Oprah Winfrey (Brainy Quote)

Today is my birthday.  I had another post planned, but decided to go with something more appropriate to the occasion.

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Maintaining Friendships And Relationships With Bipolar Disorder | Bipolar Manifesto

You can’t stop loving or wanting to love because when its right it’s the best thing in the world. When you’re in a relationship and its good, even if nothing else in your life is right, you feel like your whole world is complete.
~Keith Sweat (Brainy Quotes)

Ron Burgundy (Anchorman) "Well that escalated quickly."
Maintaining Friendships And Relationships With Bipolar Disorder | Bipolar Manifesto

So I came clean last night.  I have mentioned having anxiety & depression, & planned to tell him eventually about being bipolar, but things have progressed faster than expected with our relationship.  My birthday is this week, so I felt I needed to go ahead & be honest about being bipolar & on disability because if he was going to break up with me over it, might as well do it now before he buys me a present or something. When people ask what I do I tell them I’m a writer because I have no interest in getting into some judgmental pissing contest about whether my disease is real & if I deserve to be on disability.  With our relationship getting more serious, it felt dishonest & I just didn’t want him to feel strung along or like I had been dishonest.

Naturally, I went in there all dramatic like I had just killed a small child, but when I told him all he said was it was courageous of me to be so honest with him & he wanted to know how he can support me.  It was a great relief.  We got to talking politics the other day & he’s a fiscal conservative, so the disability part was really my biggest concern.  I went into more detail about my history & my illness that I would have otherwise just because I wanted to paint the picture of how I came to be on disability & what it has meant for me.  In general, I am far more sensitive about being on disability than I am about being bipolar.  I’ve been bipolar a lot longer.

On that note, I found a well-written article on bipolar disorder & relationships.  My favorite bit of advice is for the people who have a bipolar loved one.  It rings so true for me from the perspective of a person living with bipolar disorder.

A Bipolar that is in an unwell period is perceiving life through a twisted lens. We react to things in ways that make no sense to anyone but us. The person that you know and love is in there.

I recommend checking out the rest of this post at the link below.

Maintaining Friendships And Relationships With Bipolar Disorder | Bipolar Manifesto


Update: Feb 18-24, 2013

“We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come. ”
~Joseph Campbell (Goodreads)

Okay, so I’ve been slacking for a couple of weeks.  I did a few runs, but have mostly done nothing.  Tomorrow though I am restarting the HH 10K program.  Refocused & back to good!  But even with the slacking I have noticed lately in other activities I’ve been getting up to, I am stronger & more flexible.  I’m quite impressed with myself.

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21 DIY Gym Equipment Projects to Make at Home | Greatist

The words “Do It Yourself” might bring to mind images of crocheted scarves and hand-embroidered mittens, but turns out the DIY community also has a harder edge. 

The Greatist: 21 DIY gym projects

21 DIY Gym Equipment Projects to Make at Home | Greatist

Fitness aficionados across the country are figuring out how to make their own gym equipment, saving money and boosting self-sufficiency in the process. Here, we’ve rounded up 21 DIY fitness projects designed to give you the tools to strength train, do some cardio, and stretch it all out in the comfort of your own home. Though some of these projects might be a little intimidating (concrete and power tools, anyone?), many of them are accessible to even the novice do-it-yourselfer.

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Weekly Update: Jan. 28 – Feb. 3, 2013

Since I didn’t finish the 10K week 2 last week, I repeated it this week.    I was still not feeling up to life on Monday, so I stayed in bed with my kitty & caught up on Tuesday.  That made Tuesday a very busy day!  Ended the week having ran two of my three days of the week, & did all three of the x-training/strength/stretching days.  I missed strength training, but I had a good day at tennis.  Hopefully this next week goes better.

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